Rethymnon International Conferences on the Ancient Novel (RICAN)


Slaves and Masters in the Ancient Novel

May 27-28, 2013

Student Cultural Center 'Xenia'
16 Sofokli Venizelou Street

Monday 27 May, 10:00 a.m.
Welcome speeches
Gareth Schmeling, Chair
John Hilton (KwaZulu-Natal)
Transitions in Status in the Ancient Novels:
From Slavery to Mastery and Back
Koen de Temmerman (Gent)
Enslaved Heroes and their Masters:
Rhetorical Control in the Ancient Greek Novel and Beyond
Ewen Bowie, Chair
William Owens (O.S.U.)
The Greek Novel Callirhoe:
By a Freedman Author for Freedmen Readers?
Stephen Trzaskoma (New Hampshire)
The Dynamics of Submission and Slavery
in Xenophon of Ephesus Ephesiaca
Ken Dowden (Birmingham)
Slavery and Despotism in Iamblichos Babyloniaka
Monday 27 May, 6:00 p.m.
Ken Dowden, Chair
Alain Billault (Paris-Sorbonne)
Achilles Tatius, Slaves and Masters
Ewen Bowie (Oxford)
Masters, Slaves and Freedom: a Mytilenean Perspective
Silvia Montiglio (Johns Hopkins)
They Get By Without a Little Help From their Slaves:
Chariclea and Theagenes
John Morgan (Swansea)
Phaedrus and Phaedra:
Mistresses and Servant-women in Heliodoros
Tuesday 28 May, 10:00 a.m.
Paula James (Open University), Chair
John Bodel (Brown)
Liber esto: Free Speech at the Banquet of Trimalchio
Costas Panayotakis (Glasgow)
Beauty and the Slave in Petronius
Maeve OBrien (NUI Maynooth), Chair
Regine May (Leeds)
Photis: Comic Slave or Elegiac Mistress?
Michael Paschalis (Crete)
Masters and Slaves in [Lucians] Onos and Apuleius Metamorphoses


Tuesday 28 May, 6:00 p.m.
John Morgan, Chair
Sonia Sabnis (Reed College)
Allegories of Mastery in the Works of Lucian
Stelios Panayotakis (Crete)
The Masters Wrath: Slavery in Apollonius of Tyre
Jeremy Lefkowitz (Swarthmore College)
Reading the Aesopic Corpus:
Slavery and Freedom in Representations
of Fable-telling in the Life of Aesop
Steven Smith (Hofstra)
Slavery and Cosmic Order in Theodoros Prodromos
(Rhodanthe and Dosikles 7.355-399)

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