Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings

By Erik Shell | September 23, 2016

(From John Finamore)

I am pleased to announce the call for panels for the 15th annual ISNS conference, to be held in Olomouc, The Czech Republic, on June 14-17, 2017, in conjunction with Palacký University Olomouc.

Anyone interested in organizing a panel at the conference should send a brief description of the panel along with its title and the name(s) and email address(es) of the contact person(s) to the conference organizers:

Tomáš Nejeschleba, Palacký University <>
Jozef Matula, Palacký University <>
Sara Itoku Ahbel-Rappe, University of Michigan <>
John Finamore, University of Iowa <>

By Erik Shell | September 22, 2016

A free two-day workshop sponsored by the Perseids Project
January 4-5th, 2017, 9AM-5PM

1 Harbour Square
Toronto, ON M5J 1A6

This two-day workshop aims to present some of the work currently being done in digital pedagogy for classical studies. As the field of classical studies continues to evolve, technology is playing an even larger role both in educating a new generation of scholars and in opening new approaches to data-driven humanities research.

By Erik Shell | September 8, 2016

The Body Unbound: Literary Approaches to the Classical Corpus

Dates: October 7-8, 2016
Location: Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

By Erik Shell | September 1, 2016

An Uneasy Relation: Byzantium and the Nomads

Florin Curta, University of Florida

October 13, 2016 (5:30pm)

Register here

By Erik Shell | August 26, 2016

"Archaeology and History of Lydia from Early Lydian Period to Late Antiquity (8th BCE - 5th CE)"

Dates: May 17-18, 2017

Location: Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey

"Lydia was an ancient region, located in inner western Anatolia, and compared to the coastline of western Asia Minor its archaeology is not well-known. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient classical studies related to this region. The aim of this symposium is to report on the state of research concerning Lydia between ca. 8th century B.C. and 6th century A.D. We hope that you will be able to join us at the Dokuz Eylül University, and look forward to seeing you in Izmir!"

To express your interest in contributing or attending this symposium you can reach out to the organizers at:


By Renie Plonski | June 9, 2016

Plenary speaker: Professor Tim Whitmarsh (University of Cambridge)
Respondent: Professor John Arnold (Birkbeck, University of London)

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on topics including (but not limited to):

By Adam Blistein | May 31, 2016

The Vergilian society invites proposals for papers for the 2017 Symposium Cumanum at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma, Italy. In the final book of the Georgics, Aristaeus’ lament reaches his mother as one of her fellow nymphs is in the midst of song (4.345-51):

inter quas curam Clymene narrabat inanem
Vulcani, Martisque dolos et dulcia furta,
aque Chao densos divum numerabat amores.
carmine quo captae dum fusis mollia pensa
devolvunt, iterum maternas impulit aures
luctus Aristaei, vitreisque sedilibus omnes 

By Renie Plonski | May 25, 2016

Researchers in classical reception are increasingly intrigued by the political significances of antiquity for subsequent cultures and societies: the field has been energized by the recent publication of Classics and Community (2013), and Greek and Roman Classics in the British Struggle for Social Reform (2015).

“Revolutions and Classics” examines the manner in which classical texts and artefacts have been deployed in societies undergoing rapid and radical social change. This one-day workshop aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion of intersections between classics and revolutions; substantial time will also be given to discussion of teaching across classical reception, classics, and politics.

By Renie Plonski | May 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for ‘Numbers and Numeracy in Classical Greece’, 2-3 September 2016 at Leiden University.

Speakers include Kai Brodersen (Erfurt), Serafina Cuomo (Birkbeck), Steven Johnstone (Arizona), Lisa Kallet (Oxford), Athena Kirk (Cornell), Robin Osborne (Cambridge), Catherine Rubincam (Toronto), Richard Seaford (Exeter), and Valeria Sergueenkova (Cincinnati).  

To register, please go to After submitting your details, you will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link it contains to complete your registration. Places are limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

Attendance, refreshments and lunch for both days of the conference are free. There will be a conference dinner on Friday evening for which tickets (€35) will be sold throughout the day.

By Adam Blistein | May 17, 2016

The aim of this conference is to explore the comic dimensions of disease/disability/deformity in Greek and Roman culture and to discuss instances in which someone’s illness, be it physical or mental, turns into comic material. While the tragic associations of disease have been thoroughly explored in secondary literature, its comic potential – even in cases when a fatal outcome is looming – has not been studied systematically. We aim to address this question by drawing attention to the ways in which disease is exploited precisely for comic purposes, in both fictional and non-literary settings, becoming on occasions an essential part of dark comedy in antiquity. Topics include but are not restricted to:


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