Metabolé: Crisis and Transformation in Antiquity

25th-26th November (Paraninfo. Facultad de Filología-Edificio A);27th November (Salón de Actos. Museo Arqueológico Nacional. Free admission)

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Classics Colloquium ‘Metabolé: Crisis and Transformation in Antiquity"

19th EUROPAEUM Classics Colloquium

"Metabolé" is a Greek word usually rendered as “revolution” or “transformation”: it was used by Aristotle in a very significant way in his philosophical works in order to designate a process of change implying both destruction and generation of things. This is also a key concept in ancient medicine or politics referred to changes of health state or political regime: many examples of crisis and revolutions, from Mycenaean to Late Antique times, can be adduced here, as the uses of the concept in Aristotle or Polybius. But it is also a relevant topic for Literature and the Arts, both for the evolution of genres or motifs and for the turning points of diverse narratives. What follows is a reversal of fortune or a “transition point” in the plot: but, as in the Poetics’ treatment of tragedy, is it always for the worse? The 19th EUROPAEUM Classics Colloquium – in cooperation with the Department of Classics of Complutense University and with the National Archaeological Museum of Madrid– examines the idea of crisis and transformation in Graeco-Roman History and Literature as a leitmotiv much in tune with the current COVID situation.

Organiza: EUROPAEUM en colaboración con el Departamento de Filología Clásica de la Universidad Complutense y con el Museo Arqueológico Nacional

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