International Conference
Nonnus of Panopolis in Context
Poetry and Cultural Milieu in Late Antiquity
Rethymno - May 13-15, 2011

Students' Cultural Center 'Xenia'
16 Sofokli Venizelou Street, Rethymno

Double-faced hermaic stele depicting Dionysus and Ariadne, Eleutherna (Crete), Sector I, 2nd cent. AD.

The Department of Philology of the University of Crete organises in Rethymno, Crete, 13-15 May 2011, the first international conference on the late antique poet Nonnus of Panopolis. The nine sessions of the conference cover various aspects of Nonnus' poetry, poetic technique, educational, literary and cultural background, ambience and afterlife. The twenty two speakers, mainly from across Europe, include some well established scholars, but mostly scholars in their mid-forties and a few promising students of a younger generation.
The conference will pay equal attention to the Dionysiaca and the Paraphrasis of the Gospel of St John. New readings of key-passages in both poems will be presented, novel approaches to Nonnus' relationship with earlier and contemporary literature, new insights into Nonnus' visual world, his reception by later poets, even modern authors, and an attempt to redefine the notion of the Nonnian 'School'. The conference rather than seeing Nonnus as a 'follower' or 'imitator' explores what he has to say as an erudite late antique poet who absorbs and transforms a long and varied literary and philosophical past.
The Proceedings will be published as a Supplement to the series 'Trends in Classics' directed by Professors Antonios Rengakos (Thessaloniki) and Franco Montanari (Venice) with DeGruyter.

For further enquiries please contact Konstantinos Spanoudakis

Abstracts of Papers

Friday 13 May 2011, 17:30-20:30

Welcome Speeches

Opening Speech
Enrico Livrea (Florence)
Nonnus and the Orphic Argonautica
19:00-19:30 Break
Session 1: Nonnus and Visual Arts
Michael Paschalis, Chair
Gianfranco Agosti (Udine)
Nonnus' Visual World
Laura Miguélez-Cavero (Salamanca)
Personifications and their Impact in the Dionysiaca
Saturday 14 May, 10:00-13:30
Session 2: Nonnus and the Literary Past (part 1)
Konstantinos Spanoudakis, Chair
Jane Lightfoot (Oxford)
Nonnus and the Oracles
Hélène Frangoulis (Toulouse)
Nonnus and Homeric Similes: the Image of Lions in the Dionysiaca
Marta Otlewska (Berlin)
The Dionysiaca and the Orphic Hymns
11:30-12:00 Break
Session 2: Nonnus and the Literary Past (part 2)
Tasos Nikolaidis, Chair
Maria Ypsilanti (Nicosia)
The Paraphrasis and the Poetic Past:
an Intertextual Reading of Selected Passages
Katerina Carvounis (Cambridge)
Persuasion in Nonnus' Dionysiaca
Session 3: The Style of Nonnus
Enrico Magnelli (Florence)
Appositives in Nonnus' Hexameter
Saturday 14 May, 18:00-20:00
Session 4: The 'School' of Nonnus
Pierre Chuvin, Chair
Delphine Lauritzen (Bologna/Paris)
Nonnus in Gaza
Daria Gigli (Florence)
John of Gaza and Poetic Inspiration:
Emotional Upheaval and Ecstasy in a Neoplatonic Poet
Mary Whitby (Oxford)
The Last Nonnian Hexameters? George of Pisidia's Poem On Human Life
Claudio De Stefani (Naples)
The End of the Nonnian 'School'. Some Final Remarks
Sunday 15 May, 10:00-13:30
Session 5: Nonnus and Contemporary Society
Gianfranco Agosti, Chair
Nina Aringer (Vienna)
The Heros' Journey of Dionysos as an Individuation of an Age.
Approaching the Dionysiaca under the perspective of
Jungian Archetypes and the Monomythos of Joseph Campbell
Session 6: Nonnus and Latin Literature
Michael Paschalis (Rethymno)
Ovid and Nonnus: Metamorphosis and poikilon eidos
Session 7: Nonnus' Afterlife
Domenico Accorinti (Pisa)
Simone Weil, Reader of the Dionysiaca
11:30-12:00 Break
Session 8: Nonnus and Late Antique Paideia
Enrico Magnelli, Chair
David Hernández de la Fuente (Madrid/Potsdam)
Neoplatonic Form and Content in the Dionysiaca:
the Cases of Phaeton and Beroe
Nicole Kröll (Vienna)
Rhetorical Elements in the Ampelus Episode
Rosa García-Gasco (Madrid)
Nonnus' Mystic Vocabulary Revisited: Mystis in Dionysiaca 9.111-131
Sunday 15 May, 18:00-20:00
Session 9: Nonnus and Christianity
Enrico Livrea, Chair
Konstantinos Spanoudakis (Rethymno)
The Shield of Salvation: Dionysus'
Shield in the Dionysiaca
Robert Shorrock (Eton College)
Ariadne on Naxos
Pierre Chuvin (Paris)
Coming to Grips with an Old Problem, the Religion of Nonnus:
which kind of Beliefs, Encapsulated in which kind of Poem?
20:00 Concluding Remarks