Novels by the seaside: Olivier Demerre speaks at RICAN 9

The 9th RICAN (Rethymnon International Conference on the Ancient Novel) took place in Crete on 9-11/10 and was organised by Prof. Stelios Panayotakis. The subject of this edition was Body and Text in the Ancient Novel. 20 papers ranging from Chariton to Heliodorus to Petronius and Apuleius covered several aspects of the subject in a studious and friendly atmosphere. Olivier Demerre gave a paper on Daphnis and Chloe’s winter-scene at the beginning of book 3. In his paper, he offered a metatextual reading of the hunt motif, using Ovid’s Ars Amatoria as a hermeneutical tool.

It was also the occasion to meet researchers from around the globe, enjoy the Greek sun and the tasty Cretan cuisine, as you can see on this picture featuring (from left to right) Olivier, Stephen Trzaskoma, Nick D’Alconzo, Ian Repath, and Ken Dowden.