31 October-1 November 2013: Leiden Research Colloquium on the City and Symbol of Rome

‘The city of Rome is built not only of bricks and marble but also of the words of its writers’.

City and Symbol of Rome

‘The city of Rome is built not only of bricks and marble but also of the words of its writers’. This quotation from Catharine Edwards’ book Writing Rome (1996) is true not only for Antiquity but also for subsequent ages. In many instances it was physical Rome that inspired the words, be it about the marble m agnificence of Augustan Rome, the sanctity of the martyrs’ graves or the vicissitude of fortune represented by the Roman ruins. But the image of Rome created in literary works also proved inspirational for urban renewal and artistic reconstruction, as papal commissions in Renaissance Rome clearly attest to. Moreover, the image of Roma aeterna lived on outside of Rome as well, where it inspired the creation of several ‘new Romes’. As a result the intricate relationship between Rome as city and Rome as idea has both been embraced and challenged, and appropriated in many different political, religious and artistic contexts.

This colloquium brings together Leiden researchers working on the City and/or Symbol of Rome, with the aim of creating a platform that can inspire new interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.


Thursday 31 October
16.00 – 17.00 Prof. Karl Galinsky (University of Texas, Austin), 'Approaches to memoria in Rome: Theory and Practice (Classics Forum Antiquum lecture)'
17.00 Discussion & Drinks

Friday 1 November
9.30 Coffee/Tea and Welcome
10.00 – 10.30 Opening by Susanna de Beer, 'Images of Rome. From Caput mundi to City of Decadence'
Session I: Material Rome
10.30 – 11.00 Miko Flohr, 'Building tabernae in the Roman Metropolis'
11.00 – 11.30 Bouke van der Meer, 'Ostia’s Visual Connections to Rome'
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee/Tea
Session II: Rome and the World
Session II: Rome and the World (chair: Maarten Delbeke)
12.00 – 12.30 Maaike Leemreize, Egypt in Rome. The Literary Discourse
12.30 – 13.00 Raphael Hunsucker, Livy on the Palatine. Reinventing Rome's foundation
13.00 -14.30 Lunch
Session III: Literary Rome
14.30 – 15.00 Bettina Reitz-Joosse, 'Writing Rome - Founding Texts'
15.00 – 15.30 Christoph Pieper, 'Romanitas - Latinitas - Urbanitas. (Ciceronian) Ideals of the City and her Eloquence'
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee/Tea
Session IV: New Rome
16.00 – 16.30 Paul Smith, 'Ray, Willughby, Skippon: three Englishmen at Rome (September 1664 - January 1665)'
16.30 - 17.00 Maarten Delbeke, 'A Tale of Three Cities: Rome, Paris and Bleston in the Novels of Michel Butor'
17.00 Closing Remarks & Drinks


· Location (both days): UB Grote Vergaderzaal, Witte Singel 27 (South Hall, 2nd floor).
· Participation in the Colloquium is free, registration is desired.
· Lunch is not included in the programme, but you are welcome to join us for an Italian lunch (à 20 euro) NB. Sign up for lunch 20 October at the latest.

For more information and registration contact Susanna de Beer: s.t.m.de.beer@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Last Modified: 29-10-2013