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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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04-06-2015 (Thursday)

The Gaisford Lecture

17:00 - 19:30

The Gaisford Lecture Professor Edith Hall, King’s College London, will deliver the Gaisford Lecture at 5 pm on Thursday 4 June in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. Subject: ‘'Pearls before Swine? The Past and Future of Greek'

02-06-2015 (Tuesday)

Coinage and Empire

17:00 - 18:00

COINAGE AND EMPIRE Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. Ioannou (Classics) Centre 66 St Giles June 2: Koray Konuk (Bordeaux): Coinage in Western Asia Minor under the Achaemenids: some current issues and questions

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27-05-2015 (Wednesday)

The David Lewis Lecture

17:00 - 19:30

The David Lewis Lecture Professor Carmine Ampolo of the Scuola Normale in Pisa, will deliver the David Lewis Lecture at 5 pm on Wednesday 27 May in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. Subject: ‘The Achaians in the West and Zeus in the agora (VI-V centuries BC). An epigraphical approach with new documents’

14-05-2015 (Thursday)

The Don Fowler Memorial Lecture

17:00 - 19:30

Professor Prof Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck College, University of London), will deliver the Don Fowler Memorial Lecture at 5 pm on Thursday 14 May in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. Subject: ‘The philosopher as epic hero: Augustan poetry in Seneca’s letters’

13-05-2015 (Wednesday)

New Sappho and new libraries


New Sappho and new libraries 13 May 2015 1.00pm — 1.30pm Venue: Lecture Theatre, Weston Library Speaker(s): Dr Dirk Obbink Description Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. A new papyrus published last year of Sappho's first book, largely overlapping with the Bodleian's extensive copy (MS. Gr. Class. c. 76 (P)/2 = P. Oxy. 1231) which facilitated its identification, sheds new light on the structuring of the Hellenistic poetry book and the ordering principles of the Alexandrian library - as well as providing several new poems of Sappho's. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.