Organised by Sara Fascione, the international conference Concatenantur sibi epistulae nostrae took place online on 23-24 September. Its proceedings will be published in the near future.
Sara summarised the results as follows:
“Leitmotif of the conference has been the attempt to understand to what extent arrangement criteria are a relevant element to consider when reading a letter collection.
We saw that the concept of a letter collection itself is very fluid and that the types of arrangement criteria are numerous, and cannot always be classified. The fact that over half of the extant letter collections has no single and largely stable order in the manuscript tradition should always be considered when trying to find ordering patterns. Another element to take into account, as has emerged from the discussion, is the reader’s involvement in creating meaning when approaching a text. Any reading aiming at identifying an internal narrative, a logic in the progression of the letters, has a certain degree of subjectivity.
Nevertheless, the authors, or the editors, of the collections under consideration clearly evince the effort of creating consistency through different strategies. I think we have shown in the last two days that, even if the concepts of intentionality or authoriality still challenge scholars dealing with epistolography, arrangement in any form is used by authors or editors to make the collections into consistent wholes. Letters are really interlaced, as Ambrose’s statement on the ‘concatenatio’ lets infer; it is our task, as modern readers, to understand how.“
Sara Fascione has written an extensive overview of Lo specchio del modello for Plekos 23 (2021) 261-69. Download here.
Giulia Marolla reviews Sara Fascione’s “Gli ‘altri’ al potere” in Plekos 23 (2021) 237-41.
International Conference “Concatenantur sibi epistulae nostrae. Reading Ancient Latin Letter Collections”
Date: 23-24 September 2021
Place: University Federico II, Naples, via Zoom
Organisation: Sara Fascione
The event is supported by the German Research Foundation within the Programme International Scientific Events
Confirmed speakers and moderators include:
Thomas J. Bauer (Universität Erfurt)
Lucio de Giovanni (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
Arturo De Vivo (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
Sara Fascione (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
Barbara Feichtinger (Universität Konstanz)
Bardo M. Gauly (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
Roy Gibson (University of Durham)
Gavin Kelly (University of Edinburgh)
Helmut Krasser (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)
Concetta Longobardi (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
Gernot M. Müller (Universität Bonn)
Karen Piepenbrink (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)
Meike Rühl (Universität Osnabrück)
Marisa Squillante (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
Joop van Waarden (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Peter von Möllendorff (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)
In a new article, ʻPrincipi identitari e inclusione del “diverso”: Sidonio lettore di Simmacoʼ, Sara Fascione distinguishes Sidonius’ from Symmachus’ attitude towards the Other.
Sara Fascione has published the first article resulting from her research on Symmachus in Sidonius’ letters: ‘Simmaco e la difesa della Romanitas nell’ottavo libro delle Epistole di Sidonio Apollinare’. Read it on Academia.
Sara Fascione has come up with the publication of her PhD thesis entitled: Gli ‘altri’ al potere: Romani e barbari nella Gallia di Sidonio Apollinare.
See publisher’s catalogue
The 2018 instalment of Invigilata Lucernis is now available. It features articles, among others, derived from the international ‘Prospettive sidoniane’ seminar (Bari 2017) by Sara Fascione, Marisa Squillante, Annick Stoehr-Monjou, Joop van Waarden, and Étienne Wolff.