Colloquia, Conferences & Workshops

  • Herodotus & the Long Nineteenth Century: Ethnography, Nationalism & Disciplinary Formation (2nd J.P. Postgate Colloquium, 12-14 September 2012)
  • Envisioning Landscapes: Adaptation & Renewal (22 June 2012) [Faculty Adaptation & Renewal event] 
  • Cinema and Antiquity: 2000-2011 (1st J.P. Postgate Colloquium, 12-14 July 2011) 

We also supported the Science Fiction Foundation Conference, Swords, sorcery, sandals and space: the Fantastika and the Classical world (29 June – 1 July 2013).



The research group hosts a number of seminars during the academic year as part of the Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar and the Classics and Ancient History Work-in-Progress Seminar series.  Recent speakers include:


  • Dr Fred Jones (Liverpool), Discontinuous legacies of the Classical nude: Jupiter and Antiope
  • Professor Tom Harrison (Liverpool), Herodotus’ travels in Britain (and beyond): prose composition and pseudo-ethnography in Victorian and Edwardian England
  • Mr James Ford (Liverpool), Gilbert West's Dissertation on the Olympics (1749): Classical lessons for the English statesman
  • Dr Ben Earley (Cambridge), The "Periclean moment": Pericles and Athenian history in eighteenth-century political thought
  • Dr Jessica Hughes (Open University), "Bringing it all back home": souvenirs, tourism, art and Classical reception
  • Mrs Phyllis Brighouse (Liverpool), Receptions of the Ancient World in the school stories of Charles Hamilton
  • Dr Fred Jones (Liverpool), Religion vs. Secularity in the post-Classical Nude: Rembrandt's Corpses
  • Dr Vasiliki Zali (Liverpool), Herodotus in Middle Byzantine Historiography


  • Dr Penny Goodman (Leeds), On this day in history: Augustus and his bimillennia
  • Dr Alexei Zadorozhnyy (Liverpool), Plutarch à la Russe: ancient heroism and Russian ideology in Tolstoy’s War and Peace
  • Dr Luke Houghton (Glasgow), Virgil's Fourth Eclogue and the visual arts (joint event with the Latin Literature group)
  • Dr Joanna Paul (Open University), ‘Time is only a mode of thought, you know': history, fantasy and empire in E. Nesbit's The Story of the Amulet and Rudyard Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill
  • Dr David Maw (Oxford) Boethius and the Speculum Musicae (c1320) of Jacques de Liege (joint event with Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)


  • Dr Lindsay Allen (Kings College, London), Imagining Old Persian: the apocryphal Athenian Letters and the eighteenth-century culture of decipherment
  • Dr Amy Coker (Liverpool), What the $?#* does this word mean? Bad language in Liddell & Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon
  • Professor Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), Sappho and the American Senate: imaging female desire in Classical dress


  • Dr Joe Skinner ( Liverpool), Historiography, hybridity and the shaping of the past
  • Prof David Scourfield (NUI, Maynooth), Annexing Arcadia: classical space in the short fiction of E. M. Forster (joint event with the Latin Literature group)
  • Dr David Gange (Birmingham), Petrie’s Greeks: imagining Naukratis in 19thC Britain
  • Prof Tom Harrison (Liverpool), 'Reconciling my work with the world': F.W. Walbank and Polybius