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June 2022

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Departmental Graduation Celebration

June 11 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Coral Tree Walkway, 245 Charles E Young Dr E
Los Angeles, 90095
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May 2022

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James Uden | The Politics of Pathos in Virgil’s Aeneid

May 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dodd 248,

Virgil’s particular attention to human suffering has long been identified as a defining aspect of his poetry, but critics have had widely different views on the politics of Virgilian pathos. Is empathy for the defeated in the Aeneid a way of undermining the triumphalist claims of Augustus (e.g. Putnam 1965)? Or does the poem’s famous melancholy in fact encourage its readers to accept the losses they endure, thereby neutralizing anger and resistance (Habinek 1998)? Drawing inspiration from Judith Butler’s essay…

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Erich Gruen | Antisemitism in the Pagan World

May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Royce Hall 306,

Co-sponsored with the Center for Religion and the Department of History. This event will be hybrid. To receive an email with the Zoom link to attend remotely, please RSVP at https://religion.ucla.edu/event/antisemitism-in-the-pagan-world/  

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Rosa Andújar | Philological Reception and the Repeating Odyssey in the Caribbean

May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dodd 248,

This lecture discusses La Odilea by Francisco Chofre, a Cuban prose adaptation of the Odyssey, which refigures both Homer’s heroes as guajiros (peasants) and the ancient epic itself through the adoption of an oral Cuban dialect. My examination first highlights Chofre’s meticulous linguistic transformations, which I consider a model of “philological” reception, as well as the ambiguous and complex relationship that Chofre posits between his work and the ancient epic, one which oscillates between irreverence and veneration of Homer. I then explore the broader questions…

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Greg Woolf | Losing Control of the Gods: How Religion Slipped out of the Hands of Men in the Early Roman Empire

May 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dodd 248,

co-sponsored with the Center for Religion and the Department of History  

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Luca Benelli

May 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dodd 248,
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Sheila Murnaghan | Taming the Extraordinary: Shifting Motives and the Psychology of Tragic Actors

May 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Dodd 248,
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April 2022

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UCLA Department of Classics Joan Palevsky Lecture | Dr Jennifer Stager, “Cut from the Womb: Towards a Feminist History of Ancient Greek Medicine”

April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fowler Museum,

The UCLA Classics Department is pleased to announce that the Joan Palevsky Lecture in Classics for 2022 will be delivered by Jennifer Stager, Assistant Professor of History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. Taking its title from the god Asklepios’s violent birth (Pindar Pythian 3) and the priorities that this myth set for ancient Greek medicine, in this talk Jennifer Stager will explore the construction of a patrilineal genealogy of ancient medicine back to the god Asklepios, as well as…

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Friends of Ancient History Spring Meeting

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

The Friends of Ancient History is a loose network of faculty and graduate students across south California institutions, who meet a couple of times a year, at one venue or another. On Saturday 9th April we are hosting it here, at UCLA, and the speakers are Lydia Spielberg (UCLA) on “The Emperor’s Words in History and Biography” and Mark Letteney (USC Postdoc) on “The Archaeology of Incarceration in Roman Antiquity.” The programme is 10-10:30, first talk 10:30-11:15, discussion till noonish, then lunch, then the…

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On Outgroups and Muted Groups: A Conference in Honor of Amy Richlin

April 2
Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA, 425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Professor Amy Richlin will be retiring at the end of the coming academic year. We look forward to celebrating her path-breaking career and reuniting with her many UCLA students at this conference in her honor. The conference will take place on April 2nd in the Legacy Room at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center. There will also be a reception in Dodd on Friday night and a party off campus on Saturday. If you are planning to attend…

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March 2022

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Emily Gowers | Brief Lives: The Case of Crispus

March 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Dodd 248,

For inquiries about attending this lecture on zoom, please contact purves@g.ucla.edu

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February 2022

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Elliott Piros | Purple Motion: Pantomime Dance in Martial’s Epigrams

February 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Dodd 248,

This event will be held in person and on zoom. For in-person non-UCLA attendees, please note UCLA policy for visitors here. All attendees must take the UCLA Covid Symptom Monitoring Survey, show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test, and wear a surgical or N/K95 mask (no cloth masks). To join by Zoom, please click on this link. The password is myth

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January 2022

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Lawrence Kim | “Why Do We Call Early Greek Poetry ‘Archaic’? Periodization and Histories of Greek Literature, 1830-2022”

January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Zoom Link | Zoom Meeting ID: 3131 1616 94 *There is a password on this account; please contact purves@ucla.edu if you need the password.

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Lawrence Kim Lecture

January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dodd 248,
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November 2021

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Hannah Culík-Baird | “Poetry as Artefact in Cicero”

November 22, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Joseph Howley | “Slavery and the Book: Toward a New Social History of Roman Literature”

November 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dodd 248,
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Mathias Hanses | “Cicero with Local Applications: Pro Archia Poeta and W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk.”

November 15, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dodd 248,
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May 2021

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“Skin’s Empire: Animal Hides, Animacy and Agency in the Roman World.” | Martin Devecka

May 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

 *This meeting is password protected; please contact sshapiro@humnet.ucla.edu if you need the password.

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USC and UCLA Spring Seminar | “Thinking About and With the Body: New Directions in Classics.”

May 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link. Featured speakers will include the following: Melissa Mueller (UMass Amherst), “Bodies in Bardo in Sappho’s Tithonos Poem” Alex Purves (UCLA), “Homer’s Underwater Bodies” Susan Lape (USC), “Vulnerability, Ethics, and the Limits of Appropriation in Terence’s ‘Human’ Comedy” Brooke Holmes (Princeton), “Embodying Lucretius, with Isabel Lewis”

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April 2021

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“Authenticity and Serviles Litterae: A Case Study Involving Textual Emendations and the Manuscript Tradition” | Erin Petrella

April 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This event is co-sponsored event between the UCLA Department of Classics and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Please contact sshapiro@humnet.ucla.edu for Zoom information.

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