THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 5:00 PM
The Discovery of the Sanctuary and Mystery Cult at Pantanello (Metaponto, Southern Italy)
JOSEPH CARTER, Amherst '63, University of Texas at Austin
Joseph Carter is the Centennial Professor of Classical Archaeology and Director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin, and Director of excavations at Tauric Chersonesos and at Metaponto.
Amherst College, Beneski 107 (Paino Lecture Hall)
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2:00 PM
LECTURE ON HARRIET BOYD HAWE'S FELLOW EXCAVATOR AT GOURNIA
FRANCES FREEMAN PADEN, Northwestern University
Historic Northampton, 6 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 5:00 PM
How to Build a Humanities Start Up: Marketing the Humanities
DR. JASON PEDICONE, Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc.
UMass, Amherst~ Integrated Learning Center S231
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 5:00 PM
ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY
"A 5th Century BC Supper Club: evidence of semi-public dining from the Athenian Agora"
KATHLEEN LYNCH, University of Cincinnati
La Follette Lecture
Co-sponsored by The Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust and the Amherst College Department of Classics
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
KEYNE CHESHIRE, Davidson College, NC
KEYNE CHESHIRE is Professor of Classics at Davidson College, shoeless runner, and beekeeper. He has published articles primarily in the areas of Hellenistic and Greek lyric poetry, authored a textbook, Alexander the Great (Cambridge UP, 2009), and translated Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, retitled Murder at Jagged Rock, for a setting in a mythic Wild West (The Word Works, 2015). His current projects include a “transmigration” of Aristophanes’ Birds and a translation of Homer’s Iliad that emphasizes the epic’s intrinsic orality.
For more information contact Carolyn Shread: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 5:00 PM
THE 12TH ANNUAL DAVID GROSE MEMORIAL LECTURE
BONNA WESCOAT, Emory University
Professor Wescoat, Director of Excavations in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace, will speak on recent work on Samothrace and the Winged Victory.
UMass, Integrated Learning Center, Rm. #331
Hosted by the Department of Classics, UMass Amherst.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 4:15 PM
Women's Corporealities and Choreographies of Authority: From Antiquity's Learned Ladies to Entrepreneurial Modern Ballerinas
ZOA ALONSO FERNANDEZ, Harvard University
LAURA KATZ RIZZO, Temple University
Smith College, Neilson Library Browsing Room
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 5:00 PM
"What is a Representative Writer? The World Republic of Letters and Its Ambassadors"
TOBIAS BOES, University of Notre Dame
Amherst College, Beneski 107, (Paino Lecture Hall)
Co-sponsored by the departments of Classics and German at Amherst College, and by the Lucius Root Eastman 1895 Fund and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 5:00 PM
"Law, Ethics, and Underwater Archaeology: The Wreck of Cesnola's Napried"
ELIZABETH S. GREENE, AIA Lecturer, Brock University~ St. Catherine's, Ontario
UMass, Integrated Learning Center 211
Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Mass. Society and the UMass Department of Classics.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 5:30 PM
"Measured Victory or Cataclysmic Doomsday? Caesar and Lucan on the Battle of Pharsalia"
TIMOTHY JOSEPH, College of the Holy Cross
UMass, Amherst. Herter Hall, rm. #301
Free and open to the public. For additional information contact Elizabeth Keitel (email@example.com)
Sponsored by the UMass Department of Classics.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 5:00 PM
"New Discoveries at Sardis in Anatolia"
NICHOLAS CAHILL, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Mt. Holyoke, Gamble Auditorium
Please note: the lecture scheduled for Tuesday, February 23 at Smith College has been cancelled; weather disrupted the speaker's travel plans. This lecture will be rescheduled.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 4:30 PM
"Saving Syria's Cultural Heritage"
PROFESSOR AMR AL-AZM, Shawnee State University, Ohio
Smith College, Neilson Library Browsing Room
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 5:00 PM
How Lawyers Became Villains: Delation from Cicero to Tacitus
CHRISTOPHER VAN DEN BERG, Amherst College
Smith College, Seelye Hall 110
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 5:00 PM
Daughters of the Sun: Apollonius Rhodius' Medea and the Egyptian Eye of Re
LEANNA BOYCHENKO, UMass
UMass, Herter Hall #301
NOVEMBER 16, 4:30 PM
Apocalypse When? The End of the World in Ancient Thought
CHRISTOPHER P. STAR, Middlebury College
Visions of the end of the world, familiar today from several sources ranging from the Bible to Hollywood films, are largely absent from Greek and Roman literature. There is one striking exception: the philosophy and tragedies of Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BCE-65 CE). After a survey of some of the ways in which the fate of humanity and the cosmos was conceived in the ancient world, we will focus on the visions of the end in Seneca’s writings. Our investigation will consider the various motives—poetic, rhetorical, philosophical, and political—that may lie behind Seneca’s fascination with universal destruction.
