GIS 17/11 – The roles of women in the Trojan war and of the chorus in the Oresteia

Marc Bonaventura opened last week’s GIS with an analysis of the role of women in “De Excidio Troiae Historia”. This account of the Trojan War is presented in the form of a historiographical prose composition attributed to Dares Phrygius which is thought to be a 5th century AD Latin adaptation of a Greek original written … Continue reading

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar / History / Linguistics

GIS 10/11 – Sardinian ‘misspellings’ and Religious (mis)handling in the 4th c. CE

On Friday 10th November, the GIS hosted two talks that continued the strong interdisciplinary focus of the seminar in this term. First, Lucia Tamponi, a visiting student from Pisa, presented her research on an epigraphic corpus of inscriptions from the island of Sardinia, in a paper entitled ‘Sociolinguistic research on Latin inscriptions from Sardinia: building … Continue reading

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS 03/11 – “Horses for Courses” and two acrostics in Horace

Thomas Nelson opened last week’s GIS with his talk “Horses for Courses: The Metapoetics of Horse- and Chariot-Riding in Roman Poetry”. Thomas presented how widely extended and prolific is the use of images of horses and horse riding as a metapoetic metaphor with numerous examples taken from Roman poetry. These were very varied and showed … Continue reading

Archaeology / Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar / Linguistics / Uncategorized

GIS 27/10/17 – Timing Death and the ‘Birth’ of the Greek Alphabet

On Friday 27th October, the GIS hosted two papers that nicely complemented each other in their mutual emphasis on the shortcomings of clear ‘beginnings’ and ‘ends’. With a paper titled ‘Timing Death: Questioning the chronology of Romano-British tombstone reliefs’, Hanneke Reijnierse-Salisbure kicked off with an overview of some tombstone reliefs, which have usually been examined … Continue reading