The ninth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) was hosted at the Radboud University Nijmegen and took place on 28th-30th November 2019. AMPRAW is an annual conference that is designed to bring together early-career researchers in the field of classical reception studies. It aims to contribute to the growth of an international network of PhDs working on classical reception(s), as well as to strengthen relationships between early career researchers and established academics.

AMPRAW 2019 was supported by HLCS (now RICH), OIKOS (National Research School in Classical Studies), NKV (National Association for all interested in Classical Studies) and Brill Publishers.


The theme of AMPRAW 2019 was ‘Authority and Legitimacy’. Classical reception has always and invariably been linked to the concept of authority. The very idea of the ‘classical’ involves the establishment of an authoritative canon (or canons), which is renegotiated and recreated throughout time. Furthermore, aspects from the classical world, or what is perceived as such, have always functioned as authoritative examples in various cultural processes and narratives.

Closely related to authority is the concept of legitimacy. Throughout history, classical antiquity has been quoted, excerpted, and framed to claim legitimacy. From the Franks under the Carolingians to the modern ‘alt-right’ movements, all claim legitimacy with reference to a certain idea of classical authority.

Keynote speakers

  • Justine McConnell (King's College London, United Kingdom) - When Greek and Yoruba Myth Meet
  • David Rijser (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) - Author and Authority: Classicists and their Texts
  • Nathalie de Haan (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

A complete overview of the speakers and the titles of their presentations can be found in this pdf (pdf, 128 kB).