Other Events of Interest

Hellenic Museum Summer School (January 2018)

Spend a week this summer at Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum, learning about the fascinating and thought-provoking world of the ancient Greeks. The Hellenic Museum Summer School offers a series of informative, relaxed and entertaining short courses over one week in January. The courses are taught by Dr Christopher Gribbin (who previously ran the University of Melbourne’s Classics Summer School) and cover:

– Socrates: His Life and Times
– Love and Relationships in Ancient Greece
– Understanding Greek Theatre Like an Ancient Greek
– An Introduction to Classical Mythology
Classes run from 8-12 January 2018. Anyone is welcome!
For more details, go to www.hellenic.org.au/summer-school

 

The Invention of Sin

Professor David Konstan

Public Lecture
Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:15
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, The University of Melbourne

What if English lacked the word “sin,” with its religious connotations and Judeo-Christian heritage, and had only words like “fault,” “error,” “crime” and the like? For this is the precisely case with the ancient Greek word ‘hamartia’ – a perfectly common term meaning “fault” (as in Aristotle’s famous “tragic flaw”), but which, when it appears in English translations of the Bible, is almost invariably rendered as “sin.” Is there something in the Biblical context that justifies the use of a special word in English? How do we know that ‘hamartia’ should be translated differently in pagan and Judeo-Christian contexts? In his talk, David Konstan addresses the question of when, how, and whether error and wrongdoing acquired the specific sense that we associate with the word “sin.”

David Konstan is Professor of Classics at New York University. Among his publications are Greek Comedy and Ideology (Oxford, 1995); Friendship in the Classical World (Cambridge, 1997); Pity Transformed (London, 2001); The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks: Studies in Aristotle and Classical Literature (Toronto, 2006); “A Life Worthy of the Gods”: The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus (Las Vegas, 2008); Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea (Cambridge, 2010); and Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea (Oxford, 2014). He is a past president of the American Philological Association (now the Society for Classical Studies), and a vice president of the Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome & the Classical Tradition. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

This lecture is part of the public lecture program of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) at the University of Melbourne.

To register your attendance at this free public lecture, go to http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/KonstanSin

For further information please contact Emily Forster: forster.e@unimelb.edu.au.

 

Living the Dream: 27 Years of Fieldwork in the Egyptian Sahara

Gillian Bowen

Public Lecture
Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:30-7:45
Forum Theatre, Arts West 153 North Wing, The University of Melbourne

This is a story of living the dream; achieving what I once considered impossible. By telling my story, I hope to inspire not only young academics, but also students of all ages, particularly those who feel disillusioned and that a fulfilling career is out of reach. From an early age I was fascinated by the ancient world and dreamed of working in that field. In 1980, thanks to Whitlam’s free access to higher education, I joined numerous other mature-age students and began to study Ancient History at Monash University. Following my Honours year, a fortuitous meeting with Colin Hope and a subsequent invitation to join his archaeological team in Egypt’s Dakhleh Oasis, led to the fulfilment of a life-long passion: excavating in Egypt. It also provided me with an ideal PhD topic. In this talk I look at the highlights of my research in Dakhleh Oasis, which focuses upon the early Christian monuments of the region.It includes an introduction to the ancient village of Kellis which was abandoned at the end of the 4th century and preserves some of the earliest surviving churches as well as a wealth of evidence of everyday life. I will also look at our interaction with the local communities and the men we rely on to undertake the hard excavation work.

Gillian is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash University. Her areas of research specialisation are Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, and early Christianity. Each year she undertakes archaeological field work at the site of Ismant el- Kharab, ancient Kellis, in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, where she focuses upon the early Christian monuments. She is also the numismatist for the Dakhleh Oasis Project.

To register visit: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/Bowen

For further information please contact Emily Forster: forstere@unimelb.edu.au

This lecture is co-hosted by the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS) Melbourne Chapter. This lecture is also part of the public lecture program of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) at the University of Melbourne.

 

The Interpretation and Excavation of Iron Age Israel: A Brief Discussion of the Impacts and Effects of the Biblical Narrative on Modern Archaeological Practice

A paper by Connor Trouw, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 16 October in Theatre C, Old Arts.

