Collections-based Research in Classics at Reading

In its efforts to bring present and future students’ attention to the wide range of research facilities available at the University of Reading the Research Review has highlighted Dr Amy Smith and her research in the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology:

In this audio Dr Smith introduces the Ure Museum and explains how the collection and its database are used by students and scholars, including the complications inherent in studying 3d objects and relevant conservation issues.

This is the second ‘unusual space people use for their research’ highlighted in a series that started with the ‘Gut lab’ (Nutritional Sciences).

Classics Research Seminars, Summer 2013

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

1 May
Girolamo F. De Simone (Naples):
“Beyond Pompeii and Herculaneum: archaeology on the dark side of Vesuvius”

21 May
Roger Bagnall (ISAW, New York):
“On the edges of society? Funerary workers in Roman Egypt”

29 May
Helen Roche (Cambridge):
“Sparta and the Nazis”

5 June
Arietta Papaconstantinou (Reading):

12 June
Dimis Spatheras (Rhetymno):
“Emotions and the Law”

2013 Classical Association Conference at Reading

The 2013 Classical Association Conference will be hosted by the University of Reading and will take place from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th April.

Highlights of the conference include the presidential address by Robin Osborne, plenary lectures by Alan Sommerstein on translation and Charlotte Roueché on digital Classics, and an informal evening with the author Tom Holland.  Over two hundred speakers will participate in parallel panel sessions on a huge range of subjects, including: the Ancient Ideal in Contemporary Greek Music; the Changing Character of Ancient Warfare; Christianity and the Roman Emperors; Travel Writing and the Idea of the Past; Classics in Children’s Literature; the Ancient Bibliocosm; and a great many topics in Greek and Roman literature and history.  Among the numerous coordinated sessions are panels organised by the American Philological Association, the Council of University Classical Departments, the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, the Classical Reception Studies Network, the International Network on the Legacy of Greek Political Thought, and KYKNOS. One particular highlight of the conference will be the number of panels on issues in Classics teaching, in both secondary and higher education.

Excursions on the afternoon of Thursday, 4th April, will include visits to the Roman town of Silchester, the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, the Museum of English Rural Life, and a Thames river cruise.  Delegates will also be able to visit our exhibition hall for browsing and purchasing the latest books from a variety of publishers.

Delegates will be leaving comments on papers and excursions through the conference twitter account @CA2013Reading.

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 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”