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The Rule of Law in Ancient Rome
Level 4, Madsen Building
University of Sydney
February 8-9, 2017
The Department of Classics and Ancient History, along with the Australasian Roman Law Network is delighted to announce our inaugural symposium on the rule of law in ancient Rome. The rule of law is an important concept in modern liberal democratic traditions. The idea that the relationship between sovereign power and the individual should be regulated by the law is fundamental to modern understandings of the authority of the nation state. At times of crisis, the preservation, abnegation or setting aside of the rule of law becomes a litmus test of the health of a democracy. For centuries, scholars have looked to the ancient world – especially the legal and democratic traditions of Greece and Rome – in order to understand the development of the concept of the rule of law.
The Symposium is to be held on the 8th and 9th of February, 2017 in CCANESA (Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia), University of Sydney.
Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow)
Professor Andrew Riggsby (University of Texas)
Professor Paul du Plessis (University of Edinburgh)
Professor Jeff Tatum (University of Wellington)
Dr Valentina Arena (University College London)
Dr Amy Russell (University of Durham)
Dr Michael Sevel, Dr Kit Morrell, Dr Andrew Pettinger and Dr Eleanor Cowan (University of Sydney)
A reading group will be held during the afternoon of the 8th February on Cicero’s de Legibus. Those wishing to attend the symposium and/or participate in the reading group should contact Dr Eleanor Cowan. A small fee to cover the costs of catering will be charged.
Thanks to the generous support of the Faculty of Arts and a SSSHARC grant, we are able to offer a contribution towards to travel and accommodation costs of up to two selected postgraduate or postdoctoral participants. Interested applicants should contact Dr Cowan () briefly outlining their interest in Roman Law.
Further information may be found on the website of the Roman Law Network.
First Symposium Campanum
Villa Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy
12–16 October 2016
The first conference in the new Symposium Campanum series, The Alternative Augustan Age, will provide the opportunity to explore the Augustan Age with the focus off Augustus. The conference is being co-organised by Kathryn Welch, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Josiah Osgood, Georgetown University (email@example.com), and is to be held in Italy in October 2016.
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CHILDREN IN ANTIQUITY. PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES OF CHILDHOOD IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN
The conference was held in CCANESA from 14 July to 16 July 2015.
A report on the conference will be added soon.
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Professor Mark Golden, Department of Classics, University of Winnipeg
Ancient childhood studies comprise a developing and important field of scholarship, in which major advances are currently being made. This conference will constitute a major contribution to our understanding of the history and archaeology of children in the ancient Mediterranean by drawing together key international scholars working in the area. Papers will focus on three major geographical regions – Egypt, Greece and Italy – and will present a diachronic perspective from the Bronze Age to Byzantium, thereby producing a fertile forum for the discussion of cross-cultural and multi-temporal approaches to the children of antiquity.
Conference attendance was free and open to academics, students, Ancient History high school teachers and interested members of the general public.
Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney
Dr Nicola Harrington Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Matthew Dillon School of Humanities, University of New England
Please contact Lesley Beaumont for further information.
Augustus from a Distance
From 29 September to 2 October 2014 Classics and Ancient History hosted a conference at the University of Sydney to mark the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus. Caesar Augustus died at Nola on 19 August, 14. On conventional dating, 2014 marked 2000 years since his death and this offered a chance to reflect on the man, his history, the culture named after him and the different ways that scholarship studies and has studied him.
CCANESA was able to offer its conference facilities to help host the Augustus Conference. The Centre became the main venue for registrations and session breaks, acting as a central focus for the 110 participants from cities all over Australia and international visitors from New Zealand, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, United States and Poland. The Centre provided an informal atmosphere for the broad range of attendees from different universities, schools and the community to meet and discuss the themes of the conference throughout the day. The CCANESA library was also in demand with several of the visiting scholars requesting access to resources housed in the Centre, in particular the expanding research collection maintained by the Department of Classics and Ancient History.
