2017 FALL

(Except for select events noted)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31st       4:30 PM

Isabella Tardin-Cardoso

Additional details to follow




                                                                  EARLIER LECTURES


Bulgaria's Cultural Heritage: Thrace, Greece, Rome

Vyara Kalfina, Sofia University, Bulgaria

UMass Amherst, Integrated Learning Center- S240 

JANUARY 24 ~ MAY 28 

Exhibit:  The Legend of the Lares 

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

APRIL 1 through DECEMBER, 2017

Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants

This exhibit features plant portraits created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson Meyer for Jashemski's book A Pompeian Herbal. The illustrations portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations and those that still grow in the area today. The text, adapted from the book, documents the varied ways both ancient Romans and the modern Pompeians have used these plants. Manyof them can be found in the Botanic Garden's beds and greenhouses, or perhaps in your own garden.

The Botanic Garden of Smith College,  Church Exhibition Gallery 

May 1 through May 31, 2017

Plants of Pompeii

A live display of some of the plants that are featured in the gallery exhibition. Come and immerse yourself in the scents and greenery of botanical Pompeii.

Smith College, Physiology House, Lyman Conservatory

TUESDAY, APRIL 18     4:30 PM

In honor of Earth Day~

Earth and Empire: How Ancient Rome can Reveal Contemporary Truths about Sustainability and Capitalism

CECELIA FELDMAN, Archaeological Institute of America, Western MA

followed by a presentation by Book & Plow Farm regarding their water practices. Includes a 'Water Tasting'. 

Amherst College, Mead Art Muesum 

TUESDAY, APRIL 18th     7:00 PM

Slave Life in the Roman Luxury Villa

Lauren Hackworth Petersen, University of Delaware

Enslaved people were everywhere in the world of ancient Rome. Yet visitors to sites along the Bay of Naples walk through a landscape that appears untouched by slavery. Scholars and tourists alike have been trained to recognize owners and the free in the archaeological record of ancient Italy and to overlook and "un-see" slaves living and laboring in the same place. In her book, The Material Life of Roman Slaves (co-authored with Sandra Joshel), Dr. Lauren Hackworth Petersen seeks to make slaves appear or, more accurately, searches for ways to see them – to make slaves visible where evidence tells us they were in fact present. In her lecture, Dr. Petersen will discuss slavery in ancient Rome and explore the presence of the enslaved at Villa A at Oplontis.

Smith College, Hillyer Hall, Graham Auditorium

THURSDAY, APRIL 13th     4:30 PM

Flowers for the Dead: An Attic Funerary Stele in the Mead Art Museum

Seth Estrin, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art

Emotion does not usually play an important role in our interpretations of ancient sculpture today. But for the ancient Greeks, it could transform how viewers experienced the most basic features of a work of art. Focusing on a fourth-century BCE Attic gravestone in the Mead Art Museum, this talk explores the deeply affective mechanisms through which sculpture functioned in the cemeteries of Classical Athens.

Amherst College, Mead Museum, William Green Study Room

THURSDAY, APRIL 13th     5:30 Wine & conversation     6:00 Dinner      7:00 Discussion of paper

Late Antiquity Seminar-  Five College Faculty Seminar in History

The First Official Contact between Rome and China? a Roman Embassy to the Han Emperor's Court in A.D. 166

 Richard Lim, Smith College

 Amherst College, Valentine Hall, Lewis-Sebring Commons

 Dinner cost: $18 for faculty     $9 for graduate students

  Reservation information can be found at History seminars UMass

  Open to Five College faculty.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11th    5:30 PM

Five College Faculty Seminar in Classics

Rebecca Worsham, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Languages & Literatures at Smith College

E470 in South College at UMass Amherst

Open to Five College Faculty.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7th          4:00 PM

Baring Arms, Not Bearing Arms: Sea Nymphs and the Absent Arms of Achilles on Marine Sarcophagi

Mont Allen,  Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Amherst College. Location: William Green Study Room, Mead Art Museum.

 MONDAY, APRIL 3rd       5:00 PM

The Thirteenth Annual


"Defeat in the Arena"

Kathleen M. Coleman, Harvard University

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Integrated Learning Center S131 

SATURDAY, APRIL 1       1:30 - 4:00 PM


A Symposium in Honor of Justina Gregory

Smith College, Neilson Library Browsing Room

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22nd         5:30 PM

After Attila: Rethinking Steppe Nomads in Roman Late Antiquity

Michael Maas, Rice University

Amherst College, Fayerweather 115 (Pruyne Auditorium)


CONFERENCE hosted by the Theater and Dance Department at Amherst College

Re-imagining the Greeks: Contemporary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Greek Tragedy

 Each day will be devoted to a different region of the world, and its cultural relationship with the ancient Greeks. The first day will be about Japanese adaptations, the second about Black interpretations (African and American), and the third about American adaptations. The conference will combine scholarly discussions, workshops, non-western performative approaches. And live performances. Participation in the workshops is open to students and professionals with experience in performing. 

Amherst College, Holden Theater in Webster Hall

Additional details and registration

SATURDAY, MARCH 25th      11:00 AM

27th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture

John R. Clarke, University of Texas at Austin

New Research Strategies and Recent Discoveries at Oplontis

John R. Clarke, Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will present results of the work of the Oplontis Project with emphasis on the current exhibition, Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii. Since 2006, Dr. Clarke's research team has had the charge from the Italian Ministry of Culture to study, excavate and write about the Roman villas first uncovered in 1964 at Torre Annunziata, Italy. Dr. Clarke will highlight the most innovative techniques employed in the Project’s investigations and will present the discovery, in 2014–2016, of the long-lost sea façade of the structure known as Villa A. 

