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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  • Monday Seminars: 12:15pm
  • Thursday Seminars: 4:15pm

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, 2015

  • Thursday 6th August, 4:15pm
    Frances Muecke, University of Sydney
    ‘Biondo and the Roman elections’
  • Thursday 13th August 4:15pm
    Professor David Levene, New York University
  • Thursday 20th August 4:15pm
    Dr Sarah Lawrence, University of Armidale
    'Don't do what I say: The Lessons of Negative exempla'.
  • Thursday 27th August 4:15pm
    Professor Irad Malkin,
    Cummings Chair for Mediterranean History and Culture, Tel Aviv University
    ‘Greek colonization: The Right to Return’
    (Professor Irad Malkin is the winner of the 2015 Vice-Chancellors Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Macquarie University)
  • Monday 31st August 12:15pm
    A/Professor Dexter Hoyos, University of Sydney
    ‘The sarcophagal exploits of Scipio Barbatus, cos. 298 BC’.
  • Monday 7th September12:15pm
    Byron Waldron, University of Sydney
  • Friday 25th September (Time TBA)
    Professor Rush Rehm, Professor, Theater and Performance Studies, and Classics Artistic Director, Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT) 'Comparative Clytemnestras'
  • Thursday 8th October 4:15pm
    Dr Clemens Koehn, University of Armidale
    "Shooting like the Ancient Romans: Reconstructing and Testing a Roman Torsion Catapult"
  • Monday 12th October 12:15pm
    Dr Ben Brown, University of Sydney
    "'Independent Living': the meaning of autonomy in Thucydides"
  • Monday 19th October 12:15pm
    Professor Alastair Blanshard, University of Queensland
    ‘Some thoughts on a history of body hair’
  • Thursday 22nd October 4:15pm
    Dr Pat Watson, University of Sydney
    'Characterisation, stereotyping and individuality in Martial'
  • Thursday 29th October 4:15pm
    Dr Tom Stevenson, University of Queensland
    ‘Reception in Novels’

Semester 1, 2015

  • Thursday 5th March, 4.15 pm
    Paul Roche (University of Sydney)
    Lucan’s Supernatural
  • Thursday 12th March, 4.15 pm
    Rachael White (University of Oxford)
    Classics and the political culture of New South Wales in the 19th century
  • Thursday 11 September, 4.15pm
    Greta Hawes (ANU)
    Pausanias and the staged city of Thebes
  • Thursday 19th March, 4.15pm
    Thomas Wilson (University of Sydney)
    Kritias, cultural conflict, and dramatic reception in fifth-century Athens
  • Thursday 16th April, 4.15pm
    Stephen Lake (University of Sydney)
    A Failed Cultural Transfer: Aspects of the Roman non-appropriation of Greek medicine in the early Christian West
  • Thursday 30th April, 4.15pm
    Peter Wilson (University of Sydney)
    Dancing for free: Pindar's Kastor-song for Hieron
  • Thursday 7th May, 4.15pm
    David Rafferty (University of Melbourne)
    TBA
  • Thursday 14th May, 4.15pm
    Tatiana Bur (University of Sydney)
    Ancient automata and sensory experience

  • Thursday 21st May, 4.15pm
    Ben Ferris (University of Sydney)
    Jean Cocteau's Orpheus: the cinematic poet?
  • Thursday 28th May, 4.15pm
    Kai Brodersen (Universität Erfurt)
    TBA
  • Thursday 4th June, 4.15pm
    Sheira Cohen (University of Sydney)
    Space, directionality and movement in Middle Republican Latin

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:

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.