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Past Events

01-04-2016 (Friday)
11-01-2016 (Monday)

Cognitive Visions: Poetic Image-Making and the Mind

11-01-2016 - 12-01-2016

Ancient poetry provokes mental imagining on a vast scale. Throughout Greek and Latin literature, the audience is frequently invited to read imaginatively, either through formal tropes, such as ekphrasis, or through the usual narratorial description. The connections between vision and imagination, as well as the mental processes involved in both, have been extensively investigated in psychology, neuroscience and the other cognitive sciences, and are the subject of continued lively debate. The purpose of this conference is to explore the uses and limitations of the body of research for the study of ancient poetry.

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03-09-2015 (Thursday)

Breaking and Entering: Metalepsis in Classical Literature

03-09-2015 - 05-09-2015

An international conference to be held at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford, 3-5 September 2015.

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18-06-2015 (Thursday)

Leavers Event


The Faculty will be hosting a drinks reception for all of those students leaving us this year. It will be held at the Ioannou Centre on Thursday 18th of June (WK 8) from 6pm- 7.30pm. Professor Teresa Morgan, Chair of the Faculty, will make a short speech at 7pm. As well as being able to say a fond farewell to each other and faculty members, your Alumni cards will also be available for collection. We hope you can all join us as you say good bye to the end of your time being a student at Oxford but hello and welcome to being a member of the Classics Oxford alumni community.

09-06-2015 (Tuesday)

Coinage and Empire

17:00 - 18:00

COINAGE AND EMPIRE Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. Ioannou (Classics) Centre 66 St Giles June 9: Round Table Discussion, Peter Thonemann (Oxford), moderator

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08-06-2015 (Monday)

1177 BC: The Collapse of Civilizations and the Rise of Israel


For more than three hundred years during the Late Bronze Age, from about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex international world in which Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots, and Canaanites all interacted, creating a cosmopolitan and globalized world-system such as has only rarely been seen before the current day. It may have been this very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age. When the end came, as it did after centuries of cultural and technological evolution, which included events that still resonate today such as the Exodus, the civilized and international world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic halt in a vast area stretching from Greece and Italy in the west to Egypt, Canaan, and Mesopotamia in the east. Large empires and small kingdoms, that had taken centuries to evolve, collapsed rapidly. With their end came the world’s first recorded Dark Ages. However, with their end came also opportunities for new peoples to establish themselves in the area, including the Israelites. It is suggested in this lecture that the Israelites may have taken advantage of the power vacuum caused by the turmoil at the end of the Late Bronze Age as well as the Egyptian withdrawal from Canaan to settle down and establish themselves in the region.

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