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 Tamara Neal

Lectures are free and all are welcome!

Semester 2, 2016

  • Thursday 4 August, 4.15pm
    Iakovos Vailiou (CUNY)
    Plato on Loving Socrates
  • Thursday 11 August, 4.15pm
    Patrick Finglass (Nottingham)
    Pity in Oedipus the King
  • Thursday 25 August, 6pm
    Estelle Lazer
    Stolen Lives: Returning Identities to Pompeian Victims of the AD 79 Eruption
    Please note venue and time. In conjunction with Sydney Ideas
  • Monday 29 August 12.15pm
    Nello Sidoti
    Middle Comedy and the Reperformances of Tragedy in 4th century BC
  • Thursday 8 September 3.30-6.00pm
    Tea for Teachers
  • Thursday 15th Sept. 4.15pm
    Harrison Rochford (University of Sydney)
    Not ones to myth an opportunity: orators and oracles in Classical Athens
  • Thursday 6 October
    Jules Flego (University of Sydney)
  • Monday 17 October 12.15pm
    Eric Csapo (University of Sydney)
  • Monday 24 October 12.15pm
    Robert Cowan (University of Sydney)
    When mothers turn bad … The perversion of the maternal ideal in the fragments of Sophokles

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.