CONF: The New Hypereides

The Institute of Classical Studies in co-operation with The British
Academy and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences will hold a one-day
colloquium devoted to the newly published palimpsest text of Hypereides.
The palimpsest contains fragments of two speeches and is the most exciting
discovery in the area of Greek oratory for almost a century.

Friday 30 January 2009

10.00 Arrival, welcome and coffee

10.30 The palimpsest: image and decipherment (Alex Lee)

11.00 The Hypereides manuscript: codicology, palaeography (Natalie
Tchernetska and Giuseppe Ucciardello)

12.00 Hypereides, Demosthenes and Philip (Laszlo Horváth and P.J. Rhodes)

1.15 Lunch

2.30 Hypereides Against Diondas and the rhetoric of political failure
(Stephen Todd)
Hyperides’ Against Diondas and the rhetoric of revolt (Jud Herrman)

4.00 Tea

4.30 Law, language and rhetoric in the Timandros (Lene Rubinstein, David

5.30 Reception

There is no fee for attendance; but places are limited and anyone wishing
to attend must register with The Secretary of the Institute of Classical
Studies at admin.icls AT by 21 January 2009.

CONF: Late Antique and Byzantine Historiography

Late Antique and Byzantine Historiography

A one day colloquium at Cardiff University

Hosted by the Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture

Date: 21 January 2009, 10.00am-5pm

Place: Humanities Building, Colum Drive, Room 2.03

Provisional Programme:

10.00am: Mark Humphries (Swansea), Visa vel lecta? Ammianus Marcellinus and the monuments of Rome

10.45: Andy Fear (Manchester), A new chosen people? Orosius and the epic of Rome

11.30: Coffee break

12:     Josef Lössl (Cardiff), Prophecy in historiography

Lunch break

2pm:    Peter Van Nuffelen (Exeter), Procopius of Caesarea on past and present

2.45:   Conor Whately (Warwick), Textual unity in Procopius’ Wars

3.30:   Tea break

4pm:    Frank Trombley (Cardiff), Michael Attaleiates: professional experience and history writing

For further information please contact:

Dr Shaun Tougher, Cardiff School of History and Archaeology, Humanities Building, Colum Drive,
Cardiff CF10 3XU, tel: 029-20876228, Email: TougherSF AT

If you wish to attend please confirm by e-mail to:
TougherSF AT

Dublin Seminars

All papers take place on Tuesdays at 5.30 in the Classics seminar room, K217, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.

27 January 2009
Dr Helen Dixon, University College Dublin
Pomponio in the bath-house: the reception of the thermae
Constantinianae in Renaissance Rome

10 February 2009
Professor Judith Barringer, University of Edinburgh
The Olympic Altis in 476?

24 February 2009
Dr Konstantin Doulamis, University College Cork
Letter-writing by the book: the rhetoric of epistolary communication in the  Greek novels

24 March 2009
Dr Giannis Stamatellos, Athens
Plotinus and Giordano Bruno

21 April 2009
Professor Robert Zaborowski, University of Warmia and Mazury, at Olsztyn
Homer on emotions

For further details, offers of papers, to be put on the circulation list, please contact Theresa Urbainczyk, urbain AT

CONF: Oxford Classical Literature Seminars

University of Oxford Classical Language and Literature Subfaculty Seminar, Hilary 2009
‘Current Research in Classics’

Thursdays at 5 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Classics Centre (except 5th wk).

Convenors: Ruth Parkes, Sarah Harden, Bob Cowan

1st wk (22nd Jan.): ‘Oops! Accidental death and the poetics of contingency in Greek and Roman
epic.’ Bob Cowan (Balliol).

2nd wk (29th Jan.): ‘Teaching, Learning and Reading in Lucretius and Plato.’ Emma Park (Univ).

3rd wk (5th Feb.): ‘Towards a commentary on Fasti 3.393-458.’ Stephen Heyworth (Wadham).

4th wk (12th Feb.): ‘The Art of Mock-epic.’ James Worthen (BNC).

5th wk (19th Feb.): ‘What is Lucan doing in Tacitus’ Histories?’ Melanie Marshall (BNC) (NB venue
will be the Outreach Room, Classics Centre).

6th wk (26th Feb.): ‘Eros through the looking glass? Erotic Ecphrasis in Hellenistic Poetry.’ Sarah
Harden (Univ).

7th wk (5th Mar.): ‘The Rhetoric of Greek Tragedy.’ Richard Rutherford (Christchurch).

8th wk (12th Mar.): Dionysius the Periegete (title TBC) Jane Lightfoot (New).

All welcome.

CFP: Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning


Greenscapes ~ Sense and Meaning:
Fields of Dreams (Landscapes of Myth and Imagination)
October 1-3, 2009, Brock University

Our landscapes have long been the unconscious repository of cultural hopes, fears and desires. >From the Garden of Eden to Aboriginal Dreamtime, societies have perceived their surrounding natural environment to express cultural values reflected in their myths, legends, sacred texts and belief systems. The occupation, transition, or representation of landscape constitutes an imaginative exercise for both subject and object. Yet imagination is not a consciously controllable process, and dreams can be unsettling portents as well as expressions of wish-fulfillment. We welcome papers that explore landscapes of myth and imagination in real and virtual sites, literary texts, images, and installations and invite proposals on the following topics:

•         Landscapes of allusion (texts, myths, folktales, legends)
•         Sacred and Secular Utopias
•         Profane imagination: ruin, decay and social transgression
•         Gardens of the ‘first time': origin myths and social legends
•         Dream landscapes: fear, desire, and exploring the unconscious

Please send abstracts (up to 250 words) and a brief biography to greenscapes AT by February 20, 2009.

The conference will take place at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. Giles Blunt, author of Forty Words for Sorrow, The Delicate Storm, and Black Fly Season, will deliver the opening keynote on the subject of landscape and fiction.

Conference organizers: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts, Brock University), David Galbraith (Royal Botanical Gardens), Sharilyn J. Ingram (School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University), Leah Knight (English Language and Literature, Brock University), Katharine T. von Stackelberg (Classics, Brock University).

We acknowledge with gratitude the support of the Humanities Research Institute at Brock University.