For several decades the issue of interpretation has been at the forefront of archaeological discourse, with many academics now accepting that material evidence cannot be seen as passively awaiting classification, but rather having an agency and voice all its own.  From this perspective, the 19th-century notion of grand campaigns undertaken to uncover proof of mythical kings and conquests has been replaced by a need to view these legends within the context of a past reality, with modern excavations helping scholars better understand contemporary written sources rather than the other way around.  Unfortunately, this is not a view that is universally applied, particularly when the written sources are religious in nature.  The focus of this lecture will be a discussion of one such instance, that being Iron Age archaeology in Israel, an area of research that continues to cause debate amongst academics worldwide.  Essentially, by examining two opposing methodological approaches, one secular, the other non-secular, it is the aim of this talk to highlight the need for archaeologists to approach material evidence with an open mind and accept that they inevitably apply prejudices to any conclusions they may reach.  In addition, this lecture will also discuss why Biblical Archaeology as a field of research has regained momentum in recent years, the effects such an approach has upon public perceptions of Israeli archaeology and the impact such an approach has had upon research within the wider Levantine region.

Persistence and Existence: The Survival of Assyria and Assyrian Identity Beyond 612 BC

A paper by Nicholas Al-Jeloo, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 9 October in Theatre C, Old Arts.

Whereas traditional scholarly consensus has come to rule out the persistence of Assyrian identity beyond the fall of their empire in 609 BC, evidence suggesting the contrary has been surfacing in the last two decades, gaining popularity among researchers. Depictions in reliefs of people identified as Assyrians, as well as textual mentions of a satrapy of Assyria, are found throughout the Achaemenid period in both Persian and Greek sources. This continues through the Hellenistic period and, by the Parthian period, we begin to observe the emergence of client kingdoms where the ancient Mesopotamian gods including Ashur, the head of the Assyrian pantheon, are still worshipped. With the ascendance of Christianity in Mesopotamia during Sassanian rule, there are a number of shifts which occur in regards to the Assyrian identity. This paper will briefly discuss the evidence for a survival of Assyrian identity in the textual and archaeological record leading to the late antique period, as well as the shifting of this identity to Syriac Christianity, as also illustrated in contemporaneous Syriac texts. It will also deal with the survival of an Assyrian territorial identity, both within the context of a Syriac Christian archdiocese, as well as that of the provincial administration of the Sassanian Empire. Significantly, the paper will draw upon evidence from a variety of late antique and early Islamic sources that support a continued sense of Assyrian cultural and territorial identity among inhabitants of northern Mesopotamia, thereby contributing to scholarship supportive of notions of Assyrian survival and continuity.

Tacitus‘ Wonders

Conference at Victoria University of Wellington, 27-29 August 2018.

First call for papers.

Readers have been attracted to the remarkable and wondrous, the admirable and the uncanny in Tacitus. But in order to appreciate what is mirum or novum, we also need to understand the apparently mundane material between the monstra. Tacitus famously derides the praises of new public buildings as a topic more worthy of the daily gazette than illustres annales (A. 13.31.1); his own criteria for selection, however, and his own judgments on what is worthy of note, have often differed in interesting ways from the preoccupations of his readers.

Abstracts (250 words) are invited on the topic of Tacitus’ wonders.

Submissions on comparative material are very much welcome.

Reflection is invited on the consequences of different methods of dividing or reconciling historical events and historiographical representation, e.g. Woodman (1993), O’Gorman (2001), Haynes (2003), and Sailor (2008). In preparing abstracts, it will be helpful to consider the challenge extended by Dench (in Feldherr, 2009), the ‘awkward question’ of whether the much admired Tacitean text ‘represents anything other than itself’. Papers treating the Classical tradition, reception and history of scholarship are welcome.

Please send abstracts to James McNamara at Victoria University of Wellington (james.mcnamara@vuw.ac.nz) by Friday 26 January 2018.