Amherst College, Beneski Museum, Paino Lecture Hall (rm. #107)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 4:00 PM
Fifth Annual Classical Legacy Lecture and residency
Performing the Past: Shakespeare and Classical Literature from Humanist Schoolroom to Early Modern Stage
LEAH WHITTINGTON, Harvard University
CANCELLED. TO BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.
MONDAY, NOVEMER 9 AIA of Western Mass Lecture
KATHLEEN LYNCH, University of Cincinnati
"A 5th Century BC Supper Club: evidence of semi-public dining from the Athenian Agora"
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 9:00 - 5:00
Colloquium: Urban Disasters and the Roman Imagination
The Department of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with the support of the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will host a one-day colloquium on the theme of “Urban Disasters and the Roman Imagination”, Saturday, November 7, 2015. Speakers are Brigitte Libby (Harvard University), “Out of the Ashes: Rome’s Beginnings at Troy”; Tom Zanker (Amherst College), “Horace and the Rhetoric of Decline”; Virginia Closs (University of Massachusetts Amherst), “The Unmaking of Rome: Clades Publica and Censorship in Senecan Thought”; Joseph Farrell (University of Pennsylvania), “The Sacks of Rome”; Andrew Johnston (Yale University), “Ruin, Reconstruction and History”; Jessica Clark (Florida State University), “The Spoils of War: Victory as Urban Disaster”; Elizabeth Keitel (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Caesar and the Urbs Capta at Massilia”; and Honora Chapman (California State University, Fresno), “Josephus’ Memory of Jerusalem: A Study in Urban Disaster.”
For more information and to register, go to https://www.umass.edu/classics/disaster.
5-COLLEGE FACULTY SEMINAR
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 5:00 PM
Amherst College, Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry
"Hatshepsut: How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt"
KARA COONEY, LEHMANN LECTURER, University of California
OCTOBER 6, 4:30 PM
Smith College, Graham Hall
Archaeology Day Event
Amherst College, Mead Museum
Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 8:00 PM and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 8:00 PM
Composed by Hildegard von Bingen around 1151, Ordo Virtutum depicts a struggle for the fate of a soul, Anima. The Virtues encourage Anima to stay on a righteous path while the Devil taunts and tempts. The Devil's laughter clashes with Hildegard's gorgeous lines of Plainchant in Ensemble Musica Humana's fully staged production of this battle of wills.
Erring, Errors and Female Work: Women's Rituals in Homer
ANDROMACHE KARANIKA, University of California, Irvine
SEPTEMBER 22, 5:00 PM
Smith College, Seelye Hall- Room 106
SEPTEMBER 9-12, Amherst College, HoldenTheater
North Carolina Stage Company brings Shakespeare’s Pericles to Amherst's Holden Theater for one weekend only. Pericles is an epic story of one man’s quest to solve a riddle — a quest that takes him on a high-seas odyssey, complete with shipwrecks, assassins, pirates, romance and the heartbreaking story of a family torn apart. The production is the creation of director Ron Bashford and the NC Stage cast, who worked together to create an imaginative, five-actor version that the Asheville Citizen-Times called “a spectacular experience of cutting-edge theater.”
Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 2 pm
2014 - 2015
Thursday, April 30, 4:00 p.m.
Christina Kraus, Yale University
Commenting on Tacitus' Agricola
Thursday, April 9, 5:30 p.m.
Malcolm Bell, III, University of Virginia
Sicily in the Age of Archimedes
The lecture will be illustrated by works of art and architecture from Syracuse and the outlying cities, including Morgantina.
Workshop sponsored by The Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges
New Directions in Gender and Sexuality in Classical Antiquity
Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th
Friday, March 27, 5:00 p.m.
Marilyn Skinner, University of Arizona
Ancient Sexuality at a New Crossroads: Beyond Binarism
Reception to follow.
Marilyn's public talk is part of a workshop sponsored by The Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges on the theme "New Directions in Gender and Sexualaity in Classical Antiquity"
Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.
Stephen Mitchell, Professor Emeritus, University of Exeter
The How and Why of Creating New English Versions of Venerable Classics
University of Exeter
Wednesday, March 11, 5:00 p.m.
Kris Trego, Bucknell University
Ancient Shipping and Underwater Archaeology in the Mediterranean
Sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World, the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society, and Amherst College, Department of Classics
David Grose Memorial Lecture
Monday, March 9, 5:00 p.m. Gregory Nagy, Harvard University
Song 17 of Sappho revisited (in the light of new supplements)
The 11th annual David Grose Memorial Lecture is sponsored by Charles Gross and the UMass Amherst Department of Classics.
Thursday, February 26 , 5:00 p.m.
Peter T. Struck, University of Pennsylvania
Divination and Intuition: Thinking Differently about Signs in the Closing Books of the Odyssey
Sponsored by the Departments of Classics, Philosopy and Religion and the Smith College Lecture Fund
Seminar for Five College Faculty
Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Carrie Mowbray, Smith College
The Senecan vates Prophecy, Poetry, Problems, and Possibilities
Location: Smith College's Neilson Library, Caverno Room
The Renaissance Center announces its 4th annual Classical Legacy Lecture
Wednesday, November 19, 4:00 p.m. James Hankins, Harvard University
The Virtue Politics of the Italian Humanists
Refreshments are co-sponsored by the Amherst Women's Club.
