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Transacting Artifacts: Sir William Hamilton's Cabinet and its Afterlives
Monday, 25 April 2016
5:15 PM
Michael F. Suarez, S.J., University of Virginia
Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor: 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania
With its striking ocher and black hand-painted illustrations of Greek vases, Pierre-François Hughes D'Hancarville's Complete Collection of Antiquities from the Cabinet of Sir William Hamilton in four large folio volumes (Naples, 1766 [1767]ff) is a monumental textual artifact. This presentation will help seminar participants both to think about the Penn copy in its contemporary contexts, and to consider the manifold ways in which the representation of ancient artifacts in its pages occasioned a series of subsequent material representations--with remarkable cultural consequence. How does the material text, itself a collectible artifact, both depict and distort the historical object? What versions of antiquity ensue, and how do their embodiments shape the activities of both museum and marketplace? With the rise of antiquaries and the exhibition of their collections, how are the library and the museum united in the accumulation and display of artifacts--and in the knowledge that comes from reading historical collections with the book in hand?


Sacred Sound Through Space and Time: Listening to Ancient Greek “Songlines”
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
4:30 PM
Timothy Power, Rutgers University
Betts Auditorium, Princeton University


Eleventh Annual Kolb Junior Fellows Spring Colloquium
Thursday, 28 April 2016
2:00 PM
C. Brian Rose, Mandy Chan, Daira Nocera, Stephanie Hagan, Tom Hardy,
Penn Museum Room 201, University of Pennsylvania


Framing the Late Antique and early Medieval Economy
Friday, 29 - Sunday, 1 May April 2016
East Pyne 010, Princeton University


In a Mythical Place: the Early Ramessides at Rosetau
Saturday, 30 April 2016
Tamás A. Bács, Eötvös Loránd University
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
Close to the Giza plateau, between 1983 and 1986, during a rescue excavation within the territory of the present-day village of Kafr el-Gabal the remains of mudbrick buildings were uncovered. Based on their plans, architectural elements of stone, and most importantly on the stelae found in situ, it became clear that the unearthed buildings once formed part of a larger area occupied by ‘cenotaphs’ or memorial chapels. More significantly, they strongly suggest that the location of the often referred to, but physically never identified ‘Shetayet’-shrine of the god Sokar should be sought for here, in this area. Some of these chapels, moreover, can be safely dated to the reign of Ramesses II. Their significance, as the lecture aims to show, can be interpreted then within the specific context of the religious policy of the early Ramessides and their promotion of their own type of ancestor cult.


Revealing Galen's Simples
Saturday, 30 April 2016
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor Class of 1978 Pavilion, University of Pennsylvania
An article published in the New York Times on June 1, 2015, described the discovery of a Syriac manuscript that contained the oldest known translation of Galen's On the Mixtures and Powers of Simple Drugs. The text of this manuscript was erased in the eleventh century. Scientists and scholars from around the world are working to recover it. This symposium will feature the manuscript itself and presentations by imaging specialists, Syriac scholars, and historians of medicine working to reveal the secrets of this challenging manuscript.


Philosophy in Cicero's Letters
Saturday, 30 April 2016
10:30 AM
Columbia University
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE)—ill-fated statesman during the collapse of the Roman Republic, Latin orator extraordinaire, and the author of a wide-ranging and influential corpus of philosophical writings—is unique among premodern individuals in that we possess large parts of his correspondence and are thus unusually well informed about both the minutiae of his life and the developments of his thought. In recent years and months, scholarly interest has increasingly turned to the philosophical aspects of this correspondence, which contains everything from passing references to philosophical jokes, serious disquisitions, and the author's attempts to apply philosophical precepts to his own and his correspondents' lives. The one-day symposium, "Philosophy in Cicero's Letters" aims to capture this moment in the fast-developing scholarship on Cicero, ancient philosophy, and intellectual history. Four scholars who are right now working on some aspects of the topic will be presenting papers: Margaret Graver (Dartmouth), Nathan Gilbert (University of Toronto), Katharina Volk (Columbia), and Raphael Woolf (King's College London. These speakers will be paired with responses from four established specialists on Cicero, ancient philosophy, and late Republican culture: Yelena Baraz (Princeton), Brad Inwood (Yale), Wolfgang Mann (Columbia), and James Zetzel (Columbia).


Père Delattre versus Paul Gauckler: The Struggle for Control of Archaeology at Carthage at the Turn of the 20th Century
Friday, 6 May 2016
4:30 PM
Joann Freed, University of Alberta/Wilfrid Laurier University
Rhys Carpenter Library B21, Bryn Mawr College