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Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS Report: 12/6/2015: Theseus in Statius’ Thebaid and Metapoetics in Grattius’ Cynegeticon

GIS concluded this term with a pair of literary papers, both of which were trial-runs for conferences taking place this summer. First up was Henry Tang, talking on ‘Theseus in Statius Thebaid: A Symbol of Progression or Cyclic Sin?’ (which he presented again in Edinburgh last week at the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient … Continue reading

My Museum Favourite: A Carian Stele from Saqqara
Archaeology / Museums

My Museum Favourite: A Carian Stele from Saqqara

This week Matthew Scarborough explains why this Carian funerary stele in the Fitzwilliam Museum is his Museum Favourite. The Fitzwilliam museum contains a number of objects given by the Egypt Exploration Society that it obtained through its excavations and redistributed to different charitable institutions that have supported its work. One of the objects in the … Continue reading

GIS Report: 22/05/2015: Blessedness in Sophocles and (Bi)lingual Pompeian Graffiti
Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS Report: 22/05/2015: Blessedness in Sophocles and (Bi)lingual Pompeian Graffiti

GIS continued this week with a pair of speakers from Peterhouse. We kicked off with a presentation from Rob Thompson on ‘Paradigms of blessedness in Sophocles’, a study of how Sophocles’ tragedies explore the idea of the best possible human life (an idea captured in Greek by various different nouns, including εὐδαιμονία, εὐτυχία and ὀλβία). … Continue reading

GIS Reports: 1/5/2015 and 8/5/2015
Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS Reports: 1/5/2015 and 8/5/2015

The start of a new term means the return of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar (GIS), chaired this term by Livvy Elder and myself. As undergraduates retreat to the library to revise, the postgraduate community here at Cambridge continues to flourish, and we’ve had a question-packed opening two weeks, summaries of which you can find below. … Continue reading