March 2017


Ovid: Death and Transfiguration

  • Thursday, 9 March 2017 - 9:30am to 7:30pm
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.

Organized in collaboration with the Sapienza Università di Roma, the first day of the three-day conference will be held at the American Academy in Rome and the second and third days at Sapienza Università di Roma.

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

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

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.