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The Corbett Lecture

The Corbett Lecture is an annual lecture by a distinguished scholar on a theme connected with ancient Greece.

17 November 2016

'Of prickly heroes, powerful gods, and puzzled sailors - or how much Indo-European did Homer know?'
Andreas Willi (Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology, University of Oxford)
5pm in Room G.19, Faculty of Classics

Many of the differences between Homeric and Classical Greek are due to the chronological and/or dialectal gap separating the two varieties, and the ‘artificial’ element in epic language is also commonly acknowledged. Sometimes, however, there are divergences which do not easily fit into one of these moulds. Focusing on the Homeric verb, we will explore some particularly well-known features of the latter kind – augmentation patterns, the absence of historical presents, and the use of past iteratives – and ask to what extent comparative and typological linguistics can help to account for Homeric usage and where Homeric language in its turn necessitates a revision of conventional Indo-Europeanist doctrine.

The lecture is open to all members of the University and others who are interested.


JH Gray Lectures

'Agreeing to differ: consensus, culture and politics in the Roman empire'
by Professor Emma Dench (Harvard University)

24-26 May 2016

24 May: Reproducing Roman power
5pm in Room G.19, Faculty of Classics

26 May: Weapons of the not so weak
5pm in Room G.19, Faculty of Classics

25 May: Roman imperial change as conversion narrative (Seminar)
2pm in Room G.21, Faculty of Classics


The lectures and seminar are open to all members of the University and others who are interested.

Further information about recent Corbett and Gray Lectures is available via the archive pages.

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