Programme conference Delphi 2009

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European Cultural Centre of Delphi, July 17-19, 2009

Organized by the Department of Classics, Stanford University on behalf of the Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song



Session I

9:00-9:45 Steiner, Deborah (Columbia University)

Making Monkeys: Archilochus fr. 185 W in context

9:45-10:30 Brown, Christopher (University of Western Ontario)

Pindar’s Vision of Archilochus (Pyth. 2.54)

10:30-11:15 Strauss Clay, Jenny (University of Virginia)

Constructing Sympotic Space with Words

Session II

11:45-12:30 Ladianou, Katerina (Ohio State University)

Female Choruses and Gardens of Nymphs: Visualizing Feminine Voice in Sappho

12:30-1:15 Onayemi, Folake and Ojoade, Olowo (Univ of Ibadan, Nigeria and Univ of Jos, Nigeria)

Anthropological Reflections in Sapphic Epithalamia and Ekun Iyawo of the African/Yoruba: A Comparative Study

1:15-2pm Younesie, Mostafa (Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran)

The Societal Cultural Implications of Lyric

Session III

5-5:45 Fearn, David (University of Warwick)

Pindar’s Art? Choral Lyric Poetry, Visual Art, and Religious Experience

5:45-6:30 Briand, Michel (Université de Poitiers)

Light and Vision in Pindar's Olympian Odes: Interplays of Imagination and Performance

Session IV

6:45-7:30 Pavlou, Maria (University of Bristol)

Pindar Nem.5: Real and Poetic Statues

7:30-8:15 Pappas, Alexandra (University of Arkansas)

Verbalizing the Visual: Simonides, Pindar, and the Competition of Craft


Session V

9:30-10:15 Sotiriou, Margarita (University of Peloponnese, Kalamata)

Visual aspects of performance in Bacchylides’ epinician odes

10:15-11 González de Tobia, Ana María (Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Argentina)

Bacchylides 3: “Visualizing” Croesus’ story and a definition in Art

Session VI

11:30-12:15 Hobden, Fiona (University of Liverpool)

The Anacreontic ‘I’: Singer as Spectacle at the Symposion

12:15-1 Létoublon, Françoise (Grenoble University, France)


1-1:45 Kantzios, Ippokratis (University of South Florida, USA)

Imagining Images: Anacreontea 16 and 17

Session VII

5-5:45 Scott, Travis (Ohio State University)

Singing, Seeing, Saying: A Performative Context for Pindar’s Paean 6

5:45-6:30 Stamatopoulou, Zoe (University of Georgia)

Visual Perception and Re-performance in Olympian 6

Session VIII

6:45-7:30 Zieba, Lucja (Universität Basel, Switzerland)

The image of snakes in Pindars 8th Olympian

7:30-8:15 Jones, Gregory S. (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Observing Genre in Archaic Greek Skolia and Vase-painting


Session IX

9:30-10:15 Carruesco, Jesús (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain)

Choral Performance and Geometric Patterns in Textual and Iconogaphic Representations

10:15-11 SPECIAL GUEST: Ferrari, Gloria (Harvard em)

Dancers on the Acanthus Column.

Session X

11:30-12:15 Power, Timothy (Rutgers University)

Rockettes: Looking long and hard at the Deliades

12:15-1 Swift, Laura (Trinity College, Oxford)

Visual imagery in parthenaic song

1-1:45 Trieschnigg, Caroline (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Pictures of Panic: The Visual Power of Lyric in Aeschylus’ Seven against Thebes

Session XI

5-5:45 LeVen, Pauline (Yale University)

Spectacular Obscurity: the Case of New Music

5:45-6:30 Lopes, Ersilia (Capodistrian University of Athens)

The singing of Dionysus

Session XII

6:45-7:30 Lulli, Laura (University of Rome "La Sapienza")

The Fight of Telephus: Elegiac and Choral Poetry Visions behind the Pergamon Frieze

7:30-8:15 SPECIAL GUEST: Hunter, Richard (Cambridge)

'envisionment' (of the divine) in Callimachus

Call for papers—deadline February 15th, 2009

The conference will explore two major aspects of the visual in Greek “lyric” (covering melic—both monodic and choral—iambic, and elegiac poetry). We invite papers on “lyric” as represented and visualized in Greek painting or sculpture, and on visual aspects of performance as inscribed and embodied in the poems themselves.

Questions to be discussed include:

  • To what extent can one assume that a visually represented performance is non-epic or non-dramatic?
  • What social and cultural implications arise from visual representations of “lyric”?
  • How do ancient painting and sculpture visualize the media of lyric poetry-- that is, song, instrumental music and dance?
  • How do melic, iambic and elegiac poems stimulate vision in either its actual or imaginary aspects?
  • Are visual arts deliberately evoked by “lyric” poems and why?

A small number of papers raising questions about later representations of Greek lyric poetry (for instance, in Victorian England) will also be welcome.

  • Abstracts of ca. 250 words should be sent by February 15th, 2009 as Word or Pdf attachments to: Caroline Trieschnigg.
  • The cost of the speakers’ lodging (for the nights of July 16, 17, 18, 19) and most meals will be covered by the sponsors of the conference.

This conference is sponsored by Stanford University, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Radboud University Nijmegen.