Hybrid Conference, 7-8 September 2022


King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room K4U.12


*Programme - London time applies*


Wednesday 7 September


9.00-9.20: Registration

9.20-9.30: Welcome and Introduction


9.30-11.00: Session 1: ‘Health in/and Community’

- 9.30-10.00: Mary Margaret McCabe (KCL), “Health’s Trousers” ONLINE

- 10.00-10.30: Edith Hall (Durham), “Sorrow but Survival: The Therapeutic Moral Example of the Chorus of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon

- 10.30-11.00: Chiara Blanco (Edinburgh), “Disease, Community and Communication from Antiquity to Today” ONLINE


11.00-11.15: Coffee


11.15-12.45: Session 2: ‘Imperial Constructions of Health 1’

- 11.15-11.45: Michiel Meeusen, “An Anatomy of Medical Deceit: Galen on Catching Malingerers”

- 11.45-12.15: Kassandra Miller (Colby College), “Who Has Time to Exercise? Health, Leisure, and Identity in Galen’s On Hygiene

- 12.15-12.45: Colin Webster (UC Davis), “On Living Longer and Dying More: Empirical and Imperial Epistemologies in Antiquity and the Present”


12.45-14.00: Lunch


14.00-15.30: Session 3: ‘Imperial Constructions of Health 2’

- 14.00-14.30: Georgia Petridou (Liverpool), “Apollo’s Arrow, Aelius Aristides, and the Antonine Plague”

- 14.30-15.00: Nephele Papakonstantinou (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg), “Embodied emotions and the self in Roman Rhetorical Education under the High Empire”

- 15.00-15.30: Daniel King (Exeter), “Reading the Ill Body: Diagnosis as an explanatory process in Imperial medicine and culture”


15.30-16.00: Tea


16.00-18.00: Session 4: ‘Creative Classics’ & ‘Classics and Disability’

- 16.00-16.30: Peter Meineck (NYU), “(Re) Performing Trauma – A Field Report”

- 16.30-17.00: Susan Deacy (Roehampton), “‘Sounds like being autistic’: how the ‘classical tradition’, especially myths of Hercules, resonates with autism

- 17.00-17.30: Ellen Adams (KCL), “Blindness: classical antiquity and modernity”

- 17.30-18.00: Christian Laes (Manchester), “Insomnia in Antiquity”


18.30: Dinner

Thursday 8 September


8.45-9.00: Welcome


9.00-10.30: Session 5: ‘Grief and Dignity’

- 9.00.-9.30: John Boulton (University of Sydney/Newcastle, NSW), “Dignitas infanti mortuo: the legacy of baby loss in the Graeco-Roman Tradition” ONLINE

- 9.30-10.00: Jane Bellemore (University of Newcastle, NSW), “Corellius’s choice: autonomy, ethics, and dying with dignity” ONLINE

- 10.00-10.30: Vasiliki Kondylaki (Lausanne), “Achilles’ ἄχος in the Iliad: Homer as a grief therapist?”


- 10.30-10.45: Coffee


10.45-12.45: Session 6: ‘Disease and Healthcare Interactions’

- 10.45-11.15: Brian Hurwitz (KCL), “Modelling Graeco-Roman Trickery as Medical Treatment”

- 11.15-11.45: Loren Demol (Macquarie University), “Patient Care and ‘Human Qualities’ in Ancient Graeco-Roman Medicine”

- 11.45-12.15: Saloni de Souza (UCL), “When the Age is in, So is the Wit: Old Age in Health and Social Care”

- 12.15-12.45: Chiara Thumiger (Cluster of Excellence Roots, Kiel), “‘Cura eum possideat’. Disease as Animal, Disease as Plant”


12.45-13.00: General discussion, publication plans, conclusion


13:00-15:00: Lunch and reception

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