This is a recording of the talk that Dr. Tom Phillips of the University of Manchester gave to the North Staffs branch of the Classical Association to which we were kindly invited: It's very good. We are very grateful to North Staffs for the chance to hear it and see it! It's very good!
Dear Sheffield CA friends,
This year has brought us many things, but one that we can definitely celebrate is that 2020 is the centenary of the founding of the Sheffield branch of the Classical Association!
To help us mark our centenary year, we are delighted to be hosting a virtual talk:
Professor John Drinkwater: 'Sejanus, black-hearted villain or innocent victim of the paranoia of the emperor Tiberius?'
Wednesday 14 October, 16:15-17:30 (UK time)
Sign up to attend by completing this form (you will be sent a link to join the talk closer to the time):
Professor Drinkwater (Nottingham/Sheffield) is a distinguished Roman historian and a long-time supporter of the Sheffield CA branch - a double treat for us in the centenary year. This talk will be co-hosted by the Medieval and Ancient Research Seminars (MARS).
Also to note:
Dr Jane Rempel (she/her)
Lecturer in Classical Archaeology
Department of Archaeology
University of Sheffield
10-16 Regent Street
(fragment 13.43-44, 47-50, 53-54)
σπεύδει δ ́ἄλλοθεν ἄλλος· ὁ μὲν κατὰ πόντον ἀλᾶται
ἐν νηυσὶν χρῄζων οίκαδε κέρδος άγειν....
ἄλλος γῆν τέμνων πολυδένδρεον εις ἐνιαυτὸν
λατρεύει, τοῖσιν καμπύλ' ά́ροτρα μέλει·
ἄλλος Άθηναίης τε καὶ Ηφαίστου πολυτέχνεω
ἔργα δαεὶς χειροῖν ξυλλέγεται βίοτον....
ἄλλον μάντιν ἔθηκεν ἄναξ έκαεργος Άπόλλων,
έ́γνω δ'ανδρὶ κακὸν τηλόθεν έρχόμενον.
Hurrying, scurrying, one here, one there: over the ocean
One in his ships with a wish, homeward to bring his reward....
And here another one cuts his way through the thick-wooded landscape,
Year upon year without fail, guiding the curve of his plough;
And yet another with crafts of Athene and much-skilled Hephaestus
Works at his bench with his hands, making his livelihood so....
Also another made seer by the long-shooting mighty Apollo
Knowing yet well of the ills, destined for man from afar.
Translation by Peter Pond (Sheffield U3A, Classical Greek Group)
This link follows up the same theme
The next MARS talk by Paul Johnson (scheduled for 26 Feb) has been cancelled.
'Conceptual geographies: exploring the articulation of urban spaces in the Provincial landscape of Roman Lusitania '
It will be rescheduled in the 2020-21 MARS programme.
Our lecturer (Dr. Tom Phillips) for the above date has a new book out! His blog explains more about it:
Our first Classical Association talk of 2019-20 is on Wednesday 6 November:
E. J. Graham (Open University) will speak on
'Heads, shoulders, knees, and toes: anatomical votives in Roman Italy'
This talk will be held in the Diamond, Workroom 1 at 4.15pm.
Directions to the Diamond can be found here (Workroom 1 is on the ground floor):
**Reminder: we will be collecting membership subscriptions for 2019-20 at this event!
Other upcoming events of interest include:20 November, 4:15pm (Jessop Building 117):
Chris Giamakis (Arch PhD student), 'Status reflected through weapons: the case of Archaic Greece'
(along with a talk from a PhD student from History)
11 December, 4:15pm (Jessop Building 117):
Maik Patzelt (Hist), 'Inheritance Hunting in Late Antiquity – Another View into the Social Reality of the Roman Elite
We're near to the beginning of another academic year. So I thought I'd celebrate new beginnings and successful achievements by directing you towards this wonderful poem: nothing better than a dictionary, especially when its full of Greek. The work goes on . . .
Click the graphic to READ MORE. It's a very good poem.
.If you weren't at the Classical Association lecture on Wednesday (and a lot of people were) you missed a treat. I've been going to Hadrian's Wall since just after the Romans left, with parties of school age adolescents, so I thought I knew a reasonable amount about the place. However, in the presence of a true expert, Professor Ian Haynes of the University of Newcastle University, it was best to pay attention, listen and find out how much is still being discovered on an almost daily basis. Our lecturer did a really clever thing (actually he did quite a few) and started his survey from the Western end of the Wall, which doesn't get so many visitors, at Maryport. He then made a fascinating progress along the Wall, stopping off at Birdoswald, via Corbridge (Corstopitum!) and finally arriving in Newcastle at the end end of a fascinating hour. If you want to learn more you've not missed the boat, as you will see if you click on the picture at the top of this post. Maybe more to follow.
Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, founded in 1920