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Lecture List Prospectus Entries for Hilary Term 2018

Please note that not all lectures and seminars have prospectus entries. Those that do are listed here in alphabetical order.

Ancient History Sub-Faculty Seminar: Law and Landscape

Prof N Purcell, Dr M Ronin

Byzantine Beauty (Graduate Class)

Dr F Spingou

Cicero the Orator

Dr A Sillett

Lecture 1: Italian Oratory (Pro Roscio)
Lecture 2: Young Oratory (Divinatio in Caecilium)
Lecture 3: Imperial Oratory (Verrines)
Lecture 4: Consular Oratory (Pro Murena)
Lecture 5: Silent Oratory (De Oratore)
Lecture 6: Indefensible Oratory (Pro Milone)
Lecture 7: The Oratory of Crisis (Philippic 2)
Lecture 8: Political Oratory (Philippic 3 & 4)

Classical Archaeology Seminar

Professor I Lemos

Corpus Christi College Classics Seminar

Dr C Güthenke, Dr S Gartland

Epigraphy Workshop

Dr C Crowther, Dr J Prag, Dr P Thonemann

Graduate Intermediate Greek

Dr M Whitby

Greek Core

Dr B Currie, Dr C Güthenke

The Greek Core lectures will cover material from/touch on all set texts for the new Greek Core option. They will offer a combination of broad thematic lectures, text-specific lectures, and lectures focused on particular close reading skills. The individual weeks will run as follows:

Week 1: Eros (CG)
Week 2: Myth (BC)
Week 3: Plato’s Symposium (CG)
Week 4: Thucydides’ prose (BC)
Week 5: Sophocles’ Antigone (CG)
Week 6: Aristophanes’ Clouds (BC)
Week 7: how to close-read comedy and tragedy (CG)
Week 8: how to close-read Greek lyric (BC)

Greek History 650-479 BC: Documents

Dr P Haarer

Hellenistic Poetry

Prof J Lightfoot

Week 1: Callimachus: (i) Hymns  
Week 2: Callimachus: (ii) Aitia and Aitiai
Week 3: Varieties of Epic
Week 4: Mime
Week 5: Bucolic
Week 6: Epigram

Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns

Dr C Metcalf

1: Introduction to the Homeric Hymns
2: The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite
3: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter (i)
4: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter (ii)
5: Hesiod: Poet and prophet
6: The Theogony
7: The Works and Days (i)
8: The Works and Days (ii)

Languages and Literature Sub-Faculty Research Seminar

Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Conveners: Phil Booth and Ida Toth

Week One, 17 January 2018: Yuhan Vevaina, The Killing of Mani, Crippled by the ‘Lie’: Zoroastrian Hermeneutics as Sasanian Historiography 

Week Two, 24 January 2018: Dan Reynolds, Anatomy of a murder: Patriarch John VII of Jerusalem († 966) and Melkite status in early Islamic Palestine.    

Week Three, 31 January 2018: Nicholas Matheou, Narrating the Eleventh-Century Crisis from Constantinople to Caucasia: Aristakes Lastivertsi and Michael Attaleiates Compared

Week Four, 7 February 2018: Hanne Eckhof, Historical corpus linguistics and digital editions – what can we do for each other?

Week Five, 14 February 2018: Constantin Zuckerman, The accounting in the Book of Ceremonies 

Week Six, 21 February 2018: Emilio Bonfiglio, Cultural Mobility in Late Antique Armenia

Week Seven, 28 February 2018: Luca Zavagno, Beyond the periphery: the Byzantine Insular World between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (ca. 600-ca. 900)

Week Eight, 7 March 2018: Foteini Spingou, What is Later Byzantium? Towards a New Periodization of Byzantine Cultural History 

Latin Didactic: Lucretius

Dr B Taylor

Week 2: Communication
Week 4: Metaphor
Week 6: Greek into Latin 1
Week 8: Greek into Latin 2

Latin Textual Criticism: Seneca, Medea

Dr S Heyworth, Prof T Reinhardt

These classes (begun last term) will work through the second half of Seneca’s Medea from verse 513, discussing textual and literary issues as they arise. They are designed for those taking the Latin Textual Criticism option for Schools, the M.St. or the M.Phil., but would be suitable for anyone wishing to read a Senecan tragedy carefully. Handouts will be provided, and some students will give presentations as term proceeds. The OCT text of Seneca's tragedies should be brought to each session.

Planned programme

HT wks 1-6

wk 1: c. 510-606 [+ sapphics]
wk 2: 607-704
wk 3: 705-811
wk 4: 812-890 [+ trochaic tetrameters catelectic + iambic dimeters catalectic]
wk 5: 891-977
wk 6: 978-1027
[wk 7: final session, if necessary, + transcription class]

