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Re-reading Livy, 2000 years after

Relire Tite-Live : 2000 ans après

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Published on Monday, January 23, 2017


On the occasion of the bimillenary of Livy's death, an international conference will be organized, on October 5 and 6, at Paris Nanterre University and the École Normale Supérieure of Paris.



2017 will mark the 2000th anniversary of Livy's death. Three years after the celebration of Augustus' death, this conference will be the opportunity to review the various readings that current scholarship develop on Livy's works, and to question its transmission and impact on our past and contemporary representations of Rome's history and society.

Scholars are invited to focus on :

  1. The structure of the Ab urbe condita : do the work's divisions into chapters, decades or books reflect Livy's composition ? What about the use and choice of sources ? How much were the composition and publication conditions modified throughout the writing process ?
  2. The transmission of the Ab urbe condita : How was it transmitted, since Antiquity, throughout the centuries ? To what extent can we talk about the ''canonization'' of this work ? Which part did it play in historical studies during the XIXth and XXth centuries ?
  3. The narrative development : if we study the Ab urbe condita in the mirror of the rhetorical conception of historical writing in Antiquity, we have to question the connection between the historical narrative of events and truth. What are the methodological principles and issues of this narrative ?
  4. Livy and power : what are Livy's relations with the new imperial power ? More broadly, what is Livy's approach of the imperium romanum ?

Date and location

Date : October, 5-6.10.2017.

Duration : 2 days. The conference will take place at the University of Paris Ouest and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.


  • University Paris Ouest Nanterre (PHILLIA, ArScAn, THEMAM),
  • Ecole normale supérieure de Paris (Centre d’Etudes Anciennes et UMR AOROC) ;
  • University Paris-Sorbonne (Equipe EDITA).

Submission guidelines

The proceedings of the conference are intended to be published. Please send short abstracts (around 400 words) for papers of 20 minutes to

by the 31.03.2017.

The languages of the conference will be French, Italian, English, Spanish and German.

Accommodation will be specified later.

Organizers and scientific board

  • Charles Guittard,
  • Etienne Wolff,
  • Mathilde Simon,
  • Pauline Duchêne,
  • Marine Miquel

Contact : titelive.bimillenaire@gmail.com


  • Grand amphithéâtre, bâtiment Max Weber - Université Paris Nanterre, 200 avenue de la République
    Nanterre, France (92)
  • École normale supérieure, 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris
    Paris, France (75005)


  • Friday, March 31, 2017


  • Tite-Live, latin


  • Pauline Duchêne
    courriel : historiographiesantiques [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Pauline Duchêne
    courriel : historiographiesantiques [at] gmail [dot] com


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« Re-reading Livy, 2000 years after », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, January 23, 2017, https://doi.org/10.58079/wpi

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