Prof. Arthur Pomeroy
Dr. James McNamara

Classics Programme
School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

 

Separating the Sheep from the Goats: Animals in Human Communities from the Roman Empire to the Early Middle Ages

A paper by Tamara Lewit, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 2 October in Theatre C, Old Arts.

Animals have received little attention in the mainstream historiography of the Roman Empire and the Early Middle Ages. Yet animals were fundamental to these (as to other) human societies, forming an essential part of the complex human interactions with the environment through farming, exploitation of uncultivated areas, industries and trade, allocation of resources, symbolism and material culture. This paper will focus on some recent findings of archaeozoology which can inform our understanding of the vital roles which animals played in the Roman Empire and the Early Middle Ages. Particular attention will be paid to the processes of change and transition between these two periods.

The Fate of the Column of Antoninus Pius

A paper by Ron Ridley, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 18 September in Theatre C, Old Arts.

This is a story of total incompetence which resulted in a tragedy. The column of this famous emperor was fully uncovered in 1703 – but it was then destroyed, so that only the pedestal remains, in the Vatican Museum, where it is hard to see! This is the best documented ‘excavation’ in centuries, but the standard references cannot get a single thing right.

“The Gwich’in Boy in The Moon”: The Arctic, Anthropology, Babylon and Australia

A paper by Wayne Horowitz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for the Ancient World Seminar at 4:00 on Monday 11 September in the North Theatre, Old Arts.

Primigenia of Nuceria: Prostitute or Patroness?

A paper by Virginia Campbell, Oxford University, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 4 September in Theatre C, Old Arts.

Echoing the verse of Ovid, a graffito found on a wall in Pompeii greets Primigenia of Nuceria, wishing to bestow kisses on her via the seal of a ring. This, and other texts scattered about the city, have led to speculation amongst historians about who Primigenia was, and what kind of woman. Both sides – those who think her a whore and those who think her a lady – are guilty of mis-interpreting and overestimating the evidence. This paper is an attempt to set the record straight, taking a more holistic approach to the graffiti, the difficulties that lie therein with attributions, and the issues of urban topography that have turned a street address into a brothel.

Alesia: The Climax of Julius Caesar’s Campaigns in Gaul

A paper by Peter Mountford, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 28 August in Theatre C, Old Arts.

A pilgrimage to the site of Alesia in June 2016 gave me a much better understanding of the topography of the site of the famous siege and battle fought in 52 BC which were to bring an end to Gallic resistance.  The visit brought even greater admiration for Caesar’s achievements.  The excellent museum, opened in 2012, also helped my understanding of the phases of the siege and battle.  This lecture, illustrated with pictures of the museum, of Alesia itself and the surrounding area, accounts for Caesar’s success and the Gallic failure.

 

Black Out: Classicising First Nation Peoples in Australia and New Zealand

A paper by Marguerite Johnson, University of Newcastle, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 21 August in Theatre C, Old Arts.

The colonization of both New Zealand and Australia in the 1800s was recorded in numerous publications based on the original journals of explorers, naval captains and crew members. Written details of the voyages, the explorations of the lands of New Zealand and Australia, and the processes of colonization were accompanied by illustrations of flora, fauna and maps, as well as descriptions of Aboriginal and Maori peoples recorded in the fieldnotes of scientists and natural history artists who were also members of the crew. These volumes were immensely popular and catered to the British and European fascination with so-called recently ‘discovered’ lands and peoples.

This presentation examines the illustrations in one major publication and two artists’ field illustrations with a methodological eye to Classical Reception Studies; namely, the representations of First Nations people with recourse to ancient Mediterranean sculpture. This use of Classicism is evident in two engravings from the monograph of John Hunter (1737-1821) published in 1793; the watercolour, ‘A Native Wounded while asleep’ (c. 1788-1797) by the ‘Port Jackson Painter’, which occupies the main discussion; and a pen and wash, ‘New Zealand War Canoe bidding defiance to the Ship’ (1770) by Sydney Parkinson (c. 1745-1771).

This trend for Classicism that marked much of the literature, philosophy and art of the Enlightenment produced what I term the ‘Black Out’ of indigeneity and cultural authenticity in the formal accounts of colonization. Elsewhere(Johnson 2014), I have discussed the employment of Neo-Classicism in colonial accounts of Australian Aboriginals, including the motivations behind its function as a narrative device, as well responses to it, and the implications for both contemporary and post-colonial audiences. In this presentation, I wish to emphasize an absence of indigeneity and cultural authenticity – a ‘black out’ – which resulted from colonial mimesis in the form of Classicism that rendered Maori and Aboriginal bodies as antiquities in the established Mediterranean style. This Classicizing of indigenous bodies show First Nations people of the Pacific as imagined, anonymous bodies – hybrids – related to but ultimately different from the body as a site of racial difference, and ultimately part of the confused and competing nascent theories of race during the Eighteenth Century.

Reference: Johnson, M. (2014), ‘Indigeneity and Classical Reception in The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay’, Classical Receptions Journal 6 (3): 402–25.

 

The Protection of Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Sites in Conflict Zones: The Case for Iraq

A paper by Andrea Argiridis, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 14 August in Theatre C, Old Arts.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has operated in many theatres of operation, especially in the Middle East. The historical and archaeological wealth of tribal nations, such as Iraq, cannot be disputed and it is extremely distressing to have witnessed the horrible impacts of war upon these ancient lands, with not only the loss of human life, but also the destruction of cultural and archaeological heritage. This presentation will explore a number of key issues pertaining to the protection of cultural heritage and archaeological sites in conflict zones and how best the ADF can protect such heritage during armed conflict. This is a topic that is particularly relevant for current and future operational practices for deployed forces. This presentation will be presented not just from the perspective of an archaeology major completing a PhD, but it is also from a military officer who has had three tours of duty to the Middle East.

The Survey of the Mycenaean Sites of Vapheio-Palaiopyrgi

A paper by Louise Hitchcock, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 7 August in Theatre C, Old Arts.

In 2016-2017, the Vapheio-Palaiopyrgi Survey Project, under the auspices of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and in collaboration with the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of Lakonia, the University of Melbourne, Brevard College and the University of the Peloponnese, initiated a scientific survey of the sites of Vapheio-Palaiopyrgi.  These sites include the Vapheio Tholos, one of the earliest and richest tholos tombs and Palaiopyrgi, one of the largest unexcavated Mycenaean sites in the Peloponnese and a recently discovered conglomerate quarry, which is situated between them.  Moreover, Palaiopyrgi belongs to a network of intervisible sites in the Eurotas River Valley including the “Menalaion,” Amyklai, Ayios Vassileios and Vouno Panayias.  Over the course of two seasons, the team engaged in a broad complement of both traditional and modern analytical techniques for the study of the landscape and its surface finds and features.  The initial results are promising with implications for the study of regional network in the Eurotas River Valley in the prehistoric and later eras.  This paper presents the preliminary results of our research in its spatial and chronological contexts, prior to our study season to be held in 2018.  Of particular significance are the diagnostic sherds and finds from the EH through LH III and the Byzantine periods and the ninety-six surface features that were recorded.

Excavations at Ancient Eleon, Boeotia, Greece

A paper by Stavroula Nikoloudis for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 31 July in Theatre C, Old Arts.

The excavation of the site of ancient Eleon by the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project (EBAP) is a collaborative venture between the Canadian Institute in Greece and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia. Following an intensive surface survey (2007-2009), excavation of the site identified as ancient Eleon commenced in 2011.

To date, the site has yielded impressive remains of the late Bronze Age (LH IIIB – LH IIIC) and late Archaic and Classical periods. The substantial Mycenaean architecture, high quality pottery, figurines and artifacts made of metal, bone and stone, including textile tools, jewellery and weapons, support the Linear B textual evidence indicating that the site was incorporated in the economic and political network of the nearby Mycenaean Palace of Thebes. The remains also demonstrate links with the island of Euboia to the East and beyond. The massive polygonal wall and monumental ramped entrance at the site reflect its continuing importance in later years.

This talk presents preliminary findings from the excavation, highlighting the significance of this site for our understanding of the Mycenaean world, especially in the palatial and post-palatial periods.

 

Grief and Consolation

IAS/UWA Classics and Ancient History/CHE Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Western Australia
15 September 2017

More info: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/grief-and-consolation
Submissions Deadline: 1 August, 2017
Submissions: Send to Lara O’Sullivan (lara.osullivan@uwa.edu.au)

Grief, particularly the grief associated with bereavement, has been a constant companion of humanity throughout the ages. But how are we best to deal with grief? Traditional rituals have had a part to play, but consolation for grief has also been sought through intellectual processes: through awareness and (self-) analysis of the emotional and cognitive responses to grief, and through the articulation of grief in language, music and the arts.

Held under the joint aegis of the Institute of Advanced Studies UWA, the Discipline of Classics and Ancient History at UWA, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions, this interdisciplinary colloquium proposes a broad exploration of grief, and of the strategies employed in the consolation grief across time and culture. Papers (of c. 20 minutes’ duration) are invited to engage with this theme, whether literary, musical, philosophical, medical or other perspectives.

The special guest at the colloquium will be Professor Han Baltussen, the Walter Watson Hughes Professor Classics at the University of Adelaide. Professor Baltussen will be visiting UWA in September as an IAS Visiting Professor; while in Perth, he will be working on his current project, which traces the emergence of the conscious treatment of grief in ancient Greek oratory, philosophy and medicine.

 

Homer and the Epic Tradition IX

The 9th Homer Seminar, to be held at ANU, will take place from 4–5 December 2017. The seminar is intended to give Australasian scholars interested in the epic tradition the chance to test out ideas, methodologies and findings in a supportive environment, and is particularly (but not exclusively) open to postgraduates and early career researchers. Please submit your abstract to Fiona Sweet Formiatti (fiona.sweet-formiatti@anu.edu.au) by 30 September. Further information.

 

Last of the Naval Triumphs: Revisiting Some Key Actian Honours

A paper by Frederik Vervaet for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 22 May in the Macmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts.

On 2 September 31 BCE, Caesar Octavianus, or Imperator Caesar Divi filius, as he then wanted to be known, won a decisive naval victory over his rival Marcus Antonius and his ally Cleopatra at Actium in Greece.  While some scholars even argue that there was no such thing as a separate triumph for this victory, others consider it to be not very different from the curule triumphs that preceded and followed it on 13 and 15 Quintilis, namely those over a number of European tribes and Egypt successively.  More often than not, they also tend to downplay the significance of the so-called Actian triumph.  This paper endeavours to cast a very different light on Octavianus’s second curule triumph by virtue of a careful reappraisal of the extant literary, numismatic and epigraphic evidence.

 

Third Intermediate Period/Iron Age I-II Raphia and Egypt’s Response to the Changed Political Spectrum in the Levant: Early Results

A paper by Stuart Ibrahim for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 8 May in the Macmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts.

Archaeological analysis has established that, following the Bronze Age Collapse (around 1200–1177 BC), all of the great Bronze Age kingdoms and empires, except for Egypt, crumbled into dust.  Other cultures and peoples took this opportunity to seize these lands and form their own kingdoms.  In the meantime, Egypt had declined into a period of Chaos (the Third Intermediate Period), with separate dynasties ruling over Upper and Lower Egypt.  It was only in Dynasty 22, under the Libyan King, Shoshenq I, that Egypt was reunified and able to influence the Levantine region.

This presentation comprises the preliminary results for my PhD analysis on the site of Raphia/Tell Rafa and the surrounding region and will attempt to expand on what we know already.  While the primary analysis will be on Raphia itself, the focus of this paper is on the surrounding regions and the most likely occupants of Raphia (these being the Philistines, the Israelites, surviving Canaanites (?) or even the Edomites).  These results will then be used to address the question of whether Egypt reclaimed Rafa under Shoshenq I or not.

Australasian Society for Classical Studies 2018

The 39th conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be held at the University of Queensland from 30 January to 2 February 2018.  Full details and the call for papers are available on the conference web site.

Submission of abstracts closes 28 July 2017.

Jodocus Badius and the Lyon Terence: The Earliest Illustrated incunabulum of the Six Comedies

A paper by Andrew Turner for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 1 May in the North Theatre, Old Arts.

The 1490s saw the first early printed editions (incunabula) of Terence’s plays incorporating an illustrative cycle found in manuscripts which had its origins in late antiquity; the earliest and most complete of these was published in Lyon, where it was edited by the Flemish classical scholar Jodocus Badius Ascensius.  Although the pictures appear to be a late addition to another edition and commentary on Terence, written by Guy Jouenneaux, behind them lies a large amount of careful scholarship by Badius.  Only two years earlier he published a major edition of the ancient commentary by Donatus on Terence, rediscovered in the 1440s, and had studied the classics extensively in Renaissance Ferrara at the precise time that the first dramatic revivals of Roman comedy were taking place on stage there.  This paper looks in more detail at the relationship of text, image and performance in one of the key works for the reception of Terence in the later Renaissance.

 

The Dilemma of Vibia Sabina’s Roman Coins

A paper by Trudie Fraser for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 24 April in the Mcmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts.

The coins of Vibia Sabina, wife of the emperor Hadrian, are beautiful and their number suggests that she was honoured with more coins than any previous emperor’s wife. The chronology of these coins, however,  has puzzled many scholars for nearly a century with no satisfactory conclusion having yet been reached.  The variety of the iconography, both the obverse images of Sabina and the selection of reverse images, several different legends and the use of most coin denominations, all contribute to an enormous chronological dilemma.  This paper discusses these problems with many illustrations of Sabina’s coins. It attempts to provide reasons for the different combinations of image and legend and to suggest a possible chronology for Sabina’s coins, which in turn could shed some light on Sabina’s relationship with her husband.

The Once and Future Kings: Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the international conference, ‘The Once and Future Kings: Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present’, which is being held from July 5-7, 2017, at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus in Brisbane.

We are pleased to host Prof. Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), Prof. David Scourfield (Maynooth) and Dr Penelope Goodman (Leeds) as our keynote speakers. The conference will open on the evening of Wednesday, July 5, with a public lecture by Prof. Ash on ‘Emperors in Space’, followed by a full two-day programme featuring speakers from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday, July 6, at Saint Lucy Caffé e Cucina on the St Lucia Campus.

Delegates coming from outside Brisbane may be interested to know that the exhibition ‘Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum’ will be on at the Queensland Museum in July. We have secured a limited number of tickets at a discount rate for an excursion on Saturday, July 8.

The conference web site, including a full programme, is available here: https://hapi.uq.edu.au/once-and-future-kings-conference

Download the poster.

Registration closes on May 31, 2017.

We are grateful to the R. D. Milns Perpetual Endowment Fund and to the Australasian Society for Classical Studies for their financial support of this conference.

Best wishes,
Caillan Davenport and Shushma Malik
c.davenport@uq.edu.au
s.malik@uq.edu.au

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me: The Maritime Culture of the Sea People

A paper by Professor Louise Hitchcock, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 10 April in the Mcmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts.

An anthropological approach to culture extrapolates social structures, traditions and general organizing principles of that culture from the careful observation of patterns of behavior as described in case studies.  In the absence of a living culture to record, archaeologists extrapolate this information from behavior reconstructed from spatially determined patterns in the deposition of material remains and from patterns found in the general organizing principles of historically documented cultures, using arguments based on analogy.  This talk builds on my previous research with Aren Maeir on the “Sea Peoples” as a piratical culture in order to investigate and to apply an anthropological approach to understanding the cultural identities of the various tribal groups involved in maritime activities at the end of the Bronze Age who are popularly known as the “Sea People” and place this within the broader context of the current discussions on the transition between the Late Bronze and Iron Age in the Mediterranean.

 

New Thoughts on the End of the Mycenaean Palaces

A paper by Professor Philipp Stockhammer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 3 April in the Mcmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts.

