History and Antiquarianism Conference

12-14 August
University of Sydney
CCANESA (Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia)

Marcus Aurelius-Cavalieri
This conference aims to expand a discussion on approaches to the past from Greco-Roman antiquity to the 17th century, and to assemble scholars interested in the relationship between history and antiquarianism in the ancient and pre-modern worlds.

While antiquarian studies have expanded significantly in early modernist circles in the last 30 years, earlier centuries of antiquarianism (up to the 16th century) are only now beginning to attract interest. Was Arnaldo Momigliano right in 1950 that historians write narratives and solve problems, while antiquaries build systems and collect material remains? What has changed in our view of historiography and antiquarianism? Must we reconsider the disciplinary value of antiquarian methods? One historian has even recently argued: ‘in the twentieth century antiquarianism conquered history.’ The hope at this conference is to cross the boundaries between ancient and early modern historians and to provide new ideas for the study of culture in both fields.

For more information, please contact the Conference organisers:
Frances Muecke: frances.muecke@sydney.edu.au
John Gagné: john.gagne.edu.au
or visit the conference website: classics.org.au/haconference

The conference is generously supported by the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia , The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, the Medieval and Early Modern Centre, and the Sydney Latin Summer School

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