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Hellenistic Workshop 2021

From:Th 16-09-2021
Until:Fr 17-09-2021
Crisis and resilience in Hellenistic Poetry

15th Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry "Crisis and resilience in Hellenistic Poetry"

The Department of Greek and Latin at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) hereby announces the 15th workshop in the series "Workshops on Hellenistic Poetry" to be held in Groningen on 16-17 September 2021 (Thursday–Friday). Due to Covid-19 and possible travel restrictions, this conference will be held online.


The theme of this workshop will be Crisis and Resilience in Hellenistic Poetry.

Crises come in many forms. War, famine and illness plague humanity, and severe personal crises (conflict, rejection, loss) are also an integral part of human condition. The challenge for individuals has always been to overcome crisis, both on a global and on a personal level. In different ages, such resilience has looked different. It can take the form of increased religiosity, superstition, or attempts at magic; it may express itself in increased violence and revenge, or reconciliation. And of course a turn to different forms of philosophy: the Hellenistic age is especially famous for Epicureanism and Stoicism, propagating peace of mind through ataraxia and apatheia. These philosophies affected the literature of the age: it has been suggested that Epicureanism influenced Theocritean poetry; Stoic backgrounds colour Aratus’ Phaenomena and Cleanthes’ Hymn to Zeus. But beyond philosophy, individual emotional coping mechanisms may be imagined: practical solutions to global crises (migration, rebuilding of cities, peace treaties) or emotional responses to personal crises (e.g., denial, aggression, apology, appeasement, forgiveness and mourning rituals).

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Thursday 16 September

Time Speaker Title Respondent
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and Registration

Panel 1: Hellenistic Crises and Modes of Resilience

Chair: Jacqueline Klooster

09:15 - 09:55 Evina Sistakou The Crisis of the Hellenistic Self Matthew Chaldekas
09:55 - 10:35 Maria Noussia Hellenistic Crises and Cynic 'modus vivendi' Michele Solitario
10:35 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 11:25 Maria Giuseppetti The fight for the Past: Rethinking the Antiquarian Dimension of Alexandrian Poetry Brett Evans
11:25 - 12:05 Daniel Anderson Personal Crises in Callimachus' Epigrams To be announced
12:05 - 13:00 Lunch Break

Panel 2: Resilience through poetry (1): Sickness and healing, life and death

Chair: Floris Overduin

13:00 - 13:40 Regina Höschele

Poetry as ‘all-healing pharmakon for everything’ (Call. AP 12.150.4): variations on a theme in Hellenistic verse

Davide Massimo
13:40 - 14:20 Sherry Lee

Sumpathes algos: Longevity and consolation in the epitymbia of the New Posidippus

Chiara Pesaresi
14:20 - 15:00 Figen Geerts

Escaping Prolonged Suffering: Conceptions of Health and Healing in Hellenistic Poetry

Alberto Mantovani
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break

Panel 3: Resilience through poetry (2): Politics and Poetics

Chair: to be announced

15:15 - 15:55 Viola Pamieri A Greek Survivor: Alcaeus of Messene's 'Demosthenic' Voice Jacqueline Klooster
15:55 - 16:35 Myrtille Remond

Crises, Résilience et poésie dans les Syracusaines de Théocrite

Benjamin Acosta-Hughes

Friday 17 September

Time Speaker Title Respondent

Panel 4: Crisis, Resilience, and the divine

Chair: Jackie Murray

10:00 – 10:40

Ivana Petrovic

Crisis, pollution, and purification

Saskia Peels

10:40 – 11:20

Alexandros Kampakoglou

Crisis Resolution in Callimachus’ Hymn 6: Ideological and Poetical Implications of the Myth of Erysichthon

Annemarie Ambühl

11:20 – 12:00

Thomas Nelson

Epiphany and Salvation in Inscribed Hellenistic Poetry

Simone Oppen

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break

Panel 5: Crisis and Resilience in the Argonautica

Chair: Annette Harder

13:00 - 13:40 Martine Cuypers Jason and Resilience Yuhján Claros
13:40 - 14:20 Brian McPhee Uncool in a Crisis: Apollonius' Tragic Telamon (Arg. 1.1280-1344) Kathleen Kidder
14:20 - 14:40 Coffee Break
14:40 - 15:20 Timothy Kenny The Resilient Reader on Lemnos Vasia Kousoulini
15:20 - 16:00 Noah Mason-Davies Silence at Moments of Crisis in Apollonius' Argonautica Thomas Nelson
16:00 - 16:30 Conclusion