OVIDIVS PHILOSOPHVS:  An International Conference on Philosophy in Ovid and Ovid as a Philosopher
to Mar 30

OVIDIVS PHILOSOPHVS: An International Conference on Philosophy in Ovid and Ovid as a Philosopher

Conference Program

Friday, March 29th

10:00-10:15am                         Introduction (Katharina Volk and Gareth Williams)

10:15am-12:30pm                    Session 1

10:15-11:00am                         Francesca Romano Berno (Università di Roma,
La Sapienza)
Ovidius sapiens: The Learned Man in Ovid's Work 

11:00-11:45am                         Gareth Williams (Columbia University)
The End(s) of Philosophy in Tomis: Empedoclean Traces
in Ovid's Exilic Poetry

11:45am-12:30pm                    Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University)
Elegy, Tragedy, and the Choice of Ovid (Amores 3.1)

12:30-2:00pm                          Lunch break

2:00-4:15pm                            Session 2

2:00-2:45pm                            Roy Gibson (Durham University)

                                                Ovid's Amatory Poetry and the Hedonic Calculus

2:45-3:30pm                            Erin Hanses (Pennsylvania State University)
Criticizing Love's Critic: Epicurean parrhesia as an
Instructional Mode in Ovidian Love Elegy

3:30-4:15pm                            Katharina Volk (Columbia University)

                                                Ovid's Art of Life

4:15-4:45pm                            Coffee break

4:45-6:15pm                            Session 3

4:45-5:30pm                            Del Maticic (New York University)

                                                The Makeup of the World: The Ars Amatoria and Ovid's

                                                Theory of Kosmos

5:30-6:15pm                            Alison Keith (University of Toronto)

                                                Labor and pestis in Ovid's Metamorphoses         

6:15pm                                    Reception

Saturday, March 30th

10:15am-12:30pm                    Session 4

10:15-11:00am                         Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester)
Intimations of Mortality: Ovid and the End(s) of the

11:00-11:45am                         Peter Kelly (University of Oregon)
Cognitive and Textual Imprints: The Wax-Metaphor in
Ovid's Speech of Pythagoras and Plato's Theaetetus 

11:45am-12:30pm                    Charles Ham (Grand Valley State University)
Calliope in Metamorphoses 5 (341-661): An
Empedocleo-Lucretian Muse

12:30-2:00                               Lunch break

2:00-4:15pm                            Session 5 

2:00-2:45pm                            Darcy Krasne (Columbia University)
Some Say the World Will End in Fire: Philosophizing
Phaethon and the Memnonides in Ovid and His Readers

2:45-3:30pm                            Sara Myers (University of Virginia)
Ovid against the Elements: Natural Philosophy,
Paradoxography, and Ethnography in Ovid’s Exile Poetry

3:30-4:15pm                            Donncha O'Rourke (University of Edinburgh)

                                                Akrasia and Agency in Ovidian Elegy

4:15-4:45pm                            Coffee break

4:45-6:15pm                            Session 6

4:45-5:30pm                            Myrto Garani (National and Kapodistrian University
of Athens)
Keep up the Good Work: (Don't) Do it like Ovid (Sen.
Nat. Quaest. 3.27-30)

5:30-6:15pm                            Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge)
Philosophizing Reincarnations of Ovid: Lucan to Alexander

6:15pm                                    Reception

Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, the Heyman Center and Society of Fellows in the Humanities, and the University Seminar in Classical Civilization.

For more information, please contact Katharina Volk (kv2018@columbia.edu) or Gareth Wlliams (gdw5@columbia.edu).

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1:15 PM13:15

Advanced Certificate in Classics Information Session

Title: Advanced Certificate in Classics Information Session

Time: 11/30/2018 at 1:15 PM (updated)

Format: Virtual

Speakers: Gareth Williams, Violin Family Professor of Classics, and Juliana Driever, Director of Academic Administration and Finance, Department of Classics.

Prospective students interested in the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics are encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about admissions requirements and curricular offerings. Representatives of the department faculty and administration will be in attendance to answer questions.

