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Call For Papers (Electra)


The e-journal “Electra” welcomes submissions of articles for its forthcoming volume (due to appear in 2018), which will exclusively focus on “Cheating in Ancient Myth”. Contributors are encouraged to explore all aspects of “cheating”, understood in its widest sense as “art of deceit”, in both Greek and Roman mythological tradition. In particular, the volume seeks to highlight “cheating” as a multidimensional narrative pattern and analyze its multifaceted manifestations in all thematic fields (e.g. warfare, love affairs, sympotic context, etc.), against both human and divine backdrops.


All submissions must be original and written in one of the following languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.


Please, send your submission directly to the chief editor of “Electra”, Professor Menelaos Christopoulos (


Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2018 (NB the deadline will be strictly observed).


For those who do not know us (yet): “Electra” ( is an electronic journal issued by the “Centre for the Study of Myth and Religion in Greek and Roman Antiquity” (, which is founded by and affiliated with the Department of Philology of the University of Patras, Greece (


“Electra” relies on double-blind peer review process, in order to ensure the quality and originality of its publications.








Fourth International Nonnus of Panopolis in Context Conference

'Poetry at the crossroads'



Ghent (Belgium), 19-21 April 2018



Confirmed keynote speakers:

Domenico Accorinti, Gianfranco Agosti, Hélène Frangoulis, Gennaro D’Ippolito, Tim Whitmarsh




> > ‘Nonnus in Context’


Once understudied, the fascinating poetry of Nonnus of Panopolis (5th c AD and author of both the last grand epic poem of antiquity and of a hexametric paraphrase of the Gospel of John in the same ‘baroque’ style) has, in the past decades, aroused the interest of many. One of the results of this (re)new(ed) interest in the poetry of the ‘Egyptian Homer’ is the recently appeared Brill’s Companion to Nonnus (2016) – voluminous like Nonnus’ work itself. In the preface, the editor, Domenico Accorinti, adequately describes the ongoing process of Nonnus’ “becoming a classic” and how the current vitality of the scholarly dialogue on Nonnus contributes to that.


One of the signs of this vitality are the ‘Nonnus in Context’ conferences, a series of scientific gatherings initiated by Konstantinus Spanoudakis, who organized the first one in May 2011 (proceedings: ed. Spanoudakis 2014) and after him continued by Herbert Bannert and Nicole Kröll (Vienna 2013) and Filip Doroszewski (Warsaw 2015). Ghent 2018 is the fourth event in what by now is an established series.




> > Nonnus of Panopolis in Context IV: Poetry at the Crossroads.


The subtitle for this fourth edition refers to the - indeed multifaceted – metaphor of the ‘crossroads’. From a crossroads you can look forwards, backwards but also sideways. Likewise, when standing at a crossroads, you are visible from all sides. Crossroads, therefore, open many perspectives. This central metaphor is chosen in the first place as an invitation to (further) explore these perspectives along the horizontal and vertical axes of the literary tradition and late antique society. It aims to direct the focus not exclusively on Nonnus, but indeed to highlight the context (not restricted to a specific time-frame, language, genre or art form) in which to interpret his poetry, while also welcoming contributions in which Nonnus’ poetry is only a significant part of the context.


Simultaneously it is also an invitation to reflect on the ways we as modern scholars give shape to the field we are studying. Nonnus is considered a pivotal author, between tradition and innovation, between classical paideia and Christian poetics. The vitality of Nonnus studies in the past decade(s) has not changed Nonnus’ poetry, but has thoroughly influenced the way it is perceived today. If Nonnus is our poet at the crossroads, should we not also keep in mind that we had a hand in constructing the roads?


This conference invites contributions that approach Nonnus’ poetry in/and/or its context from any direction or distance.  Suggestions for future road works, new road signs and (other) reflections on the development of our field are most welcome!




>> Practicalities


Paper proposals (for 20 minutes’ presentations in English, French or German) are welcome from anyone interested in the subject. As has been the case for the previous editions, the aim is to create a balanced conference programme with presentations of PhD students, early career researchers and more experienced scholars.


Abstracts (200-300 words) should be sent to by 1 October 2017.

Please clearly mention your name, current position and affiliation. In early November you will be notified of the acceptance of your paper. Please note that the number of available timeslots is limited. If you have any other questions or if you would like to attend the conference without giving a paper, you can also contact




Members of the organizing and scientific committees:


Kristoffel Demoen (Ghent)

Koen De Temmerman (Ghent)

Fotini Hadjittofi (Lisbon)

David Hernández de la Fuente (Uned Madrid)

Johan Leemans (Leuven)

Anna Lefteratou (Heidelberg)

Rachele Ricceri (Ghent)

Tine Scheijnen (Ghent)

Peter Van Deun (Leuven)




Conference Organizer:


Dr. Berenice Verhelst

Literature Department

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

University of Ghent

Blandijnberg 2

9000 Gent









Monday 23 July - Friday 27 July 2018



The UCL Department of Greek and Latin is organising a five-day Summer School in Homer for anyone interested in studying the Homeric epics. The Summer School offers five days of intensive teaching of Homeric language and literature for students of different levels, a class on Homer from Translation, Philosophy and Homer, Latin Palaeography and Homer, Papyrology and Homer and a class on Linear B. There will be lectures and seminars on a wide variety of Homeric topics, a Ceramics workshop and two screenings of with readings of the Iliad in different languages.  



For more information please visit our webpage:


or email the Summer School:




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