'In thy arms I lost myself’  
Images, Perceptions and Productions in/of Antiquity

International Congress
NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities 
                                  Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

            The 9th, 10th, and 11th October 2019

The research group Antiguidade e a sua Recepção |Antiquity and its reception (CHAM – Centro de Humanidades / Centre for the Humanities) is organizing an International Congress subjected to the theme: “’In thy arms I lost myself’ – Images, Perceptions and Productions in/ of Antiquity”. 

Antiquity... this word encompasses a World, three continents – Africa, Asia and Europe  multiple civilizations – Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Hebrew, Phoenician, Persian, Chinese, Hindu, Cretan, Greek, Roman – and more than 4000 years of history. 

The World, as we know it, was molded in this time – vast – and in these founding spaces, fecundated by rivers – Nile, Tiger and Euphrates, Indo and Yellow – and blessed by seas.  

One of those seas – the Mediterranean – due to its privileged position on the path of so many people and cultures, soon personified in history the role of the “true sea”, the “sea between the lands” – that both the Hebrews and classic authors such as Lucretius, Plinius and Seneca mentioned – whose waters, symbol of a World in transformation, represent and evoke the dangers and difficulties of the passage  from a known to an unknown World.

In “thy arms” of this known World – of this sea, these rivers and these lands – I have lost myself, a long time ago… But in the arms of this World to know – Antiquity – I found myself again, in order to witness a new construction of the true history of the World. A history stripped of dogmas, distortions and ignorance.

The International Congress  ’In thy arms I lost myself’ – Images, Perceptions and Productions in/ of Antiquity”– aims to open clues, to promote debates and devise resources that can contribute to the creation of a new Canon, based on a true knowledge of Ancient History.


Maria Helena Trindade Lopes

Organized by:
CHAM — Centro de Humanidades / CHAM — Centre for the Humanities Illuminati ID

Keynote Speakers

Pascal Vernus

Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska

Anderson Zalewski Vargas

Scientific Committee

Maria Helena Trindade LopesFrancisco Caramelo

João Paulo Oliveira e CostaMaria do Rosário Laureano SantosRonaldo G. PereiraJoanna Popielska-GrzybowskaAnderson Zalewski VargasManuel PatrocínioMaria de Fátima RosaIsabel Gomes de Almeida

Organizing Committee

André Patrício

Marcus Carvalho

Susana Mota