Monthly Archives: May 2013

And introducing…

You know how in the titles of films, right near the end of the list of actors who will take major roles in the movie, they have the ‘and introducing’ screenshot?  It often refers to a new actor or actress who is getting his/her debut in the film world.  He or she is often portrayed as youthful and wide-eyed, surprised to see that the camera is there, as if to say, ‘well hello, I hadn’t noticed that you’d noticed.’  What has always struck me is how that ‘and introducing’ screenshot could go either way: you might have a total nobody who will remain a total nobody, but it is also possible that you’ll have a Jack Nicholson, or a Jamie Lee Curtis, or even Kevin ‘Thank you Sir, May I have Another’ Bacon.

With that in mind… (drum roll, please)…And Introducing

Book Cover

Plato and Pythagoreanism, by Phillip Sidney Horky (Oxford University Press, 2013).

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Conference Announcement: Philosophos Bios (9-11 May 2013)

Philosophos bios: Philosophical Uses of Biography in the Hellenistic Age and Late Antiquity 

Palazzo Feltrinelli, Gargnano (Lago di Garda)

 9-11 May 2013

Palazzo Feltrinelli, Gargnano, Italy

Organized by T. Bénatouïl (Université de Nancy), M. Bonazzi (Università degli Studi di Milano), Carlos Lévy (Université de Paris IV – Sorbonne), Stefan Schorn (Leuven Catholic University) and Gerd van Riel (Leuven Catholic University)

Thursday 9 May

h. 16.00

1) Dino de Sanctis (Pisa): La biografia nel Kepos: il profilo esemplare del saggio epicureo tra propaganda e didagmata per la felicità.

h. 17.30

2) Phillip Horky (Durham): Authority and First Words: Diogenes Laertius on Heraclitus on Pythagoras

Friday 10 May

h. 9.30

3) Jan Opsomer (KU Leuven): Philosophers in Plutarch’s Vitae parallelae

h. 11.15

4) Karin Schlapbach (Ottawa): The spectacle of a life. Biography as philosophy in Lucian


h. 14.30

5) Stefan Schorn (KU Leuven) : Biographie und Fürstenspiegel. Politische Paränese in Philostrats Vita Apollonii


6) Philippe Hoffmann (EPHE): Sur les biographies de philosophes dans le néoplatonisme

Saturday 11 May

h. 9.00

7) Irmgard Männlein-Robert (Tübingen): Polemik in der Vita Pythagorica Iamblichs

h. 11.00

8) Franco Trabattoni (Milano): Il filosofo platonico secondo Damascio

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