Colloquia & Events

From its early days, Bryn Mawr has had an international reputation in classical languages and archaeology, and the College is home to a lively community of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who are interested in classical subjects. Weekly classics colloquia provide an informal meeting ground as well as a schedule of distinguished speakers on a variety of literary, archeological and historical subjects.

Spring 2012 Colloquium Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all Colloquia will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room B21 of the Rhys Carpenter Library on the campus of Bryn Mawr College. Tea will be held at 4:00 p.m. before the lectures in the Quita Woodward Room, which is in Thomas Library. For more information please call: 610-526-5198; or e-mail ocardona@brynmawr.edu


Date Speaker & Title
January 20

Gil Renberg, University of Arizona & Institute for Advanced Study

Secundum interpretationem somniorum: Dream-Divination in the Ancient World”

Gil Renberg
January 27

Leopoldo Iribarren, Université de Paris-Sorbonne & Center for Hellenic Studies

“The World within Achilles' Shield (Iliad XVIII) and the Poetry Beyond It”

February 3

Bogdan Athanassov, New Bulgarian University, Sofia

“Middle Strouma Valley Archaeological Survey: Settlement Patterns in the Central Balkan Peninsula in Late Prehistory”

February 10

Kathryn Bosher, Northwestern University

“Dionysus vs. Demeter: Gods and Theater in Ancient Sicily”

Bosher poster
February 17

Jennifer Gates-Foster, University of Texas at Austin & Center for Hellenic Studies

“Borderline Disorder and the Construction of Authority in Ptolemaic Upper Egypt”

Gates-Foster poster
February 24

Sylvian Fachard, Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece & Center for Hellenic Studies

“The Borders of Attica in the Hellenistic Period”

March 16

The Agnes Michels Lecture
presented by the Graduate Students in the Department of Greek, Latin & Classical Studies

John Marincola, Florida State University

“Plutarch, Herodotus and the Historian's Character”

March 23

Philip Hardie, Trinity College, Cambridge

“Horace, Poetic Madness, and the Empedoclean Sublime”

March 30

Andrea Debiasi, University of Padua & Center for Hellenic Studies

“Homer vs. Hesiod: The Contest Tradition and its Historical Framework”

*April 5

Artemis Leontis, University of Michigan

“Greek Dress and the Embodied Archaeology of Eva Palmer Sikelianos”

April 13

The C. Densmore Curtis Lecture
presented by the Graduate Students in the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology

Ann Gunter, Northwestern University

“Orientalism and Orientalization in the Iron Age Mediterranean World”

Densmore poster
April 27

Reinhard Senff, German Archaeological Institute in Athens

“Miletus as Ionian Metropolis in the Archaic Age”


Fall 2011 Colloquium Schedule

Date Speaker & Title
September 9
News from Abroad: Student Reports Student reports
September 16

Bret Mulligan

Haverford College


"Drunken Poets and Fallen Philosophers: Gout as a Metaphoric Disease in Antiquity"

September 23

J. Penny Small

Rutgers University


“The Birth of Illusionism”

Small poster
September 30

Amphilochios Papathomas

University of Athens


"A  world full of words and emotions: The late antique Greek letters on papyrus (A.D. 4th - 8th cent.)"

Papathomas poster
October 21

Barbara Olsen

Vassar College


"Women in the Linear B Tablets: Aristocrats, Priestesses, and Laborers"

Olsen poster
October 28

Andrea Capra

Università degli Studi di Milano & Center for Hellenic Studies


“Socrates’ Poetic Initiation”

Capra small poster
November 4

Georgia Flouda

Stanley Seeger Research Fellow, Princeton University


“The Materiality of Minoan Writing"

Flouda poster
November 11

November 12


"Feed Your Head: Food as Material and Metaphor"


Friday, November 11


4:00 - 4:30 pm
Teatime (Quita Woodward Room, Thomas Hall)

4:45 - 6:00 pm

Darra Goldstein

Williams College, Founding Editor of Gastronomica

"The Hungry Gaze: Food and Its Cultural Representations"

6:00 - 6:30 pm
Food as Material and Metaphor Exhibit (Kaiser Reading Room, Carpenter Library)

A  collection of objects, prints, photos, and paintings from Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections

6:15 - 7:30 pm
Open Reception (Ely Room, Wyndham)

Grad Group Symposium

Keynote poster

November 18
Synnøve des Bouvrie

University of Tromsø, Norway & Center for Hellenic Studies


"The Attic Ritual Theatre and the ‘Socially Unquestionable’ in the Tragic Genre"

des Bouvrie poster
December 2
Katharina Volk

Columbia University


The Cosmic Text of Aratus' Phaenomena