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Celebrating the Divine: Roman Festivals in Art, Religion, and Literature
Friday-Saturday, August 30-31 

Festivals are ubiquitous in the life of the Roman world, and so are their depictions in ancient art and texts. Reliefs, mosaics and paintings, but also coins all show scenes of festivity. Very often, these images reflect on the relationship of humans and gods and the special encounter between both spheres that takes place in a festive context. In literary texts, feast days often occupy a prominent position: they are crucial for the preservation of memory and identity, but they also mark fateful beginnings or momentous endings in a narrative and act as privileged sites of self-definition for individuals or the community.

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars of literature, art, and religion to examine how Roman festivals are represented in different media and to explore the functions of such representations.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

9:15 Welcome

9:30–11:00 Session 1 - K. Sara Myers Presiding
Angeline Chiu (University of Vermont):
‘Scandal Takes a Holiday: Redefining Festivals in Late Republican Rome’

Liv Mariah Yarrow (City University of New York)
Ludi Apollinares on the Republican Coin Series’

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30–1:00 Session 2 - Tyler Jo Smith Presiding
Niccolò Cecconi (Università degli Studi di Perugia)/ Maria Rosaria Luberto (Scuola
Archeologica Italiana di Atene)
‘Illustrating Roman Imperial Festivals in Greece’

Abigail Graham (University of Warwick)
‘Come on Barbie let’s go party: The Role of Statues in Salutaris’ Procession at Ephesus’

1:00 Lunch

Sessions Resume in Minor Hall, Room 125
2:00–3:30 Session 3 - Anthony Corbeill Presiding
James Aglio (Boston University)
‘A Horse for All Seasons: New Researches on the Equus October

Krešimir Vuković (Catholic University of Croatia)
‘Is it all about sex? The Lupercalia in Religion, Literature and Archaeology’

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00–5:30 Session 4 - Giulio Celotto Presiding
Courtney Evans (Creighton University)
Fasti Horatiani: The Fasti in Horace, Horatian Festivals in the Fasti

John F. Miller (University of Virginia)
‘Playing with the Matronalia’

5:30 Reception (Classics foyer in Cocke Hall)

6:30–8:30 Buffet Dinner (Garden Room, Hotel E)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

9:30–11:00 Session 5 - Christine Boltsi Presiding
Stephen Heyworth (Oxford University)
‘The Megalensia in Latin Literature’

Inger N. I. Kuin (Dartmouth College / University of Virginia)
‘Testing the Power of Festival in Lucian’s Saturnalia

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30–1:00 Session 6 - Vergil Parson Presiding
Naomi Carless Unwin (University of Warwick)
Pompē and Paraphernalia: Epigraphic Insights into the Material Dimensions of Processional Roles in the Graeco-Roman East’

Anise K. Strong (Western Michigan University)
‘From Pride Parade to Walk of Shame: Prostitute Parades in Ancient and Medieval Italy’

1:00–2:30 Lunch

2:30–4:30 Session 7 - Jovan Cvjetičanin and Nina Raby Presiding
Zahra Newby (University of Warwick)
‘Festival Hierarchies—The View of Themides from Material Culture’

Anke Walter (Newcastle University)
‘Celebrating (in) Exile. Festive Days in Ovid’s Tristia

Vassiliki Panoussi (College of William and Mary)
‘Celebrating Isis: Greece, Egypt, and Rome in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses 11’

    


   
Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab
Katharina Lorenz, University of Gissen
"Powerful Faces, Powerful Methods: How We Look at Roman Portraits"
Tuesday, September 10, 5:00pm
Wilson 142
Reception to follow



Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, September 17, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room



Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, September 24, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room



Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 

Dan-el Pedilla Peralta, Princeton University
"From Pluralism to Epistemicide: Religions in the Imperial Roman Republic"
Wednesday, September 25, 5:00pm
Details TBA



Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, October 1,  lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room



Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, October 15, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room



Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, October 22, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room



Constantine Lecture
Joshua Katz, Princeton University
Thursday, October 29 5:00pm 
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room



Virginia Undergraduate Research Symposium in Classics 
Friday, November 15 
 


SPRING 2020



Stocker Lecture
Amy Richlin, UCLA
Wednesday, January 15, 5:00pm 
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room