Renaissance Center, Reading Room 650 East Pleasa St., Amherst
For more information go to www.umass.edu/renaissance or call 413.577.3600
The Archaeological Institute of America presents
The 25th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture
Thursday, November 13, 5:00 p.m. Richard Neer, University of Chicago
The Invisible Acropolis: Democracy and the Senses in Classical Athens
Wednesday, November 12, 5:00 - 6:30 Jane Chaplin, Middlebury College
"Chronological Disorder in Livy"
Saturday, November 8, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Classical Monsters & Their Medieval Afterlife
RECEPTION: 4:00-4:45, Amherst Room (open to all)
Additional information may be found at http://www.umass.edu/classics/monstersconference.html
Tuesday, October 7, 4:30 p.m.
Professor Seth Schein, University of California, Davis
'War, What is It Good For?' in Homer’s Iliad and Four Receptions
Professor Schein discusses the representation of war in the Iliad and the Iliad-receptions of Simone Weil, Rachel Bespaloff, Alice Oswald, and Christopher Logue.
Friday, October 3, 1:00 p.m.
Brian Walters , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Violent Metaphors and Political Diseases in Late-Republican Rhetoric and Poetry
Thursday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Amherst College English Department, Theater Department, and First-Year Seminar
THEATER OF WAR: PHILOCTETES IS PRESENTED AT AMHERST COLLEGE
Outside the Wire, a social impact company, will present a performance of Sophocles’ Philoctetes in the Kirby Theater at Amherst College on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. The performance will feature David Strathairn (Lincoln, Dido, The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night and Good Luck), Bryan Doerries, and Greg Taubman.
Philoctetes tells the story of decorated warrior who is abandoned on a deserted island because of mysterious chronic illness that he contracts on the way to the Trojan War. Nine years later, the Greeks learn from an oracle that in order to win the war they must rescue him from island. When they finally come for him, the wounded warrior must overcome nine long years of festering resentment and shame in order to accept help from the very men who betrayed him.
The reading will be followed by discussion with panelists from the local civilian and military communities, and a facilitated town-hall style audience discussion.
About Outside the Wire
Outside the Wire is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end of life care, prison reform, political violence and torture, and the de-stigmatization of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction.
To date, there have been more than 250 performances of Theater of War for military and civilian communities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Over 50,000 service members, veterans, and their families have attended and participated in Theater of War performances and discussions.
Visit Outside the Wire’s website: www.outsidethewirellc.com to find more information about the project, watch a short video of a performance, and find out about recent and upcoming performances. You can also find Theater of War on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheaterofWar.
Press Contact: Greg Taubman, Associate Artistic Director, Theater of War firstname.lastname@example.org / (718) 624-0351
Thursday, September 25, 5:00 p.m.
Corinne Pache, Trinity University
Penelope's Craft: Finding Home in the 21st Century
Tuesday, September 23, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Steven Ellis, University of Cincinnati
Superstition in the (re-)shaping of shop-fronts and street activity in the Roman world
Seminar for Five College Faculty:
Thursday, September 11, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Seminar topic: Monsters Conference at UMass on November 8
1. Jeffrey Cohen's "Monster Theory: Reading Culture" is available as an e-book via the 5-College library system. We’ll read his preface (6 pages) and first chapter (18 pages).
2. Stephen Asma's "On Monsters" is also available as an e-book via our libraries (and print copies are held in some libraries). We’ll discuss Introduction (14 pages) and Part I (Ancient Monsters, 42 pages, but very fast reading, lots of pictures).
2013 - 2014
24th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture
Thursday, April 17th, 5:00 p.m.
Prof. Andrew Wilson, All Souls College, Oxford University
Water, Nymphs and a Palm Grove: The so-called 'South Agora' at Aphrodisias
Graham Hall, Brown Fine ArtsCenter, Smith College
Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Mass. Society
Friday, April 18th, 2:30 p.m.
Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, University of Texas at Austin
Voting Under fire: Livy on Choosing Leaders and Fighting Wars
Ayelet Haimson Lushkov is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. She will talk about how elections in the Roman Republic came to be a mechanism for generating precedents and political exempla for peace during both war and peacetime.
Fayerweather 115, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Amherst College campus map
Thursday, April 24th, 4:30 p.m.
Denise Demetriou, Michigan State University
Beyond Polis Religion: Aphrodite in Multiethnic Settlements
Denise Demetriou is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. Her book, "Negotiating Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean: The Archaic and Classical Greek Multiethnic Emporia" was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
Thursday, March 27th, 5:00 p.m.
