Archive of Past Events of Premodern Interest

Archaeological Institute of America 
Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia
Book talk and Q&A: Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021). 
Thursday, May 13, 6:00pm
Virtual. Register HERE.

Fiona Greenland is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Assistant Professor of Anthropology (by courtesy) at the University of Virginia. She studies cultural policy and the politics of national heritage. Her book, Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021. It situates the emergence of national symbols and icons in Italy’s longer historical entanglements of cultural elites, state officials, and tombaroli, or tomb robbers. Her new work examines the relationship between cultural destruction and civilian deaths in the Syrian war. Greenland’s work has been published in Sociological Theory, Qualitative Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, and the International Journal of Cultural Property, among other outlets. She was a classical archaeologist for 10 years before training as a sociologist.

2021 Archaeology & Art History DMP Presentations
Wednesday, May 12, 4:00pm
Virtual: Zoom link
Meeting ID: 968 9794 2700
Passcode: DMP2021

Each of our four students will be briefly presenting their DMP research (around 15 minutes each), with around 5 minutes for questions and discussion. The students (in alphabetical order) and their projects are:

Emily Anderson, The Numismatics of Hiberno-Norse Acculturation, 10th-12th c.: A Study in Early Medieval Cultural Contact and Material Exchange [Archaeology]

Frankie Mananzan, Yves Klein: Performing Authorship [Art History]

Brian Pfeifer, Geophysics in Archaeology: the Kotroni Archaeological Survey Project (KASP) [Archaeology]

Savannah Stevens, Holy Transactions: Altars on Athenian Vases from the Acropolis and the Agora [Archaeology]

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Justin Anthony Mann, University of Virginia
"Commanding the Sacred: Structures of Authority and the Sacred on the Byzantine Monastic Landscape'
Friday, April 22, 4:00pm
Virtual: Zoom link
Meeting ID: 926 0183 2454
Passcode: 201461

Abstract: Recent scholarship portrays the Byzantine monastery as a cultural microcosm that embodied broader social structures. However, the view of such structures is often focused on the core monastic complex, and not on how monastic communities could greatly alter natural and cultural landscapes, or, on the other hand, be influenced by the same landscapes. The work presented here envisions the landscape created and maintained by monasteries (i.e., the monastic landscape) as a composite entity composed of interwoven cultural landscapes of authority, economy, the sacred, and natural topography. Using extensive archaeological survey and both art historical and textual evidence, seven case studies from Central Greece are used to push the boundaries of the monastery beyond the katholikon (central church), and onto a complex monastic landscape.

This talk will focus specifically on two components of the monastic landscape, the authoritative and the sacred, and their layering through the lens of Middle Byzantine monastic communities in Central Greece. The goal here is twofold: to highlight the importance of less commonly studied monastic sites, such as outlying chapels, towers, footpaths, and the natural landscape, and to furthermore emphasize the multivalent purposes of monastic sites. Churches, for example, can be used both to sacralize topography and as a means to delimit, navigate, and control. The last portion of this talk will be to present future directions for this research and to suggest other usages for monastic sites that will be explored in further depth in my dissertation project, “Assembling a Monastic Landscape: Structures of Authority, Economy, and the Sacred in Middle Byzantine Greece.”

As usual we’ll begin at 4 and end by about 5:15.  Please circulate to others who may want to join!

Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory class visit
Claudia Rivera Casanovas, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Bolivia
"The Tiwanaku sacred center and its influence in eastern Cochabamba valleys"
Monday, April 12, 2:00pm
Virtual: Zoom link
Meeting ID: 936 0394 2148
Passcode: 663469

Tiwanaku is an important referent in Andean Archaeology. Its monumental buildings and enigmatic motifs carved in massive stones are the center of many theories and interpretations. Its capital was the center of an expanding state that allowed the integration of diverse societies and regions to a scale never seen in the South Central Andes. Tiwanaku influence expanded into a vast territory forging a common bonding language through cultural practices expressed in the material domain as religious objects, as well as patterns of consumption. It had a profound impact in diverse societies, changing and generating new forms of relationship among them. The eastern interandean valleys of Bolivia formed part of these dynamic in Cochabamba and neighboring areas, spaces in which diverse forms of interaction and sociopolitical relations produced a rich social phenomenon that will be discussed in this presentation.

Claudia Rivera Casanovas has a licenciatura degree in archaeology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz-Bolivia. She received a M.A and Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialty in Archaeology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a tenured professor in Archaeology and Researcher at the Institute of Anthropological and Archaeological Investigations at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. She leads the Additive Technologies Laboratory. Over the years, she organized a number of research projects in different regions of Bolivia including the Titicaca basin in sites like Tiwanaku and Chiripa, the interandean central and southern valleys, as well as the tropical piedmont. She has conducted investigations in ceramic and textile technologies, the development of complex societies, regional settlement patterns and rock art.

This presentation is hosted by ANTH 5589: Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory led by Professor Sonia Alconini. Join us on Zoom at
(Meeting ID: 936 0394 2148, Passcode: 663469).

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Patricia McAnany, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Imagining a Maya Archaeology That Is Anthropological and Attuned to Indigenous Cultural Heritage”
Friday, April 9, 4:00pm

John Hessler, Library of Congress
"Video Ergo Scio: Using Markov Random Fields to Reconstruct Ancient Maya Ceramics and Inscriptions"
Thursday, April 8, 11:00am-12:15pm

This virtual seminar will introduce participants to the theory of Markov random fields applied to the reconstruction of ancient Maya ceramics found in archaeological contexts and to the understanding of damaged Maya inscriptions.

The Theory of Markov random fields (MRF) has recently emerged in artificial intelligence research, both as a tool for modeling computer vision, and as a means for making deep and powerful statistical inferences about 3D digital images. These inferences allow for the reconstruction of the underlying objects and scene structure, as well as solutions to such problems as image reconstruction, image segmentation, and the rebuilding of missing parts of damaged 3D archaeological objects. I will discuss my recent work on the reconstruction of ancient Maya pottery from fragments, the complexity of the jigsaw puzzle in computer vision, and the application of newly developed MRF algorithms to the reconstruction of Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions.

This event is co-sponsored by the Scholars' Lab, the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH).  It is free and open to all, but advance registration is required. Please visit to register.


Archaeological Institute of America Hanfmann Lecture
A. Asa Eger, University of North Carolina Greensboro
"The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange among Muslim and Christian Communities"
Thursday, March 25, 5:30pm
Virtual: Zoom link
Meeting ID: 926 2239 4795
Passcode: 293240

The retreat of the Byzantine army from Syria in around 650 CE, in advance of the approaching Arab armies, is one that has resounded emphatically in the works of both Islamic and Christian writers, and created an enduring motif: that of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier. For centuries, Byzantine and Islamic scholars have evocatively sketched a contested border: the annual raids between the two, the line of fortified fortresses defending Islamic lands, the no-man's land in between and the birth of jihad. In their early representations of a Muslim-Christian encounter, accounts of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier are charged with significance for a future 'clash of civilizations' that often envisions a polarized world. I examine the two aspects of this frontier: its physical and ideological ones. By highlighting the archaeological study of the real and material frontier, as well as acknowledging its ideological military and religious implications, he offers a more complex vision of this dividing line than has been traditionally disseminated. With analysis grounded in archaeological evidence as well the relevant historical texts, Eger brings together a nuanced exploration of this vital element of medieval history.

 Margaret Lowe Memorial Undergraduate Lecture
Dr. Amy R. Cohen, Randolph College
"The Secrets Behind a Greek Mask"
Tuesday, March 23, 5:00pm
Virtual: Zoom link
Meeting ID: 958 6564 9435
Passcode: 239148

Dr. Carla Jaimes Betancourt, University of Bonn
"The ancient Amazon: Pre-Columbian monumental architecture and the origins of complex societies in the Llanos de Mojos, Bolivia".
Monday, March 22, 9:00am
Virtual: Zoom link
Meeting ID: 974 0993 9357 
Passcode: 031470

Prof. Carla Jaimes Betancourt of the University of Bonn will be providing a guest lecture in Sonia Alconini’s class on Monday morning at 9:00 entitled ‘The ancient Amazon: Pre-Columbian monumental architecture and the origins of complex societies in the Llanos de Mojos, Bolivia’.  The presentation will provide an overview of the history of southwestern Amazon, which dates back at least 10,000 years. It will focus on the monumental and cultural achievements of two specific areas of study: (a) the ring ditches in the Northeast or Iténez region and (b) the monumental mounds to the Southeast of the Llanos de Moxos. Their configuration, landscape transformation, regional patterns and internal organization show a long and complex social dynamic that was not exempt from the influence of broader regional processes. This presentation reflects on the political, ritual and defensive role of the mounds and ring ditches, and their relationship with the sudden transformations that occurred largely in Amazonia: the first during the first centuries A.D., and the second at the beginning of the second millennium. More information at

 University of Virginia Department of Art Graduate Student Symposium
“The [After]Lives of Objects: Transpotition in the Material World" 
Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19
Virtual: register here

Thursday,  March 18
Keynote Lecture by Kristel Smentek| 6:00 PM (EST)

Friday, March 19
Introduction | 9:30 AM (EST)

Session 1 | 9:45 AM –11:30 AM(EST)
Living Archaeological Museums: Objects, Displays, Narratives
Elisa Bernard, IMT School for Advanced Studies

Reviewing Ownership of Hittite Heritage in the Republic of Turkey
Ipek Bayraktar, International University of Catalunya

“Every Style is Foreign”: The Rediscovery and Reception of Medieval Wall Paintings in Nineteenth-Century Denmark
Ronah Sadan, Aarhus University

Lunch Break | 11:30 AM –1:30 PM (EST)

Session 2 | 1:30 PM –3:15 PM (EST)
Playing Seminole Indian: Florida Native Seminole Garments in Settler Performance
Amanda Thompson, Bard Graduate Center

“Tender Regards, Old Memories”: Temporal Transpositions in Memories of the Homes of Grandma Lewis
Emily Schollenberger, Temple University

Emperor’s Treasure: The Social Life of the YubiZhiguolun
Si Xiao, University of Exeter

Break | 3:15 PM –3:45 PM (EST)

Session 3 | 3:45 PM –5:30 PM (EST)
Translating Spiritual Meaning: The Spolia of the Temple of Artemis Ephesia
Vanessa Gillette, University of South Florida

To Revise the Past: Mexican Palimpsests Before and After the Encounter
Hayley Woodward, Tulane University

A Colony in Birch Bark: Exploring the Indigenous Materialitiesof Elizabeth Simcoe’s Picturesque Landscapes
Mairead Horton, National Gallery of Art

Final Remarks | 5:30 PM (EST)

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Chris Downum and Leszek Pawlowicz, Northern Arizona University
“Can Deep Learning Solve The Problems With Southwestern Prehistoric Decorated Ceramic Typologies?”
Friday, March 5, 4:00pm
Virtual: Zoom link 
Meeting ID: 928 2295 8820
Passcode: 278689

Abstract: Decorated ceramic typology plays an important role in dating archaeological sites in the American Southwest, as well as evaluating cultural affiliations and trade networks. Despite over 100 years of work in this field, substantial levels of disagreement on artifact type identifications can exist, even between archaeologists with decades of experience. We will review the history of Southwestern decorated ceramic typology, and the current problems associated with it. We will then present our research on the use of Convolutional Neural Network deep-learning methods as a potential tool for decorated ceramic classification, analysis and visualization.

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Michael FrachettiWashington University in St. Louis
“Remapping the Silk Roads from Prehistory to the Medieval Era”
Friday, February 19, 4:00pm
Virtual: Zoom link 
Meeting ID: 966 3472 3846
Passcode: 540021

Coughlin Lecture on East Asia
Naomi Standen, Unviersity of Birmingham
"Taking China out of Premodern Global History: Bodies, Threads and Fabrics"
Thursday, November 18, 2:00-3:30pm
Virtual: please register at

Ali Rizvi
"The Recent Rise of Secular Thought in the Muslim World"
Wednesday, November 18, 5:00pm
Virtual: coordinated by Inger Kuin

**rescheduled to 2021**
Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Sonia Alconini, University of Virginia
“Cuisine, Identity and Status Negotiations in the Eastern Inka Imperial Fringes”
Friday, November 13, 4:00pm

Jackie Murray, University of Kentucky
"Apollonius and Callimachus and the Poetics of Controversy"
Thursday, November 12
details TBA
Virtual: coordinated by Ivana Petrovic

Archaeological Institute of America Joukowsky Lecture
Julie Hruby, Dartmouth College
"Using ugly pottery to understand elite Mycenaean cuisine"
Thursday, November 12, 5:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 957 3976 0519
Passcode: aiacville

For generations, Greek archaeologists interested in ceramics have mostly focused on the “pretty” kind, usually painted vessels that have been assumed to have changed quickly over time, making them good chronological indicators. Cooking pots and other plainer vessels have received much less attention. More recently, however, as we have started to focus on questions about how people in ancient cultures used objects and activities to build their own identities and shape their lives, we have started to realize that the “ugly” pottery is far more important than it traditionally has been considered to be.

One of the main ways that has happened is that we now recognize that feasting and food consumption practices were critically important in antiquity. Both hosts and attendees used food as a means to practice and display their economic, political, ritual, and social personas. For the prehistoric period, we have limited textual evidence for cuisine and for feasts, but we have vast quantities of the kinds of pottery used to cook, serve, and consume food. By examining the types of pots used at different sites, we can reconstruct what was cooked, how it was cooked, how it was served, and how each of these issues varied based on the socioeconomic class of the people consuming the food.

Conference: Women's Voice in Latin Literature  
Saturday, October 24, 12:00-2:30pm
Virtual: Zoom
Meeting ID: 993 3562 8273
Passcode: 230354

In this inaugural event of the interdisciplinary initiative “The Siren Project: Women’s Voice in Literature and the Visual Arts,” Jessica Blum-Sorensen, Caitlin Gillespie, Sarah McCallum, and Laura Zientek will guide us through a discussion of the role of women in the Early Roman Empire. We hope to see you there! 

12:00 Welcome and Introduction

12:10 Sarah McCallum (University of Arizona)
           “Female Expressions of Desire in Vergil’s Aeneid”
12:35 Laura Zientek (Reed College)
           “Tot rerum vox una fuit: Prophecy through Women’s Voices in Lucan’s Civil War”

1:00 Break

1:10 Jessica Blum (University of San Francisco)
         “The Future is Female: Circe’s Songs and Rome’s (His)tory”
1:35 Caitlin Gillespie (Brandeis University)
         “Body Language: Women’s Movements in the Early Roman Empire”

2:00 Final Discussion


Pramit Chaudhuri, University of Texas at Austin  
"Fall Guys and Mock Epics: 'Atheism' from Lucretius to Milton"
Monday, October 19, 2:00pm
Virtual: email Inger Kuin ( to register and receive link

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Dylan Rogers, University of Virginia
“Water and Sensory Experience: Revisiting the Procession of the Eleusinian Mysteries in Roman Greece”
Friday, October 2, 4:00pm
Virtual: Zoom link 
Meeting ID: 930 7843 8764
Passcode: 749239

The Eleusinian Mysteries that took place at the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Eleusis (outside of Athens, Greece) were a mystery cult that stretched back as far as the Bronze Age. While we do not know the full details of what occurred when a pilgrim was initiated into the cult, we have been able to reconstruct the procession initiates took from Athens to Eleusis--a 22-km-long sensorial tour de force. In the Roman period, particularly in the second century CE, with the arrival of an aqueduct commissioned by the emperor Hadrian, the forecourt of the sanctuary, where the procession culminated before the initiation, was drastically altered with the addition of a fountain. Employing the tenants of sensory archaeology, this talk will revisit the procession of the Mysteries to emphasize the role of flowing water and its impact on past encounters in the space, not only illustrating the complex experience initiates had in the Roman period, but also the unique expressions of Greek and Roman identity.

UVa Fralin Weedon Lectures
 Robert DeCaroli, George Mason University
"Making the Buddha: The Creation of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia"
Thursday, October 1, 6:30pm
Virtual: register here.

Robert DeCaroli is a Professor of South and Southeast Asian art history at George Mason University. He is a specialist in the early history of Buddhism and has conducted fieldwork in India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. His first book, Haunting the Buddha: Indian Popular Religions and the Formation of Buddhism was published by Oxford University Press 2004, and his second book, Image Problems: The Origin and Development of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia, was published by the University of Washington in 2015. More recently, he co-curated the Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. He is also the author of several articles and book chapters. He was awarded a Getty Research Institute Fellowship and is currently a Robert N.H. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellow.

