- Sacrificing Iphigenia through the Ages
An international, interdisciplinary conference held on 29-30 January 2016, exploring the myth of the sacrifice of Iphigenia in various media over the centuries, from ancient art to Game of Thrones.
Keynote speaker: Edith Hall - Iphigenia and atheistic thought from Lucretius to the 21st century.
- Mike Carey (author)
- Emma Rucastle (The Rose Company)
Details and programme here. In association with the Greek Tragedy Film Season.
This three-day conference was held on 23-25 July 2012 at Lincoln Hall, University of Nottingham.
Scholars from Britain, Europe, North and South America delivered 24 papers in panels on:
- Menander and Athenian Society (unfreedom; men and women; the economy, the military and religion)
- Menander and the comic/tragic/intellectual traditions
- Menander’s reception in antiquity and modern times.
Conference programme here. The proceedings were later published under the same title, see our Publications page.
Reception within Antiquity
This colloquium, co-sponsored by the Classical Reception Studies Network, was held on 31 October 2009 at the Hemsley Staff Club, University of Nottingham.
- Pat Easterling (Cambridge): Greek Tragedy and its Transformations (keynote)
- Barbara Graziosi (Durham): The encounter between Hector and Andromache: ancient and modern receptions
- Sarah Miles (Nottingham): Comic Quotations: The Reception of Euripidean Drama in [Plato’s] Theages
- Susanna Phillippo (Newcastle): Andromache’s ‘vel umbra satis es’; Seneca (and Virgil) and the recreation of Greek tragedy
- Tim Rood (Oxford): Polybius, Thucydides and the First Punic War
- Nick Wilshere (Nottingham): Lucian’s Achilles: melancholy shade, vainglorious soldier and cross-dressing lesbian
Mars and Venus: Gender-Specific Communication in the Ancient World
This one-day conference was held on 6 December 2008 at the Arts Centre, University of Nottingham.
- Toni Badnall (Nottingham): Gendered speech in Lesbian love-lyric?
- Jennifer Coates (Roehampton): Gender myths and gendered reality: a sociolinguistic overview
- Stephen Colvin (UCL): The koiné: a common language (for men, that is)
- Luuk Huitink (Oxford): Xenophon's gallery of women: speaking women in Xenophon's works
- Helen Lovatt (Nottingham): The eloquence of Dido: speech and gender in Virgil's Aeneid
- Judith Mossman (Nottingham): ‘A man’s a man for a’ that’: male speech in Euripides; Trojan Women
- Alison Sharrock (Manchester): Further voices in Ovid's Metamorphoses
- Evert van Emde Boas (Oxford): Gender-specific communication and speaker-line attribution in tragedy: two test cases
Sophocles’ Trachiniae: Modern Perceptions and Productions
This one-day conference was held on 29 April 2006 in the Trent Building, University of Nottingham, in association with a production of the play.
- Performance panel discussion: Producing Nottingham’s 'Trachiniae'
- Vasiliki Angelaki (RHUL): Her Side of the Story: Martin Crimp’s 'Cruel and Tender'
- Felix Budelmann (OU): Representing Heracles’ Pain
- Ioanna Hadjicosti (UCL): Two Performances of the 'Trachiniai' in Greece, 1994 and 2004
- Stephanie Harrop (RHUL): Ezra Pound’s 'Women of Trachis': Modernist Translation as Performance Text
- Eleanor O’Kell (Leeds): Sophocles’ 'Trachiniae' in 2004-2005 - Luc Bondy, Martin Crimp’s 'Cruel and Tender' and Handel’s 'Hercules'
- Amanda Wrigley (APGRD/OU): Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Dianeira
The Oath in Greek Society
This three-day conference was held on 30 June-2 July 2004 at Nightingale Hall, University of Nottingham. Proceedings were later published as Horkos. The Oath in Greek Society.
