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.


Part of the postgraduate experience at the University of Edinburgh 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. The Classics Postgraduate seminar series occurs weekly, with postgraduates who volunteer to deliver a research paper of around forty minutes in length, with time afterwards for question and answer.

Time and location

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars take place on Thursdays at 5pm on Teams. To receive further information and the link to the events email

Event schedule

Semester 1 2020/21

Date Speaker Title
Thurs 29 October Manos Tsakiris 'Argonautica 1&2: The hidden hymn to Apollo'
Thurs 5 October Denis Maksimov 'Hesiod’s "Theogony": The political tractate as an epic poem'
Thurs 12 October Alex Muir 'Seneca’s consolatory career: In what sense and how consistent?'
Thurs  19 October Justin Biggi 'The topographics of autochthony. Situating the Kerameikos within the landscape of Athenian identity'
Thurs 26 October Viola Periti 'Staging free speech: Pompey and his critics in Valerius Maximus’ Facta et dicta memorabilia 6.2'
Thurs  3 December Richard Kendall 'How to be an optimist about this: Religious authority in Hellenistic Olbia'

Further information

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