Programme and abstracts

We are delighted to announce the conference programme – please see below.

The programme, and the abstracts for each paper, can also be downloaded via the following link:

Borders and Boundaries programme and abstracts

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 First Keynote Speaker

Fenton Room

Dr Ingrid Sharp

The University of Leeds

9:15-9:20 Break
  Panel 1.1: Human and Divine

Chaired by Andrea Basso

Fenton Room

Panel 1.2: Constructing Boundaries

Chaired by Maria Haley

Evans Room

9:20-9:40 Crossing Psychic Boundaries: Humoral infection of the soul in Plato’s Timaeus

Natalie Enright

A Game of Regions: The fluctuating borders of Aeolis, Mysia, and Troad

Stefanos Apostolou

9:40-10:00 Crossing Human Boundaries: Narrative theology in the Iliad and Gilgameš

Bernardo Ballesteros Petrella


Borders Set, Borders Broken, Borders Restored: Antigone from the Greek National Theatre at the Epidaurus festivals of 1940 and 1956

Andria Michael

10:00-10:20 Woman, Animal, Foreigner: Boundaries on the example of Iphigenia

Alicia Calvo-Panera

Crafty Barbarians? Technological progress and the Empire in Roman thought

Tuuli Ahlholm

10:20-10:40 The Daimonic Eagle

Ben Greet


How analytical aesthetics can inform classical scholarship: authorial intention, message and causality in Propertius Elegies IV

Laura Nicoara

10:50-11:00 Tea and Coffee Break
  Panel 2.1: Aquatic Boundaries

Chaired by Anthi Chrysanthou

Fenton Room

Panel 2.2: Home and Away

Chaired by Devon Allen

Evans Room

11:00-11:20 The Durius River Valley: A cultural boundary in the ancient Iberian peninsula

Henry Clarke

Not Again: How “Saving the Muslim” Rhetoric Refuses to Die out

Sadia Seddiki

11:20-11:40 Trans Tiberim peregre venum ibant“: Reconsidering the role of the Tiber as a territorial boundary in the Twelve Tables. 

James Crooks

Identity and the Hero in Greek and Egyptian Epic Poetry: Cultural identity and self-rediscovery in Homer’s Odyssey and the Tale of Sinuhe

Max Stocker

11:40-12:00 ‘No further than this Arethusa’ (Ov. Met. 5.642): Geographical and Generic Boundaries in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Eleni Ntanou

Shakespeare in the Arab World: Behind Borders and Boundaries

Imen Elkhazri









1:00-1:10 Second Keynote Speaker

Fenton Room

Dr Emma Stafford

  Panel 3.1: Frenemies

Chaired by Henry Clarke

Fenton Room

Panel 3.2: Intertextuality

Chaired by Leonardo Costantini

Evans Room

1:10-1:30 The Key-Words of Colonisation: From ‘Barbarians’ to ‘Indigenous Peoples’ in the approaches to Greek history in the West

Valentina Mignosa

To What Extent is There a Mythological Influence over the Folkloric Type of a ‘Mermaid’

Devon Allen

1:30-1:50 To what extent was the semantic opposition between the self and the other relevant for the proclamation of the First Crusade?

Irene Diego

Pushing and Inspecting Comic Boundaries with Characters in The Birds

Timothy McConnell


1:50-2:10 Caput et Membra Alia: Reflections of Roman society in Solinus and Martianus’ descriptions of India.

Caroline Belanger

A Foreshadowing Feast: Observations on Microstructure and Intertextuality in Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica 13.1-20

Stephan Renker

2:10-2:30 A load of Schmitt? The problems with Carl Schmitt’s account of friend and enemy

Ben Chwistek

‘A bull you fell into milk’. Performative and Oral elements in written texts: from the Orphic gold tablets to the Eighth Book of Moses

Anthi Chrysanthou

2:40-2:50 Tea and Coffee Break
  Panel 4.1: Transgression

Chaired by Natalie Enright

Fenton Room


Panel 4.2: Water and Land

Chaired by Ben Greet

Evans Room

2:50-3:10 Beyond Justice: Atreus’ Transgressive Revenge in Greek Tragedy

Maria Haley

Lemnos: A foggy border set amid various cultures

Evi Kyratsou

3:10-3:30 The ‘Erotopoetics’ of Borders: Propertius and the Confinement of Cynthia

Pietro Morlacchi

Resistance to Territorial Loss in the Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mount Gerizim

Michael Economou

3:30-3:50 Philosophy as Transgression of Boundaries: Myth and language in Plato’s conception of the barbarians

Andrea Basso

Empire with Limits? Geographical and cultural boundaries in the Black Sea region in two Hadrianic texts

Joanna Kemp

4:00-4:10 Tea and Coffee Break
  Panel 5.1: Memory

Chaired by Anna Reeve

Fenton Room

 Panel 5.2: Openness

Chaired by Timothy McConnell

Evans Room

4:10-4:30 ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’: An overview of the different degrees of damnatio memoriae

Elinor Cosgrave

 Individual Freedom and Free Will as Principles of Tolerance: A focus on religions of ancient Greek societies

Marialilia Cavallaro

4:30-4:50 ‘Transnational’ and ‘Global’ Memories: Truly ‘cosmopolitan’ or a form of selective amnesia?

Jade Douglas

The Purpose of the Anastasian Wall

Joe Dawson

4:50-5:10 An Exploration of the Possibilities Offered by Memory for the Analysis of Classical Texts

Sophie Raudnitz

Approaching Empires through Networks instead of Borders

Sam van Dijk

  End of Conference