Diodorus Siculus: Shared Myths, World Community, and Universal History

By | 10 maja 2010

W dniach 31 sierpnia – 2 września 2011 odbędzie się na Uniwersytecie w Glasgow konferencja pt.  „Diodorus Siculus: Shared Myths, World Community, and Universal History”. Zgłoszenia należy przesyłać do 30 czerwca 2010 r.


Diodorus Siculus, the most voluminous historian to survive from classical antiquity, is an important but neglected author. Not only is he our main source for significant periods of Greek, Roman and Sicilian history, he is also one of the few preserved ancient universal historians and one of the only two Hellenistic historians whose work is extant in any substantial part. Moreover, his Bibliotheke, because it is largely based on the works of his predecessors, is a source for the study of many lost Greek historians.
That he has rarely been studied in his own right, despite all of this, is the result of the traditional view that he was a slavish compiler of earlier works. Although Diodorus, like many other ancient historiographers, has been the subject of a (partial) rehabilitation, the question of his independence remains a controversial one.This conference will be, as far as we know, the first international gathering on the author and our aim is to bring together scholars interested in the study of Diodorus in order to clarify our understanding of this crucial, but enigmatic and often misunderstood historian. We welcome papers which — through either traditional or newer approaches — increase our understanding of how and why Diodorus researched, organized and wrote the Bibliotheke: e.g. his views on history, myth, and the human condition, his relationship with his sources, his compositional and narrative techniques, his value as a historical source, his place within the tradition of ancient history writing, or any other issue that will enhance our comprehension of the Bibliotheke as a work of Hellenistic historiography and Diodorus’ role as its author.

Abstracts of papers should be between 300 and 500 words and should be sent to one of the three conference organizers.
Deadline for expressions of interest: 30 June 2010
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 September 2010
The conference proceedings will be published as a volume in the Studia Hellenistica series (Peeters publishers, Leuven).

Confirmed keynote speakers:
John Marincola, Florida State University
Catherine Rubincam, University of Toronto
Kenneth Sacks, Brown University

Conference organizers:
Lisa Irene Hau, University of Glasgow: l.hau@classics.arts.gla.ac.uk
Alexander Meeus, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: alexander.meeus@arts.kuleuven.be
Brian Sheridan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth: brian.sheridan@nuim.ie