School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Classics postgraduate seminars

The Classics Postgraduate seminars enable postgraduate students to gain valuable experience and practice in delivering research papers and taking questions on their work.

Event description

There has always been a strong contingent of postgraduate students at both masters and doctoral levels studying Classics at the University of Edinburgh.

Part of the postgraduate experience here is the opportunity to deliver research papers to fellow students, providing postgraduates with a valuable experience and practice in delivering research papers in a friendly and supportive environment. Sessions will consist of a 20–30 -minute talk + discussion, where postgraduate students (both at MSc and PhD level) will present their research on any area of Classical Studies (Ancient History, Classics, Classical Archaeology, or any related discipline).   

Time and location

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars take place 6-7pm in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School. If you would like to attend online, please contact

Event schedule

Semester 1 2023/24

Date Speaker Title
Fri 20 Oct

Ben Broadbent (University of Oxford)

‘From Hero to zero: Anonymity in the Odyssey and Astronautilia’

Fri 27 Oct

Xiyuan Meng (University of St Andrews)

‘Iteration, verbal links, and lexical ambivalence in Catullus c.64.’

NOTE: This seminar will be held in MST_G.13 Seminar Room, Doorway 4, Medical School, Teviot

Fri 3 Nov

Connor Hickey (University of St Andrews)

‘Voices of sedition: Collective agency and the notion of Seditio in Tacitus’

Fri 10 Nov

Stefano Carlo Sala (University of St Andrews)

‘Discussing constitutional change in Athens and Rome: Ephialtes’ and Volero’s reforms in comparison’

NOTE: This seminar will be held online – more details to follow

Fri 17 Nov

Anna-Sophia Alitalo (University of Oxford)

‘Medea’s plastic sorcery: The Medicamina faciei femineae and Aeson’s Rejuvenation’

Fri 24 Nov

Biancamaria Masutti (University of Edinburgh/University of Padua)

‘Honorius beyond the Rubicon. An ancient border in Claudian’s poetry’

Fri 1 Dec

Cem Almurat (Boğaziçi University)

‘Tracking the emergence and transformation of Roman urbanism in Pisidia’

NOTE: This seminar will be held online – more details to follow

Further information

Further information can be found on the Classics postgraduate seminar series website, or email

Classics postgraduate seminar series website

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