Appel à contribution – International Workshop on Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity, Université d’Oslo

Appel à contribution

International Workshop on  Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity

Department of Philosophy in the University of Oslo,

Oslo, in December 2-3, 2016

The Workshop is an opportunity especially for early career researchers (PhD, postdocs, young scholars).

The deadline for submitting Abstracts is: August 10, 2016.

Appel à contribution – conférence ‘Varieties of Post-classical and Byzantine Greek’, Université de Gand

Call for papers

Conference ‘Varieties of Post-classical and Byzantine Greek’

Ghent University, December 1-2, 2016

For a large part of the twentieth century, linguistic variation has received little attention. With the work of William Labov and others, however, heterogeneity in language again became a topic of interest: within the newly founded discipline of sociolinguistics, scholars have investigated the correlationship between linguistic variants and contextual variables such as age, gender, social class, social distance, etc. In actual language use, however, variants (and to some extent, variables) do not occur in an isolated fashion; rather there is patterned heterogeneity. In this spirit, scholars have described the existence of various ‘lects’ such as chronolects, dialects, idiolects, ethnolects, genderlects, regiolects, sociolects, technolects, etc. in a great number of languages.

The aim of this conference is to investigate varieties of Post-Classical and Byzantine Greek, a topic of considerable interest among various members of the Greek section at Ghent University. Whereas some research has been done in this area, especially when it comes to Post-Classical Greek (e.g. Janse 2007 on New Testament Greek, Horrocks 2007 on levels of writing, Torallas-Tovar 2010 on Greek in Egypt, Nachergaele 2015 on idiolect, Bentein 2015 on register), a more systematic  discussion of these varieties has yet to take place – despite the great potential of our Post-Classical and Byzantine sources.

The organisers invite all Greek linguists to submit a one-page English abstract to (please use a Unicode-based font for Greek text) by September 1, 2016 at the latest. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of September. Next to the discussion of specific varieties, we consider the following issues of particular interest:

* What linguistic models can be used for the description and analysis of varieties?

* What is the relationship between different dimensions of variation, for example between the diachronic and the diastratic dimension?

* What role do idiolects play for the description of language variation?

* To what extent do non-congruent features (i.e. features belonging to different, or even opposed varieties) occur in texts?

* What is the relevance of and relationship between documentary and literary texts as sources of variety?

* At which linguistic levels (phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical) can varieties be described?

For further information please contact

Conférence « Fortune et Réception des textes oraculaires dans l’Antiquité tardive et le monde médiéval » – Université libre de Bruxelles

Conférence « Fortune et Réception des textes oraculaires dans l’Antiquité tardive et le monde médiéval » – Université libre de Bruxelles


Two-days conference, sponsored by the U.L.B. (Chancellor and Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences sociales) and the FNRS, to be held on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch, salle AY2 107 (free access). The programme is the following:


Presentation, Aude Busine (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Introduction, Lucia Maddalena Tissi (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Chair: Aude Busine  (Université libre de Bruxelles)

9.30-09.55 Crystal Addey (University of St. Andrews, U.K.), Oracles of the Fire: the   Ritual Formation of the Chaldean Oracles

09.55-10.05 Discussion

10.05-10.30 Helmut Seng (Universität Konstanz), Editorisch-kritische Überlegungen zu den Chaldaeischen Orakeln: Die  Sammlung des Psellos

10.30-10.40 Discussion

10.40-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-11.25 Nicoletta Brocca (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia), Fortuna e ricezione dell’acrostico sibillino in Occidente tra tarda antichità e medioevo

11.25-11.35 Discussion

11.35-12.00 Chiara Ombretta Tommasi Moreschini (Università degli Studi di Pisa), Greek Oracles in Latin world. Three late-antique cases

12.00-12.10 Discussion

12.10-12.35 Angel Ruiz Perez (Universitad Santiago de Compostela), Rebukes in Oracles in Late Antiquity

12.35-12.45 Discussion

12.35-14.15 Lunch

Chair: Alain Delattre (Université libre de Bruxelles)

14.15-14.40 Regina Fichera (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Le θεῖος φιλόσοφος et les oracles dans les Vies de philosophes et de sophistes par Eunape de Sardes

