CAV Events



Public Lecture

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

Natalie Haynes, English writer and broadcaster

Natalie Haynes is a British writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian, well known for her best-selling Ancient Guide to the Classics. She is currently working on her new novel, A Thousand Ships, the Trojan war told from the perspectives of all/most of the women involved. More details of the topic of her public lecture will be announced closer to the date.


AAIA (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens) Visiting Professor

Wednesday 4 September, 7:00
Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne

Professor Clemente Marconi, New York University

Clemente Marconi is the James R. McCredie Professor in the History of Greek Art and Archaeology at New York University.  He is the author of Temple Decoration and Cultural Identity in the Archaic Greek World: The Metopes of Selinus (Cambridge 2007), and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture (2014).  Details of the topic of his public lecture will be announced closer to the date.


H. Allen Memorial Lecture

Annual General Meeting and Public Lecture

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

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.


Past Events


Low Literary Laughter and Latin Comedy in Fragments

Public lecture: Thursday 11 April, 6:00
Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne

Professor Costas Panayotakis, University of Glasgow

Literary Roman drama was much more than the well-known and imaginative comedies of Plautus and Terence, which were based on Greek original comedies and which influenced the themes and the repertory of later playwrights such as Shakespeare and Molière. In his talk Professor Panayotakis will focus on the literary versions of the little-known but equally celebrated forms of popular theatrical Latin drama referred to as mime and Atellane comedy, which have come down to us only in fragments. A brief study of their irreverent stage-topics, their social and political satire, their uncouth neologisms, and their adult and often obscene verbal and visual humour may explain their low place in the canon of Latin literature and their marginalised status as cultural products. None the less, Professor Panayotakis will argue that their low literary reputation was inaccurate and that it formed part of a conscious attempt to maintain the established literary standards and to minimise the power that these plays had in shaping public opinion about contemporary public figures and sensitive social topics.

Professor Costas Panayotakis’ research is on the Latin novel, especially Petronius’ Satyrica, and on Roman drama, in particular the popular low forms of Roman theatrical entertainment (mime and Atellane comedy), the scripts of which have come down to us only in fragments. Author of Theatrum Arbitri: Theatrical Elements in the Satyrica of Petronius (Leiden, 1995), Decimus Laberius: The Fragments (Cambridge, 2010), and of annotated translations (into Modern Greek) of three plays of Plautus and Terence, he is currently preparing new critical editions (with facing translation and commentary) of the fragments of Atellane comedy, the moral maxims associated with the mimographer Publilius, and Petronius’ ‘Dinner at Trimalchio’s’.

This lecture is sponsored by the Classical Association of Victoria. The lecture is free but please register your attendance.


CAV Conference 2019

The 2019 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 Tuesday 12 March.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Tim Parkin: Living and Dying in the Roman World.

Other sessions include:

Aeschylus’ Agamemnon
The Altar of Pergamon
Mythical Narratives
Aeneid XII
New approaches to reporting on Latin
Examiners’ reports for Latin and Classical Studies
Keep up with the latest developments in Classics
Network with colleagues from a range of schools

For full details, programme and registration download the flyer.