Register for the event here: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EGi4l4ldS7S0HNxuJV6yKA

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2:15 PM14:15

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics Information Session

Title: Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics Information Session

Time: 11/16/2018 at 2:15PM

Format: Virtual

Speakers: Gareth Williams, Violin Family Professor of Classics, and Juliana Driever, Director of Academic Administration and Finance, Department of Classics.

Prospective students interested in the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics are encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about admissions requirements and curricular offerings. Representatives of the department faculty and administration will be in attendance to answer questions.

Register for the event: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kQYms3ILQuuDBmPikAn15A

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Aesthetics Roundtable II: Subjectivities, Senses, Surrounds
to Nov 10

Aesthetics Roundtable II: Subjectivities, Senses, Surrounds

Verity Platt, Caleb Simone, and Nancy Worman, organizers

This Roundtable aims to advance some of the work of the 2013 conference hosted at Barnard, which focused on politics and aesthetics in ancient Greek literature and culture. This time around we are seeking to expand the scope to include perspectives on sensory aspects of art and performance and the cultural practices that inform them, as well as their reception, and to highlight work that focuses on affect, materialities, orientations, and post-human engagements with embodiment and the environment. A further expansion looks to work on the theory and philosophy of media, particularly the relationship between processes of transmission, aesthetics, and the senses. Another considers the subjective dimension of aesthetics but goes beyond questions of personal perspective, taste, or style to ponder (with Aristotle) the soul as a sensorium, which also invites questions about the relation between aesthetics and psychology and perception and epistemology.

Aesthetics Roundtable II: Subjectivities, Senses, Surrounds

November 9-10, 2018– Barnard College, Columbia University

Verity Platt, Caleb Simone, and Nancy Worman, organizers

Sulzberger Parlor (3rd Floor), Barnard Hall




9:30 AM: BREAKFAST (Sulzberger Parlor)

10:00 AM: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION (Nancy, Verity, Caleb)


Seeing and Hearing in Tragedy

Chair: Helene Foley (Barnard College)

Paper: Naomi Weiss (Harvard University), "This is That: Seeing Theater in Fifth-Century


Respondent: Anna Conser (Columbia University)

Paper: Ella Haselswerdt (Cornell University), "Sound and the Sublime in Oedipus at

Colonus: The Limits of Representation"

Respondent: Bridget Murnaghan (University of Pennsylvania)

Paper: Maria Combatti (Columbia University), "Landscape and Affects in Euripides'


Respondent: Alex Purves (UCLA)

1:00 PM: LUNCH (James Room)


Tragic Embodiments

Chair: Elizabeth Scharffenberger (Columbia University)

Paper: Caitlin Morgan (Columbia University), "Medea and the Post-Human”

Respondent: Athena Kirk (Cornell University)

Paper: Cristina Perez (Columbia University), "Hermione's Womb in Euripides'


Respondent: Katherine Hsu (Brooklyn College)

Paper: Nancy Worman (Barnard College), "Clytemnestra's Bodies"

Respondent: Mary Danisi (Cornell University)

5:00 PM: RECEPTION (Sulzberger Parlor)

Caleb Simone: aulos demonstration and Heracles discussion

7:00 PM: DINNER DIANA CENTER (Millicent Carey MacIntosh Student Dining Room)


8:30 AM: BREAKFAST (Sulzberger Parlor)


Perceiving, Reflecting, Hearing

Chair: Josh Billings (Princeton University)

Paper: John Izzo (Columbia University), "Dreams, Ghosts, and Perception in

Sophocles’ Electra"

Respondent: Victoria Wohl (University of Toronto)

Paper: Ava Shirazi (Princeton University), " Sensing the Soul: The Liver, the Mirror, and

the Psyche in Plato’s Timaeus"

Respondent: Marcus Folch (Columbia University)

Paper: Ani Chen (Cornell University), "Sound Judgment: Sweetness and the Power of

Hearing in Aristotle's Political Thought"

Respondent: Iakovos Vasiliou (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

11:30 AM: COFFEE BREAK (Sulzberger Parlor)


Temporalities and Voices

Chair: Pauline LeVen (Yale University)

Paper: Melissa Mueller (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Sappho 44:

