Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Department ofClassics and Ancient
Mediterranean Studies

Greek Literary Topographies in the Roman Imperial World

Greek Literary Topographies in the Roman Imperial World
April 16, 2021
– April 18, 2021

This workshop brings together scholars from around the world to consider the role of space in Imperial Greek literature. Beginning from the essential questions of how authors of the Imperial period evoke different spaces and why they describe them in the ways that they do, this workshop will interrogate the relationship between lived space, society, and power and its depiction in literature. For more information and to attend the workshop, please contact Dr. Anna Peterson ( or Dr. Janet Downie (

This event is co-sponsored by the College of the Liberal Arts, the Humanities Institute, and the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State.



Friday, April 16

10:30-11 EDT: Zoom mingling

11am: Welcome by Anna and Janet

11:15-12:15: Kate Gilhuly, “Body and Time in Artemidorus’ Dreamscapes” 

Respondent: Pavlos Avlamis 

12:15-12:30: Break

12:30-1:30: Artemis Brod, “The Bath and the Well: Fluid Perception and Rhetorical Stylization” 

Respondent: Yvona K. Trnka-Amrhein

1:30-2:15: Lunch Break

2:15-3:15: Inger Kuin, “When the Gods Leave: Absence and Space in Imperial Greek Narratives of Disbelief” 

Respondent: Artemis Brod 

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-5pm: Keynote by Jason König, University of St. Andrews, 

“Ecocritical Approaches to Space in Imperial Greek Literature”


Saturday, April 17

10:30-11 EDT: Zoom mingling

11-12: Robert Cioffi, “Alexandria and Apocalypse: Greek Novels and Egyptian Topography” 

Respondent: William Hutton

12-12:15: Break

12:15-1:15: Yvona K. Trnka-Amrhein, “The Imperial World of Sesonchosis” 

Respondent: Emily Kneebone

1:15-2:15: Lunch Break

2:15-3:15: William Hutton, “Dio’s Moral Geography”

Respondent: Janet Downie

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-4:30: Bryant Kirkland, “Displacing Dio: Landscape in the Urban Orations”

Respondent: Robert Cioffi


Sunday, April 18

12:00-12:30 EDT: Zoom Mingling

12:30-1:30: Emily Kneebone, “Colluthus’ Abduction of Helen: A Tourist’s Travelogue”

Respondent: Kate Gilhuly

1:30-1.45: Break

1:45-2:45: Greta Hawes, R. Scott Smith, Ari Toumpas, “An Introduction to the MANTO Database”

2:45-3:15: Break

3:15-4:15: Estelle Strazdins, Imperial Greek Literary Monuments: Time Machines in Multi-Temporal Landscapes”

Respondent: Bryant Kirkland

4:15-4:30: Closing Remarks by Anna and Janet