The Europaeum Classics Colloquia Series
The Europaeum sponsors a special graduate research seminar and workshop for Classics students and scholars from across our network of universities. Now continuing past its tenth year, this annual weekend in the autumn brings together top scholars and advanced graduates to discuss a specific theme or new discovery from the past 12 months.
The Europaeum supports a number of regular Event Series aimed to bring together top leaders to revisit pressing issues. Click below to learn more about these Series:
Eleventh Classics Colloquium:
Leadership in the Ancient World
University of Oxford
For this year’s Classics Colloquium – the eleventh in its series –, we will look at Leadership in the Ancient World from several angles, including politics, literature, culture, religion, philosophy, history and others.
Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum are invited to take part in this Colloquium, which aims to bring young European classics scholars together with leading academic experts, with the chance to present papers for discussion and critique by a fellow scholar.
Tenth Classics Colloquium:
Strangers and Friends
University of Helsinki
The theme for the 2011 Classics Colloquium – the tenth in our series – was Strangers and Friends, hosted by the University of Helsinki on October 21st - 22nd. Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum and leading academic experts came together to present their papers for discussion and critique by fellow scholars. This year Helsinki welcomed graduates from Paris, Oxford, Bologna, Bonn, Krakow, Prague, Madrid and Leiden and young scholars from Oxford and Paris. Click here for a full list of participants.
Ninth Classics Colloquium:
Death and the Afterlife
Jagiellonian University, Krakow
19-21 November 2010
The theme for the 2010 Classics Colloquium – the ninth in our series – will be Death and the Afterlife. This theme will include a broad range of subjects and areas of research: linguistics, literature, culture, religion, philosophy, archeology, art history and others. Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum are invited to take part in this Colloquium, which aims to bring young European classics scholars together with leading academic experts, with the chance to present papers for discussion and critique by a fellow scholar.
Eighth Classics Colloquium:
Teaching, Teachers and Students
Charles University, Prague
6-8th November 2009
Conference Coordinator: Martina Vanikova, Charles University, Prague
The theme for the 2009 Classics Colloquium‚ the eighth in our series‚ was Teaching, Teachers and Students. This theme included Greek education and attitudes; sophistry and philosophy; pedagogy; didacticism; Roman education and attitudes; and literary depictions of teaching and learning. Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum took part in this Colloquium, which aimed to bring young European classics scholars together with leading academic experts, presenting papers for discussion and critique by a fellow scholar.
Seventh Classics Colloquium:
Metamorphosis between Science and Literature
University of Bologna
Dipartimento di Storie e Metodi per la Conservazione dei Beni Culturali
20-21st November 2008
Conference Coordinator: Professor Francesco Citti, Professor of Classics, University of Bologna
The theme for the 2008 Classics Colloquium – seventh in the series – was on the classical concept of Metamorphosis, both its literal and metaphorical meanings. It included both scientific subjects such as alchemy and chemistry, and literary themes such as intertextuality, disguising, pastiche, translation, and so forth.
Sixth Classics Colloquium:
Myth, Culture, Society: Europaeum Classics Colloquium in memory of Jean-Pierre Vernant
University of Oxford
23-24 November 2007
Conference Coordinator: Professor Stephen Harrison, Professor of Classics, University of OxfordJean-Pierre Vernant (1914-2007) was a towering figure in the field of classics, both in his native France and internationally. The citation for his honorary doctorate at Oxford in 1999 reads as follows: 'A scholar of great learning, whose work has illuminated early Greece, and a man who has served his country with great distinction.'
Fifth Classics Colloquium:
The Orient, Greece, & Rome
Complutense University, Madrid
17-19th November 2006
Conference Coordinator: Professor Alberto Bernabe, Professor of Classics, Complutense University, Madrid
In The Orientalizing Revolution, Walter Burkert attempts to correct our distorted view of Ancient Greek culture as a miraculous phenomenon owing practically nothing to its neighbours. Recently there have been many studies on the influences or connections between Classical and Oriental cultures and progress in the edition and interpretation of Hittite, Mesopotamian, Iranian, Egyptian and Ugaritic texts, which have opened up new intercultural perspectives. It is also clear that the Roman encounter with Greece and the Orient introduced new ideas, customs and forms of worship which transformed Rome’s vision, as recorded by contemporary literature.
Fourth Classics Colloquium:
Tears in the Ancient World
25-27th November 2005
Conference Coordinators:Professor Joan Booth, Professor of Classics, University of Leiden; and, Professor Philip Hardie, Professor of Classics, University of Oxford
[Natura] hominem tantum nudum et in nuda humo natali die abicit ad uagitus statim et ploratum.
‘Man alone Nature deposits naked on the naked ground at the time of his birth immediately to wail and cry’.
With these words Pliny the Elder (NH 7.2) claims the capacity for shedding tears to be one of the things that make us human. It is an activity that crosses the boundaries of time, nationality and culture: an appropriate subject, then, for a colloquium on Classical Antiquity involving ten universities across modern Europe. The aim of the colloquium was to consider how tears in the ancient Greek and Roman era are regarded, depicted and explained – in literature and in visual art, by philosophers, scholars and scientists. Who weeps in the classical world, and why? Is it thought good for them or not? Are their tears disfiguring or attractive? Do classical women weep more than men or vice versa? Are Greek and Roman tears at all ritualistic? Are ‘crocodile tears’ a recognised phenomenon? How is the physiology of tears understood? What, if any, Nachleben does classical weeping have? These are some of the questions that contributors were invited to address.
Third Classics Colloquium:
Methods and Traditions of Graduate Research: Approaches to Herodotus and Tacitus’s Annals
University of Oxford
20-22nd November 2003
The third EUROPAEUM Classics Graduate Colloquium took place this autumn at Oxford over a long weekend, with representatives from Bonn, Leiden, Geneva, Bologna, and Madrid.
First and Second Classics Colloquia
University of Oxford
2001 & 2002
The Ancient Romans were, of course, great travellers. But how did it all work without lastminute.com?
On a chilly November weekend in 2001, graduate students from the universities of Leiden, Prague, Bologna, Bonn, Geneva and Oxford, gathered for what effectively became a three-day festival incorporating tours, informal meetings, seminars, and an all-day colloquium on travel and tourism in ancient times.