Ancient World Seminar

Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens
(Photograph: Andrew Stephenson)

The Ancient World Seminar is held at 1-2 pm usually on Monday during semester for presentations and discussions of papers from students and academic staff on all aspects of the ancient world.


Brent Davis:


Arts West North Wing, Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space)

2018 Programme

26 February

Professor Peter Attema, University of Groningen

Life and Death at the Gates of Rome: Recent Results of Settlement and Mortuary Archaeology at Protohistorical Crustumerium

Crustumerium is a Latin settlement located on the left bank of the Tiber, at only a few kilometers from the heart of ancient Rome.  Founded in the mid 9th century BC, it grew into a sizeable town during the 7th and 6th centuries, only to be abandoned at the turn of the 6th c. BC., allegedly under pressure of expanding Rome.  Archaeological excavations and surveys and, unfortunately, also looting practices, have, since Crustumerium’s discovery in the late 1970s, revealed an extremely rich burial record around the settlement as well as detailed information on the chronology, nature and extent of the settlement itself and its rural catchment.  The presentation will, apart from a concise overview of work done since the 1970s, focus on the recent investigations carried out since 2006 by a joint team of the Groningen Institute of Archeology and the Archeological Superintendency of Rome.  Especially the discovery of a huge artifical mound, presently under excavation, will receive attention, as this monumental structure forms a key element in our understanding of the settlement and mortuary history of Crustumerium.

5 March

Chris Faraone, University of Chicago

Protection against Fear of Punishment from Hecate Ereschigal: Another Look at a Magical Recipe in Michigan (PGM LXX 4-19)

12 March

Elizabeth Pemberton, La Trobe University

Small and Miniature Vases from Ancient Corinth: Does Size Matter?

19 March

Jacob Heywood, University of Melbourne

Painted Minoan Larnakes: The Context and Significance of Funerary Iconography on Late Bronze Age Crete

26 March

Peter Mountford, University of Melbourne

The Question of the Anonymity of the Elegiae in Maecenatem and the Consolatio ad Liviam

9 April

Danqing Zhao, University of Melbourne

Foreigners and Propaganda: War and Peace in the Imperial Images of Augustus and Qin Shi Huangdi (MA Completion Seminar)

16 April

Robyn Whitaker, University of Melbourne

Word Versus Image: Agonistic Ekphrasis of the Divine in First-century Christian Literature

23 April

Andrew Connor, Monash University

What Does Religious Persecution Look Like?  Reassessing the Confiscation of Temple Property in Roman Egypt

30 April

Tim Parkin, University of Melbourne

Just How Spaced Out Were Roman Children?  Demographic Control and Maternal Health in Antiquity

7 May

Bengi Basak Selvi, University of Melbourne

Obsidian from Early Bronze Age Sos Höyük, Eastern Anatolia

14 May

Roslynne Bell, University of Melbourne

Augustus and the Temple of the Magna Mater (or: How Can I Ignore the God Next Door?)

21 May - National Archaeology Week

Andrew Jamieson, Gijs Tol, Brent Davis, Jacob Heywood, Madaline Harris-Schober - University of Melbourne

From Rome to Syria: Snapshots of Recent Fieldwork by University of Melbourne Archaeologists

Past papers