Classics and antiquity, questions for the twenty-first century

  • Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology research seminars 2013/2014

The study of the ancient world at Birmingham has a long and distinguished history, and 2013 marks the 130th anniversary of the appointment of Edward Adolf Sonnenschein as the inaugural professor of Greek and Latin in Mason College (our forerunner).

Sonnenschein, and thus Birmingham (once constituted), was in the vanguard of ideas to open up the serious study of classical languages and cultures to as wide an audience as possible. 

George Thomson's post-war curriculum-development for ab initio Greek (including school-text editions of Greek tragedy translated into another vernacular, Irish, in the early 1930s, before his arrival as Professor of Greek at Birmingham in 1937) continued Sonnenschein's work, renewing Birmingham's distinctive role in democratising Classics for successive generations.

This seminar series develops a conversation about what constitutes the study of Classical and other ancient civilisations, and how we respond to these alien yet familiar worlds. A conversation that in Sonnenschein's footsteps, and with luminaries such as Wilfred Lambert (Assyriology) in our genealogy, will engage academic colleagues and others in exploring and developing Birmingham’s distinctive role in shaping scholarship on antiquity.

  • Seminar series organiser, Diana Spencer (d.j.spencer@bham.ac.uk), Arts 213
  • Each seminar is chaired by a different member of academic staff
  • All seminars are at 17.15, in the Museum (Arts 305)

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Antinous and the Lerna mysteries: A marble statue from the sanctuary of Demeter Prosymna and Dionysus

Antinous and the Lerna mysteries: A marble statue from the sanctuary of Demeter Prosymna and Dionysus

Date
28/02/2017
Description
Professor Theodosia Stefanidou-Tiveriou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) gives the Classical Archaeology: Visual culture in Rome's Provinces research seminar
The imperial senate and the city of Rome

The imperial senate and the city of Rome

Date
08/03/2017
Description
Amy Russell (Durham) gives the CAHA Research Seminar
Online Ovids: the exiles of Marie Darrieussecq and Saviana Stãnescu

Online Ovids: the exiles of Marie Darrieussecq and Saviana Stãnescu

Date
14/03/2017
Description
Dr Fiona Cox (University of Exeter) delivers this joint Modern Languages and Classics research seminar.
The unsayable in Ovid's Remedia Amoris

The unsayable in Ovid's Remedia Amoris

Date
15/03/2017
Description
Dr Victoria Rimell (Warwick) gives the CAHA Research Seminar
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