Category: Conference

Jeweled Materiality of Objects and Texts

Call for Papers. Deadline 30 April 2024

The Jeweled Materiality of Late Antique/Early Medieval Objects and Texts From Cloisonné to Stained Glass to Experimental Poetry (4th–9th Centuries)

International conference, November 11–12, 2024
Center for Early Medieval Studies, Masaryk University, Brno
Organizers: Alberto Virdis, Marie Okáčová

The interface among the material, visual, and literary cultures of the long late antiquity and beyond has become a topic of scholarly interest ever since the publication of the seminal 1989 book The Jeweled Style by Michael Roberts. The visual–verbal dialectics of this period of geopolitical and cultural transformation, as manifested in various instances of spoliation, patterns of fragmentation, and a preoccupation with (exquisite) detail in different cultural media, were subsequently studied especially by Jaś Elsner and Jesús Hernández Lobato. The topical relevance of Roberts’ original concept more than 30 years after its invention is clear from, among other scholarly endeavors, the recent edited volume A Late Antique Poetics? The Jeweled Style Revisited (2023), which offers numerous insightful contributions on the topic across different genres, regions, and temporal contexts.

Read on via ResearchGate

Two Conferences: Paulinus, Visuality

Two immediately upcoming conferences, involving both scholars and subject matter also related to Sidonius, include:

– Messina, 4-5 December: ALES PICTA LOQUELLIS – Nuove prospettive sulla poesia di Paolino di Nola. Programme here. Link to live stream upon request.

– Ghent, 7-8 December: OVERWHELMED: Spectacles and Visuality in Early and Late Imperial Latin Poetry. Programme here. Link to live stream upon request.

Tradition and New Authors: 26-27 October

Sara Fascione organizes an International Conference “Tradizione e nuovi auctores della Tarda Antichità” at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II on 26-27 October 2023.

For registration and Zoom link please write to sara.fascione AT

Download poster with programme here

26 October 2023

15.30 Welcome

15.50 Introduction: Sara Fascione, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Chair: Marisa Squillante

16.00 Jean-Louis Charlet, Université Aix-Marseille

Alcuni aspetti del dialogo culturale tra poeti latini della Tarda Antichità

16.30 Luca Mondin, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Dicendi arte nova parem vetustis: la celebrazione dei nuovi auctores nella poesia tardolatina

Chair: Lucio De Giovanni

17.00 Andrea Pellizzari, Università degli Studi di Torino

Il lessico dell’agronomia nella scoliastica tardoantica: prestiti e confronti letterari

17.30 Sara Fascione, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Nullo veterum minor noster Symmachus. Leggere Simmaco in un mondo in cambiamento

18.00 Discussion

27 October 2023

Chair: Luca Mondin

9.00 Pierre Descotes, Université Paris-Sorbonne – Institut d’Études Augustiniennes

Hilaire, Cyprien, Tychonius: une discussion sur l’autorité d’auteurs ‘récents’ dans l’epistula 93 d’Augustin d’Hippone

9.30 Gavin Kelly, University of Edinburgh

The Latin secular historians of the fourth century and their early reception

10.00 Umberto Roberto, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Tradizione e nuovi modelli nella riflessione storico-politica dell’aristocrazia senatoria di Roma tra quarto e quinto secolo: la rappresentazione di Domiziano e Diocleziano

10.30-11.00 Discussion

11.00-11.30 coffee break

Chair: Chiara Renda

11.30 Silvia Condorelli, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Sidonio Apollinare e Paolino di Périgueux: consonanze poetiche

12.00 Alfredo Mario Morelli, Università degli Studi di Ferrara

Lussorio e gli auctores epigrammatici latini tardo-antichi

12.30 Discussion

13.00-14.30 Lunch break

14.30 Conclusion and final remarks: Claudio Buongiovanni, Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Translation and Bilingualism

Alison John and Alan Ross will be organising a conference in Oxford on 8-9 July titled “Translation and the Limits of Greek-Latin Bilingualism in Late Antiquity”. Among other speakers, Filomena Giannotti will speak on “Challenging Decadence Through Translation. A Literary Example from Sidonius Apollinaris (Ep. 8.3) and his work on Philostratus’ Vita Apollonii”.

Programme and particulars here

Glitter in Poetry

Judith Hindermann and Raphael Schwitter will speak on late Latin poetry and Sidonius in particular at the upcoming conference “Light and Splendour: precious metal as a medium of ritual and social interaction in Late Antiquity”, in Basel (hybrid) on 20-22 January.

From the programme:
20 January
16:00–17:00 Light and splendour in literature

PD Dr. Raphael Schwitter, Bonn
Words of gold and silver: iconic and symbolic mimesis of precious metal in Late Antique poetry

Dr. Judith Hindermann, Basel
A new splendour: the recusatio of precious materials in Sidonius Apollinaris’ letters
and poems

17:00–17:30 Discussion

For in-person attendance email to

Bari-Durham Writing Letters

On 25 and 26 November, an international colloquium will be held of early career researchers in ancient epistolography, organised by the Universities of Bari and Durham: ‘Writing Letters in the Ancient World: Fictional and Real Letters from the First Century BC to the Fifth Century AD’.

Keynote speakers: Roy Gibson and Ruth Morello.

Giulia Marolla is to speak on ‘Sidonius, Letters Book 5: Between Literary Fiction and Autobiography’.

Organising committee: Laura Losito, Giulia Marolla and Enrico Simonetti.

Download programme here. If you wish to attend, please contact Laura Losito (Durham).