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History Seminar

Ancient History Seminars

How to write History: The Theory and Practice of the Ancient Historians

Mondays, 5.15 p.m. in Room G.21, Faculty of Classics.

20 February

Paul Christesen (Dartmouth): ‘Burial customs in Sparta from the geometric to the classical periods’

6 March

Mario Adamo (Cambridge): ‘Peasants as surveyors: economic views of land in the late Roman republic’


Parallel Lives

The history of the Roman world remains the best comparison for the history of the Greek world, and the history of the Greek world the best comparison for the history of the Roman world. Yet central historical topics have been treated very differently by scholars who study Greek and scholars who study Roman history. This seminar series brings historians of Greece and Rome face to face to discuss how major topics have been and might be approached.


January 23   Politics: Kostas Vlassopoulos & Catherine Steel

January 30   Religion: Robin Osborne & Rebecca Flemming    

February 6    Popular Culture: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill & Robin Osborne

February 13 Sex: Alastair Blanshard & Caroline Vout

February 27 Empire: Kathryn Stevens & Christopher Kelly

March 13      Economy: Manuela Dal Borgo & Alessandro Launaro


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Greek Play 2016 Videos now on line

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Highlights and a full length video of the Cambridge Greek Play 2016, a double bill of Antigone and Lysistrata, are now available to view on line.

Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets

Jan 05, 2017

21-22 March 2017. This conference, the second in the Understanding Relations Between Scripts series, focuses on the development of alphabetic writing systems in the later second and earlier first millennia BC.

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