Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity


Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity

(20-21 June 2015)


Durham University, Department of Classics & History, 38 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3EU, Ritson Room (ground floor, room no. 007)

Colleagues and students interested in this event are kindly asked to register by Friday 29 May 2015 (e-mail to: There is no charge for participation or coffee breaks. However, if you would like to join us for the conference dinner (scheduled for Saturday 20 June), a charge of 35 GBP for a three-course menu and drinks will apply. Please specify with your registration whether you would prefer a vegetarian option or whether you have any special dietary needs.

Accommodation in Durham can be booked through Event Durham ( or through the Durham Tourist Office (

P R O G R A M M E :


1:30-2:00 p.m.: Registration

2:00-2:15 p.m.:

Thorsten Fögen & Edmund V. Thomas (Durham University): Welcome and introduction

2:15-3:00 p.m.:

Cristiana Franco (Università di Siena, Italy): Ancient words for human-animal bonds: Metaphors and taboos

3:00-3:45 p.m.:

Sian Lewis (University of St. Andrews): A lifetime together? Temporal perspectives on animal-human relationships

3:45-4:15 p.m.: Coffee and tea break

4:15-5:00 p.m.:

Christopher J. Gill (University of Exeter): The Stoics on humans, animals and nature

5:00-5:45 p.m.:

Phillip Horky (Durham University): The spectrum of animal rationality in Plutarch

5:45-6:00 p.m.: Short break

6:00-6:45 p.m.:

Sarah Miles (Durham University): Cultured animals and wild humans? Talking with the animals in Greek comedy

6:45-7:30 p.m.:

Marco Vespa (Università di Siena, Italy): Why to avoid a monkey: The refusal of interaction in Galen’s epideixis

8:15 p.m.: Conference dinner (St. Chad’s College)


9:00-9:45 a.m.:

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Edinburgh): Human-animal interactions in ancient Persia: Keeping and displaying tribute animals

9:45-10:30 a.m.:

Emma Aston (University of Reading): Horses and status in ancient Greece: The view from the North

10:30-11:00 a.m.: Coffee and tea break

11:00-11:45 a.m.:

Alastair Harden (Oxford University): Animals, skins and violence: Animal-skin garments and ‘wild men’ in Greek culture

11:45-12:30 p.m:

Annetta Alexandridis (Cornell University, US): Are animals naked? A view from Greek art

12:30-1:00 p.m.:

Mary Midgley (Newcastle University): Response to papers

Final discussion and concluding remarks


Thorsten Fögen (, tel. 0191 / 334 1685)

Edmund V. Thomas (, tel. 0191 / 334 1676)

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