Classically Inclined

July 24, 2014

On the road – upcoming schedule

Filed under: Research — lizgloyn @ 4:40 pm
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I have spent most of the last few months running around conferences like billy-o – and it’s not over yet! I’m around for some things in August and September, and if you’re interested, you may want to come along…

15th August 2014: ‘A common thread: Representations of the Minotaur in London’, Diversity in Speculative Fiction, LonCon3 Academic Track, London.

19th August 2014: ‘Fathers, be good to your daughters: Seneca, Augustus and familial ethics’, Commemorating Augustus: A Bimillennial Re-evaluation, Leeds.

16th September 2014: ‘Avoiding the master’s house: Representing women’s space on the Roman comic stage’, Is Gender Still Relevant? Examining The State of Play in the Historical Disciplines, Bradford.

These are all papers that have seen the light of day in one form or another, but I’m looking forward to getting the ideas out to some new audiences and to getting some new feedback. Hope to see some of you there!


  1. Hello Liz,
    Just read your abstract for the Augustus commemoration and a few ideas hit me that I thought I could share.
    It is worthwhile to link Ovid’s exile with Augustus’ moral laws.
    Through exile Seneca shares an interesting bond and respect for Ovid which can be read in all his works.
    In the consolations Seneca shows great respect for Marcia, his mother Helvia and his Aunt. This is often just commented upon in terms of them showing masculine virtues (as such condescending and mysoginistic). I prefer to read Seneca as championing strength of character. Thus too, his criticisms of Maecenas as effeminate can be read as merely discriminatory or as political.
    Lastly, comparisons between the relationships between Augustus and his daughter Julia and Agrippina and Nero may be fruitful in terms of a hidden agenda by Seneca at teh time of his writing On the Shortness of Life.

    Comment by Max Bini — July 25, 2014 @ 2:08 am | Reply

    • Thanks for these thoughts, Max! Actually, the consolations to Marcia and Helvia are the keystones of chapter one of the book, which also argues that these are meant to be positive role models. I’m not focusing so much on Ovid there, but there’s more about the interplay between Ovid and Seneca in the exilic works in my article on the Ad Polybium, which will be out with the American Journal of Philology this year. Augustus’ paper will touch on the Augustus/Julia and Agrippina/Nero parallels, but there’s only so much one can say in twenty minutes! That said, I think it’s always wise to be a bit wary of reading too much into the political alternatives of these texts – yes, there are undercurrents there, but it’s far too tempting to build grand castles in the air without sufficient evidence from the text. But then, as Bartsch would argue, part of the point of doublespeak is to make sure there’s nothing in the text which can be used to explicitly accuse you, which does make the question of scholarly analysis centuries later a bit tricky.

      Comment by lizgloyn — July 25, 2014 @ 8:17 am | Reply

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