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Time and Eternity -Time in Archaic Greek Literature Conference
September 22-24
Time is a concept central to human existence, and all forms of verbal and narrative art present or reconfigure events that occur in time. Time can also be an objective natural measure, but in literature it appears malleable and can be shaped according to the needs of the moment. In addition, time can be perceived in many ways as linear, circular, or kairos; it can also be refracted through human and divine temporalities. Reflections on time begin in the archaic age when the Greeks composed literature that explored the representation and ordering of time. Our conference sets out to examine how time functions in archaic texts and what those texts can tell us about ideas and conceptions of time in early Greece.
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September 22, 2017
9:30-9:45 Introductions; Welcome from the Chair of Classics, Sara Myers (UVa)
9:45-10:30 Jenny Strauss Clay (UVa): Orientations: “Time in Archaic Greek Literature”
10:30- 10:45 Coffee

Session I “Time and Metaphor”
10:45-11:30 Tom Zanker (Amherst): Conceptual Metaphor and Time inHomer
11:30-12:15 Robert A. Rohland (Cambridge): Getting a grasp on time. The emergence of a haptic conception of time in archaic Greek literature
12:30- 14:30 Lunch

Session II “Chasing Time”
14:30-15:15 Anastasia Maravela (Oslo): Chasing in time. Intersections of time and space in early Greek literature and thought
15:15-16:00 Stephen Sansom (Stanford): The Never-Ending Race: Eternity in the Hesiodic Shield of Heracles and Early Greek Philosophy
16:00-16:15 Coffee

Session III “Epigrammatic Time”
16:15-17:00 Barnaby Chesterton (Durham/Texas Tech): Immediacy and Eternity in Archaic Sepulchral Epigram
17:00-17:30 Power Point Presentation on the Humboldt Foundation and its Programs
18:30-20:15 Reception at JSC’s house

September 23, 2017
Session IV “Time and the Presocratics”
9:00- 9:45 Christopher Moore (Penn State): Two orders of time in Heraclitus
9:45-10:30 Sandra Scepanovic (Belgrad): Some patterns of temporal cyclicality in archaic Greek literature and their philosophical conceptualization in the early Presocratics
10:30-10:45 Coffee

Session V “Human Temporal Modalities”
10:45-11:30 Rudi Schmid (HU Berlin): Coping with contingency. Notions of time and their poetological aspects in Solon, Mimnermus and Sappho
11:30-12:15 Alex Purves (UCLA): Sappho’s “Lyric Present”
12:30-14:00 Lunch

Session VI “Futurity”
14:00-14:45 Michele Solitario (Trento/Göttingen): The Concept of Time in Solon’s Fragments
14:45-15:30 Sarah Nooter (Chicago): Writing the Future in Pindar and Aeschylus
15:30-15:45 Coffee

Session VII “Hesiodic Time”
15:45-16:30 Xenja Herren (Tübingen): The Cultural Meaning of Time in Hesiod’s Works and Days
16:30-17:15 Alexander Kirichenko (Berlin): The farming calendar and the epic time in Hesiod's Works and Days
18:30 Buffet Dinner for all participants, Garden Room

September 24, 2017
Session VIII “Homeric Temporality”
9:00-9:45 Athanassios Vergados (Newcastle): Revisiting Zieliński’s Law
9:45-10:30 Tobias Myers (Connecticut College): Temporal ‘Distance’ and Intimacy: Evoking the Eternal in Iliadic Warfare
10:30-10:45 Coffee

Session IX “Poetic and Divine Time”
10:45-11:30 Anke Walter (Rostock): ‘... how you first went over the earth’: Interactions of Human and Divine Time in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo
11:30-12:15 Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg): Human and poetic time in Pindar
12:15-12:30 Coffee
12:30-13:15 General Remarks and Final Discussion

The conference is generously supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, the UVa Classics Department, the Corcoran Department of History, and the University of Virginia Institute for Global Humanities.

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