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Durham Centre for Classical Reception

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St. John’s College, Durham University

An international conference to be held at St. John’s College, Durham University, 3rd-4th September 2009, under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition.

Confirmed speakers include: Josephine Balmer (poet and author of the forthcoming The Word for Sorrow, incorporating versions of the Tristia), Professor Susan Bassnett (Warwick), Professor Philip Hardie (Cambridge), Professor Stephen Harrison (Oxford), Professor Stephen Hinds (University of Washington, Seattle), Professor Duncan Kennedy (Bristol).

The poet Ovid stands at the head of the Western tradition of the exile of the artist. Banished by the emperor Augustus in AD 8 from Rome to the far- off shores of Romania, in his Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto Ovid records his unhappy experience of political, cultural, and linguistic displacement from his homeland. For a huge variety of artists in the two millennia after his exile, Ovid has performed the rôle of archetypal exile, allowing them to articulate a range of experiences of disgrace, dislocation, and alienation.

This conference brings together scholars working in a range of disciplines (Classics, Reception Studies, Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, and Art History)in order to assess the broad cultural impact of Ovid’s exile. Held to mark the bi-millennium of Ovid’s banishment, the conference should provide a unique vantage point from which to assess the historical and contemporary aetas Ovidiana.

Authors and topics confirmed speakers intend to treat include Joachim du Bellay’s Regrets, Marvell, Ovid’s exile as treated in modern novels, the Anglo-Latin poet Westonia, C20th and 21st poetry, Russian responses, and the translator’s role in reception.

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