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The Gustav Karlsson Lecture

25/10/2019

The Swedish Institute at Athens invites you to attend the Gustav Karlsson Biannual Lecture on Byzantine Civilization

From Ancient Models to Byzantine Literature: Studying Classics in Byzantium by Baujke van den Berg, Central European University (Budapest)

Friday November 1, 2019, at 19.00 at the Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9.

Abstract

Ancient Greek literature was an important source of inspiration and imitation for Byzantine authors: they modelled their language on the Attic authors of the Classical period, were inspired by ancient genres, and included numerous allusions to and quotations from ancient literature in their writings. The role of ancient texts in Byzantine literary culture is inextricably connected to education and scholarship: Byzantine scholars and teachers appropriated ancient literature to express contemporary didactic aims and social values. They taught their students grammar and rhetoric through ancient texts, while also providing them with strategies for creatively engaging with the literature of the past. This lecture explores the close connection between education and literary production by studying various texts that facilitate the use of ancient literature in Byzantine literary culture. It addresses such questions as how Byzantine scholars and authors perceive their relationship to the authors of the past and how they translate the study of ancient models into new literary products expressing contemporary literary aesthetics.

At­tached files: Flyer, Abstract

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Friday 01/11/2019
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The Gustav Karlsson Lecture:From Ancient Models to Byzantine Literature: Studying Classics in Byzantium by Baukje van den Berg

Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9, Athens
117 42 Athens
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Swedish Institute at Athens, 210 9232102


19:00
6
Wednesday 06/11/2019
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sync Curatorial Fellowship @ The Swedish Institute in Athens

Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9, Athens
117 42 Athens
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Swedish Institute at Athens, 210 9232102


19:00 20:30
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Friday 08/11/2019
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Aegean Lecture by S. Spantidaki & Ch. Margariti

Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9, Athens
117 42 Athens
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Swedish Institute at Athens, 210 9232102


19:00
12
Tuesday 12/11/2019
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The Athens Greek Religion Seminar: S. Caneva, Isotheos between Alexander and Augustus

Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9, Athens
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15:00
18
Monday 18/11/2019
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Årsmöte i Stockholm

Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2
111 52 Stockholm
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Swedish Institute at Athens


19:00 20:30
26
Tuesday 26/11/2019
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Water Series: by H. Köpp-Junk ˮDewatering systems for wastewater and rain in ancient Egyptˮ

Swedish Institute at Athens, Mitseon 9, Athens
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19:00
27-30
Wednesday 27/11/2019
Saturday 30/11/2019
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Vikings in the Mediterranean, An International Symposium

Swedish Institute at Athens, 210 9232102


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