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The Creation of Roman History and Epigraphy: Theodor Mommsen from 1817 to 2017

  • The Italian Academy (Columbia University) 1161 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

A one-day conference marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Laureate Roman historian Theodor Mommsen. Participants will include: Clifford Ando (University of Chicago), Werner Eck (Universität zu Köln), Bruce Frier (University of Michigan), Zachary Herz (Columbia), Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University), Maya Maskarinec (USC), Michael Peachin (NYU), and Stefan Rebenich (Universität Bern). A full schedule is available at the bottom of the page (or as a pdf here).

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Conference Schedule (all talks will take place in the 5th floor conference room of the Italian Academy, Columbia University and will be followed by discussion)

9:30: Welcome

9:40-10:25: Suzanne Marchand (LSU), “History and Philology in Mommsen’s Lehrjahre” (this session will include 15 minutes of discussion)

10:25-11:10: Werner Eck (Köln) [in absentia], "Inscriptions into History: CIL as the Foundation of the Prosopographia Imperii Romani

11:10-11:30: coffee break

11:30-12:00: Maya Maskarinec (USC) [by videolink from Rome]: "‘Cleansing History of Legend’: Mommsen’s Search for Realia in Rome”

12:00 -1:00: Bruce W. Frier (Michigan), "Rebel with a Cause: Theodor Mommsen and Roman Private Law" (this session will include 15 minutes of discussion)

1:00-2:15: lunch break

2:15-3:00: Zachary Herz (Columbia), "Personality and Power in the Age of the Emperor(s)" (this session will include 15 minutes of discussion)

3:00-3:45: Clifford Ando (Chicago), "Mommsen, Public Law and German Legal Theory” (this session will include 15 minutes of discussion)

3:45-4:05: break for refreshments

4:05-4:50: Stefan Rebenich (Bern), “'I wished to be a citizen’. Theodor Mommsen as a politician” (this session will include 15 minutes of discussion)

4:50: Michael Peachin (NYU) will comment on the day’s papers.

5:15-6:30: reception.