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Mountains in Antiquity

Conference, St Andrews, 8-9 June 2017

Revised programme

Thursday 8th June

10.00 - 10.30 Arrival & Registration (School I)

10.30 - 11.00 Introduction & Housekeeping

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break (Room 50)

11.30 - 13.00 Session 1: Arcadia

  • Kyle Mahoney 'Older than the moon: Sacred mountains and the birth of Arcadia'
  • James Roy 'Viewing Arkadian mountains'

13.00 - 14.15 Lunch (Swallowgate Library)

14.15 - 15.45 Session 2: Mountains in Latin literature

  • Siobhan Chomse 'Mountains that are not'
  • Virginia Fabrizi 'The narrative construction of mountains: Olympus and the Vale of Tempe in Livy book 44'

15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break (Room 50)

16.15 - 17.45 Session 3: Imaginary mountains

  • David Braund 'The Gusty Mountains of Scythia: What are mountains for in classical culture?'
  • Betsey Robinson 'From Destinations to Imagination: Distant Views of Greek Mountains'

17.45 - 18.45 Drinks

19.00 - 22.00 Dinner


Friday 9th June

10.15 - 11.00 Session 4: Mountain views

  • Anna Collar 'Fire for Zeus: Experiencing Mount Kasios'

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break (Room 50)

11.30 - 13.00 Session 5: Volcanoes

  • Virginia Campbell 'A view of Vesuvius: Ancient perspectives on a volcano'
  • Johanna Luggin '"You will behold no sights so great belonging to the human rabble": Mount Aetna and the Wonders of Nature'

13.00 - 14.15 Lunch (Swallowgate Library)

14.15 - 15.45 Session 6: Near Eastern mountains

  • Alexis Belis 'Here Gods Abound: Sacred Mountains in Ancient Greece and the Near East'
  • Valeria Sergueenkova 'Being mountain in ancient Anatolia'

15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break (Room 50)

16.15 - 17.45 Session 7: Borders

  • Maria Pretzler 'Mountains of Politics and War: How did Geography Shape Interstate Relations in the Peloponnese?'
  • Robyn Veal 'Mountains as complex types of borders: a political, ecological, and economic case study of the Samnites and the Romans in ancient Campania'

17.45 - 18.15 Discussion

18.15 - 19.15 Drinks

19.30 - 22.30 Dinner

Please contact Nikoletta Manioti at with any questions.


The deadline for registration is 30 April 2017.

Please book accommodation via the university shop.

If you do not require accommodation, please email Nikoletta Manioti at indicating:

  • any dietary requirements
  • any accessibility requirements
  • whether you wish to join the speakers for dinner on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th June (at own expense, payable on the night, no more than £30 per person).

This event is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the School of Classics, University of St Andrews.

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