Critical Antiquities Workshop: Actualizing Plato’s Laws

André Laks | Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City Actualizing Plato’s Laws Plato’s last and longest dialogue is a fascinating, but little frequented work, even if progress has been made among specialists during the last 30 years or so. This is paradoxical. One cannot conceive of Aristotle Politics, of Polybius’ analysis of the Roman constitution or of Cicero’s pair Republic/Laws – not …

Critical Antiquities Workshop: Aristotle, Biopolitics, and the Iliad

Sara Brill | Fairfield University Aristotle, Biopolitics, and the Iliad Aristotle’s emphasis in Politics 7 on engineering the bodily as well as psychical character of citizens recommends comparison with contemporary theories of biopolitics, a comparison Mika Ojakangas has drawn with particular clarity (Ojakangas 2016). To be sure, Aristotle’s eugenics legislation is designed to hold the …

Critical Antiquities Workshop: Lucian (or Lycinus) on how (not) to choose (a) Philosophy

Matthew Sharpe | Deakin University Lucian (or Lycinus) on how (not) to choose (a) Philosophy Lucian’s Hermotimus has attracted comparatively little critical attention.  Yet it is one of Lucian’s longer texts, and of all of his texts, the closest in form to a Platonic, Socratic dialogue.  Hermotimus, an aspiring Stoic, converses with the more sceptical Lycinus, who …

Classics and Ancient History seminar: Frightened Figures: exploring the iconography of fear in Athenian vase-paintings between 600-300 BCE

Rebecca Georgiades Frightened Figures: exploring the iconography of fear in Athenian vase-paintings between 600-300 BCE Although emotions, particularly fear, have biological foundations, they are by no means universal and are significantly shaped by the surrounding cultural and social contexts where they are expressed. This paper explores the concept of fear in antiquity by examining representations …

Classics and Ancient History seminar: Cassius Dio Among the Humanists

Chris Mallan Cassius Dio Among the Humanists The fate of the text of Dio’s Roman History during the Byzantine middle ages has been a topic of much discussion in recent years. What is less well known is the history of the textual transmission of the Roman History at the end of the Byzantine period, when …

Classics and Ancient History seminar: Rome’s grain supply in the 70s BCE

Tonya Rushmer Rome’s grain supply in the 70s BCE During the 70s there was a such a severe food shortage that the consuls for the year were chased down the via sacra. This decade also saw the first two senatorial laws passed that directly addressed Rome’s grain supply, while there were multiple commissions and laws …

Classics and Ancient History seminar: Hippocrates the Medical Revolutionary

Marguerite Heery | University of Sydney Hippocrates the Medical Revolutionary The concept of the human body as part of the cosmos, influenced by the supernatural, both in life and after death, was an inherent belief of ancient cultures from Mesopotamia to Egypt and Archaic Greece. Though the Classical Greek world admired the athletic body which …