W. H. Allen Memorial Lecture: In Their Own Words: Questions Asked by Slaves at the Oracle of Dodona

Wednesday 23 October; reception 4:30; AGM 5:05; lecture 5:20
Kaye Scott Room, Ormond College, 49 College Crescent, Parkville

Dr Emily Hulme Kozey, Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy, Ormond College

During the fourth century BCE, hundreds of tablets were deposited at the Oracle of Dodona in Northern Greece recording the questions asked by people from all walks of life: embassies from the famously civil war plagued Corcyra; individuals asking about their job, children, or marriage; and even the most marginalised group, enslaved men and women, asking about their future prospects for freedom. In this talk, I will discuss my current work on the tablets documenting the questions asked by slaves, focusing in particular on the terminology of slavery in these texts.

Dr Emily Hulme Kozey joined Ormond college in March 2019 as the Seymour Reader. She completed her PhD at Princeton University in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Philosophy, with a dissertation on Plato’s use of techne to differentiate his own philosophy from the practices of his educational rivals, the sophists, as well as his philosophical rivals, the Presocratic natural philosophers. In addition to teaching at Ormond, Emily teaches Greek Philosophy and intermediate Ancient Greek at the University of Melbourne.

The Allen Memorial Lecture will include the CAV’s Annual General Meeting and the presentation of the Alexander Leeper Prize (for 4th year Honours in Classics) and the CAV Undergraduate Essay Prize.

Rape in the Latin Declamationes

A paper by Caroline Chong, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 7 October in Old Arts 107 (William Macmahon Ball Theatre).

This talk will analyse the rape narratives in the Latin declamations. In particular, it will examine how rape victims, both male and female, are depicted, and the similarities and differences these depictions have with modern representations of rape survivors, contemporary rape myths, and acts of victim blaming. It will also investigate how the underlying discourses contained within the rape declamations tend to focus on the future socio-cultural and gender roles that the (male) student-declaimer will undertake, that of pater and paterfamilias.

Image: “Cicero Denounces Cataline” by Cesare Maccari

Beyond the Walls of Troy: Unlocking the Stories of the Trojan War’s Women

Public lecture: Thursday 8 August, 6:45, preceded by a catered reception
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne

Natalie Haynes, English writer and broadcaster

What if the real drama of the Trojan war was happening inside its walls and not outside on its battlefield? 

Having studied Classics at Cambridge, Natalie Haynes spent 12 years as a stand-up comedian, before returning to her first love with her book, ‘The Ancient Guide to Modern Life’. To coincide with her latest novel, ‘A Thousand Ships’ (published in May 2019), she will take audiences on a tour around the Trojan War — the greatest conflict in ancient literature, perhaps in literature full-stop. From the causes of the war (divine displeasure) to its complex aftermath, this talk encompasses some of the greatest poetry ever written: ‘The Iliad’, ‘The Odyssey’, ‘The Oresteia’, ‘The Trojan Women’ and much more. The stories of the women whose lives the war affected have been largely untold, from the Amazon warrior, Penthesilea, to the priestess who saw the whole thing coming, Cassandra. For so long, invisible walls have kept women on the margins of stories to which they were actually integral. In this lecture, continuing a project she began with her novel ‘The Children of Jocasta’ (2017), Natalie Haynes takes the women out of the shadows and puts them back where they belong: in the middle of the story.

Natalie Haynes is a classicist, comedian, writer and broadcaster. Her BBC Radio 4 show, ‘Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics’, is about to record its fifth series.

This lecture is part of the 2019 SHAPS ‘Walls’ Public Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by the Classical Association of Admission is free.

Seating is limited; bookings are required.  To book, go to https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/school-of-historical-and-philosophical-studies/news/details?event=12805.

CAV In-service Day 2016

The 2016 Classical Association of Victoria In-service Day for teachers will be held at Camberwell Grammar School, Mont Albert Road, Canterbury from 8:45 until 3:00 on Friday 4 March.

The keynote speaker will be Dr Gillian Shepherd from La Trobe University: The Parthenon and the Ara Pacis.

Other speakers include:
Frank Sear: Exploring Ostia Antica
Heather Sebo: The Bacchae
Tebb Kusserow: Athens
Lindsay Zoch: Aeneid VII
Frederick Vervaert: Octavian and the Fall of the Roman Republic
Marc Bonaventura: The Wasps

For full details, programme and registration download the flyer.