University of Durham: Classics & Ancient History Research Seminar

I am pleased to announce the schedule for the Durham Department of Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar for this coming term. All seminars this term take place over zoom – if you would like to attend a session, please contact me at [email protected] to receive the link. Titles marked by a * form part of the series “Portrayals of ‘Intellectuals’ in the Ancient World”, about which more information and a full programme will be circulated shortly.


Department of Classics and Ancient History: Research Seminar 

Michaelmas Term 2021

The seminars take place on Thursdays at 5pm via Zoom. 


All welcome! 


Oct. 7              Joseph Howley (Columbia) 

Instructions for enslavers: despotic theory and practice from Athens to Rome 


Oct. 14            Rainer Thiel (Universität Jena, Germany)

*Elementary Philosophical Teaching in Late Antique Alexandria 


Oct. 21            Matthias Haake (Universität Bonn, Germany)  

*All Over the Mediterranean World?  The Social Figure of the Intellectual in the Greek and Roman Worlds from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity.  A Comparative Approach 


Oct. 28            Reviel Netz (Stanford University, US)

*Otium and Civil Society 


Nov. 4             Tazuko van Bertel (Leiden)

The Socratics on utility and use: a case study in ancient economic theory 


Nov. 11          Katharina Volk (Columbia University, US) 

*Who is the wisest of them all? (Dis)claiming authority in Cicero’s Laelius de amicitia


Nov. 18          Lewis Webb (Oxford) 

Spectatissima femina: Female hyper-visibility in urban spaces in Republican Rome 


Nov. 25          Matthias Perkams (Universität Jena, Germany)

*Sergius of Reshaina and his Intellectual Networks 


Dec. 2             Maddalena Italia (UCL) 

                        Sappho in Sanskrit – and other classical hybrid creatures: a century (1831-1929) of translations. 


Dec. 9             Friedemann Buddensiek (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) 

                        Prohairesis in the Eudemian Ethics