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 2014 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 31

Joel Christensen

University of Texas, San Antonio

“Odysseus’ Nostos and the Odyssey’s Nostoi: Homeric Composition and the Epic Cycle”

February 7

William Tortorelli

Haverford College

Archilochus' Feet and Archaic Poetics”


February 14

Joseph Solodow

Yale University

“Livy XXI: Historical Aims and Method”


February 21

Emmanuel Voutiras

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Purification in the Reconciliation Inscription from the Eretrian Colony of Dikaia”

February 28

Wang Shaohui

Northeast Normal University, People’s Republic of China

“The Urns of Zeus: A Tentative Approach”


March 7

{no colloquium}


March 14

{no colloquium - spring break}

March 21

The Agnes Michels Lecture

      presented by the graduate students in the Department of Greek,

       Latin & Classical Studies

Sarah Iles Johnston

Ohio State University

“The Afterlife and Its Alternatives in Greek Mythic Thought”


March 28

(4:30 pm)




Seth Schein

University of California, Davis

“Cognitive Science and Greek Meter:  Hermann's Bridge in the Homeric Hexameter and the Interpretation of Iliad 24”



March 28

(6:30 pm)

The C. Densmore Curtis Lecture
      presented by the Graduate Students in the Department of

      Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology

Amelie Kuhrt, Professor Emerita at the University College, London

“The Persian View of Their Empire”


April 4

{no colloquium}


Graduate Group 10th Anniversary Celebration

April 11

Jocelyn Penny Small

Rutgers University

Circling Round a Solution to Designing Roman Wall Paintings”

April 18

Gareth Williams

Columbia University

Double Vision: Reading Seneca's Natural Questions alongside his Morales Epistulae

April 25

Christopher Parslow

Wesleyan University

“Julia Felix and Her Praedia in Pompeii”

May 2

Graciela C. Zecchin
Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Trojan War: Memory, Past and Cretan Perspective in Odysseus' Biographies”

May 9

Joan Breton Connelly
Professor of Classics and Art History
New York University

"The Parthenon Enigma:
A New Look at an Old Icon"

(A conversation about her new book
The Parthenon Enigma (A.A. Knopf)




Fall 2013 Colloquium Schedule


Fall Schedule 2013Print version of  Fall 2013 Colloquium Schedule


Date Speaker & Title

September 6

Monica Gale

Trinity College

“Catullus Through the Looking Glass: Suffenus and Mamurra”

September 13 News from Abroad: Student Reports from the Field Student Reports

September 27

Bernard Frischer

University of Virginia

“Modeling the Past: Hadrian's Villa and Other Projects of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory”

* Please note: this Colloquium will be in  Thomas Hall 110 and will begin at 4:15 pm. The

The Tea will be at 3:45.


October 4 & 5


Home: Departure and Destination

Kostis Kourelis

Keynote Speaker and Respondent

Franklin & Marshall College


“The Membrology of Home: Tales from the Archaeological Underground”


October 11 & 12


Friday, October 11
Carpenter Library B21

Elizabeth Belfiore, University of Minnesota
"The Image of Achilles in Plato's Symposium"

Francisco Gonzalez, University of Ottawa
"The Power of a Beautiful Image in Plato and the
Poets: Infatuation or Transcendence?"

Saturday, October 12
Thomas Hall 224

Louis-André Dorion, Université de Montreal
"Image and Comparison: The explanatory power of
the eikôn in the Republic"

Catherine Collobert, University of Ottawa
"Two images of the Soul in the Republic: The
three-headed Beast (Book IX) and the Sea
Creature Glaucus (Book X)"

Gerd Van Riel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
"Perspectivism in Plato’s Views of the Gods"

Elsa Grasso, Université de Nice
"Platonic images: where the truth lies"

Pierre Destrée, Université Catholique de Louvain
"Plato on images that make one laugh"

Zacharoula Petraki, University of Crete
"Viewing the invisible: Plato’s use of pictorial arts"

Christopher Moore, Pennsylvania State University
"The Images of Knowing Oneself"

Richard Hunter, University of Cambridge
"The serpent within: the afterlife of a Platonic







October 25

Nadia Coutsinas

Université Libre de Bruxelles

“Study of the Establishment of the City-States of Crete”

Coutsinas poster
November 1

Becky Martin

Boston University

“Drinking Rituals in the Eastern Mediterranean: Revisiting the Relationship between Symposion and Marzeah

Martin Poster

November 8

Sitta von Reden

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg & Institute for Advanced Study

“Ancient imperial economies in world historical perspective (1000 BCE – 900 CE): problems and challenges”

von Reden poster

November 15

Yang Huang

Fudan University

“Inventing the Barbarian in Ancient Greece and China”


Huang poster
November 22

Raquel Martín

Universidad Complutense, Madrid

“The Magician As a Scribe: The Use of Lectional Signs in PGM VII”

Raquel Martín
December 6

Sydnor Roy

Haverford College

“Food and the Philosophy of Empire in Herodotus”

Deember 13

James Collins

University of Southern California

“Philosophy in the Marketplace”