Mon 18 Feb, '19
Classical Connections Public Lecture: Dr Joseph Sanzo (Warwick) "Religious Differentiation, Communal Boundaries, and the Late Antique Christian Masses: The Evidence from Amulets and Related Sources"

Dr Joseph Sanzo (Warwick)

Dr Joseph Sanzo is currently an IAS WIRL-COFUND at the University of Warwick. Previous to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at LMU München. His research focuses on the diverse religious traditions of the late antique Mediterranean world, with a particular emphasis on ritual in lived religion. He is the author of Scriptural Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt (Mohr Siebeck, 2014).

"Was the construction and maintenance of clear-cut boundaries between religious insiders and outsiders primarily a concern of the Christian elite during late antiquity? This paper examines the uses of religious differentiation against Jews on Christian amulets and related materials to show that the impulse to differentiate was probably much more widespread across different social strata in late antique Christianity than scholars now generally acknowledge."

Wed 27 Feb, '19
WiP Guest Speaker: Prof. Dr. Andreas Schwab (LMU München)
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Prof. Dr. Andreas Schwab (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

"Egyptian Things Matter. Herodotus on Material Religion in Egypt."

Prof. Dr. Schwab specialises in ancient religion, Greek philosophy, historiography and Christian literature in late antiquity.

Organiser: LMU Munich

The event is sponsored by LMUexcellent (DFG Excellence Initiative).

Fri 1 Mar, '19
Classical Connections Public Lecture: Dr Mathias Hanses (Penn State) "Black Cicero: (Re-)Reading the Classics with W. E. B. Du Bois"
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Dr Mathias Hanses (Penn State)

"Black Cicero: (Re-)Reading the Classics with W. E. B. Du Bois"

Dr Mathias Hanses is Assistant Professor of Classics and Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University. Trained as both a Classicists and an Americanist, his research covers various fields of Greek and Latin literature (especially Roman comedy and its reception and Greek and Latin wordplay) and of Classical Reception, especially Black Classicism. In this area, he has been exploring W. E. B. Du Bois’s engagement with Roman Republican literature and the Classicism of Juan Latino, a former slave and professor of Latin in early modern Spain.

Wed 6 Mar, '19
Outreach Event - Ancient Images, Modern Eyes: The Classical World in Modern Media and Advertising
Main campus, University of Warwick

An exciting day of interactive workshops, discussions and activities on the theme of Classical Antiquity as it appears in modern media and advertising.

Beginning with the Renaissance and happening as recently as Ariana Grande’s video for the hit song 'God is a Woman', the ancient – and most often the Classical – world has been a constant source of inspiration for the visual media we create. Whether we reference it allusively or borrow from it directly, the Classical World has never gone out of fashion when it comes to art, advertising and design – and shows no sign of doing so.

Why does modernity seemingly have such an obsession with all things ancient and mythical? In what ways has classical imagery been used to be persuasive, beautiful, aspirational or evocative? How might our continued reliance on this imagery serve to enshrine negative or derogatory ideas concerning race, gender and aesthetics?

This event will involve a series of interactive talks and activities on numerous themes pertaining to the depiction of the ancient world in modern media – including issues of diversity, gender expectations and beauty ideals - hosted by researchers from Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick University, culminating in participants designing their own advertising campaign inspired by an aspect of ancient society. The day will get young people engaging with Classics and Ancient History in a way that is purposeful and feels strongly relevant to them – not just as students, but also as consumers of modern media.

This event is open to students in secondary school Years 9 – 11. ALL are welcome; however, it may be of particular interest to those studying Media, English Literature, Sociology, Fine Art, and Classics/Ancient History. Indeed, this event will provide a stimulating vehicle for putting into practice some of the wider aims of the various GCSE Media syllabi, helping to inform students’ critical understanding of the role of the media on its contemporary society.

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Wed 6 Mar, '19
Work in Progress Seminar
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George Green (University of Oxford and University of Warwick) "LA-ICP-MS: data and conclusions from the Ashmolean’s collection of Roman gold"

Giles Penman (University of Warwick) "Classical motifs and the memorabilia of the Great War"

Thu 7 Mar, '19
Classical Connections Public Lecture: Dr Tessa Roynon (Oxford) "Black Classicism: some theory, some practices and some dilemmas"

Dr Tessa Roynon is Teaching and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. She is a specialist in modern North American literature, particularly African American literature, in Anglophone literature of the black diaspora, and in Classical Reception studies. She is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison (CUP 2012), and Toni Morrison and the Classical Tradition (OUP 2013) and co-editor of the acclaimed interdisciplinary essay collection, African Athena: New Agendas (OUP 2011, with Daniel Orrells and Gurminder Bhambra).

