Locating the daimonic: Daimones, spaces and places in the Greek world
A two-day symposium convened by Emmanuela Bakola and Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe and sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust, The ERC project 'Defining Belief and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean', the Hellenic Foundation, King's College London, The Gilbert Murray Trust, and the Jowett Copyright Trust.
Ancient Greeks thought that daimones operated in a variety of spaces and places: earthly and heavenly, interior and exterior, microcosmic and macrocosmic, rural and urban, marginal and liminal. Spatial language was thus regularly used by writers to situate and describe the ontology and activities of daimones. However, no systematic attention has yet been paid to spatial and locative notions of daimonic activity. This 2-day symposium will examine a range of such notions across Greek literature: from epic, philosophy and tragedy, to historiography, magical texts and hagiography. It will consider a wide range of ideas, in their dynamic development over time and in different kinds of texts, and attempt to provide an insight into changing ideas of the ontology, place, nature and habitats of daimones.
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