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 are held on Wednesdays at 5:10 pm and Thursdays at 2:10 pm. Also listed are meetings of the Classical Association of Scotland, Edinburgh and South East Centre (CAS), which will be held on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Meetings marked with an asterisk will be in hybrid format on Microsoft Teams. Please contact Dr Benjamin Harriman ( details o fhow to join these sessions.

Event schedule

Semester 1, 2022/23

Date Speaker Title Venue

Wed 21 Sep

Donncha O’Rourke (University of Edinburgh)

'Erring willingly: Akrasia and amor in Augustan poetry'

G.04, 50 George Square


Wed 28 Sep

Georgy Kantor (St John’s College, Oxford)

'A new document from Spain on the accession of Tiberius'


Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School

Thu 29 Sep

P.N. Singer (Birkbeck) 

'Leaders, followers and fellow-travellers: (re)translating some familiar Greek words and what they tell us about Roman medical history'

G.06, 50 George Square (hybrid)

Wed 5 Oct

Andrew Erskine (University of Edinburgh)

'The Court, the Polis and Hellenistic intellectual culture'

Teviot Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School

Wed 12 Oct

Book Launch

 Maureen Carroll - "The making of a Roman imperial estate. Archaeology in the Vicus at Vagnari, Puglia" (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2022) and Alastair Small and Carola Small - "Archaeology on the Apulian-Lucanian border' (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2002). With contributions from Maureen Carroll (Sheffield), Alastair Small (Edinburgh), Carola Small (Edinburgh), Robert Leighton (Edinburgh), and Ben Russell (Edinburgh). Reception sponsored by Archaeopress.

Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School

Thu 20 Oct

Julia M. Koch (Gießen)

'From the Black Sea to the Antonine Wall: Roman funerary landscapes and their social agency'

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Doorway 3, Old Medical School (hybrid)

Wed 26 Oct

Glenys Davies (University of Edinburgh)

'Dress code and dress as code in Roman art: togas, trousers, paenulae and more'

G.04, 50 George Square


Thu  27 Oct

Lilah Grace Canevaro (University of Edinburgh)

'Theocritus and things: Material agency in the Idylls'

1M473, Teaching Room 13, Doorway 3, Old Medical School (hybrid)

Wed 2 Nov

Lisa Raphals (University of California, Riverside)

'The invention of the body in Greece and China'

Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School (hybrid)
Wed 16 Nov Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis (British Museum)

'Parthia and Rome: interaction and conflict'

To be followed by a celebration of the publication of Eberhard Sauer et al., "Ancient arms race: Antiquity’s largest fortresses and Sasanian military networks of Northern Iran" (Oxford: Oxbow, 2022)

Teviot Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School (hybrid)
Thu 17 Nov Anastasia Bakogianni (Massey University)

'Antigone in Aotearoa: Performing Sophocles’ tragedy in New Zealand'

Room 4.18, 40 George Square (hybrid)
Wed 23 Nov Alex Hardie (University of Edinburgh)

'The Proem to the Theogony: Hesiod and the Helikoniades'

Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School
Wed 30 Nov Athanassios Vergados (University of Newcastle)

'Etymology as a hermeneutic instrument in Heraclitus’ Homeric Allegories'

G.04, 50 George Square


Thu 1 Dec Katharina Lorenz (Gießen)

'Group dynamics: On the art of being together in early imperial Roman portraiture'

Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School (hybrid)
Wed 7 Dec Markus Zimmermann (University of Bayreuth) 'Xenophon’s reflections on decision-making'

G.06, 50 George Square 

Wed 14 Dec Steven J. Green (Yale-NUS College, Singapore)

'When you don’t know you’re Roman: Diomedes in the Latin Iliad'

G.05, 50 George Square (hybrid)



Further information

Organisers: Benjamin Harriman, Gavin Kelly

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