Aphrodite revealed: A goddess disclosed
University of Reading, Department of Classics
8-9 May, 2008
The Greek goddess of love is ambiguous, alluring, and influential. The Greeks offer at least two mythic traditions regarding her birth, and never agreed as to her origins, perhaps foreign. Aphrodite's representations served many purposes: religious, political, and secular. Her story became no clearer in later antiquity, and her post-antique depiction and its reception continue to beguile.

The image of Aphrodite has been at the centre of the Ure Museum of Archaeology since its recent redesign. She thus invites scholars to Reading to debate her persona and its representation.

We seek papers for a two-day interdisciplinary international colloquium on the subject of Aphrodite revealed. Discussion in all areas is welcome, but suggested topics may include:

* Aphrodite's representation and representation
* The genealogy of the goddess
* Her arrival in Greece
* The manipulation of her multiple guises
* Her reception during and since antiquity

Scholars, including postgraduate students, are asked to send 300-word abstracts, before 30 November 2007, to either:
Dr. Amy C. Smith Department of Classics
Wolfson College School of Humanities
Oxford University of Reading, Whiteknights
RG6 6AA a.c.smith AT reading.ac.uk

Miss Sadie Pickup
Wolfson College
sadie.pickup AT wolfson.ox.ac.uk