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Workshop: Epic Heroism in Late Antiquity



Centre for Classical Studies
School of Arts and Humanities
Alameda da Universidade

University of Lisbon

1600-214 Lisbon


15–16 September 2022, Room B112.H, School of Arts and Humanities (FLUL)

Workshop Programme



10.00             Welcome and Introduction


10.15–11.30    Heroism and Speech

Jan Stenger (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)

"Can the Subaltern Speak? Deconstructing Epic Heroism in Late Antiquity"

Berenice Verhelst (University of Amsterdam)

"Who's Speaking? A Computer-Based Analysis of the Homeric Voices in the Homerocentones (First Recension)"


11.30–12.00    Coffee break


12.00–13.15    The Late Antique Achilles

Fotini Hadjittofi (Universidade de Lisboa)

"Short-Circuiting Heroism: Suicidal Achilles(es) in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica"

William J. Dominik (Universidade de Lisboa / University of Otago)

"Achilles as a Heroic Figure in Late Antique Latin Literature"


13.15–15.00    Lunch break


15.00–16.15    The Tragic Heroes of Dracontius

Cillian O’Hogan (University of Toronto)

"The Tragic Hero on the Epic Stage: Dracontius, Orestis Tragoedia"

Sophia Papaioannou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

"Re-Echoing Hylas: Dracontius’ Myth and the Classical Tradition"




10.00–11.15    Heroism and Gender

Tine Scheijnen (Ghent University)

"Wild Women and Heroic Power: Modern Perspectives on Late Antique and Medieval Women in the Trojan War"

Laura Miguélez-Cavero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) 

"Too Much . . . Too Little . . . Just Right: Adjustments of Dionysus' Heroism in Nonnus' Dionysiaca"


11.15–11.45    Coffee break


11.45–13.00    Heroic Saints 

Anna Lefteratou (University of Cambridge)

"The Christian Heroic Regime in Theodoret of Cyrrhus’ A History of the Monks in Syria"

Thomas Tsartsidis (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

"Romanising Heroes in Prudentius’ Peristephanon"


13.00–14.45    Lunch break


14.45–16.00    Heroism and Historical Figures I

Catherine Ware  (University College Cork)

"Arms and the Man I Praise: The Hero in Latin Prose Panegyric"

Adrien Bresson (Université de Lyon – Saint-Étienne)

"Theodosius in Claudian’s III Cons. and IV Cons.: Building an Epic Model of Heroism"


16.00–16.30    Coffee break


16.30–17.45    Heroism and Historical Figures II

Vicente Flores Militello (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

"The Hyperborean Maidens and Rome’s New Hero: A Device of Heroization in Claudian’s “Epic Hunt” (Claud. Stil. 3.237-369)"

Gianfranco Agosti (Università di Pisa)

"Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Classicizing Historians of Late Antiquity"


Image: Marble relief of Achilles dragging the corpse of Hector around Patroclus' tomb; from the lid of a Greek marble sarcophagus. Ostia Archaeological Museum, inventory no. SBAO 43504, 160 CE. Source

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