Greek and Roman Military Manuals: Genre, Theory, Influence
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
21 & 22 October 2016
While scholars acknowledge the ubiquity of military manuals in antiquity, systematic study of this genre has yet to be undertaken. To be sure, military manuals are enigmatic and at the same time intrinsically fascinating texts. This workshop seeks to provide a forum for scholars to reflect upon ancient Greek and Roman military manuals as a genre, with a view to exploring and demonstrating their utility in ancient historical research. Moreover, military manuals ought to be seen not as existing entirely as a separate genre, as has been largely the case heretofore, but rather as texts deliberately constructed to engage with other genres in which warfare plays a central role (for example, epic poetry and historical narrative).
Abstracts for papers of approximately 30 minutes (to be followed by 15 minutes of discussion) are invited. Possible topics of discussion include:
The ethical context(s) of military manuals;
The utility of military manuals as historical sources;
The role of the reader in the genre;
The relationship(s) between military manuals and other literary genres;
Narrative and structure of military manuals;
The political context(s) of military manuals;
The influence of ancient military manuals in the post-Classical world.
Papers may focus on a particular author or text, or may offer a genre-wide analysis. Proposals for papers on Byzantine and Mediaeval military manuals are also welcome.
Interested participants are invited to contact the workshop organisers: James T. Chlup (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Conor Whately (email@example.com). The organisers ask that proposals be submitted no later than 31 January 2016.