The Ninth Annual Classics Graduate Student Colloquium at The University of Virginia
Perspectives on the Past: The Politics of (Re)Making History
February 26, 2005
Keynote Address: Professor Mary Lefkowitz, Archeology and the Politics of Origins: The Search for Pyramids in Greece.
The Classics Graduate Student Association of the University of Virginia invites papers for its ninth Graduate Student Colloquium, "Perspectives on the Past: The Politics of (Re)Making History", to be held in Charlottesville on Saturday, February 26, 2005.
The keynote speaker will be Professor Mary Lefkowitz of Wellesley College. Professor Lefkowitz has published extensively on the gods in myth, women in antiquity, on the "Black Athena" controversy, Pindar, and ancient biography.
As classicists we are well aware of the importance of interpreting the past, but this colloquium will investigate ways in which antiquity has been presented in modern times and how the ancients viewed and represented their own history. For example, how have political movements used classical literature and archaeological expeditions to further their agendas? How did Augustus present his own past accomplishments in the Res Gestae as propaganda for his principate? In what ways do historians like Livy, Herodotus, and Thucydides present a picture of the past which advances a program of action for their own present? How do different peoples' myths of origins, like eponymous heroes and the self-professed autochthony of the Athenians, provide a foundation for their identities and actions? In what ways does the mythological account of Vergil's Aeneid support the contemporary imperial ideals? To what extent do modern Greeks and Italians construct their identities in dialogue with their "glorious past"? How are modern socio-political ideologies reinforced by reinterpretations or appropriations of classical antiquity?
We welcome submissions from all fields of Classical studies, including philology, art history, history, philosophy, etc. Abstracts should be one page in length and submitted anonymously to: