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Duce Natura: Linguistic Naturalism in the late Roman Republic

17-04-2015 - 19-04-2015


Friday 17th April Ioannou Centre For Classical and Byzantine Studies

9am Welcome

Session I: 9.15am – 12.45 pm

Giuseppe Pezzini & Barnaby Taylor (Oxford) First thoughts on linguistic naturalism

Ada Bronowski (Oxford) Roman Naturalism about Language: A cover-up Story

Myrto Hatzimichali (Cambridge) Stoic Linguistic Theory and Aristotle’s Categories

A. Verlinsky (St.Petersburg) Posidonius' innovations in Stoic naturalism, Diodorus of Sicily, I, 7-8, and Epicurus

Session II 2pm – 5.30 pm

Anna Chahoud (Trinity College Dublin) Res ac ratio: Lucilius on spelling and pronunciation of Latin

Alessandro Garcea (Sorbonne) Nigidius Figulus’ Naturalism: Between
Grammar and Philosophy

Tobias Reinhardt (Oxford) Naturalism in Cicero’s Academica

Casper De Jonge (Leiden) Linguistic Naturalism and Natural Style:  From Cicero and Varro to Dionysius of Halicarnassus

7pm Conference Dinner 

Saturday 18th April

Session III 9.15am – 12.45 pm

James Zetzel (Columbia) Nature and Nature’s Laws: Language and Institutions in Cicero and Varro

Wolfgang De Melo (Oxford) Naturalism in Morphology:Varro on derivation and inflexion

David Blank (UCLA) Varro on the Natural Kinship of Words and Things

Peter Kruschwitz (Reading) Multa ab animalium vocibus tralata in homines: Varro on Natural Etymologies
(Varro ling. 7.103)

The conference concludes with lunch (from approx. 12.45 pm).

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The conference is open to scholars and students from any institution.


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