Dr. Christopher Whitton (Cambridge University) “Ghosting Tacitus: Pliny and the Histories”.
Dec 9 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

IHC Research Seminar Room, 6056 HSSB

“Pliny the Younger famously writes to and about his contemporary Tacitus in his Epistles. He even mentions the Histories as work in progress. This paper argues that Pliny’s engagement with the Histories goes much further, extending to large-scale imitation across a series of letters, and asks what this tells us about Pliny, about Trajanic culture, and about intertextuality in Latin prose.”

Prof. Michael Squire (King’s College London) “Reading Roman Portraiture with Optatian”
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

IHC Research Seminar Room, 6056 HSSB

This seminar explores the theme of ‘reading’ Roman portraiture’. But it does so with a view to one of antiquity’s greatest – and most overlooked – ‘picture-poets’, active in the first decades of the fourth century AD: Publilius Optatianus Porfyrius. We’ll be focusing on just one of Optatian’s poems – a gridded poem of letters that promises to depict the literal portrait of Constantine within its literary verses.