4 September 2019 Start
5 September 2019 End
United Kingdom Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge CB3 9DA

Writing the Embodied Experience in Imperial Ecphrasis

September 4-5, 2019

The programme for the conference ‘Writing the Embodied Experience in Imperial Ecphrasis,’ which will be held at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge between 4-5 September 2019 has been announced.

Papers will be pre-circulated to all participants.


DAY 1: Wednesday, 4/09/2019

10.30–11.00 Coffee & opening remarks

11.00–12.30 Session 1: PAINTING
Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg): ‘The Philostratus Trap: Enargeia and
Ecphrasis in the Imagines’
Response: Emma Greensmith (Cambridge)

Albert Bates (Cambridge): ‘The Synthetic Imagination: Centaurs in
Imperial Ecphrasis (Lucian, Philostratus, Callistratus)’
Response: Ruth Webb (Lille)

12.30–13.30 Lunch break

13.30–15.00 Session 2: BODY IN SPACE
Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi (Stanford): ‘Toward a Biology of Images’
Response: Robin Osborne (Cambridge)

Anna Athanasopoulou (Cambridge): ‘Inscribing the Body in Architectural
Ecphrasis: Affect, Experience, and Sense Perception’
Response: Michael Squire (King’s College London)

15.00–15.30 Coffee break

15.30–17.00 Session 3: SPECTACLE IN EPIC AND SATIRE
Karin Schlapbach (Fribourg): ‘Nauseous Art in Petronius’
Response: Caroline Vout (Cambridge)

Calum Maciver (Edinburgh): ‘Ecphrasis in Imperial Greek Epic: What is it
Response: Richard Hunter (Cambridge)

17.30 Wine reception (Cast Gallery, Faculty of Classics)

19.30 Dinner (at local restaurant)

DAY 2: Thursday, 5/09/2019

9.00–9.30 Coffee

9.30–11.00 Session 4: ARCHITECTURE
Edmund Thomas (Durham): ‘Matter, Senses, and Surface in the Paper
Palaces of the Imperial Roman Baroque’
Response: Helen Lovatt (Nottingham)

Carole Newlands (Colorado Boulder): ‘Architectural Ecphrasis in Statius
and Fortunatus: Restoration, Repetition, and Renewal’
Response: Helen Slaney (Roehampton)

11.00–11.30 Coffee

11.30–13.00 Session 5: STATUES
Basil Dufallo (Michigan): ‘Empire from Another Angle: Queer Pleasures of
Art in Statius, Silvae 4.6’
Response: Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (St Andrews)

James Porter: ‘Philostratean Heroics’ (Berkeley)
Response: Benedek Kruchió (Cambridge)

13.00–13.45 Final discussion
Moderator: Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)

Froma Zeitlin (Princeton)
Nina Braginskaya (Moscow)

For more information and updates:

For registration:

The deadline for registration is 4th August 2019.

The organisers: Anna Athanasopoulou ([email protected]); Albert Bates ([email protected]); Benedek Kruchió ([email protected])