Rethymnon International Conferences on the Ancient Novel (RICAN)

The Construction
of the Real and the Ideal
in the Ancient Novel

25-26 May 2009

Σπίτι του Πολιτισμού (House of Culture)
Vernadou Street (Old Town)

Monday 25 May 10:00 a.m.

Welcome speeches

Opening talk
Daniel Selden (University of California, Santa Cruz)
"Political Economy and Romance in Late Period Egypt"


Gareth Schmeling, Chair
Ken Dowden (Birmingham)
"But there is a Difference in the Ends:
Brigands and Teleology in the Ancient Novel"
Gianpiero Rosati (Udine)
"The Loves of the Gods:
Literature as Construction of a Space of Pleasure"
Froma Zeitlin (Princeton)
"In and Out of the Frame: Signs of the Uncanny and Illusions
of the Real in the Greek Novel"
Monday 25 May 6:00 p.m.
Marilia Futre-Pinheiro, Chair
Margaret Doody (Notre Dame and Princeton)
"The Reality of Humour in the Ideal Greek Novel"
Françoise Létoublon (Université Stendhal, Grenoble)
"'Ην παρθένος, παρθένε, ούτω καλή ...':
Mythological Paradigm in the Ancient Novels"
Silvia Montiglio (Wisconsin, Madison)
"'His Eyes Stood as though of Horn or Steel':
Odysseus' Fortitude and Moral Ideals in the Greek Novels"
Ewen Bowie (Oxford)
"Caging Grasshoppers: Longus' Materials for Plaiting 'Reality'"
Tuesday 26 May 10:00 a.m.
Costas Panayotakis, Chair
Mario Labate (Florence)
Tarde, immo iam sero intellexi:
The Real as a Puzzle in Petronius' Satyrica
Michael Paschalis (Crete)
"Chariton and Petronius:
Reflections on the Ideal and the Real"
Jason König (St Andrews)
"Sympotic Ideals and Grotesque Intrusions
in Achilles Tatius, Apuleius, and Early Christian Hagiography"
Robert Carver (Durham)
"Lucius' Women: Fiction, Reality, and the Ideal
in The Golden Ass of Apuleius"
Tuesday 26 May 6:00 p.m.
Paula James, Chair
John Morgan (Swansea)
"The Border Between Egypt and Ethiopia
in Heliodoros: Realities and Metafictions"
Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford)
"Imaginary Landscapes in The Life of Aesop"
Stephen Harrison (Oxford)
"Ideal Homes: Paradisiacal Palaces
in Apuleius and La Fontaine"

For further information, please contact the conference organizers at:
Michael Paschalis (
Stelios Panayotakis (
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