W dniach 6-7 maja 2011 odbędzie się w Instytucie Filologii Klasycznej Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego konferencja ΜΟΥΣΑ ΠΑΙΖΕΙ. Greek and Latin Technopaegnia, Riddles, Acrostichs, Poetic Puns, Metrical Curiosities.
We do not encourage searching for unnoticed puns, acrostichs, anagrams, and other mirages. Our intention is to provoke an unorthodox, multidimensional reflection on a relatively neglected field of ancient literature. Possible topics include the following:

  • ancient and modern theoretical approaches to Greek and Latin riddles, technopaegnia etc.;
  • jeux de mots: tradition and innovation (from the archaic riddling devices and alliteration to the Alexandrian and Roman poetic experiments);
  • ancient riddles in the Indo-European context (e.g. ancient griphoi vs. Old English riddles);
  • riddles and technopaegnia in the light of the orality/literacy debate;
  • riddles and riddling devices at the symposium;
  • the epigraphic and papyrological evidence for ancient jeux de mots;
  • in and around Book 14 of the Greek Anthology;
  • the Alexandrianism of the technopaegnia of Laevius, Iulius Vestinus, and Optatian Porfyry;
  • the Byzantine, Renaissance, and 17th-century readers and scholars of the Greek technopaegnia;
  • continuity and change in the history of figure-poems since Simias;
  • a matter of taste: critical attitudes toward jeux des mots (e.g. the Greek technopaegnia).

If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250–300 word abstract including the title to the email address given below (.pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf). If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to provide a full manuscript of a 25-minute paper shortly before the conference, so that copies can be distributed to the participants. At the conference, each presentation will be followed by a 20-minute discussion (that will give a period of 45 minutes for each paper). We plan to record the discussion and include an edited selection of it in the conference proceedings.
We invite papers in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish, but the working language of the conference will be English.
The registration fee for participants is 150 €; this includes accommodation (three nights), meals and conference materials.


  • The conference will be held on May 6th and 7th, 2011.
  • Please submit abstracts by September 30th, 2010.
  • Authors will be notified of the result by October 31st, 2010.
  • Finished papers will have to reach us before March 31th, 2011.
  • If you wish to respond to one of papers or otherwise participate in the conference, please express your interest by January 31st, 2011.

Kontakt z organizatorami:

For payment details, enquiries and expression of interest please contact (preferably by email) Jan Kwapisz.

Więcej informacji: strona internetowa IFK UW oraz załącznik.