Fees-Only PhD Studentship in Classics at Reading

Reading’s Department of Classics is delighted to advertise a fees-only PhD studentship for a project ‘Painters of Boeotian red-figure vases from the 4th century BC’, based on the collection of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. For further information, please follow this link:

http://www.reading.ac.uk/gs-phd-collections.aspx

Strengthening Our International Reach

Adalberto OttatiThe Department is pleased to welcome Adalberto Ottati, doctoral student at the University of Rome, La Sapienza & Junior Researcher at the Institut CatalĂ  d’Arqueologia ClĂ ssica, Tarragona (ICAC). Adalberto will be visiting our Department for the whole spring term as part of the Erasmus exchange programme we established with ICAC last year.

During his stay, Adalberto will continue his research on the historical, architectonical, and artistic aspects of a section of Hadrian’s Villa that is not known very well: the so-called “Accademia”. This complex is made by different buildings which stand out for their uniqueness, both in terms of style and structure: the alternating of straight and curved lines; the mixing of original architecture and classical style; and the use of artificial and natural compositions to create idyllic landscapes as background to the architecture.

Scholars have traditionally identified the Accademia complex as the emperor’s summer residence, but the most recent studies tend to interpret it instead as a palatial area reserved to the empress Vibia Sabina. Adalberto’s PhD thesis focuses on largely new archaeological evidence comprising both statuary and architectonic finds, emerged in recent and ongoing archaeological investigations at Hadrian’s Villa, which he has co-directed since 2003.

Classics Research Seminars, Spring 2013

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars will take place at 4pm in the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology (HumSS G38). Everyone welcome.

23 January
John Ma (Oxford):
“Political Cultures in the Archaic Polis”
NB., this seminar will take place in HumSS G25.

30 January
Ivana Petrovic (Durham):
“Posidippus and the ideology of kingship”

6 February
Lukia Athanassaki (Rethymno):
“Celebrating the Olympic victory of a Sicilian Greek at Olympia and Camarina”

13 February
William Dominik (Otago):
“The Origins and Development of Roman Rhetoric”

20 February
Andrew Wilson (Oxford):
“Nymphs in a palm grove: water and leisure in the South Agora at Aphrodisias ”

27 February
Maja Kominko (Arcadia Foundation):
“The Peutinger Map”

6 March
Peter Parsons (Oxford):
“Kalligone in the Crimea”

7 March
Fred Naiden (North Carolina):
“Typology of Leges Sacrae”