Edinburgh Classics Research Seminars 2009-2010

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University of Edinburgh Classics Research Seminar Series 2009/2010

All meetings in Faculty Room North, David Hume Tower (ground floor), unless otherwise stated. For further information please contact Ursula Rothe (ursula.rothe AT ed.ac.uk) or Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (l.llewellyn-jones At ed.ac.uk).

Semester 1

23 Sep 09
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Faculty Room South:
PROF. ELIZABETH MOIGNARD (Glasgow)
‘Homecomings and departures’

30 Sep 09
DR. SHELLEY HALES (Bristol)
‘The ghosts of Pompeii’

7 Oct 09
PROF. JOHN MARINCOLA (Florida State/Edinburgh)
‘Contextualising Hellenistic historiography’

14 Oct 09
DR. ELIZABETH BARTMAN (AIA)
‘Ethnicity in Roman portraiture’

21 Oct 09
DR. SCOTT SCULLION (Oxford) ‘Maenads and Men’

28 Oct 09
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Faculty Room South:
PROF. JOHN MARINCOLA (Florida State/Edinburgh)
‘Plutarch and the Persian wars: myth, history and identity in Roman Greece’

4 Nov 09
DR. JON COULSTON (St Andrews)
‘Credible triumph? Presenting barbarian defeat on the pedestal reliefs of Trajan’s Column’

11 Nov 09
DR. ST JOHN SIMPSON (British Museum)
‘Ancient Iran in the British Museum: collections, displays and research’

18 Nov 09
PROF. YAN SHAOXIANG (Capital Normal University Beijing)
‘Greek and Roman History in China’

25 Nov 09
PROF. CATHARINE EDWARDS (Birkbeck)
tba

2 Dec 09
DR. EMMA BUCKLEY (St Andrews)
‘Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage: an Ovidian play?‘

9 Dec 09
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Conference Room:
DR. RICHARD MILES (Cambridge)
‘Hannibal, Heracles and the Second Punic War’

Semester 2:

13 Jan 10
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Faculty Room South:
PROF. T.P. WISEMAN, FBA (Exeter)
‘Ariadne in Ovid and Catullus’

20 Jan 10
DR. MICHAEL KULIKOWSKI (Tennessee)
‘Murranus the Pannonian: civilizing the provincial barbarian’

27 Jan 10
PROF. HELEN KING (Reading)
tba

3 Feb 10
PROF. IAN HAYNES (Newcastle)
‘Recent excavations at Birdoswald on Hadrian’s Wall’

10 Feb 10
DR. BRUNO CURRIE (Oxford)
‘The Pindaric first person in flux’

17 Feb 10
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Faculty Room South:
PROF. LAWRENCE KEPPIE (Hunterian Museum, Glasgow)
‘Searching for Trimontium on the map of Roman Scotland’

24 Feb 10
PROF. STEPHEN HARRISON (Oxford)
‘Some Problems in Ovid’s Poetic Career’

3 Mar 10
DR. JASON KOENIG (St Andrews)
‘Landscape and the representation of reality in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses’

10 Mar 10
DR. IPHIGENEIA LEVENTI (Volos)
‘Architectural sculpture in Athens in the time of the Peloponnesian
War’

17 Mar 10
DR. RICHARD RAWLES (Edinburgh)
‘Ibycus and epic’

24 Mar 10
PROF. JUDITH MOSSMAN (Nottingham)
‘Sophocles’ Antigone and Electra and civic identity’

21 Apr 10
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Conference Room:
PROF. C.J. TUPLIN (Liverpool)
‘Marsyas meets the Great King: the mythic landscape of classical Celaenae’

5 May 10
DHT Conference Room:
PROF. FERGUS MILLAR (Oxford)
‘Jerome and Palestine’

CONF: Dublin Classics Seminars 2009-2010

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All seminars are held in K217, Newman Building, Belfield, UCD, Dublin, on Tuesdays at 5.30pm.

29 September 2009
Dr Kathryn Welch, University of Sydney
Dealing with Caesar: Augustus and the Republicans

6 October 2009
Dr. Anthony Harvey, Royal Irish Academy
Frankenstein in the scriptorium: bringing Latin to life in early medieval Ireland

20 October 2009
Professor Monica Gale, Trinity College Dublin
Piety, Justice and Labour in Lucretius and Hesiod

3 November 2009
Professor Michael Lloyd, University College Dublin
Sophocles the Ironist

17 November 2009
Dr Aude Doody, University College Dublin
Rambles and Studies in Greece: Oscar Wilde and John
Pentland Mahaffy

Second semester

2 Feb 2010
Dr David Woods, University College Cork
Some Notes on the Iconography of
Late Republican Coinage

16 Feb 2010
William Desmond, NUI, Maynooth
Herodotus, Happiness and World-History

2 March 2010
Professor Wilfried Nippel, Humboldt University Berlin
From Niebuhr to Mommsen. Roman History and 19th century German
Historiography

30 March 2010
Professor Timothy Barnes
History and Fiction in Sulpicius Severus’ Life of Martin of Tours.
6 April 2010
Professor Michael Clarke, NUI, Galway
The sons of Noah and the men of Troy: ancient Greek and medieval
Irish perspectives

For further information please contact Theresa Urbainczyk, urbain AT ucd.ie

I, Claudius Remake

From the incipit of a movie column in the Times:

William Graves, son of the writer and poet Robert Graves, has sold the rights of his father’s I, Claudius for a big-screen feature, to be directed by Jim Sheridan. Leonardo DiCaprio, whose production company is appropriately called Appian Way, has expressed interest in the project in the past. William, a retired geologist, got $500,000 for the rights and hopes it will be a little bit “raunchy”.

