Margaret Williams of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins recently conducted an epigraphy workshop which consisted of a couple of half-day seminars which provide a really useful overview of what is currently known in regards to Jewish epigraphy in Hellenistic/Roman times. Even better, all the materials (handouts, audio, powerpoints) have been made available online. This seems to be a useful model that other talks/seminar/paper sessions might want to emulate. In any event, details and links available here.
Another one from this past February … the very interesting talks from the Open University’s iLatin and eGreek – Ancient Languages and New Technology Conference are available online in one convenient place:
All the videos from the Greek Theatre, Landscape and Environment conference that took place this past February are conveniently online in one place at:
Videocast at the ASCSA:
Nicholas Blackwell, the Assistant Director of the ASCSA speaks:
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The Art Institute of Chicago put up this Boshell Foundation lecture:
Paul Cartledge speaks at the Hellenic Society on the topic of his latest tome:
A nice UPenn lecture on the ‘science’ side of Vesuvius and related volcanoes … here’s the blurb:
The Pompeii Lecture Series, presented in conjunction with the Franklin Institute’s new “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition, kicks off with this talk by Dr. Robert Giegengack, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Mount Vesuvius is the most active volcano in Europe and the Mediterranean; its explosive eruption in 79 CE produced a cloud of heated dust and gases that killed about 16,000 people in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the adjacent countryside. In this lecture, Dr. Giegengack discusses the history and science surrounding the eruptions of Vesuvius and other volcanoes in the Calabrian Arc.
Here’s the blurb:
Dr. K. L.
ZachoaZachos Leads this lecture in a fascinating explanation of the Triumph of Augustus on the Actium Monument at Nicopolis.
I just came across the Canadian Institute in Greece’s Youtube Channel and they have a number of interesting slide lectures (broken up into segments) which should be of interest. Here’s the blurb from the first one, which was presented back in March:
Catherine Parnell, B.A., M.A.
(Ph.D. candidate, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin)
“Barbarian Cleavers or Greek Swords? Portrayals and Perceptions of Curved Swords in Ancient Greece”
This lecture is concerned with ancient Greek curved blades commonly known as ‘kopis’ or ‘machaira’. It presents the results of surveys of the iconographic and literary evidence, and examines the portrayal of the various types of curved blades, as well as the differing perceptions of this morphological shape
And here’s the talk:
… I’ll post the next few over the next couple of days.
Tip o’ the pileus to Dorothy King for alerting us via twitter that Adrian Goldsworthy had given a lengthy talk in May at the New York Military Affairs Symposium on the topic of Roman warfare. Here’s a link to the audio:
Goldsworthy appears to be the first to talk on something ancient there (or at least in regards to the podcasts that are online), but if you have a hankering for military history, there are a pile of interesting things at Audio Podcasts of Friday Evening Talks.
From the Hellenic Society’s Annual General Meeting about a month ago:
Dr. Patrick Hunt, Stanford University, speaks. Hannibal, a Carthaginian commander who lived ca. 200 BCE, is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. His use of the environment in his warfare against Rome in the Second Punic War—often called the Hannibalic War—set precedents in military history, utilizing nature and weather conditions as weapons to complement his generally smaller forces. This strategic marshaling of nature could be described as a “second, secret army,” as demonstrated in his battles at Trebbia, Trasimene, and Cannae.
Interesting little video chat over at the British Museum Channel (didn’t know they had one!):
Dr. Jeremy McInerny, Professor of Classical Studies, examines the tactics and strategy of the Battle of Thermopylae (in present-day Greece) in 480 BCE. Why was the battle fought at this location and was it, as it is often portrayed, a turning point in the confrontation of East and West? This lecture puts the Battle of Thermopylae into the context of the Persian Wars, and examines the battle’s significance for the Greeks as well as for Europeans in later periods, in art and poetry.
From the Sport and Competition in Ancient Greece and Rome series last June:
Another one from the Sport and Competition in Ancient Greece and Rome conference this past June at the British Museum:
From the Sport and Competition in Ancient Greece and Rome conference at the British Museum in June 2012:
From the Sport and Competition in Ancient Rome conference in June 2012 (this paper was read by Hazel Dodge):
From the Sport and Competition in Ancient Greece and Rome conference:
From the Sport and Competition in Ancient Greece and Rome conference, June 2012:
This is another one from the Sport and Competition in Ancient Rome conference last June at the British Museum:
This is actually pretty impressive … last October/November the folks at Eastern Illinois University held a symposium on assorted Greek themes (they’ve previously done one on ancient Egypt) and the whole thing is available at Youtube. There are 30+ videos here to occupy your time on various themes:
Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier, Director of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens, speaks. In 1924, Swiss archaeologist Emil Forrer announced a new discovery relating to the Trojan War. After examining texts found at Hattusa, once the capital of the Hittite empire in Asia Minor, he identified the Hittite words for Troy (Wilusa) and Mycenaean Greece (Ahhiyawa), and concluded that there was evidence for conflict between them. While Forrer’s “Greek Hypothesis” was once widely attacked by other academics, recent research and excavations have confirmed his theory, which offers exciting insights into the historical background of Homer’s Iliad.
Another one from the Hellenic Society’s Olympics conference a while back: