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The event is a one-day postgraduate and early career workshop organised by three recent PhD graduates from the Department of Classics at King’s College London. The workshop will take place on 28 September from 9am to 7pm at King’s College London, Strand Campus (King’s Building, River Room). Our confirmed keynote speaker will be Dr Paola Ceccarelli (UCL)

How reliable are literary quotations of inscribed texts? Why are they included in, or excluded from, historiographical narratives? Conversely, how reliable are inscriptional accounts of historical events? The issue of the relationship between epigraphic and literary texts has recently been brought into sharp relief by the publication of an inscribed dedication from the sanctuary of Apollo Ismenios at Thebes (Papazarkadas 2014: 233-48) and ensuing debate over the light it casts on Herodotus’ use of inscriptional sources (see e.g. Thonemann 2016).

Ancient literary authors, from the fifth century B.C. onwards and across different literary genres, cite or refer to inscriptions for reasons ranging from the creation or reinforcement of authorial authority, to the conjuring of notions about identity, power, or morality, to the underscoring of points of historical detail (Liddel-Low 2013: 14). Working inthe other direction, fragmentary epigraphic evidence has, on occasion, been restored using literary descriptions of their texts and physical forms (Meiggs and Lewis, GHI 15, cf. Hdt. 5.77). Moreover, just as inscriptions figure inhistoriography, historiography figures in inscriptions: examples such as the Parian Marble or the Salmacis Epigram (Isager 1998) constitute an alternative, competing medium to literary historiography for the making of history. More broadly, the question of the relationship between literary and inscriptional accounts of historical events ties in with larger topical themes such as the history of information, the shaping and textualization of cultural memory through different media of communication, and the self-representation of communities through the monumentalization of the written word.

The complete programme of the workshop can be found on
https://www.academia.edu/37305251/Inscriptions_in_Historiography_and_Historiography_in_Inscriptions._Two_Sides_of_the_Same_Coin_History

To attend the workshop registration via Eventbrite is mandatory for all attendees (excluding confirmed speakers). The conference is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The Eventbrite registration for the event will close at 11pm on 25 September 2018.

For more information about the workshop, please email us at kclhistoryworkshop2018@gmail.com

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in London!

The Organising Committee (Dr Steven Cosnett, Dr Giulia Donelli, Dr Federica Scicolone)


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