CONF: Classical Reception in English Literature

Classical Reception in English Literature, 1660-1790

An international Workshop in connection with The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature (published by Oxford University Press)

27-28 June 2009, University of Bristol

The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature is a new, five-volume publication, offering a comprehensive survey and investigation of the reception of Greek and Roman literature by English writers from the Middle Ages to the present day. In the course of the History’s preparation, individual volume editors will be holding various kinds of conference and workshop to allow contributors to the history to meet and exchange ideas and their work-in-progress.

The Bristol workshop, to be held on 27-28 June, will focus on Volume 3: 1660-1790, for which first-draft contributions are due to be submitted at the end of 2009.

Though the workshop is primarily intended for the contributors’ benefit, it is open to other scholars working in the field, who are warmly welcomed to attend and to participate.

Please inform birtha-igrct AT if you would like to attend.

CONF: Defining Citizenship in Archaic Greece

Defining citizenship in archaic Greece

Thursday 7th May 2009

10.00 – 11.00: Registration in the Department of Classics
(1st Floor, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds)

11.00 onwards: Papers in the Beechgrove Room, University House

11.00 – 11.15: Introduction: Alain Duplouy (Paris)

11.15 – 11.45: John Davies (Liverpool) ‘The emergence and consolidation of the polis- state’.
11.45 – 12.15: Josine Blok (Utrecht) ‘Retracing steps: finding ways into archaic Greek citizenship.’
12.15 – 12.45: Discussion

12.45 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 14.30: Paulin Ismard (Paris) ‘Archaic Associations and Citizenship in Athens.’
14.30 – 15.00: James Whitley (Cardiff) ‘Citizenship and commensality in Archaic Crete: Searching for the Andreion.’
15.00 – 15.30: Discussion

15.30 – 16.00: Tea

16.00 – 16.30: Paul Cartledge (Cambridge) ‘The Spartan contribution to Greek citizenship theory.’
16.30 – 17.00: Alain Duplouy (Paris) ‘Mass and elite: Civic versus aristocratic strategies?’
17.00 – 18.00: Discussion

The colloquium is open to all academic participants; postgraduate and undergraduate students are especially welcome. The conference fee, which includes tea/coffee and a buffet lunch, is £10, payable on the day. Directions to the University of Leeds and campus maps may be found at the following address: For any queries, please contact Roger Brock (r.w.brock AT; 0113 343 6785).

This Day in Ancient History

ante diem iii kalendas maias

  • ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 3) — a festival originally ordered in response to an interpretation of the Sybilline books in 238 B.C., it fell into desuetude only to be revived in 173 B.C.; it was a general festival of drinking and other merriment in honour of Flora, who presided over (of course) flowers and their blossoms