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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Local and global networks: some unusual hoards of pseudo-Roman/Byzantine coins from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka

Local and global networks: some unusual hoards of pseudo-Roman/Byzantine coins from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka

Date
04/03/2020
Description
Unfortunately this seminar has been cancelled due to strike action
Title to be confirmed

Title to be confirmed

Date
05/03/2020
Description
Antonia Gatward Cevizli delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
Contemporary reworkings of the myth of Eurydice

Contemporary reworkings of the myth of Eurydice

Date
11/03/2020
Description
Efrossini Spentzou (Royal Holloway) delivers the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology seminar.
Constructing a model for the early Islamic economy

Constructing a model for the early Islamic economy

Date
12/03/2020
Description
Hugh Kennedy delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
"The Sphinx's seamless veil": Exploring the Religious Reception of Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

"The Sphinx's seamless veil": Exploring the Religious Reception of Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Date
18/03/2020
Description
Sara Brio (Leeds) delivers the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology seminar.
Sultans as Saviours: early modern Mediterranean Jewish accounts of the Ottoman rulers

Sultans as Saviours: early modern Mediterranean Jewish accounts of the Ottoman rulers

Date
19/03/2020
Description
Marc Baer delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
Natalie Haynes: Troy Story

Natalie Haynes: Troy Story

Date
19/03/2020
Description
The Birmingham and Midlands Classical Association is delighted to announce that comedian, author, and broadcaster Natalie Haynes will be joining us to mark the publication her latest novel and to discuss all things Troy!
State Concept and State Experience in the Ancient Near East

State Concept and State Experience in the Ancient Near East

Date
25/03/2020
Description
Sophie Démare-Lafont (Paris 2) delivers the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology seminar.
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