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We are pleased to announce that the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the University of St Andrews and the University of

Glasgow, will host the Seventh Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) from 23-24 November 2017. This conference is generously supported by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (University of Edinburgh), the School of Classics (University of St Andrews), the Department of Classics (University of Glasgow), the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (SPHS), the Classical Association (CA) and the Classical Association of Scotland (CAS).

The central theme of AMPRAW 2017 is the concept of community. In 450/451 BC Pericles passed a law delineating stricter requirements for obtaining Athenian citizenship, and in doing so described his vision of community. In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European

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Union, a decision that will continue to have a significant impact on the concept of ‘community’ for UK citizens. Recent political and socio-economic developments worldwide have put notions of what it means to be part of a particular community, and also the concept of the community itself, under increased scrutiny. This conference will therefore explore how definitions of community (geographical, artistic, intellectual, political, cultural and economic) have been shaped and complicated by classical works and/or how classical receptions have prompted and continue to prompt new insight into community groups. Through contributions from Classics and other, related disciplines (including History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Art History, Epigraphy and Palaeography), the conference will emphasise the ways in which classical works can be used not only to comment on and engage with concepts of community, but also to shape communities from within. Since the conference focuses on reception, papers addressing topics in Late Antiquity, Byzantine and Medieval Studies are welcome as well.

In addition to chaired panels, AMPRAW 2017 will feature a graduate panel on networking and career in collaboration with the Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN) as well as three key note lectures by Professor Douglas L. Cairns (University of Edinburgh), Professor Patrick J. Finglass (University of Bristol) and Emeritus Professor Lorna Hardwick (Open University). Other confirmed speakers are Dr Lilah Grace Canevaro, Dr Christian Djurslev and the British playwright Zinnie Harris. Moreover, for the first time in the history of the AMPRAW conference, we aim to publish a selection of papers in a peer-reviewed edition.

For more information see the official website, or download the programme below:

Thanks to the support of the SGSAH, the SPHS and the CA, a number of small travel bursaries for doctoral researchers based both in Scotland and further afield are available.

The conference has received funding from the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) to assist doctoral researchers based at Scottish Universities to attend AMPRAW 2017. If you are based in Scotland at one of the following institutions and would like to attend please contact the organisers on

Abertay University 

Edinburgh Napier University

Glasgow School of Art

Heriot-Watt University

Queen Margaret University 

Robert Gordon University

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

University of Aberdeen

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of St Andrews  

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

University of the Highlands & Islands

University of the West of Scotland


The organising committee:

M. P. Huggins, J. McDonald, J. Messenger, A. S. Valtadorou, R. Zetti

The Old Medical School, Teviot Place


The Seventh Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World invites both postgraduate students and early-career researchers from all disciplines to present their research to the growing community of classical reception scholars on 23-24 November, 2017 .

Thursday: University of Edinburgh, 01M.469, Teaching Room 12, Doorway 3, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
Friday: University of Edinburgh, Room 2.13 of the Geography building, 1 Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