CLASSICS COLLOQUIUM : Past and Present

Our next colloquium – the 15th in our series – will explore differing forms of Classical reception in modern culture, literature, music, language and art – with a particular focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. Papers could explore how ancient atomism influenced Marxism, or how classical imagery can be found in Fascist and Nazi propaganda, or the use of classical paradigms in Liberal democracies, or, generally, how classical culture has so shaped Europe’s complex identities. Tacitus’s most famous quote: “Ubi solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant (“They make a desert and call it peace”) is interesting in how its meaning has shifted from topography to become a well-known pacifist slogan from Vietnam to the Iraqi wars. The event will be co-hosted with the Classics Faculty at Bologna University, on November 23rd-25th in Bologna and Ravenna, and the senior academic director will be Professor Francesco Citti, professor of classics there. Applications are invited from Europaeum graduates – who are encouraged to suggest possible short papers, but this is not compulsory for participation. Please see the poster here, a short overview on our Classics Colloquii series here, and a compilation of participants reports from past Classics events here.