Classical Association of Virginia fall meeting
Saturday, September 26, 10:00am-12:00noon 
Virtual: additional information TBA

Gerszten Lecture Series
Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland-College Park
Lecture: “The Matter of the Popol Vuh: Death, Transformation, and Survival in Early (Latin) American Indian Literatures”
Friday, September 25, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Virtual: Register HERE by September 14 to receive Zoom link and password

"The Matter of the Popol Vuh: Death, Transformation, and Survival in Early (Latin) American Indian Literatures" investigates the interactions between sixteenth-century European alphabetical literacy and Indigenous materialities and semioses, focusing on the Popol Vuh (Book of Council). Destruction, death, transformation, and survival are the central themes of the book's material history, as it transformed from Maya and Nahua graphic writing into Maya alphabetic script and Spanish translation. But destruction, death, transformation, and survival are also the dominant themes of the "matter" of the Popol Vuh--the content of its stories and the lessons it contained, focusing as they do on the survival of matter through perpetual transformation. To learn more abou the Popol Wuj at UVA, click here.

Gerszten Lecture Series
Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland-College Park
Seminar: “The Alchemy of Conquest”
Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Virtual: Register HERE by September 14 to receive Zoom link and password

Tim Whitmarsh, University of Cambridge
"Oedipus the Atheist"
Monday, September 21, 2:00pm
Virtual: email Inger Kuin ( to register and receive link

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Jonah Augustine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Uniformity, Variability, and Genres in Tiwanaku Ceramic Iconography, A.D. 500-1100”
Friday, September 18, 4:00pm

Tiwanaku, located in western Bolivia, was among the largest cities in the Americas during the Middle Horizon (c. AD 500 to 1100) and the capital of an eponymous Andean state. During the consolidation of Tiwanaku, people began to produce a variety of novel ceramic forms that were decorated with elaborate, polychrome iconography. These materials were ubiquitous throughout the Tiwanaku city and state. Archaeologists today find them in a variety of contexts, ranging from offerings left on the steps of pyramids to household trash heaps. What types of images were depicted upon these key media? What forms of archaeological analysis are available to evaluate and compare iconographic conventions between social spaces at Tiwanaku? Importantly, how do the characteristics of the forms and iconography of Tiwanaku ceramics reflect their variable social roles and political significances within Tiwanaku? This talk will address these questions, presenting the results of an analysis of polychrome ceramics from Tiwanaku.

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Introductory Meeting
Friday, September 11, 4:00pm


Carole Newlands, University of Colorado
Wednesday, April 15 

Lowe Undergraduate Lecture
Amy Cohen, Randolph College
Monday, April 13 

Archaeological Institute of America Hanfmann Lecture
A. Asa Eger, University of North Carolina Greensboro
"The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange Among Muslim and Christian Communities"
Thursday, April 9, 5:30pm
Campbell 160

The retreat of the Byzantine army from Syria in around 650 CE, in advance of the approaching Arab armies, is one that has resounded emphatically in the works of both Islamic and Christian writers, and created an enduring motif: that of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier. For centuries, Byzantine and Islamic scholars have evocatively sketched a contested border: the annual raids between the two, the line of fortified fortresses defending Islamic lands, the no-man's land in between and the birth of jihad. In their early representations of a Muslim-Christian encounter, accounts of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier are charged with significance for a future 'clash of civilizations' that often envisions a polarized world. I examine the two aspects of this frontier: its physical and ideological ones. By highlighting the archaeological study of the real and material frontier, as well as acknowledging its ideological military and religious implications, he offers a more complex vision of this dividing line than has been traditionally disseminated. With analysis grounded in archaeological evidence as well the relevant historical texts, Eger brings together a nuanced exploration of this vital element of medieval history.

24th Annual Classics Graduate Student Colloquium, University of Virginia
WARNING: Storm Approaching
Weather, the Environment, and Natural Disasters in the Ancient Mediterranean
Saturday, March 21 

Keynote Speaker: Clara Bosak-Schroeder (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Scientific, aesthetic, and religious conceptions of weather events appear throughout Classical antiquity, as the Greeks and Romans attempted to make sense of environmental phenomena. Often, these events were explained as expressions of divine wrath or favor. Storms and natural disasters figured as literary devices, for example to delay narrative action or as metaphors for the cyclic nature of human life. Climate, broadly defined, was thought to determine national character, and weather played a critical role in military expeditions. Recently, scholars have made considerable advances in applying principles of bioarchaeology to the study of the ancient world. Hand in hand with these, theorists working with the tools of ecocriticism envision a humanities broader than humans, accounting for the whole natural world.

The study of weather and its public is particularly relevant today, as the severity of natural disasters increases annually. We face dramatic changes to the environment on a global scale, and the global response to these changes is a contentious and urgent matter. For this conference, we seek academic papers exploring natural disasters and environmental change in ancient Greece and Rome. We also welcome submissions from scholars whose work deals with the broader Mediterranean world, which includes but is not limited to Mesopotamia, the Levant, Anatolia, Egypt, Ethiopia, and North Africa. Some possible topics are:

-Storms and natural phenomena as literary motifs, metaphors, and/or similes
-Archaeological evidence for natural disasters or climate change
-Conceptions of environmental determinism
-The depiction of weather events in visual art
-The role of the gods in determining the weather and cult activity seeking to affect the weather or environment
-Historical consequences of weather and climate
-The relationship of ancient studies to the environmental humanities
-The present legacies of ancient environments

Each presenter will have 15-20 minutes to speak. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words (not counting notes or bibliography) to Stephen Hill ( no later than 5pm EST on January 15, 2020. This colloquium intends to be accessible to all, including those with physical disabilities, mental illness, and/or chronic illness. Any questions may be addressed to colloquium organizers Joseph Zehner ( and Vergil Parson (

Tim Rood, Oxford University
"Herodotus and Luxury"
Thursday, March 19, 5:00pm
Gibson Room

Ruth Bielfeldt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 
"Why Did the Rhodians Build Big? Seeing the Colossus of Rhodes Through the Lens of a Small Text"
Tuesday, March 17, 5:00pm
Gibson Room

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Joseph Zehner, University of Virginia
"Craft vs. Birth: Aphrodite in Empedocles"
Tuesday, February 25, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Colonnade Hotel 

Janet Downie, UNC Chapel Hill
“Ephesian Space in Imperial Greek Narrative”
Friday, February 21, 5:00pm
Rouss Robertson, Rm. 258
reception to follow

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Andrej Petrovic, University of Virginia
"A New Greek Epigram from Teos"
Tuesday, February 18, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Colonnade Hotel 

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Sam Crusemire, University of Virginia
"Xenophon’s Attack on Sophistry in the Anabasis"
Tuesday, February 11, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Colonnade Hotel 

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Andrew Farinholt Ward, College of William and Mary
"Uncovering the Foundations of a Greek Colony: Ancient Selinus" 
Friday, February 7, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall Conference Room
Light refreshments provided 

Abstract: Founded on the southwestern coast of Sicily by settlers from mainland Greece in the seventh century BCE, the ancient "colony" of Selinus (modern Selinunte) quickly became a wealthy and populous city-state, famed even in antiquity for its many monumental temples and its conflicts with Athens and Carthage. The early history of the settlement has remained controversial for much of the twentieth century, with the scant early remains used to support a variety of often opposing interpretations. This talk will highlight recent discoveries in the Selinusian main urban sanctuary, sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and the Universita  degli Studi di Milano, that have unearthed a wealth of new evidence for understanding the early history of this Greek settlement, and the importance of religion in ancient Mediterranean migration.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Elizabeth Meyer, University of Virginia
"Freedmen and Metics in Classical Athens"
Tuesday, February 4, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Colonnade Hotel 

Friends of Classics Talk
Cornelia Lauf, John Cabot University
"Contemporary Curating in Ancient Rome"
Monday, January 27, 5:00pm
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room
reception to follow

Stocker Lecture
Amy Richlin, UCLA
"Plautus on the Beach: Race, Law, and Human Trafficking in the Roman Republic"
Wednesday, January 15, 5:00pm 
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room
reception to follow

Katherine Harrington, Florida State University
"Rethinking Women's Labor in Classical Greece"
Tuesday, December 10, 12:00noon
Fayerweather 215

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Janet Dunkelbarger, University of Virginia
“The Garden as Sacred Space: Pompeii's Garden Dining Spaces”
Friday, December 6, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall Conference Room
Light refreshments provided 

The archaeological evidence of garden dining spaces in Pompeii’s houses, restaurants, and tombs challenges traditional scholarly narratives, demonstrating that reclined dining in the gardens of Pompeii was a religiously significant activity practiced by both the elite and non-elite of Pompeian society. These garden dining spaces were not part of formal temple or sanctuary architecture and environments, but nevertheless were an essential space for religious rites and rituals. Furthermore, the lack of concentrated evidence of these kinds of spaces elsewhere in the Roman world either indicates that the practice of dining in the garden later lost its significance or that its meaning was more important to the people of Pompeii than to peoples elsewhere. The evidence of Pompeii’s garden dining spaces, therefore, reveals complexities of both Roman dining practices and the meaning of the Roman garden, stressing the importance of context and local culture in the interpretation of the material evidence.

Virginia Undergraduate Research Symposium in Classics 
Friday, November 15, 1-5:30 PM 
Rouss-Robertson Hall, Room 245
Reception to follow

Undergraduates: Please join your peers from other Virginia Institutions at the annual Virginia Undergraduate Research Symposium in Classics: 

This year, Virginia Undergraduate Symposium in Classics VI will be hosted by the University of Virginia and sponsored by the University of Virginia Classics Department. Program at

 Medieval Studies Lecture Series
Aden Kumler, University of Chicago
Pretium redemptionis: The Price of Salvation ca. 845"
Friday, November 8, 4:00pm
Campbell 160

In the Middle Ages, as today, the concept of "price" played a central role in practices of commensuration and exchange. Grounded in worldly economics, notions of price, commerce, and profit also shaped medieval soteriological thought and practice. Focusing on a series of works associated directly or obliquely with the Carolingian ruler, Charles the Bald, this paper examines the trope of the “price of salvation” in the mid-ninth century. The talk will focus primarily upon how a selection of works of art and discourses framed access to salvation in economic terms, with particular emphasis on how the form of the coin was taken up as a means of grappling with and expressing the incommensurable value of spiritual ransom or redemption.

Constantine Lecture
Joshua Katz, Princeton University
"Dice in  Iliad 24: Geometry, Fate, and Sex"
Thursday, October 29, 5:00pm 
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Jovan Cvjetičanin, University of Virginia
"Monkey and Donkey Anecdotes in Lucian"
Tuesday, October 22, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Newcomb Hall 389

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Sara Myers, University of Virginia
"The Garden in the Culex"
Tuesday, October 15, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Newcomb Hall 389

Medieval Studies Lecture Series
Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College
“Secrets, Scientia, and Statecraft in Thirteenth-Century Latin Christendom”
Thursday, October 10, 5:30pm
Campbell 158

According to thirteenth-century Scholastic philosopher, Franciscan, and polymath Roger Bacon (ca. 1214-ca. 1292), a more complete understanding of natural laws and phenomena could foster both new natural knowledge and wonderful and useful inventions. These were the result of mastery of the branch of knowledge that Bacon termed scientia experimentalis, or knowledge gained through sense experience. Bacon argued that sense experience was critical to understanding the natural world and using that knowledge to intervene in the natural order and serve humanity. Instruments, devices, and processes are central to scientia experimentalis; they are both engine that drives the acquisition of new knowledge and the result of that knowledge. According to Bacon, devices and instruments are equally important to epistemology as to affairs of state, as they enable the acquisition of new knowledge and political advantage. To illustrate the importance and potential of learned natural knowledge combined with experience Bacon repeatedly invoked examples from the history of Alexander the Great and his tutor, Aristotle, drawn from the pseudo-Aristotelian Secretum secretorum, as well as the corpus of Latin and European vernacular literature on Alexander and his exploits. Bacon’s use of Alexander and Aristotle reveals the interrelation of political power and erudite knowledge in this era, and how they intersected through the cultivation and application of experience and technology.

Archaeological Institute of America Joukowsky Lecture 
Lisa Nevett, University of Michigan
“New Fieldwork from Classical Olynthos (Greece): towards an archaeology of identity” 
Thursday, October 3, 5:30pm
Campbell Hall 158

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Dylan Rogers, University of Virginia
Tuesday, October 1,  lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Newcomb Hall 389

Classical Association of Virginia

Saturday, September 28

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 
Dan-el Pedilla Peralta, Princeton University
"From Pluralism to Epistemicide: Religions in the Imperial Roman Republic"
Wednesday, September 25, 5:00pm
Wilson 142 
Reception to follow

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Jenny Strauss Clay, University of Virginia
"Traversing No-Man’s Land"
Tuesday, September 24, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Newcomb Hall 389

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab
Katharina Lorenz, University of Gissen
"Powerful Faces, Powerful Methods: How We Look at Roman Portraits"
Tuesday, September 10, 5:00pm
Wilson 142
Reception to follow

"Powerful Faces, Powerful Methods: How We Look at Roman Portraits" unpicks some of the research trajectories along which scholars have tried to understand imperial Roman portraiture. The discussion tracks how far classical archaeology has got in attempting to grapple with the concept of the image as it presents itself in this artistic genre. Specifically, the paper examines the role of biography as an organizational and analytical principle in the emergence of Roman portraiture study as an academic sub-discipline during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; it assesses the impact of those approaches on the field still virulent today; it proposes ways in which engagement with the representational economics of these portraits might align their study with the aims and objectives of current visual culture studies.

Celebrating the Divine: Roman Festivals in Art, Religion, and Literature
Friday-Saturday, August 30-31 

Festivals are ubiquitous in the life of the Roman world, and so are their depictions in ancient art and texts. Reliefs, mosaics and paintings, but also coins all show scenes of festivity. Very often, these images reflect on the relationship of humans and gods and the special encounter between both spheres that takes place in a festive context. In literary texts, feast days often occupy a prominent position: they are crucial for the preservation of memory and identity, but they also mark fateful beginnings or momentous endings in a narrative and act as privileged sites of self-definition for individuals or the community.

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars of literature, art, and religion to examine how Roman festivals are represented in different media and to explore the functions of such representations.

Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

9:15 Welcome

9:30–11:00 Session 1 - K. Sara Myers Presiding
Angeline Chiu (University of Vermont):
‘Scandal Takes a Holiday: Redefining Festivals in Late Republican Rome’

Liv Mariah Yarrow (City University of New York)
Ludi Apollinares on the Republican Coin Series’

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30–1:00 Session 2 - Tyler Jo Smith Presiding
Niccolò Cecconi (Università degli Studi di Perugia)/ Maria Rosaria Luberto (Scuola
Archeologica Italiana di Atene)
‘Illustrating Roman Imperial Festivals in Greece’

Abigail Graham (University of Warwick)
‘Come on Barbie let’s go party: The Role of Statues in Salutaris’ Procession at Ephesus’

1:00 Lunch

Sessions Resume in Minor Hall, Room 125
2:00–3:30 Session 3 - Anthony Corbeill Presiding
James Aglio (Boston University)
‘A Horse for All Seasons: New Researches on the Equus October

Krešimir Vuković (Catholic University of Croatia)
‘Is it all about sex? The Lupercalia in Religion, Literature and Archaeology’

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00–5:30 Session 4 - Giulio Celotto Presiding
Courtney Evans (Creighton University)
Fasti Horatiani: The Fasti in Horace, Horatian Festivals in the Fasti

John F. Miller (University of Virginia)
‘Playing with the Matronalia’

5:30 Reception (Classics foyer in Cocke Hall)

6:30–8:30 Buffet Dinner (Garden Room, Hotel E)

Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

9:30–11:00 Session 5 - Christine Boltsi Presiding
Stephen Heyworth (Oxford University)
‘The Megalensia in Latin Literature’

Inger N. I. Kuin (Dartmouth College / University of Virginia)
‘Testing the Power of Festival in Lucian’s Saturnalia

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30–1:00 Session 6 - Vergil Parson Presiding
Naomi Carless Unwin (University of Warwick)
Pompē and Paraphernalia: Epigraphic Insights into the Material Dimensions of Processional Roles in the Graeco-Roman East’

Anise K. Strong (Western Michigan University)
‘From Pride Parade to Walk of Shame: Prostitute Parades in Ancient and Medieval Italy’

1:00–2:30 Lunch

2:30–4:30 Session 7 - Jovan Cvjetičanin and Nina Raby Presiding
Zahra Newby (University of Warwick)
‘Festival Hierarchies—The View of Themides from Material Culture’

Anke Walter (Newcastle University)
‘Celebrating (in) Exile. Festive Days in Ovid’s Tristia

Vassiliki Panoussi (College of William and Mary)
‘Celebrating Isis: Greece, Egypt, and Rome in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses 11’



Inner Purity and Pollution in Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Beyond [Conference]
Andrej Petrovic and Ivana Petrovic, University of Virginia
Thursday May 9 - Saturday May 11
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Organized by the Laboratory for Cultural Pluralism, Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures, and the Department of Classics, University of Virginia.

