Spring Lecture Series

25TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2017

Society on Display: Celebration, Procession and Protest

Gillian McIntosh (San Francisco State University)
A Journey in Triumph, A Journey in Sorrow: Two Exiles Return to Rome

Lissa Crofton-Sleigh (Santa Clara University)
Gateways to Rome: Architecture and Topographical Display in Aeneid 6 and 7

Carey Seal (UC Davis)
The Voice of the People in Latin Epic and Tragedy

Kim Shelton (UC Berkeley)
Festival and Spectacle: Processions in the Early Greek World

24TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2016

Classical Aesthetics: Ancient Perception and Modern Reception

James Porter (UC Berkeley)
Vital Aesthetics

Jennifer Trimble (Stanford)
Slavery and Transformation in the Tomb of the Haterii

Maria Evangelatou (UC Sant Cruz)
Beyond the Lifelike: Ancient Greek Naturalism as an Ideological Discourse on Life and the Afterlife

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi (Stanford)
Interpretation: The Death of Aesthetic Experience

23RD ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2015

Science & Technology: Ancient Contexts and Modern Applications

Michael Anderson (SFSU)
If Ancient Walls Could Speak, Would They Do So in Binary? Experiences in Digital Classical Archaeology

Reviel Netz (Stanford)
What Have We Learned from the Archimedes Palimpsest?

Malcolm Wilson (University of Oregon)
Weather and Cosmos: Evidence for a New Interpretation of Aristotelian Nature

Maria Pantelia (UC Irvine)
The Future of the Past: Antiquity in the Digital Age

2015 Poster

22ND ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2014

Uprising & Revolt

Christopher Krebs (Stanford)
Julius Caesar as a Reader

Lynn Roller (UC Davis)
From Phrygia to Greece and Back Again: Greek Impact on Anatolia

Dennis Campbell (SFSU)
Broken Oaths and Spilled Blood: Rebellion in the Hittite Kingdom

Daniel Turkeltaub (University of Santa Clara)
Dejecting Agamemnon's Scepter: Achilles' Metapoetic Sedition

2014 Poster

21ST ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2013

Wining and Dining in the Greco-Roman World

Dr. Alexandra Pappas (SFSU)
Making Sense of Nonsense: Inscriptions and the Ancient Greek Symposium

Dr. Kathryn Topper (University of Washington)
Hetairai at the Symposium? The Evidence from Athenian Vases

Dr. Richard Martin (Stanford)
The Poetics of Potation: Competition, Skolia and the Greek Symposium

Dr. Mark Griffith (UC Berkeley)
What did a Symposium Sound Like? The Music of Dionysos

2013 Poster

20TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2012

La Petite et La Grande Mort: Sex and Death in the Ancient World

Dr. David Leitao (SFSU)
The Origin of Platonic Love

Dr. Adrienne Mayor (Stanford)
The Poison King

Dr. J.F. Garcia (University of San Francisco)
The Death of Icarus

Dr. Daniel Turkeltaub (Santa Clara University)
Marrying Death in the Symbolic Landscape of Euripides' Hecuba

2012 Poster

19TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2011

The Literature and Material Culture of the Hellenistic World

Anthony Long (UC Berkeley)
What's the Good of Happiness (Eudaimonia) in Hellenistic Philosophy?

Tom Hawkins (Ohio State University)
The Judgement of Paros: Hellenistic Cultural Identities on a Cycladic Island

Reviel Netz (Stanford)
What was Hellenistic about Hellenistic Mathematics?

Erich Gruen (UC Berkeley)
Identity Theft in the Hellenistic World

2011 Poster

18TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2010

Oracles, Divination & Prophecy

Susanna Elm (UC Berkeley)
The Divine Speaks, But Who Knows What It Says? Pagan Challenge and Christian Response

Sarah P. Morris (UCLA)
The Delphic Oracle: New Light on the Origins and Function of Apollo's Prophetic Shrine

Ronald Mellor (UCLA)
The Political Context of Roman Astrology

Gillian McIntosh (SFSU)
Eating Tortilla Tables: A Discussion of Readers' Responcesto Prophecy and Fulfillment in Aeneid III and VII