Eleanor Winsor Leach, Indiana University
Italian Pliny: Sesterces and Status for a Transpadane Senator
Younger Pliny, the letter writer, best known for his eye-witness account of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE and the death of his uncle, the natural historian, while investigating the eruption, was a native of Como in Northern Italy, and maintained his connections there throughout his life. He owned villas and agricultural properties in the area and made generous donations to civic institutions. Keeping Italian possessions and identity was a significant component of Pliny’s prestige and senator and official in Rome. Professor Leach will take up letters related to property ownership and farming, patronage donations, friendships in Como and some touristic views of picturesque Italian places.
Sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Department of Classics at Amherst College.
Babbott Room, Octagon Building, Amherst College campus map
David F. Grose Memorial Lecture
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:00PM
Dr. Alan Shapiro, Johns Hopkins University
Orientalism and Greek Identity on a Masterpiece of Athenian Vase-Painting
Amherst Room, Campus Center 10th floor, UMass campus map
Thursday, March 6th, 4:30 p.m.
Maria Liston, University of Waterloo
Death comes to the Theban Band: Skeletons from the Battle of Chaironeia (338 B.C.)
The Battle of Chaironeia was a turning point in Greek history. Macedonian forces under the command of Phillip II and his son Alexander defeated a combined Greek force of Athenians, Thebans, and others near the town of Chaironeia, establishing Macedonia dominance over much of the Greek mainland. Anchoring the Greek line on the right was the Theban Sacred Band, an elite military unit consisting of 150 pairs of hoplite soldiers, who were purportedly lovers as well as comrades in arms. Opposite them on the Macedonian left was the cavalry force led by Alexander, then 18 years old. In the course of this decisive defeat of the Greeks, the Theban Sacred Band was almost entirely annihilated. Excavations in the 19th century recovered skeletons of the Theban soldiers interred at a battle monument near the acropolis of Chaironeia. This lecture presents evidence from these skeletons for death on the battlefield and subsequent mutilation of the corpses, and explores the use and efficacy of weapons and armor in ancient warfare.
Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Mass. Society, the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College and the Department of Classics at Amherst College.
Amherst College, Paino Lecture Hall, Beneski campus map
Tuesday, March 4th, 5:00 p.m. Egbert Bakker, Pofessor of Classics Yale University
In and Out of the Golden Age: The Temporality of Odysseus' Return
Smith College, Dewey House Common Room campus map
Sponsored by The Lecture Committee of Smith College and The Department of Classical Languages and Literatures
For Five College Faculty:
Five College Faculty Seminar in Classics
January 27, 4:30 p.m.
Craig Russell, Amherst College
Imaginary Futures in the Iliad
Chapin Lounge, Amherst College
November 18th, 5:00 pm
Richard J. Tarrant, Harvard University
Witness to Catastrophe: The Chorus in Senecan Tragedy
Dewey House Common Room, Smith College
Sponsored by The Department of Classical Languages and Literatures and the Lecture Committee of Smith College.
November 19th, 4:00 pm Professor Craig Kallendorf
Texas A&M University
The Protean Virgil: Book History and the Reception of the Classics in the Renaissance
The Renaissance Center announces its fourth annual Classical Legacy Lecture.
Free and open to the public.
650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst
November 7th, 5:00 pm
Morag Kersel, DePaul University
The Politics of Public Display: Archaeology, Museums and Artifacts from the Holy Land
In 2002 the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) displayed the James Ossuary – a commonplace limestone burial box from the 1st century CE bearing the Aramaic inscription “James, Son of Joseph, Brother of Jesus”. Timed to coincide with the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research, the ROM brought the ossuary together with an audience of experts. With this display the museum took on simultaneous roles: custodian of a sacred relic, a shaper of public interpretation, and as a fiduciary institution. Recent acquisitions of Dead Sea Scrolls and other biblical artifacts by academic institutions like Azusa Pacific University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary demonstrate that the desire to “own”, display and interpret the past continues to an important aspect of institutional missions., missions which also have competing roles. This lecture will examine the differing strands of obligation – obligation to the public; to students; to board members; the academic community; the country of origin; and ultimately to the archaeological record. Using case studies of artifacts from the Holy Land we will investigate the politics of public display and the role of the museum.
UMass, Herter 301 campus map
November 4th, 4:30 p.m.
Professor David Schloen,University of Chicago
Economy and Society in Ancient Israel
Professor Schloen specializes in the archaeology and history of the ancient Levant (Syria and Palestine) from ca. 3000 to 300 BCE. Over the past two decades he has conducted archaeological excavations in Israel and Turkey. As a historian of ancient culture, his longstanding ambition has been to understand the structure and operation of the small kingdoms that flourished in the eastern Mediterranean region during the Bronze and Iron Ages, and especially to explicate the interaction between day-to-day social practices and the shared metaphors and narratives that sustained, and were sustained by, those practices. He is the author of The House of the Father as Fact and Symbol focuses on the Bronze Age (3000–1200 BCE) and he is currently completing a book entitled The Bible and Archaeology: Exploring the History and Mythology of Ancient Israel which explains how ancient artifacts, inscriptions, and other archaeological discoveries shed light on biblical narratives.
