Update Conference Announcement: Heliodorus in New Contexts


Conference Announcement

Heliodorus in New Contexts, St John’s College and Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, 12–13 December 2018

Registration is still open for the conference Heliodorus in New Contexts, to be held at St John’s College and the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, 12th–13th December 2018:


This conference focuses on the Aethiopica of Heliodorus, the last and most ambitious extant novel from antiquity. Topics covered will include the Aethiopica within traditions of art criticism, Byzantine and early modern reception of Heliodorus, the novel’s relationship with earlier narrative genres, and its place within a late antique context.

Conference papers will be pre-circulated to all participants at the beginning of November.

If you have any questions concerning Heliodorus in New Contexts, please contact Claire Rachel Jackson (crj33@cam.ac.uk) or Benedek Kruchió (bk390@cam.ac.uk).

With kind regards,

Claire R. Jackson and Benedek Kruchió, conference organisers


DAY ONE (12/12/2018, Faculty of Classics) 

10.45am coffee and welcome

11am Georg Danek (Vienna): ‘Heliodorus and Longus’, response: Ewen Bowie (Oxford)

11.45am Benedek Kruchió (Cambridge): 'Narratological intertexts: Heliodorus and the Homeric art of storytelling', response: Emma Greensmith (Cambridge)

2pm Ian Repath (Swansea): 'Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius', response: Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)

2.45pm Ondřej Cikán (Vienna): 'The superior heroine: sexual symmetry in the Comnenian novels', response: Ingela Nilsson (Uppsala)

4pm Carrie Vout (Cambridge): 'Beyond ecphrasis: Heliodorus’ visual culture’, response: Bill Owens (Ohio State)

4.45pm Emilio Capettini (Santa Barbara, CA): 'A vibrant text(ile): the tainia in Heliodorus' Aethiopica', response: Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge)

5.30pm wine reception (Cast Gallery, Faculty of Classics)

7.30pm conference dinner (St John's College)

DAY TWO (13/12/2018, St John's College, Old Divinity School, Lightfoot Room)

9am Ingela Nilsson (Uppsala) & Nikolaos Zagklas (Vienna): 'Narrative, rhetoric and 'drama' reconsidered: another look at Heliodorus in Byzantium', response: Richard Hunter (Cambridge)

9.45am Laurence Plazenet (Clermont-Auvergne): 'Heliodorus’ novel: a forgery? Reception and generic identification of the Aithiopika’, response: Nina Braginskaya (Moscow)

11am Claire R. Jackson (Cambridge): 'Heliodorus and late antique concepts of fiction', response: Anna Athanasopoulou (Cambridge)

11.45am Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg): 'Apate and its role in the Aethiopica', response: John Morgan (Swansea)

12.30pm closing discussion