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Conference: The Damned Despot

Rethinking Domitian and the Flavian World

In this conference, we aim to build on recent studies of Domitian and his reign, shedding light on this elusive emperor, whose memory has been largely forgotten, but whose impact on Rome’s cityscape is still visible to this day and whose influence on the later development of the Roman Empire cannot be ignored.

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We have welcomed papers from all areas of research (historical, archaeological, literary and cultural studies etc.) that focus on different aspects of Domitian’s reign. By taking in consideration different aspects of Domitian’s world, we hope to be able to ignite a broader discussion on this historical figure and paint a more comprehensive picture of his reign and his times.

The conference takes place concurrently with the exhibition Domiziano Imperatore. Odio e Amore (13 July 2022-29 January 2023) on show at the Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli, and follows the exhibition Emperor Domitian. God on Earth/Keizer Domitianus. God op aarde at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (17 December 2021-22 May 2022).  

Co-organizers (in alphabetical order): Antony Augoustakis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Emma Buckley, University of St. Andrews; Nathalie de Haan, Radboud University Nijmegen; Eric Moormann Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen; Aurora Raimondi Cominesi, Newcastle University; Claire Stocks, Newcastle University. 

Link to the conference website (programme and abstracts): http://publish.illinois.edu/aaugoust/flavian-literature-and-its-world/

Contact: domitian_rome2023@outlook.com

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