Past Events

Sunday, December 2 2018 3:00 pm

Kingship and Compassion: The Paradox of Jayavarman VII, Emperor of Angkor

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3:00 pm
Sabin Hall G90

Come listen to Alan Kolata talk about Kingship and Compassion: The Paradox of Jayavarman VII, Emperor of Angkor. Alan Kolata is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Chicago and holds his PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University.

Sunday, November 4 2018 3:00 pm

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 3:00 pm
Sabin Hall G90

Come listen to Professor Eric Cline’s talk entitled “1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed.” Eric Cline is Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and History at George Washington University.

Thursday, October 18 2018 3:00 pm

Bodily Pathology and Unhealthy Politics in Alcaeus

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 3:00 pm
Curtin Hall Room 866

Join us for the WAMS (Workshop on Ancient Mediterranean Studies) Talk with Professor Ippokratis Kantzios from the University of South Florida. Kantzios will be presenting “Bodily Pathology and Unhealthy Politics in Alcaeus.”

Sunday, September 30 2018 3:00 pm

AIA Talk: The Middle Mississippian Colony at Trempealeau

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 3:00 pm
Sabin Hall Room G90

Come to the AIA Talk on The Middle Mississippian Colony at Trempealeau by Ernie Boszhardt. Boszhardt-authored books on the Trempealeau research and regional rock art will be available for purchase and signing at the talk.

Thursday, September 20 2018 4:00 pm

Male and Female Initiatory Paradigms and the Ending of Sophocles’ Electra

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 4:00 pm
Curtin Hall Room 866
Join us for the WAMS talk presented by Dr. Adriana Brook, Assistant Professor of Classics at Lawrence University. She will be discussing Male and Female Initiatory Paradigms and the Ending of Sophocles’ Electra.

Thursday, May 10 2018 4:00 pm

Mythbusting the Ancient Theater

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 4:00 pm
Curtin Hall Room 866

It is often asserted that the Greek theater was in decline in the postclassical period. This model assumes that Roman cultural influence drive drama off the stages of the Greek world, while pantomime (a silent, masked dance) “replaced” spoken drama. This paradigm of the trajectory of the ancient theater was developed in the early modern period, and continues to exert a surprising level of influence today. In this talk, Dr. Skotheim will “bust” this myth about the ancient theater history, and showing how consideration of the material evidence can change our perspective on the role of drama in postclassical Greek and Roman society.

Sunday, April 15 2018 3:30 pm

The Cosmic Significance of Wealth Acquisition in Ancient Greece: the Athenian General Nicias as a Case Study

Since Moses Finley, scholars studying the ancient economy have largely abandoned the search for cultural particularism in ancient economic mentality and behavior, and have moved instead to a New Institutional Economics approach, which is heavily grounded in modern social science theory and economic models. But while the search for what was unique about ancient mentalité has been largely left behind, a growing chorus of increasingly vocal critics is stressing the need for culturally specific models of behavior, as has been convincingly demonstrated by anthropologists. In this workshop Dr. Leese will explore the economic, political, and religious behavior of Nicias, the famous Athenian general of the Sicilian Expedition and argue that Nicias’ behavior shows how difficult it is to identify what was culturally specific about ancient Greek economic mentalité.

Friday, March 2 2018 3:30 pm

Fitting Archaeology into a Multidisciplinary Grand Challenge Program: “Planet Texas 2050”

Professor Rabinowitz studies Greek colonization, cultural interaction, ancient food and drink, archaeology of daily life, and digital approaches to archaeology. He has also several digital humanities projects about the Classical past funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thursday, September 14 2017 4:00 pm

Assumption of Risk in Athenian Law

Dr. Phillips is a specialist in ancient Athenian law, and his recent publications include a reassessment of the legal definition of hubris in his contribution to The Topography of Violence, edited by Werner Riess and Garrett G. Fagan, and a discussion of the legal ramifications of pollution brought on by homicide in the proceedings from a conference on Greek and Hellenistic legal history in Portugal in 2015. In this seminar, he will be telling us about his recent work on “Assumption of Risk in Athenian Law,”which has just been published.

Friday, December 2 2016 3:30 pm

What’s the “Difference”?

Dr. Muse will be speaking to us about Callias (III),a notorious figure in fifth-century Athens, who inherited from his father Hipponicus (II) the largest fortune in Greece and allegedly squandered nearly all of it. A patron of the itinerant intellectuals known as sophists, upon whom he lavished great sums of money, Callias appears as a salient exemplum in the dialogues of Plato and Xenophon in debates about two of the most important topics of their day and ours: education and wealth.