2010 Poster

17TH  ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2009

Performance in the Ancient World

Rush Rehm (Standford)
Then & Now: The Ancient Drama of Aeschylus and Sophocles and Modernization

Sander Goldberg (UCLA)
Cicero and the Actors

Erin Moodie (Ohio State University)
Old Men and Metatheater in Terence

2009 Poster

16TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2008

Heroes and Anti-Heroes in the Ancient World

Julia Nelson-Hawkins (Ohio State University)
Guilt, Sacrifice and Art at the End of the Aeneid

Tom Hawkins (Ohio State University
The Ugly Philosopher: Socrates as Anti-Hero

John Rundin (UC Davis)
Heracles Triumphant and Transcendant

Seth Schein (UC Davis)
Heroism in Sophokles' Philoktetes

2008 Poster

15TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2007

War and Torture in the Ancient World

Dr. Carlos Norena, UC Berkeley
Roman Warfare Between Republic and Empire

Dr. Gaius Stern, SFSU
Roman Soldiers Taken Prisoner of War

Dr. Isabelle Pafford, SFSU
Madness and Self-Mutilation in Herodotus

Dr. Jonathan Roth, San Jose State University
Religious War in the Ancient West

2007 Poster

14TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2006

The Gorgeous and the Grotesque

Loretta Reed, Department of History, California State University, Sacramento
In the Eye of the Beholder: Aestheticism Among the Ancients

Elise Earthman, Department of English and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, San Francisco State University
Sex and Death Entwined: Images of the Medusa in Popular Culture

Andrew Stewart, Departments of History of Art and Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Designing Women: The Hetaira as Model from Phintias to Praxiteles

Austin Busch, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Humanities, Stanford University
Visions of Mortality in Seneca's Thyestes

2006 Poster

13TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2005

Magic and Superstition in the Ancient World

Ruth Caston, Department of Classics, University of California, Davis
Envy and the Evil Eye in Latin Love Poetry

Marvin Meyer, Department of Religion at Chapman University and Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project at Claremont Graduate School
Mary Dissolving Chains in Ancient Magic

Mary Kay Gamel, Departments of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Magic in Ancient Mediterranean Drama

Kitty Millet, Department of Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University
To Paraphrase the Transcendent: Jewish Mysticism and Magic

2005 Poster

12TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2004

Order and Chaos in Ancient Life and Thought

Mark Griffith, Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Keeping Satyrs in their Place: Dionysiac Chaos and Civic Order in the Athenian Theater

Jonathan Roth, Department of History, San Jose State University
The Roman Army as an Agent of Order and Disorder

Phillip Stanley, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University
Order from Chaos in Ancient Myths

Trevor Murphy, Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Tiberius and the X-Files

2004 Poster

11TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2003

Friends and Enemies in the Ancient World

Linda Ellis, Museum Studies Program, San Francisco State University
Romans vs. Dacians et al.: Friends and Enemies from the Carpathians to the Danube

Richard P. Martin, Department of Classics, Stanford University
Proteus, Porthole and Polyps: Some Archaic Greek Images of Friendship

Richard Hoffman, Department of History, San Francisco State University
De Inimicitia: Cicero and his Political World

Anthony A. Long, Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Making Friends with Aristotle

2003 Poster

10TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2002

Sex and the City: The Geography of Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World

Olympia Dukakis, Academy-Award winning actress
An Evening with Olympia: A Question-and-Answer session on Acting and Greek Tragedy

Ralph Hexter, Dean of Arts and Humanities and Chair of Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Mapping Ancient Sexuality: Why It Matters, Why It Happened

Lynn E. Roller, Department of Classics, University of California, Davis
Mother Cybele and Her Eunuch Priests

Karen Bassi, Department of Classics, University of California, Santa Cruz
Shaping Space and Time: The Warrior's Departure

Erich Gruen, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley
Sex and Humor in Biblical Narratives: Esther, Judith, and Susanna

David Leitao, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University
Artemidorus on the Couch: Some Sexual and Transexual Dreams from the Second Century C.E.

