Casting Off Shadows: Hellenistic Poetry Beyond Callimachean Aesthetics

Silvia Barbantani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan)

Silvia Barbantani is a Research Fellow and teaches Greek Language and Classical Philology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milano and Brescia). Since 1997 she has also been an Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She has published extensively on fragments of literary papyri, on Hellenistic history and poetry (especially encomia), on epigram and on the reception of lyric poetry. She has recently contributed to the IV volume of Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued, and is currently working on a corpus of Hellenistic epigrams related to the army and planning a monograph on the subject.

Ben Cartlidge (Oxford)

Ben Cartlidge studied at Oxford and Cologne, taking a DPhil in Comparative Philology in 2014, and is now a Lecturer in Classics at St John's College and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. He teaches Greek and Latin language, comparative philology, and Greek literature. He has published articles on Menander, Eupolis, and Empedocles, and is writing a monograph on the language of Menander for Oxford University Press. Other research interests include dreams, Athenaeus, and Urartian.

Barnaby Chesterton (Durham)

Barnaby is working on a Ph.D. at Durham University, and from January 2017 will be a Fellow at the Texas Tech Humanities Center. His thesis assesses the impact of the book-roll on acts of authorial self-representation in early Hellenistic poetry. His research interests include literary self-representation and identity construction, the effect of media and materiality on acts of reception, and the representation of performance and reception in poetry and art. He has forthcoming publications on the role of performance in authorial self-representation in the poems of Herodas, and on the intertextuality of the sepulchral epigrams ascribed to Erinna.

Taylor Coughlan (Cincinnati)

Taylor Coughlan received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati and will take up the position of Lecturer in the Department of Classics at the University of Tennessee in August. His main areas of interest are Archaic and Hellenistic literature, especially epigram (literary and inscribed) and epic, ancient scholarship, linguistics, and papyrology. He has written on dialect imitation in Hellenistic epigram, textual critical matters in the Greek Anthology, and debt inheritance in Roman Egypt, and is currently revising his dissertation, The Aesthetics of Dialect in Hellenistic Epigram, for publication.

Thomas Coward (King's College London)

Thomas R.P. Coward recently completed his PhD at King's College London on Pindar and Greek lyric poetry. His interests are in literary history, Greek poetry and music, ancient scholarship, and fragmentary literary texts. He has co-edited a volume on interactions between Greek lyric and tragedy, and has forthcoming articles on Greek lyric poetry and drama, scholia, and literary fragments. He plans to develop his work on ancient scholarship, poetry, and fragmentary literary texts in a study on Rhodian intellectual and cultural history.

Federico Favi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Federico Favi is a third-year PhD student at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. In his PhD project he is focusing on Epicharmus and his legacy, with special reference to the spurious writings circulating under his name. He obtained his MA degree from the University of Rome “Sapienza” and for his MA thesis he worked on the phlyax fragments, an interest he later developed into a monograph which is now in press as part of the Studia Comica series. He has also published on Greek epigraphy and lexicography, with a keen interest in linguistic matters.

Andreas Fountoulakis (University of Crete)

Andreas Fountoulakis is Associate Professor of Greek Literature and Drama and Director of the Drama and Visual Arts Laboratory of the University of Crete. He is the author of Violence and Theatricality: Studies on Violence as a Dramatic Element in Classical and Post-Classical Greek Tragedy (1995) and In Search of the Didactic Menander: An Approach to Menander’s Comedy and an Exploration of the Samia (2004), (in Greek), and co-editor of Thoughtful Adaptations: Cross-Cultural and Didactic Aspects of Cavafy’s Poetry (2007), (in Greek). His research interests include Greek drama, Hellenistic poetry, the Second Sophistic and the reception of antiquity in Modern Greek literature. He has published widely on those fields and is currently working on gender and genre in Lucian’s Dialogues of the Courtesans.

Massimo Giuseppetti (Università degli Studi Roma Tre)

Massimo Giuseppetti is Lecturer in Greek at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. His main research interests are in the fields of Greek epic (Homer, Homeric Hymns), Hellenistic poetry (Callimachus' Hymns, Iambi and Hecale) and lyric (Archilochus, Pindar, Bacchylides), with special attention for the sociology of performance. His monograph, L'isola esile: studi sull'Inno a Delo di Callimaco (2013) explores the political context and encomiastic strategy of Callimachus' poem and and its engagement with earlier extant narratives of Apollo's birth. He has recently translated Bacchylides (Odi e frammenti, 2015) and is currently working on Pindar's dithyrambs.

Matt Hosty (Oxford)

Dr Matthew Hosty is a Junior Research Fellow in Classics at Merton College, Oxford, having previously completed his doctorate at St John's. His edition with commentary of the Batrachomyomachia, an anonymous Hellenistic pastiche of Homeric epic, is in the process of publication with OUP; his next project is a history of ancient literary parody. His other research interests include Greek hexameter epic from the archaic period onwards, textual criticism, and ancient conceptions of genre.

George Kazantzidis (University of Patras)

George Kazantzidis (DPhil Oxford) is Assistant Professor in Latin at the University of Patras, Greece. His interests lie in the intersections between medicine and poetry in antiquity, with emphasis on the history of mental illness and the emotions. He has published on Cicero, Lucretius and the Hippocratics. His book-manuscript on medical notions of melancholia in Hellenistic and Latin poetry is near completion. His article ‘Callimachus and Hippocratic Gynecology: Absent Desire and the Female Body in ‘ ‘Acontius and Cydippe’ appeared in EuGeStA 4 (2014).

Floris Overduin (Radboud, Nijmegen)

Floris Overduin is tenured assistant professor of Greek at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where he also obtained his BA, MA, and his PhD (2010), under the supervision of André Lardinois and Annette Harder. In 2014 the published edition of his doctoral thesis, Nicander of Colophon's Theriaca. A Literary Commentary, appeared with Brill. In 2015 he obtained an NWO Veni scholarship for his postdoctoral project on the literary dimensions of post-Hellenistic Greek didactic poetry.

Maria Plastira-Valkanou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Maria Plastira-Valkanou is Assistant Professor of Greek Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her research interests mainly focus on Hellenistic Poetry and the Ancient Greek Novel. She has published articles on epigrammatic poetry and the novel. She is currently preparing a monograph on the epigrams of Geminus.

Alex Sens (Georgetown)

Alex Sens is Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. His research focuses on late Classical and early Hellenistic Greek literature. In particular, he is interested in the way that poets in these periods engage with the broader literary tradition as a way of creating meaning. He is currently working to finish a Green and Yellow commentary on a selection of Hellenistic epigrams. Scholarship planned for the future includes work on Nicander and on Old Comedy.