Presented by the Archaeological Institute of America- Western Massachusetts Society and co-hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art

Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium

MONDAY, MARCH 20th         5:30 PM

The Magnetic Looking Glass - New Insights into Old Objects. Frescoes, Paintings and Violins

Dr. Bernhard Blümich

Prof. Blümich will provide an introduction to mobile nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging and report on different applications to nondestructive studies of objects of art and cultural heritage, especially on frescoes at the ancient Roman site of Herculaneum in the Bay of Naples.

UMass Amherst, South College- room W245 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8th     5:30 PM

Five College Faculty Seminar in Classics.

Sarah Olsen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Amherst College

Amherst College, Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)- 2nd floor.

Open to Five College Faculty.

 SATURDAY, MARCH 4th         9:00 -4:00 PM

Symposium: The Futures of Classical Antiquity

A one-day symposium on possible futures for Classical Studies in twenty-first century America. Five speakers address the challenges facing the Classics and the Humanities in general, and offer their views on approaches and areas of inquiry that may best serve an increasingly diverse and globalized citizenry.

Smith College, Seelye Hall 106

More information and registration available at: https://www.smith.edu/classics/futures.php

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th     7:30 - 9:00 pm

"Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome"

Dr. Luca Grillo, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. Grillo will give a talk titled "Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome." Dr. Grillo asks, "How did the ancient Romans conceive sex and sexuality? Did they have the same categories we can easily take for granted today? Could sexual inclinations elicit admiration, disparagement or disapproval?" This talk will address these and similar questions by locating Roman habits in their historical and cultural context and by discussing formalist and constructivist approaches.

Amherst College, Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4


AIA of Western MA presents:

Ancient Bronzes as Art Objects: Roman Collectors and "Corinthian Bronzes"

Christopher Hallett, University of California Berkeley

Mount Holyoke College,  101 Dwight Hall

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st        5:30 PM

Five College Faculty Seminar in Classics

Vyara Kalfina, University of Sofia

Amherst College, Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry


The Classics and the Information Revolution of the Late 15th Century

Samuel Ellenport

Samuel Ellenport will present a wide perspective of the fate of the Classics from the fall of the Roman Empire through the 15th century, with attention to why classical texts were maintained, how they were used, and how they were kept and copied. He will also discuss the effect of new printing technologies on the surviving texts.  He will illustrate his talk with samples, available for the audience to examine, of early printed books as well as elements of earlier book production.

Mr. Ellenport, Amherst College class of 1965, graduated with a degree in History and continued his study of History at Berkeley, Brown, and Oxford University. Since then he has spent his career in the world of books, a career of craftsmanship as well as historical study, and teaching, at Brown and Suffolk University. A master bookbinder and former owner of Harcourt Bindery, he has served as President of the Society of Printers and of the Guild of Bookworkers in New England; he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild. Mr. Ellenport was also one of the forces behind the establishment of a bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, a trade school founded in 1885 by the Boston Athenaeum. He is well known in his field for his workshops and as a lecturer and author of books on his craft, as well as for his fine craftsmanship. He has restored many early editions of Greek and Latin texts, books that belong to the textual tradition that we inherit today. 



The Roman Lares: Gods of the Home and Journey

Harriet Flower, Princeton University

Mount Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium

Spring Opening Reception to follow.

See more at: https://artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu/event/roman-lares?bc=node/1#sthash.l5yTRJes.dpuf  

 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th     6:30 - 8:00 PM

 Late Antiquity Seminar

 Pseudo-Quintillian's Major Declamation XIII

 Christopher van den Berg, Amherst College

 Amherst College, Valentine Hall, Lewis-Sebring Commons

 Refreshments will be served.

 Open to Five College faculty.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th              4:30 PM

Poggio Civitate~ A Half Century of Discovery

The Classics Department at UMass Amherst invites you to a colloquium celebrating 50 years of excavation at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate. There will be papers by two renowned Etruscologists, Alessandro Naso and Gretchen Meyers. This will be followed by a reception and conversation. 

 The Lords of Poggio Civitate: Archaeology and Power in Early Etruria

 Alessandro Naso, Università Federico Il a Napoli

 "It's Not All About Him: The Archaeology of Gender at Poggio Civitate"

 Gretchen Meyers, Franklin & Marshall University

 UMass Campus Center, 10th floor, Amherst Room

This event is sponsored by the Department of Classics at UMass, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Etruscan Foundation.  


Heroism and Model Book: Aspects of Brecht's Antigone Project

Martin Revermann, Professor of Classics and Theatre Studies, University of Toronto

Amherst College, Fayerweather 115 (Pruyne)   



 Humanism and Experience in Post-Conquest Mexico: The Poetry of Fray Cristóbal Cabrera

 Andrew Laird, Brown University

 Renaissance Center, 650 E. Pleasant St., Amherst


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24             5:00 - 6:30

Five College Faculty Seminar in Classics

Amherst College, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd floor of the Robert Frost Library)

Open to Five College Faculty.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th     5:00 PM

Archaeological Excavation at Sinop, Turkey:

Exploring the Origins of Trade at the Nexus of Civilizations

Owen Doonan, California State University Northridge

UMass, Integrated Learning Center, Room S204

The George M.A. Hanfmann Lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America & the UMass Classics Department


International Archaeology Day


Patricia Mangan

Mount Holyoke

Details to follow.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4             7:00 PM

Rome: The Greatest Theatre in the World

John Pinto, Princeton University

Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium


Joe Goodkin's Odyssey: a Folk Opera

Mount Holyoke College, Dwight 101

Sponsored by the Department of Classics and Italian, Mount Holyoke College.