KYKNOS workshop: History and Narrative in Hellenistic Historiography
On 16 and 17 September the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will host a workshop on Hellenistic historiography at its Lampeter campus.Within the study of Greek historiography, the Hellenistic period remains a neglected one. As authors of historical narratives Diodorus, Dionysius and even Polybius have not received as much attention as their classical counterparts.
Many other authors have been preserved only in fragments, but about them too, much more can be said than has been done so far. In fact most of these authors have been largely ignored in studies of Hellenistic literature (even Diodorus, by far the most extensively preserved Hellenistic prose author), and an in-depth overall treatment of Hellenistic historiography remains to be written.
This workshop will deal with the three preserved authors, as well as with a range of fragmentary historians and one of our main sources for their works, the large oeuvre of Plutarch.
The workshop aims to make a contribution to our knowledge of the many aspects of Hellenistic historiographical narrative, and thus to move one step closer to a better understanding of this neglected period in which historiography greatly flourished.
Tim Rood, ‘Great Expeditions: Carthage and Sicily in Polybius and Diodorus’
Eran Almagor (Ben Gurion University), ‘Plutarch and the Hellenistic historiographical narrative’
Lisa Hau (Glasgow), ‘The Moral of the Fragmented (Hi)story: mapping the development of moral-didactic historiography from Xenophon to Diodorus Siculus’
Dan Hogg (St. Andrews), ‘How Roman was Dionysius of Halicarnassus?’
Michele Lucchesi (Oxford), ‘Diodorus on Sparta: narrative strategies in the Bibliotheca historica’
Peter Morton (Edinburgh), ‘A Broken Narrative: Observing History in the Making’
Brian Sheridan (Maynooth), ‘Finding the narrative in a Lost History. What makes a Historian Hellenistic?’
Shane Wallace (Edinburgh), ‘Narrator and Narrative in Diodorus books 18-20’
For further information please contact Alexander Meeus- firstname.lastname@example.org. Details about registration will be circulated closer to the event.
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