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Apuleius and the Aristotelian De Mundo—Workshop

Thursday December 9, 2021 - Saturday December 11, 2021

The De Mundo is a fascinating part of Apuleius’ corpus, with much to contribute to our understanding of Mediterranean philosophy in the second century, of philosophical work in the Latin language, of Platonism, and of Apuleius himself. But, sidelined as a mere translation (of the pseudo-Aristotelian work usually known by the same name), it has never received sustained attention in its own right. This workshop brings together an international team of scholars who will address the text from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

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Thursday, December 9

The Cosmological Vision of the De Mundo

10:00-11:15: George Boys-Stones (University of Toronto): “A Second-Century Argument About the World”

11:15-12:30: Liba Taub (Cambridge University) “Integrating Meteorology and Theology in De Mundo.“

1:30-3:00: Break for lunch.

De Mundo from Greek to Latin

3:00-4:15: Georgina White (Kansas University) “Ethical Language in De Mundo.“ With response by Matthew Watton (University of Toronto).

4:15-5:30: Thomas Slabon (Stanford University) “Apuleius’ Roman Additions to Greek Theology.“

Friday, December 10

The De Mundo Beyond Plato and Aristotle

10:00-11:15: Dylan Burns (University of Amsterdam) “Basilides of Alexandria On the Cosmos.“

11:15-12:30: Gretchen Reydams-Schils (University of Notre Dame) “Stoicising Platonism in Apuleius’ Response to Aristotle.“

12:30-4:00: Break for lunch.

4:00-6:00: Translating the De Mundo: round-table discussion.

6:00: Conference Dinner.

Saturday, December 11

New Perspectives on Aristotelianism

10:00-11:15: Michael Griffin (University of British Columbia) “Apuleius’ De Mundo as contemplative exercise and pedagogy.“

11:15-12:30: George Karamanolis (University of Vienna) “Causal Efficacy Through Intermediary Power in Apuleius’ De Mundo.“

12:30-1:00: Closing review.

Times are local (EST). All sessions will be held in the Jackman Humanities Building at 170 St George Street; room details will be confirmed closer to the time. A link to join sessions by Zoom will be emailed to everyone who has registered to attend.



Thursday December 9, 2021
Saturday December 11, 2021
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