Reframing Wisdom Literature Conference

Problematising Literary and Religious Interactions in Ancient Wisdom Texts – King's College London 30-31 May 2019




Department of Classics, King’s College London, 30th-31st May 2019

Keynote speaker: Prof Dimitri Gutas, Yale University

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Thursday 30 May 

Registration from 1.30 pm

2.15 pm: opening address by Dr Daniel Orrells, Head of the Department of Classics, King’s College London

2.30 – 4 pm: session 1 

2.30 – 3.15 pm: Emanuele Zimbardi, ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome and Freie Universität Berlin, Aḥiqar from loyal courtier to wise teacher: the making of a parenetical story in Official Aramaic, Greek, and Syriac. Response by Dr Pavlos Avlamis, King’s College London

3.15 – 4 pm: Ivo Martins, Leiden University, Reframing wisdom through liminality in Akkadian literature. Response by Dr Lindsay Allen, King’s College London

4 – 4.30 pm: coffee break

4.30 – 6 pm: session 2 

4.30 – 5.15 pm: Michela Piccin, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Motifs distribution in Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and Babylonian Theodicy. Response by Dr Jana Matuszak, SOAS University of London

5.15 – 6 pm: Suzanna R. Millar, University of Edinburgh, A proverb in a collection is dead? Response by Prof Paul Joyce, King’s College London

7.30 pm: conference dinner (Côte Brasserie, Tavistock Street, London WC2E7PA)

Friday 31 May 

9.30 – 11 am: session 3 

9.30 – 10.15 am: Charles P. Comerford, University of Birmingham, What should we talk about when we talk about wisdom? Terminology, definition, and genre in ancient Jewish wisdom studies. Response by Prof Hindy Najman, University of Oxford

10.15 – 11 am: Rachel Frish, Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv, When prophecy meets wisdom: examination of the manner in which חכמים are addressed in Jeremiah 8 as a case study. Response by Dr Jonathan Stökl, King’s College London

11 – 11.30 am: coffee break

11.30 am – 1 pm: session 4 

11.30 am – 12.15 pm: David Hodgkinson, University of Oxford, Battlefields as teaching spaces. Response by Dr Shaul Tor, King’s College London

12.15 – 1 pm: Edward Iles, University of Oxford, The Babyloniaka of Berossos of Babylon and the advice literature on legitimate kingship. Response by Prof Hugh Bowden, King’s College London

1 – 2.30 pm: lunch break

2.30 – 4 pm: session 5 

2.30 – 3.15 pm: Carmine Antonio Vox, Università degli Studi di Macerata, The wise Nazianzen. Wisdom features in Gregory’s writings and reception. Response by Prof Micheal Trapp, King’s College London

3.15 – 4.00 pm: Aggelos Malisovas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Unifying a dualistic nature: Prudentius’ poetical corpus as Wisdom Literature testimony. Response by Dr Daniel Hadas, King’s College London

4 – 4.30 pm: coffee break

4.30 – 5.30 pm: keynote lecture

Prof Dimitri Gutas, Yale University, Arabic wisdom literature as a template for reframing wisdom literature

5.30 pm: closing remarks by Sara De Martin and Anna Lucia Furlan, King’s College London. Wine reception to follow.

7.30 pm: informal closing dinner (Antalya Restaurant, Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH)

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