Proxima Poetis: Ancient Historiography and the Imperial Latin Poets

Department of Classics, University of Virginia

11-12 April 2008

Keynote Speakers: Shadi Bartsch, Cynthia Damon, Denis Feeney, Philip Hardie

Quintilian famously stated that historiography was 'very close to the
poets.' The relationship works both ways: just as historians were deeply
influenced by poetry, so poets might be influenced by the historians. An
earlier conference at the University of Durham in 1999 explored these
relationships for the Augustan age: the papers were subsequently published
as Clio and the Poets: Augustan Poetry and the Traditions of Ancient
Historiography (ed. D. S. Levene & D. P. Nelis, Brill 2002). Given the
scholarly attention which is currently directed at the poets of the early
empire, to say nothing of the continuing study of ancient historiography, it
seems an appropriate time to extend the exploration to the early imperial
period (c. AD 20-120).

We invite potential contributors to send abstracts of approximately 500
words by March 30, 2007 at the latest. Papers should be of 20 minutes;
contributions by established scholars and graduate students are equally

Abstracts or requests for further information may be sent to:

J. F. Miller: jfm4j AT (+ 434 924 3008)
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