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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 640: Late Antique Materialities, II: Poetry and Materiality

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Richard Flower, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter
Rebecca Usherwood, School of Classics, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Julia Hillner, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 640-aPoetry, Public Display, and Political Power in Ostrogothic Italy
(Language: English)
Sean Tandy, Department of Classical Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Epigraphy, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought
Paper 640-bThe Materiality of Latin Poetry: Late Antique Manuscripts and Inscriptions in Context
(Language: English)
Gabriel Nocchi Macedo, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FRS-FNRS), Université de Liège
Index terms: Art History - General, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Manuscripts and Palaeography, Rhetoric
Paper 640-cHis Dionysiac Materials: The Epistemology of Images in Nonnus's Dionysiaca
(Language: English)
Guy Walker, Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Art History - General, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy, Rhetoric

Late antiquity witnessed a great flourishing of poetic composition in a wide variety of forms and contexts. Like so many other aspects of this period, however, its poetry used to be dismissed as stale, derivative and excessively mannered. This panel will build upon recent rehabilitations of late-antique poetry as innovative and self-consciously engaging with its place in a literary tradition, as well as playing important social, cultural and political functions within elite society. The three papers will examine poetic materiality from a variety of perspectives, including the epistemological status of material forms in epic (Walker), the graphical representation of metre in papyri and inscriptions (Nocchi Macedo) and the continuation of Roman ideology and power through the public display of poetry in the Ostrogothic kingdom (Tandy).