The conference consisted of papers on a range of topics, including developments in law, religion and society; other significant individuals such as Marcus Antonius, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Livia and Octavia; the nature of Augustus’ rise to power; the question of what was to happen after his death; the presence or absence of opposition to Augustus; the nature of the Augustan res publica; the physical development of the Augustan city. We held panels which placed literature and numismatics in their contemporary contexts and, as scholars of res Romanae based in the Antipodes, on provincial responses to the social and political upheavals of Italy in the first
‘Augustan culture’: how useful is the term?
The Hellenistic World and the coming of the Principate
What is ‘Augustus’? Then and Now.
Who fashioned the Augustus we think we know? Contemporary appraisals and their impact.
A long-lived family: how did Augustus, Livia and Tiberius survive for so long?
The Augustan elite: how they are presented and how they might have represented themselves.
‘Augustan Italy’; the ‘Augustan’ empire
The Res Gestae. What is in it, what is not? Language, tone, genre, evasions, translation
At the end of a very packed week of talks and social events the conference convenors received overwhelmingly positive feedback from many of the local and international visitors. Most notable were comments on the high standard of the papers and ensuing discourse, as well as the hospitality shown to attendees. One visitor noted that this was the largest Augustus conference held anywhere during the year.
The partners and staff at CCANESA were very happy to be involved in helping showcase the high standards of intellectual pursuit encouraged by the Department of Classics and Ancient History and hope to host many more similar events to come.
Andrew Pettinger and
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AMPHORAE VII CONFERENCE REPORT
The seventh Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic or Roman Antiquities (AMPHORAE VII) was held at the University of Sydney from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th July, 2013. The conference is the major forum for post-graduate students from Australian and New Zealand universities to present their research. AMPHORAE VII was hosted by the Classics and Ancient History Department. Post-graduate students from the Department, Samantha Brancatisano and Bryn Ford, were the conference convenors and prepared the following report.
The conference welcomed 71 participants from 14 Australasian and overseas universities, who presented a total of 54 papers and two posters, including special panels sponsored by the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network (ACRSN) and the Ancient North Africa and Phoenician Diaspora Research Network.
Dr. Craig Barker (Sydney University Museums) gave the opening address, “From Bronze Age tombs to Medieval Ceramics: 75 Years of Australian archaeological activity in Cyprus” and the Todd Memorial Lecture by Professor Harriet Flower of Princeton University, “Consensus and Community in Republican Rome” doubled as the keynote address. In addition, the conference included a master-class on the topic “Who worshipped the genius Augusti?” also by Professor Harriet Flower, followed by a Careers Seminar by Professor Michael Flower, both from Princeton University. The conference included a meeting of Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS), and a drinks reception funded by the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network (ACRSN). The Nicholson Museum generously offered free Museum tours to conference attendees.
The convenors would like to thank the many organisations and individuals who supported the conference for their assistance, including:
The Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS)
TheAustralian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA)
The Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA)
The Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network (ACRSN)
The Ancient North Africa and Phoenician Diaspora Research Network
Sydney University Museums
The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney
The Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney
The Co-op Bookshop
SILIUS ITALICUS AND FLAVIAN CULTURE CONFERENCE REPORT
The international conference ‘Silius Italicus and Flavian Culture’ was held in CCANESA from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th July 2011. It was the 2011 Pacific Rim Latin Literature Conference, as well as being the fifth (the first outside the UK) in a series of conferences on Flavian epic held under the aegis of the Flavian Epic Network. It was also the first conference devoted to Silius Italicus in the English-speaking world and only the second anywhere (after Innsbruck in 2009).
The conference was attended by delegates from universities in seven countries on three continents (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, UK, Netherlands, Sweden). Germany and Italy were also represented by nationality. A full list of delegates and their institutions is included at the end of this report. There were thirty-eight delegates, including twelve postgraduates.
The conference was opened by Prof. Barbara Caine, Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, at the University. Twenty-eight papers (including seven by postgraduates) were delivered in eleven panels over three days. Six of the papers were delivered by members of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Sydney, three by postgraduates and three by academic staff. A seventh was to have been delivered by Lindsay and Patricia Watson, but severe weather prevented them from reaching CCANESA on the day of their panel. The keynote speaker was Assoc. Prof. Raymond Marks of the University of Missouri, who delivered a paper entitled “War, Reconciliation, and the New Flavian Order: the Funeral Games in Punica 16”.
The conference was generously supported by the CCANESA Conference Fund, the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney, the Australasian Society for Classical Studies and the Sydney Latin Summer School through the Classical Association of New South Wales. I would also like to express my gratitude to the postgraduate assistants, Michelle Borg, Peta Greenfield, Michael Hanaghan, Alina Kozlovski, Peter Merz, Chris Ransom; to all at CCANESA, esp. Wendy Reade; to the SOPHI administrative staff, esp. Cam Pham, Jinfeng Huang, Maria Cortes & Jane Yan in finance, Kaaren Walker-Smith, Adrian Atkins & Johann Loibl in the SOPHI office, Julie-Ann Robson for poster design, and Carolyne Carter; Kit Morrell for her work on the website; and Peter Davis, Frances Muecke & Kathryn Welch for general advice on conference organization.
List of delegates (speakers asterisked)
*Paolo Asso (University of Michigan)
*Hannah Bartonek (Uppsala University)
*Frances Billot (University of Auckland)
*Michelle Borg (University of Sydney)
*Bob Cowan (University of Sydney)
*Peter Davis (University of Adelaide)
*Jessica Dietrich (Australian National University)
*Simone Finkmann (University of Oxford)
Judy Goodsell (University of Sydney)
*Peta Greenfield (University of Sydney)
Michael Hanaghan (University of Sydney)
*Mark Heerink (Leiden University/University of Cambridge)
*Liz Klaassen (Carleton University)
Alina Kozlovski (University of Sydney)
*R. Joy Littlewood
*Helen Lovatt (University of Nottingham)
*Raymond Marks (University of Missouri)
*Mark Masterson (Victoria University Of Wellington)
Peter Merz (University of Sydney)
*Frances Mills (La Trobe University)
Frances Muecke (University of Sydney)
*Jen Oliver (Victoria University Of Wellington)
*John Penwill (La Trobe University)
Roger Pitcher (University of Sydney Grammar School)
*Arthur Pomeroy (Victoria University Of Wellington)
*Chris Ransome (University of Sydney)
*Paul Roche (University of Sydney)
*Anne Rogerson (University of Sydney)
*Shawn Ross (University of New South Wales)
*Claire Stocks (University of Cambridge)
*Michiel van der Keur (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
*Lindsay Watson (University of Sydney)
*Patricia Watson (University of Sydney)
Kathryn Welch (University of Sydney)
*Marcus Wilson (University of Auckland)
THE GREEK THEATRE IN THE FOURTH CENTURY BC CONFERENCE REPORT
Professor Eric Csapo, Emeritus Professor Richard Green and Professor Peter Wilson convened a three-day colloquium in July 2011 at CCANESA entitled “Death of Drama or Birth of an Industry? Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century BC”.
Nine esteemed international and domestic presenters, and two guest chairs, participated in the conference. Six University of Sydney research staff also contributed papers. The conference was also able to offer three bursaries to international post-graduate students from Oxford University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Athens, in order to support their attendance at the colloquium.
The colloquium was structured to combine the format of a two-day conference and a one-day workshop, with associated functions. The conference was open to the general public, for which 19 people registered. The workshop was restricted, for practical purposes, to participants and bursary recipients. This allowed for a genuinely interactive platform to discuss the major themes of the presentations.
The colloquium examined the traditional scholarly view that the decline of the city-state in the fourth century BC coincided with the “death” of serious theatre, which was to be replaced by mediocre popular entertainment. Rather, there is much evidence, from varied sources, to support the view that theatre was a rapidly developing “industry” at this time.
The colloquium promoted inter-disciplinary collaboration, bringing together experts from nearly all the sub-disciplines of classical studies: archaeologists, epigraphers, iconographers, literary and social historians. These various areas of expertise afforded presenters the opportunity to engage with colleagues from related fields on the question of why, at the critical moment of the fourth century BC, theatre developed into the world’s first form of mass communication. Theatre is the most pervasive and enduring legacy of democratic Classical Athens, and understanding this historical process is crucial for ongoing research.
