Locating Popular Culture in the Ancient World: the conference

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, 4-6 July 2012


13.30-14.30 Registration (tea and coffee) (McMillan Room)

Introduction (14.30-15.40)

Chair: Lucy Grig (Edinburgh)

14.30- 15.40 Jerry Toner (Cambridge) ‘Critical issues in the study of ancient popular culture’

Holt Parker (Cincinnati) Response


Popular Knowledge and Popular Religion (15.40-16.20)

Chair: Simon Trépanier (Edinburgh)

15.40-16.10 Serafina Cuomo (Birkbeck)  ‘Locating popular knowledge in the ancient world: the case of numeracy’

16.10-16.20 Discussion

16.20-1700 Coffee

Popular Knowledge and Popular Religion (continued) (17.00-18.20)

17.00-17.30 Bob Taylor (Birkbeck) ‘Epistemologies at War: Popular knowledge, elite power and the struggle for control at Pydna’

17.30 -18.00 J. Bert Lott (Vassar) ‘Popular religion and a prophet of the Dea Syria’

18.00-18.20 Discussion

18.30 Drinks reception


Popular Performance (9.30-10.50)

Chair: Lloyd Llewellyn Jones (Edinburgh)

9.30-10.00 Edmund Stewart (Nottingham) ‘A Boeotian Phlyax Vase? Representations of popular performance on the Boeotian Kabeiric Vases’

10.00-10.30 Agnieszka Kotlinska-Toma (Wroclaw) ‘‘I do not know if I love you or hate youAncient Greek “vaudeville” songs’

10.30-10.50 Discussion

10.50-11.30 Coffee

Popular Performance (continued) (11.30-12.50)

11.30-12.00 Maya Muratov (Adelphi) ‘With Strings Attached: Puppet Theatre as Popular Entertainment in Antiquity’

12.00-12.30 Ruth Webb (Lille 3) ‘The mime as social critique: Fiction and norms’

12.30-12.50 Discussion

12.50-14.00 Lunch

Popular Literature and its Boundaries (14.00-16.00)

Chair: Calum Maciver (Edinburgh)

14.00-14.30 Lucia Floridi (Università degli Studi di Milano) ‘Greek skoptic Epigram and Popular Literature. Some observations on Book XI of the Greek Anthology and the Philogelos’

14.30-15.00 Pavlos Avlamis (Oxford) ‘Elite and popular voices in Imperial Greek literature’

15.00-15.30 Victoria Jennings (Adelaide) ‘A troublesome bird: divination in popular literary texts’

15.30-16.00 Discussion

16.00-16.40 Coffee


Popular Culture and Material Culture (16.40-18.00)

Chair: Glenys Davies (Edinburgh)

16.40-17.10 Emanuel Mayer (Chicago) ‘Popular or Elite Art? Re-evaluating the Roman Art Industry’

17.10-17.40 Max Nelson (Windsor) ‘Board Games in Ancient Greek and Roman Popular Culture’

17.40-18.00 Discussion


Popular Politics and Communication (9.10-10.30)

Chair: Andrew Erskine (Edinburgh)

9.10-9.40 Cyril Courrier (École Française de Rome) ‘L. Munatius Plancus and the gallnut (Macrobius, Sat., II, 2, 6): Plebeian humour and professional pride serving political action’

9.40-10.10 Cristina Rosillo Lopez (Universade Pablo de Olavide)  ‘Popular culture and public opinion in Roman politics’

10.10-10.30 Discussion

10.30-11.00 Coffee

Popular Politics and Communication (continued) (11-12.20)

11.00-11.30 Alexandre Vincent (École Française de Rome) ‘The sounds of power: part of the popular culture?’

11.30-12.00 Julio-Cesar Magalhaes de Oliveira (Universidade Estadual de Londrina) ‘Communication and plebeian sociability in Late Antiquity’

12.00-12.20 Discussion

12.20-13.30 Lunch

Popular Knowledge and Popular Religion in Late Antiquity (13.30-15.00)

Chair: Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh)

13.30-14.00 Nicola Denzey Lewis (Brown) ‘Popular Christianity and Lived Religion in Late Antique Rome’

14.00-14.30 Jaclyn Maxwell (Ohio) ‘Popular Theology and its Limits in Late Antiquity’

14.30-15.00 Discussion and closing remarks

1500 End of Conference


About lgrig

Lecturer in Classics at the University of Edinburgh, in search of popular culture in the ancient world
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