2002 Poster

9TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2001

Pop Go The Classics! The Ancient World in Popular Culture

Carey Perloff, award-winning Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theater
Hecuba and History

Pamela Vaughn, Departments of Classics and World and Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University
The Ancient Hero in Film

Emily Albu, Department of Classics, University of California Davis
Gladiator, America's Rome in Film

Steven Saylor, Best-selling mystery writer of the ROMA SUB ROSA series
Bringing the Late Republic to Life (and putting it to death)

Barbara McLauchlin, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University
Romancing the Stones (from Agatha Christie to Indiana Jones)

2001 Poster

8TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 2000

Ancient Biographies: Individuals of Antiquity

Andrew Stewart, Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Alexander Persicus: A New Portrait from Iran

Judy Gaughan, Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Mother Knows Best: Cornelia Mater Gracchorum

Jonathan Roth, Department of History, San Jose State University
A Reassessment of Flavius Josephus

Robert Gurval, Department of Classics, University of California, Los Angeles
Dying Like A Queen: Cleopatra and the Asp(s) in Antiquity

2000 Poster

7TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 1999

Time Travel: Pilgrimages to the Medieval World

Pamela Gehrke, Department of World and Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University
Achilles in Love: Medieval Interpretations of the Trojan War

Pamela Hood, Department of Philosophy, San Francisco State University
Sex, Lies, and Monica: Augustine's 'Confessions'

Christopher Hughes, Department of Art History, University of California, Berkeley
The Bible Moralisée and Thirteenth-Century Pictorial Exegesis

Ralph Hexter, Departments of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Sexual Dissidence and Medieval Latin

1999 Poster

6TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 1998

A View to the East: The World Beyond Athens and Rome

Laurie Pearce, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University
Scribes in Mesopotamia

Lynn E. Roller, Department of Classics, University of California, Davis
Eunuch Priests of Cybele

Jeannine Davis-Kimball, The Center for the Study of Near Eastern Nomads
Warrior Women of the Steppes: Amazons Uncovered

Phillip V. Stanley, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University
Roman Syria: Where West Meets East

1998 Poster

5TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 1997

Getting in Touch with Antiquity

Steven Saylor, Best-selling mystery writer of the ROMA SUB ROSA series
Blood in the Forum

Margaret Henry, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University
Roman Designs for Living: Exploring Architectural Patterns in Rome, Ostia, and Pompeii

Robert C. Knapp, Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Render Unto Caesar: Coin Types, Identity, and Power

Gary B. Miles, Departments of Classics and History, University of California, Santa Cruz
Thugs by Choice: Roman Portraiture in the Late Republic

1997 Poster

4TH ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 1996

The Divine and the Human: Religion in Antiquity

Susanna Elm, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
God's Servants, God's Slaves

David Leitao, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University
Orpheus and the Third Sex: Homosexual Ecstasy in some Orphic Cults?

John J. Glanville, Department of Philosophy, San Francisco State University
Simplicius and Late Pagan Piety - The Confrontation with Christianity, and Philoponus

Laurie Pearce, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University
The Mesopotamian Religious Experience

Christopher Simon, Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco Society
Gifts for the Gods: Dedications in Ancient Greece

Lisa Maurizio, Department of Classics, Stanford University
Female Voices, Divine Speech: The Pythia, Cassandra, and Apollo

1996 Poster

3RD ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 1995

Gender Issues: The Male and Female in Antiquity

Karen Bassi, Department of Classics, University of California, Santa Cruz
Orality, Masculinity, and the Greek Epic

Seth Schein, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis
Female Representations and Interpreting 'The Odyssey'

Charlayne Allan, Department of Classics, University of California, Davis
Women in Antiquity: Enduring Images

Helen Moritz, Department of Classics, Santa Clara University
Sophocles' 'The Women of Trachis'

1995 Poster

2ND ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 1994

Intercultural Influences in the Ancient World

Vulindlela Wobogo, Department of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
The Cosmogony of Egypt: Its Influence on the Mediterranean

Richard Hoffman, Department of History, San Francisco State University
Rome in North Africa: The Confluence of Four Cultures

Erich Gruen, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley
Pagans and Jews: Multiculturalism or Anti-Semitism

Barbara McLauchlin, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University
Greece and Anatolia

1994 Poster

1ST ANNUAL SPRING LECTURE SERIES: 1993

Jacob Needleman, Department of Philosophy, San Francisco State University