Neighbours: the ancient world beyond Greece and Rome

Convenors: Jo Quinn, Jonathan Prag, Hans van Wees
(a joint series organised by the ICS and Octopus)

It hardly needs saying that Greece and Rome did not develop in a vacuum but interacted intensely with other cultures around the Mediterranean and beyond; it has become a commonplace to stress their ‘connectivity’. Many ancient historians, however, get to know these other cultures only through a Greco-Roman lens and are familiar only with those aspects of e.g. Phoenician or Egyptian society on which classical authors chose to comment or which modern scholars have singled out as direct influences on Greece or Rome. This can lead to a badly skewed understanding of the cultures in question and therefore of the nature of the interaction between them. This seminar series accordingly focuses on the Greeks’ and Romans’ neighbours in their own right, and aims to give these a fuller place on the mental map of those who normally study only the ‘classical’ part of antiquity.
Thursdays, 4.30-6.00 pm, Senate House, Malet Street, London (room t.b.c.)
30 April, 2015 Salvatore de Vincenzo (Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo)
Western Sicily from Romanization to the Punic Age. Methodological problems and suggestions for a reading of some case studies
7 May Jean Turfa (University of Pennsylvania)
The Brontoscopic Calendar: Melding Etruscan wisdom with Mesopotamian tablet-texts
14 May Giuseppe Garbati (ISMA, Rome)
Cults and Land Use in 'Punic’ Sardinia
21 May Karen Radner (UCL)
Assyrians and Greeks
28 May Julietta Steinhauer (UCL)
Foreigners in Hellenistic Greece
4 June Aurelia Masson (British Museum)
Egyptians at Naucratis



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