International Conference : The Athenian Funeral Oration – 40 Years after Nicole Loraux
Registration is now open for The Athenian Funeral Oration: 40 Years after Nicole Loraux. This international conference is taking place at the University of Strasbourg from 9 to 11 July 2018. English-, French- and German-speakers often read Pericles’s famous funeral oration at school or university. Once a year, in democratic Athens, such an oration was delivered in honour of the war dead. For the Athenians it was a vitally important speech, because it reminded them who they were as a people and why they had sacrificed their sons in war. This conference is undertaking the most-thorough study of this genre in 40 years. The book to come from it will be published by Cambridge University Press.
In 1981 the great French ancient historian, Nicole Loraux, published a transformational study of this oration. Loraux proved that it had played a central part in maintaining Athenian self-identity. Yet, despite her study’s huge impact, it was far from complete. Her study did not compare the funeral oration and the other genres of Athens’s popular literature. Therefore Loraux could not prove her claim that the funeral oration was the most important of these genres. This conference completes Loraux’s study by making this comparison. In doing so it furnishes new studies of the 5 extant funeral orations and the most-comprehensive account to date of war’s place in democratic Athens’s popular culture.
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