Those wishing to attend the conference are encouraged to contact the organizers in advance (, There is no attendance fee.

The principal aim of this conference is to throw more light on the categories of inner purity and pollution in ancient religious traditions (variously grasped as moral, ethical, or more generally spiritual purity and pollution). A further goal is to illuminate the way individual communities reacted to other purity beliefs and the impact of other societies on individual communities’ purity and pollution beliefs. The conference brings together experts in ancient Egyptian religion, ancient Judaism, early Christianity, Greek and Roman religions, and ancient Buddhism. 

Thursday 9th May
5-5.15 PM Andrej Petrovic, Ivana Petrovic: Introduction
5.15-6.15 PM John Gee: Ancient Egyptian Purity in Practice
6.15-7.15 PM Ivana Petrovic: Justice and Inner Purity in Greek Philosophy and Cult

Friday 10th May
10-11AM Andreas Bendlin: Inner Purity, the Moral Self, and Roman Religion: From the Republic to the 4th Century CE
11AM-12PM Jacob Mackey: The Fetial Oath: Inner Purity, Divine Punishment, & Large-scale Cooperation in Roman Italy
Lunch break
1.30-2.30PM Ian Werrett: Voices in the Wilderness: Qumran, Jesus, and the Purity Systems of Second Temple Judaism
2.30-3.30PM Andrej Petrovic: On Clear Conscience: Syneidesis between Greek Cults and Early Christianity
Coffee break
4-5PM Moshe Blidstein: Ritualization of Inner Purity or Internalization of Ritual Purity? The Early Christian Case
5-6PM Reception at the Department of Classics

Saturday 11 May
10-11AM Lily Vuong: ‘Without Stain or Corruption’: The Virgin Mary and Inner Purity in Apocryphal Literature
11AM-12PM Sonam Kachru: Inner Purity: South Asian Prospects for a Comparative Category
12-12.30PM Final discussion

Classical Association of Virginia 
Saturday, May 4 
Randolph-Macon College, Ashland

 Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 
Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge, Collège de France and the University of Liège
"Daimôn in Archaic Greek Poetry and the Representation of Divine Action in the World"
Friday, April 26, 12:00pm
Wilson 142

Dobbinalia: A Symposium in Honor of John Dobbins' Career and Retirement

Friday, April 26, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Harrison Small Special Collections Auditorium
Reception to follow

Guest Speakers:
Jared Benton, Kevin Cole, Steve Gavel, Anne Laidlaw, Ismini Miliaresis, Elizabeth Molacek, Eric Poehler, Dylan Rogers, Peter Schertz, Bill Westfall

Full program available here:

Ancient History Jamboree
Friday, April 19, 3:30-6:00pm
Nau 342

Hank Lanphier, ‘The Functionality of the Archaic Hoplite Panoply’

Joshua MacKay, ‘Making Megalopolis’

Kevin Woram, ‘Marketplace Overseers in the Provincial Cities of the Roman Empire: Aediles, Agoranomoi and Maintaining Public Order’

Sophia Papaioannou, University of Athens
"The Transformation(s) of the Epic Catalogue in Ovid’s Metamorphoses"
Thursday, April 18, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Islamic Studies Lecture Series
Geoffrey Mosley, Vanderbilt University
‘The Arabic Plato" 
Wednesday, April 17, 3:30pm 
114 Cocke Hall 

 Margaret Lowe Memorial Undergraduate Lecture
Andrew Becker, Virginia Tech
"Beyond Scansion: Reading the Rhythms of Latin Verse"
Monday, April 15,  5:00pm 
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

MESALC Interdisciplinary Lecture Series
Valerie Stoker, Wright State University
"Loss, Corruption, Theft: The Perilous Lives of Texts in Medieval South India" 
Friday, April 12, 3:30pm
301 Wilson Hall 

 Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab
Erich Gruen, University of California, Berkeley
"The Sibylline Oracles: Jewish Adaptation of Greek Tradition as Resistance to Rome?"
Friday, April 12, 12noon 
Newcomb 177
lunch provided

Archaeological Institute of America Kress Lecture 
Filomena Limão, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
“In search of Roman Lisbon (Olisipo): What lies beneath our feet?” 
Thursday, April 11, 5:30pm
Campbell Hall 158

Two decades after the 1755 earthquake that devastated the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, a series of underground galleries dated to the Roman period was discovered in the downtown.  This infrastructure of vaulted passages served as a hidden portico (cryptoporticus), used by the Romans to level the sandy soil and help support the buildings above.  Now known as the Roman Galleries of Lisbon, this network of subterranean passages is opened only once or twice a year to the public, and has become a sought-after tourist destination.  In her lecture, In search of Roman Lisbon (Olisipo): What lies beneath our feet?, Dr. Filomena Limão will explore the ancient galleries in the context of the western suburb of the Roman city beside the river Tagus, with its harbor and salted fish workshops.  The lecture will also provide information about the work being done by the Centre of Archaeology of Lisbon (CAL) to investigate the role of the galleries in the planning of Roman Lisbon, and the buildings which may have stood above.

Brian Catlos, University of Colorado Boulder
“A Forgotten History: The Muslims of Medieval Europe”
Wednesday, April 10, 3:30-5:00
Nau 342

Classics Garden Talk 2019
Katherine von Stackelberg, Brock University
"Inseminating Empire: Columella, Colonialism, and Garden Politics"
Monday, April 8, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall


Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab
Dorothy Kim, Brandeis University
"The Myth of the PreRacial in the Postmodern Past"
Friday, April 5, 12:00pm
Newcomb 177

Kostas Paschalidis, National Archaeological Museum at Athens
"The Battle Krater from Shaft Grave IV at Mycenae: a Story Retold"
Thursday, April 4, 1:00pm
R-Lab, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library

Heinrich Schliemann's excavations at Grave Circle A at Mycenae were completed in a hasty manner, without necessary recording procedures and in poor weather conditions. Panagiotis Stamatakis, the Ephor of Antiquities at the time, recorded the excavations in his own diary and
arranged for the finds to be transported to Athens soon after the excavations. This diary, kept at the National Archaeological Museum, allows for a detailed study of the assemblage of Shaft Grave IV. In this seminar, Kostas Paschalidis focuses on the intriguing 'Prince with the
Battle Krater', an 18-year old man buried in this grave with a silver pictorial krater, in an attempt to re-tell the story of both the excavation and this individual.

Graduate student colloquium
Vox Populi: Populism and Popular Culture in Ancient Greece and Rome 
Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University (keynote)
Saturday, March 30, 9:00am - 5:15pm
Minor Hall, Room 125

 Albrecht Diem, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
"Hildemar’s Queer Anxieties: Carolingian Monastic Reform and Same-Sex Sexuality"
Friday, March 29, 4:00pm
Campbell 160

Hildemar of Corbie’s Commentary to the Rule of Benedict belongs to the most prolific sources on monastic life in the period after Carolingian monastic reforms. In a sentence-by-sentence explanation of the Rule Hildemar digresses not only into theological questions but also into various aspects of everyday life, conflicts within the monastery, transgressions and sanctions. In various contexts Hildemar addresses the topic of the vitium sodomiticum, adulterium and fornicatio among monks. Instead of simply condemning same-sex sexuality, Hildemar fully recognizes its existence, proposes elaborate techniques of surveillance and prevention and acknowledges their failure. His attitude appears to be deeply personal and oscillates between anxiety and understanding.

Beyond stating the obvious – that monks committed same-sex transgressions – Hildemar’s deeply personal queer anxiety gives access to various aspects of monastic life and that would otherwise be invisible: boundaries between purity and pollution drawn in rather unexpected ways; boundaries between the inner and outer, both of the individual monk, the monastic community and the monastic space, and a radical reconfiguration of the Rule that had allegedly become the binding norm for all monasteries within the Carolingian kingdoms.

MESALC Interdisciplinary Lecture Series
Jean Dangler, Tulane University
"The Representation of the City in the Strophic Poetry (Azjal) of Ibn Quzman" 
Friday, March 29, 3:30pm
301 Wilson Hall 


Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab
Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, Florida State University
"Eat. Pray. Heal."
Friday, March 29, 12:00pm
Wilson 142

​"Eat. Pray. Heal."  Philosophy and religion often meet at the crossroads of antiquity. One of them is their relation to medicine and specifically the process of healing. Plato and Plotinus offer two interesting patient case studies. In a famous episode in the Charmides (155b–157d), Socrates offers the young Charmides an herbal remedy for his headache, but warns him that it will be ineffective unless accompanied by an incantation. In an equally famous episode in Ennead IV.4, dealing with Problems Concerning the Soul (40–45), Plotinus discusses the influence of magic and incantations on the health of the single living of the kosmos, held together under the spell of Nature’s sympathetic bonds. This presentation will examine the (Neo)Platonic understanding of the holistic nature of healing, involving both the body of the universe and the body of the individual, and the contribution of medicine, religion, and Platonic philosophy to it.

Matthieu Herman van der Meer, Syracuse University
“Editing a ninth-century work-in-progress: Glosae collectae in regula S. Benedicti” 
Friday, March 29, 12:00noon
Fayerweather Lounge
please RSVP to Keith Robertson (zkr7e)
lunch provided 

The Page-Barbour Lecture Series
Daniel Mendelsohn, Bard College
"ON DIGRESSION: Narrative Afterlives of the Odyssey" 
A Series of Three Lectures

"Auerbach, Homer, Eustathius, Fénelon: Circling Toward Identity (Time)"
Tuesday, March 26, 4:00pm
Harrison/Small Auditorium

"Fénelon, Herodotus, Kâmil Pasha, Proust: Meandering Across Genre (Space)"
Wednesday, March 27, 4:00pm
Harrison/Small Auditorium.

"Proust, Joyce, Sebald, Auerbach: Perambulating with Memory (History)"
Thursday, March 28, 4:00pm
Harrison/Small Auditorium

Kerem Cosar, University of Virginia
"Trade, Merchants, and the Lost Cities of the Bronze Age"
Wednesday, March 27, 12:00pm 
Monroe 120  
Refreshments provided

We analyze a large dataset of commercial records produced by Assyrian merchants in the 19th Century BCE. Using the information collected from these records, we estimate a structural gravity model of long-distance trade in the Bronze Age. We use our structural gravity model to locate lost ancient cities. In many instances, our structural estimates confirm the conjectures of historians who follow different methodologies. In some instances, our estimates confirm one conjecture against others. Having structurally estimated ancient city sizes, we offer evidence in support of the hypothesis that large cities tend to emerge at the intersections of natural transport routes, as dictated by topography. We also document persistent patterns in the distribution of city sizes across four millennia, find a distance elasticity of trade in the Bronze Age close to modern estimates, and show suggestive evidence that the distribution of ancient city sizes, inferred from trade data, is well approximated by Zipf’s law.

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Ethan Gruber, American Numismatic Society
Renee Gondek, University of Mary Washington
Tyler Jo Smith (in absentia), University of Virginia
“ A Network Science Approach to the Study of Greek Pottery”
Friday, March 22, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall Conference Room
Light refreshments provided 

Our presentation will outline the NEH-funded project “” is an international effort to define the intellectual concepts of Archaic and Classical Greek pottery following the methodologies of Linked Open Data (LOD). These concepts include categories such as shapes, artists, styles, and production places. When linked externally to other LOD thesauri, such as the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, allows for the normalization and aggregation of disparate museum and archaeological datasets into an information system that facilitates broader public access (e.g., Pelagios Commons). Beyond the definition of pottery concepts, following open web standards, will standardize and document an ontology and model for exchanging pottery data, provide easy-to-use interfaces to visualize geographic and quantitative distributions of Greek pottery, and publish a series of data manipulation web services enabling archaeologists and museum professionals to contribute data to this ecosystem.

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 
Cornelia Horn, Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg
"Refractions of Revelations and Sacred Books at the Intersection of Christian Oriental Traditions and Early Islam"
Friday, March 22, 12:00pm
Wilson 142

McIntire Lecture Series
Simon Rettig, Freer | Sackler Galleries
"Sultan Ahmad Jalayir and his Manuscripts: New Directions in Persian Arts of the Book around 1400"
Thursday, March 21, 6:30 PM
Campbell Hall, Room 160

Stocker Lecture
Christina Kraus, Yale University
"Livy’s Faliscan Schoolmaster"
Tuesday, March 19, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
John Dobbins, University of Virginia
"Omnes Viae Romam Ducunt"
Tuesday, March 5, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room


Fralin Museum Weedon Lecture

Katheryn Linduff, University of Pittsburgh
"How Burials Shaped Life and Death in Pazyryk Culture (4th-3rdc. BCE) in Eastern Eurasia"
Thursday, February 28, 6:00pm
Campbell 158

From the perspective of an art historian and archaeologist, I hope to show how we can begin to understand the essential role that material culture played in a remote, non-literate culture such as Pazyryk located where mobile pastoral peoples lived and buried their dead in Siberia where present-day Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia come together. Exciting new finds and scientific examination of perfectly preserved goods found there in permafrost offer an opportunity to sharpen our understanding of the past and present a more credible picture of the Pazyryk people than the highly romanticized portrait of them presented by Herodotus and Sima Qian as warrior nomads who were constantly on the move raiding and terrorizing their neighbors.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Holly Maggiore, University of Virginia
"Clodius furens: Cicero and Varro’s theologia tripartita in the de Haruspicum Responsis"
Tuesday, February 26, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room



***cancelled - to be rescheduled***

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 

Dan-el Pedilla Peralta, Princeton University
"From Pluralism to Epistemicide: Religions in the Imperial Roman Republic"
Friday, February 22, 12:00pm
Wilson 142

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Peter Moench, University of Virginia
"Pindar’s Manipulations of Time and Space in Nemean 6"
Tuesday, February 19, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
John Miller, University of Virginia 
"The Lover’s Calendar"
Tuesday, February 12, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Prof. Marcus Milwright, University of Victoria

“Architecture, Ornament and the Qur’an Fragments from the Mosque of San’a’ in Yemen”

Friday, February 15, 4:30p.m. 

106 McCormick Hall    

The cache of ancient parchment fragments recovered from the Great Mosque in Sana‘a’ in Yemen included two folios with elaborate architectural designs. While their provenance remains the subject of speculation, there is broad scholarly agreement that these folios were originally frontispieces or finispieces from a luxury Qur’an. It is plausible that this Qur’an was produced in Damascus in the early part of the eighth century, perhaps as part of a set that were distributed to the major mosques of the Umayyad empire. There has been general acceptance that the paintings themselves are attempts to depict aspects of the plan, exterior features and interior spaces of a courtyard mosque. Some features, such as the vegetal framing band, have drawn comparisons with the decorative components in the Great Mosque of Damascus, commissioned by caliph al-Walid I (r. 705-15). The images are problematic, however, in that they are not composed according to the conventions employed in the ancient world for the representation of standing buildings. This paper offers a detailed compositional analysis of these important paintings, seeking to locate them in the tradition of Late Antique architectural ornamentation in the Mediterranean and Middle East. It is argued that the form of the early Islam courtyard mosque represented a unique challenge for the established modes of architectural representation, and that this problem has implications for our understanding of the goals of the designers of the Sana‘a’ frontispieces. The last part of the paper assesses the importance of these manuscript images in the evolution of early Islamic ornament.

MESALC Interdisciplinary Forum
Sherif Abdelkarim, University of Virginia
Seminar: “Of fals ymaginacioun: Poetics of Hypocrisy in Medieval 
Anglo-Arabic Texts”
Thursday, 31 January, 3:30pm
144 New Cabell Hall


Archaeology Brown Bag Workshop
Claire Weiss, University of Virginia
"The Space Between: Sidewalks, Social Integration, and Economic Structure in Roman Italy"
Friday, December 7, 4:30pm
Brooks Hall Conference Room
light refreshments will be served

Abstract: Sidewalks were central features of ancient Roman urban life and society. This study combines an analysis of textual, juridical, and physical evidence for the construction of sidewalks, or their absence, at four ancient Roman cities: Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, and Minturnae. At Pompeii and Herculaneum, sidewalk construction, or curbing at least, seems to have been legally required of buildings with street frontages, since sidewalks were constructed against nearly every building façade. In these cities, sidewalks existed, in part, to separate pedestrians from street traffic, keeping them removed from hazards, but they also facilitated social and economic interconnections that were characteristic of the late Republican and early Imperial periods. At Ostia and Minturnae, there were fewer sidewalks and curbs. Instead, corridors and alleys provided pedestrians with access routes through and between buildings, away from the view and the social display of the streets. These high-imperial cities seem to have no longer required sidewalks as a legal condition of construction, their façades instead overwhelmingly dedicated to commercial endeavors. At these cities during the high empire, economic competition was no longer so indelibly tied to social connections, just as domestic and economic properties had been disentangled and resituated into more discretely defined buildings. The four cities examined in this study allow for the suggestion that there was diachronic change in Roman social and economic relationships evident from the differing construction arrangements of the four cities’ frontages. The alteration in access and provisioning for pedestrians is suggestive of a larger shift in social and economic behavior that removed the focus of interaction from the public street to the privacy of indoors. Using Structure from Motion and GIS to record and analyze the façades of these cities, this study determines that the way these cities provided for pedestrians reflected the prevailing urban social and economic culture, a culture that differed from city to city and transformed over time.

Material of Christian Apocrypha Conference
Friday, November 30-December 1
Wilson Hall 142

Hosted by the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies and McIntire Department of Art, under the auspices of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature, this conference assembles a group of participants who will address two interrelated yet distinct topics: 1) the physicality of our apocryphal texts (i.e. various aspects of the manuscripts or papyri themselves), and 2) the representation of apocryphal narratives in other forms of material culture (e.g. frescos, mosaics, sculptures, icons, pilgrimage objects, reliquaries, etc.). By drawing our collective attention to the material aspects of the literary and the literary aspects of the material, we hope to spark a fruitful and enduring exchange between scholars and students rooted in both areas.  

Sara Ritchey, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
“Rhythmic Medicine: Poetry and the Pulse in Thirteenth-Century French Psalters”
Friday, November 30, 4:00pm
New Cabell Hall 323, with reception to follow in NCH 349

Presented by the Program in Medieval Studies, the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, the Department of English, the Corcoran Department of History, the Page-Barbour Fund, the UVA Center for Poetry & Poetics, and the Department of French.

Constantine Lecture
Susan Stephens, Stanford University
"Greek Chariot Racing: A Sport for Kings (and Queens)"
Thursday, November 15, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall


Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 

Graduate Student Research Showcase
Friday, November 9, 12:00pm
Wilson 142

Janet Dunkelbarger (Mediterranean Art and Archeology),

Najee Olya (Mediterranean Art and Archeology),

Jeannie Sellick (Religeous Studies)

Archaeology Brownbag Workshop
Kevin Daly and Stephanie Larson, Bucknell University  
"The Ismenion Hill in Thebes: Temples, Tombs, and Traditions"
Friday, November 2, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall Conference Room
light refreshments will be served

Abstract.  Kevin Daly and Stephanie Larson will present some of the preliminary results from their excavations on the Ismenion Hill, Thebes, Greece, from 2011-2016. This multi-period site has revealed new facets of the ancient temple to Apollo, the early Byzantine cemetery, and late Byzantine neighborhood life in this area that offer new insights on aspects of healing, disease and death in the Eastern Mediterranean. [Our own Dr. Fotini Kondyli is the main Byzantine pottery specialist working on the medieval material from this excavation.]


Gildersleeve Inaugural Lecture
Tony Corbeill, University of Virginia
"Earthquakes, Etruscan Priests, and Roman Politics in the Age of Cicero"
Thursday, 1 November, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Brett Evans, University of Virginia
Tuesday, October 30, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 
Ann Marie Yasin, University of Southern California
Friday, October 26, 12:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Richard Utz, Georgia Tech
"What, in the World, Is Medievalism?"
Thursday, October 25, 5:30pm
Dumbarton Oaks Music Room
1703 32nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

The President of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism and author of Medievalism: A Manifesto, Professor Richard Utz (School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech) takes a democratic approach to medieval studies and public scholarship. This lecture will address modern engagement with medieval culture, echoing the theme of the exhibition.

Medievalism refers to the life of the Middle Ages beyond its own time. Elements of the medieval have appeared in art, architecture, and culture, from the Renaissance to the present. Our enduring fascination with the Middle Ages can be seen in the popularity of fantasy novels, television shows, and video games set in quasi-medieval worlds. The Juggling the Middle Ages exhibition and programming consider how medievalism has transformed over time, and what that transformation reveals.

Juggling the Middle Ages

Featuring more than 100 objects, Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on a single story with a long-lasting impact—Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. The exhibit follows the tale from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books, offering viewers a look at a vast range of objects, including stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, household objects, and vintage theater posters.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Giulio Celotto, University of Virginia
Tuesday, October 23, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

 Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 
Jan Bremmer, University of Groningen
“Early Christians in Corinth (AD 50-200): Religious Insiders or Outsiders?”
Friday, October 19, 12:00pm
Wilson 142

 Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 
Jan Bremmer, University of Groningen
“Religious Pluralism in Antiquity: Curiosity, Irritation and Dialogue from Herodotus to Late Antiquity”
Wednesday, October 17, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity Colloquium
Jan Bremmer, University of Groningen
"Author, Date, and Provenance of the Protoevangelium Jacobi"
Wednesday, October 17, 1:00pm
Nau 441

Weedon Lecture
Subhashini Kaligotla, Yale University

"Writ in Stone: Epigraphs and the Presence of Medieval Indian Makers"
Tuesday, October 16, 6:00pm
Campbell 158

Subhashini Kaligotla specializes in Deccan India of the first millennium, with research interests in sacred architecture, the agency of makers and images, and historiography. She is working on a book project titled "Cosmopolitan Craftsmen and Sacred Space in Medieval India," which is interested in what it means to make in early medieval India. The book examines the material and metaphoric resources available to a range of makers from temple builders and sculptors, poets and writers, to ruling houses and patrons. Kaligotla is Assistant Professor in the History of Art Department at Yale University.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Dan Kinney, University of Virginia
Tuesday, October 16, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Muhsin Al-Musawi, Columbia University
"The City in the Medieval and Modern Arabic Narrative"
Friday, October 12, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Wilson Hall 130


Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 

Osmund Bopearachchi, University of California, Berkeley
“Greek inspirations on early Buddhist art in Gandhara (ancient India)”
Friday, October 12, 3:00pm
Monroe 116
Tailored to the interests of the Lab
Coffee and light refreshments provided


Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 

Osmund Bopearachchi, University of California, Berkeley
"Diffusion of Buddhist Philosophies and Art Along the Maritime Silk Routes,"
Friday, October 12, 12:30pm 
Nau 342
Although this talk is geared toward Religious Studies specialist, all are welcome 
Lunch will be provided

Sergio Casali, University of Rome
"The Kings of the Laurentes: Self-Reflexive Contradictions in Virgil’s Aeneid"
Wednesday, October 10, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall


Archaeology Brownbag Workshop
Katherine M. Harrell
"Power, Honor, and Violence in Mycenaean Greece: The Archaeology and the Images"
Friday, October 5, 4:00pm 
Brooks Hall Conference Room

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Ted Lendon, University of Virginia
Tuesday, October 2, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Archaeological Institute of America - La Follette Lecture

Maria Liston, University of Waterloo

“The Holy Disease: Evidence for Leprosy and the Origins of the Hospital in Byzantine Thebes”

Thursday, September 27, 5:30pm

Campbell 158

Excavations in the Sanctuary of Ismenion Apollo in Thebes also revealed a later cemetery of Early and Middle Byzantine burials. Analysis of these burials has generated new information about burials and society in the transition from late Antique to Christian Greece. Analysis of the skeletons showed that a remarkably high percentage of individuals suffered from significant, pathologies, including cancers, brucellosis, extensive trauma, and particularly leprosy (Hansen’s disease). The very high percentage of individuals with leprosy indicates they were associated with a nearby leprosarium or hospital. Hospitals serving the community as a whole were an early innovation of the Byzantine church in Greece, and this project provides a vivid glimpse of the patients whose lives ended there

Distinguished Lecture in Poetry and Politics, Medieval Studies 
Ardis Butterfield, Yale University

“Medieval Lyric: A Translatable or Untranslatable Zone?”

Tuesday, September 25, 5:30pm

Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Identity Politics-Medieval/Modern Conference
Friday, September 21, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Carolyn Dinshaw, NYU [Plenary Address]
"Sign of the Times: The Medieval Foliate Head and the Imagery of Brexit" 

Matthew Gabriele
Nizar Hermes
Wan-Chuan Kao
Sara Lipton
Sierra Lomuto
Nina Rowe


Archaeology Brownbag Workshop
Erika Brant, University of Virginia
"Houses for the Living, Houses for the Dead: Mortuary Feasts and Social Inequality at a Post-Collapse Andean Necropolis (AD 1000-1450)" 
Friday, September 21, 4:00pm 
Brooks Hall Conference Room

Abstract. The collapse of the highland state of Tiwanaku around AD 1000 was accompanied by a dramatic uprising against the ruling elite. Elite ancestor effigies placed in large open plazas were iconoclastically disfigured, while the Putuni Palace, home to Tiwanaku's ruling elite, was leveled. In the post-collapse period, Titicaca Basin people abandoned the symbols of Tiwanaku's authority. A 1500-year tradition of ritual architecture and craft goods disappeared, and ritual practice turned to the worship of ancestors placed in modest burial towers, or chullpas. Does such a transition in ritual architecture and the abandonment of state-affiliated material culture signal a reinvention or, conversely, a rejection of hierarchy in the post-collapse period? Excavations conducted at the post-collapse Colla necropolis of Sillustani revealed a series of kin-focused ritual compounds as well as a previously understudied domestic sector characterized by multiple elite houses. Ceramic, faunal and architectural findings indicate a more segmented, and possible situational, role of leadership during the Late Intermediate Period (AD 1000-1450). 

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab 

Introductory lunch
Friday, September 21, 12:00noon
Wilson 142

We are pleased to invite you to our first event of the 2018-2019 academic year. Please join us as we introduce our scheduled events, speakers, and activities for the coming year over lunch. We look forward to introducing ourselves to new participants and reconnecting with those of you who have participated in the past!

Archaeology Night! 
Wednesday, September 19, 6:00-7:30 pm
Brooks Hall Commons

First annual meeting of all archaeology majors and minors, graduate students, and faculty for an evening of pizza and conversation.  This is an opportunity to meet with fellow archaeologists and to hear about summer fieldwork, research interests, and future plans of people at all stages in the UVA archaeological community.  In addition, internships, collaborative research efforts for students and faculty, and support for summer plans will be discussed.  As is our tradition this is a casual event—come as you are, stay as you can.  

Archaeology Brownbag Workshop
Introductory Meet and Greet
Friday, September 7, 4:00pm 
Brooks Hall Conference Room



Graduate Student Conference
Corpora Mutata: Transformations of the Body in Classical Antiquity
April 28 - 29

Archaeology Brown Bag Lectures
Dr. Sevil Baltali Tirpan, Istanbul Technical University
Archaeological Sites as Contested Landscapes: A Case-Study from Central Turkey
Friday, April 27, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall 2nd floor Conference room

Abstract. Archaeological ‘sites’ are often integral elements of everyday performance, imagination, history, memory, temporality and identity of local people living near them. They are part of the local people’s landscape in a platial sense imbued with multiple meanings. For the local communities living near the archaeological excavations at Kerkenes (central Turkey), the presence of mostly “foreign” archaeologists, their “scientific” praxis, the knowledge they produce and the findings from non-Muslim periods have triggered the reflexive re-evaluation of the significance of the place’s past, together with renewed engagement with the activity of counter-narrative and memory production. These engagements with the past become part of the process of present place and identity making, triggered by the archaeological project. The local community’s questioning perception of the “foreign” archaeologists, and their critical engagement with archaeologists’ scientific representations of the past, lead to conflicting political tension with their own more embodied and relational memory and experience of the place, turning the archaeological site into a contested landscape for the local struggle of representation.

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Talk
Sonam Kachru, University of Virginia
"Practices of Self in Antiquity: Between Athens and Pataliputra."
Friday, April 27, 12:00noon
Wilson 142

Stocker Lecture
Antony Augoustakis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
"Death, Burial, and Ritual in Flavian Poetry”
Friday, April 20, 5:00pm
Rouss 410

Solange Bumbaugh, American University
"Magical Protection: Ethiopian Prayer Scrolls and Egyptian Oracular Amuletic Decrees"
Monday, April 16, 12:00noon
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Medieval Studies Lectures
Marisa Galvez, Stanford University
“How Medieval Lyric Makes Political and Aesthetic Communities: From the Troubadours to the Avant-Garde”
Thursday, April 12, 5:30pm
Campbell Hall 153

This paper examines two ways in which medieval lyric makes communities. The first is political and synchronic. During the period of medieval crusades spanning 1095-1300, poets could be found among the crusaders, and many of these poets wrote lyrics about the events they witnessed and the experiences they had. But what do their accounts represent? It has yet to be asked how such courtly texts for a literate, elite audience might reflect the tensions of a new penitential culture and the crusade movement: tensions among, on the one hand, the idea of a penitential Holy War and changes in devotional lay practices, and on the other, secular ideals of chivalry and love. Through a comparative study of verse from different vernacular traditions (Old Occitan, Old French, Middle High German, Italian) of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, we can discern multiple perspectives about crusade that resist the complete repentance and rejection of earthly cares that the Church required, what I call a “courtly crusade idiom.” The second way of making communities is aesthetic and diachronic: with an understanding of medieval verse as the conjoining of music and words, modern poets produce newness through the constraints of medieval verse forms such as the troubadour alba and sestina. I call this the paradoxical process of “unthought medievalisms”: inhabiting form through the practice of translation incites anachronistic otherness, reproducing medieval lyric anew rather than rendering it archaic. I take poems by Pound, Creeley, Baraka, Merwin, de Campos and Mayers as experimentations in media, syntax, and pronounced musical idioms that emulate the substantive, performative nature of medieval lyric.

April 11-14 

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Talk
Karl Shuve and Ahmed al-Rahim, University of Virginia
"Teaching Cultural Pluralism: A Conversation with Karl Shuve and Ahmed al-Rahim"
Pedagogy Seminar
Friday, April 6, 12:00noon
Wilson Hall 142

JCA Colloquium
Jens Schröter, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
"Non-canonical Gospels and the Memory of Jesus: The Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Peter as Test Cases"
Wednesday, April 4, 3:30pm
Rouss 403

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Talk
Dimitri Gutas, Yale University
"The Leaven of Translation: From Religious Pluralism to Cultural Concordance in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean"
Thursday, March 29, 5:00pm
Wilson Hall 142

Friends of Classics Lecture
Michael Dirda
“THE GREAT GOD PAN in Modern Supernatural Fiction"
Tuesday, March 27, 5:00pm 
Minor Hall 125

Albrecht Diem, Syracuse University
"Hildemar's Queer Anxieties: Carolingian Monastic Reform and Same-Sex Sexuality"
Thursday, March 22, 5:30pm
Campbel 153
reception to follow

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Talk
Shatha Almutawa, Willamette University
"'Dress Yourself in the Angelic Form': A Tenth-Century Arabic Philosophy of Religion"
Wednesday, March 21, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall


Miraculous Images Workshop
Wednesday, March 21, 3:00-7:00pm
Open Grounds, Studio A

Gendering the Garden Conference
from Antiquity to the Present: Cross-cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Thursday, March 15, 
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

This one-day symposium aims to create new cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural dialogues about how gardens often become the locus for gender definitions and transgressions in literature and culture. The chronological scope of this conference will encompass antiquity to the present, with topics ranging from literature to garden design. Talks will discuss gardens in Ancient Roman and classical Urdu literature, Hebrew studies, John Donne, Chinese private gardens, Women as professional landscape designers, Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst, and the racial history of UVA’s own Pavillion Gardens.


