School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Conference: 'Authors, addressees, and audiences in Roman letters'

The conference is a collaboration between Classicists from the University of Edinburgh,  University of Bari, and Radboud University in Nijmegen. It will be an in-person event, though outside participants are very welcome. Please register ( so we can distribute texts in advance and plan catering.


  • 9.00-9.10     Gavin Kelly (University of Edinburgh) Introduction
  • 9.10-9.50     Laura Losito (Durham University) Cicero: Letters to C. Antonius and P. Sestius (Fam. 5.5–6)
  • 9.50-10.30    Roy Gibson (Durham University) Pliny Ep. 6.1 to Calestrius Tiro
  • 10.30- 11.00   Coffee break
  • 11.00-11.40   Janja Soldo (University of Edinburgh) Fronto De Feriis Alsiensibus 3.1–2
  • 11.40-12.20   Matthijs Zoeter (Ghent University) The purged senator. Symmachus Ep. 2.1

12.20-13.30   Lunch break

  • 13.30-4.10   Alison John (University of Oxford) Ausonius’ Ep. 6 and bilingual poetry in the late antique West
  • 14.10-14.50   Andrew Morrison (University of Glasgow) Gregory of Nazianzus’ letters to Nicobulus (Epp.  51–54)

14.50-15.20   Coffee break

  • 15.20-16.00   Joop van Waarden (Radboud University) Sidonius Ep. 3.12 to Secundus and the rehabilitation of Apollinaris sr.
  • 16.00-16.40   Giulia Marolla (University of Bari) Sidonius Ep. 5.11 to Potentinus
  • 16.40-17.20   Willum Westenholz (University of Vienna) Sidonius Ep. 9.11 and the Lupus “dossier”
  • 17.20 Concluding remarks


Please email Giulia Marolla (

Organising committee: Gavin Kelly, Giulia Marolla, Joop van Waarden, Janja Soldo

Feb 20 2023 -

Conference: 'Authors, addressees, and audiences in Roman letters'

The event focuses on Roman letters from Cicero to Sidonius, and on the relationship of author, addressee, and audience. Each speaker will introduce either an individual letter or a small dossier of related letters for discussion.

Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh