Department of Classics and Ancient History, Research Seminar Series

Papers are usually 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 Tamara Neal

Lectures are free and all are welcome!


Semester 1 2018

  • Friday 23 February 6.00pm
    Special Event Book Launch
    Eureka! An Introduction to Classical Greek for Young Australians
    by Emily Matters & Emily Kerrison
  • Monday 12 March 12.15pm
    Christopher Faraone (Chicago)
    Animals-as-Effigies in Ancient Greek Curses: The Role of Gender, Age and Species
  • Tuesday 13 March 2018 - Public lecture
    7:00-8:30pm
    - Light refreshments will be served from 6:30pm
    Christopher Faraone (Chicago)
    The Miniature Silver Shrines of the Ephesian Artemis (Luke Acts 19.23): Souvenirs, Votives or Domestic Amulets?
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  • Thursday 29 March 4.15
    Tristan Bradshaw (Northwestern)
    Utility and Refuge in Sophocles' Oedipus Plays
  • Thursday 12 April 4.15pm
    Vera Calchi (Torino)
    TBC
  • Thursday 26 April 4.15pm
    Aidan Nathan (Sydney)
    Meno and the Slave
  • Monday 7 May 12.15pm
    Bob Cowan (Sydney)
    Knowing me, knowing you: epic anagnorisis and the recognition of tragedy
  • Monday 14 May 12.15pm
    Sonia Pertsinidis (ANU)
    The Philosopher and the Playwright: reconsidering Theophrastus and Menander.
  • Thursday 24 May 4.00pm
    Daniel Hanigan (Sydney)
    TBC
  • Thursday 31 May 4.15pm
    Billy Kennedy (Sydney)
    Florentine Papyrus 113 - An ancient commentary including fragments of Antisthenic dialogue

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.

22nd Todd Memorial Lecture

Thursday 24th Aug. 6.00pm
Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies, University of London)
How Cosmopolitan was Imperial Rome?

21st Todd Memorial Lecture

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

MEMORY AND FORGETTING IN THE AGE OF AUGUSTUS
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.