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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The Tiburtine Sibyl at the Villa d'Este: Oracular Encounters & Prophetic Locales

The Tiburtine Sibyl at the Villa d'Este: Oracular Encounters & Prophetic Locales

Date
25/01/2017
Description
Miriam Bay (Birmingham) gives the CAHA Research Seminar
Bad art? What can we learn if we dare discuss quality in Roman provincial sculpture from Moesia Superior

Bad art? What can we learn if we dare discuss quality in Roman provincial sculpture from Moesia Superior

Date
31/01/2017
Description
Dr Dragana Mladenović (University of Southampton) gives the Classical Archaeology: Visual culture in Rome's Provinces research seminar
The Canopus conundrum: statuary from the underwater excavations in Abu Kir, Egypt

The Canopus conundrum: statuary from the underwater excavations in Abu Kir, Egypt

Date
07/02/2017
Description
Dr Emma Libonati (UCL Petrie Museum) gives the Classical Archaeology: Visual culture in Rome's Provinces research seminar
Antinoos and the mysteries of Lerna

Antinoos and the mysteries of Lerna

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
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.
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