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Archaeology and Written Evidence (Craven seminar 2012)

23-25 May 2012. Room G21, Faculty of Classics


Wednesday 23 May

9.30     Welcome and introduction

Colonization and migration (Chair: Paul Cartledge)

9.45     Naoise MacSweeney (Leicester) 'The Ionian Migration'

10.30   Sara Owen (Cambridge) ‘Archilochos and Thasos’

11.15   Coffee

11.45      Felipe Rojas (Brown) ‘Signs of God, Signs of Men: Greek and Roman Interaction with Anatolian Rock Cut Reliefs’

12.30   Lunch (sandwiches supplied)

Urbanism and landscape studies (Chair: John Patterson)

2.00     Sarah Finlayson (Sheffield) 'Writing across the landscape: a discussion of where writing is produced and consumed in the Bronze Age Aegean.'

2. 45    Lisa Nevett (Michigan) 'Least talked about among men': the verbal and spatial rhetoric of women's roles in late Archaic and Classical Athens

3.30     Coffee

4.00     Michael Fulford (Reading) 'The forum basilica after Vitruvius: archaeology and the identification of function'.

4.45     Henry Hurst (Cambridge) ‘The view from Vortumnus’ statue in Rome’

Thursday 24 May

Social change (Chair Lin Foxhall)

9.30     Robin Osborne (Cambridge) 'Archaeology and the archaic Greek tyrants'

10.15   Matthew Haysom (Cambridge) 'Approaching the Cretan polis: navigations between text and material'

11.00   Coffee

Art and text (Chair: Carrie Vout)

11.30   Mike Squire (KCL) 'Ecphrasis at the forge: The shield of Achilles in image and text'

12.15   Peter Stewart (Oxford) 'Classical Artists and Texts'

1.00     Lunch (own arrangements) followed by free afternoon.

7.00 for 7.30

Dinner, Churchill College, Cockcroft Room

Friday 25 May

Social change, continued  (Chair Michael Fulford)

9.30     Eleri Cousins, Rosalind Quick and Astrid Van Oyen (Cambridge) ‘Placing texts: three case studies’ (writing as practice, with a focus on 'interpretatio romana', curse tablets and potter's stamps).

10.45 Coffee

Trade and exchange (Chair: Martin Millett)

11.15  Susan Sherratt (Sheffield) 'Can Homer shed any light on aspects of Greek Early Iron Age trade and exchange?'

12.00   Lin Foxhall (Leicester) Title to follow

12.45   Concluding comments

1.00      Lunch (sandwiches supplied)

All are welcome with the usual proviso that we hope that you can follow a reasonable part of the seminar and participate in discussions.

Organisers: Henry Hurst (, Sara Owen (

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