Tuesday Classics Luncheon
"Of Hoplites and Heads: A Historical Comparison of the Iliad and Heike monogatari"
Tuesday, March 13, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

JCA Colloquium
Julie Lillis, University of Virginia
Monday, March 12, 12:00noon
Gibson 441

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Talk
Sarah Teets and Justin Greenlee, University of Virginia
Friday, March 2, 12:00noon
Wilson 142

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
"A Ciceronian Cynthia: Triumphs and Topography in Propertius 4.8"
Tuesday, February 27, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

JCA Colloquium
George Carras, University of Virginia
Monday, February 26, 12:00noon
Gibson 441


 Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Talk
Pierre Bonnechere, Université de Montréal
"Past, Present, and Future: Old and new perspectives in Dodona and other Greek oracles"
Friday, February 23, 12:00noon
Wilson 142

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
"Religious Primacy in Catullus 34"
Tuesday, February 20, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room


Yasser Elhariry, Dartmouth College
“Pacifist Invasions: Arabic, Translation and the Postfrancophone Lyric”
Thursday, February 15 , 5:30 pm
Campbell 153

This lecture tells the story of a unique literary and linguistic development: over the past one hundred years and at least since the second French colonial era beginning in 1830, Franco-Arab writers have been denaturing the monolingual fabric of French by drawing on the rich history of classical Arabic literature—the qasida, Sufi lyric, and the muwashshahat. Against the backdrop of the Négritude poets and the era of global decolonization, Yasser Elhariry describes what happens to the francophone lyric in the translingual Arabic context. Countering the hegemony of the novel, and the market-driven desire to publish novels and migration stories in Paris, he draws on lyric theory, comparative poetics, and linguistics in order to demonstrate how Arabic literature and Islamic scripture pacifically invade French in the poetry of Habib Tengour (Algeria), Edmond Jabès (Egypt), Salah Stétié (Lebanon), Abdelwahab Meddeb (Tunisia), and Ryoko Sekiguchi (Japan). Through a series of detailed close readings, he reveals the generic modes at play in translating Arabic poetics into the French-language lyric, and the mechanisms by which poets foreignize French, as they engage in a translational and intertextual relationship with the history and world of Arabic literature. He concludes with the outline of a cross-cultural literary history and rereading of French and francophone literature in relation to the transversal translations and transmissions of classical Arabic poetics. The vision of the postfrancophone founds a new, polyphonic semantics within the French poetic idiolect, with wide-ranging and surprising implications for the study of French and francophone poetry.  It offers a translingual, comparative repositioning of the field of francophone postcolonial studies along a fluid, translational Franco-Arabic axis.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
"Great Expectations: Cicero and Villas in the Post-Consulship Years"
Tuesday, February 13, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

 ***to be rescheduled***
Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Talk
Solange Bumbaugh, Catholic University
"Magical Protection: Ethiopian Prayer Scrolls and Egyptian Oracular Amuletic Decrees”
Friday, February 9, 12:00noon
Wilson 142

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
"Isocrates: An Autobiography"
Tuesday, February 6, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

JCA Colloquium
Blaire French, University of Virginia
“Chronicles and Intertexuality in Early Rabbinic Interpretation”
Monday, January 29, 12:00noon
Gibson 441

The call to read Chronicles “midrashically” in Leviticus Rabbah 1.3 and Ruth Rabbah 2.1 challenges the contemporary understanding of intertextuality in the early Rabbis’ interpretation of Scripture. Daniel Boyarin, James Kugel, and others claim that the Rabbis considered each word in the canon to be equally inspired regardless of who wrote it or when. The Rabbis’ insistence, however, that Chronicles receive special treatment contradicts this assertion. This article argues that Chronicles’ late date of composition reduced its authority and led the Rabbis to give greater weight to the words of the Primary History than to those of Chronicles in their intertextual readings. As evidence, this article examines the midrashic interpretations of select names from Chronicles’ genealogy of Judah in Leviticus Rabbah, Ruth Rabbah, and the Talmud.

 Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Talk
Andrew Sorber, University of Virginia
“‘Lord, declare Your words through my mouth:’ Prophetic Authority in Early-Medieval al-Andalus”
Friday, January 26, 12:00noon
Wilson Hall 142

 AIA Kress Lecture
Sethuraman Suresh, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
"West Meets East: Commerce Between Ancient Rome and South Asia"
Thursday, January 25th, 5:30pm
Campbell Hall 160

The Roman Republic (second-first century B.C.E.) and later, the Roman Empire under Augustus, Tiberius (first century C.E.) and their successors had commercial relations with the kingdoms of South Asia, primarily India and Sri Lanka. These trade links, flourished for around six hundred years and, in due course, extended to diplomatic relations and even cultural interactions. The height of the contacts was, however, unquestionably in the first two centuries C.E. The Romans procured gemstones (chiefly beryl or aquamarine), textiles (silk and cotton), ivory, aromatic woods, spices (primarily pepper and cardamom) and peacocks from South Asia. In return, Rome exported wine as well as metals such as gold, silver, copper and antimony to South Asia. The evidences for these contacts include the limited but significant references to the trade in ancient Greek, Latin, Tamil and Sanskrit literature and the recurrent discoveries of Roman coins, ceramics and a few other types of Roman objects in different parts of India and adjoining regions. The archaeological evidences within Europe are very meager mainly because of the nature of the commerce—most of the trade goods (spices, textiles, ivory, peacocks) reaching Europe were perishable commodities that have not survived for archaeology. 
Based on extensive field research in South Asia and Europe, this lecture unfolds the little-known story of the Rome-South Asia contacts. The presentation takes you on a unique voyage across the places through which the Romans traveled in India and the interesting things—coins, ceramics, sculptures –that they left behind in those sites. 

 UVA Religious Pluralism Lab
Antoine Borrut, University of Maryland
"Astrology and History in Early Islam"
Friday, December 1, 12:00-1:30pm
Wilson Hall 142


Pelagios Workshop
Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, 9:00am to 5:00pm

The UVA Library, the Scholars Lab, and IATH are sponsoring a Cultural Heritage Moment that will feature trainers from the Pelagios Commons ( and the Ancient World Mapping Center (  The  will be provided free-of-charge and will feature digital tools available for geo-referencing the ancient world. 
Coffee and lunch will be provided both days.
Space is limited to 40 participants so register early.  Please RSVP to Ruth Dillon (  

Archaeology Brownbag Workshop
Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia Department of Sociology
"Negative Archaeology and Political Violence in the Syrian Civil War"
Friday, November 17, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall Conference Room

**cancelled** Constantine Lecture
Deborah Boedeker, Brown University

"Through Barbarian Eyes: Hellenes as 'Others' in Herodotus"
Thursday, November 16, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

UVA Religious Pluralism Lab
Roundtable Workshop
"Religious and Cultural Appropriation, then and now"
Friday, November 10, 3:00-4:30pm
Rouss 223

Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School
“Mystical Christologies” 
Thursday, November 9, 5:30pm 
Campbell Hall 160 
reception to follow
The study of medieval Christian thought has been too long divided between the theological and the spiritual, with the presumption that the latter yields few important theological insights. This paper challenges that presumption, demonstrating the development of complex, contested, and innovative Christologies within the varied realm of medieval Christian mystical theology. 

Lowe Undergraduate Lecture
Sarah Bond, University of Iowa
"Beyond The Wall: Outcasts, Civic Walls, And Architectural Metaphors from Antiquity to Game of Thrones"
Thursday, November 9, 5:00pm
Rouss 410

Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity Colloquium
Tony Burke, York University
“More New Testament Apocrypha: What Do Newly Published ‘Lost Gospels’ and other Apocryphal Texts Tell Us about the History of Christianity?” [lecture]
Thursday, November 2, 4:00pm
Nau 141

Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity Colloquium
Tony Burke, York University
“Theory and Methods in the Study of Christian Apocrypha” [seminar talk]
Thursday, November 2, 9:00am
Gibson 441

Corcoran Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series
Robert Pasnau, University of Colorado-Boulder

"Socratic Guises and Epistemic Biases"
Friday, October 27, 4:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall 

Abstract. It is one of the oldest and most dubious sayings in philosophy: No one does wrong willingly. That old Socratic line, though implausible as a general view about human action, might plausibly be defended in one special domain, that of epistemic agency. But in the real, non-ideal world, people believe what is false all the time, and not just out of pure and innocent ignorance. On the contrary, we are surrounded by a great deal of epistemic injustice. Yet when we turn our attention to why this is so, it turns out that the sources of epistemic injustice are more complex and varied than has been appreciated – so complex as to give rise, in a wide range of very real cases, to a confounding and perhaps irresolvable dilemma over what it is rational to believe. From beginning to end, then, I start with the Socratic argument against willful wrong action, then consider the special epistemic case, and finally apply the lessons learned to epistemic injustice. 

Download the paper HERE.

UVA Religious Pluralism Lab
Henk Versnel, Leiden University
"Polytheism and omnipotence: incompatible?"  [seminar talk]
Friday, October 27, 12:00-1:30pm
Wilson Hall 142

Distinguished Lecture in Poetry & Poetics
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University

"Theory of the Lyric"
Thursday, October 26, 5:00pm
Nau 101 

"What sort of thing is a lyric poem? An intense expression of subjective experience? The fictive speech of a specifiable persona? Theory of the Lyric reveals the limitations of these two conceptions of the lyric—the older Romantic model and the modern conception that has come to dominate the study of poetry—both of which neglect what is most striking and compelling in the lyric and falsify the long and rich tradition of the lyric in the West. Jonathan Culler explores alternative conceptions offered by this tradition, such as public discourse made authoritative by its rhythmical structures, and he constructs a more capacious model of the lyric that will help readers appreciate its range of possibilities. 

"Theory of the Lyric constitutes a major advance in our understanding of the Western lyric tradition. Examining ancient as well as modern poems, from Sappho to Ashbery, in many European languages, Culler underscores lyric’s surprising continuities across centuries of change—its rhythmical resources, its strange modes of address, its use of the present tense, and the intriguing tension between its ritualistic and fictional dimensions. He defends the idea of lyric as a genre against recent critiques, arguing that lyrics address our world rather than project a fictional world and also challenging the strongly established assumption that poems exist to be interpreted. Theory of the Lyric concludes with a discussion of how to conceive the relations between lyric and society in ways that would acknowledge and respond to lyric’s enduring powers of enchantment." 

UVA Religious Pluralism Lab
Henk Versnel, Leiden University
"Coping with the Gods: Implications and Complications of Greek Polytheism"  [lecture]
Wednesday, October 25, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke hall
reception to follow.

 Summary: Monolithic, one-sided or universalist claims in the field of Greek (and probably any) theology by their very nature tend to be misleading since they illuminate only part of a complex and kaleidoscopic religious reality. In many respects, for instance the infinite complexity of polytheism or the problems concerning divergent, yet simultaneous, concepts of nature, qualities, and actions of the gods, ancient Greeks  display an alarming capacity to validate two (or more) dissonant, if not contradictory, representations of the divine as being complementary rather than mutually exclusive.

They not only accept the validity of either one in its own right, but also may allow them to co-exist in such a smooth and seemingly unreflected manner that it often shocks the modern mind. This position constitutes both their similarity and their difference as compared to the modern reader, who recognizes the seduction of smoothing over logical dissonances, but is not able to really live with it.

All this will be illustrated through a discussion of three issues:



Tuesday Classics Luncheon
"Hiatus, Harmoniai, and Deictic Iota: Or, There’s More to Greek Prose Style Than the Rising Tricolon"
Tuesday, October 24, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

AIA Bass Lecture
Rebecca Ingram, Institute of Nautical Archaeology
“Below the Streets of Istanbul: Urban Archaeology and Medieval Shipwrecks at Yenikapi”
Tuesday, October 24th, 5:30pm
Campbell 160

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, October 17, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Hellenistic Conference
Saturday & Sunday 14-15 October 2017
Cocke Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Organizers: Andrej Petrovic, Ivana Petrovic

 Saturday 14th October
12:00-14:00  Arrival and Lunch at the Department of Classics
14:00-15:00  John Dillery (University of Virginia): Hellenisms: Some Readings in Second Maccabees
15:00-16:00  Michael Brumbaugh (Tulane University): Intellectual Networks of the Early Hellenistic World
16:00-17:00  Michael A. Tueller (Arizona State University): Women in Early Hellenistic Epigram: Perses, Anyte, and Nossis
17:00-18:00  Wine Reception at the Department of Classics
From 19:00  Conference Dinner
Sunday 15th October
9:00-9:30  Coffee at the Department of Classics 
9:30-10:30  Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky): Poetic Time in the Argonautica
10:30-11:30  Brett Evans (University of Virginia): Playing the Pipes of Pan: The Song of ps-Theocritus’ Syrinx and its Relationship to Theocritus’ Idylls
11:30-12:30  Regina Höschele (University of Toronto): Two Lovers and a Lion: Pankrates’ Poem on Hadrian’s Royal Hunt
12:30-13:30: Lunch at the Department of Classics and Departure
Please note: There is no conference fee, but please do let the organizers know if you plan on attending. 
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UVA Religious Pluralism Lab
Andrej Petrovic, University of Virginia
"Henk Versnel and historiographies of Greek Religion" [seminar talk]
Wednesday, October 11, 12:00-1:30pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Classical Association of Virginia Fall meeting
Saturday, September 30

 UVA Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab
Jessica Andruss, University of Virginia
"'O Israel, repent and return!': Arabic Preaching in Medieval Jewish Discourse" [seminar talk]
Friday, September 29, 12:00-1:30pm
Wilson Hall 142

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, September 26, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Time and Eternity -Time in Archaic Greek Literature Conference
September 22-24
Time is a concept central to human existence, and all forms of verbal and narrative art present or reconfigure events that occur in time. Time can also be an objective natural measure, but in literature it appears malleable and can be shaped according to the needs of the moment. In addition, time can be perceived in many ways as linear, circular, or kairos; it can also be refracted through human and divine temporalities. Reflections on time begin in the archaic age when the Greeks composed literature that explored the representation and ordering of time. Our conference sets out to examine how time functions in archaic texts and what those texts can tell us about ideas and conceptions of time in early Greece.
Please visit our website at
For further information, please contact Matthew Pincus at

September 22, 2017
9:30-9:45 Introductions; Welcome from the Chair of Classics, Sara Myers (UVa)
9:45-10:30 Jenny Strauss Clay (UVa): Orientations: “Time in Archaic Greek Literature”
10:30- 10:45 Coffee

Session I “Time and Metaphor”
10:45-11:30 Tom Zanker (Amherst): Conceptual Metaphor and Time inHomer
11:30-12:15 Robert A. Rohland (Cambridge): Getting a grasp on time. The emergence of a haptic conception of time in archaic Greek literature
12:30- 14:30 Lunch

Session II “Chasing Time”
14:30-15:15 Anastasia Maravela (Oslo): Chasing in time. Intersections of time and space in early Greek literature and thought
15:15-16:00 Stephen Sansom (Stanford): The Never-Ending Race: Eternity in the Hesiodic Shield of Heracles and Early Greek Philosophy
16:00-16:15 Coffee

Session III “Epigrammatic Time”
16:15-17:00 Barnaby Chesterton (Durham/Texas Tech): Immediacy and Eternity in Archaic Sepulchral Epigram
17:00-17:30 Power Point Presentation on the Humboldt Foundation and its Programs
18:30-20:15 Reception at JSC’s house

September 23, 2017
Session IV “Time and the Presocratics”
9:00- 9:45 Christopher Moore (Penn State): Two orders of time in Heraclitus
9:45-10:30 Sandra Scepanovic (Belgrad): Some patterns of temporal cyclicality in archaic Greek literature and their philosophical conceptualization in the early Presocratics
10:30-10:45 Coffee

Session V “Human Temporal Modalities”
10:45-11:30 Rudi Schmid (HU Berlin): Coping with contingency. Notions of time and their poetological aspects in Solon, Mimnermus and Sappho
11:30-12:15 Alex Purves (UCLA): Sappho’s “Lyric Present”
12:30-14:00 Lunch

Session VI “Futurity”
14:00-14:45 Michele Solitario (Trento/Göttingen): The Concept of Time in Solon’s Fragments
14:45-15:30 Sarah Nooter (Chicago): Writing the Future in Pindar and Aeschylus
15:30-15:45 Coffee

Session VII “Hesiodic Time”
15:45-16:30 Xenja Herren (Tübingen): The Cultural Meaning of Time in Hesiod’s Works and Days
16:30-17:15 Alexander Kirichenko (Berlin): The farming calendar and the epic time in Hesiod's Works and Days
18:30 Buffet Dinner for all participants, Garden Room

September 24, 2017
Session VIII “Homeric Temporality”
9:00-9:45 Athanassios Vergados (Newcastle): Revisiting Zieliński’s Law
9:45-10:30 Tobias Myers (Connecticut College): Temporal ‘Distance’ and Intimacy: Evoking the Eternal in Iliadic Warfare
10:30-10:45 Coffee

Session IX “Poetic and Divine Time”
10:45-11:30 Anke Walter (Rostock): ‘... how you first went over the earth’: Interactions of Human and Divine Time in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo
11:30-12:15 Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg): Human and poetic time in Pindar
12:15-12:30 Coffee
12:30-13:15 General Remarks and Final Discussion

The conference is generously supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, the UVa Classics Department, the Corcoran Department of History, and the University of Virginia Institute for Global Humanities.

For further information and registration, please contact Matthew Pincus:

Archaeology Brownbag Workshop
Natasha Dakouri-Hild, University of Virginia
‘The Most Discouraged Mycenaeans: Performing Emotion and Death Through Gesture in Late Bronze Age Tanagra, Greece’
Friday, September 22nd, 4:00-5:15pm 
Brooks Hall Conference Room

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Sara Myers, University of Virginia
Tuesday, September 19, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

UVA Religious Pluralism Lab
Mary Bachvarova, Willamette University
"How to Use Near Eastern Sources to Shed Light on Greek Religion" [seminar talk]
Tuesday, September 19, 5:00-6:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall
reception to follow

Prof. Bachvarova’s seminar will focus on methodological issues related to comparative research in this area—how to do it and to what end—and she offers two of her unpublished papers (attached here) as a focal point for the discussion. Please read one or both of the papers in order to participate more fully in the session.
Access Prof. Bachvarova’s pre-circulated papers under the following links:

Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity Colloquium
Shelly Matthews, Brite Divinity School
"Fleshly Resurrection, Wifely Submission, and the Myth of the Primal Androgyne: The Link between Luke 24:39 and Ephesians 5:30" [lecture]
Monday, September 18, 6:15pm
Nau 211

Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity Colloquium
Shelly Matthews, Brite Divinity School
"For we receive what is worthy of the things we have done” (Luke 23:41): Precarity according to the Gospel of Just Crucifixion" [seminar talk]
Monday, September 18, 11:00am
Gibson 441

Meeting of Archaeology Majors
Archaeology Program and the Program in Mediterranean Art & Archaeology  
Thursday, September 14,  6:00-8:00pm
Fayerwether Hall Lounge

We usually hear from all those who were in the field in the past summer, to briefly share your experiences with your fellow majors.  Very informal, always interesting.  We will discuss field scholarship funds and internships that are uniquely available to students majoring in Archaeology, Art History and Anthropology.  The faculty will have some preliminary ideas on courses that will be offered in the Spring.  And, we will introduce upcoming opportunities to hear speakers from outside UVA, through the local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Archaeology Interdisciplinary Friday brown-bag.  Much happening!
At this event, we will share in some delicious pizza, snacks, and drinks for dinner first.  Special orders welcome.

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab Launch Reception
Friday, September 8, 4:00pm
Wilson Hall 142 

Archaeology Brown Bag Workshop
Friday, September 1, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall 2nd floor conference room

Please join us this Friday, September 1, for the initial Archaeology Brown Bag of the Fall semester.  We’ll welcome new members of our archaeological community, and those who wish can talk briefly about fieldwork and research they carried out this summer.

Corcoran Department of Philosophy’s 2017/18 Colloquia Series
John Armstrong, Southern Virginia University
"The Striving Parts of Plato's Universe"
Friday, September 1, 4:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall
In Plato’s Laws, the Athenian Stranger says that the universe’s parts, which include human beings, come to be and “strive” for the sake of the universe as a whole. This implies two kinds of holism: rational holism, the view that the ultimate justification of a part’s activity is its contribution to the good of the universe as a whole; and motivational holism, the view that the universe’s parts are motivated to contribute to the good of the universe as a whole. If Plato is a holist in these senses, then we should modify the common assumption that Plato is an egoist of either the rational or the psychological sort. I argue that Plato is both a rational and a motivational holist in the Laws and that his holism arises from a teleological conception of the universe similar to Aristotle’s.


Archaeology Brown Bag Workshop
David Domenici, University of Bologna
Friday, April 28, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall 2nd floor conference room

Cecilia d’Ercole, Anthropologie et Histoire des Mondes Antiques (ANHIMA)
“Craftsmanship in the Ancient City:  Strategies of Representation and Self-Representation”
Wednesday, April 26, 5:00pm
Rouss 403

Ancient History Presentations
Friday, April 21, 3:30-6:00pm
Nau Hall 342

Kevin Woram will present a first draft of his Master’s thesis:  “The Naupaktos Decree:  East Lokrians and Religious Community”
Tyler Creer will present his dissertation prospectus:  “The Historical Ramifications of Comparison between the Iliad and Heike Monogatari
Lily Van Diepen will present her dissertation prospectus:  “The Crimen Maiestatis and the Construction of Autocratic Rule, from Republic to Late Empire”

Tyler and Lily's Prospectuses may be downloaded HERE and HERE, respectively.

Refreshments provided.

McIntire Department of Art Faculty Research Colloquium
Fotini Kondyli, University of Virginia
“City Making & City Makers: Place-making and Community Building in Byzantine Athens”
Friday, April 21, 1:30-2:30pm
Fayerweather 206

Cecilia d’Ercole, Anthropologie et Histoire des Mondes Antiques (ANHIMA)
“Cultural Contacts in the Ancient Mediterranean:  the Case of the Pre-Roman Adriatic”
Wednesday, April 19, 5:00pm
Rouss 403


Sasha Knysh, University of Michigan and St. Petersburg State University, Russia
"A Clash of Islams: Sufism and Salafism in the Northern Caucasus" 
Friday, April 14,  12:00 - 1:30pm
NAU hall 211

 Cecilia d’Ercole, Anthropologie et Histoire des Mondes Antiques (ANHIMA)
“New Considerations on Greek Colonization”
Thursday, April 13, 5:00pm
Rouss 403

This month we welcome Professor Cecilia d’Ercole, Directrice d’études at EHESS in the area of “Échanges, interactions culturelles dans la Méditerranée ancienne.”  She is a specialist in ancient economic history and cultural exchange, with a particular interest in the archaic Adriatic.  She is the author of seven books, including three studies of amber in museum collections, a study of the ancient Adriatic entitled Importuosa Italiae litora. Paysage et échanges dans l’Adriatique méridionale archaïque (2002), and a history of Greek colonization, Histoires méditerranéennes. Aspects de la colonisation grecque en Occident et dans la Mer noire (VIIIe-IVe siècles av.J.-C. (2012).  She will be offering three public lectures, all in Rouss 403.

Sasha Knysh, University of Michigan and St. Petersburg State University, Russia
"Qur'anic Exegesis and Mystical Experience: Sufis and the Qur'an" 
Thursday, April 13,  2:30pm - 4:00pm
Minor Hall 125

Already during the first two centuries of Islam Muslim ascetics-mystics (Sufis) used  Qur'anic recitation as a means to extract its exoteric, allegorical senses. This exoteric reading of the Scripture would often result in a drastic transformation of the self of the exegete in what can be described as a fateful encounter between the Qur'anic matrix of ideas and his or her personal experiences and convictions. The presentation examines such exoteric-experiential uses of the Qur'an by Sufis by placing them in historical and comparative perspectives.

Please register here to join us for these free events.

Alexander Knysh is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan and Principal Investigator of a research project on Islamic Studies at the St. Petersburg State University, Russia. His research interests include Islamic Mysticism (Sufism), Qur’anic Studies, the history of Muslim theological, philosophical and juridical thought and Islamic/Islamist movements in comparative perspective. He has numerous academic publications on these subjects, including nine books. Since 2006, he has served as section editor for “Sufism” on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Islam, Third Edition (E. J. Brill, Leiden and Boston). He is also Executive Editor of the Encyclopedia of Islamic Mysticism and the Handbook Series of Sufi Studies published by E.J. Brill, Leiden and Boston.

Premoderns Meeting and Open Greek and Latin Project Discussion
Dr. Gregory Crane, Tufts University
Thursday, April 13, 2:30pm
Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library R-Lab
refreshments provided

Please join us for the UVA Library’s last Cultural Heritage Moment for the 2017 academic year.
Dr. Gregory Crane, Professor of Classics and Computer Science at Tufts University and Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities at Leipzig University, will be visiting the University of Virginia on Wednesday –Thursday, April 12-13 next week.  He will be participating in an open dialogue on Digital Humanities with Premodern faculty at UVA and talking about his newest digital endeavor, the Open Greek and Latin - First 1K Greek Project of which UVA is a partner. 

Dr. Gregory Crane, Tufts University
"Open Philology"
Wednesday, April 12, 3:00pm
Alderman 421
reception to follow


Archaeology Brown Bag Workshop
Nikolas Papadimitriou, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University
"Craftsmanship in the Prehistoric Aegean:Investigating Technological Questions"
Friday, April 7, 4:00-5:15pm
Fayerweather Hall 215

Peter Van Dommelen, Brown University
"Connected Communities: Undocumented Migration and Material Practices in the West Mediterranean'"
Friday, April 7, 1:00 - 2:15pm 
Brooks Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room

CAMWS - 113th Meeting
Wednesday-Saturday, April 5-8
Kitchener, Ontario

The Meeting Will Be Held In Kitchener, Ontario At The Invitation Of The University Of Waterloo. 
The Conference Hotel Will Be The Holiday Inn.

Stocker Lecture
David Levene, New York University
"Monumental Insignificance: The Absence of Roman Topography from Livy's Rome"
Tuesday, April 4, 5:00pm
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room

Professor Levene is Chair of the Department of Classics at New York University and an expert in Latin prose literature (especially historiography and rhetoric), Roman religion, and the history of the Roman Republic. Among his awards are a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2004-2006), a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford (2013), and the R.D. Milns Visiting Professorship at the University of Queensland (2015). He has written two books on Livy: Religion in Livy (Leiden, 1993), and Livy on the Hannibalic War (Oxford, 2010); his current major project is an edition of, and commentary on, Livy's fragments and epitome.

Classics Graduate Conference 
"Gender in Antiquity: Anxieties, Transgressions, and Legacies"
Saturday, April 1
Morning talks from 9:30am in Cocke Hall, Gibson Room
Afternoon talks from 2:00pm in Minor Hall 125

Archaeology Brown Bag Workshop
Leslie Preston Day, Wabash College
"Burial, Landscape, and Memory in Early Iron Age Kavousi, Crete"
Friday, March 31, 4:00pm
Fayerweather Hall, room 215

 Joseph Day, Wabash College
“Elegy into Epigram: Why Elegiac Meter Became Dominant in Archaic Inscribed Epigram.”
Thursday, March 30, 5:00pm
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room
reception to follow

 Erika Damer, University of Richmond
Margaret Lowe Undergraduate Lecture
“The Limits of Vision: Duplicitous Bodies and Bad Faith in the Amores"
Tuesday, March 28, 5:00pm
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room
reception to follow

Jeremy A. Sabloff
"Beyond Ancient Maya Temples, Palaces, and Tombs: How Maya Archaeologists Discovered the 99% Through the Study of Pre-Columbian Settlement Patterns"
Monday, March 27, 5:00pm
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library auditorium
reception to Follow

Current scholarly understandings of Pre-Columbian Maya civilization are quite different from the traditional model of ancient Maya civilization that dominated the field of Maya studies until recently and still dominates public perception of the ancient Maya. In part, this new view is due to both the significant increase in archaeological studies in the Maya area in the past few decades and the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic texts, which have provided new insights into Maya history. However, much of the change is due to the introduction and rapid spread of settlement pattern studies more than a half a century ago. This lecture examines the major impact of the methodology of settlement pattern research on Maya archaeology and how such studies have moved archaeological studies away from their concentration on the ruling elites to a broader, more realistic approach that looks at elites and commoners alike.

Jeremy Sabloff is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, and former director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (1994-2004). An archaeologist, he recently retired as president of the Santa Fe Institute, where he continues as a member of the external faculty. He has written or edited 21 books and monographs on ancient Maya civilization, the rise of complex societies and cities, the history of archaeology, and the relevance of archaeology in the modern world. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of Antiquaries (London). The Society for American Archaeology honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal.


Obear Chair Inaugural Talk
Ivana Petrovic, University of Virginia
"Bound Divinities in the Homeric Hymns"
Thursday, March 23, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

 Fralin Lunchtime Talk
Thomas Winters, University of Virginia
"Imagining Antiquity: Italianate Prints from the Langhorne Collection"
Tuesday, March 21, 12:00pm
Fralin Museum

The eighteenth century, coincident with what is often termed the Age of Enlightenment, was a period of European history that witnessed a resurgence of an interest in antiquity, specifically in the culture of classical Rome. Wealthy, well-educated citizens of the European upper classes often cultivated their erudition by taking the Grand Tour, a journey that introduced them to the localities and to the antiquities of the Roman Empire. In the middle of the century, discoveries unearthed in the newly excavated sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum also stimulated fresh and keen interest in classical culture.

Naturally, the classical revival of the eighteenth-century impacted the realm of artistic production with the European societies that experienced it. This exhibition, which showcases a collection of prints recently gifted to the Museum and now on public display for the first time, explores a range of artistic responses to this cultural phenomenon, from the depiction of both contemporary and historical landscapes, to Neoclassical visualizations of ancient mythologies and historical events, to images that speak to the rise of antiquarianism.

Image: William Pether, British, ca. 1738–1821. After Joseph Wright of Derby, British, 1734–1797. The Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Lamplight, 1769. Mezzotint. 17 1/2 x 22 1/8 in (44.5 x 56.2 cm). 
Lent by the Langhorne Collection, 2014.EL.1.89.

 AIA Kress Lecture
Bjorn Loven, University of Copenhagen
“A Tale of Two Sunken Harbour Cities – The Harbours of Ancient Athens and Corinth”
Monday, March 13, 5:00pm
Campbell 158 

In ancient times as today, the sea served as a medium for cultures to connect with a wider world through trade, colonization, and military conquest. Perhaps nowhere was the sea used more effectively than in the ancient Greek world. In the mountainous, peninsular and island-strewn regions of Greek civilization, the vast majority of trade, communication and exchange of knowledge took place on the seas, in anchorages, and in harbour areas. Ancient harbour settlements evolved into focal points of human interaction and served as umbilical cords, as it were, to the mainland. Early in their development, harbours evolved along complex lines, their design determined by their function, with some serving solely as commercial harbours, others as a place where both merchant ships and navies sought shelter. Some harbours were developed solely for military use. This lecture will explore the archaeology and history of two very different ancient harbour types – focusing on the commercial areas of Lechaion, the main harbour of ancient Corinth, and the Zea and Mounichia Harbours, which were developed to house the Athenian navy. These harbours have been the focus of the speaker’s research (Lechaion Harbour Project, 2013–, and the Zea Harbour Project, 2002–2012).   
The Lechaion Harbour Project is a collaboration between the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities under the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, the SAXO-Institute, the University of Copenhagen, and the Danish Institute at Athens under the Danish Ministry of Education. It is directed by Dr. Dimitris Kourkoumelis of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and Dr. Bjørn Lovén. The Augustinus Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation finance the project.
The Zea Harbour Project is a collaboration between the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, and the Ephorate of West Attica, Piraeus and Islands (both under the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports), the SAXO-Institute, the University of Copenhagen, and the Danish Institute at Athens under the Danish Ministry of Education. It is directed by Dr. Bjørn Lovén. The Carlsberg Foundation finances the project.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, February 28, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Gildersleeve candidate
Anthony Corbeill, University of Kansas
Lecture: "An Attack on Cicero: What the Etrus​​cans really meant"
Friday, February 24, 4:00pm
Rousse 256

Gildersleeve candidate
Anthony Corbeill, University of Kansas
Seminar: "Creating Memories of Plautus in Roman Antiquity"
Thursday, February 23, 3:30pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Archaeology Brown Bag Workshop
Claire Weiss, Univeristy of Virginia
"The Facade of Frontages at Ostia"
Friday, February 24, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall 2nd floor conference room

Ostia presents one of the largest areas of exposed ruins in Italy, making available an extensive, contiguous expanse of Roman urban construction. The city is often lumped together with Pompeii and Herculaneum as one of the handful of well-preserved Roman cities to which scholarship has returned time and again as a source of incomparably complete data. This is a misperception. The example set by the Vesuvian cities, their appearance very similar to that at the moment of their destruction in A.D. 79, has distorted the conceptualization of, approach to, and resulting discussion surrounding Ostia. This paper presents the results of a city-wide frontage and street survey conducted at Ostia in 2014 and 2016, proposing an identification of the portions of the streets that have been disturbed and re-laid, as well as the portions of the streets and sidewalks that are preserved in their original aspect. Without accounting for the degree of reconstruction, conclusions about urban activity at Ostia will remain as fanciful as the structures on which they are based.

