26 Jun
28 Jun

The Ancient Sublime across Cultures: Elevated Minds from the Nile to the Rhine

Opening hours / Beginning:

26 June 2024 - 28 June 2024


Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (SMÄK) Gabelsbergerstraße 35 80333 München


Wednesday, 26. June, 18:15

Book presentation and evening lecture

  • Renate Schlesier, Mischungen beim antiken Gelage. Reflexionen des frühgriechischen Symposions. Münchner Vorlesungen zu Antiken Welten (MVAW 7, Walther de Gruyter Berlin, 2024)
  • Casper de Jonge (Leiden /LMU München): The Ancient Sublime Between Gilgamesh, Genesis, and Greece

Thursday, 27. June

  • 09:15: Richard Hunter (University of Cambridge): The prosaic sublime
  • 10:00: Damien Nelis (Université de Genève): The Ovidian sublime: sources and models
  • 11:00: Jean-Yves Heurtebise (FuJen Catholic University, Taiwan / French Center for Research on Contemporary China, Taipei) (online): Transculturality of the sublime & sublimity of the transcultural: an inquiry into the possibility conditions of comparing Chinese and Greek sublimes
  • 13:30: Michela Piccin (North-West University, South Africa): Unlocking the secrets: mastering Mesopotamian speechcraft
  • 14:15: Enrique Jiménez (LMU München): ‘I will make the rabbit chase the wolf!’ Startling images in the Erra epic
  • 15:30: Lorenzo Miletti (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II): Poetics, rhetoric, and religious tensions: the scholarly reception of On the Sublime in the mid-16th century
  • 16:15: Dietmar Till (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen): The sublime in Burke and Kant – a story of tradition and innovation
  • 17:30: Mélanie Flossmann-Schütze (SMÄK): The sublime in ancient Egypt - objects in the State Museum of Egyptian Art

Friday, 28. June

  • 09:15: Anja Hötschl (LMU München): „… und auf meine Höhen wird er mich stellen / ינדימעי יתמב לעו “ – Erhabenheit in Psalm 18
  • 10:00: Knut Backhaus (LMU München): The importance of being an ‘idiot’: Early Christianity, the sublime, and a clash of cultures
  • 11:15: Pierre Destrée (Université catholique de Louvain): Aristotle on the sublime
  • 12:00: René Nünlist (Universität zu Köln): Ancient critics on the sublime
  • 14:15: Sebastian Zellner (FU Berlin / Universität Heidelberg): Longinus’ ‘theatre of examination’ and the sublime in imperial historical thought
  • 15:00: Ruth Bielfeldt (LMU München): Artistic failure as a chance for nature. Thoughts on Longinus’ kolossos hēmartēmenos
  • 15:45: Concluding discussion

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