A Sickness unto Death: Pain, Suffering, and Despair in the Ancient World

Sponsored by State University of New York at Buffalo

Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 4:00am

Location:
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States

The Classics Graduate Student Association of the University at Buffalo is pleased to solicit proposals for our third biannual Graduate Student Conference A Sickness unto Death: Pain, Suffering, and Despair in the Ancient World to be held October 30, 2010.

Ancient literature is filled with fictional and historical examples of individuals who suffered from physical conditions, such as Philoctetes, as well people who, like Cicero, experienced depression and despair in their private and public lives. Equally, archaeological techniques are increasingly able to identify environmental and personal factors that may have affected the quality of life for individuals. The keynote speech will be delivered by Brooke Holmes, Professor of Classics at Princeton University.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the many facets of suffering, the endurance of suffering, and its alleviation in the ancient world. Topics may include but are not limited to:

• chronic illness and physical handicaps in archaeology and literature
• torture
• depression and mental anguish
• political and social oppression
• methods for coping with or alleviating these and other afflictions.

All graduate students are invited to submit an abstract no longer than 500 words to
UBclassics@gmail.com on or before August 27, 2010.
For further information please visit our website.

Website: http://gsa.buffalo.edu/classics/

Contact:
William Duffy
wsduffy@buffalo.edu

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