Conference "Tense and Aspect in Ancient Language"

June 28, 2019 – June 29, 2019

International conference of the berlin graduate school of ancient studies (BerGSAS) with support of the Einstein Center Chronoi. 

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One of the particular challenges of translating and interpreting ancient and Ancient Oriental texts is the grammatical and semantic recording of time. From a grammatical point of view, this concerns above all the determination of the function of morphological differences  between verbs (aspect, mode, time) and syntactic structures (parataxis  and hypotaxis). In the conference organized by the Berlin Graduate  School of Ancient Studies, the problems of tense and aspect in the languages of classical antiquity, the Ancient Near East and Egypt will be discussed in a comparative way. Not only the translations into modern languages will be examined, but also ancient translations, for example from Hebrew and Aramaic into Greek and Latin.



14:00 - 14:05 | Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum

Welcome Address EC-Chronoi

14:05 - 14:15 | Cilliers Breytenbach, Markus Witte


14:15 - 15:00 | Jean Winand

Lost in translation. Understanding the verbal predication of Middle Egyptian

15:00 - 15:45 | Camilla Di Biase-Dyson

Does one stand up to go or begin to go? A new look at aspect-marking  auxiliaries in Late Egyptian

15:45 - 16:15 | Barbara Beyer

The Temporal Dimension of Salvation in Pauline Thought

16:15 - 16:45 | Coffee Break

16:45 - 17:30 | Lajos Berkes

"Ich habe dir einen Brief geschrieben“: Tempus und Aspekt in griechischen Papyrusbriefen

17:30 - 18:15 | Sophie-Christin Holland

Tempus und Aspekt im Lateinischen unter morphematischer und narrato­logischer Perspektive

17:30 - 18:15 | Bianca Liebermann

Tempus und Aspekt im Lateinischen unter morphematischer und narrato­logischer Perspektive

19:00 - 21:00 | Reception


09:00 - 09:45 | Holger Gzella

Non-Iterative and Non-Habitual  Uses of Imperfective Aspect in  Ancient Hebrew

09:45 - 10:30 | Jan Joosten

Tense, aspect and ‘Sprechhaltung’ in biblical Hebrew prose

10:30 - 11:00 | Isabell Christine Hoppe

Timing the Eschaton. Überlegungen zur nahen und fernen Zukunft in  4Q185 (Sapiential Admonitions B)

11:00 - 11:30 | Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:15 | Christian Hess

Registerunterschiede im neu- babylonischen Tempusgebrauch

12:15 - 13:00 | Adriano Rossi

Tense and aspect in Old Persian

13:00 - 13:30 | Final Discussion