Noah Segal SCS conference paper presentation “A Farewell to Arms? Cicero’s Pro Fonteio and the Shortage of Commanders in the Republic’s Last Generation
Nov 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7, 12:30pm, HSSB 4065.

Conference Freedmen in the Roman World @ HSSB 4080
Nov 14 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm
Olga Faccani – “Trauma and the Self: Renewal of Friendship in Euripides’ Heracles”
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Olga Faccani – “Trauma and the Self: Renewal of Friendship in Euripides’ Heracles” (Significant Paper presentation) HSSB 4065

Andrés Carrete Special Paper Presentation, “Antígona’s Rebel-ation: Humanity and revolution in José Fuentes Mares’ ‘La joven Antígona se va a la guerra’”
Nov 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

HSSB 4065

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.


Sather Lecture: Prof. Josiah Ober (Stanford) “The Origins of Social Order – Self-Interest, Rationality and the Common Good”
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

HSSB 4080

How can rationally self-interested persons ever manage to cooperate in ways that allow for the emergence of law and order, and thereby the consolidation of a workable society? Is extensive cooperation in a law-based regime possible without a lawless third-party enforcer? Thomas Hobbes raised the first question and answered the second in the negative in his great work Leviathan. They remain at the center of contemporary work by social scientists on rationality of choice and game theory. But 2000 years before Hobbes, and 2400 years before the invention of modern choice theory, Greek philosophers raised the same hard questions and answered them very differently. Plato’s dialogues (and other Greek texts) offer a profound theoretical exploration of the question of why cooperation is difficult, how legal order arises without a lawless sovereign, the conditions under which people may rationally agree to obey the law, and under which they will actively join in costly punishment of those who violate the rules.


Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Philosophy and the IHC