R. Mazza & A. Uhlig – “Ancient Archives and Public History”
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The 2019 Tipton Lecture in Religious Studies will comprise a mini-colloquium featuring Roberta Mazza (U. of Manchester, Tipton Professor) and Anna Uhlig (Classics, UC Davis). It will be held at the SB Mission Archive Library.
From the poetry of Sappho to the New Testament, texts written on papyrus have been preserved for millennia by arid conditions in Egypt, excavated, and collected in archives. This timely colloquium examines the legal and ethical problems surrounding these papyrological archives. Roberta Mazza will tell the story of how ancient papyri of unknown provenance were acquired by the Museum of the Bible and are now at the center of a scandal and police investigation. Anna Uhlig will discuss how Egyptian mummies have been destroyed in the quest to “recover” ancient texts and how we can use the Tebtunis archive at UC Berkeley to honor the “missing mummies” lost to us in the name of scholarship.

Dr. Christopher Whitton (Cambridge University) “Ghosting Tacitus: Pliny and the Histories”.
Dec 9 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

IHC Research Seminar Room, 6056 HSSB

“Pliny the Younger famously writes to and about his contemporary Tacitus in his Epistles. He even mentions the Histories as work in progress. This paper argues that Pliny’s engagement with the Histories goes much further, extending to large-scale imitation across a series of letters, and asks what this tells us about Pliny, about Trajanic culture, and about intertextuality in Latin prose.”

Prof. Michael Squire (King’s College London) “Reading Roman Portraiture with Optatian”
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

IHC Research Seminar Room, 6056 HSSB

This seminar explores the theme of ‘reading’ Roman portraiture’. But it does so with a view to one of antiquity’s greatest – and most overlooked – ‘picture-poets’, active in the first decades of the fourth century AD: Publilius Optatianus Porfyrius. We’ll be focusing on just one of Optatian’s poems – a gridded poem of letters that promises to depict the literal portrait of Constantine within its literary verses.


Coming soon: NEW Center for the Study of Ancient Fiction and its Reception
Dec 19 @ 8:45 pm – 9:45 pm
UCSB Classics Department wins the WCC’s Professional Equity Award
Jan 13 @ 5:56 pm – 6:56 pm

The award recognizes our efforts in the last few years to improve equity and diversity in Classics, especially our the summer program in ancient Greek designed by Brice Erickson in collaboration with the Classics Department at Howard University. The program is part of the larger UC-HBCU initiative.


Claire Lyons (Curator of Antiquities, Getty Villa): “Painting Etruscan Tombs and Temples”
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Monday, January 27 • 4:00 PM • Arts Building 1332 (History of Art & Architecture Conference Room)

Claire Lyons, Curator of Antiquities,  J. Paul Getty Museum (Getty Villa)

“Painting Etruscan Tombs and Temples”

Archaeological Institute of America, Department of Classics, UCSB

Sather Lecture: Prof. Josiah Ober (Stanford) “The Origins of Social Order – Self-Interest, Rationality and the Common Good”
Feb 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Francesca Martelli (UCLA) “Multispecies temporalities in Ovid’s Metamorphoses”
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

HSSB 4080.

A significant insight that we have gained from the idea of the Anthropocene is that the time of the human is entangled with that of the non-human in ways that we can no longer ignore. Ovid’s Metamorphoses contains material that speaks to this insight in a number of ways. Yet the poem’s interests in the temporalities of non-human species, are often overlooked by scholars whose anthropocentric bias leads them to focus exclusively on the linear narrative of human progress. In this paper, I seek to complicate their picture of time in the Metamorphoses by demonstrating how Ovid depicts a number of non-human species as knotted in time to the human, and by showing how this focus on their cycles of living and dying disrupts the poem’s linear chronology.


Martelli Event Flyer

2020 Capstone Colloquium @ Zoom
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Zoom webinar with Profs Morales and Morstein-Marx: How to apply to PhD programs in Classics
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Professors Helen Morales (recent Chair and Graduate Advisor at UCSB) and Robert Morstein-Marx (current Graduate Advisor at UCSB) will go over some important “do’s and don’ts” regardless of where you are considering applying and answer your questions about an often bewildering process.

Please register here.