Ut Fama Est: Rumor and Reputation in Antiquity

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Ut Fama Est: Rumor and Reputation in Antiquity

University of Florida Classics Graduate Student Conference (October 24-25, 2013)

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Date limite : 20 août 2013

 

Ancient culture and literature developed and manipulated gossip, rumor, defamation and calumny in many ways for the detraction, augmentation, or proliferation of reputation. Such rumor, whether true or false, good or bad, has long occupied a principal role in the development of reputation and the pursuit of truth. In his Works and Days, for example, Hesiod suggests avoiding the talk of men, since talk is “mischievous, light, and easily raised, but hard to bear and difficult to be rid of” (760-763). Fama proves crucial to the development and organization of Vergil's Aeneid. Report rebuking various individuals and peoples, e. g. the Vandals, has left for modern historians the task of sorting fact from fictions promulgated as truth. Indeed, the uses and misuses of rumor and reputation are many.
We invite papers that investigate a range of issues surrounding rumor and reputations from Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium. Abstracts can, but need not, belong to the following topics:
- the nature, causes and function of ancient rumor
- the growth or erosion of reputation
- the fear of rumor or reputation
- the development of historical reputations
- the political applications of rumor
- the use and misuse of public and personal opinion
- the language of rumor
- rumor and stereotypes

 


We welcome submissions from graduate students representing various disciplines, including classics, comparative literature, linguistics, history, art history, archeology, religion, philosophy and education. We ask that you submit an anonymous abstract of no more than 300 words as an attachment to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. by August 20th, 2013. Please include in the body of your email your name and university affiliation as well as your phone number and the email address at which you can best be reached. Notifications will be sent out by be sent shortly thereafter. Questions may be addressed to Andrew Roth and Sara Agnelli at Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. .

 

 

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