School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Classics seminars

The Classics research seminars provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the promotion of new research and debate among the research community, both within and outside the University. All are welcome. 

Time and location

Meetings will be held on most Wednesdays from 6 October onwards at 5pm for 5.10pm start, UK time, on the Microsoft Teams platform. To receive information on how to join the sessions please contact Dr Benjamin Harriman ( to be added to the Classics Research Seminars Mailing List.

Event schedule

Semester 1, 2021/22

Date Speaker Title
Wednesday 6 Oct Mary Whitby (Merton and Regent’s Park Colleges, Oxford)

'An Emperor and his poet: George of Pisidia on the Emperor Heraclius (610-641 CE)'

(Joint meeting with the Byzantine Seminars)

Wednesday 13 Oct Toph Marshall (University of British Columbia)

'Ajax and the stagecraft of surprise'

Wednesday 20 Oct Alexandre Johnston (University College, Oxford)

'Irony and theology in Sophocles'

Wednesday 3 Nov Julia H. Gaisser (Bryn Mawr College)

'Les amours de Catulle and the adventures of Catullus: Translating and transposing Catullus in the 17th century'

Wednesday 10 Nov Tamer Nawar (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

'Ancient democracy: A philosophical analysis'

Wednesday 17 Nov Alison John (All Souls College, Oxford)

'Bilingual poetry in Late Antiquity: Author, audience and reception'

Wednesday 24 Nov

Shane Wallace (Trinity College Dublin)

'The Antigonids and their Hellenic Leagues: The case of Gonatas'
Wednesday 8 Dec

Sinclair Bell (Northern Illinois University)

'Figures of empire: Images of Aethiopian boys and the sexual economy of imperial slavery'

Further information

Organisers: Benjamin Harriman, Gavin Kelly


Find out what else is on

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers an exciting programme of seminars across many subjects areas. Visit the research seminars website to find out what else is happening.