Exegesis, Interpretation, Dialogue: Reading the Iliad Scholia

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Organisers: Tom Phillips (Oxford), Oliver Thomas (Nottingham), Adrian Kelly (Oxford)  

Invited speakers and discussants: Bill Beck (Pennsylvania), Constanze Güthenke (Oxford), Johannes Haubold (Durham), Richard Hunter (Cambridge), Fausto Montana (Pavia), Franco Montanari (Genoa), René Nünlist (Cologne), Lara Pagani (Genoa), Filippomaria Pontani (Venice), Francesca Schironi (Michigan) 

The scholia to the Iliad are a treasure-trove of responses to one of antiquity’s most important texts, and provide vital evidence for the Greeks’ reading practices, education and linguistics. Despite recent scholarly activity, the scholia remain under-appreciated beyond a limited group of specialists. This conference aims to broaden interest in the scholia by putting their practices into dialogue with other trends in ancient, Byzantine and modern responses to Homer, and reflecting on how ancient and modern notions of interpretation might inform each other. Editors will also present the latest discoveries from the manuscripts, while a closing workshop will explore how best to translate the scholia and how to embed them in teaching.

The conference will take place at the Ioannou Centre in Oxford on 5-6 July 2018. The conference fee is £35 (or £25 for Thursday, £15 for Friday). To register for the conference, please click here: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/short-courses/classics/classics-conferences-events/exegesis-interpretation-dialogue-reading-the-iliad-scholia 

We particularly encourage attendance from postgraduate students working on Homer, ancient scholarship, reception studies, or indeed anything else, who want to meet internationally recognised experts in these areas. Courtesy of the Classical Association, we have a limited number of postgraduate bursaries. Students wishing to apply should indicate in their message the approximate cost of travelling to Oxford, and confirm that they have insufficient institutional sources of funding. (Oxford-based postgraduates may apply for a small bursary towards the conference fee.)