Intro Programme Abstracts
Social Aspects of Hell: A cross-cultural approach


Sunday, 26 June 2005

13:00 - 14:30


Walter Burkert (University of Zurich):
Pleading for hell: Ideals and fantasies of punishment


17:30 - 21:00

Nick Wyatt (University of Edinburgh):
A west semitic perspective on the underworld
Nanno Marinatos (University of Illinois):
Minoan afterlife beliefs: Paradise or hell?


Pierre Bonnechere (University of Montreal):
The sacred grove in Greek manntic rituals: The example of Trophonios' Alsos at Lebadea (Beotia)
Vaios Liapis (University of Montreal):
Babes in arms, rivers of mire: The somatics and scatology of ancient Greek eschatology

Monday, 27 June 2005

09:30 - 13:30

Einar Thomassen (University of Bergen):
Gnostic hell
Jan Bremmer (University of Groningen):
Ethics and the Apocalypse of Peter


Dimitris Kyrtatas (University of Thessaly):
Sex and the afterlife
Danuta Shanzer (University of Illinois):
Avarice, the Church, and Hell in Late Antiquity

17:30 - 21:30

Paul J. Griffiths (University of Illinois):
Can the damned cease to exist? A disputable question in Christian eschatology
Rika Benveniste (University of Thessaly):
Medieval executions and the other world


John Papatheodorou (University of Thessaly):
Exercising the imagination: The politics of damnation
Michalis Paschalis (University of Crete):
Homer, Plato, and Dante in Kazantzakis' "The life and deeds of Alexis Zorba"


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