Seminar Programs in Semester Two 2013


Welcome to a new semester of the Sydney Classics and Ancient History seminar series, held in the conference room of CCANESA, level 4 of the Madsen Building (on Eastern Ave opposite the Carslaw Blg). CCANESA is at the top of the stairs located directly in front of you when you enter the Madsen Blg (i.e. one floor above the level of the main entrance to the building).

Papers are followed by light refreshments.
All are welcome.

Thursday 8 August, 4.15 pm *
Christopher Celenza (American Academy in Rome)
What Counted As Philosophy in Fifteenth-Century Italy?
* co-hosted with the Department of Italian Studies

Thursday 15 August, 4.15 pm
Hallie Marshall (University of Oxford)
On what can be said about the book trade in 5th-century Athens

Monday 19 August, 12.15 pm
Toph Marshall (University of British Columbia)
The Plaster Masks of Pompeii

Tuesday 27 August, 6.00-7.30pm
The Department is also co-hosting a Sydney Ideas talk in the Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue.
Dr. Patrick O’Sullivan (University of Canterbury)
A Grand Illusion and Old Atheism: The Origins of the God Debate in Ancient Greece

For further information and to register follow this link

Thursday 29 August, 4.15 pm
Patrick O’Sullivan (University of Canterbury)
The Kindness of Strangers: Odysseus and the Satyrs in Euripides’ Cyclops

Thursday 5 September, 4.15 pm
Maxine Lewis (University of Auckland)
From Periphery to Centre: Imperialistic Journeys in Catullus’ Corpus

Monday 9 September, 12.15 pm
Ben Brown (University of Sydney)
Turannos: A Model of Agency and Authorship in Early Greek Thought

Monday 16 September, 12.15 pm
Lucy Jackson (University of Oxford)
“Ready to quarry a new vein”: reassessing the dramatic choral texts of the 4th century BC

Monday 23 September, 12.15 pm
Martin Stone (University of Sydney)
Caesar prophesies the future: Sallust’s comment on the present


Thursday 10 October, 4.15 pm
Erica Bexley (Australian National University)
‘To Thine Own Role Be True’: Characterization in Senecan Tragedy

Monday 14 October, 12.15 pm
Bryn Ford (University of Sydney)
Landscape and lifestyle in accounts of early Egyptian monasticism

Monday 21 October, 12.15 pm
William Kennedy (University of Sydney)
Antisthenes. First of the Cynics?

Thursday 31 October, 4.15 pm
Brooke Holmes (Princeton University)
Physical sympathy in the ancient world

Download the seminar schedule

Anne Rogerson


Seminars are held on Mondays at 3.15 pm in the CCANESA Board Room (Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia), Level 4, Madsen Building unless listed otherwise.

Monday 5th August: Ghada Daher (The University of Sydney)
"Blowing the whistle, a glazed whistle from the Ottoman period found in Beirut.”

Monday 12th August: tba

Monday 19th August: Prof. John Magnussen and Dr. Jaye McKenzie-Clark (Macquarie University)
"Touching History.”

Monday 26th August: Ana Silkatcheva (The University of Sydney)
“Finding mosaic workshops in northern Jordan.”

Monday 2nd September: Dr. Yann Tristant (Macquarie University)
“The 1st Dynasty Elite Cemetery of Abu Rawash. Discoveries of the earliest remains of funerary boats known in Egypt (2950 BC).”

Monday 9th September: Julien Cooper (Macquarie University)
“The Back of Beyond: Egyptians going west in the Old Kingdom.”

Monday 16th September: Davide Salaris (The University of Sydney)
“Space and rite in Elymaean religious architecture during the Arsacid period.”

Monday 23rd September: Prof. Edgar Peltenburg (The University of Edinburgh)
“Fashioning identity: Figurine makers of prehistoric Souskiou, Cyprus.”

Monday 30th September: No NESS – Semester Break

Monday 7th October: No NESS – Labour Day

Monday 14th October: Anne Dighton (University of Queensland)
“Olive Domestication and the Neolithic-Chalcolithic Jordan Valley: First Results from Pella in Jordan.”

Monday 21st October: Karyn Wesselingh (The University of Sydney)
“Animal Sacrifice in the Bronze Age Temple at Pella, Jordan - a preliminary analysis of the animal bones from the Middle to Late Bronze Age.”

Monday 28th October: Korshi Dosoo (Macquarie University)
“Egyptian Magical Practice in the Roman Period.”

Download the seminar schedule

For enquiries and to be placed on the NESS mailing list, email Ana Becerra


NOTICE: In view of the very strong likelihood that the industrial action planned for Tuesday August 20 will go ahead, we are shifting our regular Tuesday seminar to the following Friday, August 23. The seminar will start at 2:30 and will be held at CCANESA.

This is a special seminar as our three honours students currently completing theses in classical archaeology will each present her work. Although the change of date and time may be problematic for many of our community, I do hope that a good number can manage to come on Friday afternoon, to support our students and help them as they complete their very interesting research projects. The earlier than usual time will give us a less formal "tea" afterwards, and allow the quiet comments and endorsements to help our thesis-writers on their way.

Seminars will be held on Tuesdays, 3.00-4.30, in the Boardroom of the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of
Australia. It is located on level four of the Madsen Building (on Eastern Avenue opposite the Carslaw Building).

CCANESA is at the top of the stairs located directly in front of you when you enter the Madsen Building (i.e. one floor
above the level of the main entrance to the building).

We will have a heavily abridged programme this semester, since the Zagora excavations will be taking much of our
potential audience from mid-September.

August 6 Angelos Chaniotis
Roman Crete

August 13 Angelos Chaniotis
Ancient Greece After Sunset: histories, archaeologies, and perceptions
of the night

August 20
Honours students:
Aleese Barron: Bronze Age/Iron Age Crete
Julia McLachlan: Saffron in the Late Bronze Age Aegean
Amanda McManis: Perfume-vessels in South Italy
September 3 Annette Kelaher Plant Motifs of the Attic vase painters, ca. 725-400 BC

Professor Angelos Chaniotis - Professor of Ancient History and Classics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, is the
2013 AAIA Visiting Professor. He has provided the following abstracts for his seminars:

Roman Crete
For many decades, the study of Cretan archaeology and history primarily focused on the early periods: the Minoan and
Mycenaean culture of the Bronze Age, the early Iron Age, and the Orientalizing period. Roman Crete (c. 67 BC to 300
AD) provides an abundance of archaeological material which allows us to address important historical questions
concerning the transformation of economy and society; the relationship between centre and periphery; cultural and
artistic interaction with other areas; processes of migration; the re-organization of landscape and urban space; and the
integration of Crete into the networks of the Roman Empire.

Ancient Greece After Sunset: histories, archaeologies, and perceptions of the night
The definition of the night, as the period between sunset and sunrise, is consistent and unalterable, regardless of culture
and time. However the perception of the night and its economic, social, and cultural roles are subject to change. Which
parameters determine these changes? What can we learn by studying them about the specific character of a culture? Why
do people experience the night in different ways in different historical periods and how did this affect their lives? How do
references to nocturnal activities in historical sources (works of art, narratives) reveal what the artists/authors wish to
communicate to their audiences? Can the night be a meaningful subject of historical and archaeological enquiry?