CADRECentre for Ancient Drama and its Reception


The Centre places great importance on communicating its expertise in the subject to the interested general public.

Members organise a variety of events and take part in a range of public engagement activities.

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Research seminars in the Department of Classics and Archaeology

Public engagement
One of the silhouettes for Homer's Iliad created by the British classicistic sculptor John Flaxman in 1793

Past conferences

  • 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.

Creative practitioners:

  • Mike Carey (author)
  • Emma Rucastle (The Rose Company)

Details and programme here. In association with the  Greek Tragedy Film Season.

  • Menander in Contexts

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.

Conference programme

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.

Conference programme

Session 1

  • 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

Session 2

  • David Fitzpatrick: Sophocles’ 'Aias Lokros'
  • Arlene Allan: Cattle-stealing satyrs in Sophocles’ 'Inachos'

Session 3

  • 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

Session 4

  • Alan Sommerstein: The anger of Achilles, mark one: Sophocles’ 'Syndeipnoi'
  • Ralph Rosen: Revisiting Sophocles’ 'Poimenes'; tragedy or satyr-play?

Session 5

  • Amy Clark: Tyro’s lovely hair
  • Glenn Moodie: Sophocles’ 'Tyro' and late Euripidean tragedy

Session 6

  • 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

Session 7

  • Carolin Hahnemann: Sophocles’ 'Aigeus'
  • Sophie Mills: The 'Aegeus' and 'Phaedra' of Sophocles
  • Thomas Talboy: A tell-tale tail: Sophocles’ 'Phaidra', fr 687 and 687a


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Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception

Department of Classics and Archaeology
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 4800
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email: Naomi Scott, CADRE Director