CONF: Teleology in the Ancient World

The Dispensation of Nature

The University of Exeter, 8-11 July, 2009
Organisers: Dr. Julius Rocca and Prof. Christopher Gill

An international conference on how teleological arguments were used in medicine and philosophy in antiquity, and how these arguments have continued to inform and influence current debate on evolution, creationism, and intelligent design. As well as examining philosophical contributions to the subject, especially Platonic and Aristotelian, a special aim of the conference is to show how ancient medical thinking on this topic relates to ancient philosophical ideas. Examining teleological methodologies in ancient medical thought from Hippocrates to Galen will offer a critical evaluation on the place of teleology within medical science, its cultural contexts, its account of human development, and teleological responses to competing explanatory theories of human structure and function.

Keynote speaker, Professor David Sedley, University of Cambridge: “Socrates’ place in the history of teleology.”

Other speakers: Elizabeth Craik, University of St. Andrews; John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin; Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge; R. J. Hankinson, The University of Texas at Austin; M.R. Johnson, University of California, San Diego; Mariska Leunissen, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter: Jan Opsomer, University of Cologne; Mark Schiefsky, Harvard University; Samuel Scolnicov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; R.W. Sharples, University College London; Harold Tarrant, University of Newcastle, Australia; Philip van der Eijk, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Accommodation in en-suite rooms in the University’s newest hall of residence overlooking the Exe valley and near the main conference venue: accommodation and all meals during conference: £240; conference fee £30 (£15 for students); daily rates also available.
Bookings, with accommodation: by end of May 2009 (booking period extended)
Without accommodation: by June 14 2009.
For booking form, contact Prof. C. J. Gill
Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter,
Amory Building, Rennes Drive,
Exeter, EX4 4RJ, UK
C.J.Gill AT

Student bursaries available to cover all accommodation and meal costs and conference fee. Contact Prof. Gill if interested.

CONF: Kyknos Seminars (etc.)


Below is given the KYKNOS programme for Easter term 2009. For more information about the various activities of the research centre, please visit our website ( or contact Professor John Morgan (John.Morgan AT or Dr Magdalena Öhrman (m.ohrman AT

Research seminar series

Friday 8 May: Dr Regine May (University of Leeds), ‘An Ass from Oxyrhynchus: P.Oxy.LXX.4762 and Apuleius Metamorphoses. A New Fragment’, Swansea University, Keir Hardie, Room 130, 6.00pm

Thursday 14 May: Nora Goldschmidt (Magdalen College, Oxford University), ‘Virgil, Ennius, and the Site of Rome’, University of Wales, Lampeter, Roderick Bowen Research Centre, 6.00pm

Friday 15 May, Jane McLarty (Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University), ‘Sense and sensibility: class, gender and emotion in the Acts of Paul and Thekla’, Swansea University, Keir Hardie, Room 130, 6.00pm

Wednesday 27 May: Dr Johanna Akurjärvi (Lund University), ‘Narrating Athens: Genres in Pausanias’ Attika’, University of Wales, Lampeter, Roderick Bowen Research Centre, 6.00pm (Regulars please note the Wednesday date!)

Thursday 4 June: Dr Koen de Temmerman (Ghent University), ‘Less than ideal paradigms in the ancient Greek novel’, University of Wales, Lampeter, Roderick Bowen Research Centre, 6.00pm

KYKNOS Reading Group

A fortnightly KYKNOS reading group is held at Swansea University. For more information please contact Professor John Morgan.


Workshop on ‘The narrative of Hymns’, University of Wales, Lampeter, 9-10 May. The organisers are still able to accept late bookings – but please be in touch as soon as possible. Further details here:

Conference on ‘The Erotics of Narrative’, Gregynog, nr Newtown, Powys, 15–17 July

CONF: Re-Inventing Athens after Loraux

Re-Inventing Athens after Loraux: A Workshop on the Funeral Oration
Organisers: Julia L. Shear and Ian Ruffell

Saturday 27 June, 10 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Department of Classics
65 Oakfield Avenue
University of Glasgow

Originally published in 1981, Nicole Loraux’s book L’invention d’Athènes:
histoire de l’oraison funèbre dans la “cité classique” quickly became the
main port of call for any research on funeral orations; an English
translation soon appeared in 1986 as The Invention of Athens: The Funeral
Oration in the Classical City (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press).
Twenty-eight years later, this book has become a central plank in current
constructions of Athenian ideology and identity and it has widely influenced
studies of Athenian culture, literature and art. In this one-day workshop,
we seek to re-evaluate Loraux’s work by re-examining the funeral speeches in
their own right and reassessing what they can tell us about the social and
political construction of Athens.


10.00-10.30 coffee available

10.30-10.40 Julia L. Shear: welcome

10.40-11.50 Ian Ruffell: ‘The Ephitaphios as Agon’

11.50-1.00 Jon Hesk: ‘Loraux, Hypereides, and the Problem of

1.00-2.00 lunch

2.00-3.10 Alex Long: ‘Flattery and Socratic Politics in
Plato’s Menexenus’

3.10-3.40 tea

3.40-4.50 Julia L. Shear: ‘The Epitaphios and the Construction
of the Past’

4.50-5.00 Ian Ruffell: summary

pub and dinner in a local restaurant

Since one of our main aims is to promote discussion of the funeral orations,
there will be plenty of time scheduled during the day for informal
round-table discussion. All are most welcome join us. Lunch will be
provided, but it will be helpful to have an idea of numbers for catering.
For further details and to let us that you will be attending, please contact
the organisers: Julia L. Shear (j.shear AT or Ian
Ruffell (i.ruffell We look forward to seeing you
at our workshop.

A poster is available to download at: (colour) or (black and white)

CONF: Greek Archaeology Group Seminars

Trinity term programme

Tuesday lunchtimes (1 pm) weeks: 2 – 5
Oxford, Institute of Archaeology, Beaumont St.,
Lecture Room

*Week 2 (5 May) – Thomas Kiely (British Museum)

Re-excavating Kourion, Cyprus. The British Museum Cyprus Digitisation Project

*Week 3 (12 May) – Peter Haarer (Oxford)

Alphabets and Iron

Week 4 (19 May) – Nicoletta Momigliano (Bristol)

No sex please, we’re Minoan

Week 5 (26 May) – Francois Leclere (British Museum)

The British Museum Project at Tell Dafana/Daphnae (Egypt, Eastern Delta)

Sponsored by the School of Archaeology and the Classics Faculty, Oxford.