Andromache’s 'No Future' Wedding Song and the Veil of Aphrodite"

Respondent: Charles Pletcher (Columbia University)

Paper: Sarah Nooter (University of Chicago), "The Temporalities of Touch in

Sappho, Sexton, and Olds"

Respondent: Tim Power (Rutgers University)

Paper: Emma Ianni (Columbia University), "Speaking from Without: Antigone’s Voice in

Sophocles, Woolf, and Carson"

Respondent: Helen Morales (University of Southern California)

2:00 PM: LUNCH (James Room)


Mixed Medias

Chair: Nikolas Kakkoufa (Columbia University)

Paper: Caleb Simone (Columbia University), "'Unheard Melodies Are Sweeter:' Virtual

Sound and the Phenomenology of the Greek Vase"

Respondent: Milette Gaifman (Yale University)

Paper: Cat Lambert (Columbia University), "Superficial Classics: Cavafy and the

Philology of the [Book] Worm"

Respondent: Phiroze Vasunia (University College London)

Paper: Verity Platt (Cornell University) and Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol),

“Aesthetics and Media Theory: Some Provocations"

Respondent: Shane Butler (Johns Hopkins University)

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to Nov 4

8th MGSA Language Workshop: The Future of Modern Greek Language Learning in Higher Education in the US: Opportunities and Challenges

We would like to invite you to participate in this event to take the opportunity to discuss the future of language learning and teaching in Higher Education in USA. 

The 8th biennial pedagogy workshop is supported by the MGSA and the Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University and is organised by the MGSA Undergraduate Studies committee, comprising of:

Elsa Amanatidou (chair, Brown)

Nikolas P. Kakkoufa (workshop organizer, Columbia)

Despina Margomenou (Michigan)
A warm invitation is issued to people teaching in the fields comprising Modern Greek studies, particularly Greek language and related undergraduate courses on Greece, and to those developing, directing, or coordinating undergraduate curricula that include Greek instruction at the tertiary level. 

Registration is free, but prior registration is required. 

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to Oct 27

CAM Conference in Memory of Professor Alan Cameron

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The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (CAM) at Columbia invites you to join us for "A Conference in Memory of Alan Cameron (1938-2017)" a two-day conference on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Registration is recommended, but all are welcome to attend. Please RSVP for the conference through the our website: http://www.centancmed.org/upcoming-events-1/2018/10/26/conference-in-memory-of-alan-cameron. For more information, visit the event page, or contact us directly with further questions.
Participants will include: Averil Cameron, Anne Chen, Raffaella Cribiore, Anthony Cutler, Jean-Luc Fournet, Carmela Franklin, Arianna Gullo, Gavin Kelly, Michael Kulikowski, Noel Lenski, Rita Lizzi Testa, Charlotte Roueché, and Michele Salzman.

The conference will take place on the 3rd floor of the Italian Academy, Columbia University. Please find the schedule below:
Friday, October 26

10:00-10:30: Introduction, Marc Van De Mieroop and John Ma

10:30-11:15: Arianna Gullo, “Late antique Homeric Exegesis in the Greek Anthology

11:15-12:00: Jean-Luc Fournet, "Returning to the Wandering Poets: a New Poem by Dioscorus of Aphrodite"

12:00-12:45: Gavin Kelly, “The Fragments of Rutilius Namatianus”


13:45-14:30: Michele Salzman, “Why Gibbon Was Wrong; The Case for A.D. 472 and the Fall of Rome”

14:30-15:15: Anthony Cutler, "Alan's 'Bare Basilius': when the historian and the art historian coalesce"

15:15-16:00: Anne Chen, “Late Antiquity Between East and West”


16:15-17:00: Averil Cameron, “Alan Cameron and Byzantium”

Saturday Oct 27

9:45-10:30: Rita Lizzi, “Alan Cameron and the Symmachi”

10:30-11:15: Raffaella Cribiore, “Stenographers in Late Antiquity: Villains or Victims?”


