Valerius Maximus:
25 Years After Bloomer

Valerius Maximus Conference Poster

We are pleased to announce Valerius Maximus: 25 Years after Bloomer, a conference on Valerius Maximus, to be held at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), from the 23rd to the 24th of October 2017. The conference will be convened by Dr Jeffrey Murray and Professor David Wardle in the School of Languages and Literatures.

A quarter of a century after W. Martin Bloomer’s foundational monograph (Valerius Maximus and the Rhetoric of the New Nobility), if Valerius is cited at all, he is usually in the footnotes of works on Roman history. Rarely do scholars study the Facta et dicta memorabilia for its own sake, or the way in which Valerius has shaped and edited material from previous sources into his chosen genre of exemplary literature. Furthermore, the influence of the intellectual climate of Tiberian Rome on Valerius’ work has merited slight comment by scholars.

This conference aims to discuss new perspectives on Valerius Maximus.



Monday, 23 October 2017

9:30 – 9:45
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:30
Alain Gowing (University of Washington)
Aetas Felix: Reading Tacitus’ Tiberian books through Valerius Maximus

10:30 – 11:15
John Atkinson (University of Cape Town)
Valerius Maximus on Coriolanus

11:15 – 11:45  Tea & Coffee

11:45 – 12:30
Emma Brobeck (University of Washington)
Efficacior Pictura: Morality and the Arts in Valerius Maximus

12:30 – 13:15 Jeffrey Murray (University of Cape Town)
Exemplary Biography: Reading Valerius Maximus Writing the Life of Cicero

13:15 – 14:15  Lunch

14:15 – 15:00 David Wardle (University of Cape Town)
“Not putting Roman History in order” – Regal, Republican, and Imperial Boundaries?

15:00 – 15:45
Simon Lentzsch (University of Cologne)
Talking about Spoils in the Facta et dicta memorabilia

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

9:30 – 10:30
Rebecca Langlands (University of Exeter)
Valerius the Philosopher? The Facta et dicta memorabilia’s engagement with
Cicero’s philosophical works

10:30 – 11:15
Roman Roth (University of Cape Town)
Boundary Issues: Valerius Maximus on Rome’s Italian Allies

11:15 – 11:45  Tea & Coffee

11:45 – 12:30
George Baroud (New York University)
The Politics of Amicitia in Valerius Maximus

12:30 – 13:15
Heiko Westphal (The University of Western Australia)
The populus Romanus in Valerius Maximus’ Facta et dicta memorabilia

13:15 – 14:15  Lunch

14:15 – 15:00
Diederik Burgersdijk (Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Valerius Maximus’ Reception in Late Antiquity

15:00 – 16:00
Sarah Lawrence (University of New England)
And Now for Something Completely Different? 2.6 and the Role of the
External Material

19:00 Conference Dinner


A minimal conference fee of ZAR 300 for speakers (and ZAR 400 for those wishing only to attend) will cover the various lunches and teas. Should you have any further queries, please direct them to Prof. David Wardle ( or Dr Jeffrey Murray (

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