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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Upcoming Events

Thursday 5 July 2018

Ekphrasis and Greek Literature: From the Second Century CE to the Byzantine Era

1:30pm to 2:00pm, Holgate Main Conference Room, Grey College (Durham University), South Road, DH1 3LG.

The Greek word ekphrasis, which is attested quite late and starts appearing frequently only from the third century CE, is explained by the Greek sophist Aelius Theon (c. 1st century CE) as a piece showing in detail and "bringing what is portrayed clearly before the sight".

This conference, which has been generously supported by the British Academy's Newton International Fellowships Scheme and the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University, aims to bring together and build up a network of scholars with a prominent interest in Greek ekphrasis and visual culture from the 2nd c. CE to the Byzantine Era, in order to focus on and explore ekphrastic literary texts from this period in a range of ways.

The conference is open to anyone and attendance is free, but online registration (by 20 June 2018) is compulsory. All conference attendees are welcome to join the speakers for the conference dinner on the evening of the 5th of July, but this is at their own expense.

To register for the conference (and for the dinner as well), and for additional information about the conference, please go here.

For further information or any queries, please email the organiser, Arianna Gullo.

Contact arianna.gullo@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.