114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Classics (Latin)

Session Chair: 
Tim Watson, California State University, Northridge
La Canada
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  1. Victor Castellani, University of Denver
    Dido and Turnus die differently.  Turnus dies when Aeneas kills him!  We sympathize with Dido, downplaying rigmarole that lets her die when not fated to.  We may regret, must not reject fated deaths.  Stoics recognize that deaths without fuss are fated, leading to cosmic good.  Fated undesired survivals are equally important.
  2. Rachel Tyra, Riverside
    I will demonstrate why the Historia Augusta falsely records Julia Domna as Caracalla’s stepmother. I will argue that the HA uses Julia’s position as the stepmother and wife of Caracalla in order to indict Carcalla’s rule as fraudulent and raise broader thematic questions about the legitimacy of imperial authority. 
  3. Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College
    This essay reconsiders Catullus' use of a vulgar and rare sexual idiom (glubit; 58.5). Focussing on glubere's agricultural origins, I argue that the verb smuggles the specter of violence into Poem 58 and serves to intensify and invert dynamics of power. Catullus uses glubere to construct Lesbia as an overly active, dominant, and dangerous sexual being who emasculates the Roman men she services. 
  4. Daniel Bellum, Independent Scholar, Elizabeth Parker, University of California, Irvine
    Our paper will examine the reception of Herculean mythology into late Roman imperial imagery and literature, using the Panegyrici Latini in particular. We will show how these references to Hercules are brief and effective rhetorical devices, conveying complex meaning in only a few lines, and further chart the evolution of Hercules' reception up until his connection with the emperors.
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