Interview with Matthew Dennison

Lindsay Powell interviews Matthew Dennison, author of the recently reviewed book, Livia, Empress of Rome: A Biography for the folks at UNRV.

The review (also by Lindsay Powell) can be read here, in case you miss the link:

CONF: Ancient Philosophy Conference

Seen on the Classicists list:

Myth and Literature in Ancient Philosophy
Faculty of Classics,
University of Cambridge
15-16 April 2011

For more details or to register please visit the conference website.


Friday, 15 April

1330-1500 Keynote: Prof Catherine Osborne (University of East Anglia), ‘Literary Genres and Judgements of Taste: Aristotle on Empedocles and Plato on Science and Mythology’

1500-1515 BREAK

1515-1630 Laetitia Monteils-Laeng (University of Caen), ‘Destiny and Responsibility: What is Left for Human Freedom in the Myth of Er?’
with comments by Carol Atack (Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge)

1630-1745 Claire Kirwin (Magdalen College, Oxford), ‘Plato’s Cave and Nietzsche’s Workshop’
with comments by Matthew Duncombe (Peterhouse, Cambridge)

1745-1800 BREAK

1800-1915 Chiara Ferella (University of Pisa), ‘The Proem of Empedocles’ Physika: Towards a New Reconstruction’
with comments by Ben Harriman (Magdalene College, Cambridge)

1930 DINNER (informal)

Saturday, 16 April

0930-1000 COFFEE

1000-1115 Eliska Luhanova (Charles University, Prague and Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne), ‘Blessed Life without Philosophy: Plato and Hesiod on the Prehistory of Man and World’
with comments by Christina Hoenig (Clare Hall, Cambridge)

1115-1230 Emma Park (University College, Oxford), ‘Between Epicurus and Plato: Lucretius’ Soul-Vessel Image and its Philosophical Consequences’
with comments by Dhananjay Jagannathan (St. John’s College, Cambridge)

1230-1400 LUNCH for registered participants

1400-1515 Vanessa de Harven (University of California, Berkeley), ‘Everything is Something: How the Stoics Countenance Creatures of Mythology’
with comments by Tamer Nawar (Queens’ College, Cambridge)

1515-1545 BREAK

1545-1715 Keynote: Dr Kurt Lampe (Bristol University), ‘Stoic Theology, Mythology, and Masochism in Cornutus and Musonius Rufus’

CONF: New Discoveries in Greek Epigraphy

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The British Epigraphy Society Spring Colloquium: ‘New Discoveries in Greek Epigraphy’
Saturday 7 May 2011, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
10.30 -11 am: Coffee and Registration
11 am-12 noon: P. Thonemann (Wadham, Oxford), ‘Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI: New Monuments from Roman Asia Minor?’
12 noon -1 p.m.: C. Mueller (Reims), ‘Clarian epiphanies: a new decree of the Ionian koinon’
1 p.m. -2.30: Lunch
2.30-3 p.m.: Short reports
3 p.m. -4 p.m.: N. Papazarkadas (Berkeley), ‘A New Decree from Hellenistic Athens’
4 p.m. -5 p.m.: A. Matthaiou (Athens), ‘Three new Attic inscriptions’
5 p.m: Drinks
The meeting will take place in the south wing of Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester (number 67 on the Campus Map; access is via the South Entrance on Spa St). Coffee and registration will take place in room S.2.1 (Second Floor, South Wing); the meeting itself will be held in room S.2.9.
For maps and directions to the University, see Further information about the city (including advice on accommodation) can be found at
Colloquium fees
Registration (including tea, coffee, and the sandwich lunch): £10.00 (BES, AIEGL members and student non-members), £5.00 (BES student members), £20.00 (non-members).
Registration without lunch: £7.50 (BES, AIEGL members and student non-members), £2.50 (student members), £17.50 (non-members).
To reserve a place at the colloquium and a sandwich lunch, please contact Polly Low by email (polly.low AT by Friday 15th April at the latest, including details of any dietary requirements. Please note that you will be signed in for the lunch unless you say that you do not want this. Please pay all fees due on the day (in cash, or cheque payable to ‘British Epigraphy Society’).
For more information about the British Epigraphy Society (including details of how to join the Society), see