Past Events

LECTURES 2013-2014

May 5

FRANÇOIS LISSARRAGUE, UC Berkeley Visiting Sather Professor

"The Image in the Image: Looking at Shield Devices"

Dodd 146, 5:00pm

 lissarrague poster

April 28

SILVIA MONTIGLIO, Johns Hopkins University

"Coming Home in Sleep: The Parallel nostos of Odysseus and Penelope"

Dodd 170, 5:00pm

 Montiglio flyer

March 6 and 7


March 6 5:00pm, Dodd 146:

Brian Apicella "The Epistemological Function of Plato's Myth of the Reversed Cosmos"
Caitlin Halasz "The Heraclean Odysseus and the Odyssean Heracles"

March 7 4:00pm, Dodd 154:

Alex Lessie "Subversive Fidelity in Livy's Account of Masinissa and Sophoniba"
Justin Vorhis "The Best of the Macedonians: Alexander as Achilles in Curtius' History of Alexander"

practice talks

February 19

ROMAIN BRETHES, Lycée Janson-de-Sailly

"Politics is Comedy"

Dodd 170, 5:00pm

brethes lecture

February 13

JEANNINE DIDDLE UZZI, University of Southern Maine

"Beyond Roman Women: Ethnicity and Sexuality in Images of Captivity from the Roman Empire."

Dodd 146, 5:00pm

uzzi lecture

January 28


"The changing face of ancient Greek literature: the roles of papyri"

Dodd 146, 5:00pm

haslam lecture

January 27


A discussion with Leslie Kurke (University of California, Berkeley)

Leavey Library Auditorium (USC), 3:00pm


January 24

MATTHEW LOAR, Visiting Graduate Researcher, Stanford University

"Drunk in Drag: The Myth of Hercules and Omphale in Augustan Political Discourse"

Dodd 154, 4:00pm

loar lecture

January 21


Dodd 275 4:00-5:00pm


November 5

SETH SCHEIN, University of California, Davis

"War, What is it Good for in Homer's Iliad?: Modern Receptions of the Iliad 1940-2011"

Schein poster

October 30


"From Alphas to Epigrams to Epic: Storybuilding in Iliad 6"

  buchan poster

October 16

PIERRE DESTRÉE, Université catholique de Louvain

"Aristotle on dramatic katharsis"

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LECTURES 2012-2013

May 28

BARBARA GOLD, Hamilton College

"How Many Juvenals Were There? Gender, the Body, Sexual Deviance and the Idea of the Book"

May 15

CHRIS FARAONE, University of Chicago

"Women and Children First: the Earliest Evidence for Ancient Greek Body Amulets"


May 6

PETER HESLIN, Durham University

"The Boundaries of Painting and Poetry According to Zeuxis, Propertius and Lessing"

April 29

CLEMENTE MARCONI, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

The Institute of Fine Arts-NYU Excavations on the Akropolis of Selinunte:

Towards an Archaeology of Cult in a Greek Colony in the West

April 22

TIM WHITMARSH, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Atheistic Aesthetics: Reading the Sisyphus Fragment

March 11


Homer's Achaean Wall and the Hypothetical Past


March 4

ROBERT PARKER, Sather Professor-New College, Oxford

Religion and Colonization: the Hellenistic Case

February 28

MARK GRIFFITH, University of California, Berkeley

GLENN MOST, University of Chicago


February 27


Bunche 6265 12:00-1:00pm

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Travel Study ROME


February 25

ANNA BONIFAZI, University of Heidelberg

The Doing of Saying: Herodotus, Thucydides and the Role of Particles


February 8

FRANCESCA MARTELLI, Cambridge University

Rewriting the Republic of Letters in Cicero's ad Fam. 15

January 30

MARTIN DEVECKA, Brown University

Danger Mouse: Mice In and Out of Ancient Rome

January 24

KELLY SHANNON, University of Erfurt

Nero the Transgressor in Tacitus' Annals: A Narrative in Prodigies

January 17

JARED HUDSON, University of California, Berkeley

Spectaclum Ipsa Sedens: A Poetics of the Carpentum



December 8

Egypt in the Days of Queen Cleopatra: A Study Day on Ptolemaic Egypt



November 26

MANTHA ZARMAKOUPI, Getty Visiting Scholar

"Landscape Themes in the Design of the Luxurious Villas of the Bay of Naples"


November 7

Steinmetz Lecture

OLGA PALAGIA, University of Athens

"The Motja Youth and the Battle of Himera: Classical Art and History in Sicily"

October 29

MARYLINE G. PARCA, University of California San Diego

"Seeking Children in Ptolemaic Egypt"




October 15

CELIA E. SCHULTZ, University of Michigan

"Divination in Cicero's Philosophical Program"



May 20

Martha Malamud

State University of New York, Buffalo

"Medea Goes to Africa"

April 23

Nicholas Purcell

Brasenose College, Oxford; Sather Professor

"The Strangeness of Buying and Selling in the Ancient World"

April 16

Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier

German Archaeological Institute, Athens

Steinmetz Lecture

"The Kouros of the Sacred Gate: New Marble Grave Sculptures of the Archaic Athenian Nobility from the Kerameikos Cemetery at Athens"



March 12

Elizabeth Pender, Leeds University

“The Geography of Dying and Coming-back-to-life: The Rivers of Tartarus in Plato’s Phaedo”