OCLA: Seminars & Events

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Hercules and the Ceryneian hind, 4th-century
gold-glass from Rome.(Ashmolean Museum)

Listed here are forthcoming academic events within the field of Late Antiquity (individual lectures, seminars, conferences, etc.) being held in Oxford, or being organised outside Oxford by OCLA Researchers. If you are looking for events in a specific area of Late Antiquity (e.g. within ‘Islam and the Islamic World’, or ‘The Post-Roman West’), visit that section of our site, where you will find only the relevant events listed

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(last updated 2 July 2015)

An Afternoon with the Apiones: New Evidence  from an Aristocratic Large Estate in Late Antiquity

Friday 4 September 2015, 2.15–6.00pm
Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QA
Room: Talbot Hall

Organizers: Amin Benaissa (Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford) and Nikolaos Gonis (Department of Greek and Latin, University College London)

The so-called ‘Apion archive’ is one of the largest groups of papyri recovered from the sands of Egypt: it consists of hundreds of documents relating to a wealthy aristocratic family with a large estate in the Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus. Its members rose from middling managers of imperial estates in the fifth century to holders of some of the highest offices in Constantinople in the sixth century. We do not know of any other Egyptian family with such a high profile on the imperial scene, nor are we informed so well about the estates of any other senatorial family across the empire. The Apion archive has therefore always been at the forefront of discussions of the economy, society, and administration of Late Antiquity, and it has generated no less than five monographs dedicated exclusively or in large part to it in the past 15 years.

This small conference will bring together members of an informal ‘Apionic network’ to discuss new perspectives on the archive and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus in general and to consider new papyrological evidence. Speakers and respondents will include Giuseppina Azzarello (Udine), Todd Hickey (Berkeley), Sophie Kovarik (Vienna), Roberta Mazza (Manchester), Margaret Mountford (London), and Bernhard Palme (Vienna). The conference will follow a workshop between the participants on unpublished texts.

Attendance of the conference is open to the public and free (including tea & coffee), but advance registration is necessary as space is limited.
If you plan to attend, please inform the organisers (amin.benaissa@classics.ox.ac.ukn.gonis@ucl.ac.uk) by 20 August 2015

The workshop and conference are generously sponsored by the Craven Committee (Thomas Whitcombe Greene Fund; Faculty of Classics, Oxford), the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (Faculty of Classics, Oxford), and the Department of Greek and Latin of University College London.

Essence, Power, and Activity in Classical and Late Antiquity

Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 September 2015

At the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford

Invited speakers include:

Riccardo Chiaradonna (Università di Roma Tre):
Essence, Being, and Activity in Early Neoplatonism: The Anonymous Commentary on Plato’s Parmenides
Discussant: Adrien Lecerf

Mark Edwards (University of Oxford):
Dunamis in Christian Theology of the Fourth Century
Discussant: Eirini-Foteini Viltanioti

Laurent Lavaud (Université Paris 1):
What is the Difference between Energeia and Kinesis? A Neoplatonic Controversy
Discussant: Ghislain Casas

Jan Opsomer (KU Leuven):
Essence, Power and Activity in Proclus’ Philosophy of Nature
Discussant: Philippe Hoffmann

David Sedley (University of Cambridge) (to be confirmed):
The Metaphysics of the Phaedo
Discussant: Anna Marmodoro

Maria Michela Sassi (Università di Pisa):
Ancient Reflections on the Power of Colour of Being Perceived
Discussant: Anna Marmodoro

This conference is financially supported by The Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies Project (funded by the European Research Council), the École Pratique des Hautes Études - Laboratoire d'Études sur les Monothéismes, and the Craven Committee of the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies.  

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