CONF: Bristol Research Seminar, Autumn 2009

Seen on the Classicists list:

Department of Classics & Ancient History Research Seminar

Seminars are held in the Classics Seminar Room, G37, 11 Woodland Road, and start at 4.10 p.m. except where noted. All welcome, especially postgraduate students; any queries, please contact n.d.g.morley AT

6th October: Neville Morley (Bristol): ‘Thucydides and the Idea of History’

13th October: Mercedes Aguirre (Complutense, Madrid): ‘The Greek Flood Myth: Deucalion and Pyrrha’

20th October: Ellen O’Gorman (Bristol): ‘Myth, History and Vergil’s Dido’

3rd November: Emily Pillinger (Institute Fellow): ‘Prophetic voices in mythic narratives: making sense of "hindsight as foresight".’

17th November: 4.30pm: Charles Martindale (Bristol): ‘Performance, Reception, Aesthetics’

25th November: 4 pm: half-day conference on ‘Hildegard of Bingen: music, poetry, and medieval monastic tradition’, organised by Steve D’Evelyn. Victoria Rooms.

1st December: John Sellars (UWE): ‘The Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius’

8th December: Peter France (Edinburgh) on Translation. Event organised by the Penguin Archive project, time and venue tbc.

9th December: half-day conference on Translation, organised by the Penguin Archive project.

12th January: Bella Sandwell (Bristol): ‘A cognitive approach to John Chrysostom’s homilies on Genesis’

27th January: 2 pm: half-day conference on Myths and their Variants, organised by Richard Buxton; featuring Emma Aston (Reading), Daniel Ogden (Exeter), Alberto Bernabe (Madrid), Ken Dowden (Birmingham)

CFP: All Roads Lead From Rome

All Roads Lead From Rome : The Classical (non)Tradition in Popular Culture
9th April 2010

Department of Classics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New
Keynote speaker: Sheila Murnaghan, University of Pennsylvania.

The aim of this conference is to bring together papers that consider the
many ways that classics informs the world around us. What is reception?
Where does it fit within the discipline? Where do we find Classical
influence in modern culture? How do modern uses of the ancient world
change the way we think about antiquity? The Classics Graduate Student
Organization at Rutgers University is delighted to invite submissions for
papers that explore and expand ideas of classical reception from graduate
students in the fields of classics and related fields, such as film
studies; comparative literature; English; cultural studies; history;
American studies; women’s and gender studies; philosophy and art history.

The organizers especially encourage papers that examine forms of reception
in popular culture, broadly construed, such as song lyrics; modern
literature; modern art; architecture; furniture and decorative objects;
toys; poetry; theatre and performance; politics and political rhetoric;
computer and video games; texts (lost) in translation; opera; the history
of classical scholarship; science fiction; uses of the classics in
education; television; fashion design; YouTube; comics and cartoons.

Papers should last twenty minutes; abstracts are limited to 300 words.
Please specify in your cover e-mail whether you will need any presentation
aids, such as a projector.

The deadline for abstracts is 30th November 2009. Abstracts and queries
should be sent to lizgloyn AT Authors of accepted papers
will be notified by 31st December 2009.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem x kalendas octobres

ante diem x kalendas octobres

  • Mercatus — the Romans continue the shopping spree
  • 479 B.C. — the Persian general Mardonius is killed in the Battle of Plataea (source? … seems a little late)
  • 36 B.C. — the triumvir Marcus Aemilius Lepidus agrees to retire after losing all his military support to Octavian
  • 19 B.C. — another (less likely) date for the death of Virgil
  • 130 (129?) A.D.– birth of Galen (still not sure of the ultimate source for this date)
  • 259 A.D. — martyrdom of Digna and Emerita at Rome
  • 287 A.D. — martyrdom of Maurice and companions
  • 1999 — death of Chester Starr