Winter 2020 Schedule

Welcome back to the new year! Please find below the winter schedule for R&P, with some titles forthcoming. Please also note that contra the department calendar, our special workshop has been rescheduled to 2/27.
*Tuesday,* January 21st – Rebekah Spearman (UChicago)
Title TBD
Thursday, January 30th – Harriet Flower (Princeton)
“Augustus and the Roman Triumph”
Thursday, February 20th – Marcos Gouvea (UChicago)
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Homer (in English)”
Thursday, February 27th – Special Workshop Event
Lyric{s}Paces: Inaugural Meeting
[Please Note: “Weird Things I’ve Thought Of: A Workshop for Idiosyncratic Ideas” will be rescheduled for next quarter.]
Thursday, March 5th – Jordan Johansen (UChicago)
Title TBD
Thursday, March 12th – Jennifer Weintritt (Northwestern)
Ut Scriptor Cyclicus Olim: Horace on Adaptation and the Epic Cycle”
All talks will take place as usual in Classics 21 at 3:30pm, and will be followed by a lively reception. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Autumn 2019 Schedule

Thursday, October 3rd — Emily Austin (UChicago)

“The Other Iliad: Narrative Reversals and the Human Condition”


Thursday, October 17th — Andrew Horne (UChicago) 

“Terence on Human Nature”

*Tuesday*, October 29th — Edward Harris (Edinburgh)

“Supplication in Athenian Tragedy: Law, Ritual and Dramatic Structure”


(This meeting will be cosponsored with the Ancient Societies Workshop; note the unusual date)


Thursday, October 31st — Barbara Kowalzig (NYU)

Title TBD

Thursday, November 7th — Claudio Sansone (UChicago)

“A Homeric Poetics of Exclusion”

Thursday, November 21st — David Williams (UChicago)

“Blumenberg’s ‘Comedy of Pure Theory’ and Aristophanes’ Clouds

(This meeting will be cosponsored with the Literature and Philosophy Workshop)

All meetings will take place in Classics 21 at 3:30pm.

Spring 2019 Schedule

April 1- Chris Faraone, University of Chicago

“Circe’s Instructions to Odysseus as the First Sibylline Oracle (Od. 10.507-40)”

April 11- Cléo Carastro, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

“The City of Thucydides. Conflicts, Writing and Rationalities.”

April 18- Michael Moore, University of Chicago

“The Promising Early Life of the Unnatural Greek Circle”

May 9- Gary Remer, Tulane University

“Thomas More’s Utopia and Its Ciceronian Roots”

May 16- Jenna Sarchio, University of Chicago

“On the Inside of Roman Elegy”

May 30- David Perry, University of Chicago

“Knowledge and Authority in Latin Dialogue”

All workshops take place at 3:30pm in Classics 21. Please contact the workshop coordinator ( if you need an accommodation to attend this event.

Rhetoric & Poetics Winter 2019

January 10– Johanna Hanink, Brown University
“Did Euripides Influence the Funeral Orators? Tragic Plots and the Catalogue of Exploits”
January 24– Marcos Gouvêa, University of Chicago
“The ‘Homeric’ Life of Vergil”
February 7– Rebekah Spearman, University of Chicago
“Singing Springs and Cyrenian Things in Callimachus’ Hymn to Apollo”

February 28– Rosalie Stoner, University of Chicago

“The Significance of Voluntas in Quintilian’s Project of Moral Education”
~This session will be co-sponsored with the Early Christian Studies Workshop.~
March 7– David Orsbon, University of Chicago
“Spoliastic Aesthetics and Scholarship as Art: Notes Toward a Theory of Late Antique Aesthetics”
All events will take place at 3:30 pm in Classics 21. Please contact the workshop coordinator ( if you need an accommodation to attend this event. 

Rhetoric and Poetics Fall 2018 Schedule

Rhetoric and Poetics Fall 2018
All events will be held at 3:30pm in Classics 21. Please direct questions to
October 4- Marianne Hopman, Northwestern University
“Io and the Gendering of Politics in Prometheus Bound” 
October 18 Joshua Katz, Princeton University
“Dice in Iliad 24: Geometry, Fate, and Sex” 
November 1- Luke Parker, University of Chicago
“Thoreau’s Homer in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers”
November 15- Kate Miller, University of Chicago
“Political Dialogue and Dramatic Form in Sophocles’ Ajax
November 29- Leon Wash, University of Chicago
“Nomos and Physis in Empedocles” 
~This session will be co-sponsored with the Literature and Philosophy Workshop~

Spring Schedule, 2018

Rhetoric & Poetics Spring Schedule 2018

March 27 –– Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer (Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies, UChicago), “Aeneas dissimulans and the politics of fiction”) N.B. This meeting will take place on a Monday

April 5 –– Irene Peirano Garrison (Associate Professor of Classics, Yale), “Epic demagoguery: Virgil’s rewriting of the Homeric council”

April 19 –– Andrew Riggsby (Lucy Shoe Meritt Professor in Classics, Professor of Art History, UT Austin), “Archival Order and the Image of Power”

May 3 –– Kate Miller (PhD student in Classics, UChicago), TDB

May 31 –– Rik Peters (PhD Student in Classics and the Committee on Social Thought, UChicago), “Thaumatophobia in Hellenistic historiography and philosophy”

*All meetings will take place at 3:30pm in Classics 21 and will be followed by a reception. 

Winter Schedule 2018

Rhetoric & Poetics Winter Schedule, 2018

January 11 –– Stephen Kidd (Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Classics, Brown University), “Play and Aesthetics in Ancient Greece”

January 25 –– Amber Ace (PhD Student in Classics, UChicago), “How (not) to not fear death: the ulterior motives of Epicurean arguments against the fear of death”

February 8 –– Rosalie Stoner, (PhD Student in Classics, UChicago), “Cicero, Critic and Teacher: An Analysis of Teaching in the Orator”

February 22 ––  Jenna Sarchio, (PhD Student in Classics, UChicago), TBD

All meetings will take place on Thursday at 3:30pm in Classics 21 and will be followed by a reception.

Fall 2017 Schedule

October 5, 3:30 pm
Tobias Myers (Classics, Connecticut College)
“Evoking the Eternal in Iliadic Warfare”


October 19, 3:30 PM
Michèle Lowrie (Classics, UChicago)
“Figures of Discord and the Roman Addressee in Horace, Odes 3.6”


October 31, 3:30 pm
David Orsbon (Comparative Literature and Classics, UChicago)
“Boethius’ Amor Naturalis:
The Cosmic Rule of Elemental Love”
N.B. This talk will take place on a Tuesday.


November 16, 3:30 pm
Luke Parker (Classics and Social Thought, UChicago)
“An incurable misanthrope?
Biography as reading in the case of Heraclitus”


November 30, 3:30 pm
Konrad Weeda (Classics and Social Thought, UChicago)
“Horace’s reading of Virgil and political history in Odes 4″


All meetings will take place in Classics 21 and will be followed by a reception.