Horizons of Community: Exclusivity and Inclusivity in Ancient Greece and Early China
Thursday 22 November 9:30-5:00
Friday 23 November 9:00-12:30
Lecture Theatre 553 (Discursive Space) North Wing, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville
Sponsored by the Classical Association of Victoria, and the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
It has been fashionable in contemporary global discourse to speak of the possible displacement of the democratic ‘West’ with authoritarian China as the principal, hegemonic, world power. This workshop will question the assumed binary of two exclusive, stable and unitary sets of social and political values, one East Asian (Chinese) and the other, ‘Western’ and liberal, by providing interdisciplinary and comparative interpretations of ancient Greco-Roman and ancient Chinese literature.
This approach will allow us to understand the motivations for and justifications used to include and exclude different groups on the basis of political orientation, culture/social values and ethnicity in ancient Greek and Chinese communities. Each tradition had particular methods of delimiting who was included in the dominant group or community, and it is only by identifying the underlying reasons for those boundaries that it is possible to deconstruct the current prevalent binary rhetoric in Chinese and western social and political discourse.
Speakers include Tim Parkin, K.O. Chong-Gossard, Hyun Jin Kim, and Aleks Michalewicz (University of Melbourne) and speakers from Fudan University (China), University of Chicago, University of New South Wales and University of Sydney.
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Re-Orienting Ancient Near-Eastern Studies: An Event in Honour of Emeritus Professor Tony Sagona
Saturday, 27 October, 2018
Symposium: 10:00-5:30, Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne
Reception: 6:00-8:00, The Atrium, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne
An emerging shift in the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies has seen a change of geographical emphasis away from more traditional areas of study to places that were previously misinterpreted as less significant peripheries. In this context, Tony Sagona’s early and enduring focus on Eastern Turkey and the Southern Caucasus now seems especially prescient. This event is a celebration of Tony’s outstanding career and of his legacy, which is reflected in University of Melbourne’s continuing work on the frontiers of his discipline.
Speakers include Classical Association of Victoria council member, Dr Hyun Jin Kim (University of Melbourne); Prof Marcella Frangipane, Sapienza University of Rome; Prof Barbara Helwing, University of Sydney; Prof Christopher Mackie, La Trobe University; Dr Catherine Longford, University of Sheffield; A/Prof Andrew Jamieson & Dr Claudia Sagona, University of Melbourne.
To register, go to www.alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/TSagona.
W. H. Allen Memorial Lecture: The Emperor Enters the Bedroom: Reproduction and Roman Law
Monday, 15 October; reception 4:45; AGM 5:10; lecture 5:15
Venue: Kaye Scott Room, Ormond College, 49 College Crescent, Parkville
Professor Tim Parkin, Tatoulis Chair in Classics, The University of Melbourne
The morality (or otherwise) of prominent politicians is frequently a subject of media and general public interest, here in Australia as elsewhere. On the other hand, when politicians tell us how to behave, we tend to be unimpressed or indignant, especially when we feel that our private domains are being invaded. Yet many states have attempted – and continue to attempt – to control how many children their citizens produce, whether through demographic, economic or idealistic motives. In this talk I shall explore the case of imperial Rome in this context: how and why did the Roman emperor Augustus legislate to make people marry and have children? Did he succeed? And can we learn from this example?
Professor Tim Parkin joined the University of Melbourne in 2018 as the inaugural Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair in Classics. Before this he had spent over eleven years in England as the Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester. He is a New Zealander by birth who was awarded a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and who, since 1989, has worked in universities in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as spending over a year in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. Tim’s teaching covers both ancient history and classical languages.
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 new CAV Undergraduate Essay Prize.
Monarch by Universal Consent: Revisiting Augustus’ Alternative Truth
Public lecture: Tuesday, 2 October, 6:00
Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Frederik Vervaet, The University of Melbourne
In April 44 BCE, barely two months after the Ides of March, the young C. Octavius (born 63 BCE) arrived in Italy to claim the political inheritance of his adoptive father, the slain dictator Julius Caesar. Some fourteen years later, his final victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra in Egypt in the summer of 30 BCE paved the way for almost 45 years of undisputed mastery over the entire Roman world. This lecture endeavours to reappraise the momentous career of the man who would be known as Imperator Caesar Augustus from January 27 and is widely considered as Rome’s first Emperor. The chosen approach will be to confront the ‘alternative facts’ of his ‘post-truth’ retrospective in his Res Gestae, the official record of achievements he divulged in 13 CE, one year before his death, with the extant historical sources. This exercise will reveal his breathtaking distortions of the truth and offer valuable insights into authoritarian statecraft and mass communication.
Associate Professor Frederik Vervaet is a member of the Council of the Classical Association of Victoria. He received his PhD from Ghent University, Flanders, and is an expert in Roman political and socio-institutional history and Roman public law. Before coming to Melbourne in 2007 he was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Wolfson College, Oxford and the Belgian Historical Institute at Rome. He authored a substantial monograph on The High Command in the Roman Republic (Stuttgart 2014, termed “magisterial” in The Classical Review and was awarded with the 2017 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences). Associate Professor Vervaet spent the northern spring of 2018 as a member at Princeton’s renowned Institute for Advanced Study to pursue further study into Augustan statecraft.
