The Classics Graduate Student Association of the University of Virginia announces its twelfth annual Graduate Student Colloquium, “Lingua sed torpet: Manifestations of Emotions in the Ancient World,” to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, February 16, 2007.

David Konstan, John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and the Humanistic Tradition and Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University will deliver the keynote address. Professor Konstan has published on a wide variety of Classical subjects ranging from Greek and Roman comedy to the psychology and philosophy of emotion in the ancient world, including Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres (1994), Friendship in the Classical World (1997), The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks: Studies in Aristotle and Classical Literature (2006), and most recently, Terms for Eternity: Aiônios and aïdios in Classical and Christian Texts (2007).

This colloquium will explore emotions and their expression in the ancient world. In what ways are emotions expressed in ancient writers of all genres, in visual art, or in inscriptions? Do Greek communities express emotions in ways fundamentally different from Roman communities? What social and cultural values are revealed by such expressions? Conversely, how and why are expressions of emotion sometimes deliberately suppressed? How does the material record alter the views presented in literary texts? How does ancient medical theory? How does ancient art, whether painting, sculpture or even architecture, depict emotions, and how does it evoke them in the observer? How do status, gender, and ethnicity affect the expression of emotions? What is the role of emotion in Greek and Roman religious experiences? How do philosophers view emotions and their role in human life? What can ancient emotions and their expression tell us about modern views and practices?

We welcome submissions from classical studies and related fields, including art history, history, archaeology, philosophy, comparative literature, religious studies, women’s and gender studies, drama, politics, etc. Abstracts should be one page in length and submitted as attachments to Rachel Bruzzone at Your name should not appear on your abstract, so please make sure that the body of your e-mail includes your name, paper title, institution, email address, and mailing address. You may also send your abstract (with your personal information on a separate sheet) to:

Rachel Bruzzone

University of Virginia

Department of Classics

P.O. Box 400788
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Abstracts should be submitted by December 1, 2007. Please contact colloquium organizers Justin Carreker (carreker AT or Dessa Asp (moa3y AT with any questions. This announcement and updates may be found at the colloquium website: