This event will bring together researchers from a range of classical disciplines to explore the same fundamental questions:
- In what ways were part-human beings in the ancient imagination defined by their habitat?
- Did environment affect how 'savage' or 'cultured' they were, and should we define this by their anatomies, their familial and social structures, or their relationships with humans, animals, and the gods?
- Finally, how did the exploration of wild places at the boundaries of human civilisation reinforce or challenge those boundaries?
Yulia Ustinova (Ben Gurion University), our keynote speaker, will address the subject of ''Wild Caves': Immortal Dwellers and Mortal Visitors'.
Papers should be 25-30 minutes in length. We welcome research in a wide variety of fields, but the following topics would be especially warmly received:
- the ethnographic element in Herodotus
- later ethnographic writers, both Greek and Latin
- ancient paradoxography
- hybrid and monstrous beings, especially in ancient verse and philosophy.
Titles and abstracts (c. 200 words in length) should be sent to the conference organisers, Dr. Emma Aston (E.M.M.Aston@reading.ac.uk) and Dr. Dunstan Lowe (D.M.Lowe@reading.ac.uk). If regular mail is preferred, the address is:
Department of Classics
University of Reading
Reading RG6 6AA
The deadline for titles and abstracts is March 15, 2008.