Plutarch and his Contemporaries

Sharing the Roman Empire

12 International Congress
International Plutarch Society
September 2-5, 2021 online via zoom

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

Conference Program

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IPS 2021 Final Program

Thursday, 2nd September 2021

15.00–16.00 (CEST)
Presentation of Brill’s Plutarch Studies
by Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta and Delfim Leão

Keynote speech
Judith Mossman (Coventry University), Plutarch and Lucian

Sessions 1 & 2
Session 1
Chair: Noreen Humble
  • Mark Beck (University of South Carolina at Columbia), Empathy in Seneca and Plutarch
  • Laura Bottenberg (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Friends as One Body: Plutarch’s De amicorum multitudine and Lucian’s Toxaris
  • Frederick Brenk (Pontifical Biblical Institute), Love and Marriage: Plutarch and His Contemporaries

Session 2
Chair: Frances Titchener
  • Alexei Zadorojnyi (University of Liverpool), The Elephant in the Room? Plutarchan Legacy in Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana
  • Bogdan Burliga (University of Gdańsk), Of Arrian Correcting Plutarch, or What Did Alexander Send to the Goddess Athena after the Battle at Granicus?
  • Fabio Tanga (Università degli Studi di Salerno), Artemidor, Onirocr. 4.72 and Plutarch’s Last Premonitory Dream (in Italian)

Friday, 3rd September 2021

15.00–17.00 (CEST)
Sessions 3 & 4
Session 3
Chair: Mark Beck
  • Richard Stoneman (University of Exeter), Plutarch and Epicurus
  • Geert Roskam (KU Leuven), Plutarch and Maximus of Tyre on Epicurean Pleasure
  • Wim Nijs (KU Leuven), “Cease Provoking the God, My Dear Planetiades”. How Plutarch Deals with Epicurean and Cynic Anti-Oracular Polemics
  • Sean McGrath (Trinity College Dublin), The Dogfish Shark as an Anti-Stoic Paradigm in Plutarch and Oppian

Session 4
Chair: Judith Mossman
  • Krystyna Bartol (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Philoxeni in Plutarch and Athenaeus
  • Chiara Di Serio (Central European University), Plutarch and the Jewish Abstinence from Meat
  • Anna Ginestí Rosell (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Plutarch and Lucian on Symposia
  • Delfim Leão (University of Coimbra), Petronius’ Cena Trimalchionis and Plutarch’s Quaestiones Convivales: A Comparative Approach to the Banquet and to the Banqueteers

Sessions 5 & 6
Session 5
Chair: Jeffrey Beneker
  • Olivier Gengler (Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities), Reshaping Spartan Memory and Identity under the Antonines: Plutarch and Pausanias
  • Martina Gatto (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”), Lycurgus of Sparta in the Imperial Age: Plutarch, Pausanias and Lucian
  • Iris Sulimani (The Open University of Israel), Beyond the Limits of Biography: A Comparative Analysis of Plutarch’s Lycurgus
  • Thomas Schmidt (University of Fribourg), “Leave them to the Sophists!”: the Persian-Wars Theme from Plutarch to Lucian

Session 6
Chair: Geert Roskam
  • Carlo Delle Donne (Sapienza-Università di Roma), Socrates, God and Politics: Plutarch and His Contemporaries
  • Rebecca Frank (Oberlin College), The Voice of the God? Delphic Divination in Imperial Greek Literature
  • Elsa Giovanna Simonetti (KU Leuven), The Concept of σωτηρία in Imperial Philosophy
  • Inger Kuin (University of Virginia), Losing Your Religion: Plutarch and Lucian on the Causes of Disbelief and Religious Doubt

Saturday, 4th September 2021

11.00–13.00 (CEST)
Sessions 7 & 8
Session 7
Chair: Maria Vamvouri
  • Michiel Meeusen, Sharing Is Caring: Plutarch and the “Age of Hypochondria”
  • Mónica Durán Mañas (Universidad de Granada), Galen in Plutarch: The Medical Implications of the Veins
  • Radosław Domazet (University of Warsaw), Physiognomy in Plutarch’s Corpus
  • Daniele Morrone (University of Bologna), Chemical Wonders in Plutarch and Apuleius

Session 8
Chair: Elsa Giovanna Simonetti
  • Orestis Karavas (University of the Peloponnese Kalamata-Greece), Fragments of Wisdom? The Manipulated Use of the Citations by the Authors of the Second Sophistic
  • Maria Elena De Luna (Alma Mater – Università di Bologna), Aspetti della memoria culturale in età imperiale: erudizione e uso della storia locale nelle Quaestiones graecae (in Italian)
  • Laurens van der Wiel (KU Leuven), Exempla for the Emperors. A Comparison of the Prefaces to Valerius Maximus’ Facta et dicta memorabilia and Plutarch’s Regum et imperatorum apophthegmata
  • Serena Citro (Università degli Studi di Salerno), Aneddoti e strutture retoricolessicali in Plutarco, Valerio Massimo e Polieno (in Italian)

