Gordon Lecture on 21 February 2013

The Department of Classics is delighted to issue an invitation to a special lecture and celebration at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, on Thursday 21st February 2013, beginning 4:30 pm. We have established this lecture in celebration of the generous bequest to the Ure Museum of a collection of 75 Carthaginian artefacts and a Roman lamp, in memory of Prof. J.E. Gordon. We are delighted to present Prof. Peter Kruschwitz, Head of the Department of Classics, who will deliver a brief lecture on ‘A Reading lamp’.

Prof. James Edward Gordon (1913–1998), a pioneering materials scientist and biomechanical engineer, served as Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Reading. His long held interest in the ancient world led to interdisciplinary collaborations, especially with the late Dr John Landels, and their establishment of a joint degree in Classics and Engineering. While that degree is no longer available, Prof. Gordon is well remembered on the campus, not least in the excellent Gordon Theatre, and now with this lecture, which we hope will be continued in the future.

Prof. Gordon’s Carthaginian artefacts were catalogued by University of Reading students, Charley Chamberlain and Alice Honey, in 2011, and conserved and packaged by museum interns, Amy Brown (Canada) and Monica Spaziani (Italy) in 2012. While this remarkable collection forms part of the Ure Museum’s (stored) teaching collection, we will have it on display temporarily for this event. Prof. Gordon’s lamp, studied in 2012 by Hannah Fisher (Christie’s Institute of Education), while a museum intern, is also on temporary display in the Ure Museum, thanks to the efforts of Cara Sheldrake (University of Exeter), herself a former Reading undergraduate. These and the museum’s other displays will be visitable before and throughout the event, so that visitors may view them at their leisure.

The event will commence with drinks from 4:30pm. We would be extremely grateful if visitors could indicate their intention to attend to Guja Bandini at ure@reading.ac.uk or 0118 378 6990 at their earliest convenience.

Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminars, Spring 2013

As in previous years, there will be a series of postgraduate work-in-progress seminars running during the Spring term.  These will begin next week (Week 4) with Mick Stringer presenting his paper, ‘Why are clever men so stupid? Experientia and Experimentum in Roman agricultural treatises.’The seminar will be held on Wednesday 6th February at 1pm in HumSS 287.

All subsequent seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 1pm.  The programme for the remainder of the term is as follows:

Week 5 (13th February): Natalia Tsoumpra (University of Oxford). Venue: Ure Museum.
Week 6 (20th February): Rebecca Fallas (Open University).  Venue: HumSS 287
Chair: Laura Robson.
Week 7 (27th February): Elena Chepel (Reading).  Venue: Ure Museum.
Week 8 (6th March): Lucy Fletcher (Reading).  Venue: Ure Museum.
Week 9 (13th March): Niki Karapanagioti (Reading).  Venue: Ure Museum.
Week 10 (20th March): Nick West (Reading).  Venue: HumSS 287.

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:


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”

Classics Research Seminars, Autumn 2012

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

16 October
Dimitrios Paleothodoros (University of Thessaly):
“Boeotian vases abroad”

17 October
Renaud Gagné (Cambridge):
“The World in a Cup: Ekpomatics In and Out of the Symposium”

24 October
Martin L. West (Oxford):
“The Wanderings of Odysseus”

31 October
Phillip Horky (Durham):
“The Place of Agathon”

7 November
Second Annual Percy Ure Lecture
Professor David Mattingly FBA (Leicester):
“Romans and Libyans: cultural encounters on the desert fringes of Empire”
HumSS G27

14 November
Mike Edwards (Lampeter):
“The New Hyperides in the Archimedes Palimpsest”

21 November
Rachel Mairs (Reading):
“Reading, Viewing and Speaking: Revealing the ‘Hidden Message’ in Greek, Latin and Demotic Acrostich Inscriptions”

28 November
Ivana Petrovic (Durham):
“Posidippus and the ideology of kingship”

5 December
Stephen Oakley (Cambridge):
“Reading the Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus”

The Annual Percy Ure Lecture

On occasion of its Centenary in 2011, Reading’s Department of Classics introduced the Annual Percy Ure Lecture as a new, high-profile lecture series in Classics.

The lecture series is named after Percy N. Ure, Reading’s first Professor of Classics, whose appointment coincides with the creation of Reading’s Classics Department as it exists today.