Canadian Professor to talk on ‘Greek games and gladiators’

Published 06 July 2012

As the world is preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games, an Aspects of Antiquity lecture at the University of New England on Thursday 12 July will explore the subject of “Greek games and gladiators”.

The visiting lecturer will be the Professor of Classics at the University of Winnipeg, Mark Golden.

Professor Golden has held Fellowships in several countries, and has delivered lectures in named lecture series in the United States and Canada. In 1992 he and his family spent two months in Armidale as a Visiting Fellow in Classics at UNE. In 1998 the University of Winnipeg bestowed on him a special award to recognise the excellence of his research.

In the past two decades he has published seven books (three of which were edited with Peter Toohey, formerly of Classics and Ancient History at UNE and now at Calgary). Spanning both the Greeks and the Romans, Professor Golden’s interests have focused on children, sport, and sexuality. His Aspects of Antiquity lecture, at 5.30 pm in The Gallery at UNE’s Earle Page College, will focus on the second of those interests. These lectures are free, and everyone is welcome.

Professor Golden’s interest in children will be to the fore the following day – Friday 13 July – when he will speak on “Children in Latin literature” as part of the weekly School of Humanities Research Seminar series held in Lecture Theatre 3, UNE Arts Building, at 9.30 am.

In this seminar he will lead discussion on some of the issues raised for authors and editors by the phenomenon in recent publishing of “handbooks” – in which authors are required to deal with large topics in a medium-sized chapter – and how the differing approaches taken by contributors may pose problems for the handbook editor.

Draft chapters by Professor Golden and by a colleague on “Children in Roman literature” and “Children in Greek literature” are available for those attending to read in advance of the seminar. Contact for this to be sent to you.