Tombs of the Poets: Between Text and Material Culture

An international conference to be held at Durham University

12th-14th September 2014

Organisers: Nora Goldschmidt, Barbara Graziosi, and Erika Taretto

Friday 12th September 2014

  • 14:15: Registration
  • 14:45-15:00: Introduction
  • 15:00-15:45 Ahuvia Kahane and Andrew Laird, ‘Dead Letters and Buried Meaning: The Tombs of Virgil and Homer’
  • 15:45-16:30: Flore Kimmel-Clauzet, ‘Poets’ Tombs and Conceptions of Poetry in Ancient Greece’
  • 16:30-17:00: Coffee break
  • 17:00-17:45: Emmanuela Bakola, ‘Aeschylus, Earth and Tomb-cult: A Posthumous Re-appraisal’
  • 17:45-18:30: Natasha Bershadsky, ‘Visiting Hesiod's Tomb with Euphorion of Chalcis’
  • 19:30: Dinner for speakers

Saturday 13th September 2014

  • 09:30-10:15: Richard Rawles, ‘Simonides on Tombs, and the Tomb of Simonides’
  • 10:15-11:00: Silvia Montiglio, ‘Impermanent Stones, Permanent Plants: Tombs of Poets as Material Objects in the Palatine Anthology’
  • 11:00-11:15: Coffee break
  • 11:15-12:00: Regina Hoeschele, ‘Weaving Tombs into a Garland: Epitaphs of Poets in Philip's Stephanos’
  • 12:00 -12:45: Peter Bing, ‘Tombs of the Poets' Minor Characters’
  • 12:45-14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00-14:45: Valentina Garulli, ‘A Portrait of the Poet as a Young Man: The Tomb of Quintus Sulpicius Maximus on the Via Salaria’
  • 14:45-15:30: Gianfranco Agosti, ‘Paideias eneken: Funerary Inscription of Poets in Late Antiquity’
  • 15:30-16:00: Coffee break
  • 16:00-16:45: Martin Dinter, ‘Hic Situs est…': Lucan’s Poetics of Tomblessness’
  • 16:45-17:30: Annalisa Cipollone, ‘Tombs of Poets in Pre-humanistic Italy’
  • 17:30-18:15: Paola Bassino and Peter Fane-Saunders, ‘Ad ipsa Homerica loca: The Journey of Ciriaco d’Ancona to the Tomb of the Epic Poet’
  • 19:30: Dinner for speakers

Sunday 14th September 2014

  • 9:30-10:15: Giovanni Salmeri and Antonio Tempio, ‘Stesichoros’ Tomb’
  • 10:15-11:00: Harald Hendrix, ‘Virgil's Tomb in Scholarly and Popular Culture’
  • 11:00-11:45: Sam Smiles, ‘Ruins and Reputations: The Tomb of the Poet in Visual Art’
  • Closing remarks

Ritson Room, Department of Classics and Ancient History, 38 North Bailey

Call for Papers and Directions to 38 North Bailey

For registration information, please contact Erika Taretto (