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 2 2017

  • Thur 10th Aug. 6.30pm
    Special Event

    Book Launch co-hosted by AWAWS & CAH: Celebrating Julia Kindt, Kit Morrell, Frances Muecke, Elode Paillard, Louise Pryke, & Anne Rogerson
  • Thur 17th Aug. 4.15pm
    Reuben Ramsay (University of Newcastle)
    What is analysis by tone group, and what is it for?
  • Thur 24th Aug. 6.00pm
    Special Event Todd Lecture with Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies, University of London)
    How Cosmopolitan was Imperial Rome?
  • Thur 31st Aug. 4.15pm
    Thomas Biggs
    War and the Mediation of Memory at the Beginnings of Latin Literature
  • Thur 7th Sept. 3:30-5:30pm
    Tea for Teachers
  • Fri 15th Sept. 6.00pm
    Special Event: Ritchie Lecture with Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge University)
    Walking with Socrates: An Exploration of Greek Philosophy
  • Thur 21st Sept. 4.15pm
    Billy Kennedy (University of Sydney)
  • Thur 5th Oct. 4.15pm
    Daniel Hanigan (University of Sydney)
    The unruly energy of the unsayable: apophatic theology of etymology in the writings of Clement of Alexandria
  • Thur 12th Oct. 4.15pm
    Laura Ginters (University of Sydney)
  • Mon 16th Oct. 12.15pm
    Jayne Knight (University of Tasmania)

Semester 1 2017

  • Thursday 16 March
    Federico Favi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
    Epicharmus and Choral Lyric
  • Monday 20 March
    David Pritchard (UQ)
    The Archers of Classical Athens
  • Monday 27 March
    Kathryn Welch (Sydney)
    The Virtuous Marcus Antonius
  • Thursday 6 April
    Anne Rogerson (Sydney)
    Porcupine Polydorus: ethnography in the Aeneid
  • Thursday 13 April
    Joerg Rupke (Erfurt)
  • Thursday 27 April
    Byron Waldron (Sydney)
    The Accursed Princes: Imperial Sons and the Tetrarchy
  • Thursday 4th May
    Matt Sibley (Sydney)
  • Monday 8 May
    Elisabeth Gùˆnther (Freie Universität Berlin)
    Frames of interpretation: An iconographical approach to comedy-related vase paintings
  • Thursday 11 May
    Elena Isayev (Exeter)
  • Thursday 18 May
    James Ley (Sydney)
    All nature is akin: chained remembering in Plato and Aristotle
  • Thursday 25 May
    Jayne Knight (Tasmania)
  • Thursday 8 June
    Elodie Paillard (Sydney)
    Greek Theatre in Early Imperial Rome

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:

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.