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Postgraduate Colloquium 2014


University of Warwick Classics and Ancient History Postgraduate Colloquium

Wednesday 21st MAY 2014

Wolfson Research Exchange (Library Floor 3 Extension)

denarius depicting Tarpeia about to be crushed by shields

L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus. 89 BC. Denarius with bare head of King Tatius, palm below chin (obverse);
Tarpeia with raised hands, about to be crushed by soldier's shields, above star in crescent (reverse).
Image courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group Inc. (

The Classics and Ancient History Postgraduate Colloquium is a one day event that will take place on Wednesday 21st May in the Wolfson Research Exchange (Rooms 2 and 3). The primary aim of the colloquium is to provide a platform for Classics and Ancient History postgraduates to present their current research to departmental peers and academic staff within a friendly environment.

The theme for this year's colloquium is 'Conflict'. We are excited to present an array of 20-minute papers by PhD and MA students dealing with conflict in the study of antiquity, including topics such as ancient warfare, art, local and imperial politics, religious cults, and the reception of antiquity in later periods. We also hope that these papers will raise questions about different schools of thought, methodological approaches in the past or present, and contrasting theories or patterns of argument.


10.00-10.20 Registration, Coffee/tea

10.20-10.30 Opening remarks Zahra Newby and Becky Taylor

10.30-11.45 Panel 1: Territory and Identity
Chair: Becky Taylor
Paul Grigsby "I against my brother; I and my brother against our cousin; I, my brother and our cousin against the neighbours; all of us against the foreigner": Conflicting Identities in the Ancient Greek world.
Joanna Kemp Peoples and the Orbis Terrarum in Pomponius Mela
Alexander Peck Chameleon Syndrome: Conflicting Notions of Territoriality and the Roman Concept of Patria

11.45-12.00 Break: Coffee/tea

12.00-13.15 Panel 2: Art and iconography
Chair: Desiree Arbo
Ghislaine Van Der Ploeg The Asclepius Amelung Anti-Conflict in Pergamum and Epidaurus
Vicky Jewell Conflicting colour: ideas about colour connotations in the reception of Roman art
James Wright Man vs. Snake: Leighton’s Athlete Wrestling with a Python and the Laocoӧn

13.15-14.15 Lunch

14.15-15.30 Panel 3: Reception
Chair: Rocco Di Dio
Desiree Arbo Virtuous Barbarians or Citizens of a Republic?: Indians and the Jesuit Missions of Paraguay in the Works of José Manuel Peramás (1732-1793)
Sofia Guthrie The deceptive prophecy as defamation in Antoine Garissoles' Adolphid: how to slander a dead general.
Stephanie Lane The death of Brittonic : language shift in post-colonial Roman Britain

15.30-15.45 Break: Coffee/tea

15.45-16.35 Panel 4: Numismatics
Chair: Elena Marchis
Marta Barbato 'Conflict' in mint attribution: RRC 476 and RRC 550. Evidence from the 'sottosuolo urbano' of Rome and other find-spots.
Nathan Murphy A Soldiers' Savings: Hoarding and the Military in the Roman World

16.35-16.45 Closing remarks: Kevin Butcher

16.45-17.15 Wine reception

Many thanks from the colloquium organisers:

Desiree Arbo:
Rocco Di Dio:
Elena Marchis:
Rebecca Taylor:


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