Frederik Vervaet is Associate Professor in Ancient History at the University of Melbourne, where he specializes in Roman socio-institutional and political history, and Roman public law. He was awarded the Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences his 2014 book, The High Command in the Roman Republic: The Principle of the summum imperium auspiciumque from 509 to 19 BCE. Most recently he was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study.
This lecture is part of the “Truth” Lecture series run by the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS). The lecture is free but please register your attendance at http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/FVervaet.
Homer and the Archaeology of Crete – AAIA Visiting Professor
Public lecture: Wednesday, 5 September, 7:00
Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Building – Theatre A, The University of Melbourne
Assistant Professor Antonis Kotsonas, University of Cincinnati, AAIA Visiting Professor
The relationship between the Homeric epics and archaeology has been approached through the lens of Homeric archaeology, which involved matching the epics with the archaeological record and identifying realia of Homer’s heroes. However, a range of new approaches have recently revolutionized the field. Drawing from these approaches, Professor Kotsonas offers a regional and diachronic analysis of Homeric stories about Crete, an assessment of the reception of these stories by the island’s inhabitants throughout antiquity, and an account of their impact on Medieval to modern literature and art. He finds that Cretan interest in Homer peaks in the Hellenistic period, but also argues for the much earlier familiarity of some Cretans with stories that underlie the Homeric epics. This argument relies on an analysis of the archaeological assemblage of a Knossian tomb of the 11th century BCE, which included a range of arms that is exceptional for both Aegean archaeology and the Homeric epics. In the epics, this equipment is carried only by the Knossian hero Meriones, whose poetic persona can be traced back to the Late Bronze Age on philological and linguistic grounds. Based on this, and on current understandings of performance at death, Professor Kotsonas argues that the Knossian burial assemblage was staged to reference the persona of Meriones, therefore suggesting the familiarity of some Cretans with early poetry that eventually filtered into the Homeric epics.
Antonis Kotsonas is Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in the material culture, socio-cultural and economic history of the Early Iron Age and the Archaic period in Greece and the Mediterranean. His research interests extend, however, from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman period. He has conducted fieldwork and finds research on Crete, and in the Cyclades, Euboea and Macedonia; and comparative studies across the Aegean, and from Italy to Cyprus, engaging problems in state formation, trade and interaction, identity and commensality, memory, and the history of archaeology. Before taking up his post at the University of Cincinnati, Kotsonas worked at King’s College London, the University of Crete, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Edinburgh. He has also served as a Curator of Greek Archaeology at the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Classical Association of Victoria, The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA), and the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS).
Although this public event is free, please register your attendance.
Let Me Stop Here: A Classical Journey into the 21st Century
Public lecture: Thursday, 16 August, 6:45
Venue: Forum Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne
Professor Tim Parkin, the Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair in Classics, The University of Melbourne
Professor Parkin makes a case for why Classics matters in the twenty-first century and why it will continue to be vital in the future, both in Melbourne and around the world. As both a classicist and a social historian of the ancient world, Professor Parkin’s research has focused primarily on the lives of ‘ordinary people’, with a tendency to move back over the life course: from old age to childhood, birth and conception. In this lecture he explores not only aspects of this research and teaching in social history, ancient languages, law, medicine and demography, but also his personal odyssey through the ancient world and back to Australasia, which he considers his true home.
Professor Tim Parkin joined the University of Melbourne in 2018 as the inaugural Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair in Classics. Before this he had spent over eleven years in England as the Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester. He is a New Zealander by birth who was awarded a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and who, since 1989, has worked in universities in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom, as well as spending over a year in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. Tim’s teaching covers both ancient history and classical languages.
Although not specifically sponsored by the CAV, this public event is free. Please register your attendance.
Worlds in Disarray: Globalization, Piracy, and Populism in Prehistory and the Present
Public lecture: Monday, 21 May, 7:00 (reception with food begins at 6:30 in Arts West Atrium)
Venue: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Lecture Theatre, Arts West B101, The University of Melbourne
Professor Louise Hitchcock, The University of Melbourne
This lecture examines the relationship between social and technological acceleration, class conflict, natural disaster, and systems collapse in the ancient Mediterranean and in modern western society through an examination of globalization, populism and piracy.
Louise Hitchcock is Professor of Aegean Archaeology at the University of Melbourne. She is also a former member of the council of the Classical Association of Victoria. A UCLA graduate, Professor Hitchcock has extensive archaeological experience in the east Mediterranean, including time as Parsons Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; a senior Fulbright Fellow at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Cyprus; as an USAID Fellow; a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow; the Visiting Annual Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; a visiting researcher at the Institute of Advanced Study at Hebrew University, Jerusalem and undertakes excavation work in Israel, Egypt, Syria, Crete, and California.
Although not specifically sponsored by the CAV, this public event is free. Please register your attendance.