John Dillon

Alexandria Quartet:
Callimachus, Philo, Origen, Cavafy

John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin

The first annual Hellenic Lecture
of the Classics Department, University of Manitoba

3 pm, September 23 2012, 237 University College, The University of Manitoba

The lecture seeks to explore aspects of the ‘Alexandrian’ sensibility — a concern for hidden, allegorical meanings, nostalgia for ancient wisdom, and choice of bizarre and recherché subject matter — through an examination of the work of four representative authors from that city, the Hellenistic poet Callimachus, the Jewish Platonist philosopher Philo, the Christian — or ‘Neo-christian’ — theologian and philosopher Origen, and lastly, the modern poet Constantine Cavafy, a figure who embraces all the previous ones and more. It is suggested that there are tendencies in modern literary and artistic sensibility that are reminiscent of Alexandrianism, but that on the whole they should be resisted.

Posted by: aiawinnipeg | March 18, 2012

APRIL 1 Lecture – Haskel Greenfield, University of Manitoba

Sunday April 1, 2012, 3 PM in Room 237 University College

Goliath, Philistines, Gath and the Excavations at Tel Es-Safi, Israel

Haskel Greenfield – Anthropology Department, University of Manitoba

Through the years, there has been a great deal of research on the historical validity of events described in the Hebrew Bible and related holy books. This talk will present recent some dramatic new archaeological evidence from the excavations at Tel es-Safi (Israel) for the conquest and occupation of the region by Philistines, the city of Gath (one of the 5 major Philistine cities), and  Goliath (their most famous warrior).

David and Goliath by Rembrandt

       Anyone interested in a participating in the excavations at Gath this summer or in the future should click HERE for further information.

Posted by: aiawinnipeg | February 3, 2012

March 4 Edmund Berry Lecture

SUNDAY March 4, 3 PM, 237 University College

Gears for the Greeks

     Prof. Alexander Jones, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU




The Antikythera Mechanism in pieces


In 1902, fragments of corroded bronze salvaged from a Hellenistic shipwreck off the island of Antikythera were observed to bear gears and other mechanical features as well as Greek inscriptions. More than a century of study, and progressively more powerful imaging technologies, have made it possible at last to reconstruct a large part of this astonishingly complex device and identify its functions. Combining features of a planetarium and a calendar computer, it simulated the movements of the heavenly bodies through the zodiac while concurrently displaying the passage of time according to several chronological frameworks. Long recognized to be a unique artefact of Greek mechanical technology, the Antikythera Mechanism is now yielding remarkable new information about Greek calendars and the public impact of science in antiquity.

The things you can do with LEGO… click here for a very fun introduction to the Antikythera Mechanism

Posted by: aiawinnipeg | February 3, 2012

March 8 – 10 International conference in town!


Pages from the Saxon Mirror manuscript, c. 1220

Prof. Jim Bugslag (University of Manitoba) and Prof. Claire Lebrecque (University of Winnipeg) are co-organizing this year’s Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians in town March 8 through 10. There will be three lectures on Thursday March 8 in the afternoon (times and locations will be posted here) –

Early afternoon (timetable to be confirmed)
The University of Winnipeg Visiting Lecturer Committee Lecture by Prof. Arnaud Timbert,
Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3, Lille, France, “La polychromie d’architecture et la lumière
gothique”, University of Winnipeg, location t.b.a.
Afternoon (timetable to be confirmed)
The University of Winnipeg Visiting Lecturer Committee Lecture by Dr. Stéphanie Diane Daussy,
Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3, Lille, France, “The Cathedral and its Sanctuarisation “,
University of Winnipeg, location t.b.a.
7:00 p.m. The Clayton-Gouthro Lecture by Prof. Madeline Caviness, Tufts University, “Putting
Women and Jews in ‘Their Place’ under Medieval German Law: Representations in the Picture
Books of the Saxon Mirror”, University of Manitoba, location t.b.a.

Then there is a full roster of scholarly presentations over the next two days. For the complete program and further conference information, click here.

Posted by: aiawinnipeg | February 3, 2012

February 12 AIA touring lecture – the BURRITO MYSTERY!

SUNDAY February 12, 3pm, 237 University College, University of Manitoba

The Gabii Project excavation in Central Italy: The mystery of the ‘lead burrito’

   Prof. Nicola Terennato, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan

Ennio Visconti's drawing of William Hamilton's excavations at Gabii 1792



In 2009, large-scale excavations were resumed in the Latin city of Gabii, less than 20 km from Rome, for the first time since the 1700s. Slowly, the urban fabric of a center that in its early days rivaled Rome is coming to light. A regular grid of streets, houses, larger buildings and tombs being uncovered over an area of thousands of square meters. The lecture presents an overview of the recent discoveries, focusing in particular on a massive lead coffin found in the later levels of the city. This unique artifact poses all sorts of complex questions, from who was buried inside to how to conserve it properly. The Gabii Project as a whole is shedding important light on the rise and fall of a great city of the first millennium BCE.

For more information on the Gabii excavations, click here.

Posted by: aiawinnipeg | January 3, 2012

January 29

Suunday January 29, 3pm, 237 University College
Lecture by Prof. Lea M. Stirling, University of Manitoba
Archaeology of the First Age of Globalization: Leptiminus in the Roman Empire

Under the olive groves of modern Lamta in Tunisia lie the remains of an ancient city, Leptiminus. Although there are few standing ruins, the modern plowed fields are littered with traces of that city: broken pottery, industrial debris, mosaic pieces, and the like. The city reached its peak size and prosperity in the 2nd and 3rd centuries C.E., under the Roman Empire. For two decades, an international archaeological team has intensively studied ancient Leptiminus through field survey, excavation, and a host of other methods. The archaeological findings let us ask questions that resonate today: What was it like to live in a globalized world (the Roman Empire)? How did taxes affect the local economy? What role did cities play in the economy? What did it mean to be connected to goods and trade around the entire Mediterranean? How did local and global (Roman) trends interact in different aspects of life? This overview of the archaeological results emphasizes the city?s development and economy, and highlights the wide range of archaeological methods that have contributed to addressing these questions.

Posted by: aiawinnipeg | December 28, 2011

January 20

Friday, January 20 – “Bilateral Colloquium” 4:00

Lecture by Dina Guth, 395 University College, University of Manitoba
Hyperides’ ‘Against Diondas’ and Theban Politics before Chaeronea

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