School of History, Classics & Archaeology

The poetry and aesthetics of Late Antiquity

Event description

Both Latin and Greek poetry went through a renaissance in late antiquity, a time characterised by literary invention and experimentation, but little attention has been given to the shared poetics and aesthetics of the age.

A unifying factor

This is all the more remarkable because paideia, literary culture and education, was an essential unifying factor in a disintegrating Roman empire, and that both Latin and Greek writers were deeply conscious of being heirs to a long literary heritage.

Addressing the research gap

Our conference addresses this gap in current research. The literary renaissance of late antiquity offers a model for cross-cultural exchange; we aim to measure the links between the two traditions, distinct yet related, analysing new shifts in each tradition, the overlaps and the responses, where they match and where they differ.

Key speakers

Our keynote speaker is Philip Hardie from the University of Cambridge. Other speakers include:

Speaker University

Cosetta Cadau

Trinity College Dublin
Katerina Carvounis National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Roger Green University of Glasgow
Helen Kaufman University of Oxford
Gavin Kelly University of Edinburgh
Emily Kneebone University of Cambridge
Scott McGill Rice University
Laura Miguélez-Cavero University of Oxford
Berenice Verhelst Ghent University


The conference fee is £50, which includes tea/coffee and lunch on both days.

Graduate bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association, a small number of bursaries for postgraduate students are available to cover some of the costs (50% of registration fee, conference dinner and one night of accommodation, but no reimbursement for transport).

To be considered for a bursary, please send a short explanation (no more than 500 words) on the relevance of the conference for your research, to Calum Maciver by 17.00 on Thursday 20 August. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 26 August.

Register online

Please register to attend via our online booking system ePay.

Registration will close on Wednesday 2 September 2015.

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Further information

The conference is organised by Dr Catherine Ware, Dr Aaron Pelttari and Dr Calum Maciver. All enquiries can be directed to Dr Maciver at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Calum Maciver

Lecturer; Classics

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details


The poetry and aesthetics of Late Antiquity

Join us from 3-4 September 2015 as we explore the shared poetics and aesthetics of Late Antique Greek and Latin poetry.

School of History, Classics and Archaeology
University of Edinburgh
William Robertson Wing, doorway 4
Old Medical School, Teviot Place