On 4 May 2013, Helen Roche and Clare Foster organised a one-day colloquium on ‘Greece and/or Rome’, which was held at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, as part of the Faculty’s regular series of ‘Classical Reception Discussion Group’ seminars and colloquia.
The call for registrations and timetable can be found below:
CLASSICAL RECEPTION DISCUSSION GROUP – ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM: ‘GREECE AND/OR ROME’
Saturday 4th May 2013, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (Room G.21)
Where does ‘Greece’ end and ‘Rome’ begin? Can we imagine a Greece without taking Rome into account? Can we imagine a Rome without a Greece?
The term ‘classics’ generally construes Graeco-Roman antiquity (or at least its afterlife) as a unified whole. We often tend to take this conflation just as much for granted as the dissolution of the cross-cultural hybrid into its constituent parts. This symposium will explore the historical and ideological factors behind constructions of ‘Greece’ and ‘Rome’, both as historical entities and as resonant ideas.
– What stories lie behind the adjective ‘Graeco-Roman’?
– Where and when did ideas of ‘Rome’ and ‘Greece’ as reified constructs begin, and what was their impact?
– Where was ‘Greece’ in the Latin West during the Middle Ages and early Renaissance?
– When, and by whom, has Roman culture been seen as a reception of Greek culture?
– What are some of the historical consequences of seeing Greece and Rome as either separate, or a single entity?
– How and where does hierarchy and chronological sequence become important?
10.30 – Robin Osborne (Cambridge: Classics) – Introduction
10.45 – Edith Hall (King’s College London: Classics) – “Libraries were good for Latin poetry and very bad for Greek: discuss”. Hall proposes that Greek poetry stopped being creative only two generations of poets after Ptolemy I built the library at Alexandria. However, both the idea of a library, and the availability of library facilities, arguably seem to have fuelled some of the best poetry in cultural history – amongst Latin-speakers.
12.30 – LUNCH BREAK
15.15 – Ingo Gildenhard (Cambridge: Classics) – ‘Cultures in dialogue – three case studies: Cicero, Ovid & the Bible, and Hannah Arendt’. Gildenhard will attempt to situate the Greece vs. Rome polarity within wider frames of reference, including other cultures that had a formative impact on western civilization.
16.45 – end of symposium