A KYKNOS conference at University College Cork, Ireland

Wednesday 29 August - Friday 31 August 2007

The reception of the texts of ancient Greece and Rome in later literature and culture has emerged as an area of intense scholarly interest in recent years. The ancient Greek and Roman novels, rich in intertextuality and allusion, provide ample scope for the study of the reception of earlier literature in the narrative of the Empire.

In this context, the Department of Classics at University College Cork will host a KYKNOS conference on 29-31 August 2007, with the aim of exploring the reception of earlier Greek and Roman literature in the ancient novels and the way in which reception shapes the novels' content, structure and style. It is envisaged that this will include the reception of a variety of genres, such as epic, historiography, philosophy, drama and oratory.

Speakers include John Morgan, Tim Whitmarsh, Michael Paschalis and Costas Panayotakis.

KYKNOS is the Swansea, Lampeter and Exeter Centre for Research in the Study of Ancient Narrative Literature.

This conference is funded by the UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science Conference Fund and the UCC Classics Department.


This conference will take place in the O'Rahilly Building, room 2.55

Wednesday, 29 August - afternoon session
(Chair: TBA)
3.00 - 4.00 Registration and tea
4.00 - 4.30 Introduction: conference organisers and KYKNOS director
4.30 - 5.30 Tim Whitmarsh (Exeter): 'Novelists Cite Novelists'
5.30 - 6.30 John Morgan (Swansea): 'Philetas and Longus'


Thursday, 30 August - morning session
(Chair: TBA)
9.00 - 10.00 Koen De Temmerman (Stanford): 'Where Philosophy and Rhetoric Meet: Character Typification in the Greek Novel'
10.00 - 11.00 Ian Repath (Lampeter): 'Platonic Love and Erotic Ignorance in Longus' Daphnis and Chloe'
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 12.30 Konstantin Doulamis (UCC): 'Forensic Oratory and Rhetorical Theory in Chariton'
12.30 - 2.00 Lunch

Thursday, 30 August - afternoon session
(Chair: TBA)
2.00 - 3.00 Maria-Elpiniki Oikonomou (Swansea): 'Only Dreaming... Anthia's Dream in the Ephesiaka'
3.00 - 4.00 Elias Koulakiotis (Rethymnon): 'The Rhetoric of the Otherness: Geography, Historiography and Zoology in Alexander's Letter about India and the Alexander Romance'

Late afternoon free to explore Cork City.

Conference Dinner

Friday, 31 August - morning session
(Chair: TBA)
9.00 - 10.00 Costas Panayotakis (Glasgow): 'Petronius' Iambics on the Condemnation of Luxury (Sat. 55.5-6)'
10.00 - 11.00 Maeve O'Brien (NUI Maynooth): 'Writing the Pale Imitation: the Story of Meroe and Socrates in Apuleius' Metamorphoses 1. 1-19'
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 12.30 Michael Paschalis (Rethymnon): 'Petronius and Virgil: Readings and Contexts'
12.30 - 1.00 Closing discussion
1.00 - 2.00 Lunch

Conference fee:
The conference fee is EUR 80 (EUR 40 for students), which includes tea, coffee, lunch on the Thursday and Friday, and dinner on the Wednesday, but excludes accommodation and the conference dinner on the Thursday (on which see below).

Conference dinner:
There will be a three-course conference dinner on Thursday, 30 August, at a cost of EUR 45 per person (excluding drinks).

We regret that the conference is unable to arrange accommodation in Cork, but the organisers would be more than happy to assist with advice on local B&Bs and University accommodation.

Those wishing to attend should contact Konstantin Doulamis (email: K.Doulamis At by 11 August.