University of Liverpool: ‘The Legend of Anacharsis in Antiquity and Modernity’

The Legend of Anacharsis in Antiquity and Modernity

University of Liverpool, 10-11 June 2021

The conference centres upon the figure of Anacharsis, a Scythian philosopher travelling around the Greek world during the age of Solon’s reforms, killed for adopting alien (Greek) religious practices upon his return to Scythia and pursuing too strong an interest in alterity. His peripatetic presence combined with his penchant for intellectual exploration and questioning of ‘otherness’ will soon make Anacharsis a paradigm of enlightened independence. His legend was revived in the age of the Enlightenment, when his philosophy returned to intellectual discourse as an agent of dissonance and rupture fostering an emergent cultural relativism and cosmopolitanism. Today, Anacharsis helps us understand how ancient and modern reacted to religious conflicts, cultural diversity and political transformation.

10 June 2020 (Ancient Anacharsis)

14:15 – 14:50 Bruce Gibson and Marco Perale (Liverpool): Welcome Address and Introduction

14:50 – 15:30 Ben Cartlidge (Christ Church, Oxford) –  Anacharsis and Foreign Wisdom in New Comedy    

15:30 – 16:10 Marco Perale (Liverpool) –  Diogenes Laertius’ Epitaph for Anacharsis    

16:40 – 17:20 Alia Rodrigues (Coimbra) – Wiser Than Solon: On Anacharsis’s Laugh In Plutarch (Sol. 5.1)

17:20 – 18:00 Bryant Kirkland (UCLA) –  Anacharsis in the Imperial Greek Imagination

11 June 2020 (Modern Anacharsis)

9:30 – 10:10 Ian Macgregor Morris (Salzburg) – The Outsider Within

10:10 – 10:50 Victoria Rwabeh (Kew House School/UCL) –  Philosophers on Tour. Cosmopolitanism and Legacy in Barthelemy’s Voyages de Jeune Anacharsis    

11:20 – 12:00 Peter Langford (Edge Hill) – Revolution within the Revolution: The Cosmopolitical Project of Anacharsis Cloots

12:00 – 12:40 Erica Joy Mannucci (Milano Bicocca) –  Anacharsis in the French Revolution: a Case-Study on Sylvain Maréchal

14:00 – 14:40 Aurelio Principato (Roma Tre) – Anacharsis in Chateaubriand’s Essai sur les révolutions (1797)

14:40 – 15:20 Alexei Zadorozhny (Liverpool) –  The Russian Anacharsis: Nikolai Karamzin 


Registration is FREE via Eventbrite.

Abstracts are available here.