Rethymnon International Conferences on the Ancient Novel (RICAN)
Readers and Writers
in the Ancient Novel

20-22 May 2007

Student Cultural Center "Xenia"
16 Sofokli Venizelou Street


Sunday 20 May 6:00 p.m.
Welcome speeches

Opening session

Gareth Schmeling, Chair
David Konstan (Brown)
"The Active Reader and the Ancient Novel"
Marília Futre Pinheiro (Lisbon)
"Conversations between Readers and Writers
in the Ancient Novel: A Modern Debate"
Tim Whitmarsh (Exeter)
"Divide and Rule: Books and Narrative Space in the Greek Novel"
Richard Hunter (Cambridge)
"The Curious Incident ...: polupragmosune and the Ancient Novel"
Monday 21 May 10:00 a.m.

David Konstan, Chair
Niall Slater (Emory)
"Reading Inscription in the Ancient Novel"
Stephen Nimis (Miami University Ohio)
"The Prosaics of Voice and Writing"
Gareth Schmeling (Florida)
"Encolpius' Readers or Petronius' Audience?
A Case for Satyrica 132.15"
Warren Smith (New Mexico)
"Eumolpus the Poet"
Michael Paschalis (Crete)
"Seneca's Apocolocyntosis and Petronius' Satyrica"
Monday 21 May 6:00 p.m.

Hugh Mason, Chair
Hans Bernsdorff (Frankfurt)
"Writing and Speaking
in The Incredible Things beyond Thule of Antonius Diogenes"
Ewen Bowie (Oxford)
"Bookishness, Long and Short: Antonius Diogenes and Longus"
John Morgan (Swansea)
"Photios and Others Reading Antonius Diogenes Reading Antiphanes"
Richard Stoneman
"The Author of the Alexander Romance"
Ken Dowden (Birmingham)
"Reading Diktys: The Discreet Charm of Bogosity"
Tuesday 22 May 10:00 a.m.

Ellen Finkelpearl, Chair
Stephen Harrison (Oxford)
"Apuleius as Reader and Re-writer of Homer's Iliad in the Metamorphoses"
Richard Fletcher (Ohio State)
"The Task of the Translator in Apuleius' Metamorphoses"
Luca Graverini (Siena at Arezzo) & Wytse Keulen (Groningen)
"Phaedrus, Apuleius, and their Readers"
Maaike Zimmerman (Groningen)
"Food for Thought for the Reader of Apuleius' Metamorphoses"
Stavros Frangoulidis (Crete)
"Listener/Reader and Author
in Apuleius' Metamorphoses: Lucius' and Milo's Tales of Diophanes and Asinius' Prophecy"
Tuesday 22 May 6:00 p.m.

Hans Bernsdorff, Chair
Jean-Philippe Guez (Poitiers)
"To Analyze and to Marvel: Reading Attitudes in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius".
Stelios Panayotakis (Crete)
"The Library of Apollonius, Prince of Tyre"
Vincent Hunink (Radboud University Nijmegen)
"Hating Homer, Fighting Vergil: Literary Criticism in a Late Latin Ego-tale"
Nina Braginskaya (Russian State University for the Humanities)
"To Read, or Not to Read, that is the Question: Galactio and Episteme"
Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard)
"Ancient Novelists and Byzantine Readers"

For further information, please contact the conference organizers at:
Michael Paschalis (
Stavros Frangoulidis (
Conference email: