Other Events of Interest

Homes & Homecomings

33rd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa, Stellenbosch 7-10 November 2019.

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) invites proposals for papers for its 33rd Biennial Conference, to be hosted by the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.

We invite submissions that focus on the conference theme “Homes & Homecomings” as well as individual proposals on other aspects of the classical world and its reception. Panels are strongly encouraged and should consist of 3 to 8 related papers put together by the panel chair. We also welcome postgraduate students currently busy with Master’s or Doctoral programmes to submit papers for a “work-in-progress” parallel session.

Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words), and author affiliation to Annemarie de Villiers at amdev@sun.ac.za. The deadline for proposals is 31 May 2019.

Further information on conference fees and accommodation to follow in due course.


Roman Memory: Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar 33

The thirty-third meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at the University of Newcastle from 10-12 July 2019. The theme for the 2019 conference will be Roman Memory.

We are inviting papers on Roman literature on the subject of memory. This might include: representations of Roman history in subsequent periods, the ways in which Latin authors rewrite earlier Roman literature, the use of the Muses as repositories of cultural memory, commemorations of the dead, the methods by which Roman writers position themselves in the literary tradition, the reception of Latin literature in both antiquity and later eras, the loss and recovery of historical memory, the processes of collective memory, the art of forgetting, and resistance to official efforts to erase memory through damnatio memoriae.

The theme may be interpreted broadly and papers on other topics will also be considered.

Papers should be 30 minutes in length (with fifteen minutes of discussion time). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants may attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to Marguerite Johnson (marguerite.johnson@newcastle.edu.au) and/or Peter Davis (peter.davis@adelaide.edu.au). Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please submit abstracts by 28 February 2019. Earlier submissions are of course welcome.

We expect that conference will be held in a venue in the city of Newcastle. A conference web site will be built in due course.


Hellenic Museum Summer School

This January, spend a week exploring the ancient world with Dr Christopher Gribbin at the annual Hellenic Museum Summer School.  This year’s summer school features short courses focusing on four thought-provoking topics:
– the Minoans and Mycenaeans
– Cities of the Greek and Roman World
– Ancient Greek Religion
– How to Argue Like Socrates.

Classes are informative, relaxed and entertaining, taking place in the heritage-listed Hellenic Museum and with access to the museum’s fantastic collection of antiquities.

The Summer School will run from 7-11 January 2019.  Anyone is welcome!

For more details, go to https://www.hellenic.org.au/summer-school-2019 or contact classicsmelb@gmail.com.


A Fabulous Archaic Hoard of Greek Silver Found in Italy or Fake News?
The Mystery of the 1911 Taranto Hoard Solved

2018 Trendall Lecture

Tuesday 13 November 6:00-8:00 (approx.)
The Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne 3000 (the former Royal Mint – opposite Flagstaff Station)

Cost: $20

Assoc. Prof. Kenneth A. Sheedy
Director, Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, Macquarie University

On the 22 of June 1911, a mass of silver coins, jewellery, silver ingots and miscellaneous silver items was found in a broken vase in the district of Nuovo Borgo in the Italian city of Taranto.  It was quickly smuggled out of the country.  Or so the story went.  In 1927 the famous Italian archaeologist Paolo Orsi claimed that this was in fact no hoard but a concoction of false information put about by dealers – and his conclusion was supported by a Royal Inquest.  But over a century later the truth is now coming to light.

Associate Professor Kenneth Sheedy was appointed the founding director of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies in 2000.  He is also a member of the teaching staff of the Department of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre.  His fields of research and teaching are Greek numismatics, and the art and archaeology of Greece with emphasis on the archaic period.  He has a special interest in the archaeology and history of the Cycladic Islands.  He is currently preparing a new publication of the Taranto Hoard which will introduce previously unrecorded material.

Drinks and canapés will be provided.

Bookings essential for catering purposes – please book at https://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/2018-trendall-lecture.


Urban Roman Cyprus: New Evidence from 2nd Century AD Nea Paphos

Public Lecture – The 2018 Petrie Oration

Thursday 25 October 2018,  5:15
Australian Institute of Archaeology, Terrace Way, Macleod (La Trobe University, Building TER 11, Melways 873-4)

Dr Craig Barker, The University of Sydney

The Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project has been excavating the theatre of Nea Paphos since 1995. Paphos was the capital city of Roman Cyprus and is now a World Heritage site. Recent excavations have concentrated on the area surrounding the theatrical precinct and have uncovered a paved and colonnaded 8-metre-wide road and a nymphaeum. This talk will explore the implications that these new discoveries have on our understanding of the ancient city. It will discuss what is now known about the relationship of the theatre with other key Roman structures in the city, including the agora, the harbour, the domestic quarters and the north-east city gate and the significant pilgrim’s route to the sanctuary of Aphrodite at nearby Palaepaphos.

For more information, download the flyer.


Collapse and Recovery: The Later Roman Navies of the Northern Frontier (3rd-5th Centuries CE) (MA completion seminar)

A paper by Alexander Elliott, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 15 October in room 224, South Theatre, Old Arts.

“After two centuries of easy living, carrying out peacetime maneuvers and ferrying troops, Rome’s great navy had, like so much else in the Empire, gone soft.”  Although written almost 60 years ago, Casson’s (1959) narrative of the Roman navy being consumed by its own decadence and decay still dominates scholarship.  Remarkably, few scholars have studied ancient Roman naval history, and the few who have focus largely on the early period before dismissing the topic after the 2nd century.  This MA thesis not only argues for its continued existence but aims to understand the transition from an Augustan naval system to that of the late empire over the course of the tumultuous 3rd century.  It is my intention to develop an accurate timeframe for this evolution and uncover the reasons for its implementation, as well as provide an in-depth analysis of this system’s organization and function in the late Roman world.


The Classics, Mussolini and the Rise of White Supremacy

A paper by Donna Storey, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 8 October in room 224, South Theatre, Old Arts.

Increasingly the Classics are being appropriated by nationalist and racist far-right groups.  This is not the first time the Classics have been utilised for right wing ideology; the adoption of similar strategies was a key aspect of propaganda for Mussolini’s Italian Fascist regime.  Such tactics should hardly be surprising — the idolisation of a carefully constructed representation of ancient Rome and its continued portrayal (along with Greece) as the birthplace and original pedigree of “western” culture fit conveniently into the far-right agenda.

In order to free the use of the Classics from fascist ideologies, perhaps it is time to reassess the manner in which the discipline is interpreted by contemporary scholars.  Would Mussolini have taken such care to craft Italy as a third Roman Empire if Caesar’s campaign in Gaul was defined as genocide?  Would current right-wing groups be so eager to utilise S.P.Q.R. as a symbol if the Roman Empire had always been construed as multicultural?  This seminar will explore whether it is only through a conscious effort to adopt a more objective approach to the study of the Classics that the falsities of the fascist narrative can be fully exposed.


Forty Years On: The Bab adh-Dhra’ Proposal and its Role in the Archaeological Curation Crisis

A paper by Gemma Lee, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 1 October in room 224, South Theatre, Old Arts.

Just over forty years ago, in 1977 a unique collection management initiative was proposed by Nancy Lapp to save a collection of Early Bronze Age pottery from Bab adh-Dhra’, an archaeological site in Jordan.  The initiative was developed in response to an intense curation crisis occurring in Jordan, as archaeological artefacts were threatened by a lack of resources to ensure their proper care.  This initiative is well known at the University of Melbourne, as the university received Tomb Group A 72 S from Bab adh-Dhra’ in 1978 due to Lapp’s solution to the crisis.  These objects were transported to the University, and 23 other institutions in the United States of America and Canada, on the condition that they would be used in education and display.

This seminar will discuss the role of the Bab adh-Dhra’ objects in education through an evaluation of the object-based learning (OBL) experiences of students studying Near Eastern archaeology (and related ancient world studies subjects) at the University of Melbourne.  The Bab adh-Dhra’ objects offer multiple levels for interpretation and consideration in the classroom: ranging from issues covering the archaeology of death and mortuary practices to the looting and subsequent excavation and post-excavation management of the site’s artefact assemblage . In this seminar, the extensive history of these objects will be presented alongside preliminary findings from my research which indicate favourable student responses verifying the efficacy of object-based learning in teaching and learning outcomes and engaging students in Near Eastern archaeology.


Classics and the Media

A paper by Marguerite Johnson, University of Newcastle, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Tuesday 18 September in Arts West North Wing Room 353 – Interactive Cinema Space.

Among the community and media, there is an increasing interest in Classics and Ancient History.  The relevance of, and fascination for the discipline, often sparked by current political and social debates, films and other forms of popular culture, as well as the passion inspired by leading scholars such as Mary Beard, means that now – more than ever – Classics and Ancient History have the potential to grow and inspire.  This talk looks at ways scholars can share the discipline with the community and provides some tips for effectively engaging with the media.

Marguerite Johnson is Professor of Classics at the University of Newcastle.  She is an interdisciplinary scholar who works in several key research areas, including Classical Reception Studies and studies of sexuality, gender and the body.  She is author of several books and articles, including (most recently) “Ovid on Cosmetics: Medicamina Faciei Femineae and Related Texts” (Bloomsbury: 2016).  A regular contributor to The Conversation and ABC Radio, Marguerite is also interested in strategies and initiatives around Classics and the community.


Attic Bell Bottoms: Hellenism and Hybridity in the Caucasus

A paper by Hilary Gopnick, Monash University, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 17 September in room 224, South Theatre, Old Arts.

Sometime between 400 and 200 BCE, either shortly before or shortly after Alexander brought down the Persian Empire, somebody dragged huge limestone blocks from a distant quarry to the top of the hill at Oǧlanqala in Naxçivan, Azerbaijan and began to carve them into column bases and drums.  Some of these column elements fit squarely with our knowledge of Hellenistic Greek architecture, but others are a peculiar and unique amalgamation of forms from the warring Achaemenid Persian and Hellenistic worlds.  Before the columns were raised, the construction site was abandoned, leaving the whole project unfinished and forgotten.  I will use the evidence from this unfinished building, excavated by a team from the University of Pennsylvania and Emory University, to evaluate the nature of the Hellenization of material culture that has marked our understanding of the immediate post-Achaemenid period.  Does Hellenistic hybridity take on a different meaning if it incorporates a fundamental symbol of Achaemenid centralized control like the bell-shaped base?


Natural World Imagery and the Sublime in the Gospel of Matthew

A paper by Dorothy Lee, University of Divinity, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 10 September in room 224, South Theatre, Old Arts.

In his depiction of creation, the Gospel of Matthew makes use of the ‘sublime’, a literary concept familiar to the ancient world through the treatise of Longinus, ‘On the Sublime’. In mountain scenes, sky signs and sea and land turbulence, Matthew’s Gospel shows an awareness of how the sublime operates within the narrative for moral transformation.


In Conversation with Professor Tim Parkin and Monica Jackson

6 September, 6:30-8:30
Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne

The Benaki Museum of Athen’s collection contains exquisite ancient jewellery and the meticulously crafted gold pieces have layers of meaning previously unobserved and unsuspected. Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum has been lucky to secure some beautiful pieces on long-term loan and Professor Parkin and Dr Jackson will unravel the significance of such jewellery, including the complex web of interconnections revealed by individual pieces and what we can learn about the historical milieux in which they were produced.

Full details and registration.


Greece and the Near East in the Early 1st Millennium BCE

A paper by Assistant Professor Antonis Kotsonas, University of Cincinnati, AAIA Visiting Professor, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 3 September in room 156, Arts West North Wing.

The complex and dense networks of interaction that linked Greece and the Near East were severely dismantled in the late 2nd millennium BCE.  In the course of the early 1st millennium BCE connections were gradually restored through the agency of both Greeks and Near Eastern people, especially the Phoenicians and, by the 7th century BCE, Greek culture was strongly Orientalizing.  Moving beyond the traditional art-historical concept of a stand-alone, Orientalizing phase in the 7th century BCE, this lecture promotes the concept of the Orientalizing as a dimension rather than a phase of ancient Greek culture and explores the manipulation of the East by different Greek social groups over the early 1st millennium BCE.  Particular emphasis is given to the sites/regions and ethnic or other groups that pioneered the restoration of interconnections between the Aegean and the Near East; and on the regional and intra-regional variation in the modes of production, distribution and consumption of Near Eastern styles in the Aegean.


“Invention”, Innovation or Tradition? Using Texts, Archaeology, Ethnography and Comparative History to Reconsider Agricultural Technology in the Roman Empire

A paper by Tamara Lewit, University of Melbourne and Paul Burton, Australian National University, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 27 August in the South Theatre, Old Arts, room 224.

From the early 20th to the early 21st century, historians have presented a teleological vision of Roman agricultural machines, according to which successive types each superseded earlier and “inferior” types to increase “efficiency”.  This picture has been based on our only complete Latin description, a 52-word passage from Pliny the Elder.  It is completely at odds with recent archaeological evidence, which reveals far more varied and regional patterns of innovation.  Using comparative history and ethnography can help us to consider who innovated, why and how innovations might be localised or spread.  Lewit and Burton also present some results of a cross-disciplinary study of Pliny’s text, revealing that modern scholars have routinely misinterpreted and mistranslated his account, which in fact very accurately aligns with archaeological and ethnographic evidence.


The Fourth Expedition to Lachish: What is New?

A paper by Yosef Garfinkel, Hebrew University, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Tuesday 21 August in the North Theatre, Old Arts, room 239.

The fourth expedition to Lachish includes excavations at the site from 2013 to 2017. During five seasons, new data was uncovered concerning the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. The lecture will present new results concerning the Middle Bronze fortifications, a new Late Bronze temple and the Level V city.


Roman Law in Roman Comedy

A paper by Victor Castellani, University of Denver, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 20 August in the South Theatre, Old Arts, room 224.

Even the humblest plebeian in the audiences of Plautus’ rowdy comedies and of Terence’s more elegant ones thoroughly understood Jus Civile, its rules and procedures.  Much humor missed today in the plays of both depended upon easy familiarity with law, the laws, and more softly enforced custom regarding slavery and freedom, patria potestas, connubium and matrimonium, client-patron relationship, debt and oral contract and concepts of res acta, bona fides and diverse injuria.

Sound awfully dull?  In fact it all should be (and surely was) awesomely hilarious to Romans of every order when they saw or read plays like Plautus’ Menaechmi, Miles Gloriosus, Mostellaria and his masterpiece Pseudolus (inter alias) or Terence’s exquisite Phormio — which purveys history’s first lawyer joke, a smart young playwright’s ad hoc invention for a Roman audience at the Ludi Romani [sic!] of 161 BC.


Pots Don’t Necessarily Equal People: The Case of Graeco-Anatolian Mercenaries in the Southern Levant

A PhD completion seminar by David Mouritz, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 13 August in the South Theatre, Old Arts, room 224.

This seminar questions the current scholarly consensus that East Greek mercenaries were solely or primarily responsible for the imported East Greek pottery found at a number of southern Levantine sites (Meẓad Ḥashavyahu, Ashkelon, Tel Kabri, Tel Batash-Timna, Tel Miqne-Ekron, Yavneh-Yam, Tel Sera‘-Ziklag and Tell Keisan) dating to the late seventh century BCE.  It is argued for the first time that it is possible that the pottery could also be associated with Carian or Lydian mercenaries serving in the region at the time.

A comparative analysis of the East Greek pottery found in the Southern Levant with imported and imitated East Greek pottery from contemporary Carian and Lydian sites has been conducted.  This establishes that Carians and Lydians essentially used the same East Greek pottery in their native countries as that found in the Southern Levant.  An examination of the relationship between the East Greeks, Carians and Lydians highlights their shared use of East Greek-type pottery as one of the hallmarks of a common material culture which existed among them at the time.  The possibility of East Greeks, Carians and Lydians being present in the Southern Levant at the relevant time is also examined in terms of the historical, epigraphical and archaeological evidence for their presence in Egypt and the Near East.  The nature of the close relationship that existed among them while serving in the region is also considered.


Ancient World Seminar – MA Confirmation Seminars

Two MA confirmation seminars for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 6 August in the South Theatre, Old Arts, room 224.

Christopher Bendle, University of Melbourne

The Roman Magister Militum in the Fourth Century (MA confirmation seminar)

Chris will be outlining his research into the highest ranking military generals of the fourth century CE Roman army, the magister militum.  These generals played an extremely important role in shaping the history of the late Roman Empire and this study will outline the processes and developments that led to them obtaining the ultimate position of power in the fifth-century Roman Empire.  To complete this undertaking, Chris has been conducting a prosopographical study of the fifty-five attested magistri militum of his chosen period.  In the seminar, he will discuss what this process has involved and the advantages and challenges of a prosopographical approach and the initial findings of this study and where he sees it heading over the next year until his completion.

Carissa Kelly, University of Melbourne

Cruelty in the Roman Republican Military (MA confirmation seminar)

Since cruelty is an attribute commonly associated today with ancient warfare, it is important to consider how the ancient Romans wrote about the subject.  However, studies into the Roman view of cruelty are all but non-existent, with modern writers choosing to focus upon their own contemporary perceptions of cruel acts instead. Carissa has chosen to focus on analysing diachronically organised case-studies, in order to explore cruelty and present a definition of what Romans considered to be cruelty, especially in the context of the Republican military.  In this seminar she will be primarily focusing on cruelty in Livy.


The Imaginary Early Bronze Age: Revealing James Mellaart’s Alternative Archaeological Career

A paper by Phillip Edwards, La Trobe University, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 30 July in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

Earlier this year came the dramatic news of fabricated texts of the so-called Luwian hieroglyphic ‘Beyköy inscription’, found in the London apartment of the late James Mellaart.  The discovery has provided the denouement to a long-running debate about whether the famed prehistorian of Anatolia invented archaeological evidence throughout his career.  Using the ‘Beyköy inscription’ as a reference point, this discussion reviews six instances of problematic cases involving Mellaart, extending from the 1950s through to the present day.  Two of these cases have apparently never been noticed, or at least not been raised in publication.  Previously unreleased information is also presented in relation to the earliest of them, the ‘Dorak Affair’ of the 1950s.  In reflecting on how Mellaart might have fared in our current era of ‘open science’ and codes of conduct, this discussion concludes by asking why Mellaart’s employers failed to prevent him from becoming repeatedly embroiled in controversy over his long career.


Framing Archaeology: Victorian Perspectives on Archaeological Interpretation

A paper by David Frankel, La Trobe University, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 23 July in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

In this presentation I will outline the diversity of Victoria and its Aboriginal heritage and use it to explore some underlying issues in archaeological practice. For we are all continually challenged to identify the most appropriate way to organise and explain the available evidence. Both the material and the past it illuminates can be structured in many ways. The frames of reference we choose may be based on different criteria and may operate at different scales of space, time and approach, all inextricably linked to the images of the past and forms of explanation we prefer. These may emphasise particular economic, social or technological systems, create narratives or promote concepts of cumulative change. Recognising the implications of practical and analytical procedures becomes a first step in clarifying what we want to, or indeed can, know about the past and, beyond that, encourage us to think about why we want to know it.


From Rome to Syria: Snapshots of Recent Fieldwork by University of Melbourne Archaeologists

A presentation by Gijs Tol, Jacob Heywood, Christopher Davey, Claudia Sagona, Giorgi Bedianashvili, Brent Davis, Madaline Harris-Schober, Heather Jackson and Andrew Jamieson, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 21 May in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

This seminar will feature six short presentations by University of Melbourne academics and students on current archaeological fieldwork projects, including the Marzuolo Archaeological Project (Italy: excavation of a rural Roman craft production centre in Tuscany), the Sissi Archaeological Project (Crete: excavation of a Minoan settlement), the Kourion Urban Space Project (Cyprus: excavation of part of a major Classical-era city), the Georgian-Australian Investigations in Archaeology Project (Georgia: excavation of a multi-period fortified settlement) and the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project (Israel: excavation of a Philistine city).  The seminar will end with a brief combined presentation on the Australian Mission at Jebel Khalid (Syria: excavation of a Hellenistic settlement) and on the Shirīn Initiative (Syrian Heritage in Danger: an International Research Initiative and Network), which brings together international research groups that were active in Syria prior to the conflict there and focuses their expertise on heritage protection.


Culture and Ideology Under the Seleucids: An Interdisciplinary Approach

29-31 March 2019

Macquarie University, Sydney

The conference seeks to bring together historians, archaeologists, epigraphists and other scholars interested in the cultural ideologies that shaped the character of Seleucid rulership from its foundation to its end. The renewed interest in Seleucid studies in the past two decades, anticipated by Andreas Mehl and his Seleukos Nikator und sein Reich (1986), has certainly restored its early obscure scholarly profile as a dynasty that spiraled into decline soon after the death of its founder (E.R. Bevan, 1902, The House of Seleucus, 1.76). More recently, the appreciation and sensitivity of the Seleucids to the cultural symbols and traditions of the regions they ruled has attracted significant scholarly attention (for example, see D. Ogden, The Legend of Seleucus, 2017; K. Erickson, “Seleucus I, Zeus and Alexander,” in Every Inch a King, 2013 and id. “Apollo-Nabû: the Babylonian Policy of Antiochus I,” in Seleucid Dissolution, 2011; N. Wright, Divine Kings and Sacred Spaces, 2012; P.A. Beaulieu, “Nabû and Apollo: the Two Faces of Seleucid Religious Policy,” in Orient und Okzident in hellenistischer Zeit, 2014; P.J. Kosmin, “Seeing Double in Seleucid Babylonia,” in Patterns of the Past, 2014).

Equally, Seleucid archaeology has made huge strides, not only in the Levant, Turkey and Central Asia, but also in Syria and Mesopotamia; as the 2018 SCS “New Directions in Seleucid Archaeology” panel showcased, “Numerous surveys and excavations that have been initiated in the last 5-10 years in Iraq and the Gulf are producing great quantities of material of Seleucid date.”

We now think it is time to enrich the scholarly debate on the Seleucids by inviting voices from all disciplines studying the Seleucid phenomenon to contribute to it. Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) include:

Paul-Alain Beaulieu (Toronto)
Andreas Mehl (Halle-Wittenberg)
Rachel Mairs (Reading)
Daniel Ogden (Exeter)
Stefan Pfeiffer (Halle-Wittenberg)

Our aim is to initiate an interdisciplinary network of scholars interested in the Hellenistic successors and their regimes so that this conference can be repeated every two years in universities across the world and pave new lines of communication and new research agendas across disciplines. The Seleucids were proud of their mixed cultural background and therefore, to be able to appreciate them we need to expand our lenses of studying them.

Individual abstracts or thematic panels are invited to submit their abstracts to Eva.Anagnostou-Laoutides@mq.edu.au by July 29 2018.


ASCS 40 (2019)

The Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) will hold its 40th Annual Meeting and Conference at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia, ‪from 4-7 Feb 2019.  We welcome abstracts on all aspects of the classical world, its reception, and traditions.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is ‪Tuesday 31 July 2018.

The abstract coversheet, instructions for submitting abstracts, and guidelines for papers and panels can be found on the ASCS website.

The conference convenors are Drs Graeme Bourke, Bronwyn Hopwood and Clemens Koehn.  Please direct enquiries prior to ‪31st July to Bronwyn Hopwood (bhopwood@une.edu.au), or to all three convenors thereafter.

2019 will be an auspicious year. It marks the 40th Annual Conference of ASCS, the 50th Anniversary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and 60th Anniversary of the UNE Museum of Antiquities.  We are delighted, therefore, to announce four special events as part of ASCS 40 (2019):

The 40th ASCS Annual Conference Keynote Lecture will be delivered by the 2019 ASCS Keynote Speaker, Professor Theresa Morgan (Oriel College, Oxford).

The 21st A. D. Trendall Lecture of the Australian Academy of the Humanities will be delivered jointly by Dr Lea Beness and Associate Professor Thomas Hillard (Macquarie University).

The 23rd Maurice Kelly Lecture of the University of New England Museum of Antiquities (UNEMA), will be delivered by Dr Julie Anderson, Assistant Keeper (Curator), Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan (The British Museum).

UNEMA will also unveil the UNEMA 60th Anniversary Commemorative Artefact.

A conference website, including detailed information about the conference venue, transport, accommodation and registration will be available shortly and linked from the ASCS page.


Augustus and the Temple of the Magna Mater (or: How Can I Ignore the God Next Door?)

A paper by Roslynne Bell, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 14 May in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

In the past, the nature of Augustus’ restoration of the temple of the Magna Mater (the metroön) on Rome’s Palatine hill in 3 CE has been cited as evidence that the princeps cared little for the goddess and her cult. Likewise, it has been argued that the so-called ‘rehabilitation’ of the Magna Mater in the literature of the day stemmed from a need to justify the fact that Augustus lived next door to the temple. In this paper I re-examine the metroön and its environs, and suggest that, far from being the neighbour from hell, the Magna Mater (and her temple) actually played a significant and hitherto largely unappreciated role in both official propaganda and the visual language of Augustan Rome.

Obsidian from Early Bronze Age Sos Höyük, Eastern Anatolia

A paper by Bengi Basak Selvi, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 7 May in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

The aim of my research is to identify the preferences of craftsman/stone-knappers during the Early Bronze Age in Eastern Turkey from the data of Sos Höyük which was fully part of “the Kura-Araxes Culture”. This cultural phenomenon is represented by small villages, an agro-pastoralist lifestyle and the appearance of handmade pottery fired to a red and black colour. The primarily results of fieldwork season 2017 will be summarized in this presentation. The results obtained from these analyses will help us to interpret decisions of craftsmen for producing a specific tool type in case of production area, as well as preferences of different inhabitants’ contemporary in terms of subsistence economy: herding, hunting or harvesting.


Just How Spaced Out Were Roman Children? Demographic Control and Maternal Health in Antiquity

A paper by Tim Parkin, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 30 April in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

As part of a conference later this year on maternity, I have been asked to speak on the topic of ‘birth spacing’ – i.e., the interval in time between the date of a live birth and the start of the mother’s next pregnancy – in the ancient world. The measure is an important one in demographic terms, as the length of the interval between pregnancies can have significant effects on both fertility and mortality levels, but it can also be quite revealing in social and cultural terms as well, not least in terms of the ‘control’ of women’s fecundity and health. It is also a measure that in historical terms is particularly difficult to ascertain. In this talk I would like to present some initial and wide-ranging thoughts on this topic. In the process I shall also be raising a problem I have with Cicero.

What Does Religious Persecution Look Like? Reassessing the Confiscation of Temple Property in Roman Egypt

A paper by Andrew Connor, Monash University, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 23 April in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

The wholesale confiscation of land, businesses and other property belonging to the temples of Egypt by Roman officials, starting under Augustus, generally plays a central role in our constructions of the religious and economic landscapes of Roman Egypt. But what is the evidence for such a massive program of confiscation? In this talk, I will survey the surviving evidence—papyri, inscriptions and literary—adduced in support of confiscations, as well as placing these texts in their wider historic, generic and rhetorical contexts. Finally, I will discuss some well-attested instances of religious persecution in the pre-modern world and suggest some ways in which these programs of repression or persecution (as the Roman attacks on Egyptian religious property are supposed to be) appear in the documentary, literary or archaeological records.

Foreigners and Propaganda: War and Peace in the Imperial Images of Augustus and Qin Shi Huangdi

A paper by Danqing Zhao, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 9 April in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

This presentation will comparatively examine how the first emperors of Rome and China, Augustus and Qin Shi Huangdi, manipulated the portrayals of foreigners and ‘barbarians’ to generate their imperial image. By analysing the Res Gestae of Augustus and the stele inscriptions of Qin Shi Huangdi, I will argue that the two emperors’ presentation of foreigners in their propaganda was not simply limited to aggrandising their military persona. Even in the context of war and peace, both the Princeps and the First Emperor utilised foreigners as a way to elevate their moral character and display their superhuman connection to the divine.

Amphorae XII

Constructions and Transgressions

University of Auckland, 4-6 July 2018

We invite submission of abstracts for the 12th Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic Or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology (AMPHORAE), to be held in Auckland from 4–6 July 2018. The conference is open to postgraduate students from Honours to PhD level, and aims to create a friendly, inclusive environment to present your research and interact with other postgraduates. Postgraduate students who are between degrees are also welcome.

The theme for 2018 is ‘Constructions and Transgressions’, and we hope to bring together speakers on a wide range of topics and subject areas. We invite papers on any ancient topic, including Egyptian, Greek and Roman history (up to and including late antiquity), the ancient Near East, archaeology, ancient literature and language, ancient art, and reception studies. We also welcome panel submissions.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

Thanks to the generous support of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, we will be able to offer a number of student travel subsidies to assist with the cost of attending the conference. Preference will be given to postgraduates in Australasia who have joined ASCS. Please send a completed Travel Subsidy Application Form (available on the conference website) to abstracts@amphorae2018.co.nz by 1 June if you would like to be considered for a travel subsidy.

For more information, please see the conference website.

To submit an abstract, please email abstracts@amphorae2018.co.nz with a completed cover sheet (available on the website ) and abstract of 150-250 words by 5pm NZ time, 30 April 2018. Earlier submissions are welcome and will be addressed as they arrive.

The Question of the Anonymity of the Elegiae in Maecenatem and the Consolatio ad Liviam

A paper by Peter Mountford, University of Melbourne, for the Ancient World Seminar at 1:00 on Monday 26 March in Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space).

The two Elegies on Maecenas were initially included as one elegy in the minor works of Virgil in a ninth century catalogue from the monastery at Murbach.  Virgil, however, had died eleven years before Maecenas and could not have described his death, which is the focus of the second elegy.  Various other poets of the period have been suggested, but no-one has successfully proved who the author was.  Some commentators, such as Dyer (1894) and Levi (2012), dismiss the elegies as of little value.  This paper argues that there are good reasons for concluding that the author was none other that Augustus himself.  If this argument has validity, it has implications for the authorship of the Consolatio ad Liviam, as both the Duffs (1934) and Schoonhoven (1980) suggest that the author of that poem is the same as that of the elegies.  This paper argues that there is evidence in the Consolatio that this is not the case.  It suggests instead that the author can be found elsewhere.


Professional Development Course: Ancient History Teachers 2018

This professional development course for ancient history teachers closely relates to VCE Units 1 to 4 of the Ancient History Study Design.

Full details including session overviews.

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 present on historical thinking and assessment in 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.


Thursdays 1-29 March, 6:00-8:15

Session Subject
Thursday 1 March: UNIT 1 Historical Thinking and Assessment in VCE Ancient History: John Whitehouse
Ancient Mesopotamia: Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson
Thursday 8 March: UNITS 2 – 4 Ancient Egypt: Dr Brent Davis
Thursday 15 March: UNIT 2 Ancient China: Dr Lewis Mayo
Thursday 22 March: UNITS 3 and 4 Ancient Greece: Dr Hyun Jin Kim
Thursday 29 March: VCE UNITS 3 and 4 Ancient Rome: Professor Tim Parkin and Dr Gijs Tol


Individual session: $60
Series pass: $250

Light refreshments provided, (GST inclusive)


Arts West (Building 148),The University of Melbourne, Parkville



Winckelmann’s Victims: The Classics: Norms, Exclusions and Prejudices

Ghent University (Belgium), 20-22 September 2018

Confirmed keynote speakers: Michelle Warren (University of Dartmouth) – Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia) – Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam)

“Der einzige Weg für uns, groß, ja, wenn es möglich ist, unnachahmlich zu werden, is die Nachahmung der Alten.” Johannes Winckelmann

Classics played a major and fundamental role in the cultural history of Western Europe. Few would call this into question. Since the Carolingian period, notably ‘classical’ literature has served as a constant source and model of creativity and inspiration, by which the literary identity of Europe has been negotiated and (re-)defined. The tendency to return to the classics and resuscitate them remains sensible until today, as classical themes and stories are central to multiple contemporary literary works, both in ‘popular’ and ‘high’ culture. Think for instance of Rick Riordan’s fantastic tales about Percy Jackson or Colm Tóibín’s refined novels retelling the Oresteia.

At the same time, this orientation and fascination towards the classics throughout literary history has often —implicitly or explicitly— gone hand in hand with the cultivation of a certain normativity, regarding aesthetics, content, decency, theory, … Classical works, and the ideals that were projected on them, have frequently been considered as the standard against which the quality of a literary work should be measured. Whether a text was evaluated as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depended on the extent to which it could meet the ‘classical’ requirements. Probably the most famous example of someone advocating such a classical norm was the German art critic Johannes Winckelmann (1717-1768), whose death will be commemorated in 2018. His Geschichte der Kunst des Altertums may be considered as the embodiment of the idea that the classics should be the norm for aesthetic or even any evaluation, such as, in Western Europe, it has recurrently cropped up, to a greater or lesser degree, from the Early Middle Ages until modern times.

Almost inevitably, this normativity has implied, shaped and fed prejudices and thoughts of exclusion towards literary features and aesthetic characteristics that seemed to deviate from classical ideals. Throughout literary history, examples occur of literary works, styles and genres that were generally appreciated within their time or context of origin, yet whose quality was retrospectively called into question because they were said not to be in accordance with the classical norm as it prevailed at the moment of judgement. Sometimes, this has even applied to whole periods. The persistence of similar assessments up until today is telling for the impact classical normativity still exercises. Besides, literary texts, though clearly not created to conform to the ‘classical’ standard, have been ‘classicized’ during judgement, being forced by a critic to fit into a classical framework and celebrated for its so-called imitation of antiquity. Even the Classics themselves often had and have to obey to this process of ‘classicization’. Therefore, with a sense for drama, one could say that all these works, literary forms, periods, etc. have seriously ‘suffered’ from the prejudices born from classics-based normativity, being the ‘victims’ of Winckelmann-like ideas concerning ‘classical’ standards.

This conference aims to consider classical normativity with its including prejudices and exclusions as a case-study for cultural self-fashioning by way of European literature. It seeks to explore how the normative status ascribed to the classics and the ensuing prejudices have, from the Early Middle Ages to modern times, influenced and shaped thoughts and views of the literary identity of Western Europe. Therefore, we propose the following questions:

Ø What are the processes behind this normativity of the Classics? Is it possible to discern a conceptual continuum behind the time and again revival of the Classics as the norm for ‘good’ literature? Or, rather, are there clear conceptual and concrete divergences between succeeding periods of such ‘classical’ normativity?

Ø What are the links (conceptual, historical, aesthetic, political, …) between the normativity of the Classics and the excluded ones, both in synchronic and diachronic terms? How does literary normativity of the Classics imply literary prejudices and exclusions?

Ø How has normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions imposed an identity on European literature (and literary culture)?

Ø What does this normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions mean for the conceptualization of European literary history?

Besides these conceptual questions, we also welcome case studies that may illustrate both the concrete impact of classical normativity and concrete examples of prejudice and exclusion as resulting from this normativity. We think of topics such as

Ø  the Classics themselves as victims of retrospective ‘classical’ normativity
Ø  the exclusion of literary periods that are considered non- or even contra-classical (baroque,

medieval, …) and the clash with non-European literature
Ø  literary ‘renaissances’ and their implications
Ø  classical normativity and its impact on literatures obedient to political aims (fascism, populism,…)
Ø  literary appeal to the classics as a way of structuring and (re-)formulating society (‘higher’ liberal arts vs. ‘lower’ crafts and proficiencies, literary attitudes towards slavery, …)

We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to relics@ugent.be by 15 April 2018.

Organisation: Wim Verbaal, Paolo Felice Sacchi and Tim Noens are members of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools). This research group studies historical literatures and the dynamics that shape a common, European literary identity. It sees this literary identity as particularly negotiated through languages that reached a cosmopolitan status due to fixed schooling systems (Latin, Greek and Arabic), and in their interaction with vernacular literatures. From a diachronic perspective, we aim to seek unity within the ever more diverse, literary Europe, from the first to the eighteenth century, i.e. from the beginning of (institutionally organized) education in the cosmopolitan language to the rise of more national oriented education.


Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World

July 26-27 2018, Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Room 480, Level 4, Madsen Building, University of Sydney

Plato claimed that poets of tragic drama ‘drag states into tyranny and democracy’. The word order is very deliberate: he goes on to say that tragic poets are honoured ‘especially by the tyrants, and secondly by the democracies’ (Republic 568c). For more than forty years scholars have explored the political, ideological, structural and economic links between democracy and theatre in ancient Greece. By contrast, the links between autocracy and theatre are virtually ignored, despite the fact that in the first 200 years of its existence more than a third of all theatre-states were autocratic. For the next 600 years, theatre flourished exclusively in autocratic regimes. The conference brings together experts in ancient theatre to undertake the first systematic study of the patterns of use made of the theatre by tyrants, regents, kings and emperors. For two generations theatre has, as an instrument of mass communication, been characterised as ancient democracy’s supreme cultural artefact. Our conference will explore the historical circumstances and means by which autocrats turned a medium of mass communication into an instrument of mass control.

For More information contact Billy Kennedy william.kennedy@sydney.edu.au.

Lucia Athanassaki (University of Crete), Ewen Bowie (Oxford University), Bob Cowan (University of Sydney), Eric Csapo (University of Sydney), Anne Duncan (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Simon Goldhill (Cambridge University), Hans Goette (German Archaeological Institute and University of Giessen), Chris Kraus (Yale University), Brigitte Le Guen (University of Paris 8), Chris de L’Isle (Oxford University), Nino Luraghi (Princeton University), Elodie Paillard (Universities of Basel and Sydney), Simon Perris (University of Wellington), Jelle Stoop (University of Sydney), Paul Touyz (Princeton University), Peter Wilson (University of Sydney)

A number of travel bursaries are available to doctoral students who wish to attend the conference. Please register your interest before March 15, 2018, by sending (as a single pdf file) a short letter of application, stating how the theme of the conference relates to the topic of your PhD, a CV (with list of publications) and a short reference letter from your supervisor to Billy Kennedy at william.kennedy@sydney.edu.au.

Eric Csapo (University of Sydney), J. R. Green (University of Sydney), Brigitte Le Guen (University of Paris 8), Elodie Paillard (Universities of Basel and Sydney) Jelle Stoop (University of Sydney), Peter Wilson (University of Sydney)

Registration and attendance is free.  Please confirm your place by emailing Billy Kennedy by July 2 2018 at william.kennedy@sydney.edu.au.

Australian Research Council
Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia
Ian Potter Foundation
Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney


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

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.



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.


Hyun Jin Kim


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.