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Ancient epic in modern performance- Dec 2015


tl_files/images/alumni/Marchepieds2015.jpgThe Faculty of Classics at Oxford University invites you to an evening of discussions about harnessing ancient stories to create compelling, modern drama.

Professor Teresa Morgan, Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Classics, will introduce the two presentations and give an update on the Faculty’s activities.

Presentations: Performing Epic and Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers

Performing Epic

Professor Fiona Macintosh  and Dr Justine McConnell  will share the fascinating productions uncovered by Performing Epic – a three-year research project conducted under the auspices of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD).

The classicists will show how new theatrical, danced, and sung productions in every continent of the world in recent years have been inspired by verse narratives of quest, adventure, conflict, and destiny (such as the Greek and Roman Iliad, Odyssey, Argonautica, Aeneid, Metamorphoses as well as the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh, the Indian Mahabharata, and the West African Sundiata).

Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers and Avid for Ovid

How can you tell stories in a language that nobody speaks? Dr Helen Slaney  from the Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers project (part of APGRD) and members of collaborating dance company Avid for Ovid will discuss the process of re-creating Roman pantomime.

Alumni Weekend 2015













The Faculty is pleased to announce it will be taking part in this year's Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend Oxford. All Faculty events will taking place on Saturday 19th of September 2015 registration is compulsory and is now OPEN. Please go to the  University's Alumni website for further information.

Please see the Faculty of Classics Alumni Weekend programme below.

Professor Gregory Hutchinson 

Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Exeter College 

Microscopic and macroscopic: rhythmic prose and historical themes in Plutarch's Lives and Appian's Civil Wars

Greek prose of the Roman Empire has not been much studied as writing. A way in to the art of these authors is provided by the system of rhythmic prose—the same as Cicero’s—which is used by Plutarch and (as will be shown) Appian. Perceiving this system reveals their artistry and argument; it also reveals particularly significant and climactic passages. This makes clearer the historical and philosophical preoccupations of the works and their large designs.

The talk aims to be accessible to anyone, and to display the rhythmic system through the enthusiastic reading aloud of some glorious passages in Greek. There will be plenty of time for discussion.

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Location: Lecture Theatre Ioannou Centre

Dr Hannah Cornwell

LecturerTrinity College

Ashmolean Latin Inscription Project (AshLI)

The Iconography of an Empire

Whilst historians often rely on literary and documentary sources in order to interpret and understand the past, material culture plays an equally important role, allowing us to engage with ideas of how members of societies constructed ideas of identity and social values. In this handling session we will examine a range of objects from the Roman world to consider the ways in which people chose to represent themselves. We will think about the importance of the function and context of different objects and how we can use such an analysis to understand the values of the target audiences and user-groups.

Group size: 10

Time: 11:45-12:30

Location: Meet in the St. Giles' entrance to the Ashmolean Museum

Professor Alan Bowman

Principal, Brasenose College

Director, Centre of the Study of Ancient Documents 

Rosetta, Philae and beyond: decoding ancient texts in the digital age

Professor Alan Bowman decribes the ground-breaking work at Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents – where the use of an innovative technique known as Reflectance Transformation Imaging is helping to shed new light on ancient texts and monuments. He explains the current research project which focuses on a new edition of all the Greek and bilingual inscriptions on stone from Egypt in the period from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra (332 to 30 BC). 

Time: 14:30-16:00

Location: Lecture Theatre Ioannou Centre