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Prof. Michael Clarke is co-organiser of a special "Manuscripts Between Languages" workshop to be hosted in Cambridge over 7–8 May 2015. The workshop will bring together specialists in Latin, Greek, Celtic, Germanic, Arabic, Turkic, Indian, and east Asian languages to consider common patterns of linguistic and cultural interactions. Download poster.
Venue (both events): NUI Galway, Hardiman Building, room G010
Nice report by our MA student Gary Haverty on a recent research trip to the World Museum, Liverpool. (Read "Galway" for "Galloway", of course!) A visit to the World Museum, organics department.
NUI Galway's Classics Society is pleased to announce the following talks. (All in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre/Arts Millennium Building, 6.30–7.30pm, with reception afterwards.)
We are also delighted to see that Dr Eoghan Moloney (Maynooth) and Dr Shane Wallace (TCD) have launched a new resource for Classics Events in Ireland. (Some springtime events are also listed in this PDF file.)
The sixteenth E.C. Quiggin Memorial Lecture, which was given by Mark Stansbury, was launched in the Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic of the University of Cambridge on 4 December 2014. Entitled Iona Scribes and the Rhetoric of Legibility, the lecture examines the role of scribes in both writing and composing Latin, focusing on the Life of Columba and its oldest manuscript, Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, Generalia 1. The lecture looks at the kinds of evidence that manuscripts can offer and argues that the choice of layout and script described by Malcolm Parkes as the ‘grammar of legibility’ can also be seen from a rhetorical point of view as scribes actively create meaning rather than simply transmitting it. The text of the lecture and appendix are available on academia.edu.
Tuesday January 20th: Professor Brian Arkins will deliver a paper for the Classics Society on “Greek Sex in Six Modernist Writers including Wilde, Moore and Mann”. Venue: The Fotrell Theatre Time: 6.30–7.30. Reception to follow.
We are continuing this semester with Plato’s Timaeus, beginning at the start of Timaeus’ discourse (27c1). This class for undergraduates, graduates and staff colleagues meets in Professor Clarke’s office, Classics room 506, beginning on Monday 12th January at 12pm (time subject to adjustment). Anyone with a basic knowledge of the language is welcome to attend, and for students seeking credit it constitutes module CCS310. E-mail email@example.com for further information.
Dr Edward Herring, NUI Galway, "Impact Kraters: The role of wine-mixing vessels in the production of Apulian red-figure pottery". The Siobhán McKenna Theater, 7.30pm.
We are delighted to announce the first Classics Society lecture of the new academic year. On 6 October 2014, Theresa Huntsman (Harvard) with give a talk entitled "Inscribed Identities: Bilingualism in Late Etruscan Tombs". Further details to follow.
The Ancient Greek reading group will reconvene at 11am on Wednesdays, starting on 10 September. This semester's text will be Plato’s Timaeus. The venue is Classics room 506 (top floor, Tower 2). Contact Michael Clarke with any queries.
We are delighted to announce that three scholarships have been awarded to Classics PhD students. Michael Doherty obtained an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship, Charles Doyle was awarded a Galway Doctoral Research Scholarship and Ioannis Doukas won an NUI Galway Digital Arts and Humanities PhD scholarship. Congratulations to all three on their success!
Congratulations to Pádraic Moran, who won third place in the Early Stage Researchers Million Euro Project Pitch competition run by NUIG's Research Office. The prize awarded will enable Dr Moran to further his research collaboration with East Asian specialists on a comparison of vernacular glossing traditions on Classical languages.
Dr Lucy Shipley of the University of Southampton will give a paper to the Classics Society entitled "Rethinking pots: Etruscan ceramics from the table to the tomb". Tuesday 25 March 2014 6.30pm, room IT125G (ground floor, IT Building). All welcome.
Congratulation to winners of Athenry Prizes for 2012–13: Sarah Padden (1BA), Karen Mulryan (2BA), Bernadette Robson (2BA) and Orla Cahill (3BA). Sarah and Bernadette are pictured below receiving their prizes from NUI Galway President, Dr James J. Browne, at Lá na nGradam on 8 February 2014.
