CONF: Travels and Encounters: Journeys to the Known and Unknown in Greco Roman Antiquity

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The Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Greek and Latin Studies
presents a colloquium on


19–20 November 2009
Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


6:00-7:15 Robin Lane Fox, New College, University of Oxford
“Travelling heroes in the age of Homer”

7:15-8:00 Reception


9:30-10:45 Dr Edward Herring, NUI Galway
“Who let the frogs out? Early Greek settlement in South Italy and the
notion of the colony”

10:45-11:15 Coffee

11:15-12:30 Dr Karen Ní Mheallaigh, University of Exeter
"Travels in hyperreality: to the moon and beyond in
Lucian’s True Histories"

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:15 Dr David Woods, University College Cork
“’False memory, pious fiction, and the late-antique
pilgrim to the Holy Land’”

3:15-3:45 Coffee

3:45-5:00 Dr Gordon Campbell, NUI Maynooth
“Caesar among the Gauls, Germans, and Britons: at the ends of the earth,
and beyond”

For further information please contact: Dr Edward Herring, College of
Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland,
Galway, University Road, Galway (edward.herring AT

CONF: Leeds Classics Department Research Seminars

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Leeds Classics Department Research Seminar

Wednesdays at 3pm
Room 101, Parkinson Building
University of Leeds

Semester 1

October 7th
Anthony Corbeill University of Kansas
Feminine Dust and Masculine Bark: Fluid Grammatical Gender in Latin Poetry

October 21st
Andreas Willi Worcester College, Oxford
The Rise of "Classical" Attic

October 28th
Bruce Gibson University of Liverpool
Frontinus and Aqueducts

November 4th
Roger Brock University of Leeds
Greek Political Imagery in the Fourth Century BC

November 11th
P.J. Cherian Director of the Kerala Council for Historical Research
Muziris and the Trade between India and Rome:
Archaeological Evidence from Pattanam, Kerala, India

November 18th
Peter Kruschwitz University of Reading
Just Look at this Mess!?
Linguistic Aspects of Latin Stone Inscriptions from Roman Britain

For more information, please contact Drs. Emma Stafford (e.j.stafford AT or Regine May (r.may AT

CONF: The Romance Between Greece and the East

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Programme for workshop 5 in the AHRC series ‘The Romance Between Greece

and the East’:

October 17th, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (seminar room)

10.30-11.00 coffee (in hall)
11.00-12.00 Tim Whitmarsh, ‘Sex and violets: Ionia and the Greek
12.00-1.00 Philip Mottram, ‘The World According to Chariton: Greeks,
Barbarians, Hybrids and Stereotypes’
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Bert Smith, ‘Narrative in the art of Aphrodisias’
3.00-4.00 Aldo Tagliabue, ‘Xenophon of Ephesus and his
multicultural ‘homeland’: traces of Greek, Roman and eastern elements’
4.00-4.15 Tea
4.15-5.00 Ewen Bowie, ‘Milesiaka’
5.00-5.30 Closing discussion

Details of this and other workshops available on the website
(, together with materials; note also the
draft programme for the conference on December 12th-13th (booking details
to follow).

Attendance at the workshop (including lunch) is free, but numbers are
limited. Please book your place by contacting Tim Whitmarsh
(tim.whitmarsh AT

CONF: Hermeneutics in the Ancient World

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Hermeneutics in the Ancient World

An international conference at the Institut für Judaistik and the
Orientalische Institut of Vienna University.

Vienna, 31.10. – 01.11.2009

Sponsord by the Vice rector of Vienna University Prof.Dr. A.
Mettinger, the dean of Faculty of Philological-Cultural Sciences
Prof.Dr. F. Römer, the dean of Faculty of Historical-Cultural Sciences
Prof. Dr. V.M. V. schwarz, and the Orientalische Gesellschaft Wien.

This workshop deals with the hermeneutic principles used in the
Ancient World from a comparative point of view. With case studies and
overviews of various genres and traditions of the Ancient World,
ranging from Egypt to Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Ancient Greece we
eventually hope to gain deeper insights in the coherence and the
diversity of these literary traditions. 1

Note: both institutes are within one minute walking distance.