Ancient theatre research is a core undertaking of CCANESA. Ancient theatre is the major field of research for four ARC-funded permanent staff members of the Departments of Archaeology and of Classics and Ancient History as well as two post-doctoral research fellows. The “Sydney School” of ancient theatre research is a recognised leader in the field.
The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens supported the travel expenses of Christina Papastamati-von Moock, thanks to a strong collaboration between the AAIA and CCANESA.
APPIAN AND THE ROMANS CONFERENCE REPORT
The Appian and the Romans conference, convened by Kathryn Welch, was held at CCANESA from 5-7 July 2010. Paper givers included Kavita Ayer (Macquarie); James Chlup (Manitoba University), Eleanor Cowan (Sydney), Danijel Dzino (Macquarie University), Daniel Gargola (University of Kentucky), Bronwyn Hopwood (University of New England), Trevor Mahy (St Andrews), Liam McGowan (University of Sydney), Hannah Mitchell (St Andrews), Josiah Osgood (Georgetown), Luke Pitcher (Somerville, Oxford) Anton Powell (Classical Press of Wales) John Rich (University of Nottingham), Tom Stevenson (University of Queensland), Martin Stone (University of Sydney) Fiona Tweedie (University of Sydney), Kathryn Welch (University of Sydney). The School of Philosophical and Historical Enquiry, the Faculty of Arts and the Australasian Society for Classical Studies generously assisted with funding the conference.
In 2008, Eleanor Cowan, then of the University of Leicester, Kathryn Welch of the University of Sydney and Anton Powell, founding editor of the Classical Press of Wales, began a series of conferences examining the key authors of Roman history whose work is in need of closer attention. The papers from the first conference (on Velleius Paterculus) will appear in September. The Appian conference was the second in the series and work on its publication is well underway. A third conference, on Suetonius, will be hosted by Professor John Marincola at Florida State University in 2013.
HISTORIOGRAPHY AND ANTIQUARIANISM CONFERENCE REPORT
The Historiography and Antiquarianism Conference was held at CCANESA from 12-14 August, 2011. The organizers, Frances Muecke (CAH) and John Gagné (History), are pleased to report on the successful conclusion of the conference, financially supported by CCANESA, the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, SOPHI, MEMC, and the Sydney Latin Summer School, for whose subvention they are very grateful.
“History and Antiquarianism” was convened with the purpose of inviting scholars in disparate fields to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue over two interrelated questions. The first was to evaluate the history of antiquarianism, the pursuit, collection, and cataloguing of ancient things – a habit of scholars from the ancient world to the present, though rarely considered as a practice over the longue durée. The second was to investigate the relationship of antiquarianism to history writing, and to press on the similarities and differences between the authoring of history and antiquary works. In asking these questions, the conference assembled delegates who don’t often have the chance to interact: scholars of antique, medieval, and early modern Europe.
The conference revealed the divergence of approaches and encouraged the delegates to discuss and evaluate their fundamental terms. From within the University of Sydney, the conference involved scholars from several units and disciplines: Classics and Ancient History, Celtic Studies, Medieval Studies, History, Art History, Musicology, and Italian Studies. Participants from other institutions also offered perspectives from disciplines such as Theology and Architectural History. Delegates to the conference represented over 10 Australian and New Zealand universities, and about the same number of international institutions, including Toronto, Yale, York (UK), Holy Cross (MA), Harvard, Sheffield, St. Andrews, Oxford, Mt. Holyoke, and others. Roughly 50 people attended the conference, and 30 papers were
“History and Antiquarianism” derived much of its dynamism from the combination of junior, mid--career, and senior scholars; papers were evenly divided between those three groups. We also had two keynote addresses: the first by Chris Given--Wilson (St. Andrews) author of Chronicles: The Writing of History in Late Medieval England (Continuum, 2004), and the second by David Karmon (Holy Cross) author of The Ruin of the Eternal City (Oxford, 2010). Several scholars reported making beneficial contacts (including a classicist and a Renaissance historian whose offices are one floor apart at their institution, but who only met at our Sydney conference).
We are currently discussing the possibility of inviting delegates to contribute to a volume on the topic of history-writing
- Late antiquity / Byzantine period
- Middle Ages
- Early Modernity