Unity and Inconsistency in Flavian Epic

Legutóbbi frissítés: 2014. 08. 31.

Flavian Epic Network Conference 2014

Unity and Inconsistency in Flavian Epic

An international conference at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE),
Budapest, 4–5 September 2014

Unity has been an important principle of aesthetics and literary criticism from Plato, Aristotle and Horace in antiquity (and especially in their 18—19th c. reception) to theoretical movements like Russian formalism and New Criticism in the 20th century. Although some post-structuralist theories have questioned it, and although epic as a genre always, to some extent, resisted it, insistence on the aesthetic integrity and coherence of any literary text has influenced – and continues to influence – most activities of classical philologists from textual criticism to literary interpretation and constructing the canons of Greek and Roman literary history.

Flavian epics have often been criticized, among other reasons, precisely for not being simplex et unum: for their lack of perfect coherence and their apparent episodic character. The "Flavian revival" has brought with it a greater sensitivity for inconsistency as an aesthetic phenomenon as well, and led to re-interpretations of individual passages, but no general study has been published about the subject. James O'Hara's recent investigation of Inconsistency in Roman epic (2006), however, is doubly interesting from our point of view: first, because it shows the presence of inconsistency as a poetic strategy in the Roman epic tradition which the Flavian epics joined; and second, because it stops with a short chapter on Lucan. The aim of our conference is, then, to continue this work and discuss issues of unity and inconsistency in the field of Flavian epic.

Organizers: Attila Ferenczi, Dániel Kozák

 

PROGRAM 
(all sessions in room B/217)

4 September  
   
9.30—9.45 Opening the conference
9.45—10.45
Andrew Zissos (University of California, Irvine): 
Theorizing Inconsistency in Flavian Epic
   
Coffee break  
   
Chair: Péter Agócs
11.00—11.35
Ruth Parkes (University of Wales Trinity Saint David): 
Stars and darkness: inconsistency and unity in Statius’ Thebaid
11.35—12.10
Jean-Michel Hulls (Dulwich College, London): 
Take the power back: Genre and gender domination in Statius’ Thebaid
   
Lunch  
   
Chair: Helen Lovatt 
14.00—14.35
Jessica Blum (Yale University, New Haven): 
Juno Audax: Rethinking Genre in the Argonautica
14.35—15.10
Emma Buckley (University of St. Andrews): 
Phineus and the anger of (un)just Jove: Inconsistency and Interpretation in Valerius
Flaccus’ Argonautica
15.10—15.45
Dániel Kozák (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): 
Geography and Narrative: (Not) Crossing the Ebro in Silius’ Punica
   
Coffee break  
   
Chair: Ruth Parkes
16.15—16.50
Helen Lovatt (University of Nottingham): 
Suppressing Apollonius in Valerius Flaccus? The election scene 
16.50—17.25
Antonio Río Torres Murciano (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México): 
Variations on Sarpedon: Flavian Responses to Virgilian Inconsistency 
17.25—18.00
Antony Augoustakis (University of Illinois, Urbana): 
Dreaming Inconsistency: Ismene in Thebaid 8
   
5 September  
   
Chair: Andrew Zissos
10.00—10.35
Attila Ferenczi (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): 
The Broken Hero in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica
10.35—11.10
Cecilia Criado (University of Santiago de Compostela): 
The inconsistency inherent to epic Zeus/Jupiter
11.10—11.45
Claire Stocks (Radboud University, Nijmegen): 
The Flavian Medea: Rewriting the Greek World in Valerius’ Argonautica 
   
Lunch  
   
Chair: Attila Ferenczi
13.30—14.05
Robert Simms (Chuo University, Tokyo): 
The Prologues of Euripides’ Phoinissae and Statius’ Thebaid 
14.05—14.40
Anke Walter (University of Rostock): 
Regulus and the inconsistencies of fame
   
Coffee break  
   
Chair: Attila Ferenczi
14.40—15.15
Susanne Borowski (University of Amsterdam): 
The fictional amazon Asbyte as a structural element in Silius Italicus’ historical epic Punica
15.15—15.50
Pieter van den Broek (University of Amsterdam): 
The Linus and Coroebus Episode: A Mirror-Text?