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Theognis and the Theognidea
This event will be the first large scale gathering in nearly 40 years on Theognis, the archaic Greek poet of Megara, and the Theognidea, the fascinating and enigmatic collection of elegy that bears his name. It brings together a diverse group of scholars who are working directly or indirectly on the Theognidea, or in related areas that have the potential to shed light on the corpus.
The conference is an opportunity to move beyond traditional questions of the origins, authenticity, and authority of the Theognidea. Rather, we will consider how the Theognidea functions as a collection of poetry, and how this collection has been received and responded to over time. We want to foster a dialogue that broadens our approaches to this collection, complicates our understanding of it as archaic, elegiac poetry, and explores its position in the wider scope of Greek and Latin literature.