Dr. Filippos Tsimpoglou, Director General of the National Library of Greece
"The National Library of Greece: Three challenges"
Thursday, February 23, 3:00pm
Auditorium of the Harrison Small Library
reception to follow
Dr. Tsimpoglou will be joining us for a lunch with the PreModerns@UVA and other faculty on Friday, Feb. 24 from 12:00pm -2:00pm.  Please RSVP to Ruth Dillon ( so we can determine the food.

McIntire Lecture
Jennifer Neils, Case Western Reserve University
"From Praxiteles to Caravaggio: The Apollo Sauroktonos Redefined"
Thursday, February 23, 6:30pm
Campbell Hall 160

Jenifer Neils, formerly the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts in the Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University, recently succeeded James Wright as the next Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, beginning a 5-year appointment in July 2017. An internationally renowned scholar in classics and art history, Prof. Neils has taught for four decades, published prolifically, excavated in Greece and Italy, and recently won the first Baker-Nord Center Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities. Her work on the Parthenon has earned her the reputation of being one of the world’s most established authorities on the monument. 

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, February 21, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Gildersleeve candidate
Christopher Krebs, Stanford University
Seminar: "Audacia in Translationibus?  Thoughts on Sallust (and Cicero), the TLL (and the OLD)"
Friday, February 17, 3:30-5:00pm
Lower West Oval Meeting Room, Rotunda

For this seminar, please read this paper, and follow this assignment.

Gildersleeve candidate
Christopher Krebs, Stanford University
"Caesar's Intellectual Companions. Plato, Hipparchus, and other unusual Suspects"
Thursday, February 16, 5:00pm
Rouss 403

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, February 14, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Ellen Bayard Weedon Lectures in the Arts of Asia
Ruth Barnes, Yale University Art Gallery
"Indian Textiles for the Lands Below the Winds: The Trade with Southeast Asia"
Thursday, February 9, 6:00pm
Campbell 153

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, February 7, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

McIntire Department of Art Faculty Research Colloquium
Dorothy Wong, University of Virginia
"Imperial Cities as Capitals of Buddhist Empires, ca. 650–770”
Friday, February 3, 2:00-3:00pm
Fayerweather 215

Medieval Studies Lecture Series
Candace Barrington, Central Connecticut State University 
Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University
“Linguistic and Cultural Hospitality”
Friday, February 3,  
11:00am-12:00pm, followed by lunch  
Mount Vernon Room, Alderman 224C
Please RSVP to DeVan Ard (
The workshop on Friday morning, "Linguistic and Cultural Hospitality," will discuss what they have learned by engaging comparative translations as well as modern-day adaptations and performances of a dominant culture's canonical text. If you’d like to attend the workshop, please RSVP to DeVan Ard (


Medieval Studies Lecture Series
Candace Barrington, Central Connecticut State University 
Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University
"Digital Hospitality"
Thursday, February 2, 2:00pm 
Alderman 421
On Thursday afternoon in the Scholars' Lab, Professors Barrington and Hsy will give a presentation entitled "Digital Hospitality" that outlines some basic principles of archive and database creation that have been integral to the way Global Chaucers, with its international collective of scholars, translators, and enthusiasts, has taken shape.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tony Woodman, University of Virginia
"A Classical Education?"
Tuesday, January 31, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture
Kristina Douglass, National Museum of Natural History
"Late Holocene Resource Exploitation and Settlement in the Velondriake Marine Protected Area, Southwest Madagascar"
Friday, January 27, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall 2nd floor conference room

Symposium In Honor of Jenny Strauss Clay,
University of Virginia

Saturday, November 19, 10:00am
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

10:00 Gathering and Coffee
10:25 Welcome: K. Sara Myers
10:30–11:15 Christopher Nappa, presiding Anatole Mori, ‘What the Cyclops Saw: Self-Knowledge in Theocritus’ Idylls 6 and 11’
11:15–12:00 Daniel Holmes, presiding Benjamin Jasnow, ‘Theocritus and Cavafy’

12:00–2:00 Break for lunch
2:00–2:45 Daniel Barber, presiding Blanche Conger McCune, ‘Love Bites: Horace and the Violence of Venus’
2:45–3:30 Tim Brelinski, presiding Courtney Evans, ‘Horace Ars Poetica 172, a Cavalier Defense’

3:30–3:45 Break
3:45–4:30 Diane Arnson Svarlien, presiding Daniel Mendelsohn, ‘Reflections on (a) Mentor: An Appreciation of Jenny Strauss Clay’

4:30–6:30 Reception in the Solarium of the Colonnade Club, Pavilion VII, West Lawn


Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia
Beth McKillop, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

"Korean Ceramics in the International Nexus: The Victoria and Albert Museum's New Ceramics Galleries"
Thursday, November 17, 6:00pm
Campbell Hall 153

In 2010 Victoria and Albert Museum in London reopened its peerless international collection of over 60,000 ceramics with a radical new re-display, replacing regimented rows of wooden cabinets with a lively, varied sequence of themed exhibition spaces. McKillop introduces the curatorial and visitor research that shaped the new galleries, and considers the place of ceramics from Korea in their narratives and designs.

Annabel Wharton, Duke University
Public Workshop: Renaissance Blindfold
Thursday, November 17, 11:30am - 1:00pm 
with lunch directly after, no RSVP necessary
Alderman 423
Dr. Wharton will also run a workshop for the general public. She writes, “We will do with images what should be done on site: investigate a building. In the process we may begin to understand how assumptions involved in periodization (in this instance ‘Renaissance’) act as blinders, limiting what we see.” 

Annabel Wharton, Duke University
Lecture: “Models’ Acts: Analog to Digital”
Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-8:00 pm
Alderman 421

From mathematical models to supermodels, models are ubiquitous. Models’ utility and authority are much discussed in the sciences and social sciences. But with a few notable exceptions, models have been under-investigated in architecture and in the humanities more generally. Professor Wharton probes several architectural models in order to reveal the sources of models’ autonomy and agency. She posits that the lessons learned from the acts of these scale models are applicable to all other models, from economic pie charts to algorithms. A better understanding of architectural models might even prove useful to mathematicians and biologists.

Jennifer Ingleheart, Durham University
"Vates Lesbia: Images of Sappho in the poetry of Ovid"
Wednesday, November 16, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

MedColl Workshop
Annabel Wharton, Duke University
"Architectural Agents: Museums and Spolia"
Wednesday, November 16, 11:30am - 1:00pm
followed by lunch from 1:00-2:00     
Mount Vernon Room, Alderman 224C
please RVSP to Justin Greenlee (

Dr. Wharton begins her visit with a MedColl workshop. In preparation, we will read Chapter 2 of her recent book Architectural Agents (Minnesota, 2015, here) (.pdfs are posted to the MedColl Collab site and attached to this email). Dr. Wharton provided this synopsis: “Part I of Architectural Agents considers forms of physical violence perpetrated by museums. A museum appears to be the most benign of buildings—its cultural benefits are certainly broadly acknowledged. Visitors are aware of what a museum brings to a culture, but tend to overlook what it has taken away. To redress this omission, I examine the Palestine Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem museum is a grand, Orientalizing, beaux-arts structure, magnificently located near Damascus Gate overlooking the Old City and the Mount of Olives. Like many great archaeological museums, it is a product of imperialism and a showcase of the effects of empire. Built during the British Mandate, its collections came to include the world’s largest archive of Dead Sea Scrolls. Now the museum itself is the object of conquest. Rendered comatose, the museum is eviscerated; its precious contents are a form of modern spolia. Spolia is now usually deployed as a benign art-historical term for the reuse of architectural fragments. It has lost its Classical reference to the plunder taken from a slaughtered enemy’s body. This chapter reminds its readers of a fact that the ancients never forgot: the public spectacle of spolia demands death. In the early twenty-first century, the denuded corpses are emptied buildings.”

 Beth McKillop, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
"Korea: Confucians, Buddhists, and their Books"
Monday, November 14, 5:30 p.m.
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Auditorium

Korea is a country with a remarkable book and literary history. Known in today’s world as a divided land, Korea has long been a country that revered the written word. Chinese characters and culture shaped much of traditional Korea’s education system, but the distinctive, continuous life of the book in Korea was shaped by historical events and movements that stretched far beyond China. Duplicating texts has been an important part of Buddhist practice in Korea for almost two millennia. Books were printed on paper from the earliest times, and important experiments with bronze cast types supplemented the dominant technology of woodblock printing. Every aspect of Korean book history has a material and physical dimension that illuminates the story of Korea’s past. From the preparation of woodblocks by soaking the planks in sea water before carving the texts on to them in mirror writing, to the simple methods used to produce soot ink, to the lavish gold and silver illuminated holy texts of the royal Buddhist scriptorium, books from the Koryo (918–1392) and Choson (1392–1910) dynasties bear witness to two great traditions that enriched indigenous Korean belief systems. The teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479 BCE) were studied in academies known as sowon, all around the country. They formed the curriculum for the national examination system—the ladder of success in pre-modern Korea. Buddhist scriptures reached Korea after traveling eastwards through China. Reverence for the Buddha, evidenced by careful study of his teachings, has persisted until modern times.

The illustrated lecture will use books in major Western collections, particularly the British Library and the Wellcome Library, London, to introduce the remarkable bibliographic and publishing achievements of the Korean past.

PreModerns Meeting
Friday, November 11, 1:00pm
Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library Faculty Research Lab

Two informal and very brief -10 minute- presentations will start out the meeting.

1.  Fotini Kondyli: Looking at spolia in Late Byzantine structures to forge a pan-Byzantine past and reunite previously lost territories with the Byzantine Empire and its capital, Constantinople. 

2. Amanda Phillips: Ottoman textiles and how they  deviate from all kinds of official regulation about them.

For this talk, please read chapter 7 from Suraiya Faroqui's book (click to download):  


Workshop on Religion and Society
in Greco-Roman Antiquity
Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Seminar: "More than Just Filth:The Impurity of Excrement in Biblical and Early Jewish Traditions"
Friday, November 4, 12:00–1:30pm
Newcomb 177

Workshop on Religion and Society
in Greco-Roman Antiquity
Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Lecture: "Samson in Stone:New Discoveries in the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee"
Thursday, November 3, 5:00pm
Campbell Hall 153

Dimitri Kastritsis, University of St Andrews
"The Alexander Romance and the Ottoman Imperial Project"
Thursday, November 3, 4:00pm
Nau Hall 342

During the period that saw the creation of the Ottoman Empire in place of Byzantium, the late medieval Balkans, and the post-Mongol ‘lands of Rum,’ the Alexander of pseudo-Callisthenes functioned as familiar if contested cultural currency. Across the boundaries of Christianity and Islam, legends about the ancient conqueror took on new relevance in light of contemporary political aspirations. Familiar stories were closely intertwined with the religious and political turmoil of the time, as well as eschatological expectations. This presentation is a brief look at the fate of the Alexander Romance, both Greek and Islamic, in the fifteenth-century Ottoman world. Dimitri J. Kastritsis is Lecturer in History at the University of St Andrews. His publications include The Sons of Bayezid (Brill, 2007), two articles on the Alexander Romance in the Ottoman fifteenth century, and a forthcoming annotated translation of the Oxford Anonymous Ottoman History (Bodleian Marsh 313). He is currently working on a monograph about the early Ottoman imperial project and its representation.

East Asia Center Lecture Series
Robert Borgen, University of California at Davis
"Wutaishan/Godaisan: A Chinese Holy Mountain and Early Japanese Buddhism"
Tuesday, November 1, 3:15 - 5:00pm
Monroe Hall, Room 124

Archaeology Brownbag Workshop
Susan Palazzo, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia
"Understanding the Colonial Process through Changing Foodways in Bronze and Iron Age Sardinia"
Justin Mann, Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Virginia
"Porcelain & Power: The Archaeological Landscape of Coffee, Ritual, and Status in Rural Cyprus" 
Friday, October 28, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Constantine Lecture
Andrew Ford, Princeton University
“Linus: The Story of Greek Lyric Genres”
Friday, October 28, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall


 AIA Lecture Series
Erin W Averett, Creighton University
"Playing the Part: Masks and the Performance of Identity in Iron Age Cyprus"
Wednesday, October 26, 5:00 PM
Campbell 158 

Masks of a variety of types were used in the ancient Mediterranean for a variety of purposes, from ritual performances to theatrical plays. The island of Cyprus is well known for its abundance of masks depicting primarily bulls and bearded males. Although these distinct masks have been the subject of focused studies as well as broader investigations on Phoenician and Punic masks, there has been no comprehensive and diachronic overview of this important corpus contextualized within its Cypriot setting. This talk reevaluates the evidence for masking rituals in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Cyprus through close analysis of archaeological contexts to reconstruct masked performances. Although many of the masks reveal similarities to Levantine examples, the present evidence suggests a dynamic interplay of local and foreign customs between the two regions. The richness of masks on Cyprus, however, underscores the long tradition of masking on the island and allows us to reconstruct partially the social and religious significance of masking ceremonies. At the end of the Bronze Age through the era of the autonomous city-kingdoms, masks likely functioned as symbolic objects used in constructing social identities and can be associated with restricted groups, likely even the kings, practicing rituals at key sanctuaries. This link between masking rituals and the kingdoms becomes more apparent when the evidence for masks abruptly comes to an end in the late fourth century. Masking rituals flourished with the royal kingdoms and appear to have dramatically ended with the incorporation of Cyprus into the Ptolemaic kingdom. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, a different mask tradition related to the Greek theater appears on the island.

Archaeology Brownbag Workshop
Amanda Sharp, Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford
"Figured Capitals and Roman Archaeology: Where, When and Why"
Friday, October 21, 4:00 - 5:30pm

McIntire Lecture Series
Mimi Yiegpruksawan, Yale University
"Countdown to Julian Year 1052: Some Thoughts on Art and the Periodization of the Buddhist Eschaton in Heian and Liao"
Thursday, October 20, 6:30pm
Campbell Hall, Room 160

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, October 18, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, October 11, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

The 2016 Randolph College Greek Play, Aristophanes “The Frogs” 
October 7 (4pm), 8 (1pm), 9 (4pm) 
Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre (The Dell)
Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia
(rain location: Houston Memorial Chapel) 
No tickets are required

 East Asia Center Lecture Series
Vincent Leung, University of Pittsburgh
"Specter of the Past: Remembrance and Amnesia Under the Rise of the Qin Empire"
Friday, October 7, 3:15 - 5:00pm
Monroe Hall, Room 124

Zara Torlone, Miami University
"The Joy of Exile: Ovid in Pushkin’s, Mandelshtam’s, and Brodsky’s Poetry” 
Thursday, October 6, 5:00pm
130 Monroe Hall

The Fate of Rome's fatum - Conference 
 Saturday, October 1, 9:00am - 6:00pm 
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall 

9.15-9.30 Welcome and Introduction, Anke Walter 
 9.30-10.15 Poetic Prophecies and the Rise of Rome in the 2nd c. BCE, Charles McNelis 
 10.15-11.00 Poetry and Fate in Roman epic, Lily Panoussi 
 – coffee break – 
 11.15-12.00 Vergil’s Rome in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Sara Myers 
 – lunch – 
 2.00-2.45 Rome’s fatum in Ovid’s Fasti, Anke Walter 
 2.45-3.30 Fate and Astrology in Tacitus' Annals, Kelly Shannon 
 – coffee break – 
 3.45-4.30 Reconciling fate(s) and Rome(s), Caroline Stark 
 – reception – 

The conference is kindly supported by the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Department of Classics of UVa. Conference venue is the Gibson Room in Cocke Hall. 
The workshop is free and open to the public. Guests are very welcome! 

 For further information, please email Anke Walter (


PreModerns meeting 
Thursday, September 29, 6:00 - 7:30pm 
Faculty R-Lab (formerly Bar and Lounge) Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library

“Meet & Greet” - bring a buddy and encourage more graduate students to join us.  We will talk about the new Faculty Research Lab, plans for the year and welcome back those who were on sabbatical.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, September 27, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, September 20, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

CAV - Classical Association of Virginia
Saturday, September 17, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monroe 130

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Jenny Clay
Tuesday, September 13, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Archaeology Brown-Bag Workshop
Sarah Tyler Brooks, James Madison University
"Byzantine Buildings and Legacy Archaeology in Ottoman Istanbul: Sculptural Appropriation at the Kalenderhane Camii and Kariye Camii"
Friday, September 9, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall 2nd floor conference room
light refreshments provided


Wolfgang Bernard, 
University of Rostock 
"Aristotle's De Anima
The Soul as the Principle Enabling Us to Make Distinctions" 
Wednesday, August 31, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall


Medieval Textualities: A Symposium
Friday, May 6, 10:30am - 6:00pm
Commonwealth Room, Newcomb Hall

They symposium is in honor of Anthony Spearing on the occasion of his retirement.

Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor, University of Virginia
"Love in the Ancient World: A Critical Look at Song of Songs in the Hebrew Bible"
Tuesday, May 3,  12:00pm
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Conference Center
145 Ednam Drive

In the Bible, which has surprisingly little to say about human love and even less to say about passion and sexual desire, the Song of Songs is an unusual book. God is not explicitly mentioned and the book is filled with expressions of human love, not to mention overtly sexual metaphors, that make it seem something of an interloper.  In this talk, we will explore how the Song of Songs' use of love language makes it distinct from much of the rest of the Hebrew Bible, what it can tell us about love in the ancient world, and why this matters.

Stocker Lecture
Katharina Volk, Columbia University
"The Importance of Being Cato: Engaged Philosophy in the Late Republic"
Thursday, April 21, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Leslie Brubaker, University of Birmingham
"Teenagers of Byzantium"
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30pm
Campbell 160

Classics Graduate Student Conference
University of Virginia 
Saturday, April 16

Workshop on Religion and Society in Greco-Roman Antiquity 
David Frankfurter, Boston University
Seminar "Martyrology and the Prurient Gaze" 
Tuesday, April 12, 11:00am-12:30pm
Newcomb 389

Article under discussion available HERE.

Workshop on Religion and Soiety in Greco-Roman Antiquity
David Frankfurter, Boston University
Lecture: "A Site of Blessings, Dreams, and Wonders: The Egyptian Saint’s Shrine as Crucible of Christianization"
Monday, April 11, 5:00pm
Nau Hall 211

Ancient History talk/seminar
Cedric Brelaz, University of Strasbourg and the Center for Hellenic Studies
"Democracy and Civic Participation in Greek Cities under Roman Imperial Rule: Political Practice and Culture in the Post-Classical Period"
Friday, April 8,  4:00pm 
Nau Hall 342

background reading available HERE.

Method and the Middle English Text
Graduate Conference
April 8-9
Full Schedule available HERE.
More information about the Conference HERE.

Wheedon Lecture:
Lukas Nickel, Reader in Chinese Art History and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
"The First Emperor of China and the Wider World: Evidence for Cross-Asian Communication in the 3rd Century BC"
Thursday, April 7, 6:00 pm
Campbell 153

The 3rd century BC saw a dramatic change in the political and cultural landscape of China. The rulers of the state of Qin joined all East Asian polities into an empire that set the foundations of China as we know it today. Nickel explores how the First Emperor of Qin (259-210 BC) utilised indigenous and alien traditions to create and consolidate this vast state. Although many aspects of his actions followed local practices established long before the emperor’s lifetime, some characteristics of the public presentation of the empire cannot easily be associated with Qin or other East Asian traditions, and point instead towards cross-Asian inspiration. Nickel places Qin dynasty material culture into this wider pan-Asian context.

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series
Colleen Manassa Darnell, Yale University
"The Shape of Things Already Come: 3-D Imaging in a Late Roman Desert Settlement"
Thursday, April 7, 5:30pm
Campbell 160 

PreModerns Meeting
Thursday, April 7, 3:30-5:00pm
Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library ScanLab
refreshments provided

The topic of the meeting that afternoon will be devoted to: 1) discussion of D. Frankfurter’s article, ‘Martyrology and the Prurient Gaze’ in advance of his seminar on the subject on April 12 and 2) collecting our thoughts on the next academic year’s activities for the Premoderns.

 Three Day Scholar in Residence
Tessa Rajak, Professor Emerita of the University of Reading
Lecture: "How Josephus The Jew Shaped Christianity"
Friday, April 1, 5:00pm
Minor Hall 125

Flavius Josephus started life as a prominent priest in Jerusalem under the Romans. He participated in the great Jewish revolt of 66-73 CE against Roman rule, but he also opposed it. He witnessed the fall of the Jerusalem Temple and the destruction of his home city. He gained imperial patronage and ended his life in Rome. In his Jewish War, Antiquities, and Against Apion, all written in Greek, Josephus also documented the Jewish communities in the land of Israel and in the diaspora within the Roman imperial context; he retold biblical history from Genesis to his own day; and he ended up defending Judaism against its critics. Though many Jews deemed him a traitor, his conviction that God had deserted the Jews contributed to the theology of the early Church. The paragraph about Jesus Christ found in all the manuscripts of the Antiquities particularly endeared him to the early Christians. Josephus’s importance to the Christian world through the centuries will be the main subject of this lecture.

Tessa Rajak, an expert in the social and cultural history of the Jews in Hellenistic and Roman periods and early Christianity, will offer a 3-day scholar in residence at UVA, March 30-April 2, 2016. She is a professor emerita of ancient history at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, where she taught ancient history, and a senior research fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. Her publications include The Jewish Dialogue with Greece and Rome: Studies in Cultural and Social InteractionJosephus: the Historian and His Society; and Translation and Survival: The Greek Bible and the Ancient Jewish Diaspora. Rajak received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Oxford University. During her residency, Prof. Rajak will offer a public lecture and a seminar on the general theme social contexts of scriptural transmission.

Stephen Heyworth, University of Oxford
"The End of Ovid's March"
Thursday, March 31, 5:00pm
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room

Three Day Scholar in Residence
Tessa Rajak, Professor Emerita of the University of Reading
Colloquium: “Mothers as Martyrs: The Maccabaean Mother among Jews and Christians” 
Wednesday, March 30, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall
light reception to follow

Why does a mother make a particularly good martyr? Why and to whom are martyr-mothers useful? I shall consider these questions in the light of the changing traditions about the Maccabaean martyrs, the aged Eleazar, a mother and her seven sons. Their deaths formed part of the Jewish resistance against the religious persecution of the Seleucid King Antiochus IV in the second century BCE. The tradition about these martyrs was enshrined in the Second and Fourth Books of the Maccabees, which were soon adopted and treasured by the Christian Church. I argue that from a very early stage, commemoration of the mother in particular, and the martyrs together, was a cross-cultural phenomenon, involving Jews, Christians, and pagan Greeks too, in the great Syrian city of Antioch.

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture
Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom, Wittenberg University
"Archaeology of Monastic Communities in Late Antique Egypt"
Tuesday, March 29, 5:30 pm
Campbell 160

Classical Association of the Middle West and South
March 16-19, 2016
Williamsburg, VA

10th Annual Elizabeth Frances Jones Lecture in Classical Studies
Michael Danti, Boston University & American Schools of Oriental Research
“Iconoclasm, Pillage, and Plunder: The Cultural Heritage Crisis in Syria and Iraq”
Wednesday, March 16, 1:00 pm
Gaines Theatre (Freeman Center)
reception to follow

Scholars' Lab
Sarah Bond, University of Virginia
"Linking the Ancient World: Pleiades Workshop with Sarah Bond"
Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 am
Alderman 421

At this workshop, Associate editor Sarah Bond will introduce the Pleiades community to participants. She will walk them through the history and layout of the gazetteer, discuss the popular contribution and review of our linked geodata, and then help participants make a map of sites within the ancient Mediterranean. Persons at all levels of experience (from "interested" to "expert") are welcome to participate.

 Fotini Kondyli, University of Virginia
"Living with the Dead: Sacred Geographies of Memory and Belonging in Byzantine Athens" 
Thursday, February 25, 2:00-3:15 pm
New Cabell 332.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, February 23, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room


Obear Chair candidate campus visit
Kathryn Morgan, University of California Los Angeles
"Kings and Generals: Simonides and the Diplomacy of Victory"
Thursday, February 18, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, February 16, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Obear Chair candidate campus visit
Bill Allan, University College, Oxford
"Solon and the Rhetoric of stasis"
Thursday, February 11, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, February 9, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room


Obear Chair candidate campus visit
Ivana Petrovic, Durham University
"Royal Gods and Divine Kingship in Hellenistic Poetry"
Thursday, February 4, 5:00pm
Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Ted Lendon, UVA
Tuesday, February 2, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Archaeology Brown Bag 
Sophie Crawford Waters, University of Pennsylvania
"Context and Connectivity: Rethinking Italic Architectural Terracottas (3rd-1st cent. BCE)."
Friday, Jan. 29, 4:00pm
Brooks Hall Conference Room

Archaeology Brown Bag
Jacqueline Huwyler, University of Virginia
'Frontier Foodways: Inter-Cultural Interactions and Ethnic Identity at 12th- and 13th-Dynasty Egyptian Fortresses in Nubia'
Friday, Nov. 20, 4:00pm
Fayerweather 215
Light refreshments provided


Friends of Classics Lecture
Ted Lendon, University of Virginia 
"Ancient Greek Combat: What can Modern Riots Tell us?"
Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:00pm
Rouss 403 
Reception to follow

Workshop on Religion and Society in Greco-Roman Antiquity
Christopher Faraone, University of Chicago
[seminar] "Ancient Greek Amulets: Protection, Healing, and the Acquisition of Abstract Benefits"
Thursday, Nov. 12, 12:30-2:00pm
Newcomb 389

Download the readings for this seminar HERE and HERE (two papers).

email to RSVP for provided lunch


Workshop on Religion and Society in Greco-Roman Antiquity
Christopher Faraone, University of Chicago
"Ancient Greek Magic, Domestic Religion and the Rituals of Women: Connecting the Dots"
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 5pm
Rouss 403

 Archaeological Institute of America Kress Lecture Series
Lorenzo Nigro, La Sapienza University, Rome
"Stars sparkling on the waters: The Temple of Baal 'Addir/Poseidon at Motya and the History of the Mediterranean"
Sunday, November 8, 5:30pm
Campbell 160

Premoderns Meeting
"We're Getting the Band Back Together"
Thursday, November 5, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library

Yes, we are all back.  Given our impressive new website, the founders of the preModerns@ UVA thought this week was a good time to bring all our friends and colleagues together to discuss where we are headed.  Many of the new initiatives at UVA bespeak of possibilities for the preModerns.  We plan to have discussion on the website, our meeting schedule this year, and proposals for funding more collaborative endeavours.  There will also be food and drink.

John Miller, of Classics fame, has suggested a little light ready for this first meeting.  Two articles by Chris Faroane will be the discussion point. The readings have been linked to the event announcement HERE.

Medieval Studies Program Lecture
Tariq Jaffer, Amherst College
"A Thematic Approach to Covenant Theology in Islam"
Monday, November 2, 12:30pm
Nau 342

The idea of a covenant or contractual relationship between God and human beings is a historical theme that Islam shares with other cultural and religious traditions that emerged in the Ancient Near East and that later emerged in the Reformed tradition of Christianity. This lecture focuses on the history of the idea of covenant in the Qur'an and on the debates surrounding it in Islamic theology and exegesis. It adopts a thematic approach, and it attempts to show how the seed of the idea of covenant became enmeshed in a complex web of controversies. By analyzing such controversies, this lecture identifies several concepts that reveal distinguishign features that set off Islam from other cultural and religious traditions. 

Speaker: Tariq Jaffer received his secondary education at Upper Canada College and his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. He then spent two and a half years at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), where he undertook coursework in Islamic Studies, including classical Arabic and Persian. From McGill he went on to pursue his Ph.D in Religious Studies at Yale University, where he studied the Qurʾān and Qurʾānic commentaries, Islamic theology, Aristotle and medieval philosophy, classical Arabic poetry, Persian (Middle and Modern), and Islamic Mysticism. Tariq joined the Religion Department at Amherst College in 2008.

Alumni Lecture
Chris Nappa, University of Minnesota

"Catullus Confidential: Prurience and the Art of Misreading”
Friday, Oct. 30, 5:00pm
Gibson Room

Christopher Nappa is Associate Professor in the Department of  Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota, where he has also served as Chair of Department and won a graduate teaching award. He received his PhD here at the University of Virginia in 1996, with a dissertation on Catullus.   His interests include Latin Poetry, gender and sexuality in antiquity, and Satire.  He has published on Virgil, Catullus, and Juvenal.

Tuesday Classics Luncheon - Finale of the Fall
Tuesday, Oct. 27, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Julian Weiss, King’s College London
“Josephus in Early Modern Spain: 1492 and the Death and Life of Jews,” 
Monday, October 26, 3:00pm
New Cabell Hall 236.

Julian Weiss is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Studies at King’s College London. He is the author of The Poet's Art: Literary Theory in Castile, c. 1400-60 (1990) and The ‘Mester de clerecía’: Intellectuals and Ideologies in Thirteenth-Century Castile (2006). He has also edited or co-edited several volumes of essays and published numerous essays on medieval and early modern poetry, reading and censorship, and gender and sanctity.

This talk is sponsored by Jewish Studies, the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and the Corcoran Department of History Early Modern Study Group.

 Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, Oct. 20, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Constantine Lecture
Donald Mastronarde, 
University of California Berkeley
"The Euripidean Scholia and Educational Practices in Antiquity and Byzantium"
Monday, Oct. 19, 5:00pm
Rouss 403

 Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, Oct. 13, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Classics Undergraduate Lecture
Lily Panoussi, William and Mary
"Cougars in Rome?  Older Women, Younger Men in Roman Literature"
Friday, Oct. 9, 5:00pm
Rouss Hall room 403
Reception to follow

The Department of Classics is very pleased to welcome Professor Vassiliki Panoussi, recently awarded the 2015 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at the College of William and Mary.  Professor Panoussi's research focuses on Latin Literature and women and gender in antiquity.

Charles Stanish,
UCLA Cotsen Institute
"Foundations of Andean State Formation"
Friday, Oct. 9, 1pm
Brooks Hall 2nd floor conference room
Reception to follow

 Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series
Malcolm Bell III, Professor Emeritus of University of Virginia
"A Sicillian Greek Agora"
Wednesday, September 30, 5:30pm
Campbell 158
Reception to follow

The Charlottesville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America was founded 50 years ago and held its first lecture on October 15, 1965.  The September 30th lecture will celebrate the founding and the first lecture.  

The Art Department played a role in the founding of the C’ville AIA Society in that David Lawall, then on the Art Department faculty, was one of the founding members, as was his wife, Willa.  (David is now retired having been director of the Museum some time ago).  Willa Lawall still attends every AIA lecture and will make a few brief remarks about the founding.

This occassion is, however, a triple celebration!  2015 is the 60th anniversary of the Morgantina Excavations!  The last 35 of those years have been associated with the University of Virginia, with Malcolm Bell as Director, a cause for celebration in its own right.  

Professor Bell is this year's Norton Lecturer for the AIA.  The Norton Lectureship is one of the three most distinguished lectureships within the AIA (including the Joukowski and the Kress).  

In addition, at the January 2016 General Meeting, the AIA will award its Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement to Malcolm Bell.

  Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Tuesday, Sept. 29, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45
Room E1 of the Garden Room

Tuesday Classics Luncheon
Mary Lefkowitz, Professor Emerita of Wellesley College
Tuesday, September 22nd, lunch at 12:30, talk at 1:00, and adjournment at 1:45.
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room

Mary Lefkowitz, Professor Emerita of Wellesley College
"Why We Can't Understand Greek Drama"
Monday, September 21, 5:00pm
Rouss 403
Reception to follow

Mary Lefkowitz, whose career at Wellesley College was distinguished by many important books, has added to our debt to her by writing about the gods in Euripidean tragedy. Having shown earlier that there is no presumptive reason to trust what later antiquity says about Euripides' views about anything, she has shown that reading the text of the plays without presuppositions derived from the untrustworthy biographical tradition gives us a Euripides who presents the gods pretty much as they are presented in serious poetry elsewhere. There is no reason to regard him as issuing a challenge to received views and much reason to see his presentation as belonging within the roomy fabric of archaic and classical views of the operation of the divine within the world.

Workshop on Religion and Society in Greco-Roman Antiquity 

James Rives, University of North Carolina
Seminar: ‘Animal Sacrifice and Political Identity in Rome and Judaea’ 
Friday, September 18, 3:00-4:30 pm
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room 
The seminar will discuss the attached recent paper by Prof. Rives. All are welcome to attend.
Download the reading for this seminar HERE.

Prof. Rives will give a seminar 3–4:30 on a recent paper of his.
An event of the Workshop of Religion and Society in Greco-Roman Antiquity. Sponsored by the Departments of Art, Classics, History, and Religious Studies, with the generous support of the Page-Barbour Fund.


Workshop on Religion and Society in Greco-Roman Antiquity
James Rives, University of North Carolina
Lecture: 'Social Power and Religious Communication in the Roman Empire: Orthopraxy and Orthodoxy'
Thursday, September 17, 5:00 pm
Cocke Hall, Gibson Room