College of Arts and Sciences

Ancient Studies

Miniature and Minor: An ancient studies Conference

Whereas so much of our research implicitly or explicitly concerns the monumental and the major, we propose to investigate the miniature and the minor from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The art historian might explore cameos or textiles. The literary theorist might explore minor characters or minor works. The historian might explore micro-histories or minor battles. We are interested not only in the realia of the miniature and the minor but in the construction of those categories by both ancients and moderns. We are interested in the miniature and the minor both in their own rights and as counterpoints to the monumental and the major. We are less interested in simply demanding that attention be paid to the neglected or the overlooked.

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April 11, 2014
Wylie Hall 015

“‘I Was Small Among My Brothers’: Psalm 151, Scribal Minutiae, and Scripture in Antiquity”
Eva Mroczek, Indiana University, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies

“Minor Episodes in Thucydides’ History: Narrative Design and Historical Function”
Sara Forsdyke, University of Michigan, Department of Classical Studies

Coffee break

“Imitation, Emulation, Innovation: Artistic Exchange in the Minor Arts in the
Hellenistic World and Rome”
Julie Van Voorhis, Indiana University, Department of the History of Art

“Minor in the Shadow of Major: Non-Major Aspects of Ravenna’s Art”
Deborah Deliyannis, Indiana University, Department of History

6:30 Dinner for speakers (Topo’s)

April 12, 2014
Fine Arts 102

9:00 Coffee served

“Scale Scriptitious: The Concentration of Divine Power in the Ancient Near East”
Scott Noegel, University of Washington, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

“Good Things in Small Packages: Miniature and Minor in Late Antique Ivory Diptychs”
Sarah Bassett, Indiana University, Department of the History of Art

Coffee break

“The Roman Ceremonial Statuette”
Brian Madigan, Wayne State University, Department of Art and Art History

1:00-2:30 Lunch

Wylie Hall 015

“Callimachus, Twombly, and the Poetics of Childhood”
Mark Payne, University of Chicago, Department of Classics

“Is the Biblical Esther a Minor Character?”
Martien Halvorson-Taylor, University of Virginia, Religious Studies

Coffee break

“Minor Characters in Homer’s Iliad” 
Jonathan L. Ready, Indiana University, Department of Classical Studies

6:00-6:30 Wrap-up

7:00 Dinner for speakers (Samira)


The Program in Ancient Studies gratefully acknowledges the financial support for this event provided by the following IU entities: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classical Studies, Department of History, and the Robert and Avid Burke Professorship in the Department of Art History.