International Conference “Colloquium Balticum Rigense”

International Conference “Colloquium Balticum Rigense”
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The international scientific conference “Colloquium Balticum Rigense. Riga Humanists and the Heritage of Antiquity: Texts and Contexts” continues at the Latvian National Library on Friday, the 7th of November, and Saturday, the 8th of November. We offer you the opportunity to watch the conference live on our portal.

The conference is organised by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Latvia together with its long-time co-operation partners in the Baltic Network of Classical Scholars. The aim of the conference is to analyse and explore the remarkable phenomenon of Riga humanists in the Baltic region of the Renaissance period.

For three days, classical scholars from Philipps University of Marburg and the universities of Lund, Tartu, Vilnius and Latvia, as well as researchers from the universities of Helsinki, Fribourg, Oxford and Free University of Berlin will be discussing the phenomenon of Riga humanists in the context of Renaissance in Europe, regional aspects of humanism, the Riga Dom School and Neo Latin culture and education, works by the most prominent authors of the period (David Hilchen, Daniel Hermann, etc.), as well as inspiration that humanists drew from antique literature.


Live stream is the original languages of the speakers, no translation is provided!



Friday, the 7th of November
Latvian National Library, Mūkusalas iela 3

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session 3, chair Kristi Viiding

Mindaugas Strockis (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Sirvydas and Elgers: the Founding Fathers of Latin Lexicography in the Baltic Countries

Māra Grudule (University of Latvia)
Sappho Stanza in the Early Latvian Poetry (17th Century)

Annika Kuuse (University of Helsinki, Finland)
The Hexameters of Academic Occasional Poetry in Royal Academy in Turku in the 17th Century: Dedications and Congratulations in Dissertations

Martin Steinrück (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
On the Coolness of Elegy

10:30 a.m. – 10.50 a.m. Break

10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Session 4, chair Arne Jönsson

Kaidi Kriisa (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Language Change in the 17th Century Dorpat University's Academic Writings – Students'
Scholarship Applications as Exceptional Examples of Code-switching

Gita Bērziņa, Brigita Cīrule (University of Latvia)
Classical Values in Riga Dome School

Cajsa Sjoberg (University of Lund, Sweden)
Three 18th Century Dissertations about Silk and their Traces of Antiquity

Ieva Kalniņa, Mārtiņš Laizāns (University of Latvia)
Johann Gothelf Lindner and Schooldrama in Riga (18th Century)

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Exhibition “1514. The Book. 2014”

1:20 p.m. – 3 p.m. Break

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session 5, chair Janika Päll

Erkki Sironen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Zu den Übersetzungen der Homerischen Epen ins Finnische, besonders der Ilias

Maria-Kristiina Lotman (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Translating Ancient Drama into Estonian

Felix Prokoph (Philipps University of Marburg, Germany)
Fußnoten zum Marburger Universitätsrecht oder C.J.Caesar als Textkritiker

Ilze Rūmniece (University of Latvia)
Latin in the University of Latvia Documents: the First Decade

4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Break

4:50 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Session 6, chair Ilze Rūmniece

Jerker Blomqvist (University of Lund, Sweden)
Epistula ad Diognetum and Early Christian Rhetoric

Lina Girdvainytė (University of Oxford, UK)
Egypt in Tacitus' Ann. 2.59-61: the Use of Egypt in the Rendering of Anti-Imperialist Views

Aske Damtoft Poulsen (University of Lund, Sweden)
Tacitus and Libertas

Kadri Novikov (University of Tartu, Estonia)
The Use of Different Genres in the Novels of Achilleus Tatios and Eustathios Makrembolites

Saturday, the 8th of November
Latvian National Library, Mūkusalas iela 3

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session 7, chair Nijolė Juchnevičienė

Viktorija Staišiūnaitė (Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Lithuania)
Prayers and Hymns in Roman Poetry: Approaching a Genre of Hymns

Stefan Meyer (Philipps University of Marburg, Germany)
Mens antiqua manet. An Aproach to Ovid’s Concept of Humanity

Martina Björk (University of Lund, Sweden)
Ethopoeia and Ovid

Bernadette Banszkiewicz (Philipps University of Marburg, Germany)
Ekphrasis und Intensität

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session 8, chair Gita Bērziņa

Vytautas Ališauskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
The Authorship of ‘Pseudo-Platonica’ as Hermeneutical Problem

Claudia Zichi (University of Lund, Sweden)
Plato’s View on Love: An Intertextual Reading of Symposium, Phaedrus, and Laws (Book VIII)

Raminta Važgėlaitė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Plato the Drama Maker: few Dramatic Aspects of Republic

Boris Dunsch (Philipps University of Marburg, Germany)
Esti kubernetes ho epistamenos kratistos: The Epistemological Status of the kubernetike tekhne in Plato


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