CAV Events

2018 Events

Forthcoming

 

Exclusivity and Inclusivity in Ancient Greece and China

Thursday-Friday, 22-23 November

A Mini-conference at the University of Melbourne, Classics & Archaeology Discipline (convened by Dr Hyun Jin Kim)

Keynote addresses and public lectures to be announced.

 

W. H. Allen Memorial Lecture: Title and abstract to be announced

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

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.

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

 

Propaganda & Truth

Public lecture: Tuesday, 2 October, 7:00
Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Frederik Vervaet, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: to be announced

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.

Although not specifically sponsored by the CAV, this public event is free. This lecture is part of the “Truth” Public Lecture Series offered by the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS).

 

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 not specifically sponsored by the CAV, this public event is free.  Please register your attendance.

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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.

 

Past Events

 

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.

 

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