Saturday, 31.10.2009

At the Institut für Judaistik Wien

18:30- 18:35 Opening of the conference and welcome by A. Lange and GJ Selz

(after sunset)
18:35-20:05 Public Lectures at the Institut für Judaistik:
Jack M. Sasson (Paris, Nashville TN): Between Hermeneutics: A
Biblical Text in Changing Interpretations
George J. Brooke (Manchester): The Hermeneutics of the Dead Sea
Scrolls: The Qumran Pesharim in Context
20.15 Small reception at the Institut für Judaistik

Sunday, 01.11.2009

Morning sessions: at the Oriental Institute
Session I:

The Ancient Near East I
Chair: P. Damerow (asked)
9:30-10:00 G.J. Selz (Wien): Remarks on Mesopotamian Hermeneutics of
the 3rd Millennium
10:00-10:30 Stefano di Martino (Trieste): Divinatory Hermeneutics in
the Hittite World
10:20-11:00 Stefan Maul (Heidelberg): Telling the Future: Thoughts on
the Status of Divination in the Ancient Near East
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
Session II:

The Ancient Near East II
Chair: Michael Jursa
11:30-12:00 Mark Geller (London): The Hermeneutics of
Babylonian Medical Commentaries
12:00-12:30 Hermann Hunger (Wien): Hermeneutics in Celestial Omen
Texts from Mesopotamia
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
Afternoon session at Institut für Judaistik
Session III:

Egypt and the Classical World
Chair: George Brooke (asked)
14:00-14:30 Sidney Aufrère (Montpelier): The Hermeneutics of
Late Ancient Egyptian Literature: Thot as Hermeneutes
14.30-15.00 Bernhard Palme (Wien): The Serapeum Papyri – Dream
Divination and Hermeneutics in Ptolemaic Egypt
15:00-15:30 Zlatko Plese (Chapel Hill (NC) and Zagreb):
Rhetoric and Exegesis in Alexandrian Scholarship
15:30-16:00 Evelyne Krummen (Graz): Poetic and Philosophical
Hermeneutics from Archaic to Hellenistic Times
16:00 -16.20 Coffee Break

Session IV:

The Classical World and Ancient Judaism
Chair: Klaus Davidovic
16:20-16:50 A. Lange (Wien): Artapanus and the Hermeneutics of Jewish
16.50-17.20 Bernhard Dolna (Wien): Philo’s Interpretation of the
Figure of Moses
17:20-17:50 Gerhard Langer(Salzburg): Hermeneutics in Rabbinic Midrash
17:50-18:20 Hermann Lichtenberger (Tübingen): Canonical and
Extracanonical Literature in Early Christianity
Public Lecture at the Oriental Institute :
19:30- 20:15 Wilfred G. Lambert (Birmingham)
The Development of Babylonian Hermeneutics and its Aftermath
Reception at the Oriental Institute:
20:30 Reception (sponsored by the Vice-Rector of the
University of Vienna)

CONF: The Cult of Divine Birt in Ancient Greece

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“The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece”
Presenter: Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D.

1) A Fall 2009 James C. Loeb Lecture, sponsored by the Department of
the Classics at Harvard University
DATE: Friday, October 16, 2009
TIME: 5 p.m.; free and open to the public
PLACE: Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA. This is located just off Massachusetts
Avenue in Harvard Square; see map at

. Note also that this will be the start of the Head of the Charles
weekend celebration, so please allow enough time for navigating and

2) Public lecture sponsored by the Women’s Studies Research Center at
Brandeis University
DATE: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
TIME: 12:30 ~ about 2 p.m. (lecture is 50 mins. followed by Q&A);
free and open to the public
PLACE: Lecture Hall at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis
University, 515 South Street, Waltham, MA


Ancient Greek lore is filled with unusual stories of women bearing the
children of gods, of the impregnating power of snakes and deities in
the healing cult of Asclepius, of the divine conceptions of historical
figures, of the basilinna’s yearly sexual rite with Dionysus –– and
more. In this provocative lecture, Marguerite Rigoglioso, author of
the pioneering book The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece,
provides evidence that such tales reflect the existence of actual
cultic practices in which holy virgins were once believed to be active
seekers in miraculously conceiving those who would become the
political and spiritual leaders of Greek civilization. The work
suggests virgin priestesses may have been considered far more central
to the founding of Greek culture than ever imagined, and has
provocative implications for the study of the Virgin Mary

For more information on The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece,