115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Classics (Latin) II

Session Chair: 
Elizabeth Parker, University of California, Irvine
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Ching 253
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  1. Bryan Natali, St. Mary's University
    The correspondence between Cicero and M. Plancus on the eve of the siege of Mutina presents an elaborate display of the language and posturing that accompanied societal expectations of obligation and reciprocity. These exchanges show the power and limitations of the concept of pietas as it functioned at the end of the Roman Republic.
  2. Zachary Borst, University of California, Los Angeles
    It is often difficult to tell when a body transforms and becomes something different from itself in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The question of timing in conjunction with aesthetic perception is a central theme to this paper and one that has not been previously explored. Ovid’s depiction of transformation shows how difficult it is to perceive works of art (like Pygmalion’s sculpture or Arachne’s tapestry) because the objects of perception and the embodied subjects reflecting upon them are both unstable and in a constant state of becoming.
  3. Christopher Trinacty, Oberlin College
    In his Naturales Quaestiones, Seneca references Lucretius' ideas of sense perception, only to deny their veracity. This paper traces the intertextual memories of Lucretius in Seneca's work and the manner in which he manipulates their meaning in his Stoic prose.
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