Past Events 2005

H.W. Allen Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, 5 October, 2005 – 8.00 pm Kaye Scott Room, Ormond College, University of Melbourne

Professor Julian Henderson, Professor of Archaeology, University of Nottingham

Of Satellites and Caliphs: an early Islamic landscape revealed’ with supper to follow in the JM Young Room next door. The Leeper award for the top honours classics student in 2004 will also be presented.

Adventures on the Silk Road: The Work of the Karakalpak-Australian Expedition

Wednesday, 5 October, 6:30pm Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne

Alison V.G. Betts, University of Sydney

The Karakalpak-Australian Expedition is a collaborative project to study ancient Chorasmia from the 7th century BC to the 1st century AD. Ancient Chorasmia lay in the delta region of the Amu-dar’ya River, the ancient Oxus, where it flows into the Aral Sea, today in modern Uzbekistan. The region was briefly part of the Achaemenid-Persian Empire but broke away in the 5th century BC to form its own rich independent culture. The talk will introduce the background to this fascinating and little-known Central Asian region and show some of the spectacular results of the excavations. Dr. Alison Betts has been working on archaeological excavations for over 30 years in the Middle East and Central Asia. She is a specialist in the archaeology of nomadic peoples and director of the University of Sydney Central Asian Programme.

The Dawn of Glassmaking: Plants, Soap & Alchemy in the Ancient Middle East

Tuesday, 18 October, 2005 – 6.30 p.m. Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne

Professor Julian Henderson, Professor of Archaeology, University of Nottingham

The magical properties that semi-precious stones were believed to have had was a leading factor in the manufacture of man’s first glass in the late 3rd millennium BC. Select materials produced blue and turquoise colours imitating lapis-lazuli and turquoise. The production methods were not mere technology: but rather a form of alchemy, a link more clearly seen when examining plant ash glass production in the Islamic period. Scientific analysis of glass, and the plants from which it was made, provides insights into how ancient glass production was organized. Julian Henderson is Professor of Archaeological Science at Nottingham University and Director of the Raqqa Ancient Industry Project. His research interests include ancient technologies in society. He has published 180 articles and 6 books. He is currently on a 2 year research leave funded by the British Academy, is Principal Fellow with AHCCA, a Macgeorge Fellow and an International Visiting Scholar.

On Not (K)no(w)ing Greek

Thursday, 27 October, 2005 – 6:30 p.m. Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A

Jane Montgomery-Griffiths, Convener of the Classical Studies Program, Monash University

In her essay ‘On Not Knowing Greek’, Virginia Woolf talked about the reader of Greek being ‘as ignorant as schoolboys’. However much we try, we cannot bridge the cultural gap between our world and that of those ancient queens and princesses of Sophocles, who stand outside hurling insults at each other like screaming fishwives. This lecture examines how that ‘cultural gap’ operates in contemporary productions of Greek tragedy, and how, in the ‘imaginary puissance’ of the theatre, the ignorance that so concerns Woolf, can, in fact, turn in to bliss – a theatrical tabula rasa where anything is possible.

Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Convener of the Classical Studies Program at Monash University, began as an actor and director, winning the Manchester Evening News Best Actress award for Sophocles’ Electra. Her performance experience led her to research performance theory and Classical philology. Jane has lectured at St John’s University, York, La Trobe University, and was the Judith E Wilson Visiting Lecturer in Drama and the Leventis Visiting Fellow in Greek Drama at Cambridge University.

Other Lectures

Tuesday, 22 March, 2005 6.30 PM
Dr Selina Stewart
University of Alberta, Canada
“Gender and Rationality in the Great Age of Archaeological Decipherment.”
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne

Tuesday, 12 April, 2005 6.30 PM
Dr Heather M Jackson
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne
“‘The Terracotta People of Jebel Khalid in Syria: the Evidence of the Figurines”

Wednesday, 25 May, 2005 6.30 PM
Dr Gocha Tsetskhladze
Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Melbourne
“Gold-Rich Colchis: Myth and Reality”
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne

Wednesday, 14 September, 2005 – 6:30 p.m. Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne
Prof. Martha Joukowsky, Professor of Archaeology at Brown University Director of the Brown University
The Great Petra Temple:Thirteen Years of Brown University Excavations

This lecture explores the three major sections of the Great Temple. The Great Temple represents one of the major archaeological and architectural components of metropolitan Petra, Jordan. It is the largest freestanding building yet excavated in the city. This 7560 sq/m precinct is comprised of a Propylaeum (monumental entryway), a Lower Temenos, and monumental east and west stairways which in turn lead to the Upper Temenos, the sacred enclosure for the Temple proper.

Other Events

General Meeting of the Classical Association of Victoria Thursday, 27 October, 2005 – 6.15 pm Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre (preceding Jane Montgomery-Griffiths’ lecture)
We are seeking nominations for President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Council Members of the CAV. Nominations should be signed by the nominator, seconder, and nominee (all being financial members of the CAV), and sent no later than one week before the General Meeting to Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard.

Euripedes’ Helen and Orestes (the Weird Plays) Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 OCTOBER, 2005, at 8pm The Guild Theatre, 1st floor Union House, University of Melbourne Tickets $12 ($8 conc) Bookings: 8344 7447 Omniprop Productions (affiliated with the Melbourne University Classics and Archaeology Student Society, MUCASS) presents these two Greek tragedies, in English translations by Don Taylor and Kenneth McLeish.

Teacher and Student Events

Saturday, 10 September – VCE Classical Societies Revision Day. Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, University of Melbourne. This day’s event will present lectures (some by Melbourne Uni academic staff) to help school students prepare for the VCE Classics test.

Tuesday, 30 August – VCE LATIN NIGHT.
University of Melbourne. This evening’s event will present lectures (some by Melbourne Uni academic staff) to help school students prepare for the VCE Latin test. Lectures begin at 6.30pm; there will be pizza in the courtyard beforehand.

Teachers’ Wing In-Service Day: an annual event for teachers of classics in Victoria’s schools.

Friday, 4 March, 2005, 9.00 AM – 3.00 PM
Melbourne Girls Grammar, 82 Anderson Street, South Yarra