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Wed 20 Feb, '19
Michael Scott Professorial Inaugural Lecture - Wednesday 20th February
Warwick University

In his Professorial inaugural lecture, ''This is Sparta' The Ancient World, Then and Now' Prof Michael Scott will set out his vision for the study, teaching and communication of the ancient world in the 21st century. Far from being a subject of the past, Michael will argue that there has rarely been a more exciting, relevant and important time to be studying the Greeks and Romans – and the wider ancient world of which they were a part. The ancient world then and now is changing – and it has never been more important for academics to be engaged across the spectrum of research, teaching and engagement that will define the nature of that transformation for the future.

Hosted by the Department of Classics and Ancient History and Warwick International Higher Education Academy, the lecture (followed by a Q&A) will take place at 17:00 on Wednesday, 20th February 2019 in Lecture Theatre OC0.03 in the Oculus Building. The lecture is now fully booked, but if you are still interested in attending, please email to find out about joining the reserve list for the night

If you are not able to join us on campus that day, don’t worry because – in a #warwickuni first – the lecture will stream LIVE on #Facebook from 5.15pm through the following You can watch the lecture live AND ask questions in the live feed. Questions from the live feed will be picked for Michael to answer in the Live Q&A session at the end of the lecture – making the discussion open to people around the globe.

Wed 27 Feb, '19
WiP Guest Speaker: Prof. Dr. Andreas Schwab (LMU München)
Oculus 1.02

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schwab (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

"Egyptian Things Matter. Herodotus on Material Religion in Egypt."

Prof. Dr. Schwab specialises in ancient religion, Greek philosophy, historiography and Christian literature in late antiquity.

Organiser: LMU Munich

The event is sponsored by LMUexcellent (DFG Excellence Initiative).

Wed 6 Mar, '19
Work in Progress Seminar
Oculus 1.02
George Green (University of Oxford and University of Warwick) "LA-ICP-MS: data and conclusions from the Ashmolean’s collection of Roman gold"

Giles Penman (University of Warwick) "Classical motifs and the memorabilia of the Great War"

Thu 7 Mar, '19
Classical Connections Public Lecture: Dr Tessa Roynon (Oxford) "Black Classicism: some theory, some practices and some dilemmas"

Dr Tessa Roynon is Teaching and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. She is a specialist in modern North American literature, particularly African American literature, in Anglophone literature of the black diaspora, and in Classical Reception studies. She is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison (CUP 2012), and Toni Morrison and the Classical Tradition (OUP 2013) and co-editor of the acclaimed interdisciplinary essay collection, African Athena: New Agendas (OUP 2011, with Daniel Orrells and Gurminder Bhambra).

The Lecture is generously funded by IATL as Public Lecture for the undergraduate module 'Africa and the Making of Classical Literature'.

Wed 13 Mar, '19
Work in Progress Seminar: MARS

Maria Karolidou 'Themistius: A politician in disguise'

Matthew Smith "'A comparison of Aelius Aristides and Galen's views on the role of divine dreams in medicine"

Fri 15 Mar, '19
Classical Connections Public Lecture: Prof. Patrice Rankine (Richmond) "Caught in the Act: The Classics, White Supremacy, and the Quest for a New Commons"
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Prof. Patrice Rankine is Professor of Classics and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond. His research focusses on African American literature and the reception of the Classics among black American authors. He is the author of Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature (The University of Wisconsin Press 2006), Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013) and co-editor of the Oxford University Handbook: Greek Drama in the Americas (with Kathryn Bosher, Fiona Macintosh, and Justine McConnell; Oxford University Press, 2015).

Prof. Rankine will lecture on the state of Classics in the US, the historical moorings leading to today, and work of himself and others in what he calls a "new commons".

The Lecture is generously funded by IATL as Public Lecture for the undergraduate module 'Africa and the Making of Classical Literature'.

Wed 24 Apr, '19
WiP Guest Speaker: Dr John Pearce (KCL) 'Hares, hounds and snares: tracking the hunt on Rome's frontiers and beyond'

Dr John Pearce (KCL)

'Hares, hounds and snares: tracking the hunt on Rome's frontiers and beyond'

Dr John Pearce is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at KCL. His work covers Roman Archaeology in North-West Europe and Italy, with particular interest in the importance of landscapes, documents and literacy, death and burial and small finds.

Wed 1 May, '19
Classical Connections - IAS VF Public Lecture: Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton) "The Etruscan Negro: from Coin to Memory to Racial Politics"
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Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he is affiliated with the university's Center for Human Values and Program in Latino Studies. His work situates the religious and cultural history of the Roman Republic in diallogue with anthropology, sociology, economics, and comparative and global histories of slavery. In this public lecture, he will focus on the complicity of modern histories of Roman republican culture in the (re)production of colonial and postcolonial configurations of race.

The lecture is generously funded by the IAS.

Fri 3 May, '19
Racing The Classics II - Research Workshop (invitation only)

Organised by Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Brown) and Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton), in collaboration with Rosa Andújar (KCL) and Elena Giusti (Warwick)

Wed 8 May, '19
Work in Progress Seminar: Guest Speaker: Catharine Edwards

Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London)

Catharine Edwards is Professor of Classics and Ancient Histiory at Birkbeck. She is the author, among other works, of Death in Ancient Rome (Yale 2007) and Writing Rome: Textual Approaches to the City (CUP 1996). Her research focuses on Roman cultural history and Latin prose literature (particularly the younger Seneca), as well as Reception of Classical Antiquity in later periods.

Thu 9 May, '19
Classical Connections - IAS VF Public Lecture: Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Brown) "Speaking (of) Greek: Reflections on Value in Post-9/11 Receptions of Epic"

Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston is Assistant Professor of Classics at Brown University. Her research examines the interstices between moral philosophy, ecocriticism, and literature from the Roman Empire; Classical reception (throughout the African Diaspora); and critical race theory, Classics, and educational reform. This lecture is part of her ongoing project Epic Events, which explains how authors of works produced after 9/11, especially those from newly racialized groups in the U.S., use the Greco-Roman canon to negotiate the state’s efforts to define the terrorist attacks of 2001 as an epoch making event. Of interest to Americanists, scholars interested in museum studies, literature, popular culture, and ecocriticism.

The lecture is generously funded by the IAS.

Wed 15 May, '19
Midlands Classics Colloquium
Thu 16 May, '19
Classical Connections Seminar Lecture: Dr Thomas Biggs (Georgia) "Agamben, Iustitium, and the Poetic "State of Exception" in Lucan's Bellum Civile"

Dr Thomas Biggs is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Georgia. He is an expert in Latin literature, and has worked especially on connections between epic and historiography, cultural history, poetics, Roman art and architecture and the Punic Wars.