And Call It Peace: New Perspectives on Ancient Wars

Graduate Student Conference

Ph.D. Program in Classics

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Saturday, April 25, 2009

At Agricola 30, Tacitus has Calgacus, a Caledonian tribal leader, say of the
Romans "Auferre trucidare rapere falsis nominibus imperium, atque ubi
solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant." Modern experience often prompts new
ways of reading the ancient. For example, the Cold War lent added poignancy
to Calgacus' nearly Orwellian sentiments; in the 1970s, the Vietnam war
fueled a debate in Virgilian studies on the political meanings of the
Aeneid; and in recent years, Victor Hanson and Donald Kagan, among others,
have written about the contemporary implications of ancient warfare.

For this conference, we seek papers on war and its effects in the ancient
world. Papers may address military and imperial policy as well as actual
military conflict, and may consider civil war, national wars, the impact of
war on the home front, and war as a metaphor for other phenomena such as
love or self-mastery. Moreover, we seek papers that consider both material
and literary culture and that draw on sources from history, philosophy,
poetry (epic, lyric, dramatic, satiric), prose (history, oratory,
philosophy), art (painting, sculpture, coins, jewelry), architecture and
archaeology. Papers may focus on any part of the ancient Mediterranean world
in any period of antiquity.

Graduate students interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract
of 300 words or less to callitpeace AT On your abstract include your
name, institution, city and state (country if not USA), email and phone
number. Email your abstract as a Word file by November 30, 2008.
Notifications will be sent in January. Cosponsored by The PhD Program in
Classics, the Classical and Ancient Near East Studies Group and the Doctoral
Students' Council. Other Cosponsors pending.