Change and Identity in Ancient Ritual And Poetry
University of Texas at San Antonio Brackenridge Classics Symposium, March 8-9, 2013
Date limite : 31 octobre 2012
Ritual is seemingly easy to identify, but its forms and functions are notoriously difficult to define. Does ritual behavior, as Mircea Eliade claimed, “enact” mythic thought, bringing the “here and now” into contact with the primordial sacred, or, as Victor Turner saw it, does ritual work as a “redressive mechanism” within the social drama? From the Homeric Hymn to Demeter to the embedded spells of Theocritus, songs and rituals are closely entwined in the ancient world and their relationship difficult to divine. Both ritual and song occupy intersecting categories of fixity and flexibility—their gestures and forms are to some extent established by tradition while still necessarily open to variation and adaptation. The capacity for both ritual and poetry to change while remaining in some way “the same” is both definitive for their cultural utility and bewitching for those divorced from the ritual or performance context. And, further, for those who investigate ritual and song the experience can be additionally distorted: ritual participants and performance audiences witness individual iterations as genuine reflexes of evolving traditions; scholars mine disparate and discrete evidence to describe what in the end are composite rituals (or try to understand textual artifacts of once living poems).
We invite participants to examine and reflect upon the adaptive and fleeting nature of ancient Greek and Roman poetic performance and ritual from any disciplinary perspective – art, archaeology, linguistics, philology, philosophy, anthropology or any other area of study within Classics – above all in ways that combine multiple such perspectives to bring innovative and fresh understandings to this theme. Papers that directly engage with theoretical questions or introduce new paradigms are especially encouraged. In addition, we are particularly interested in approaches that consider the interrelation of poetry and ritual and the influence of ‘myth' on both (or vice versa).
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