CLASSICS LECTURES IN THE VALLEY~ 

                      OPEN TO THE PUBLIC * 

*Except for select events noted


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Amherst College Smith College
Hampshire College UMass Amherst         
Mount Holyoke College  

 


 2019 - 2020  


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24                 5:00PM

Looking for Lyric Poetry in Homer's Iliad

Andrew Ford, Princeton University

SMITH COLLEGE, SEELYE #201


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31                    5:00 - 8:00PM

New England Ancient Historians Colloquium

Program and registration information

UMASS CAMPUS CENTER, 10TH FLOOR, AMHERST ROOM


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7                   5:00 PM 

Dreams in Greek and Roman Religion: The Evidence of Inscriptions

Gil Renberg, University of Michigan and Western MA AIA, LaFollette lecturer

UMASS

Additional details to follow.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8                        3:00 - 6:00 PM

UMass Classics Department Colloquium

Flavian (Re)Configurations: Civic Ideals and Urban Realities

UMASS, INTEGRATIVE LEARNING CENTER (ILC), S331

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NOVEMBER 21                                     5:00 - 6:30 PM

Race and Representation in the Roman Empire: Images of Africans between Myth, Stereotype, and Reality

Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University

UMASS, HERTER HALL, ROOM 301


2020


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20         5:30PM   

Cincinnatus at Home:  Urban 'Meadows' and the Topography of Ancient Rome

Nicole Brown, Williams College 

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE, location TBA


THURSDAY, MARCH 5                  5:00PM

Archaeological Institute of America- Western Mass Society presents

Where Did the Pompeians Go? Searching for Refugees from the        Eruption of Vesuvius, AD 79

Steven Tuck, Miami University

Amherst College, Beneski building, Paino Lecture Hall (107)

THURSDAY, MARCH 12              Time TBA

The Ancient Studies Annual Lecture at Smith College

Fictions of Citizenship in Livy's History of Rome

Denis Feeney, Princeton University

SMITH COLLEGE

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4

The 30th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture

Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania

SMITH COLLEGE

Additional information to follow.



 EARLIER LECTURES


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26              5:00 PM

From Spoils to Saviors: Re-valuing the First Roman Wives as Civic Actors in Livy's "From the Foundation of the City"

Meredith Safran, Trinity College

Many of Rome’s founding civic myths conjoin the community’s political transformation with sexualized violence against women. Since the “women in antiquity” movement took off in the 1980s, feminist scholars have sought to understand the role of such gendered violence in Roman culture and its implications for the reception of ancient Rome in the Western classical tradition, given how many societies continued to draw inspiration from Roman practices and ideas throughout modernity. This talk will focus on the episode traditionally known as “the rape of the Sabine women,” in which the first Romans staved off the extinction of their new community and established Rome’s version of marriage, but did so by obtaining their wives through a mass bride abduction. Unlike most of the women who fall victim to violence in Rome’s founding myths, the Sabine women not only survive their assault; by the end of their story, as told by the Roman historian Livy, they’ve won universal respect and recognition for saving both new and old communities, which they risk their own lives to defend. We’ll explore how such a triumph could result from a story that begins with assault and consider why these women’s remarkable rise in status is not how people tend to remember this story today.

Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College and the Department of Classics.

AMHERST COLLEGE, BENESKI HALL, PAINO LECTURE HALL