Conferences and events

Researchers discussing at the Gunnerus Library in Trondheim. Photo.


2018 November 16th

'Articulating the collection with amorous themes in pseudo-Virgil's Catalepton'


Gunnerusbiblioteket rom 128

Dr. Tristan Franklinos, University of Oxford

2018 June 2nd

PhD Workshop


Besøkssenteret til Nidarosdomen, Café To Tårn

Peter Astrup Sundt, Robert Emil Berge, Iris Brecke, Roy Gibson, Stephen Harrison, Stephen Heyworth, Fiona McIntosh, Thea S. Thorsen

How to do a scholarly commentary?


Besøkssenteret til Nidarosdomen, Café To Tårn

Roy Gibson, Stephen Heyworth and Thea S. Thorsen

2018 May 24th

‘NTNU/Gyldendals bokserie Kanon presenterer: Gresk og romersk komedie'

Campus Dragvoll, Biblioteket

Streames på:

Iris Brecke, Robert Emil Berge

2018 March 23rd

‘Metamorphoses - Ovid. Offentlig opplesning fra Bok 1, Skapelsen, Bok 5, Rovet av Proserpina og Bok 10, Orfevs og Evrydike'

Festival Européen Latin er Grec, Lyon/Campus Dragvoll, Biblioteket

Streames på:

Iris Brecke, Peter Astrup Sundt, Thea S. Thorsen

2018 February 4

‘Nye helter fra gresk og romersk mytologi’

Hovedbiblioteket i Trondheim

Peter Astrup Sundt, NTNU

2018 February 1st

‘Den romerske triumfen’

Litteraturhuset i Trondheim

Ida Östenberg, Göteborgs Universitet

2018 February 1st

‘Antikkens drama på norsk’

Litteraturhuset i Trondheim

Iris Brecke, Robert Emil Berge og Thea S. Thorsen, NTNU

2018 February 1st

‘Elskeren Julius Caesar’

NTNU, Dragvoll

Dr. Ida Östenberg, Göteborgs Universitet

2017 November 3rd

Bimillennial Celebrations of Ovidian Multierotics

Ovid has been called the inventor of heterosexuality and the straightest of the ancient poets (e.g. Habinek in The Roman Cultural Revolution , 1997, p. 31). This prevailing notion has eclipsed many features in the Ovidian corpus that are difficult to accommodate within this view. The importance of Sappho in Ovid’s poetry and self-portraiture is one aspect that has been much in the dark, also due to the famous authenticity debate regarding Heroides 15. But there is much more: the fact that Ovid as professor of love in Ars amatoria Book 3 teaches women to love men complicates the notion of Ovid’s straightness, as all his precepts are ultimately targeting objects of love of the same gender as the poet himself. Furthermore from Ovid’s Metamorphoses the story of Callisto and Jupiter – in disguise of Diana – surely has homoerotic aspects which a painter like François Boucher seems to have picked up on in his painting on the topic; then there is Narcissus, who loves himself, and hence someone of the same gender, the nymph Salmacis and the boy Hermaphroditus who ultimately unite bodies, Iphis, the girl who wants to be a boy, and has his/her wish fulfilled, and surely many other figures. It is therefore with great pleasure, in the year of the bimillennial commemoration of the poet Ovid’s death, that the research project HetHomPo welcomes Professor Jennifer Ingleheart of the University of Durham to Trondheim, Norway to a workshop with the project group to give a lecture on some of the allegedly most heterosexual works of Ovid, his Amores and Ars amatoria, under the following title:
Amores plural:
Ovidian homoerotics in the elegies
Time: Friday 3rd of November 2017 at 1300-1500
Place: Gunnerusbiblioteket rom 128, Kalvskinnsgata 1B

Professor Ingleheart is the author of Ovid, Tristia 2: Edition and Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2010), editor of and contributor to Two Thousand Years of Solitude: Exile after Ovid, (Oxford University Press, 2011), Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities (Oxford University Press, 2015) and numerous articles on Greek and Roman literature and culture.