Session 1 Athens: citizen and citizen (chair: Alan Sommerstein)
- Michael Gagarin: Litigants’ oaths in Athenian law
- Edwin Carawan: ‘Oaths and covenants’ and contract
- David Carter: Did a Greek oath guarantee a claim right?
Session 2 Athens: citizen and state (chair: Andrew Bayliss)
- David Mirhady: The dikast’s oath
- Leah Johnson: The oath of the Athenian boule and the fifth-century coinage decree
- Julia Shear: The oath and law of Demophantos and Athenian identity
Session 3 Poleis (chair: Michael Gagarin)
- Tarik Wareh: The Great Oath of Syracuse as a hierophantic performance
- Serena Connolly: The Greek oath in the Roman world
Session 4 How binding? (chair: Stephen Hodkinson)
- Sarah Bolmarcich: Oaths in Greek international relations
- Alan Sommerstein: Cloudy swearing – when is an oath not an oath?
- Manfred Horstmanshoff: The promise of silence in the Hippocratic oath
Session 5 Athletes (chair: Isabelle Torrance)
- Bonnie MacLachlan: Epinician swearing
- Jonathan Perry: Oath-taking, cheating and women in Greek athletics
Session 6 Intercultural (chair: Bonnie MacLachlan)
- Evangelia Anagnostou-Laoutides: A Hellenistic oath: a Near Eastern spell?
- Myrto Gkarani: Cosmological oaths: Empedocles and Lucretius
Session 7 Erinyes, oaths and curses (chair: Judith Mossman)
- Mary Bachvarova: Oath and allusion in Alcaeus 129
- Judith Fletcher: The oath theme in the Oresteia
Session 8 Tragedy (chair: Judith Fletcher)
- Vassiliki Kambourelli: Reported oaths in Sophokles’ Philoktetes
- Arlene Allan: The broken oath in Euripides’ Medeia
Closing remarks (Alan Sommerstein)
Playing around Aristophanes
This one-day conference was held on 14 May 2003 to celebrate the completion of Alan Sommerstein’s Aris & Phillips edition of the comedies of Aristophanes, in the Arts Centre, University of Nottingham. The proceedings were later published under the same title.
Fragments of Sophocles
This three-day international conference was held on 17-19 July 2000 at Nightingale Hall, University of Nottingham. The proceedings were later published as Shards from Kolonos, 2003.
- André Lardinois: Fractional wisdom: Traces of the adviser figure in Sophocles’ fragments
- Elizabeth Craik: Medical language in the Sophoclean fragments
- Katerina Zacharia: Sophocles and the West; The evidence of the fragments
- David Fitzpatrick: Sophocles’ 'Aias Lokros'
- Arlene Allan: Cattle-stealing satyrs in Sophocles’ 'Inachos'
- Francesco De Martino: Sofocle elegiaco e melico
- Antonio López Eire: Tragedy and satyr-drama; linguistic criteria
- Jordi Redondo Sánchez: Satyric diction in the extant Sophoclean fragments; a reconsideration
- Alan Sommerstein: The anger of Achilles, mark one: Sophocles’ 'Syndeipnoi'
- Ralph Rosen: Revisiting Sophocles’ 'Poimenes'; tragedy or satyr-play?
- Amy Clark: Tyro’s lovely hair
- Glenn Moodie: Sophocles’ 'Tyro' and late Euripidean tragedy
- Jennifer March: Sophocles’ 'Tereus' and Euripides’ 'Medea'
- Dan Curley: Ovid’s 'Tereus': theater and metatheater
- Eleanor Okell: The "effeminacy" of the clever speaker and the "impotency" jokes of 'Ichneutai'
- Russell Shone and Chloe Productions
- Fragments in Performance: Trackers and other lost plays
- Carolin Hahnemann: Sophocles’ 'Aigeus'
- Sophie Mills: The 'Aegeus' and 'Phaedra' of Sophocles
- Thomas Talboy: A tell-tale tail: Sophocles’ 'Phaidra', fr 687 and 687a