Triennial Classics Alumni Day
Every three years the Faculty of Classics invites all our alumni to join us in Oxford for a day-long event which provides the opportunity for academic discussion and sharing information about recent discoveries and contemporary developing methodological approaches to the investigation and interpretation of the ancient world.
In addition to prominent keynote speakers, drawn from the across the broad field of contemporary ancient world studies, the day also features talks from current Faculty members about the latest research on the ancient world which spans the full gamut of Classical subjects: language and literature, ancient history, philology, philosophy, archaeology, and classical reception.
The next Alumni Day will be held in the spring of 2020
The podcasts of the 2014 Alumni Day can be viewed here: Alumni Podcasts 2014
Annual Saturnalia Party
In mid-December the Faculty hosts a Saturnalia Party for local alumni, school teachers, and friends of the faculty.
In 2016 Dr Armand D’Angour and graduate students from the Faculty of Classics presented the Orestes papyrus – a unique specimen of Classical Greek music. The presenters illustrated how the music imitates the content of the text, using available performance resources (voice/singers/instrumentalist) and showed videos of different aspects of the reconstruction. In addition there was a short talk on how ancient vocal sounds were theorised.
In 2017 Dr Tim Rood introduced his Leverhulme-funded research project on 'Anachronism and Antiquity', which explores temporality and anachronism in the texts and culture of classical antiquity. The project looks at both classical and modern material, pairing close analysis of surviving literary and material evidence from classical antiquity with detailed study of the post-classical term ‘anachronism’, and with modern theoretical writings that link the notion of anachronism with the conceptualization of antiquity. This involves an examination of Greek and Roman texts, images, and material objects with a focus on the conceptions of the past underlying perceptions of historical change. see Anachronism and Antiquity
Details on the 2018 programme will be published in due course.
Annual Alumni Weekend
This is held in September, details of the next event in 2018 will be published in due course.