University of Sydney Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar Program

Papers are held in the Conference Room of the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA), which is located on the first floor of the Madsen Building on Eastern Avenue (at the City Road end) in the University's Camperdown campus.
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Papers are followed by light refreshments, and all are welcome. For any further information, please contact Ben Brown

Lectures are free and all are welcome!

Semester 2, 2014

Monday 18 August, 12.15 pm
Michael Hanaghan (Sydney)
Avitus’ ira and Achilles' wrath in Sidonius’ Carm. VII. 246-290

Monday 1 September, 12.15 pm
Bob Cowan (Sydney)
The story of rus: the second- and third-person narratologies of Virgil's Georgics

Thursday 11 September, 4.15pm
Greta Hawes (ANU)
Pausanias and the staged city of Thebes

Monday 15 September, 12.15pm
Julia Kindt (Sydney)
Ancient Greek Personal Religion: A Productive Category for the study of Ancient Greek Religion?

Monday 22 September, 12.15pm
Daniel Irwin (Sydney)
Livy and Augustus: Translating Greek Historiography in the Age of Augustus

Thursday 16 October, 4.15pm
Paul James (Sydney)
Feeding the City of Rome in the Late Empire

Thursday 23 October, 4.15pm
Lee Coulson (Sydney)
Plato and the εὐηθέστεροι: simplicity, virtue and wisdom

Thursday 30 October, 4.15pm
David Phillips (Macquarie)
Political Enmity at Athens: Alkibiades vs. Hyperbolos and Androkles (Thuc. 8.65.2; 73.3)

Semester One, 2014

Thursday 6 March, 4.15 pm*
Yahei Kanayama (Nagoya University)
Socrates’ Last Words
*co-hosted with the Department of Philosophy

Monday 10 March, 12.15 pm
Arlene Holmes-Henderson (University of Glasgow)
The study of Classics in UK schools and universities - boom or bust?

Thursday 20 March, 4.15pm
Kathryn Welch (University of Sydney)
History Wars: who avenged Caesar and why does it matter?

Thursday 27 March, 4.15pm
Mary Jane Cuyler (University of Sydney)
Social, Political and Archaeological Landscapes of Roman Ostia in the 1st c. BC and the 21st c. AD

Thursday 10 April, 4.15pm
Andrew Merrills (University of Leicester)
‘And treat those two imposters just the same’: Triumphs, disasters and Roman Geography

Thursday 1 May, 4.15pm
Maria Wyke (University College, London)
Ancient Rome in Silent Cinema

Thursday 8 May, 4.15pm
Richard Miles (University of Sydney)
Cosmopolitanism and the cult of saints in late antique North Africa

Monday 12 May, 12.15pm
Alison Wylie (University of Washington, Seattle)

Thursday 22 May, 4.15pm
Frances Muecke (University of Sydney)
‘Biondo Flavio goes out to dinner’: antiquarian conversation in elite circles in Renaissance Italy

Thursday 5 June, 4.15pm
Naomi Weiss (University of California, Berkeley)
Music and the Musical Imaginary in Later Euripidean Tragedy: Performing the Hymenaios in Iphigenia in Aulis.

Todd Memorial Lectures

Frederick Augustus Todd

The Todd Memorial Lectures are held once every two years and consist of a lecture delivered by a distinguished classical scholar with an international reputation. The lecture is sponsored by the University of Sydney's School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry in conjunction with the Department of Classics & Ancient History and the Classical Association of NSW.

The Todd Memorial Lecture commemorates the life and work of Professor Frederick Augustus Todd, one-time Professor of Latin, University of Sydney and Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1930-37.

21st Todd Memorial Lecture

In September 2014 the University of Sydney hosted the 21st Todd Memorial Lecture:

Karl Galinsky
'Concern for memory, and for shaping memories, pervaded all aspects of Roman culture: history (largely identi!ed as preservation of memoria), monumenta (connected with memory by etymology), literature, and religion. Social and cultural memories were plural and often in contestation. They always were an ongoing process of construction and reconstruction, and reconfigurations occurred at major junctures. The age of Augustus was such a juncture, and we will review a variety of the resulting phenomena both in the capital and the provinces. Like the Augustan age, memoria looks to both past and future. Was there an Augustan memory management? In what way could memories be controlled? What about imperatives such as remembering to forget and forgetting to remember? These issues are not limited to the Augustan age and we will reference some contemporary examples, such as memorials and their controversies, too'.
Karl Galinsky is Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics and Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the University of Texas, Austin.

More information and to purchase copies of lectures:
For more information on the history of the Todd Memorial Lectures, and to purchase copies of the last two, please visit the Classical Association of NSW.