Sessions 9 & 10
Session 9
Chair: Aurelio Pérez-Jiménez
  • Paola Volpe (University of Salerno), Ps.– Plutarch’s De fato: Fate and Free Will (in Italian)
  • Theofanis Tsiampokalos (Universität Trier), Plutarch in the Middle of a Conflict between Epictetus and Favorinus
  • Maria Vamvouri, Cosmopolitization and Multi-Local Identities in Plutarch’s, Favorinus’s and Dio’s Writings on Exile
  • [cancelled] Susan Jacobs, From Hero to Zero and Back: Exile in Plutarch’s Lives

Session 10
Chair: Delfim Leão
  • Renan Marques Liparotti (Università degli Studi di Salerno / Universidade de Coimbra), Plutarch’s Defense of Alexander against Roman “Speech of Fortune” Texts
  • Feđa Milivojević (University of Rijeka), Plutarch and the Formation of the Province of Illyricum in the 1st Century B.C.
  • Filip Doroszewski (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw), Omen of the Supreme Rule: Caesar’s Incestuous Dream in Plutarch, Suetonius and Cassius Dio
  • Charles W. Oughton (Brigham Young University), Pliny and Plutarch on the Indefatigable Commander

Sessions 11 & 12
Session 11
Chair: Krystyna Bartol
  • Noreen Humble (University of Calgary), Asserting Greekness through Redeployment of Xenophon’s Barbarians
  • Francesco Padovani (Università di Pisa), Plutarch and Lucian about Herodotus’ Historiography: A Matter of Paideia?
  • Lawrence Kim (Trinity University), Plutarch and Pliny the Younger on Oratorical Style
  • Rebecca Moorman (Providence College), In Response to Plato: Plutarch and Apuleius on the Ancient Quarrel

Session 12
Chair: Alexei Zadorojnyi
  • Katarzyna Pietruczuk (University of Warsaw), Telling History through the Stories of Libraries in Plutarch
  • Eva Falaschi (Center of Hellenic Studies, Washington DC), Wandering in Rome with Plutarch and Pliny: Their View on Artworks
  • Giovanna Pace (University of Salerno), Plutarch, Seneca and the Greek tragedy (in Italian)
  • Eleni Plati, Image as a Reflection of “Genre” in Plutarch’s Quomodo adulescens poetas audire debeat and Lucian’s Quomodo historia conscribenda sit

Sunday, 5th September 2021

11.00–13.00 (CEST)
Session 13
Chair: Giovanna Pace
  • Bram Demulder (Leiden University), Heavenly and Common Love in Plutarch and his Contemporaries
  • Tomohiko Kondo (Hokkaido University), The Incomplete Feminisms of Plutarch and Musonius Rufus
  • Lunette Warren, The “Problem” of Gender in Plutarch
  • Dawn LaValle Norman (Australian Catholic University), Permission to Speak? Cleobulina in Plutarch’s Symposium of the Seven Sages and Mary in the Dialogic Gospels

Sessions 14 & 15
Session 14
Chair: Anna Ginestí Rosell
  • Colin Bailey (MacEwan University), Cattle in the Marketplace: The Abandoned Agora in Plutarch and Dio Chrysostom
  • Thierry Oppeneer (Ghent University), Speaking to the People in Theory and in Practice: Plutarch’s Political Precepts and Dio of Prusa’s Assembly Speeches
  • Andrea Catanzaro (University of Genova), Avoiding Tyranny through Education. Plutarch, Dio Chrysostom and Seneca’s Drugs for the Illness of the Roman Principatus
  • Borja Méndez Santiago (University of Oviedo), To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw? Pliny the Younger and Plutarch on Retirement in Old Age

Session 15
Chair: Frederick Brenk
  • Eran Almagor, Parallel Contemporaries: Plutarch and Josephus
  • Jeffrey Beneker (University of Wisconsin), Greeks and Romans in Plutarch’s Philopoemen-Flamininus
  • Lindy Lenk (Wayne State University), Exploring the Parallel Lives of Plutarch and Luke the Evangelist
  • Aurelio Pérez-Jiménez (Universidad de Málaga), Las Vidas Paralelas de Plutarco y la literatura cristiana antigua. El caso de Alejandro (in Spanish)

Closing session
Tribute to Philip A. Stadter
Concluding remarks