This page features forthcoming events organised by the Anachronism and Antiquity team, as well as talks and presentations on anachronism-related topics by members of the project at other conferences and workshops.

Anachronism and Antiquity: Configuring Temporalities in Ancient Literature and Scholarship

The Anachronism and Antiquity team is delighted to announce ‘Anachronism and Antiquity: Configuring Temporalities in Ancient Literature and Scholarship’, a conference to be held at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, on March 23-24, 2018. We’ll add further details of the programme here as they become available.

Speakers and their titles are:

  • Carol Atack, St Hugh’s College, Oxford, ‘Plato’s Queer Time: Dialogic Moments in the Life and Death of Socrates’
  • Emily Greenwood, Yale University, ‘Reading Across Time: Thucydides’ History as Literature of Witness’
  • Constanze Güthenke, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, ‘“For Time is / nothing if not amenable” – Exemplarity, Time, Reception’
  • Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, ‘The Temporal Relation: Flow, Fold, Kairos
  • K. Scarlett Kingsley, Agnes Scott College, ‘Euripides’ Scholiasts: Blending Temporalities Heroic and Present’
  • Ellen O’Gorman, University of Bristol, ‘Reception and Recovery: Rancière’s Authentic Plebeian Voice’
  • Mark Payne, University of Chicago, ‘The Future in the Past: Hesiod and Speculative Fiction’
  • Tom Phillips, Merton College, Oxford, ‘Shelley’s Plastic Verse: the “Hymn to Mercury”’
  • Barnaby Taylor, Exeter College, Oxford, ‘Archaism and Anachronism in Lucretius’

The conference will run all day Friday and Saturday morning, ending with lunch on Saturday. There is no charge for registration but we ask that people register so that we can have an accurate account for meals. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please email John Marincola at

The Fragility of Democracy: Lessons from the Classical Past

Carol Atack, St Hugh’s College, Oxford, 6pm, November 21. Booking details here.

Past events and talks

Ancient Greek Poetry & Poetics: Interactions  Between Theory & Practice, University College London, September 21-22.

Tom Phillips ‘Apollonius’ Argonautica and the Travels of Lyric’, September 21.

New Approaches to Plato in Context, Celtic Classics Conference, Montreal, July 19-22 2017.

Carol Atack ‘Plato’s Critique of Political Thought in Laws III’, 20 July.

Ashmolean Reading Images Seminar, Oxford, Trinity Term 2017

Wednesdays 1pm, weeks 2-4-6-8, New Douce Room, Department of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

3 May: Carol Atack, ‘Re-reading the Marmor Parium‘.

Thucydides 6 seminar, Oxford, Trinity Term 2017

Mondays 5pm (Apr 24-Jun 12), Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford, including:

  • 24 April: John Marincola, Thucydides 6.1-5.
  • 15 May: Carol Atack: problems of speech and knowledge in the debate at Syracuse (6.32.3-40)
  • 5 June: Tim Rood: the ancient reception of Thucydides’ account of the Sicilian Expedition