For a long time, the 13th century in the Aegean has been considered as a peaceful period marked by rather stable, local communities and the large-scale exchange of commodities most emblematically materialised by the Mycenaean palaces of the Argolid.  In contrast to that, the 12th century seemed to be characterised not only by the end of the palaces and all connected societal institutions but also by human mobility together with a rather neglectable scale of the exchange of commodities.  The year 1200 BC was considered as the peak of the crisis which has been taken as an explanation for the assumed groundbreaking shifts between the two centuries.

In my paper, I want to go beyond simplifying narratives and take a more differentiated view on what transformations took place at the end of the 13th century or already during its course.  I want to show that major changes already seem to have taken place in the second half of the 13th century and continued into the 12th century and thereby relativise the year 1200 BC as a hallmark of the developments.  I will demonstrate the shifts of the Mediterranean network of mobility of humans and objects during the 13th century and in the early 12th century with a strong focus on the archaeological evidence from Tiryns. This will lead to a revaluation of the historical developments in the 13th century.

In the final part of my paper, I will then present our newly founded Max Planck Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean (MHAAM) and present a vision for future research which will help us to shed a completely new light on the issues discussed in the first part of my lecture.

 

Cultural Cleansing and Iconoclasm under the ‘Islamic State’: Human/Heritage Attacks on Yezidis and Christians

A paper by Antonio Gonzalez, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 20 March in the Mcmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts.

When the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) seized large swathes of territory across Iraq and Syria and declared their new caliphate, they unleashed a cataclysmic wave of both devastating human suffering and unprecedented heritage destruction.  In terms of the human suffering, the IS has executed many who questioned their nefarious ideology or committed petty crimes.  At the same time, the rapid expansion of the IS has also proved fatal for many of the world’s most sensitive and important cultural heritage sites.  Targeted sites range from ancient Mesopotamian city-states through to Greek, Roman and Byzantine sites, as well as museums, art galleries and libraries. However, little attention has been paid to the intersection between the human suffering and the heritage destruction undertaken by the Islamic State (IS).  Here, human/heritage destruction are intertwined: the suffering inflicted on people is projected onto their sites of ritual and worship; just as the destruction of these sites are deliberately orchestrated to inflict symbolic suffering on specific communities and to shatter the ethnic and religious diversity of the region.  This talk will explore and document the human/heritage ‘cultural cleansing’ undertaken by the IS against two fragile minorities: the Yezidi and Christian populations of northern Iraq and Syria.

 

The Pope’s Shoes: Cultural Glosses by Guy Jouenneaux in Badius’ 1493 Edition of Terence’s Comedies

A paper by K. O. Chong-Gossard, University of Melbourne for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 13 March in the Mcmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts.

The invention of the printing press with movable type in the mid-15th century revolutionized the study of the classics, and it is no surprise that one of the most popular printed authors was Terence, whose six Latin comedies had been indispensable in the education of schoolboys for centuries. Terence’s comedies contain many references to ancient customs and to figures from classical mythology, some quite direct, others oblique. For late-15th century readers unfamiliar with all aspects of antiquity, the significance of an invocation to Juno Lucina or the mention of a psaltria in a character’s speech could be lost. This paper examines how the commentary of Guy Jouenneaux (a.k.a. Guido Juvenalis), which was printed in Badius’ 1493 edition of Terence, explains the background of ancient cultural references in the plays. Examples in the Eunuchus alone include military terms like centurio and cornu, the etymology of peniculon (a long sponge), and the myth of Hercules and OmphaleMost notably, Jouenneaux describes Omphale’s sandals as similar to the pope’s shoes worn at the celebration of mass, which is itself a reminder to us that late 15th Europeans no longer wore sandals. By examining such cultural glosses, and in particular his erudite quoting of ancient writers (Cicero, Ovid, Sallust, Varro, and Festus being frequent), we can understand more precisely what Jouenneaux means in his first epistle (printed in Badius’ edition) when he proclaims his intention to explain every small detail (minima quaeque) of the Latin for students whose desire for learning (discendi cupiditatem) is hampered for lack of a teacher or lack of money.

