Events: 2010 – 2011

2010

Wednesday 20 October

7.30 p.m. (drinks and mezedhes );
8 p.m. (lecture)
(joint meeting with the Scottish Hellenic Society)
Assembly Hall of St Luke’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Dundonald Road, G12 9LL

Dr Ronnie Scott (author of ‘Death by Design: The True Story of the Glasgow Necropolis’)

City of the dead: the origins and development of the Glasgow Necropolis
(illustrated)

Glasgow Necropolis, the first ornamental cemetery in Scotland, opened in 1833 and quickly became a coveted last resting place of the great and good of the city. The name, and the majority of the monuments,
were inspired by the Classical world, and many of the memorials are deri
ved from specific Greek and Roman originals.

Monday 1 November

(joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies)

Dr Jennifer Ingleheart (University of Durham)

A racy day at the races: Ovid, Amores 3.2

Amores 3.2 is a vivid account of the excitement of a day at the racing track in ancient Rome. This talk explores the excitement of the poem – an excitement which is sexual rather than sporting, as Ovid declares his lack of interest in the horses in the poem’s opening lines.

Thursday 25 November

(joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies)

Professor Helen King (University of Reading)

Great diseases of history: Thucydides and the plague of Athens

In 431/30 BC, a still-unidentified disease struck Athens. Despite its apparent virulence, only one account of this survives, in the historian Thucydides. How seriously should we take what he says, and how have
readers in later historical periods used this classic description of a disease alongside their own, different, theories of disease causation?

2011

Monday 7 February

Professor Ernest Metzger (University of Glasgow)

What is Roman law for?

Roman law is rarely studied for pleasure: it always has to be put to use. If the Roman lawyers could get past their fixation on utility, they would enjoy themselves a lot more.

Monday 7 March

(Professor Douglas MacDowell Memorial Lecture)

Professor Alexander Broadie (University of Glasgow)

Classical orators and Scottish Enlightenment philosophers

Scottish Enlightenment philosophers knew well the writings of the classical rhetoricians and, to an extent, doubted their helpfulness. The talk will explore the grounds for their doubts.

Tuesday 19 April

7.00 p.m. Annual General Meeting
7.30 (lecture)

Professor Elizabeth Moignard (University of Glasgow)

Colour chart: a narrative technique in the work of Exekias (illustrated)

This talk explores the way in which the Athenian black-figure vase painter Exekias used colour to add to the emotional and visual effect of his work, in a way which still has a great impact for the modern viewer.

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