Completed PhD: Xenophon and the ancient Greek cavalry horse

Completed PhD: Xenophon and the ancient Greek cavalry horse-image

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Congratuations to Adelia Greer for passing her PhD viva examination on her thesis 'Xenophon and the ancient Greek cavalry horse: an equestrian perspective'. Adelia was supervised by Dr Edward Herring, Dean of the College.

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Academic Year 2014–15

26 May 2015: Code-switching in the medieval classroom

Prof. Michael Clarke will present on "Language and identity in manuscript colophons" at an international conference, Code-switching in the Medieval Classroom, to be held in Utrecht on 29 May 2015.

29 Apr 2015: Manuscripts Between Languages workshop

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. 

28 Apr 2015: Two seminars on Latin lexicography

Venue (both events): NUI Galway, Hardiman Building, room G010

Thursday 30 April, 5.00pm (Digital Scholarship Seminar)
Franck Cinato, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris
‘Collaborative digital editing: experience from the Liber Glossarum project’

Friday 1 May 2015, 3.00pm
1) Franck Cinato, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris
‘New insights into the meta-grammatical vocabulary list Grammaticae artis nomina Graece et Latine notata: Origin and use of a Greek word list relating to the practice of grammar’.
2) Silvia Gorla, Università di Udine
‘The Physiologus inside the Liber glossarum’

17 Apr 2015: Report on a research trip

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.

16 Mar 2015: more Classics events

Tuesday 24 March 2015, 6.30 p.m.
Classical Association of Ireland: relaunch of Galway branch
Dr Pádraic Moran (NUI Galway): "The survival of Greek learning in early medieval Ireland", Hardiman Building G010

Thursday 26 March
2015 Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture
Dr Roman Roth (University of Cape Town): "Towns and territories in Roman Italy" Joseph Larmor Theatre, Arts & Sciences (Concourse) Building

Friday 27 March 2015, 2pm
Classics Research Seminar, Dr Roman Roth (University of Cape Town): "Regionalism in Republican Italy: a ceramic perspective" AC213

Tuesday 14 April 2015 12pm
Digital Scholarship Seminar
Dr Gabriel Bodard (King's College London): "Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies: Data and Relations in Greco-Roman Names (SNAP:DRGN)"

Thursday 30 April 2015, 5–6pm
Digital Scholarship Seminar
Dr Franck Cinato (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris): "Collaborative Digital Editing: Experience from the Liber Glossarum Project"

13 Feb 2015: Lots of great Classics events…

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.)

Monday, February 16th
Dr Carrie Murray, Brock University, "Worship at a Crossroads of the Mediterranean: Recent fieldwork at the Lago di Venere sanctuary site on Pantelleria".

Tuesday, February 24th
Dr Siobhan Hargis, UCD, "Remembering Republican Rome?-the creation and manipulation of history in the ancient city"

Tuesday, March 3rd
Dr David Woods, UCC, "The Christianization of Roman Coinage"

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.

19 Jan 2015: Quiggin Lecture, University of Cambridge

E. G. Quiggin Lecture 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

19 Jan 2015: Classics Society talk on 20 January

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.

12 Jan 2015: Greek reading group

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 for further information.

11 Nov 2014: Classics Society Lecture

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.

16 Sep 2014: Classics Society Lecture

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.

3 Sep 2014: Ancient Greek reading group

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.

21 August 2014: New PhD scholarships

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!

Academic Year 2013–14

11 July 2014: Research Award for Pádraic Moran

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.

25 March 2014: Classics Society Lecture (Dr Lucy Shipley)

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.

19 March 2014: Athenry Prize winners 2012–13

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. 

10 Feb 2014: Prof. Michael Clarke's public lecture

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.

29 Jan 2014: New President of Classical Association of Ireland

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.

10 Jan 2014: Greek Reading Group

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.

19 Dec 2013: New discoveries in Paris

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. 

29 Nov 2013: International workshop on vernacular literacy in medieval Europe and East Asia

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.

5 Nov 2013: Classics Society Talk

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

14 Oct 2013: Classics Society Talk

Prof. Brian Arkins on 'The Modern Reception of Catullus.
Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Wednesday Oct 16th, 6pm. Reception to follow.

23 Sep 2013: Classical Greek reading group

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

28 Aug 2013: New appointment

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.

27 Aug 2013: Student handbooks 2013–14

New student handbooks are now availabe to download:

Classics Handbook for First Year BA Students 2013–14
Classics Handbook for Second and Final Year Arts and Postgraduate Students 2013–14
Our web pages are currently still being updated.

8 Aug 2013: Report on a research trip on East Asian glossing

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:

Academic Year 2012–13

15 Mar 2013: Classics Society Guest Lecture (Myles Lavan)

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.

15 Mar 2013: NUIG Classics Noticeboard (External)

We have just launched a noticeboard for information on external jobs, funding, talks, etc. that come to our attention. You can access it our on Noiceboard page or directly in Google Groups.

25 Feb 2013: Classics Society Guest Lecture (Shane Wallace)

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

20 Feb 2013: NUIG Classics Graduate Survey

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.

17 Jan 2013: Classics Society Events

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'.

7 Jan 2013: Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture

We are delighted to announce that Dr James Clackson of Cambridge University will give the 2013 Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture on the topic: 'How many languages were spoken in the ancient world?'.

Date and time: Thursday 14 March 2013, 5pm.
Venue: Ó Tnúthail Theatre, Arts Millennium Building

23 Nov 2012: MA Graduation 2012

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).

22 Nov 2012: Talk — Prof. Brian Arkins on 'Ten prominent women'

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.

6 Nov 2012: Postgraduate scholarships for NUI Galway undergraduates enrolling for taught Masters programmes

NUIG undergraduates who obtain First Class Honours in their undergraduate degrees will be eligible for postgraduate scholarships.

25 Oct 2012: Talk — Ruth Whitehouse on writing in the first millennium BC

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)

23 Oct 2012: Book launch by Prof. Brian Arkins

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.

8 Oct 2012: RIA Colloquium — Greco-Roman Drama in Context — Ancient and Modern

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.

4 Oct 2012: Talk — Brian Arkins on 'classical', 'tradition' and 'decorum'

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.

27 Sep 2012: Neasa O'Callaghan, Undergraduate Awards winner

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!

20 Sep 2012: Classics Society EGM, Wednesday 26 September 2012, 6pm

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!

27 Aug 2012: Course documentation updated

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

22 Aug 2012: Ancient Greek drama: International collaboration

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".

1 Aug 2012: New appointment

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.