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Ritual and Politics, Individual and Community in Plutarch’s Works



University of Crete
Faculty of Letters Dean


University of Crete
Department of Philology


Ritual and Politics, Individual and Community in Plutarch’s Works

An international Colloquium


27 - 30 April, 2017

Xenia Student Cultural Center
Sofokli Venizelou 16, 74100, Rethymnon

Organized by Lucia Athanassaki and Frances B. Titchener

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Funded by the Research Committee/EΛΠΚ, the Department of Philology,
Dean’s Office - School of Philosophy of the University of Crete, and the International Plutarch Society

Info

Lucia Athanassaki athanassaki@uoc.gr
Frances Titchener frances.titchener@usu.edu

Plutarch’s Lives and essays (many with a specifically religious focus) are a mine of descriptions of ritual acts, such as sacrifices, processions, theoriae, dedications, ceremonial feasting, public orations, song and/or dance in religious or secular contexts, whether performed by individuals or groups. How do these representations contribute to the characterization of individuals and/or communities? What do they tell us about the way individuals relate to their peers or to their community at large? And/or the ways cities or other forms of community relate to one another? How do rituals interact with politics (personal and communal, local or inter-state)? How do they affect individual and communal identities? These are some of the questions this colloquium will address focusing on Plutarch’s works.

Programme

Thursday 27 April

17.30-18.30 Moderator: Lucia Athanassaki
17.30 Opening comments: Vice-Rector Konstantinos Spanoudakis
17.40-18.30 Michele Lucchesi, ‘Heroization in Plutarch's Parallel Lives’

18.30-20.30 Moderator: Tasos Nikolaidis
18.30-19.20 Michael Paschalis, ‘Plutarch’s manipulation of the proskynesis affair
(Life of Alexander, ch. 54)’

19.20-19.40 Refreshments

19.40-20.30 Giustina Monti, ‘Alexander's ritual performances and publicity stunt: the construction
of a political identity within the Greek and eastern communities’

20. 45 Dinner (Rethymnon, seafront)

Friday 28 April

10.00-11.40 Moderator: Kostas Apostolakis
10.00-10.50 Maria Fragoulaki, 'Comparing portraits: Nicias' wealth in Plutarch and Thucydides'
10.50-11.40 Lucia Athanassaki, ‘Manipulations of Rituals: Intended and Unintended Consequences
in the Lives of Cimon and Nicias’

11.40-12.00 Coffee, Refreshments

12.00-14.00 Moderator: Dimos Spatharas
12.00-12.50 Chris Pelling, ‘Ritual-gone-wrong in Demetrius and Antony; or, “you're not a deity,
you're just a very naughty boy”’
12.50-13.40 Ewen Bowie, ‘Greek élites and the Caesars: cult and cultivation from a
Plutarchan perspective’

13.40 Lunch break

16.30-18.30 Moderator: Athena Kavoulaki
16.30-17.20 Joseph Geiger, ‘Ritual and Monotheism: Plutarch on the Jews’
17.20-18.10 Katerina Oikonomopoulou, ‘Ritual and communal identity in Plutarch's Greek
and Roman Questions’

18.10-18.30 Coffee, Refreshments

18.30-20.30 Moderator: Stelios Panayotakis
18.30-19.20 Paolo Desideri, ‘Roman festivals in Plutarch's Life of Romulus’
19.20-20.10 Judith Mossman, ‘Plutarch and the Roman Triumph’

20.30 Dinner (Rethymnon, Old Town)

Saturday 29 April

9.30-11.10 Moderator: Zacharoula Petraki
9.30-10.20 Aristoula Georgiadou, ‘Rites of passage and the case of Plutarch's Erotikos’
10.20-11.10 Anna Lefteratou, ‘The Cave digression in Plutarch's Crassus’

11.10-11.30 Coffee, refreshments

11.30-13.10 Moderator: Lucia Athanassaki
11.30-12.20 Anastasios Nikolaidis, ‘Divination and Oracles: the Ritual of the Struggle between Reason
and the Irrational’
12.20-13.10 Frances Titchener, ‘Plutarch’s Shadow Women’

13.20 Departure for Eleutherna – Lunch at Eleutherna
15.30 Visit to the Museum and the Archaeological Site

20.30 Dinner (Rethymnon, Old Town)

Sunday 30 April

11.00-13.00 Conclusions – Lucia Athanassaki and Frances B. Titchener


Anybody interested in attending may contact:
Lucia Athanassaki (athanassaki@uoc.gr)

Πανεπιστημιούπολη Γάλλου, TK 74100, Ρέθυμνο, Κρήτη
28310 77780-81 28310 77782
dean@phl.uoc.gr
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