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Classical Studies Colloquium

Classical Studies Colloquium in an annual public lecture, delivered by speakers from diverse Classical backgrounds.

A platform for discussion and debate organised by the Academy, the experts explore topics such as Death in the ancient world and The Dynamics of city and countryside through the lens of archaeology and social history. Other topics that have been explored during the series are the voices of Late Antiquity throughout various periods: from the late Bronze Age through to cities of the Hellenised east and Imperial-era Greece to life in the megapolis of Rome and its alternative, the Italian countryside.

The previous colloquium topics are:

  • The 2015 Classical Studies Colloquium on 'Ethics and Society in the Ancient World' was held on 12th and 13th November 2015. The keynote lecture, 'Ancient Philosophy and the Contemporary Good' was delivered by Angela Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, in Newman House on the evening of 12th November. The colloquium continued the next day in Academy House where the following papers were delivered:

 'The aesthetic democracy: modern myths of the Greek polis', Dr William Desmond, Maynooth University
 'Swapping the swaddling: supposititious children in Ancient Greece', Dr Kieran McGroarty, Maynooth University  
 'The ius vitae necisque and the politics of killing children', Dr John Curran, Queen's University, Belfast
 'The ethics and politics of Roman love-elegy', Dr Donncha O'Rourke, University of Edinburgh  
 'Beyond ethics: civic virtues in late antiquity', Professor Andrew Smith, MRIA, University College Dublin

The Academy's Historical Studies Committee acknowledges and thanks the kind sponsorship which it received for this event from Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, and NUI Galway.

  • As part of the RIA Classics Colloquium 2014, November 13-14th – City and Countryside in the Ancient World, Professor Robin Osborne of King’s College, University of Cambridge, delivered the public keynote lecture The Economics, Politics and Sociology of City and Countryside in Classical Athens.  This lecture explored the city that built an empire while many of its citizens were still going out into the countryside to work their plots of land.
  • As part of RIA Classics Colloquium 2013, November 14-15th - Death in the Ancient World, Dr Valerie Hope, senior lecturer in Classical Studies at the Open University, delivered the keynote lecture Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Hairdos for Roman Mourners.
  • Dr Hugh Denard, lecturer in Digital Humanities at King’s College London, delivered the keynote lecture The Body and Mask in Ancient Theatre Space as part of the RIA Classics Colloquium 2012, November 15-16th - Greco-Roman Drama in Context – Ancient and Modern

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