Imagines V

The Fear and the Fury: Ancient Violence in Modern Imagination

Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino

September 29 to October 1, 2016

Organisers: Maria G. Castello and Carla Scilabra

Poster in PDF to download


Flyer with the programme

(specific schedule and venues)


Link to abstracts

Day 1: Thu. 29 September 2016. 14.30

Sala Lauree di Scienze Umanistiche

  • Institutional greetings: Direttore Scuola Scienze Umanistiche: prof. Sergio Roda; Direttore Dipartimento Studi Storici: prof.ssa Adele Monaci; Coordinatore del Dottorato di Scienze; Archeologiche, Storiche e Storico Artistiche: prof. Stefano de Martino.
  • Presentazione: dott.ssa Maria G, Castello

Session I: Cinema: 15.00


15.00: Sergio Roda (Università degli Studi di Torino)– I marziani, i comunisti, la bomba: apocalissi antiche e terrori moderni nella cinematografia del secondo dopoguerra.

15.30: Oskar Aguado Cantabrana (Universidad del País Vasco, Vitoria) – Screening the Face of Roman Battle: Violence from the Eye of the Soldier in Film.

16:00: Marco Emilio Erba (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Alessandro Gerenzani (Scuole Mohole, Milano) – L’incendio neroniano del 64 d.C. sul grande e piccolo schermo.

16.30 Discussion

Coffee break

18.00. Special event with artistDanielle Fiore (, Historical model and costumer, Torino) – From theory to practice: recreating ancient historical clothing and accessories

Day 2: Fri. 30 September 2016.

Morning session: 9.00

Sala Lauree di Scienze Umanistiche

Session II: Theater and Opera

9.00: Jonatan Pérez Mostazo (Universidad del País Vasco, Vitoria) – From ancient violence to modern celebration: reception of Roman conquest wars in Las Guerras Cántabras festival.

9.30: Christiane Hansen (Universität Freiburg) – Violence, Fear and Visual Spectacle in the Restoration Horror Play (ca. 1670–90).

10.00: Discussion

Coffee break

10.45: Maria Cecilia De Miranda Nogueira Coelho (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte) – The fury of the Black Brazilian Medea and the fictional and factual fears she generated.

11.15: Małgorzata Budzowska (Uniwersytet Łódzki) – External and Internal Violence within the Myth of Iphigenia. Staging Myth Today.

11.45: Mary-Kay Gamel (University of California Santa Cruz) – Fear and Fury in Euripides’ Orestes

12.15: Discussion.

Lunch break

Afternoon session: 14.00

Sala Lauree di Scienze Umanistiche

Session III:  Videogames and Comics

14.00: Jordi Rodríguez Danés (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) – War Beyond the Battle: The Bloody Spectacle(s) of Ancient Violence in Video Games.

14.30: Annalisa Quattrocchio (Università degli Studi di Torino) – La violenza antica diventa un videogioco: la saga di Kratos in The God of War.

15.00: Fabian Schulz (Universität Tübingen) – Playing Attila and waging total war. A video game’s take on the Migration Period.

15.30: Discussion

Coffee break

16.15: David Serrano Lozano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) – Si vis ludum para bellum: violence and war as predominant language of Antiquity in video games.

16.45: Giuseppe Galeani (Università di Pavia) – Archimede e la follia dell’uomo in Eureka di Hitoshi Iwaaki.

17:15: Luis Unceta Gómez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) – Violent Sexuality in Comic Book Representations Of Ancient Rome.

17.45: Discussion.

Day 3: Sat. 1 October 2016.

Morning session 9.00

Sala Lauree di Scienze Umanistiche

Session IV: Dance. Visual Media

9.00: Zoa Alonso Fernández (Harvard University) – Choreographies of Death and Glory: Spartacus in the Soviet and Post-Communist Ballet.

9.30: Ainize González García (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) – Dark Territories of Soul: Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra.

10.00: Nicole Haitzinger (Universität Salzburg) – Acts of violence – Staging death in Modern Dance and in Contemporary Choreography.

10.30: Discussion.

Coffee break

11.30: Antonio Duplá (Universidad del País Vasco, Vitoria) – Ancient War and Modern Art. Some remarks from history painting in the XIXth and XXth centuries.

12.00: Alex McAuley (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) – There and Back Again: Thais of Athens in Visual Media.

12.30: Andreea Ștefan (National History Museum of Romania, Bucharest) – Emblematizing War: Alexander the Great as a military symbol in Evangelos Moustakas’ sculptural complex in Thessaloniki.

13.00: Discussion.

15.00 Visit to Roman Turin