Prof. Michael Clarke will give a public lecture entitled "Ireland and India: The Edges of the World in Ancient Thought" on Tuesday 25 February 2014 at 6.30pm in the Town Hall Theatre Studio, as part of the The Babel Lectures "Exploring Spaces: Travel Stories" lecture series. All welcome.
We are delighted to announced that Prof. John Madden, Emeritus Professor of Classics at NUIG, has been invited to take over as the next President of the Classical Association of Ireland.
The Greek Reading Group reconvenes in semester two to read Hesiod's Theogony: 11am, Tuesdays, Classics room 506. Everyone is welcome to join — contact Prof. Michael Clarke for more details.
In the context of research carried out in Paris during his Sabbatical Leave (September 2013–August 2014), Dr Jacopo Bisagni has recently made a number of discoveries (some of which were made in collaboration with Dr Immo Warntjes, of Queen’s University, Belfast) in manuscripts of medieval computus preserved at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Read more…
The historical interaction of learned Classical languages and spoken vernaculars is a cross-cultural phenomenon. International scholarship on this topic up to now has been entirely focused on regional studies. Recent explorations, however, have revealed affinities in the relationships, on the one hand, between Classical Latin and Old Irish, Old High German and other vernaculars in early medieval manuscripts from western Europe and, on the other, Classical Chinese and Japanese and Korean vernaculars in contemporaneous manuscripts in the Far East.
We were very pleased to welcome Prof. John Whitman of Cornell/NINJAL (Tokyo) to Galway on 29 Nov 2013 to give a CAMPS Lab entited ‘Kundoku: What is it, and did anything like it exist in the medieval West?’. The Lab was followed with a workshop with colleagues Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Imre Galambos from Cambridge University to explore opportunities for future collaborations.
Dr Joanna Day, Lecturer in Classical Archaeology and Classical Museum Curator at UCD, will be giving a paper entitled: 'Digging Scents: The Archaeology of Ancient Perfume Production and Consumption'
Tuesday 5 November 2013, 6.30pm
Prof. Brian Arkins on 'The Modern Reception of Catullus.
Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Wednesday Oct 16th, 6pm. Reception to follow.
This group, co-ordinated by Michael Clarke (Classics) and Nick Tosh (Philosophy), meets on Wednesdays each week 11 a.m. –12.15 p.m. in Classics, room 506, to work through Plato’s Ion. Anyone with a basic grounding in Greek is welcome to join us: please email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are delighted to accounce that Dr Eóin O'Donongue has returned to Classics at NUI Galway to take up a three-year post as University Fellow for Teaching and Research. Dr O'Donoghue is an experienced archaeologist with a specialism in pre-Roman Italy and a particular interest in gender identity. His expertise strengthens our teaching in ancient art and archaeology especially.
The previous incumbent in this role, Dr Amanda Kelly, has now taken up a new lecturing position in UCD. We appreciate enormously her contribution to Classics at NUI Galway and we wish her all the very best in her new post.
New student handbooks are now availabe to download:
Our web pages are currently still being updated.
Dr Pádraic Moran has just returned from a seven-day workshop in Japan exploring vernacular (Japanese, Korean) commentaries on Classical Chinese texts and their relationship to the European tradition. Read his report here.
Dr Myles Lavan (University of St Andrews) will be speaking on "Masters of the World: Slavery and the Roman imperial project".
Monday 25 March 2013, 6pm, Siobhan McKenna Theatre. Reception to follow.
Dr. Shane Wallace of TCD: "The Greeks in Afghanistan and India: Old Evidence and New Discoveries"
Thurs 28 February 2013, 6pm, Siobhan McKenna Theatre
Reception to follow
Appeal! We'd love to know how our former students have got on since finishing their studies. If you're a graduate of Classics in NUIG, we'd appreciate a lot if you could take the time to answer nine quick questions on the survey below. (And if you know somebody else who is, please forward the link!) Many thanks.
The Classics Society will host two guest lecturers in semester two. Shane Wallace from TCD will be coming on February 28th to speak on 'The Greeks in Afghanistan and India: Old Evidence and New Discoveries', while Myles Lavan from the University of St Andrews will come on March 25th to speak on 'Masters of the World: Slavery and the Roman imperial project'.
Date and time: Thursday 14 March 2013, 5pm.
Venue: Ó Tnúthail Theatre, Arts Millennium Building
We are very proud of all of our MA in Classics students (2011–2012) graduating today: Ann Marie Clarke, Rónán Comaskey, Peter Ferguson, Neringa Kacinskaite, Ryan Kelly, Laura Rice (some of whom are pictured below, with Dr Amanda Kelly).
The Classics Society is pleased to host a lecture by Prof. Brian Arkins on 'Ten prominent women in Rome and Byzantium'
Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 at 6pm
Siobhan McKenna Theatre
All welcome. Wine reception to follow.
NUIG undergraduates who obtain First Class Honours in their undergraduate degrees will be eligible for postgraduate scholarships.
The Classics Society is pleased to present a talk by Prof.
Ruth Whitehouse of University College London:
'The materiality of writing: case studies from 1st millennium BC Italy'
25 October 2012, 6pm, Siobhan McKenna Theatre (Arts Millennium Building)
Prof. Brian Arkins launched two books, What Shakespeare Stole from Rome and a new edition of J.P. Mahaffy’s Rambles and Studies in Greece on 23 October 2012. Des Egan and Dr Amanda Kelly spoke at the event.
Dr Anastasia Remoundou-Howley is one of the invited speakers at this year's colloquium of the Royal Irish Academy's Committee for Classical and Near Eastern Studies (15–16 November 2012). For more information and to book a place at the colloquium, see the Academy's website for the Thursday and Friday events.
Prof. Brian Arkins will give a talk entitled 'Interrogating terms such as "classics", "tradition" and "decorum"' in the Moore Institute on Thursday 11 October at 4pm. All welcome.
We are delighted to announce that NUIG Classics student Neasa O'Callaghan was national winner in the category of Ancient & Classical Studies in the 2012 Undergraduate Awards. Congratulations Neasa!
There will be a Classics Society EGM on Wednesday 26 September at 6pm in Meeting Room 1 (upstairs) in Áras na Mac Léinn. The agenda will include planning of events for the coming academic year. New members will be very welcome!
CCS309 (Strand A) Reading Latin: the Thursday class will now be at 12pm in TB301.
2) CCS304 Explorations in the Latin Language: the Monday class will now be at 1pm in AM122.
See the full timetable.
Latin students please note that
CCS202 Latin and Historical Linguistics Part I has been rescheduled to Fri 9am in AM109.
(Please keep an eye on this space in case other schedule changes are necessary.)
See the full timetable.
We have now updated the course documentation for our BA and MA courses. See the relevant pages of this site for details. The course handbooks are also available to download (with some recent corrections in the timetable):
Classics Handbook for First Year BA Students 2012–13
Classics Handbook for Second and Final Year Arts and Postgraduate Students 2012–13
Congratulations to Dr Anastasia Remoundou-Howley for having been selected to participate in the three-year research project (2012–2014) of the Michalis Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens, Greece: Ancient Greek Drama: Influences and Contemporary Approaches.
We are delighted to announce that Dr Pádraic Moran has been appointed to the new Lecturership in Classics, a permanent appointment starting from 1 August 2012. Pádraic has previously held postdoctoral positions at NUI Galway and at Cambridge University, and alongside wide experience in digital editing he is a specialist in the study of languages and linguistics in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, with special reference to the Priscian tradition and to medieval Latin and Irish glosses and glossaries. He is currently completing an edition of O'Mulconry's Glossary. The appointment brings Galway's established staff strength in Classics from four to five for the first time in many years.