Meanwhile, bids are brewing in Los Angeles for the Oxford poet’s other most famous book, the mordant first-world-war memoir Good-bye to All That, and HBO scouts are scanning the letters Graves exchanged with Spike Milligan in the 1960s — which embarrasses William. He says his Edwardian father was going a little “celebrity” by then.

The BBC’s serialisation of I, Claudius in the 1970s turned Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Patrick Stewart and Brian Blessed into household names; the more recent series Rome did the same in America for Polly Walker, James Purefoy, Ray Stevenson and Kevin McKidd. It’s even persuading Hollywood that old books may be the next big thing. What is that old saw? Latin is a language, as dead as dead can be… Not quite.

CONF: Apuleius and Africa

From the Ancient Narrative folks:

APULEIUS AND AFRICA

An International Classics Conference

April 29-May 2, 2010

Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, U.S.A.

From April 29 to May 2, 2010, Oberlin College will host a major international Classics symposium entitled “Apuleius and Africa.” The conference is being organized by Ellen Finkelpearl (Scripps College), Luca Graverini (Università di Siena, Arezzo), Benjamin Lee (Oberlin College), and Sonia Sabnis (Reed College), and has been made possible by a generous grant from the Mellon 23 consortium, the Oberlin Classics Department, and several anonymous private donors.

Apuleius (120-180 A.D.), author of the ancient novel The Golden Ass, was born and lived in Madauros (currently in Algeria) in the Roman province of Africa. He repeatedly discusses his identification with his native region rather than with Rome and Athens, where he was student. And yet, despite new work in Classics on provincial cultures that are distinct from the center of metropolitan Rome, surprisingly little scholarship has grappled with the implications of Apuleius’ origins. The conference will draw together leading historians of Roman North Africa, literary scholars of Apuleius’ novel and his other works, and critical theorists of Latin culture, in order to open the Apuleian corpus (especially The Golden Ass) to new theoretical and cultural lines of inquiry.

Multiculturalism, ethnicity, and post-colonialism are discourses particularly germane to our teaching because the classical canon is undergoing a process of reformation, especially as we choose texts to teach that are relevant to contemporary culture. A thorough vetting of these issues will aid our teaching as we devise courses that revive the Classics curriculum by integrating contemporary interest in identity formation and imperialism, and further, it will help Classics remain relevant to its increasingly diverse constituency of both teachers and students. As part of the conference, we have organized a special workshop session entitled “Pedagogical approaches to Apuleius,” chaired by Sonia Sabnis, which will address new approaches to teaching this important literary figure.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Ben Lee via email: ben.lee AT oberlin.edu.

We Are Sparta! And Athens!

A piece in Metro Santa Cruz begins with this interesting quote:

“We are the modern equivalent of the ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta. California has the ideas of Athens and the power of Sparta.”

–Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

I guess you can take the man out of the sword-and-sandal, but you can’t take the sword-and-sandal out of the man …

CONF: Institute of Classical Studies Greek Literature Seminar– Autumn 2009

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INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL STUDIES

GREEK LITERATURE SEMINAR

Mondays throughout the autumn term at 5 pm
Senate House South Block Room ground floor room G37
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Organizer: Giambattista D’Alessio
Contact: giambattista.d’alessio AT kcl.ac.uk

PROGRAMME AUTUMN 2009

BEYOND THE LIBRARY: HELLENISTIC LITERATURE AND ITS CONTEXTS

5 October
M. Fantuzzi (Columbia University)
“The Epithalamium of Achilles and Deidameia”

12 October
G. Hutchinson (Oxford)
“Apollonius, space, and text world theory”

19 October
R. Hunter (Cambridge)
“Callimachus’ Gods”

26 October
B. Acosta-Hughes (Ohio State University)
“Songs for a queen: on celebrating women of power”

2 November
A. Chaniotis (Oxford)
“Theatricality and Illusion: What is Hellenistic in Hellenistic historiography?”

9 November: Reading Week

16 November
G. Massimilla (Naples)
“Practical skills, work, and money in the epigrams ascribed to Theocritus”

23 November
P.J. Parsons (Oxford)
“Callimachus and his koinai”

30 November
S. Hornblower (UCL)
“Lykophron’s Alexandra and another hellenistic Kassandra-poem (Coll. Alex. pp. 188ff.)”

7 December
S. Stephens (Stanford)
“Writing the (Common)place: Callimachus’ ideologically charged geographies”