Vitae auctorum: The Medieval Lives of Classical Authors (ICMS Kalamazoo 2017)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Societas Ovidiana
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The Societas Ovidiana welcomes proposals for the following session to be held at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 11-14, 2017:


CFP: Vitae auctorum: The Medieval Lives of Classical Authors


The biographical knowledge concerning Greek and Roman writers available to medieval readers was at times limited and at other times fancifully full. From the brief and not infrequently erroneous information transmitted in accessus ad auctores, e.g. Cicero's military service under Caesar (a confusion with his brother Quintus), to literary legends, such as Virgil in a Basket, the authors and poets known to the Middle Ages were not the same individuals as we imagine them today. Though often treated as amusing inaccuracies separate from the authentic texts with which they circulated, we encourage panelists to examine in what ways the information contained in these vitae shaped how (and which) classical works were read and understood.


We invite submissions in the forms of a 250-word abstract and a completed participant information form (found here: to the panel organizer Morris Tichenor at by September 15, 2016.