Welcome to the home page for the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies
(OC2PS = Octopus)
The centre, founded in 2012, is intended to provide a focal point for those scholars in the UK with an interest in any aspect of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean. It has its origins in an occasional meeting for post-graduate students working on the Phoenician and Punic world instituted by Peter van Dommelen (formerly of Glasgow University, now at Brown), Jo Quinn and Jonathan Prag (Faculty of Classics, Oxford). That group met on several occasions in Oxford and Glasgow over the previous five years. Our aim is to transform that occasional meeting into something more regular, with an annual post-graduate meeting in Oxford, an annual public lecture or event, an associated mailing list for those with Phoenicio-Punic interests, and a website which will act as a virtual meeting point for those in the UK interested in Phoenicio-Punic studies.
The centre is directed by Jo Quinn and Jonathan Prag, either of whom may be contacted directly if you have any queries.

The first meeting for those interested in the Phoenicio-Punic world hosted by the new Centre took place in Merton College, Oxford on 24 April 2013.

The second meeting took place in the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, on 21 March 2014, and was followed the same day by a short workshop to mark the publication of a new collection of essays on The Tophet in the Phoenician Mediterranean.

The third meeting will take place in Durham University on Wednesday March 18th 2015, from approximately 9 am - 6 pm, and the call for papers has now been issued.

The 2015 annual lecture will be given by Prof. Helene Sader (Beirut) on Monday, 16 March 2015, at the Faculty of Classics, 66 St Giles, Oxford.

Octopus is proud to be co-organising the
Summer Term 2015 Ancient History seminar series at the Institute of Classical Studies, in Senate House, London:

"Neighbours: the ancient world beyond Greece and Rome"

The full programme is available on a separate page



Page last updated: 01-Jan-2015