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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How do Egyptian hieroglyphs and other images both work together and stay apart?

How do Egyptian hieroglyphs and other images both work together and stay apart?

Date
18/10/2017
Description
John Baines (Oxford): delivers the CAHA Research Seminar.
Old statues, new meanings. Literary and archaeological evidence for Christian re-interpretation of classical statuary

Old statues, new meanings. Literary and archaeological evidence for Christian re-interpretation of classical statuary

Date
19/10/2017
Description
Ine Jacobs (Oxford) delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
Exploring perceptions of heritage in Greek traditional settlements

Exploring perceptions of heritage in Greek traditional settlements

Date
26/10/2017
Description
Ioanna Katapidi delivers the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage research seminar.
History, time, and economic crisis in Central Greece

History, time, and economic crisis in Central Greece

Date
26/10/2017
Description
Daniel Knight (St Andrews) delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
Ironbridge Lecture

Ironbridge Lecture

Date
31/10/2017
Description
Speaker: Lloyd Grossman.
Politics of Collecting in nineteenth century Greece

Politics of Collecting in nineteenth century Greece

Date
08/11/2017
Description
Yannis Galanakis (Cambridge) delivers the Classical Archaeology/CAHA Research Seminar.
Title to be confirmed

Title to be confirmed

Date
09/11/2017
Description
Sarah Howard delivers the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage research seminar.
'Glorified from heaven above'

'Glorified from heaven above'

Date
09/11/2017
Description
Mihail Mitrea (Edinburgh and Nottingham) delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
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