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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English chaplains and the Greek Church in 18th-century Aleppo

English chaplains and the Greek Church in 18th-century Aleppo

Date
17/10/2019
Description
Simon Mills delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
Debating Tiberian political discourse

Debating Tiberian political discourse

Date
23/10/2019
Description
Alison Cooley (Warwick) delivers the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology seminar.
Bridging the Gap: processions in early medieval Constantinople

Bridging the Gap: processions in early medieval Constantinople

Date
24/10/2019
Description
Leslie Brubaker delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
Byzantium: commonwealth, empire or nation-state?

Byzantium: commonwealth, empire or nation-state?

Date
31/10/2019
Description
Averil Cameron delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
Magistrates' accountability and epigraphic documents in the Greek cities: accounts and inventories

Magistrates' accountability and epigraphic documents in the Greek cities: accounts and inventories

Date
13/11/2019
Description
Michele Faraguna (Milan) delivers the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology seminar.
Institutionalising citizenship in ancient Greece

Institutionalising citizenship in ancient Greece

Date
14/11/2019
Description
This event therefore brings together four international scholars in an informal environment and aims to foster a broad picture of Greek citizenship and its interaction with polis institutions.
Byzantium and Africa: a new frontier

Byzantium and Africa: a new frontier

Date
14/11/2019
Description
Anna Kelley delivers the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies seminar.
Lachares and Menander: a theatre-historical look at POxy 1235, col. iii, 103-12

Lachares and Menander: a theatre-historical look at POxy 1235, col. iii, 103-12

Date
20/11/2019
Description
Eric Csapo (Sydney/Warwick) delivers the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology seminar.
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