Translation and Classical Reception Studies: Mapping the Terrain

Workshop | 17 – 18 January 2020
Academy of Athens, East Hall
This workshop theorizes translation as a conceptual framework and testing ground for rethinking the reception of classical antiquity. It addresses translations as a point of departure for every historical confrontation with the classics, highlighting tensions manifested in the domains of textuality, agency, temporality, communities, medium, transvaluations, and transgressions, and accentuating the crisscrossing pathways, which thread antiquity’s alterity to a global, transcultural and long-term history.
The workshop is held in cooperation with the Research Centre for Greek and Latin Literature, Academy of Athens, and it is supported by the Academy of Athens, the Kostas and Helen Urani Foundation, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.
For more information and workshop attendance, please contact the Organizing Committee:
Richard Armstrong, University of Houston (
Alexandra Lianeri, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (
Friday 17 January
9.00-9.30 Welcome and Remarks
9.30-10.30 Richard Armstrong (University of Houston)
Co-agency, Materiality, and Reception: Thoughts on Renaissance Translation of Epic
10.30-11.30 Lorna Hardwick (Open University, UK)
Agencies and Translation: Theories and Practices.
11.30-12.30 Henry Stead (University of St. Andrews)
A Communist Catullus: Jack Lindsay and Ideology in Translation.
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Roundtable Discussion of Martindale’s Redeeming the Text
14.30-15.30 Emily Greenwood (Yale University)
Proprietary Translation and Black Classicisms: Race as a Mediating Factor in Classical Adaptations and Classical Receptions.
15.30-17.00 Daniel Orrells (King’s College, London)
Queer Unhistoricism and Greek Love: Translating Desires From/Into the Past
Paul Allen Miller (University of South Carolina) Response to Daniel Orrells
Saturday 18 January
9.30-10.00 Coffee
10.00-11.00 Thomas E. Jenkins (Trinity University, San Antonio)
Performance as a Vector of Reception and Translation: The Case of Homer in the 21st Century
11.00-12.00 Karin Littau (University of Essex)
The Materialities of Reception: Anne Carson’s Catullus
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 Martin Voehler (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Classical Literature as a remedium. Longinus’ Conception of the Sublime
14.00-15.00 Alexandra Lianeri (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Temporalities of Translation in Conceptual History and Classical Reception Studies
15.00-16.00 Concluding Roundtable Discussion