2013 – 2014

Tuesday 15 October                                                         Glasgow & West

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

Professor Jan Stenger (University of Glasgow)

On the use and abuse of philosophy for life:
John Chrysostom’s paradoxical view of knowledge

Christian authors in late antiquity discussed intensely whether it was possible to combine faith with Hellenic culture. This issue had to be addressed carefully because pagan intellectuals claimed the superiority of Greek wisdom over Christian irrationality. The preacher John Chrysostom (c. 349-407) berated Greek philosophers for teaching a philosophy that he deemed completely useless for the life in the world here and for the hereafter. Instead, he put forward a concept of a genuine Christian philosophy that was based solely on faith and a blameless conduct.

Monday 11 November                                                     Glasgow & West

Dr David McOmish (University of Glasgow)

Digitising humanity: latin literature and the classical world in
the delitiae poetarum scotorum

Post-reformation Scotland is often viewed a narrow, ascetic, and doctrinaire cultural landscape. However, it is clear from evidence found in the Delitiae Poetarum Scotorum (an anthology of Latin verse from the Jacobean period (1567-1625)) that Classical literature had a profound impact upon all levels of Scottish society. This talk presents an overview of the seminal role Classical literature played in a culturally rich and deeply allusive literary landscape in this decisive period of Scottish history. This talk will showcase how the University of Glasgow is digitising the research on the DPS and will present some of the innovative ways in which classical literary intertextuality can be presented in digital formats.

Wednesday 4 December                                                Glasgow & West

(Joint Meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies)
Dr Susanna Phillippo (Newcastle University)

Creative liberties, or hollywood eat your heart out: early modern
reinventions of classical plots in theatre and opera

While modern films on classical themes are sometimes criticised for taking too many liberties, their inventions can look thoroughly tame beside some of the more exuberant recreations in 17th- and 18th-century Europe. This talk explores some of the more spectacular reworkings of classical material by English, French and Italian playwrights and librettists, the sometimes surprising ways in which these can relate to ‘genuine’ classical elements, and considers what are the criteria for judging ‘successful’ liberties taken when recreating an original source.


Monday 3 February                                                         Glasgow & West

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

Professor Maureen Carroll (University of Sheffield)

Earliest childhood in the Roman world

This paper presents new research on infancy and earliest childhood in the Roman world. A vast array of material evidence enables us to move beyond elite-centred sources to understand the complexities of adult/infant relationships and to assess attitudes to the first phase of human life in the Roman period

Monday 3 March                                                             Glasgow & West

(Professor Douglas MacDowell Memorial Lecture)

Professor Stephen Todd (University of Manchester)

The Gortyn code and the history of Greek law

The so-called Gortyn Law Code is a large single inscription from the Cretan city of Gortyn, and was discovered in 1884. The study of this text has traditionally focused on the legal problems of the code itself, and on its implications for the functioning of law within this and other Cretan cities. By contrast, this lecture will seek to explore its impact on nineteenth-century scholarship on ancient Greek legal history, and particularly the debate over the unity of Greek law.

Wednesday 23 April                                                        Glasgow & West

7.00 p.m. Annual General Meeting
7.30 Lecture

Peter Black (Hunterian Art Gallery)

Virgil in renaissance art

In Renaissance Italy, the myth of Rome’s foundation by Aeneas features prominently in art of various kinds, from the collections of ancient art in which ancient sculptures such as the Laocoon were displayed, to the painted marriage chests that formed part of the dowries of wealthy young women, and even cycles of frescoes in palaces. In the period 1515-1530 Raphael played an important role in the promotion of knowledge of Virgil’s Aeneid. Of particular importance were the engravings that he published, which can be shown to be directly linked to publication of the first pocket editions of the text.

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