2017 June 21

‘Kjærlighet og Alcaeus’

Gyldendal norsk forlag, Oslo

Thea Selliaas Thorsen, NTNU

2017 June 21

'Å oversette Terents Evnukken til norske vers'

Gyldendal norsk forlag, Oslo

Iris Brecke, NTNU

2017 April 7

‘Roman love: The case of Horace’


Lecture by Stephen Harrison, University of Oxford and NTNU

2017 February 3

Master-class with Dr. Daniel Orrells, King's College London

Suhm-huset, kl. 13

The project group, NTNU.

2017 February 2

‘Å overvinne døden: Orfevs og kristendommen’

Sellanraa, Litteraturhuset i Trondheim, kl. 19

Presentation, Peter Astrup Sundt, NTNU.

2016 September 28

‘Homoerotisk poetikk, heteroseksuell tradisjon’

Forskningsrådets festaften

Presentation, Thea Selliaas Thorsen, NTNU.

2016 June 14

‘The heterosexual tradition of homoerotic poetics’

Corpus Christi College Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Oxford

Presentation, Thea Selliaas Thorsen, NTNU.

2016 June 11

‘Greek and Roman literature: The erotic connection’

Conference, Oxford, Corpus Christi College

In many ways, the concept of love in Catullus and the Roman love elegists seems unprecedented. At the same time, its immense success in the following centuries has rendered it so widespread and common that we have difficulties in seeing how new once it was. Or was it? This conference explores concepts of love in Greek and Roman literature, poetry as well as prose, including Greek literature written in the Roman era. What is similar in concepts of love in the pre-Roman and Roman periods? What appears different? What can be regarded as continuities and what as breaks? These are questions that we will explore during this conference, which will explore Greek and Latin authors, ranging from Homer to Ovid.


Greek and Roman literature: the erotic connection

10.15 Coffee and registration

1st session, chair Thea S. Thorsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

10.45 Richard Hunter, University of Cambridge: ‘Allegories of love’

11.30 Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Ohio State University: ‘There Falls A Lone Tear: Longing for a Vanished Love. Tracing an Erotic Motif from Homer to Ovid’

12.15 Boris Kayachev, Trinity College, Ireland: ‘Gallus as Acontius? An elegy ascribed to Gallus (AL 914) and Callimachus’ Acontius aition’

13.00   Lunch

2nd session, chair Thea S. Thorsen (NTNU)

14.00 Alison Sharrock, University of Manchester: ‘amans et egens and exclusus amator – the connection (or otherwise) between comedy and elegy’

14.45 Iris Brecke, NTNU: ‘Rape and violence from Terence to Ovid’s elegies’

15.30 Alison Keith, University of Toronto: ‘Philodemus and the Augustan Poets’

16.15   Coffee/Tea

3rd session, chair Stephen Harrison, University of Oxford

16.45 Aaron Palmore, Ohio State University: ‘Originality and Tradition in Horace, Odes 4.10’

17.30 Thea S. Thorsen, NTNU: ‘Greek and Latin grammars of affection, two cases’

18.15 Thea S. Thorsen: Closing remarks

18.30 End

Each talk lasts approximately thirty minutes followed by a fifteen minutes discussion.


Thea S. Thorsen and Stephen Harrison

2016 April 8

‘Roman love: The case of Vergil’


Lecture by Stephen Harrison, University of Oxford and NTNU

2016 March 11

'Forspill: Ars amandi – Kunsten å elske'


Lecture by Thea Selliaas Thorsen, NTNU


2016 March 9

'Ovids elskovsdikt'


Lecture by Thea Selliaas Thorsen, NTNU

2016 January 31

'Pygmalion: mannen og myten'


Lecture by Thea Selliaas Thorsen, NTNU

Researchers studying and discussing old books. Photo.

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