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Online Seminars

Local Traditions in the Ancient World

Autumn term 2021


The seminars will take place every week on Wednesdays at 1500 BST (GMT from October 31st onwards),

hosted on Zoom, and will be under 1 hour, including questions.


Programme Outline



September 15th: Laura Bevilacqua (University of Chicago) – “Dice oracles, polytheism and the mechanisms of decision-making in imperial Asia Minor”

September 22nd: Ansh Sharma (Jawaharlal Nehru University) – “Cooking the Corpse:Cremation and Funerary Ritual in the Gṛhyasūtra Literature of Early India.” 

September 29th: Justin Biggi (University of Edinburgh) – “Death and the Maiden:Commemoration as an Athenian Tradition”

October 6th: Evangelos Skoupas (King’s College London) – “Recontextualizing the importance of the Heraion of Perachora”

October 13th: Catherine Bishop (Swansea University) – “The Kerman Bucrania tradition”

October 20th: Chandra Giroux (McGill University/Carleton University) – “Plutarch’s Chaironeia: The Local Horizon of World Empire”

October 27th: Marijn Visscher (Durham University) – “Local Traditions in the Ancient World” 

November 3rd: George Allen (University of Liverpool) – “Boeotian identity formation” 

November 10th: Trisha (Jawaharlal Nehru University) – “Prognostication as a Social Practise in Early India: Insights from the Jaina Aṅgavijjā”

November 17th: Kimberley Watt (University of Cambridge) – “Patterns in the form of secondary epigraphy: a comparison from Nubia and Egypt in the New Kingdom”

Please click on presenter's name to view abstracts

All are welcome to attend! Please drop us an email at if you wish to be added to our mailing list to receive updates and seminar links.


Collaboration and/or New Techniques in the Classics

December 7, 2019

King’s College London - Anatomy Lecture Theatre


Programme Outline



0930              Welcome

0940              Guest Speaker: Dr Abigail Graham (ICS) - Carrying the past into the future: The role of the

                       Ephebes in Salutaris' procession at Ephesus

1020              Paul Kelly (KCL) - Risk and return in Roman Egypt

1055              Break

1110              Konstantin Schulz (HU Berlin) - CALLIDUS: A database of exercises for learning Latin

1145              Benjamin Wilck (HU Berlin) - Hidden messages in Greek mathematics: Results of a statistical

analysis of linguistic regularities in Euclid's Elements

1230              Lunch & Poster Presentations

1340              Giulia Frigerio (Kent) - The impact of the laurel on Apolline divination: Affecting the mind

without the use of drugs

1415              Noga Erez-Yodfat (Ben-Gurion) - Senses and the embodied mind of the mystes in ancient

mystery cults

1450              Mark McCahill (Glasgow) - The ancient senses and Roman ritual: Considering imagines as

memory objects in an interdisciplinary context

1525              Break

1540              Greg Gilles (KCL) - Fulvia and Octavia: How social networks can aid us in identifying female


1615              Vivienne McGlashan (Bristol) - The Bacchants are silent: Applying cognitive approaches to

explore ritual maenadism

1650              Nathalie Choubineh (Reading) - Kinetography: A methodological framework for reading kinetic

motifs in the Greek vase-painting

1730              Drinks Reception

Please click on presenter's name to download abstract

Handouts for the conference:           Paul Kelly               Giulia Frigerio

We are also inviting PG students to present posters on any work that relates to our conference themes.  Posters should be up to 36" x 48" (91.4cm x 121.9cm) in size.  These will be presented during lunch, afternoon break and the drinks reception, where attendees will be able to view the posters and discuss them with the presenters, if they are present.

Posters presented at conference (Click on the name to view a pdf of the poster)


Allison Smith - Cosa Excavations: New Techniques in Research and Outreach

Gianmarco Bianchini - Lucretius on Stone    

Ioannis Mitsios - Interdisciplinary Approaches on Greek Mythological Motifs  

Nathalie Choubineh - The Krétiké: So One Day Cretan Girls Danced  

Benjamin Wilck - What's Odd about Euclid's Definitions of Even and Odd?

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