to the home page for the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic
(OC2PS = Octopus)
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),
Quinn and Jonathan
Prag (Faculty of Classics, Oxford). That group met on several
occasions in Oxford and Glasgow, and we have since transformed that
occasional meeting into something more regular, with an annual post-graduate
meeting (in Oxford, Durham, Bristol, Liverpool), an annual public
lecture or event in Oxford, an associated mailing list for those
with Phoenicio-Punic interests, and this website which aims to act
as a virtual meeting point for those in the UK interested in Phoenicio-Punic
is directed by Jo
Quinn and Jonathan
Prag, either of whom may be contacted directly if you have any
2019 Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies (Octopus)
will be given by
Imed Ben Jerbania
Director of Phoenician and Punic Sites and Monuments,
Institut National du Patrimoine, Tunisia
TORCH International Fellow, Oxford, May-August 2019
the ‘Tophet’: New Excavations at the Sanctuary of
Baal Haamon at Carthage
26 June 26 2019
Oxford Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles',
The talk will be
followed by a drinks reception. All very welcome.
meeting hosted by the new Centre for those interested in the Phoenicio-Punic
world took place in Merton College, Oxford on 24 April 2013.
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.
meeting took place in Durham University on Wednesday March 18th
2015, with a key-note paper by Prof. Helene Sader (Beiruit).
meeting took place in Bristol University, on Monday 21 March
meeting took place at Liverpool University on 22 February 2019.
Octopus co-organised the summer 2015 ancient history seminar series
at the Institute of Classical
Studies, in Senate House, London, entitled "Neighbours:
the ancient world beyond Greece and Rome". The
full programme is available on a separate page.