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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies



Celebrating like it's 776 BCE: the ancient Greek Olympics and other Festivals


Saturday 28 April, 10am - 4pm


Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading


For a list of speakers and all practical details, please download a flyer.


Sport and Competition in Ancient Greece and Rome


14-15 June


British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre


The conference will be interdisciplinary (with historians ancient and modern, archaeologists, numismatists, epigraphers, sports scientists and scholars of Greek and Roman literature) with a wide chronological range and cross-cultural cover (Greece, Rome and Italy, including Etruscans, Asia Minor and the modern games); we also hope to incorporate new archaeological and art historical finds. Broad headings are: sites; motivation and reward; expansion and export; rebirths and receptions; diversity.

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flyer is also available to download.


Laura Ambrosini, ISCIMA: Sports in ancient Etruria

Filippo Canali De Rossi: Sport in Rome

Chris Carey, UCL: Song and stone in public space

Hazel Dodge, Trinity College Dublin: Charioteer Mosaics

Mark Golden, University of Winnipeg: Olive-tinted spectacles: the mirage of Olympic continuity

Ian Jenkins, British Museum: The discobolus

Jason König, University of St Andrews: Philostratus' Gymnasticus and beyond: concepts of Olympic history and Olympic continuity in imperial Greek literature

Leslie Kurke, University of California, Berkeley: Athletes and (as) Dedications

Vivienne Lo, UCL: Perfect bodies: sports medicine and immortality

Zahra Newby, University of Warwick: Sport and Identity in the Art of the Roman Empire

Robin Osborne, University of Cambridge: The origins of the non-competitive sports day

Olga Palagia, University of Athens: The Motya charioteer - an alternative view

Alan Peatfield, University College Dublin: Greek combat sports: from image to technique

Chris Pelling, University of Oxford: Bigness and Greekness: Herodotus on the Olympics

Otto Schantz, University of Koblenz: Reception of Ancient Greece in Modern Olympic Narratives

Reinhard Senff, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Athens: Ancient horse races and the hippodrome at Olympia

Judith Swaddling, British Museum: Honouring athletes

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford: Competition and the spread of Greek theatre

Hans Van Wees, UCL: Fighting over the Olympics: war and games in archaic and classical Greece


Athletic Foundations: identity, heritage and sport


18 June, 5-8pm


Open University London Regional Centre


This half-day conference explores how athletic events draw influence from heritage, thus allowing modern individuals and groups to construct, reinvent, consolidate and project their identities by establishing links with their past. The approach is multi-disciplinary, combining contributions from history, sociology, classics, anthropology, archaeology and political sciences. 

For more information, see: http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/af 

Representing Victory


30 June


King's College London


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General Public

Ancients and Moderns, 81st Anglo-American Conference of Historians


5-6 July


Senate House, London


With the Olympics upon us in the UK it seems an appropriate moment to think more broadly about the ways in which the classical world resonates in our own times, and how successive epochs of modernity since the Renaissance have situated themselves in relation to the various ancient civilisations. From political theory to aesthetics, across the arts of war and of peace, to concepts of education, family, gender, race and slavery, it is hard to think of a facet of the last millennium which has not been informed by the ancient past and through a range of media, including museums, painting, poetry, film and the built environment.

For our 81st Anglo-American conference we are joining with the Institute of Classical Studies to showcase the full extent of work on classical receptions, welcoming not only those scholars who work on Roman, Greek and Judaeo-Christian legacies and influences, but also historians of the ancient kingdoms and empires of Asia and pre-Colombian America.

Plenary speakers include Paul Cartledge (Cambridge), Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), Mark Lewis (Stanford), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA) and David Womersley (Oxford).

For programme and registration details, please visit www.history.ac.uk/aach12, or contact the IHR Events Office at ancientsandmoderns(at)lon.ac.uk or on 0207 862 8756.  

flyer for the event is also available.

Organised by the Institute of Historical Research with the Institute of Classical Studies