Through consideration of topics reflecting the entire range of Classical studies, papers and discussions in this seminar will examine Greek and Roman literature, philology, history, religion, archaeology, and philosophy; the application of literary and cultural theory to classical texts; and various other aspects of classical literature and culture, including its reception by and intersections with other related fields.


Upcoming Events

Mirko Canevaro, University of Edinburgh
Majority Rule vs. Consensus: The Practice of Deliberation in the Greek Poleis
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 5:30pm
Room 133, Barker Center
Joel Christensen, Brandeis University
Talk Title TBA
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 5:30pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Past Events 2015 - 16

James Uden, Boston University
Satire and Superstition in Second-Century Rome
Maria Emilia Cairo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-Conicet
Roman Identity and Religion in Cicero: A Reading of De divinatione
Judith Mossman, University of Nottingham
Plutarch, Lucian, and the Sixth Century BC
Andrew Laird, Warwick University
Classical Literature and Millenarian Madness in Post-Conquest Mexico: The Ecstasis of Fray Cristóbal Cabrera (1548)
Stephen Heyworth, Oxford University
Segmentation and Interpretation: Horace, Odes 2
AJ Woodman, University of Virginia
Vinous Voices: Horace, Epode 9

Past Events 2014 - 15

Armand D'Angour, Jesus College, Oxford University
What Do We Mean by Ancient Greek Music?
Mark Bradley, University of Nottingham
Obesity, Corpulence, and Emaciation in Roman Art
Stephen Harrison, Oxford University
Horace's Hymn to Bacchus (Odes 2.19): Poetics and Politics
Damian Valdez, University of Cambridge
German Philhellenism: The Pathos of the Historical Imagination from Winckelmann to Goethe

Past Events 2013 - 14

Stephen Scully, Boston University
Aeschylus’ Oresteia in Light of Hesiod’s Theogony
Ewen Bowie, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
A Land Without Priests? Religion in Longus, Daphnis, and Chloe
Irene Peirano, Yale University
The Orator in the Storm: Rhetoric and Roman Epic
Deborah Lyons, Miami University
How (Not) to Become Immortal in Early Greek Poetry
J. D. Reed, Brown University
Love’s Bargain: Virgil and Garcilaso de la Vega
David Bouvier, University of Lausanne
How Much Does the Odyssey Know about Odysseus’ Dark Side?: Odysseus’ Hubris in Demodokos’ Song

Past Events 2012 - 13

Richard Hunter, Trinity College, The University of Cambridge
“Sweet Stesichorus: ‘Theocritus 18’ and the ‘Helen’ Revisited”
Jan Felix Gaertner, Harvard University
"Caesar rediscovered? The Bellum Alexandrinum and its Language(s) and Historiographical Style(s)"
Yannis Hamilakis, University of Southhampton
Talk title to be announced.
Jan Bremmer, University of Groningen, Netherlands
"Did the Ancient Mysteries Influence Early Christianity?"

Past Events 2011 - 12

William Johnson, Duke University
"Publishing without Publishers: Books, Publication, and Community in Rome and Today"
Richard Rutherford, Christ Church, Oxford
"Decorum and Sexuality in Greek Tragedy"
Simon Goldhill, King's College
"The Lyric Voice of Sophocles"
Eric Moormann, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
"Christians Saved at Pompeii? Examples of Literary Evocations of Pompeii in A.D. 79"
Benjamin Isaacs, Tel Aviv University
“Romans and Nomads”

Past Events 2010 - 11

Stephan Heilen, Universität Osnabrück
"Astrological concilia deorum in Late Medieval and Early Modern Latin Poetry"
Adriaan Lanni, Harvard Law School
"Law and Order in Classical Athens"
Anna Chahoud, Trinity College, Dublin
"Sermo, Style & Satire: Lucilius' Language"
Jonas Grethlein, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
"Futures Past in Ancient Historiography: Xenophon's Anabasis"
Giuseppe La Bua, University of Rome, La Sapienza
"Between Poetry and Politics: Horace and the East"