Past events - Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology


17th March - Delos Network: Workshop 1 - Delos Ideals

14th March - The Crisis of Rhetoric: Workshop 3 - Ethos & Identification

10th March - BMCA Texts and Topics Conference

8th March - Justinian II, the image of Christ and taxation

7th March - Women and the foundation of Greek colonies

28th February - The chorus in fourth-century revivals of Greek tragedy

22nd February - Between Mosul and Rome: the Church of the East in the seventeenth century

21st February - Desire & Virtue: Valerius Maximus' Handling of Philosophical Ideas

13th February - Medical Humanities and Medieval Literature? Voices, Breath, Feeling

8th February - Scale-making projects: Byzantium and the Christian communities of Khazaria

7th February - Defacing the enemy: punishment, order, and visual representation in Assyria

6th February - The Classical Heritage Under Threat: Destroying and Preserving our Past

3rd February - BMCA Teachers' Day

1st February - The Ottoman canon of historical writing and writing the history of Kanun in the sixteenth century

31st January - The long lives of ancient statues: new finds, new research at Aphrodisias

26th January - School of History and Cultures UG Dissertation Poster Showcase

25th January - Villehardouin's castle of Grand Magne (Megali Maini): a re-assessment of the evidence for its location

24th January - Annual Medieval and Early Modern lecture

18th January - Who's who in sixteenth-century Ottoman Istanbul

17th January - Screening of 'Queens of Syria' Documentary with Question and Answer Session

17th January - Competitive Worship? Greek Gods between Hellenistic Rulers and Republican Rome

11th January - Scale-making projects: Byzantium and the Christian communities of Khazaria


12th December - The Crisis of Rhetoric: Workshop 2 - Concepts

6th December - Making canon out of nothing, or the peculiar history of a few Mesopotamian objects, and a few odd comments about Sumerian literature

30th November - Turkey and liberal democracy? Authoritarian drift since 2007

29th November - Persian Documents from Pre-Mongol Bamiyan

23rd November - When the "I" becomes "we": From personal to collective memories. Reflections from locals in Greek traditional settlements.

23rd November - 'This land is your land'

16th November - The Cypriot Canzoniere and Italian Renaissance music

15th November - Faking it in Antiquity: The Letters of Marcus Brutus and Mithridates

9th November - Title to be confirmed

9th November - 'Glorified from heaven above'

8th November - Politics of Collecting in nineteenth century Greece

31st October - Ironbridge Lecture

26th October - Exploring perceptions of heritage in Greek traditional settlements

26th October - History, time, and economic crisis in Central Greece

19th October - Old statues, new meanings. Literary and archaeological evidence for Christian re-interpretation of classical statuary

18th October - How do Egyptian hieroglyphs and other images both work together and stay apart?

14th October - Undergraduate Open Day

12th October - Reading the Acts of the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-1)

12th October - Walking with Socrates: Philosophy in the City of Athens

10th October - Title to be confirmed

10th October - 'I am Antony yet': Reading Mark Antony's Mail

10th October - Title to be confirmed

5th October - Title to be confirmed

5th October - Travellers' Tales

4th October - Making sense of Sulla: memory, recovery and Cicero's early speeches

28th September - Constructing an ontology of the historic battlefield (or, some of what we did on our holiday)

27th September - Is it a farm? The archaeology of farmsteads in mainland Greece

21st-23rd September - The Modern Invention of Dynasty: A Global Intellectual History, 1500-2000

13th September - Workshop 1: The State of Political Speech

22nd August - BRIHC Scholars Symposium

28th July - Literary 'spaces' for oratory and rhetoric from antiquity to the 20th century

28th June - Rhetoric of Fear in Republican Rome: the Ciceronian Case

7th June - Strategies for research dissemination

3rd June - Multiculturalism from Late Antiquity to Modernity: CBOMGS Colloquium

22nd May - Playing by the rules? The importance of obedience in Spartan Society

10th May - CAHA Postgraduate Colloquium 2017

25th-27th March - Global Byzantium

23rd March - CBOMGS Seminar: Out on a limb? Forest and field in Byzantine Apulia, 7th–11th centuries

22nd March - Relics and the Insular World, c.600-800

16th March - CBOMGS Seminar: The new Ottoman Greece: Replacing the Turkish Yoke with pluralistic coexistence in history and fiction

16th March - Honour among Thebes

15th March - The unsayable in Ovid's Remedia Amoris

14th March - Online Ovids: the exiles of Marie Darrieussecq and Saviana Stãnescu

9th March - CBOMGS Seminar: Heirloom manuscripts? The Romeika manuscripts in Arabic script of the Turco-Yanniotes and Turco-Cretans

8th March - The imperial senate and the city of Rome

2nd March - CBOMGS Seminar: History, time, and economic crisis in Central Greece | Cancelled

28th February - Antinous and the Lerna mysteries: A marble statue from the sanctuary of Demeter Prosymna and Dionysus

24th-25th February - Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era

23rd February - CBOMGS Seminar: Old statues, new meanings. Literary and archaeological evidence for Christian re-interpretation of classical statuary

22nd February - 'And there was no one who would remember it': technologies of remembrance and the materialisation of social memory in Middle Kingdom Egypt

17th February - Digging into Ancient Egypt: Symposium

17th-18th February - Understanding Material Loss

9th February - CBOMGS Seminar: Greek women diarists and memoirists: twentieth century female voices in a masculine world

7th February - The Canopus conundrum: statuary from the underwater excavations in Abu Kir, Egypt

2nd February - CBOMGS Seminar: Lead seals in the excavations of Byzantine Corinth (1896–2014): confronting inscribed artefacts with history

31st January - Bad art? What can we learn if we dare discuss quality in Roman provincial sculpture from Moesia Superior

26th January - CBOMGS Seminar: How to spend it? Wealth, charity and remembrance in the late Byzantine period

25th January - The Tiburtine Sibyl at the Villa d'Este: Oracular Encounters & Prophetic Locales

19th January - CBOMGS Seminar: From Antiquity to Byzantium in late medieval Italy: Hercules on the facade of San Marco

19th January - The State of Speech: Cicero and current research into Roman republican oratory [FULL VIDEO RECORDING]

17th January - Preserving the hidden seeds: what happened to Celtic art in Roman Britain?

12th January - CBOMGS Seminar: Mary and the Magnificat: the earliest monumental example?

11th January - The religious life of Dura-Europos in twenty-five (relatively unknown) objects

10th January - The Aphrodite of Emesa: Marble statuettes and religious life in Roman Syria


8th December - CBOMGS Seminar: Seljuk palace culture and Byzantium

1st December - CBOMGS Seminar: Byzantine medicine reconsidered: the case of John Zacharias Aktouarios (ca. 1275– ca. 1330)

30th November - Nature and Fiction in Hellenistic and Roman Landscape Painting

28th November - What I found there: Reading Classical Landscapes

24th November - CBOMGS Seminar: Managing living Byzantine Heritage sites: reality - international developments

23rd November - I just can't wait to be king: fathers and rulers in Seneca

17th November - CBOMGS Seminar: Art, politics and eschatology in the burial chapels of lay monastic founders in Byzantium, 11th–14th centuries

16th November - The painted tombs of Bulgaria between the Late-Classical and Early Hellenistic period. Figurative programs, local models, and external influences

10th November - CBOMGS Seminar Alexandra Vukovich - CANCELLED

9th November - 'Whenever you dream that we're going to be saved, then we just sink further': Dream divination in Graeco-Roman Egypt

26th October - The Archaeology of Colours: New Research on the Polychromy of Greek Painting and Sculpture

20th October - Network for Oratory and Politics launch

19th October - BRIHC: Thinking through 'loss'

18th October - The materiality of writing in 3rd millennium BCE Mesopotamia

13th October - How Norman and how Byzantine is the Martorana in Palermo? S. Maria dell'Ammiraglio in Palermo reconsidered

12th October - "Mixing Colours": Native Tradition and Roman Power in South Italian Funerary Painting

6th October - Travellers' Tales

6th October - Why I am fed up with the Sophoclean Hero

5th October - Oratory and Political Career in the Late Roman Republic: the case of Pompeius Magnus

28th September - One step too low: A reinterpretation of the Procession Fresco at Knossos

23rd-24th September - Tea with the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and the Modern Imagination

22nd September - Film screening: The Mummy (1932)

29th July - Classics and Feminist Pedagogy: Practical Tips For Teaching

4th-8th July - Birmingham and Midlands School Classics Hub Summer School 2016

18th June - Ovid's garden party

4th June - Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean

4th May - CAHA Colloquium 2016

31st March-4th April - Inheriting the City

23rd March - Fear, honour and profit? Revisiting the 'Balance Sheet' of Greek imperialism

16th March - The port-city of Delos and its commercial cityscape

9th March - His native home deep imag'd in his soul': Reimagining Nostos

3rd March - From Mudros To Lausanne: British Policy In The Near East, Greece And Turkey, 1918-23

24th February - Royal City of Sais and its Antecedents

10th February - Middle Kingdom ritual reflected in writing. A case-study from Asyut

4th February - The Human Rights Record Of The Greek "Colonels" (1967-74), The Anti-Torture Campaign, And The Rise Of Global Standards

2nd February - The King-Priest Quarrel in the Ādiparvan (Mahābhārata 1) and the Iliad (Bk 1)

28th January - Engonopoulos And Pindar: The Poetics And Politics Of Praise

27th January - Everyman's Automaton? Who was the audience of Hero of Alexandria's treatise "On Making Automata"?


10th December - Performability, Laments And The Christos Paschon

3rd December - Constantinople, Cairo Or Alexandria? Latin Merchants And Papal Trade Exemptions In The Late Medieval Mediterranean

26th November - Persons, Practices And Things In Circulation Between Byzantium And The British Isles In The Viking Age

19th November - 'What's In A Name?' Sculptors And Workships In Eleventh-Century Greece

12th November - Lessons From A New History Of Byzantium, 955-1097 AD

29th October - On The Spot: The Appanage In Palaiologan Politics

22nd October - Nicholas Mesarites: A Man For All Seasons

20th October - 'The Urban Splash Story' - Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash

15th October - Women Of The Komnenian House Under Manuel I, As Seen In The Poems Of Mangeneios Prodromos

1st October - Representing Roman imperial women: family resemblance among the Julio-Claudians

26th July-23rd August - Byzantine Greek Summer School 2015

30th May - CBOMGS 16th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium

23rd May - Greece in Crisis: Culture and the Politics of Austerity

26th March - CBOMGS seminar: The Photian schism (858-880): towards a cultural history

25th March - Writing in the Mansion of Gold: Inscriptions from the Egyptian alabaster quarries at Hatnub

12th March - CBOMGS seminar: The Saga of ancient statues in medieval Constantinople

11th March - Identities in the Roman Empire: Discrepancy and Heterogeneity in Provincial Societies

5th March - Greek Tragedy on the Small Screen: 'Agamemnon' and 'Of Mycenae and Men'

26th February - CBOMGS seminar: From Theophanes to Psellos: transformations of Byzantine historiography

26th February - Greek Tragedy on the Small Screen: 'King Oedipus' and 'Oedipus the King'

25th February - Herodotus' travels in Britain (and beyond)

23rd February - Inaugural Lecture: Professor Simon Esmonde-Cleary

5th February - CBOMGS seminar: Refashioning a maritime past in the Eastern Mediterranean

4th February - Archaic Greek society, politics and slavery: assumptions and evidence

29th January - CBOMGS seminar: Friends, colleagues and grand vezirs: the Ottoman art of letter-writing

29th January - Birmingham and Midlands Classical Association New Year Lecture

28th January - Lycurgus in Leaflets and Lectures: The Weiße Rose and Classics at Munich University 1941-45

22nd January - CBOMGS seminar: Byron's Greece 1809-1824

15th January - CBOMGS seminar: The Christianization of Crete and the Peloponnese in the Late Antique period

14th January - Classical Sparta: An Exceptional Domination of State over Society?