101 Chapin Hall, Amherst College
Sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund
Thursday, October 31st, 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Joseph A. Howley, Columbia University
How to burn a book in ancient Rome
Professor Howley’s lecture is the second of a two-part series aimed at considering the history of books, libraries, and readers while Amherst is thinking about their future as well. He will discuss the representation of book-burning in connection with the civic order and forms of censorship in the Roman Empire.Frost Library, 1st floor, Amherst College campus map
Join renowned Roman sculpture expert Elizabeth Bartman for a closer look at Amherst’s recently acquired Roman sarcophagus. Amherst’s marble sarcophagus, beautifully decorated with sea nymphs riding marine centaurs, was made for ten-year-old Laberia Alexandria and her six-year-old brother Sylvanus. An inscribed poem, newly translated by Richard Wilbur, records the grief of their mother. Dr. Bartman will offer a brief overview of Roman sarcophagi and discuss the significance of this major new addition to the Mead’s collection.
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College campus map
Friday, October 25th, 9:30 a.m.
Lucilius colloquium at UMass
Speaking of the Republic: Lucilius and His Contexts
The Department of Classics at UMass Amherst, with the support of the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Classics Departments of Smith, Amherst, and Mt. Holyoke College, will host a one-day colloquium on the fragments of Lucilius, Rome’s first satirist, in their republican linguistic, social, and literary contexts. Speakers are Brian Breed (UMass), Anna Chahoud (Trinity College Dublin), Sander Goldberg (UCLA), and Angelo Mercado (Grinnell College).
For more information, contact the organizers:
View the full conference program at http://umass.academia.edu/BrianWBreed/Events.
Student Union Ballroom, UMass campus map
Thursday, October 24th, 4:00 p.m.
Sander Goldberg, UCLA
The Roman Face of Learning
Sander Goldberg's lecture is the first of a two-part series aimed at considering the history of books, libraries and readers, while amherst is thinking about their future as well. His address will look at the ways in which physical objects, including books, were essential to the ancient learning. It will include illustrations of ancient books to help explain the mechanics of reading in antiquity.
Frost Library, Amherst College campus map
Friday, October 18th,
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For Five College Faculty: Reading and discussion session devoted to the Lucilian corpus.
110 Morgan Hall, Amherst College
Thursday, October 10th, 5:00 p.m.
Theresa Huntsman, Washington University, St. Louis
"Sometimes you CAN take it with you: Etruscan Banquets and Burials at Chiusi"
Sponsored by the Department of Classics and The Center for Etruscan Studies
301 Herter Hall, UMass campus map
Tuesday, September 24th, 4:30 pm
Tessa Rajak, Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Reading
"Josephus: Everybody's Historian"
Professor Rajak will discuss all of Josephus' writings as formative of a post-destruction Jewish identity in a Greek and Roman context.
This lecture is sponsored by the Departments of Classics and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at UMass.
301 Herter Hall, UMass campus map
Sept. 19, 2013, 5:00 PM
Prof. John Younger Dept. of Classics, University of Kansas
"The Temple of Zeus at Olympia: an Archaeological Biography"
Technical observations on the sculptures from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia allow a reconstruction of their appearance at installation and of the major changes made afterward. At installation, many sculptures were unfinished; the west pediment had more centaur groups than are preserved today; and the horse blocks on the east pediment were separated, one in front of the other. By the time of Pausanias’s visit in a.d. 174, the sculptures had suffered major damage at least twice (in the mid-4th century and the early 2nd century b.c.); his identification of Kaineus in the west pediment may refer to a headless Apollo propped up on his knees, flanked by centaurs. To resist the Herulean Raid (267), the temple had been converted into a fort, and afterward were outfitted with the last series of rainspouts. In the 4th century, a Byzantine village had grown up around the temple, which was left to deteriorate. The Zeus statue was transferred to Constantinople in the early 5th century and destroyed by fire by 475. Earthquakes in 522 and 551 completed the final destruction of the temple. Soon after, the Alpheios River flooded and covered the entire site with some 3–4 m of silt.
Mount Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium campus map
AIA Lecture Hosted by the Mount Holyoke College Department of Classics & Ancient Studies
Tuesday, September 3rd, 4:15 p.m.
Pavel Onderka, Egyptologist from Prague
Archaeology in Sudan
Thanks to a grant from the European Union, an Egyptologist from Prague, Pavel Onderka, will be giving a lecture on his ongoing archaeological research in present-day Sudan. The lecture shall present the current state of our knowledge about the ancient site and the role it played within the Meroitic state.
