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Germany Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, SFB 1136 Nikolausberger Weg 23, D-37073 Göttingen

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As It Is Written? Uses of Sources in Ancient Mediterranean Texts

11-12 October 2018

The interdisciplinary workshop “‘As It Is Written’? Uses of Sources in Ancient Mediterranean Texts”, will be held at the University of Göttingen, Germany, on 11-12 October 2018 (programme below).

For more information, or if you plan to attend, please contact the organisers, Chiara Meccariello ([email protected]) and Jennifer Singletary ([email protected]).


Venue: Alte MensaWilhelmsplatz 3, 37073 Göttingen

Thursday 11 October 2018

8.30-9.00 Registration

9.00-9.30 Greetings and introduction

Session 1: Methodological and Practical Approaches

9.30-10.15 Szilvia Jáka-Sövegjártó (University of Heidelberg), Source Texts as Authority Constructions: a Conceptual Approach to the Old Babylonian Literary Discourse

10.15-11.00 Laura Carlson Hasler (Yale University), Archives Re-Made: Building Virtual Collections in Ancient Jewish Historiography

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.15 Nereida Villagra (University of Lisbon), Source Citations in the Scholia to the Odyssey: References, Subscriptions and the Mythographus Homericus

12.15-13.00 So Miyagawa (University of Göttingen), Quotation from the Psalms and Its Authority in Shenoute’s Monastic Education

13.00-14.15 Lunch

Session 2: Sources and Power

14.15-15.00 Idan Breier (Bar-Ilan University), Direct Quotation as a Rhetorical Device in the Discourse of the Prophets of the Kingdom of Judah

15.00-15.45 Ilaria Andolfi (University of Heidelberg), A Writing Hard to Wash Off: a Reassessment of the Story about Acusilaus and his Bronze Tablets

15.45-16.15 Coffee break

16.15-17.00 Francesca Boldrer (University of Macerata), Sacra… canam: Propertius’ Use of Sources in Aetiological-Religious Poetry

18.00-19.00 Keynote Lecture 1: David Wright (Brandeis University), The Covenant Code Narrative: Neo-Assyrian Influences and Context

20.00 Conference Dinner

Friday 12 October 2018

Session 3: Manipulation of Sources

9.30-10.15 Michael Chen (University of California, Los Angeles/ Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Adapting Ancient Egyptian Healing Spells to Late Period Statuary

10.15-11.00 Mathias Winkler (University of Siegen), The Book of Proverbs: Sources Become Invisible

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.15 Daniela Colomo (University of Oxford), Greek Rhetoric and “Fake” Sources: the Case of the Ur-Medea

12.15-13.00 Teresa Röger (University of Cambridge), “Once God Has Spoken; Twice Have I Heard This”: Fragmentation and (Mis-)Quotation in Augustine, City of God 5.8/9

13.00-14.15 Lunch

Session 4: Divine Sources

14.15-15.00 Carlos Gracia Zamacona (University of Glasgow), Divine Words in the Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts (c. 2000-1500 BC)

15.00-15.45 Gina Konstantopoulos (University of Helsinki), These Are of the Mouth of Ea: the Divine Origin of Incantations and the Mesopotamian Exorcist

15.45-16.15 Coffee break

16.15-17.00 Ursula Westwood (University of Oxford), Humanly Divine? The Use of Ancient Sources in Josephus’ “Life of Moses” (Jewish Antiquities II-IV) and Plutarch’s Solon

18.00-19.00 Keynote Lecture 2: Stefan Schorn (University of Leuven), Tradition and Imagination in Porphyry’s Description of Jewish Sacrifice

The workshop is hosted by the Collaborative Research Centre 1136, “Education and Religion in Cultures of the Mediterranean and Its Environment from Ancient to Medieval Times and to Classical Islam”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (