Workshop in Ancient Mediterranean Studies/Classical Tradition

The Workshop in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Classical Tradition (WAMS) draws on the large community of scholars with interests in the ancient world at UWM and surrounding institutions (e.g., Marquette, Wisconsin Lutheran, Carthage College) and builds on a tradition of interdisciplinary work that has long characterized the field of classical studies. WAMS offers a forum for debate and discussion, maintaining a broad disciplinary scope that we hope will attract scholars working on the ancient Mediterranean (not only Greece and Rome, but also the Near East, Egypt, North Africa, Northern Europe), as well those researchers with an interest in the interpretation and meaning of classical influence in later periods.

The foundations of many modern institutions are to be found in the literary and material culture of antiquity; the study of these formative processes, as well as the recognition of their historical development, is crucial to assessing their continued meaning in the present. By committing ourselves to a broad geographical and chronological scope, we acknowledge the multi-faceted dynamics of cultural encounters between center and periphery and past and present. Moreover, analysis of the reception and/or rejection of classical ideas in later periods offers an ideal opportunity to cross chronological boundaries and examine not only the diffusion, but also the transformation of literary, artistic, philosophical, and even religious ideas in new environments.

This workshop provides the opportunity for faculty to engage in critical dialogue by reading and discussing each other's work as well as reviewing and evaluating new directions in the study of the ancient world and its legacy. From a more practical point of view, the group also seeks to devise strategies to (1) promote the study of the ancient world and the classical tradition at UWM; (2) suggest initiatives for education outreach into the larger Milwaukee community; and (3) foster professional development and collaborative research projects among its members. The workshop meets two or three times each term.

At present, the group consists of faculty members drawn from four different departments already collaborating in such collective projects as the creation of an undergraduate Certificate Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. We expect this group to expand further with the participation of faculty from other areas (e.g., Philosophy, Communications, etc.) in addition to graduate students with a research interest in antiquity and/or its reception in later periods.

2015-16 Schedule

Friday, November 13, 2015
3:00 pm Curtin Hall 939
Dr. Nandini Pandey (Classics, UW-Madison)
Title forthcoming

Dr. Pandey's research focuses on Latin poetry in its complex relationship with early imperial art and political power. Her current book project, "Inventing Augustus: The Poetics of Power in Early Imperial Rome," explores how Vergil, Horace, and the elegists, especially Ovid, responded to Augustan iconography in ways that shaped its perception in subsequent culture. She has recently published an article on the semiotic evolution of the Julian star (TAPA, Fall 2013) and has forthcoming articles on Vergil and the Forum Augustum (Vergilius, Fall 2014) and the dilemma in Lucan’s Pharsalia (ICS, Fall 2014). Dr Pandey came to Classics via her love of English literature and pursued second degrees in English at Oxford and Cambridge. She plans to return to this subject while maintaining her interest in genre, reception, and intertextuality with her next project, an examination of female revenge figures within Greek, Roman, and Renaissance English drama.

Friday, April 29, 2016
3:00 pm Curtin 939
Dr. Andreas Schwab (Classics, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg)
2015-16 Solmsen Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH), UW-Madison
Title forthcoming

Andreas Schwab is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He published his first book on the sophisticated Late Antique hexameter poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus, Peri Pronoias. On Providence. Text, Translation and Commentary, Classica Monacensia (Tübingen 2009). In his second book, Thales of Miletus in Early Christian Literature, Studia Praesocratica (Berlin/Boston 2012), he focuses on the reception of the early Greek philosopher and sage. He has written articles on the hermeneutics and the reception of ancient Greek philosophy, Herodotus, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, and early Christian literature. In 2015 he co-edited a volume entitled Philosophie, sciences exactes et sciences appliquées dans l’Antiquité, Le Travail du Savoir / Wissensbewätigung. He is also a co-editor of The Reception of the Homeric Hymns (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). His current book project is entitled "The Translation of Foreign Religion in Herodotus."

Also of interest:

International Archaeology Day
October 17, 2015
“Reconstructing Spaces and Ancient Places: Roman Villas and Paleolithic Caves”

Archaeological Institute of America-Milwaukee Society
2015-2016 Lecture Series

Renee Calkins (Classics, UWM)
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