The University of Waterloo hosted the annual CAMWS conference this past April, which was a great success. On the second night of the conference, WIHS sponsored a plenary lecture delivered by Prof. Peter Bing, entitled Playing with Time: Anachronism in Ancient Literature. A reception followed after the lecture. CAMWS President Alden Smith presided over the lecture which opened with the brilliant modern example of anachronism: Brian Helgeland’s 2001 film A Knight’s Tale. Later touching on the classical examples of Plato’s Symposium and Theocritus’ Herakliskos, Bing suggested that ancient authors “understood the transgressive potential of anachronism, and could expect their audiences to appreciate it.”
The Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies would like to thank Peter Bing for his wonderful lecture and extend our thanks to everyone who attended the event.