March 2017


Ovid: Death and Transfiguration

  • Thursday, 9 March 2017 - 9:30am to 7:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

The title of this conference reflects the fact that 2017 marks the 2000th anniversary of the poet's own death. This is a conventional reckoning: nothing in Ovid's poetry can be dated after AD 17, but we have no external evidence about when he died, and the alludes both to this and to other uncertainties regarding death as a theme in Ovid's poetry. In his love poetry, Ovid does not share the often morbid fascination with death that characterizes his elegiac predecessors, Tibullus and Propertius. In his later poetry, death takes different forms, including bodily metamorphosis, literary canonization, and political exile. The conference will focus on these and related aspects, including the earliest stages of Ovid's posthumous reception.

The conference is organized in collaboration with Sapienza Università di Roma. The first day (March 9) of the three-day conference will be held at the American Academy in Rome and the second and third days (March 10-11) at Sapienza Università di Roma.

9 March 2017
American Academy in Rome
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Sala Conferenze

10 March 2017
Sapienza Università di Roma
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
Odeion, Facoltà di Letteree Filosofia

11 March 2017
Sapienza Università di Roma
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
​Aula I, Facoltà di Letteree Filosofia

Participants: Alessandro BARCHIESI, Bettina BERGMANN, Francesca Romana BERNO, Alessandro BETORI, Emma BUCKLEY, Sergio CASALI, Andrea CUCCHIARELLI, Jacqueline FABRE-SERRIS, Joseph FARRELL, Laurel FULKERSON, Luigi GALASSO, Philip HARDIE, Stephen HINDS, Alison KEITH, Florence KLEIN, Mario LABATE, Giuseppe LA BUA, John MILLER, Damien NELIS, Ellen OLIENSIS, Bettina REITZ JOOSE, Gianpiero ROSATI, Alessandro SCHIESARO, Alison SHARROCK, Thea THORSEN, Katharina VOLK, Anke WALTER

Papers will be given in English and Italian. On March 9, you can watch this event livestreamed at

Organizers: Joe Farrell (University of Pennsylvania, RAAR’13), Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester), Damien Nelis (University of Geneva), John Miller (University of Virginia).

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.