Homer and the Epic Tradition : Homer Seminar X

Giorgio de Chirico, Hector and Andromache
Giorgio de Chirico, Hector and Andromache

This tenth iteration of the Homer Seminar is intended to give Australasian scholars-­especially (but not only) postgraduates and early-career researchers--interested in the epic traditions of the ancient Greek and Roman world, and even beyond, an opportunity to test out ideas, methodologies, and findings in a supportive environment, and to maximise the possibility of constructive feedback. The focus of the seminar will be the great epics of the ancient world and their afterlife. 

Do you wish to offer a paper?
Those interested in participating in the seminar are asked to contact the convenors and, if you wish to give a paper, to propose a paper-title and an abstract (of up to 250 words).
This information should be sent to Sonia Pertsinidis (sonia.pertsinidis@anu.edu.au) or Elizabeth Minchin (elizabeth.minchin@anu.edu.au).
Each paper should be of no more than 25 minutes in duration; there will be 20 minutes allowed for discussion. Papers may be pre-circulated electronically. 

The closing date for submission of abstracts is Monday 30 September 2019. But if you intend to come (or think that you may come), we would be happy to hear from you before that date. It helps us with planning. 

Do you wish simply to attend?
If you intend to come to the seminar but do not wish to give a paper, do let Sonia or Elizabeth know before Thursday 31 October that you will be attending. 

About Maureen Alden 
Dr Maureen Alden read Classics at Liverpool, where she studied Homeric Archaeology with John Pinsent, himself a pupil of H.L. Lorimer. She wrote her PhD thesis on Mycenaean tombs at Liverpool and the British School at Athens. Her teaching interests include Homer, tragedy, and art, and she has published on Homer, Bronze Age archaeology, and costume, ancient and modern. Her two important contributions to Homeric studies are Homer Beside Himself: Para­narratives in the Iliad (OUP, 2000) and Para-Narratives in the Odyssey: Stories in the Frame (OUP, 2017). 

Seminar Duration
It is proposed that the first session of the seminar will begin on Monday morning at 9.00am and that the seminar will conclude in the early afternoon on Tuesday, to allow participants to return home that day. 

There is no registration fee payable for what will be a small and more or less informal gathering. We shall, however, ask you to pay a contribution $30 on arrival, which will cover lunch on Monday and refreshments at intervals in the program.

The Australian National University offers a range of accommodation options. You can choose a room in University House or an apartment in Liversidge Court, or a room in student accommodation on campus.

University House : (02) 6125 5275 

Liversidge Court : (02) 6125 1100 

Student residences : (02) 6125 1100 

Date & time

Mon 02 Dec 2019, 9am – Tue 03 Dec 2019, 1pm


Theatrette, Room 2.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building


Dr Maureen Alden


Sonia Pertsinidis


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