Wad Ben Naga. A Royal City in the Heart of Africa
Wad Ben Naga is the name of a village and archaeological site in the present-day Republic of the Sudan, located some 130 km north of the capital, Khartoum. The archaeological site, which covers an area of almost four square kilometers, encompasses the remains of a royal city dated to the period of the Kingdom of Meroe (ca. 300 BCE – 350 CE), as well as extensive cemeteries dated to both Meroitic and Post-Meroitic times. The culture of the Meroitic period combined Egyptian and Hellenistic influences with native traditions, producing a unique African civilization. The site of Wad Ben Naga is known as the place where, in 1844, Carl Richard Lepsius discovered a bark-stand with bilingual names of the pyramid builders King Natakamani and Queen Amanitore, which later provided a clue to the decipherment of Meroitic script by Francis Llewellyn Griffith in 1911.
Based on the decision by UNESCO, the archaeological site should in the near future be added to the serial cultural property of “Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe,” which has since 2011 been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In 2009, the National Museum of the Czech Republic launched its excavations at Wad Ben Naga. After initial seasons dedicated to revising excavations unearthed by previous excavators of the site, the mission began with exploration of a long-lost temple, the so-called Typhonium, known from accounts of early European and American travelers.
Pavel Onderka is the Deputy Director, Keeper of Collections, and Curator of Ancient Africa at the National Museum (Náprstek Museum) in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2009, he has served as Director of the Archaeological Expedition to Wad Ben Naga in present-day Sunday. He is the author of numerous publications and exhibition catalogues (including Thebes. City of Gods and Pharaohs [2007, with Jana Mynářová], The Tomb of Unisankh at Saqqara and Chicago  and Wad Ben Naga 1821–2013 
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Heritage and Society.
601 Herter Hall, UMass campus map
2012 - 2013
Thursday, April 18 , 4:30 p.m.
Gregory Staley, University of Maryland
MAKING OEDIPUS ROMAN
Aristotle and Freud have taught us to read Sophocles’ Oedipous Tyrannos as a story of recognition and self discovery. Seneca, a Stoic philosopher who emphasized the imperative to “know ourselves” and who wrote the only surviving version of Oedipus’ story by a Latin author, would, we might have expected, have been drawn to Oedipus for these same reasons. His version of Oedipus, however, replaces the hero’s courageous and almost psychoanalytic search for self with a series of scenes which the Romans called monstra: the wise man Tiresias consults the entrails of animals and finally calls up from Acheron the spirit of Oedipus’ father, Laius, in order to reveal the truth about who Oedipus is and what he has done. Seneca has long been condemned for turning this story into the literary equivalent of the public spectacles Romans enjoyed in the arena and the circus. Lessing in his Laokoon (1766) wrote that “a theatre is surely not an arena.”
The Sophoclean process of self-discovery could be staged as a public and dramatic event; in imperial Rome such an act could only be private and internal. To create theater, Seneca had to transform the revelation of the truth from a verbal and dialogic form in Sophocles into a series of monstra, vivid events which search for the truth in the signs of nature, the signs of the body. For Seneca as a Stoic and as a prominent figure at Rome, truths are hidden and need to be inferred. The search for truth is quite literally “scrutiny,” the probing of the hidden and inward. I would suggest that for Seneca “scrutiny” is in its primary sense an act of extispicium that only metaphorically becomes an act of self-analysis. His Oedipus returns to the reality behind the metaphor.
THE PART AND THE WHOLE: AN ASSYRIAN SYNECDOCHE
In January 2013 Ms. Oxx delivered a version of this lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle, WA, as part of the first Undergraduate Paper Session. Her lecture at the Mead is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society.
PLAYING WITH EROS: RIDDLES AND RHYMES
Presented by Dr. Christine Kondoleon, George and Margo Behrakis Senior Curator of Greek and Roman Art of the Ancient World, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Metamorphosis has been a major theme of myths and texts since classical antiquity. In this lecture Richard Buxton will explore a particular aspect of the theme, namely its ambiguity: in many narratives, determining how - and indeed whether - a transformation has occurred may be left open to the interpreter. Examples will be drawn from authors ranging from Homer and Ovid to Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Kafka and du Maurier.
Smith College, Browsing Room, Neilson Library
Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 p.m.
Kathleen Lynch, University of Cincinnati
During the Archaic and Classical periods (ca. 600-350 B.C.) the potters of Athens produced high-quality finewares, some of which were decorated with figured scenes (Attic black-figure and red-figure). While Athenians certainly used Athenian pottery in their daily lives for dining, offering at sanctuaries, and as gifts in their graves, a large proportion of Athenian pottery was exported to the west and east. The western consumers of Athenian pottery, especially the Etruscans in Italy, have been the focus of extensive study, but their eastern consumers have not. This paper will focus on the pottery exported to Anatolia with brief comments on the presence of Athenian pottery in North Africa and the Levant. Particularly interesting is that the peak of importation of Attic pottery in the east was during the period of Persian rule. Despite their enmity with Athens in this period, the Persians eagerly bought and used Athenian pottery. The role of Attic pottery at Gordion, which was the Phrygian capital and subsequently became a provincial center under the Persians, will receive special discussion since the quality and quantity of Athenian pottery at this inland site near Ankara defies expectations. An examination of Athenian pottery in the various cultural centers of Anatolia shows that non-Greek residents of the east were not passive recipients of whatever Athenian pottery made it their way. Instead, Athenian potters savvily marketed their wares to their eastern customers, and a comparison of the western and eastern markets underscores the shape and image preferences of the easterners. These preferences, in turn, can help us understand the cultural meaning and use of the imported Athenian pottery in Anatolia.
