CONF: The End of Ancient Empires

THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF SCOTLAND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
‘THE END OF ANCIENT EMPIRES’

University of Edinburgh, 19-21 June 2009

The Classical Association of Scotland (founded 1902) is proud to present its first annual conference in a new format. Papers will be 20 minutes long, and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. All sessions will take place in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh.

Full programme, abstracts, directions, and booking forms for registration and accommodation are available at: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~mg/conferences/programme.shtml

Please address booking enquiries to Dr Gavin Kelly (Gavin.Kelly AT ed.ac.uk) and all other enquires to Dr Costas Panayotakis (C.Panayotakis AT classics.arts.gla.ac.uk).

Outline programme:

Keynote address: Professor T. D. Barnes (Toronto/Edinburgh).

Confirmed speakers:

G. Longley (Oxford), The Causes of Imperial Decline in Ancient Authors from Herodotus to Polybius.

C. A. Farrell (KCL), The Afterbirth of the Seleucid Empire? Re-examining Imperial Ideology and Stateless Monarchs

E. Almagor (Jerusalem), The Decline and Fall of the Persian Empire in Plutarch’s Writings

A. Nagel/R. Sheikoleslamy (Ann Arbor/Tehran), Eternal Flames or The End of Antiquity’s Largest Empire – New Evidence from the Hall of Hundred Columns in Persepolis, Iran

L. Gregoratti (Udine), Vologeses’ “New Deal” and the transformation of the Parthian Empire

A. Collar (Exeter/Ankara), Understanding Fracture in the Roman Empire through Cult: Jupiter Dolichenus and the Power – and Fragility– of Military Networks

K. Petrovicová/J. Bednarikova (Brno), Martianus Capella’s questionable relation to the Vandals

G. Kelly (Edinburgh), tba

H. Ziche (Antilles and Guyane), Decoupling Economic and Institutional Development in the Fifth-century Roman Empire

F. Haarer (KCL), Cities in Transition: Change and Continuity in the Late Roman World

M. S. Bjornlie (Claremont McKenna), Assessing Decline and Fall in Ostrogothic Italy: The Fiscal Profile from Cassiodorus’ Variae

P. Wynn, Where are the Barbarians? Reframing the ‘Enemy’ after the Empire’s Fall in the Vita Germani

A. Roberts (KCL), George Grote, the Destruction of Ancient Empires, and British imperialism

R. Bryant Davies (Cambridge), Marius amidst the Ruins of Carthage: a Nineteenth-Century Understanding of Empire

D. Engels (Brussels), “Ist nicht mit Actium und der pax Romana die antike Geschichte zu Ende?” Oswald Spengler on the Transformation and Fall of the Roman Empire.

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