Lies and Metafiction in Ancient Narrative’

Organised by KYKNOS, the Swansea, Lampeter and Exeter Centre for Research on Ancient Narrative Literature (see ).

14th to 16th July 2007

Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, mid-Wales

The conference programme can be found below, or at

If you have any questions, please contact Meriel Jones at: meriel.jones AT

The cost is £75.50, which includes 2 nights’ accommodation at Gregynog Hall, plus all meals. For more information about Gregynog Hall, visit


If you wish to attend, please advise Meriel Jones by email, and forward your cheque, made payable to ‘University of Wales Lampeter’ (together with your name, contact details, and any special dietary requirements) to:

Meriel Jones , Department of Classics, University of Wales Lampeter, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED
Student bursaries are also available – e-mail meriel.jones AT for details.

Deadline for booking and payment: 8 June

The conference receives support from the Classical Association, Swansea University, and the University of Wales Lampeter.

Provisional Programme

Saturday 14 July

3.00 – 4.00 Introduction: John Morgan (Swansea) and Christopher Gill (Exeter)

4.00 – 4.30 Tea

4.30 – 5.30 Peter Wiseman (Exeter): Myth, history, and fiction: the return of Romulus

5.30 – 6.30 Ewen Bowie (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): Theocritus I: a hard road to fiction?


Sunday 15 July

9.00 – 10.00 Karen Ní Mheallaigh (Swansea): False things like true: Homer on fiction

10.00 – 11.00 Fritz-Gregor Herrmann (Swansea): Some truths about the 'noble lie' in Plato’s Republic

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 12.30 Mirjam Plantinga (Lampeter): Truth and deception in Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica

12.30 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 Costas Panayotakis (Glasgow): Deceiving the audience in Roman comedy

3.00 – 4.00 Ken Dowden (Birmingham): History, myth, and the bogus: 100BC – AD100

4.00 – 4.30 Tea

4.30 – 5.00 Owen Hodkinson (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): Les lettres dangeureuses: lying letters and epistolary narrative as metafiction

5.00 – 5.30 Stefan Tilg (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): Chariton’s Fama

5.30 – 6.30 Andrew Laird (Warwick): Fiction, philosophy, and logical closure


Monday 16 July

9.00 – 9.30 Hannah Mossman (Exeter): Tales and sails: sea travel and fiction in Lucian

9.30 – 10.00 Daniel King (Exeter): Odysseus, suffering, and the body in Aristeides' Hieroi logoi

10.00 – 11.00 Ian Repath (Lampeter): Myth, fiction, and narrative in Achilles Tatius

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 12.30 Daniel Ogden (Exeter): Lucian’s Hyperborean mage

12.30 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 Tim Whitmarsh (Exeter): Belief in fiction: religious and narrative conviction in the Greek novel

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