CfP “Manes adite paterni!” Family Spirits in the Greco-Roman World


The research group LITTERA of the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the Department of Classical Philology of the University of Heidelberg is calling for proposals for the international conference

Manes adite paterni!”

Family Spirits in the Greco-Roman World


that will take place on the days 20-21 of July 2018 at the Department of Classical Philology of the University of Heidelberg.

The conference aims to reconsider the confused panorama concerning the different types of supernatural beings (Manes, Penates, Lares, Genii, δαίμωνες, ῞ηρωες, etc.), with special emphasis on the family circle. Focus of the conference will be the Greco-Roman world from the origins to the Early Christianity. The objective is to stress the existence of a continuity among the different traditions concerning the beliefs on the life after death. Proposals are expected to deal with the following subjects: the lexical choice to denominate spirits and ghosts; the ritual and material component of the family death cult and the magical practices against spirits; the philosophical thought about the nature of the spirits as well as on the destiny of the human soul, etc.

The approach is multidisciplinary. In this sense, not only philologists are invited to apply but also philosophers, epigraphists, papirologists, archeologists and historians.

Papers should not withdraw 20 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Accepted languages are: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Abstracts (2 pages max., including bibliography) should be sent by the 31 of December 2017 to the following address:

The proceedings of the conference will be published in the monographic series of the scientific review Anuari de Filologia Antiqua et Mediaevalia ( after a double peer-review.


Seminar für Klassische Philologie

Universität Heidelberg

Marstallhof 2-4

69117 Heidelberg



40 euros for speakers

20 euros for audience (registrations by the end of May 2018)

Certificates of attendance and participation will be delivered by the Organizers.


In collaboration with and under the auspices of

Seminar für Klassische Philologie – Universität Heidelberg

DAAD –  Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Facultat de Filologia – Universitat de Barcelona

LITTERA –  Laboratori per a la Investigació i Tractament de Textos Epigràfics, Romans i Antics

Revistes Científiques de la Universitat de Barcelona

Scientific Committee

Alejandra Guzmán Almagro (LITTERA / Universitat de Barcelona)

Jürgen Paul Schwindt (Universität Heidelberg)

Silvia Tantimonaco (LITTERA / DAAD Fellow – Universität Heidelberg)

Javier Velaza Frías (LITTERA / Universitat de Barcelona)


Organizing Commitee

Alejandra Guzmán Almagro:

Silvia Tantimonaco:


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About Lorenzo Calvelli

I am a tenured Lecturer in Ancient History at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. I was a Marie Curie graduate student at University College London and earned a PhD in «History and Archaeology of the Mediterranean countries» thanks to a cotutelle agreement between Ca' Foscari and the Université Paris X. I was a post-doctoral fellow at the American Academy in Rome, at the Warburg Institute in London, at the Villa I Tatti in Florence (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), and at the Centro di Studi e Ricerche sui Diritti Antichi in Pavia. From September to December 2015, I was a visiting research scholar at Princeton University thanks to a fellowship offered by the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies. My research interests focus on classical and late-antique epigraphy, on architectural spolia and antiquarian collections in Venice and Rome, on early Christianity in the Adriatic region, and on the reception of antiquity. I am the author of numerous scholarly contributions on these topics, among which my book «Cipro e la memoria dell'antico fra Medioevo e Rinascimento» (Venice, 2009). I serve on the Editorial Board of the series «Mediterranean Nexus», published by Brepols. I am a member of AIEGL, BES, ASGLE, and Terra Italia Onlus, on whose Academic Board I sit after my three-year appointment as Secretary General (2013-2015).
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