Tuesday, March 26, 4:30 p.m.
Jonathan Master, Emory University
THE COST OF ROMAN IMPERIALISM ON PROVINCIAL SOLDIERS
Beginning with the complaints of Batavian revolutionary Julius Civilis about the insulting returns provincial soldiers receive on behalf of their massive contribution to the Roman Empire, this lecture asks whether Tacitus’ Histories may actually support the claims of this antagonist. It will explore whether the meager rewards the Roman Empire offers its subjects contribute to the chaos of AD 69, the year of the four emperors.
Thursday, March 7th, Lynne Lancaster, Ohio University
OLIVE OIL AND ARCHITECTURE IN NORTH AFRICA
In this lecture I examine a building technique used in Roman North Africa for constructing vaults by means of small hollow terracotta tubes that are inserted one into another and “glued” together with mortar. By examining this unique building technique, she demonstrates how the building industry in North Africa was intimately connected with the production of olive oil destined for Rome and how the use of these tubes ultimately resulted in the creation of new forms of vaulting not found elsewhere in the empire. Recent field surveys have produced a wealth of new information regarding ancient agricultural technology for olive production, ceramic production for the amphoras containing the olive oil, and also fine ware production. The proliferation of the vaulting tubes was also part of this period of economic growth related to increased agricultural production. This unique construction technique eventually was adopted elsewhere in the western Mediterranean, including Rome and Ravenna, where it was used to construct the dome of the famous Byzantine church of San Vitale. Through a series of interconnected technologies, the necessity to provide food for Rome ultimately resulted in a vaulting technique that created spectacular new architectural achievements.
Thursday, February 28th, Amanda Wilcox, Williams College
EPISTOLARY RHETORIC AND SOCIAL NEGOTIATION INCICERO'S AD FAMILIARES
Tuesday, November 27th, 4:00 p.m.
Alison Brown, Royal Holloway College
Classical Legacy Lecture
"TRANSGRESSION AND MODERNISM IN THE THINKING OF LUCRETIUS AND MACHIAVELLI"
Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies- Reading Room (413-577-3600)
650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst
Free of charge and open to the public
Thursday, November 15th 4:30 p.m.
Luca Grillo, Amherst College
POLITICAL AND POETIC INVECTIVE IN THE LATE ROMAN REPUBLIC
Smith College, Seelye Hall 106
Thursday, November 1st
David Ferry '46
From the College Event Calendar:
"One of America's best poets, David Ferry '46, will read from his work on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) of Converse Hall. Ferry's latest, just-published book is "Bewilderment" (University of Chicago Press), which is a finalist for this year's National Book Award for poetry. The public is cordially invited."
Mr. Ferry is not only a distinguished poet in his own right but also has translated Horace and is now translating Virgil's Aeneid. He is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Thursday, October 18th, 4:30 p.m.
Jacques Perreault, Universite de Montreal
The Kilns of Thasos: an Island Potter's Workshop in Ancient Greece (6th c. B.C.)
Pottery Production increased greatly during the Archaic period in the Greek world and we know of many different styles and production centres. Unfortunately, very few pottery workshops of this period have been found. A team of French, Canadian and Greek archaeologists excavated the only known pottery workshop on the Northern Greek island of Thasos, and one of the very few in Greece. This lecture will present the results of the excavation of this workshop, where apart from the impressive quantity of vases uncovered, all structures necessary to the production of pottery have been found. We will examine the particular architectural features, the extremely diversified production, and the distribution of the workshop's production in the North Aegean and the Black Sea.
Thursday, September 20th, 5:00 p.m.
Sarah Morris, UCLA
Passing Children Through the Fire: Ritual Infanticide in the Ancient Mediterranean
Smith College, Graham Auditorium
see campus map, building #5, Hillyer Hall - Graham Hall
Tuesday, September 11, 4:30 p.m.
Christopher B. Krebs, Stanford University
A Dangerous Book? How Tacitus's Germania Became the Nazis' Bible.
He has taught at University College (Oxford), École Normale Supérieure (Paris), and Harvard University and was the APA fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich in 2008-2009.
Prof. Krebs’ visit is sponsored by the Department of Classics, the History Department, the Department of German, the European Studies Program, and the Lucius Root Eastman 1895 Lecture Fund, Amherst College.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather, Amherst College campus map
Thursday, September 13 - Saturday, September 16
Caesar: Writer, Speaker and Linguist
This conference brings together the contributors to The Cambridge Companion to Caesar, co-edited by Luca Grillo (Amherst College) and Christopher Krebs (Stanford University). In accordance with the aim of Cambridge Companions, the conference aims simultaneously to advance research on Caesar and to make it available to a broader public. Specifically, we want to further the appreciation of Caesar as a versatile intellectual, by taking various approaches – narratological, rhetorical, linguistic, and historical – to his oeuvre. Caesar as general and politician still fascinates the general public and scholars alike, as he has for generations. But contemporaries also celebrated him as a leading intellectual, and we can still discern this Caesar in the fragments of his orations, linguistic treatises, and polemic pamphlets, letters to friends and the senate, and, of course, his famous Commentaries. This Caesar has most recently started to enjoy a much-deserved comeback, as proved by recent publications and by his inclusion in the new AP Latin programs; but much more work remains to be done.