The Lecture is generously funded by IATL as Public Lecture for the undergraduate module 'Africa and the Making of Classical Literature'.

Wed 13 Mar, '19
Work in Progress Seminar: MARS

Maria Karolidou 'Themistius: A politician in disguise'

Matthew Smith "'A comparison of Aelius Aristides and Galen's views on the role of divine dreams in medicine"

Fri 15 Mar, '19
Classical Connections Public Lecture: Prof. Patrice Rankine (Richmond) "Caught in the Act: The Classics, White Supremacy, and the Quest for a New Commons"
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Prof. Patrice Rankine is Professor of Classics and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond. His research focusses on African American literature and the reception of the Classics among black American authors. He is the author of Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature (The University of Wisconsin Press 2006), Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013) and co-editor of the Oxford University Handbook: Greek Drama in the Americas (with Kathryn Bosher, Fiona Macintosh, and Justine McConnell; Oxford University Press, 2015).

Prof. Rankine will lecture on the state of Classics in the US, the historical moorings leading to today, and work of himself and others in what he calls a "new commons".

The Lecture is generously funded by IATL as Public Lecture for the undergraduate module 'Africa and the Making of Classical Literature'.

Wed 24 Apr, '19
WiP Guest Speaker: Dr John Pearce (KCL) 'Hares, hounds and snares: tracking the hunt on Rome's frontiers and beyond'

Dr John Pearce (KCL)

'Hares, hounds and snares: tracking the hunt on Rome's frontiers and beyond'

Dr John Pearce is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at KCL. His work covers Roman Archaeology in North-West Europe and Italy, with particular interest in the importance of landscapes, documents and literacy, death and burial and small finds.

Wed 1 May, '19
Classical Connections - IAS VF Public Lecture: Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton) "The Etruscan Negro: from Coin to Memory to Racial Politics"
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Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he is affiliated with the university's Center for Human Values and Program in Latino Studies. His work situates the religious and cultural history of the Roman Republic in diallogue with anthropology, sociology, economics, and comparative and global histories of slavery. In this public lecture, he will focus on the complicity of modern histories of Roman republican culture in the (re)production of colonial and postcolonial configurations of race.

The lecture is generously funded by the IAS.

Fri 3 May, '19
Racing The Classics - Workshop

Organised by Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Brown) and Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton), in collaboration with Rosa Andújar (KCL) and Elena Giusti (Warwick)

Wed 8 May, '19
Work in Progress Seminar: Guest Speaker: Catharine Edwards

Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London)

Catharine Edwards is Professor of Classics and Ancient Histiory at Birkbeck. She is the author, among other works, of Death in Ancient Rome (Yale 2007) and Writing Rome: Textual Approaches to the City (CUP 1996). Her research focuses on Roman cultural history and Latin prose literature (particularly the younger Seneca), as well as Reception of Classical Antiquity in later periods.

Thu 9 May, '19
Classical Connections - IAS VF Public Lecture: Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Brown) "Speaking (of) Greek: Reflections on Value in Post-9/11 Receptions of Epic"

Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston is Assistant Professor of Classics at Brown University. Her research examines the interstices between moral philosophy, ecocriticism, and literature from the Roman Empire; Classical reception (throughout the African Diaspora); and critical race theory, Classics, and educational reform. This lecture is part of her ongoing project Epic Events, which explains how authors of works produced after 9/11, especially those from newly racialized groups in the U.S., use the Greco-Roman canon to negotiate the state’s efforts to define the terrorist attacks of 2001 as an epoch making event. Of interest to Americanists, scholars interested in museum studies, literature, popular culture, and ecocriticism.

The lecture is generously funded by the IAS.

Wed 15 May, '19
Midlands Classics Colloquium
Thu 16 May, '19
Classical Connections Seminar Lecture: Dr Thomas Biggs (Georgia) "Agamben, Iustitium, and the Poetic "State of Exception" in Lucan's Bellum Civile"

Dr Thomas Biggs is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Georgia. He is an expert in Latin literature, and has worked especially on connections between epic and historiography, cultural history, poetics, Roman art and architecture and the Punic Wars.