Department of Classics

Department of Classics Research Seminar programme

Spring Semester 2016

5pm, Tuesdays
A3, Humanities Building
University Park 

The Department's research culture includes a series of free seminars offering the chance to hear visiting scholars from the UK and overseas. All are welcome and papers are followed by discussion, drinks and dinner.

Please contact Rebecca Usherwood with any queries.

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Research Seminars
Department of Classics Research Seminar programme
Research Seminars Spring Semester 2016
2 February

Andrew Fox (Nottingham): Tree vs Timber - The Import of the Cypress in Pliny the Elder

Harriet Lander (Nottingham): Sex Goddess or Romantic Heroine? Constructing Sappho's erotic person

9 February

Emma Griffiths (Manchester): Menander, Alexander, and early Hellenistic mythopoesis

16 Feb

Andy Merrills (Leicester): Invisible Men - Mobility and Change on the Late Roman frontier in Africa

23 February

Edmund Stewart (Nottingham): Greek Tragedy and Travel - The Case of Euripides’ Phrixus Plays

Will Leveritt (Nottingham): Wine, women and whips - re-interpreting a Priapus-sarcophagus through narrative presence

1 March

Carsten Lange (Aalborg University): The Logic of Violence in Roman Civil War - The Tale of Young Caesar

8 March

Christopher Whitton (Cambridge): Quintilian In Brief: From Institutio To Epistles, And Back Again

15 March

Carl Buckland (Nottingham): "History became legend; legend became myth" - The Influence of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings on the Depiction of the Ancient World in Film

Rebecca Usherwood (Nottingham): The 'damnatio' of Constantine II and its Implications

19 April

Gesine Manuwald (UCL): Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica - Thematic and Narrative Unity

26 April

Andrew Bayliss (Birmingham): Tyrtaeus and Spartan history

3 May

Classical Association: TBC

For details about the Classical Association Nottingham Branch, please contact Nikolai Lipatov.

Past Seminars

Autumn Semester 2015
29 Sept Sian Lewis (St Andrews): Space and Power in the Tyrannical Polis

Oliver Thomas (Nottingham): Trauma and Survival in Virgil's 'Aeneid'

Helen Lovatt (Nottingham): Helen's Prozac


Judith Mossman (Nottingham): Plutarch, Lucian and the 6th Century BC

Andreas Kropp (Nottingham): The Palmyra Portrait Project

20-Oct Elena Theodorakopoulos (Birmingham): Spectacle: Looking at Rome in Film
27-Oct Kevin Butcher (Warwick): Baetylmania: coins, memory and cult in the Roman Near East
10-Nov Federico Santangelo (Newcastle): Municipal Viewpoints on the Late Republican Civil Wars
17-Nov Kathryn Tempest (Roehampton): Hellenophiles or Hellenophobes? Ciceronian and Roman Attitudes Towards the Greeks
24-Nov Maria Pretzler (Swansea): Small States in the Peloponnesian League: What was in it for them - and for Sparta?
01-Dec David Lewis (Nottingham): The Economics of the Classical Slave Supply, with Achaemenid Phrygia as a Case Study
08-Dec Barbara Graziosi (Durham): Solutions from Character
Spring Semester 2015
3 February

[in association with the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception]

Alan Sommerstein (Nottingham): Greek, barbarian, or what? Aeschylus’ Danaids and their cousins

10 February

[in association with the Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies]

Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh): Why did emperors visit Rome so rarely in the fourth century?

17 February

[in association with the Institute for the Study of Slavery]

Myles Lavan (St Andrews): The scale of manumission in the Roman world

24 February

[in association with the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies]

Rosie Harman (UCL): Reading Xenophon

3 March

[in association with the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception]

Helen Slaney (Oxford): Approaching Seneca's Medea through performance reception

10 March
NB: 5.30pm

[Classical Association/ Roman Society lecture]

Diana Spencer (Birmingham): Literary Rome: always a fragmentary story? (case-study: Varro)

17 March

David Hendin (American Numismatic Society, NY)
The Jewish war against Rome and the Roman response: the coins speak

24 March

[in association with the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception]

Isabelle Torrance (Notre Dame): Greek tragedy and suffering on the Irish stage

28 April  Will Leveritt (Nottingham): Deciphering the Woburn Abbey triumph sarcophagus

Rob Harman (Nottingham): TBC
5 May 

John Marincola (Florida State University)
Polybius and emotional engagement

25 June 
NB: 5.30pm 

[Classical Association AGM Lecture]

Mark Bradley: Smelling Rome

Autumn Semester 2014

30 September
NB: 5.30pm

[Classical Association/Hellenic Society lecture]
Patrick Finglass (Nottingham): Pitying Oedipus

7 October

Jerry Toner (Cambridge): Looking for popular culture in Roman oracles

14 October

[in association with the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies]
Anton Powell (Swansea): Hard power and soft history: Spartan Studies - alchemy or chemistry?

21 October

Neville Morley (Bristol): Thucydides and the modern idea of history

28 October

Joanna Paul (Open University): Time’s relentless melt: capturing Pompeii in photography and cinema

11 November

[in association with the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception]
Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh): The Horror and the pity: Phrike as a tragic emotion

18 November   Ian Repath (Swansea): Achilles Tatius and Homer: beauty, art, sex, and violence

25 November

Jeremy Armstrong (Auckland): Warfare, coinage, and the creation of empire in the Middle Roman Republic

2 December

Lucy Audley-Miller (Oxford): Peopling the provinces: the faces of Roman Syria

9 December

Penelope Goodman (Leeds): Commemorating Augustus beyond Italy: the 1938 bimillennium as an international phenomenon

Spring Semester 2014
4  February  David Konstan (NYU): Beauty in ancient Greek
11 February

 [in association with the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies]

Helen Roche (Cambridge): "Wanderer, kommst du nach Sparta oder nach Stalingrad?" Spartan ideals of self-sacrifice and German military propaganda

18 February Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (King’s College London): The serpent's bite: ideas of diabolical heresy in late antiquity
25 February Rebecca Langlands (Exeter): Roman heroes and military ethics in Roman exempla
4 March

[in association with the Institute for the Study of Slavery]

Niall McKeown: Interpretations of Homeric slavery

11 March

Barbara Burrell (Cincinnati): The promontory palace at Caesarea Maritima, Israel

Holt Parker (Cincinnati): The ancient medical writer Metrodora

18 March

Amy Russell (Durham): The Augustan senate and the Ara Pacis

25 March
NB: 5.30pm start
[in association with the Nottingham Branch of the Classical Association]

Charlotte Roueché (KCL): Classics without frontiers: antiquity in the twenty first century
1 April

Nick Wilshere: "Scary-eyed Athena" and "rustic Alexander": Homer, Lucian, and the Judgement of Paris

John Bloxham: Witch Hunter or Witch? A McCarthyite Socrates in the 1950s

8 April [in association with the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception]

Fiona Macintosh (Oxford): Sophoclean Shakespeare: Rediscovering Greek tragedy in the nineteenth century

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