14.40-14.50 Discussion

14.50-15.15 Sara Lanna (Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”), Alexander the Great and the oracle of Ammon: philological and historical-religious remarks

15.15-15.25 Discussion

15.25-15.50 Claudio Schiano (Università degli Studi di Bari), Oracoli pagani e predizione del futuro: un tema scomodo nell’Alessandria del VI secolo

15.50-16.00 Discussion

16.00-16.20 Coffee break

16.20-16.45 Christine Hecht (Universität Tübingen), Eusebios liest Porphyrios. Fragmentierung und Kontextualisierung der « Orakelphilosophie »

16.45-16.55 Discussion

16.55-17.20 Giovanni Serafini (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Piero della Francesca and the Holy Cross : a patristic reading of the frescoes in Arezzo

17.20-17.30 Discussion



Chair: Regina Fichera (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

9.30-09.55  Gianfranco Agosti (Sapienza University of Rome), The Context and Reception of an oracle in Socrates of Constantinople

09.55-10.05 Discussion

10.05-10.30 David Hernández de la Fuente (UNED, Madrid), Greek Poetry in Oracular Style and Politics in Late Antiquity: some case studies

10.30-10.40 Discussion

10.40-11.05 Laura Carrara  (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften / Karls Eberhard Universität Tübingen), Excerpts from (Christianized) Pagan Wisdom : the Tübingen Theosophy

11.05-11.15 Discussion

11.15-11.35 Coffee break

Chair: Lucia Maddalena Tissi (Université libre de Bruxelles)

11.35-12.00 Enrico Magnelli (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Crooked oracles or naive inquirers? Theodore Prodromus, RD 9.184-240

12.00-12.10 Discussion

12.10-12.35 Giulia Maria Paoletti (University of Oxford), Between Vergil and Metaphrastes: the fate of a collection of oracles

12.35-12.45 Discussion

12.45-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.25 Georgios Tsiaples (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Oracles and Prophecies connected with the pagan remains of Constantinople

14.25-14.35 Discussion

14.35-15.00 Chiara Garganese (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Sculpting oracles, an initiatory path in Siena Dom

15.00-15.10 Discussion

15.10-15.30 Conclusions et discussion, Aude Busine et Lucia Maddalena Tissi

We invite anyone who is interested to join the conference. Please do not hesitate to contact Lucia Tissi if you have any further questions: OR


Research Associate – University of Manchester

Research Associate – University of Manchester

Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester welcomes applicants for the position of Research Associate in Ancient Letter Collections to join a research project directed by Prof. Roy Gibson and Dr Andrew Morrison and funded from a major AHRC award (£0.5 million), to run for four years from December 2016.

The Research Associate is a pivotal role: the person appointed will be part of a team that co-authors two major books on ancient letter collections in Greek and Latin with Prof. Gibson and Dr Morrison. He/she will make a central contribution to field-creating research on ancient letter collections, and the project in turn will make a major contribution to the career development of the post-holder, since it offers opportunities both to participate in the construction of a major critical review, and to use and display powers of broader interpretation throughout an accompanying interpretative monograph.

Further particulars (and how to apply) are available via:

The closing date is 6 August 2016.

The Project

This post is  attached  to  the four-year, AHRC-funded  research  project Ancient  Letter Collections, coordinated  at  the  University  of  Manchester  by Prof. Gibson  and  Dr Morrison. The aim of the project is to establish Greco-Roman letter-collections up to around 500 C.E. definitively as a separate field of study. It seeks to establish:

• The number of surviving letter-collections in Greek and Latin (prose or verse), and

• Their conventions of manuscript arrangement; in order:

• To make  it  possible  to  properly  examine  how  ancient  letter-collections  were  ordered and read.

The project will result in two substantial books with a major press: i) a critical review of each of the c.70 surviving Greco-Roman letter collections before 500 C.E., and

ii) an accompanying synoptic interpretative monograph. 

The   Research   Associate   will   have  a substantial role  in  the  co-authorship  of  both  volumes  alongside Prof. Gibson  and  Dr Morrison. More details on the project are available here: