Classical Association of NSW

Calendar of Events 2018

Hellenic Museum Summer School
8-12 January, 2018
The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne
Taught by Dr Christopher Gribbin

Sydney Latin Summer School
Monday 15 – Friday 19 January
New Law School Building, University of Sydney

2018 AGM and public lecture
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

4.00 pm – 5.30 pm – CANSW Council Meeting
Kevin Lee Room, Level 6, Lobby H, Quadrangle Building, University of Sydney
Take the MacLaurin Hall lift (near the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences office in the South West corner of the Quadrangle Building) to level 6 and the room is to your left

5.45 pm – 6.30 pm – CANSW AGM
CCANESA, Madsen Building, University of Sydney

6.30 pm – 7.00 pm – refreshments

7.00 pm   –  Guest speaker Professor Christopher Faraone (University of Chicago):
The Miniature Silver Shrines of the Ephesian Artemis (Luke Acts 19.23): Souvenirs, Votives or Domestic Amulets?
CCANESA, Madsen Building, University of Sydney

In Acts 19:13-29 Luke narrates a series of incidents in Ephesus that begin calmly with Paul preaching and healing, but end with a near riot of silversmiths proclaiming the greatness of the Ephesian Artemis.  These events are usually interpreted as an example of Christianity’s conflict with paganism or magic or syncretism and until recently this conflict has been interpreted mainly as a war of words, i.e. the success of Paul’s preaching strikes panic into the pagan devotees of Artemis, especially those like the silver-smiths, whose income is thought to depend directly on pilgrims coming to visit her famous temple in Ephesus and buying their silver images as souvenirs.  In this lecture I argue, to the contrary, that such an approach ignores the close attention that Luke pays to the healing of the sick by Paul’s cloth handkerchiefs or aprons and by exorcism.  By focusing on the cures rather than the preaching, we gain better insight into the anxiety of the silversmiths, whose miniature silver shrines, I argue, were in fact designed as amulets, either to protect or cure.  The violent reaction of the silversmiths was, in short, a direct protest to the perceived success of Judeo-Christian kinds of healing. 



Council Meeting and Lecture

Council Meeting: Thursday, 7 June at 5.30pm
Museum Gallery, Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures
(29 Wally’s Walk Building X5B, level 3)

Lecture: Tom Hillard, “Animals in Rome: Love, Use and Abuse”, 7 June at 7:00pm
Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures (as above)


Conference: Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World
CCANESA, University of Sydney
26-27 July 2018
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2018 Todd Memorial Lecture
Friday, 19 October at 6.00pm
Stephen Harrison (Oxford) 
Pushing genre boundaries: expanded epigram in Horace and Propertius.

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