Events: 2012 – 2013


Tuesday 23 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

Prof. Sandy Stoddart (Sculptor in Ordinary to The Queen in Scotland)


Monday 12 November

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

Prof. Malcolm Heath (University of Leeds)

Aristotle’s chimpanzees

Aristotle was fascinated by animals – both human and nonhuman. He also insisted that theory should be based on empirical observation. So let’s introduce him to some modern observations of chimpanzees and other apes. How surprised would he be? Would it change the way he thinks about humans and other animals?

Monday 26 November

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 peril.


Monday 4 February

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

Prof. Greg Woolf (University of St Andrews)

The origins of religious pluralism in the Roman world and beyond

Today we live in a world where religious divisions are more durable and more influential than political ideologies and national loyalties. Every country and city has its minority – and so its majority – religions, and it is second nature to use terms like religious identity and religious organization. None of this was true of the world of Homer or even of Socrates. But by the end of antiquity the first avatars of religions have appeared and begun to dominate history. Greg Woolf will be talking about this momentous change in world religious history in a wide-ranging lecture that tracks the distillation of religious pluralism out of a world of religious diversity, from the Hellenistic period to late antiquity.

Saturday 9 March

Woodlands Hall, Wellington Church, Southpark Avenue
12.30 – 4.00 p.m.

CAS Glasgow & West 40th anniversary lunch

(tickets available from the Secretary)

Thursday 18 April

7.00 p.m. Annual General Meeting
7.30 p.m. Professor Douglas MacDowell Memorial Lecture

Prof. Alex Garvie (University of Glasgow)

Loose endings in greek tragedy:
Aeschylus, Seven against Thebes and other plays

The final scene of Seven against Thebes is rightly regarded as a later addition to Aeschylus’ play; his version of the story ends with the salvation of the city. Professor Garvie will argue that it is not quite as simple as that, and that closure in Greek tragedy is often incomplete.

Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd June 2013
The Classical Association of Scotland Annual Conference 2013

The Hellenistic and Early Imperial Reception of Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

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