11:30-12:15: Charlotte Roueche, “Celebrity and Power: Circus Factions 40 years on”

12:15-13:00: Michael Kulikowski, “The Value of Minimalist Interpretation: The Historia Augusta”


14:00-14:45: Carmela Vircillo Franklin, “The Lost Farnesianus Manuscript: Uncial Capitals for the Bishops of Rome”

14:45-15:30: Noel Lenski, “Ambrose thinks with slavery”

15:30-16:00: Final words

We hope to see you there!

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to Oct 20

Workshop “Ways of Seeing, Ways of Reading, 2: The Aesthetics and Anthropology of Arms and Armor (Columbia University and Paris Sciences et Lettres)



Friday, October 19: morning (Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall 612)

1. Weapons, Good to Think With (9:30-11 am)

- Christine Mauduit (ENS), “Around the Sword: Some Thoughts about Ajax’s Suicide”

- Deborah Steiner (Columbia), "Arms and the Symposion”

- Camille Rambourg (ENS), "Exploring the Question of Responsibility: The Javelin of Antiphon's Second Tetralogy"

- Peter van Alfen (ANS), "Arms and Armor in archaic coins" 

Coffee Break (11-11:30 am)

2. Arms, Culture, Religion (11.30 am-1 pm)

- Ellen Morris (Barnard), "Daggers, Militarism, and the Evolving Culture of Death on the Nile in the Second Millennium BCE"

- Cléo Carastro (EHESS), "Greek Trophies: War and its Dead"

- Christophe Goddard (CNRS), "Arms in Religion, Religions in Arms in Late Antiquity"

- Pierre Terjanian (MMA), "Armor as Votive Gift: Devotion and Self-Representation in Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe”

Lunch Break (1-2:30 pm)


Saturday, October 20: morning (Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall 612)

4. Metaphors, Symbolism, Status (9:30-11 am)

- Andréas Stauder (EPHE), "Of Bowmen and Sickle-Swords: Weapons in Ancient Egyptian Literature and Royal Ideology"

- David Lurie (Columbia) "Creation from Destruction: Weapon as Symbol in Japanese Mythology."

- Severyn Fowles (Barnard), "The Shield's Sovereignty: Armament and Agency in the American West, A.D. 1400-1900"

- Faïza Drici (MMA), "Weaponry in Ancient Sudan: Warrior Equipment or Prestige Attribute?"

Coffee Break (11-11:30 am)

5. Armor and Body, Armor as Body (11:30 am-1 pm)

- Nancy Worman (Barnard), "Heroic Outerwear in Tragedy”

- François Queyrel (EPHE), “Arms and Nudity of Defeated Barbarians"

- Francesco de Angelis (Columbia), "The Hard and the Soft: Bodies and Cuirasses in Etruscan Art"

- Diane Bodart (Columbia), "Armor of Light for the Conquista”


Lunch Break (1-2:30 pm)


Saturday, October 20: afternoon (Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall 612)

6. Meaningful Arms (2.30-3.30 pm)

- Filippo Ronconi (EHESS), "Coins as Weapons / Weapons as Coins: Epiphanius of Chyprus on the Obolos, between History and Archaeology "

- Lech Marek (MMA), "Life Stones and Stone Pommels: Medieval Sword Amulets, a Legacy of the Classical Age"

- Chassica Kirchoff (MMA) "Collection and Recollection: Armors as Objects of Memory in Early Modern Europe"

Coffee Break (3:30-4 pm)

7. Technology and Functions of Weapons (4-5 pm)

- Stéphane Verger (EPHE), “The Keltikè Machaira"

- Alain Thôte (EPHE), “Early Chinese Armors Made from Metal, Leather, or Stone Plates: Techniques and Functions"

- John Ma (Columbia), "The Geometry of Harm: Notes on the Ancient Greek Buttspike"

Closing remarks (5-6 pm)

Public Reception (6-7:30 pm)

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2:00 PM14:00

Cicero in Context: Conference in Honor of Professor James E. G. Zetzel’s Retirement

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Cicero Conference in honor of James E. G. Zetzel, Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, on the occasion of his retirement. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean

Speakers include:

Professor Robert Kaster (Princeton University), Professor Peter White (University of Chicago), Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow), and Carina de Klerk (Columbia).

Conference Program. Reception to follow.


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