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Anchoring Innovation workshop "Innovating objects? Reading spolia in Greek and Latin literature"

When:Fr 22-01-2021 09:30 - 18:00

Explorative workshop organized by Irene de Jong (UvA) and Miguel John Versluys (UL) in the framework of Anchoring Innovation workpackage 2.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please e-mail and you will receive the Zoom link closer to the date.


We will discuss five spolia scenes. Each scene is first discussed from a literary/linguistic perspective (20-25 minutes) and subsequently from a historical/archaeological perspective (20-25 minutes) before a general discussion.

9.30-10.00 Welcome & introduction: Re-reading spolia: objects as innovators? (Miguel John Versluys)

10.00-11.00 Herodotus, 9.80-83: Persian objects entering the Greek world (Irene de Jong and Janric van Rookhuijzen)

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-12.30 Cicero, De Natura Deorum 3.84-85: Greek objects entering Sicily (Christoph Pieper and Rebecca Henzel)

12.30-13.30 Polybius 9.10: Sicilian objects entering the Roman Republic (Rutger Allan and Suzan van de Velde)

13.30-14.00 Break

14.00-15.00 Diodorus Siculus, 31.8.9-31.8.13 (+ Plutarch, Aemilius P., 32-34): Macedonian objects entering the Roman Republic (Michel Buijs and Rolf Strootman)


Josephus, Bellum Judaicum 7.121-152: Jewish objects entering the Roman Empire (Luuk Huitink and Eric Moormann)

16.00-16.30 Break

16.30-17.00 Intrusive objects and excessive agency: an anthropological perspective (Pieter ter Keurs)

17.00-17.30 Conclusion (Carrie Vout)

17.30-18.00 Concluding discussion moderated by the organizers.