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Divine Institutions: Religion and State Formation in Mid-Republican Rome
Monday, 15 September 2014
6:00 PM
Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Columbia University
32 Waverly Place Room 503, New York University


Why the Middle Ages Matter
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
5:00 PM
Van Pelt Library 6th Floor, University of Pennsylvania
The KISLAK Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts is delighted to host a panel and reception for the entire Penn Medieval/Renaissance Community. A roundtable discussion on ‘Why the Middle Ages Matter’ with Rebecca Winer (Villanova University), Matthew Boyd Goldie (Rider University), Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College), John Haldon (Princeton University) and Will Noel (University of Pennsylvania)
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies, KISLAK Center for Special Collections


Oasis Magna: Kharga and Dakhla Oases in Antiquity
Friday, 19 September 2014
9:00 AM
ISAW 2nd Floor Lecture Hall , 15 East 84th St. New York, NY
Organized by Roger Bagnall (ISAW) and Gaëlle Tallet (University of Limoges) In the middle of Egypt’s vast Western Desert lie the Kharga and Dakhla Oases, called the Great Oasis in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. These islands of green in the midst of the desert plateau were places of refuge and exile, but also of production and culture. For the last four years, the French team working at El-Deir in the Kharga Oasis (University of Limoges, under the direction of Gaëlle Tallet, with the support of specialists from the University of Poitiers) and the NYU team working at Amheida in the Dakhla Oasis under the direction of Roger Bagnall have been collaborating thanks to a grant from the Partner University Fund (French Embassy Cultural Services). In this conference, twenty members of the two teams will present their fieldwork, ranging across landscape, administration, economy, literature, paintings, and society. The talks are open to the public, but space is limited and reservation is required. RSVP: isaw@nyu.edu http://isaw.nyu.edu/events/oasis-magna-kharga-and-dakhla-oases-in-antiquity


Classical Studies Colloquium
Friday, 19 September 2014
4:30 PM
Joy Connolly, NYU
Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Texts are events, events happen, and happenings involve people in relation to one another. In this paper, I use engagements with Greek and Roman literature undertaken by non-classicist artists and thinkers to explore the ethics of reading, picking up on the arguments of John Dewey, Peter Brooks, Derek Attridge, Judith Butler, Charles Larmore and others. Is there a way to articulate the immanent value of studying Greek and Latin texts? I argue that Hannah Arendt’s work in particular (especially her readings of Plato and Vergil) illuminates how the canon may be renewed over time. For Arendt, the canon’s embedment in the distant past legitimates it as a dialogical partner in generating new thinking in the present: the temporal double bind classical texts inhabit orients them and their readers toward both past and future. Of classical literature Arendt asks, and directs us to ask, not only what, who, when, or why but also how: how are we related to these texts here? How have others conducted their relation to them? And what is the ethics implied by this?


Statius and the Invention of Horror
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
4:30 PM
Melissa Haynes, Princeton University
Robertson Hall Bowl 1, Princeton University


Who Signed What? Artists and Signatures in Ancient Greece
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
6:00 PM
Jeffrey Hurwit, University of Oregon
Institute of Fine Arts , New York University
RSVP: https://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/events/greek-roman-seminar.htm


How Renaissance Rhetoric Transformed the Classical Tradition
Thursday, 25 September 2014
4:30 PM
Peter Mack, Warburg Institute
Cohen Hall 402 or 337, University of Pennsylvania
Rhetoric was a central part of the legacy of the classical world and at the same time a defining characteristic of renaissance humanism. This paper will examine the ways in which northern European humanists, in particular Rudolph Agricola (1443-85) and Erasmus of Rotterdam (?1469-1536) used elements of their classical inheritance, both rhetorical and literary, to produce innovations in rhetorical theory. Among other doctrines the paper will discuss exposition, argumentation, disposition, the topics of invention and the techniques of copia.


Unpacking the Parthenon: Genealogical Succession Myth, Boundary Catastrophes, and Hero Cult
Friday, 26 September 2014
12:00 PM
Dr. Hallie Franks, New York University
Penn Museum Classroom 2, University of Pennsylvania


Beneath the Sands of Egypt: An archaeologist explores the Valley of the Kings
Saturday, 27 September 2014
3:30 PM
Donald P. Ryan, Pacific Lutheran University
Penn Museum 345, University of Pennsylvania
After nearly two hundred years of exploration, and over ninety years since the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, the Valley of the Kings continues to produce new discoveries and insights. In this lecture, archaeologist/Egyptologist Donald P. Ryan will share some of the many fascinating surprises he has uncovered while investigating some of the lesser-known tombs in the ancient royal cemetery. These include the rediscovery of a tomb in which the recently-identified mummy of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut was found, and indications that a surprising number and variety of individuals were buried amidst the pharaohs in the Valley.
Sponsored by: American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter


Philostratus and the Octoberfest: How the Rediscovery of an Ancient Text Shaped the Modern Olympics
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
4:30 PM
Kai Brodersen, Universitat Erfurt
McCormick Hall 106, Princeton University
As classicists, we enjoy the public interest in our field every four years: before the Olympic Games. We eagerly refer to Olympic disciplines like running, jumping, javelin and discus throwing, as well as (after a recent debate: still) wrestling, as clear signs for the continuing influence of the ancient on the modern world. However, other well-known ancient Olympic disciplines like horse racing or chariot competitions have not been adopted for the modern Games. Why is this the case? This lecture will explore the connection of both the rediscovery and delayed, but consciously timed, publication of an ancient text. Philostratus peri gymnastikes, in the mid-19th century, and the Munich Oktoberfest, as seminal contributions to the shape of the modern Olympics


The Diplomat, the Dealer, and the Digger: The Antiquities Trade in 19th-Century Greece
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
6:15 PM
Dr. Yannis Galanakis, University of Cambridge
Penn Museum Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
Relatively little is known today about the ways in which the antiquities trade was organized in 19th-century Europe. In this lecture, Dr. Yannis Galanakis, Lecturer in Greek Prehistory, University of Cambridge, explores how the commodification of the past became inextricably interwoven with power politics, and gave rise to different collecting attitudes and debates on cultural property, ownership, and the value of things in the modern world. Sponsored by the American Institute of Archaeology. Free admission.