Conference on ‘Integrity and Corruption in Antiquity’
Unisa Classics Colloquium, 21-22 October 2010)
Proposals for papers are hereby solicited on topics related to the
conference theme that might contribute to a multi-faceted discussion. Of
concern is not merely proving corruption to be common to ancient and modern
societies, but rather to elucidate both notions in the theme from a
historical distance and to grapple with the real issues (social,
historical, personal) involved. The organizing committee will be interested
in papers dealing with definitions of corruption, philological analyses of
the Greek and Roman terms within the field, to what extent the two notions
were juxtaposed, philosophical discussions of personal morality and power
abuse, root causes, responses, remedies and counter-measures. Scholars
working on historical, literary, oratorical, religious, philosophical,
epigraphical and other material are welcome to contribute.
The Unisa Classics Colloquium is hosted by the Department of Classics and
World Languages at the University of South Africa. We have invited two
quest speakers to this year’s conference: Proff. Clifford Ando of the
University of Chicago and Emily Greenwood from Yale.
Papers will be limited to 45 minutes. Please submit abstracts of appr. 200
words via e-mail attachment to bosmapr AT unisa.ac.za by the end of June 2010.
More on the conference
The Unisa Classics Colloquium is a pleasant and intimate conference in a
relaxed atmosphere with ample opportunity for discussion. Over two (and a
half days), approximately 14 papers from scholars around the world are
presented.We try to avoid parallel sessions to promote unity and focus in
the conference, and delegates get to know each another properly. We also
try to show guests from abroad a little of the country during the
The colloquium takes place on the Muckleneuk Campus of the University of
South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria.
The conference is to be held on 22-23 October, to which another half day
might be added, depending on interest. We start on Thursday morning,
meaning that participants should arrive in Pretoria on the 21st at the
latest, and only book a flight out from the afternoon of the 23rd.
A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and
will be published on the Departmental website after the final date for
submissions. Previous conference programmes may be viewed at
More detail on the conference fee will follow at a later stage. As an
indication, the 2009 conference fee was $150 for overseas visitors,
inclusive of transport (from and to the airport and during the conference)
and meals during the conference.
Postgraduates, other students and interested parties not able to claim
their conference fees back from their institutions should please contact
the organizers for a discount.
We will provide more information on accommodation in due course. Pretoria
offers a variety in this regard. During past conferences, guests stayed at
the Brooklyn Guest Houses (http://www.brooklynguesthouses.co.za/ ) situated
in a safe and attractive neighbourhood close to Unisa, the University of
Pretoria, and the Brooklyn and Hatfield shopping centres. A group booking
with discount for delegates is planned.
We plan a trip for Sunday 24 October to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a 1½
hours drive west of Pretoria. Transport will be provided.
Depending on interest and quality, the possibility exists of publishing the
colloquium papers in an edited volume on the theme. Submitted papers are
subject to a refereeing process. If you would consider submitting your
paper for publication, please indicate that to us via return mail for
further guidelines on style.