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9th Annual Graduate Colloquium in Classics

Writing the Past
Fact and Fiction in Ancient Historiography

Jacque Louis David: Rape of the Sabine Women, 1799 (Musee du Louvre, Paris).


“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


Please direct any questions to Mark Wright or Corey Hackworth