Writing the Past
Fact and Fiction in Ancient Historiography
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOHN MARINCOLA, Florida State University
“Indeed, history, so it has been contended, needs to be as convincing as fiction”
-Ronald Syme, “Fictional History Old and New: Hadrian”
Schedule of Events
8:45-9:30am - Breakfast
9:30-10:30am - Opening Address
- "Why Latin Historiography: On Some Uses and Abuses of History in the Republic"
William Batstone, The Ohio State university
10:30-11:30am Panel 1
"Epinikios Historiē“: The Importance of Pindar and Poetic Pleasure for Herodotus' Inquiry"
Matt Simonton, Standford University
"When you have to tell a lie, tell it': Herodotus and Darius' Bisitun Inscriptions"
Nicholas Geller,University of Michigan
11:30-1:00pm - Lunch
1:00-2:00pm - Coffee Break
2:15-3:15pm - Panel 2
- "Myth and History's Audience in Thucydides' Peloponnesian War"
Sarah Miller Esposito, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Cicero's Epistolary Brundisium"
Virginia Closs, University of Pensylvania
2:00-2:15pm - Coffee Break
2:15-3:15pm - Panel 3
- "Ovid's Fact-Making Fictions"
Nandini Pandey, College of Wooster/Univeristy of California Berkeley
"Valerius Flaccus, Historian: The Ends of Ovid and Lucan in the Argonautico"
Leo Landrey, Brown University
3:15-3:30pm - Coffee Break
3:30-4:30pm - Keynote Speaker
"Did the Greeks and Romans Believe in Their Histories?"
John Marincola, Florida State University