UNE Aspects of Antiquity Lecture

Published 05 August 2013

ChaniotisThe third Aspects of Antiquity lecture for 2013 at the University will be given by a visitor from the Princeton in America who is making his first visit to Australia, and is coming to us as the 2013 Visiting Professor of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

Now in his mid-50s, Professor Angelos Chaniotis is already quite an international figure in the study of the Ancient Mediterranean world. He began his studies in Classical languages and Ancient History at Athens, and then proceeded to Heidelberg for further training. He has held senior posts at the University of Heidelberg, New York University, Oxford, and now (since 2010) at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. (The IAS was where Albert Einstein held an appointment for quite some years.)

Professor Chaniotis’ interests are certainly diverse, as his numerous publications attest. War in the Hellenistic World: A Social and Cultural History (2005) is only one of his books which look at the ancient Greek world after the time of Alexander the Great and on into the era of Rome’s growth to dominance in the Mediterranean region. Another focus in much of his research is the significance of evidence which can be gleaned from inscriptions on stone for illuminating our understanding of such topics as political relations between states, cultural life within cities, and historiography.

On Thursday 15 August 2013, at the regular time of 5.30 pm, Professor will speak on the intriguing topic, ‘No Way to Treat a Statue! Interaction with Statues in the Greek World’. Professor Chaniotis. He will pose the question whether (and if so how) inanimate representations such as statues are able to elicit an emotional reaction in humans. His most recent book. Unveiling Emotions: Sources and Methods for the Study of Emotions in the Greek World (2012) reflects this interest.

 Those attending should note that the venue for this lecture has changed. For the remainder of the year Earle Page College is not able to host the Aspects of Antiquity lectures; so they will be held in the Arts Building at the University, in Lecture Theatre A2, quite close to the Museum of Antiquities.

On Friday morning August 16 Professor Chaniotis will explore another highly imaginative question for Classical Studies when he presents a seminar in the School of Humanities regular weekly research program, starting at 9.30 and held in the Arts building Lecture Theatre A3 (one floor immediately below the venue for the Thursday lecture).

His topic is entitled: ‘Ancient Greece after sunset: histories, archaeologies, and perceptions of the night.’ This will consider the different ways in which ancient cultures perceived and were affected by the after-dark hours.

These two addresses from an internationally eminent speaker should prove highly stimulating in the suggestive ideas offered. Those students of all ages and others who already have a keen focus on Classical languages and Ancient History will naturally find plenty to enthral them. The lectures should appeal as well to many in the community, University and the New England region who possess interests which move far beyond the ancient world.

As always, the lecture and seminar are free and open to all to attend.

 Enquiries: GHR Horsley (Classics and Ancient History) ph. 6773 2390.

 Caption for the picture:

Marble statue of Herakles from the bath house at Kremna in Pisidia (mid-II AD), now in the Burdur Archaeological Museum, Turkey. From S. Mitchell, Cremna in Pisidia. An ancient city in peace and war (London, 1995) 242 (pl. II.3).