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Conference Mediated Cicero

Thursday 16 June 2022 - Saturday 18 June 2022
RMO, Gravensteen and Lipsius (see programme)
Cicero return from exile by Franciabigio

From 16 to 18 June 2022, Christoph Pieper and Leanne Jansen are organizing a festive, three-day event to mark the end of the VIDI-project Mediated Cicero.
You are all warmly invited to join (part of) the programme.


On Thursday 16 June, we will start with a 'publieksmiddag', in Dutch, at the National Museum of Antiquities with contributions by Rosa van Gool and Piet Gerbrandy. Entrance is free! 

From Friday 17 to Saturday 18 June, we will host an academic conference at Leiden University concerning the reception of Cicero's life and writing in the 50s BCE.

Please register before 1 June with Jessy Rensink (jessyrensink@hotmail.com), indicating which day(s) you will attend. Please also indicate if you will join the lunches on Friday and Saturday (and if so, if you have any dietary restrictions). The fee for the academic conference, including lunch, is €20 per day.


Opening event (in Dutch)

Thursday 16 June, National Museum of Antiquities

Onsterfelijke Cicero!

Een middag over de receptie van Cicero door de eeuwen heen

Moderated by Rogier van der Wal

14:00              Welcome

14:15-14:45    Rosa van Gool (correspondent Volkskrant):  
Cicero in tijden van oorlog. Van de Perzische Golf tot Kyiv

14:45-15:15    Piet Gerbrandy (Universiteit van Amsterdam): 
Gigant, loser of mens? Veranderende visies op Cicero

15:15-15:30    Discussion

15:45-16:15    Christoph Pieper & Leanne Jansen: 
Cicero’s roem: eindeloos, maar wel terecht?

16:15              Closing discussion

Academic programme

Friday, 17 June, Leiden University, Gravensteen

The Reception of Cicero’s Life and Works in the 50s bce

9:30 – 9:45                 Registration & coffee

9:45 – 10:00               Welcome

Session 1: Cicero and his legacy

10:00 – 10:45             Lidewij van Gils (Universiteit van Amsterdam): 
 γὰρ εὖ μετ᾽ ἐμοῦ. Cicero’s thoughts about his heritage in the spring of 50 BCE

10:45-11:30                * Gesine Manuwald (University College London): 
Cicero’s genus dialogorum between fact and fiction

11:30 – 12:00             Break

Session 2: Cicero through Roman eyes (1)

12:00 – 12:45             Andrew Sillett (Oxford University): 
Historia contexta? Atticus’ mediated history of the 50s

12:45 – 13.30             Leanne Jansen (Universiteit Leiden): 
Cicero unmasked? Greek views on the Milo trial

13:30 – 15:00             Lunch

Session 3: Cicero through Roman eyes (2)

15:00 – 15:45             * Tom Keeline (Washington University in St. Louis): 
Cicero poeta in the 50

15:45 – 16:30             * Caroline Bishop (Texas Tech University): 
Platonis aemulus: Ancient reception of Cicero’s Platonic works

16:30 – 16:45             Break

16:45 – 17:30             Henriette van der Blom (University of Birmingham):  
Cicero’s humanitas? Valerius Maximus on Cicero’s defences of enemies in the 50s BC

17:30 – 19:00             Drinks

19:30                            Dinner

Saturday, 18 June
Leiden University, Lipsius building, room 148

10:00 – 10:15             Coffee

Session 4: Late and post-antique interpretations of Cicero

10:15 – 11:00             * Andrea Balbo (Università di Torino): 
Reading some of Cicero's speeches in late antiquity: In Pisonem, Pro Plancio, Pro Milone

11:00-11:45                Irene O’Daly (Universiteit Leiden): 
Positioning the paratext: Reflections on an argumentum to the Pro Milone and its manuscript contexts

11:45 – 12:00             Pauze

12:00 – 12:45             Karl Enenkel (Universität Münster): 
Inconstantia: The relevance of Cicero’s last years for Petrarch’s picture of Cicero

12:45 – 14:00             Lunch

Session 5: Cicero in the early modern period

14:00 – 14:45             Christoph Pieper (Universiteit Leiden): 
Clodius’ enmity in early modern biographies of Cicero

14:45 – 15:30             * Verena Schulz (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt):      Cicero’s Pro Milone in Gerardus Vossius’ rhetorical works

15:30 – 16:00             Closing discussion

Asterisk means online participation

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