‘Writing in Rome (and beyond) from Nerva to Hadrian’
St Andrews, 25 January 2013
This workshop brought together a range of scholars to exchange ideas about the project’s scope and agenda and to identify particularly important lines of inquiry. Participants were encouraged to consider some preliminary themes, including: trends in literary production in the period; ideas about and images of contemporary literary life; overlaps between literary and other intellectual and cultural activities; boundaries and interactions between ‘literary’ and ‘non-literary’ writing; interaction between Roman and non-Roman writers; the impact of social and political developments on literary output and literary life; and contrasts and continuity between Flavian, Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic literary activity.
Programme of speakers:
- Emma Buckley: ‘Tacitus as Flavian Epic Successor?’
- Roger Rees: ‘Buildings and Morals in some Trajanic-Hadrianic prose’
- Jon Coulston: ‘The Roman metropolis: centre of empire, centre of learning’
- Myles Lavan: ‘The emperor speaks’
- Jason König: ‘Reading Plutarch with Pliny the Younger’
- Nicolas Wiater: ‘Explaining Rome under the emperors: Appian and the tradition of Greek approaches to Roman rule’
A digest of discussions can be found here: From Valerius Flaccus to Apollodorus of Damascus.