Highlights of 2012-2013

A Commemoration for the late David Ridgway was held on Wednesday 26 September 2012 in the Painted Ceiling Room at Senate House. Speakers offered brief tributes focusing on various aspects of his scholarly activity:

Prof Irene Lemos (Oxford)  David Ridgway as colleague and mentor
Dr Judith Toms (Oxford) David Ridgway as teacher
Dr John Wilkins (Accordia) David Ridgway and the Italian scene in the UK;
Dr Fulvia Lo Schiavo (Florence)  David Ridgway as a conduit between Italy and the UK;
Dr Judith Swaddling (British Museum) David Ridgway as an Etruscologist

Francesca and David Ridgway receive their Festschrift, Across Frontiers (2006)Until his unexpected death in Athens on 20 May 2012 David had been an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute. He and his late wife, the distinguished Etruscologist Francesca Serra Ridgway, had played an active role in the Institute's academic programme for many years. A Festschrift in their joint honour -- Across Frontiers: Etruscans, Greek, Phoenicians and Cypriots -- was published by the Accordia Research Institute and launched at the Institute of Classical Studies in December 2006.

The Annual T. B. L. Webster Lecture was given this year by Professor Sander Goldberg from UCLA on 31 October 2012. His topic -- Seeing Plays the Roman Way -- addressed one of the more awkward facts of Roman studies, namely that the plays we know most about, the comedies of Plautus and Terence, were written for the Roman stages we know least about. In recent years, however, greater attention to performance values has combined with advances in Roman archaeology and the computer modelling of lost structures and spaces to renew interest in such practical questions as how plays were staged in Republican Rome and how the playing area affected the actors’ performance and the audiences’ response to it. This illustrated lecture explored some of the emerging possibilities and argued that the more we understand about those original conditions of performance, the better placed we are to understand both drama’s place in the Roman cultural experience and the changes wrought as a traditional Greek art form became a new Roman one.

The joint  ICLS - Gresham Lecture -- The Importance of the Roman novel from Petronius to Tom Wolfe --  was presented by Stephen Harrison (Oxford) on Wednesday 23 January 2013. The paper considered the nature and afterlife of the Latin novels of Petronius (Satyrica) from the first century AD and Apuleius (Metamorphoses/Golden Ass) from the second century AD, picking out some highlights in their reception history from the Renaissance until now. These novels have influenced later culture from Shakespeare and William Morris to Fellini.

Ayios Vasileios aerial view of Building DeltaThe ICLS Spring Lecture,  held annually in association with the British School at Athens, aims to highlight important new archaeological discoveries in Greece. This year's lecture, entitled  Tracing the rulers of Mycenaean Laconia: New insights from excavations at Ayios Vasileios  (Xerokampi) near Sparta was given by Adamantia Vasilogamvrou (Director Emerita of Antiquities) on 6 March 2013. Among the most significant finds are Linear B tablets, the first to be discovered in Laconia, and architecture of palatial quality with fresco decoration.

The Afterlife of Ovid, held on 7-8 March 2013, was the first colloquium of a series to be held under the aegis of the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Classical Studies, examining the reception of leading Classical authors in later periods. The first colloquium explored Medieval and Renaissance readings of Ovid and his influence on poetry and painting. The event was organized by: Philip Hardie (Cambridge), Peter Mack (Warburg Institute) and John North (Institute of Classical Studies). Speakers were: Hélène Casanova-Robin (Sorbonne Paris IV), Frank Coulson (Ohio State), Fátima Díez-Platas (Santiago e Compostela), Ingo Gildenhard (Durham), Philip Hardie (Cambridge), Maggie Kilgour (McGill), Gesine Manuwald (UCL), Elizabeth McGrath (Warburg), John Miller (Virginia), Victoria Moul (King’s College), Caroline Stark (Ohio Wesleyan) and Hérica Valladares (John Hopkins).

The second Rome-London Lecture was given on 8 May 2013 by Professor Paolo Liverani (University of Florence) on the subject: The sunset of 3D – the disappearance of sculpture.

The Rome-London Lectures take place in collaboration with the British School at Rome, and involve two lectures each year, held alternately in Rome and in London, by a UK-based lecturer in Rome and an Italy-based lecturer in London. The long-term purpose is to stimulate the exchange of news and ideas and to facilitate the creation of joint research projects, which we hope will also involve the British Museum and the Roman Society. The first Rome-London Lecture was given at the BSR by the Acting Director of the Institute in November 2012; the third will take place in Rome, given by Professor Michael Crawford.

A Commemoration of the late Professor Eric Handley CBE, HonRA, FBA was held at University College on 29 June 2013; he had passed away at home in Cambridge on 17 January. Eric was Director of the Institute from 1967 till 1984 and had been a great supporter of successive Directors ever since. His counsel and support will be very much missed. He was also Professor of Greek at UCL from 1968 and left London in 1984 to become Regius Professor of Greek in Cambridge until 1994. He was one of the greatest Greek scholars of his day and the most modest and helpful of teachers and advisers. He visited the Institute for the last time in October 2011 when a colloquium was held in his honour, published as BICS Supplement 129 Images And Texts: Papers In Honour Of Eric Handley.