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2011 - 2012
Thursday, April 5
Speaker: Jeffrey Hurwit (University of Oregon)
Location: Graham Hall, Smith College
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society.
Tuesday, March 27
Title: Investigating the Surface: Hairstyles of the Athenian Caryatids
Speaker: Katherine Schwab (Fairfield University)
Location: Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather, Amherst College
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Department of Classics, Amherst College
Katherine Schwab brings the eye of an artist to her study and reconstruction of Greek sculpture. Her drawings of the east and north metopes of the Parthenon, permanently installed in the Parthenon Gallery of the new Acropolis Museum, reveal details that contribute to a deeper understanding of this building's whole sculptural program. Recently she has turned her attention to the Caryatids of the Erechtheum, the sculpted female figures that served as supports in the south porch of this Acropolis temple. Their intricate hairstyles are among the most decorative elements of this temple. With the help of student volunteers, Professor Schwab has brought new evidence to bear on the technique and meaning of these elaborate hair arrangements.
Wednesday, March 7
Title: The Unsolved Mystery of the Agora Bone Well; Abstract
Speaker: Susan Rotroff, Washington University
Location: Fayerweather 115 (Pruyne Lecture Hall), Amherst College
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society. Hosted by Amherst College Classics Department.
Monday, March 5
Title: Sophocles and Athenian Politics
Speaker: Sarah Ferrario (Catholic University of America)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Browsing Room, Neilson Library, Smith College
Sponsor: Department of Classical Languages and Literatures, Smith College
Wednesday, December 7
Title: Apuleius in the Renaissance
Speaker: Julia Haig Gaisser (Bryn Mawr)
Location: Reading Room, Renaissance Center, University of Massachusetts
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Classics Department at UMass
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Keitel
Thursday, December 1
Title: From Ben Hur to Nascar: Fans, Fame, and the Roman Circus
Speaker: Sinclair Bell ( University of Northern Illinois)
Location: Herter Hall, Auditorium 231, UMass Amherst
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Sponsors: UMass Classics, UMass Art History, and the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society
Tuesday, November 15
Title: Making Up a Woman in Ancient Greece
Speaker: Ada Cohen (Dartmouth College)
Location: Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mt. Holyoke College
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Art History Program
Monday, November 14
Title: Re-conquering the West: Warfare and Politics in Ostrogothic Italy
Speaker: Dr. Maria Kouroumali (Byzantine Studies, Hellenic College/Holy Cross)
Location: Skinner Hall, #216, Mount Holyoke College
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Departments of History and Classics, MHC; Department of Classics, SC; Departments of History and Classics, AC; Department of History, UMass; Five Colleges, Inc.
Thursday, October 27
Title: Reconstructing Antiquity: Sex, Lies and Politics: Portraits of Rome's Bad Empresses
Speaker: Eric Varner (Emory University)
Location: Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mt. Holyoke College
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Reception to follow
Monday, October 24
Title: Procopius of Caesarea, enigmatic historian of the emperor Justinian
Speaker: Geoffrey Greatrex (University of Ottawa)
Location: 202 Skinner Hall, Mt. Holyoke College
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Sponsor: Departments of History and Classics at Mount Holyoke in addition to Five College support. For more information about Professor Greatrex
For more information: please contact Professor Shawcross
Saturday, October 22
Event: An Afternoon with an Archaeologist
Site-mapping field trip at the Smith College Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station. An exciting opportunity to experience hands-on how a field archaeologist maps and surveys an archaeological site.
Trip Leader: Matt Emerson
Location: Smith College MacLeish Field Station (Whately MA)
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society
For more information please contact Matt Emerson or Scott Bradbury
FieldTripPoster -- Refreshments Served
Tuesday, October 18
Title: Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor: The Linothorax Project
Speaker: Gregory Aldrete, (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay)
Location: Gamble Auditorium 106B , Mt. Holyoke College
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society
Please contact Paula Debnar for Dutch-treat dinner.
Monday, October 17
New England Ancient History Colloquium (NEAHC)
Deliberative Oratory in the Annals and the Dialogus
Keynote Speaker: Christopher van den Berg (Amherst College)
Commentary by: Elizabeth Keitel (University of Massachusetts)
Location: UMASS Boston (Campus Center, Room 3545, 100 Morrissey Blvd.)
Time: 5:30-6:30 Gathering and Dinner by pre-arrangement
7:30-9:30 Discussion of paper