The second session of the Advanced Seminar on “Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome and the Near East” will take place at VIU on April 7-14, 2019.
The program is conceived as a two year commitment over two successive years (2018 and 2019). The first session (March 12-23, 2018) consisted of lectures by scholars with a seminar approach on the origins and development of literary genres and literacy in Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East. Some of the lectures ran simultaneously and were devoted respectively to the interpretation of specific classical and near Eastern texts, with more focus on textual analysis. The lectures alternated with a series of site visits, for example, to the Library of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, and the Basilica of San Marco.
The aim of the program is firstly to investigate the relationship between themes, motifs and structures of the texts and/or of the myths involved, starting with the early examples of epic poetry and of wisdom and didactic literature; secondly, to examine the processes involved in their transmission and preservation in both oral and written forms. A variety of issues concerning recently published texts and/or the history of literate cultures may also be reviewed, such as, for example, the textual traditions, the creation and organization of libraries, the classification of genres, and the relationship between literature and politics, and between literature and religion.
During the first session the fellows identified a research project according to their own scholarly interests and under the supervision of one of the faculty. The research project will be presented in the form of an essay of about 15/20 pages in the second session of the seminar, which will run in April 2019. The second session will also host a number of lectures by invited speakers. The invited speakers in the last session of the seminar were Alan Cameron (Columbia University), Peter Machinist (Harvard Divinity School), Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) and Matthew Leigh (St Anne's College, Oxford).
The faculty consists of scholars active in the field of Greek, Latin and Ancient Near Eastern literature, including: Alessandro Barchiesi (New York University); Mary Bachvarova (Willamette University); Ettore Cingano (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia); Yoram Cohen (Tel Aviv University); Joy Connolly (City University of New York); Rocio Da Riva (Universitat de Barcelona); Richard Hunter (Trinity College, Cambridge); Peter Machinist (Harvard Divinity School); Lucio Milano (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia); Dirk Obbink (Christ Church, Oxford); Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester); David Sider (New York University).
Ettore Cingano, professor of Greek Literature, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Lucio Milano, professor of History of the Ancient Near East, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
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