Department of Greek & Latin


The Poetics of War

A total of 27 papers were delivered to this memorable conference remembering conflict from the Ancient World until the recent history of the First World War. The event attracted a wide range of ancient and modern historians and classicists, leading experts on their fields and the programme included a wide diversity of themes relating to remembering conflict. We lined up an impressive cluster of stellar scholars from all over the world (the USA, Russia, Continental Europe, Australia, the UK and Ireland). The participants included senior international academics as well as a number of postgraduates who were assisted to attend by means of bursaries thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors.

Wednesday 17th June
Session 1: Greece
War Heroes and long lasting topoi in Hellenistic Poetry and funerary epitaphs
Silvia Barbantani, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano
Experiencing wars and reading fragments: ancient and modern reception of Pindar's Theban Hyporchem (fr.110-109 S-M)
Francesca Modini
Thursday 18th June
Friday 19th June
Session 5: The Great War
Tin Wreaths and Broken Statues: Ezra Pound, Commemoration and the Classical Text
Rowena Fowler
Remembering another world: the denied future in British and American Great War poetry
J. Alison Rosenblitt
Concluding Remarks
Sunday 29th May 2016

The organisers are delighted to say that they are working on the conference proceedings aiming to edit the content and produce a volume based on the lectures of a very stimulating and highly academic event.