112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Classics (Greek)

Session Chair: 
Sonia Sabnis, Reed College
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
Marriott Imperial
Topic Area: 


  1. Victor Castellani, University of Denver
    Two-part depiction of a City at Peace on Achilles’s new shield embodies a cluster of dualities that characterize the framing poem.  Øivind Andersen has identified thematic connections, but we find more abstract antitheses that tie a mass wedding celebration and a demand for satisfaction after a killing to Achilles’ story.
  2. Zachary Borst, University of California, Los Angeles
    In this paper I argue that the categories of philia, “friendship” or “love,” and erotic love are put into question in Plato’s Lysis. The dialogue is set in a palaestra, which connects this dialogue on friendship to the socially inscribed practices of homoerotic relationships in Greek athletics. The language of philia that Socrates employs is dependent upon the language of pederasty, which creates an ambiguity in the distinction of erotic and friendly relationships that is not resolved in the Lysis.
  3. Carly Maris, University of California, Riverside
    The health of Alexander the Great before his sudden illness and death in the spring of 323 is rarely added to the discussion of his death. Plutarch, quoting the now lost works of Aristoxenus, gives Alexander interesting physical characteristics including sweet-smelling breath, which are also symptoms of diabetes mellitus type one.
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