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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2016
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2016

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.


Call For Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call For Papers Closes: 3/2/2016
Requirements for Participation

Meals in the Greco-Roman World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We have planned three sessions for 2016: 1) Meal and Teaching - Open call! Meals in the ancient world were an important venue for discourse of various kinds, including teaching. This session will focus on the Greco-Roman banquet, including meals in Jewish and Christian contexts as a venue for instruction. Possible areas of focus include philosophical discourse at meals, meal and community at Qumran, Jesus traditions and meals, rabbinic meals, and monastic meals. 2) Dressing for Dinner: Meals, Clothing and Meaning - assigned papers This session focusses on the clothing of diners, servants, performers and other participants in ancient banquets. Attention will be given to material as well as literary evidence for clothing and to the connections between dress, role, status and other factors that shaped participation in meals as important social institutions in the Greco-Roman World. 3) Meal and Rhetoric - joint session with Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Group

Program Unit Chairs

Andrew B. McGowan
Soham Al-Suadi

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