 

AMPHORAE XI

University of Sydney, 12-14 July 2017

Amphorae is a forum for postgraduate students in Classical Studies from throughout Australasia to interact with one another. Students eligible to participate include all those studying at Honours, Masters, and Ph.D. level. Papers may broadly cover topics inclusive of literature, history, archaeology, art, or reception studies.

The theme of this year’s Amphorae conference is ‘Immortal Words: Classical Antiquity Then and Now’. The theme is inspired by Mary Barnard’s translation of a fragment of the Greek lyric poet, Sappho, and celebrates the enduring relevance of the ancient world and Classical Studies.

The call for papers is now open.

If you wish to submit an abstract, simply send an e-mail to abstracts@ascs.org.au by 5pm EST on 31 March with your completed abstract form. Please note that this is a dedicated e-mail for abstracts, and submissions sent to the other conference email address will NOT be accepted.

The link to the abstract form is here: https://amphoraesydney.com/submit-an-abstract/

Other things to note:

1. Your presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes in order to allow for 10 minutes of question time following. Papers running overtime throw off the entire conference schedule, so please keep this in mind as you prepare.

2. If you are currently studying at Honours level, there are a few things to consider before submitting an abstract. Presenting a paper at Amphorae is a considerable time commitment, so you are well-advised to confer with your supervisor before submitting an abstract. If you wish to present your research, but are unable to manage a full 20-minute presentation, you might consider presenting a poster instead.

3. If you wish to present a poster rather than a paper, there are a few things to consider. Posters must be A0 in size and will be displayed in the foyer of the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (in which much of the conference will take place). Although you are not required to give a formal presentation, please ensure that you are regularly available to speak about your research in an informal setting. You should also clearly display your contact details on the poster so that attendees who were unable to speak to you about your research during the conference can contact you at a later date.

4. Access to computers, projectors, and internet will be provided. If you have a PowerPoint presentation accompanying your paper, upload it to a USB drive and bring it along. Alternatively, we are able to connect your personal computer directly with a VGA Cable (Mac adapter also available).

5. Access to a dedicated Classics library in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia will be available. Those wishing to use this facility during the conference must send an e-mail to amphorae@ascs.org.au with a completed Readers Form attached.

More information can be found on the conference web site: http://www.amphoraesydney.com/.

 

The Evolution of Roman Armour During the Dacian Wars AD101-107

A paper by Michael Schmitz, University of Melbourne for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 6 March in the Mcmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts.

The Roman military are renowned for their ability to adapt to the enemies they faced. This presentation will focus on the Roman adaptation of defensive equipment to mitigate the threat posed by the Dacians during Trajan’s wars against the Dacian king Decebalus between AD 101 and 106.

 

Ancient World Seminar – Semester 1

The programme for the Ancient World Seminar for semester 1 2017 at the University of Melbourne is now available.

The Ancient World Seminar is held at 1:00-2:00, usually on Monday during semester for presentations and discussions of papers from students and academic staff on all aspects of the ancient world.

Convenor

Hyun Jin Kim
kim.h@unimelb.edu.au

Venue

Mcmahon Ball Theatre, Old Arts, unless otherwise advised.

Download the programme or visit the web page.

 

Professional Development Course: Ancient History Teachers

Thursdays 9 March-6 April 2017, 6:00-8:15

This professional development course for ancient history teachers closely relates to VCE Units 1 to 4 of the Ancient History Study Design. In the first session John Whitehouse from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education will give a pedagogical overview of teaching ancient history. Each week eminent scholars from the Faculty of Arts will present key areas of study including Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, exploring and developing historical skills, historical thinking and highlight a selection of appropriate primary source materials and historical interpretations.

Before the commencement of the program there will be an online forum (Learning Management System) to enable registered participants to access sample scholarly articles and support material. These resources, plus the lecture, will form the basis for discussions.

Professional Certificates of participation will be offered upon completion of the course and VIT applicable.

Individual session: $60
Series pass: $250

Full details, flyer and registration.

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