Lucretius, De Rerum Natura II Seminar

Dr B Taylor

1. Introduction, Barney Taylor
Proem (1-61) Llewelyn Morgan
2. Atomic motion: ceaselessness (62-141) Nik Nicheperovich
Atomic motion: speed and direction (142-215) Nina de Kreij
3. Atomic motion: the swerve (216-93) Spencer Klavan
Atomic motion: permanence and imperceptibility; Atomic shape: variety (294-380) Neil Sewell-Rutter
4. Atomic shape: characteristics of compounds 1 (381-443) Leo Trotz-Liboff
Atomic shape: characteristics of compounds 2; finite number of atomic shapes (444-521) Solmeng-Jonas Hirschi
5. Atomic shape: infinite number of tokens of each shape; heterogeneity of compounds 1 (522-599) Michael Malone-Lee
Atomic shape: heterogeneity of compounds 2 (600-699) Emily Mitchell
6. Atomic shape: limited variety of compounds; Atomic colourlessness 1 (700-794) Tristan Franklinos
Atomic colourlessness 2 (795-864) Nicolas Liney
7. Atomic insentience 1 (865-943) Henry Bowles
Atomic insentience 2 (944-1022) Alberto Corrado
8. The existence of other worlds (1023-1104) Giulia Fanti
The decay and destruction of the earth (1105-1174) Carol Atack

Mosaics and Society in Late Antiquity

Dr I Jacobs

Week 1: Myths in the late antique house (Ine Jacobs)
Week 2: Mosaics in context: A sixth-century mosaic pavement at Qasr el-Lebia in Cyrenaica (Jane Chick, UEA)
Week 3: Mosaics in 8th-century Palestine: damage and reuse (IJ)
Week 4:  ‘Magical’ motifs and patterns (IJ)
Week 5: The martyrs in the mosaics of Thessalonike (Efthymios Rizos)
Week 6: Merely decorative? How mosaics in baptisteries shape the ritual (Stefanie Lenk)
Week 7: Text and image in late antique mosaics (IJ)
Week 8: Muscular women and beautiful men: gender and identity at the Piazza Armerina (Grace Stafford)

Motion and Thought Graduate Seminar

Prof G Hutchinson

The passages to be discussed in the seminar can be found in WebLearn.

Ovid: Heroides, Tristia, Catullus 64

Dr G Trimble

This lecture course will take a thematic approach to Tristia 1 and the single and double Heroides set for the Ovid paper, and will also look at Catullus 64. The lecture in week 5 could also be useful to students of the Mods Texts and Contexts paper or to anyone else wanting to know more about Catullus 64.

1 Letters
Epistolarity and its characteristic forms and effects. Other ancient literary letters, especially Horace’s. Men’s and women’s letters. Letter-writing and speech.
2 Books
The poetry as literary text and abiding physical object. Links between and arrangement of poems. Tristia 1 and Ovid’s earlier works.  Love elegy. Images for Ovid’s relationships with his books.
3 Readers
Addressees and other readers. The possibility of Augustus. Heroines as both readers and writers: dialogue. What the reader may or may not know. The author’s attempts to control the reader.
4 Authors
The heroines and heroes as authors, not just letter-writers. Their self-presentation, and their presentation by Ovid. Ovid’s persona in the exile poetry as sufferer, frustrated lover, weak author.
5 Catullus 64
A one-hour crash course.
6 Ovid and Catullus 64
Why is a poem by Catullus set as a beta text for the Ovid paper? What did Ovid (and other Latin poets) learn from Catullus 64?
7 Myth
Allusions to specific literary versions of the Heroides myths, and new angles on them. Mythical comparisons in Tristia. Contrasting modernity. Myths are unstable, but their endings are fixed.
8 Exile
Evidence for Ovid’s exile and its causes. The effects of absence and distance in both collections. The journey in Tristia 1. The sea and storms. Problems of fictionality.

Politics, Society and Culture from Nero to Hadrian

Professor N Purcell

Roman Coins and History

Professor C Howgego

Essential for the CAAH paper on ‘Greek and Roman Coins’ and for the M. Stud. and M. Phil. options in Roman Coinage/Roman Numismatics, but open to all with an interest in Roman history or coinage. Shorter series of lectures (8 instead of 16), owing to sabbatical.

The lectures aim to combine a practical introduction to the coinage of the Roman Republic and Empire with a discussion of some of the historical topics which numismatic evidence illuminates. There will be an opportunity at the end of each lecture to examine a selection of relevant coins.  1. Early Roman coinage (c. 320-220 BC).  2. Coinage in the Second Punic War. 3. Coinage and politics (Republic).  4. Coinage and politics (Empire). 5. Coinage and state finance.  6. Supply and distribution.  7 – 8. Monetary History AD 200–500: reforms, inflation, and the break-up of the empire in the West.

Roman History 46 BC - AD 54: Documents

Mr B Jordan

These lectures aim at introducing prescribed documentary sources to those taking Roman History 6 (46 BC – AD 54) in Greats. They also cover some wider issues in using documentary evidence for Roman imperial history. The individual topics are as follows:

Wk. 1. The Tiberian Senatorial Decrees.
Wk. 2. Senatorial and Equestrian Careers.
Wk. 3. Governors and Provincials.
Wk. 4. The Emperor in Action: Claudius and the Empire.

Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period

Prof M Goodman

Virgil, Eclogues

Prof R B Rutherford

The course is aimed at those studying this poetic book in the Latin Core paper, old or new version. I hope to air most of the central questions, and will address some poems in detail (1, 2, 6 and 10). Although handouts will include key passages, those attending are strongly advised to bring texts.

1. Introductory: E. 1 as the first poem of the collection: poetic landscape, politics, tensions.  2. Theocritus and Virgil: Virgilian imitatio: E. 2 (with Theocr. 11).  3. Ten poems in a book: arrangement and pattern-seeking. 4.  Historical aspects: dates, people, politics, patrons. 5. Literary contexts and conflicts: E 6.    6. Literary contexts contd.: E 10.