Events: 2011 – 2012


Wednesday 26 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 Kirsten Bedigan (University of Glasgow)

Religion and medicine in the fifth and fourth centuries BC

During the fifth century there was a significant rise in the cult of the healing
god Asclepius and that of his family, with the development of sanctuaries
dedicated to the deities at Epidaurus, Athens and elsewhere in the Greek
world. The Hippocratic text The Sacred Disease could be said, at first glance, to
condemn the practice of spiritual healing as a poor alternative to trained
physicians. Yet while the evidence from Epidaurus is limited, the picture
appears to be rather different with close relationships between the gods and
the physician present at many sites. However, this balance shifts during the
fourth century, marking a clear change in attitudes.

Monday 7 November

Unitarian Church Centre, 72 Berkeley Street, G3 7DS

Katrina Nimmo (soprano) and Seho Lee (piano)

A recital of vocal music inspired by the ancient world – including works by Handel, Debussy and Gurney

Monday 28 November

(Professor Douglas MacDowell Memorial Lecture)

Professor Douglas Cairns (University of Edinburgh)

Revenge and punishment in Athenian homicide law

The talk takes its inspiration from Douglas MacDowell’s classic 1963
monograph on Athenian Homicide Law and discusses what contribution, if any,
the study of homicide procedures in particular can make to the debate over
levels of violence and vengefulness in Athenian society.


Monday 6 February

(Joint Meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies)

Dr Fiona Hobden (University of Liverpool)

Bane or boon? The pleasures and perils of the Symposion

The symposion is famous for its measured flow of wine, music, conversation,
and love. But the ancient Greeks were well aware that wine could be a bane as
much as a boon. This talk exposes the darker side of the symposion,
introducing the perils of the drinking party (drunkenness, deceit, death!)
alongside its more obvious pleasures.

Monday 5 March

(Joint Meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies)

Professor William Fitzgerald (King’s College London)

Varietas: scenes from the history of a word

Varietas is an important concept, but attracts little attention from scholars.
What are its implications and how has the concept of variety been received and
elaborated in the post-classical world?

Thursday 19 April

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

Dr Lisa Hau (University of Glasgow)

Fragments of history

Historiography was one of the most popular literary genres of the Hellenistic
period. Looking back to the famous originators of the genre, Herodotus and
Thucydides, hundreds of authors composed histories of various length and
geographical scope. Today none of their works survive intact, and the great
majority are known only from references in later authors. Piecing together
these ‘fragments’ to get a picture of what we have lost is fun, but fraught with

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