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Activities

The Initiative brings together activities across Yale. We highlight and advertise programs, workshops and events that engage antiquity and the premodern world. We are in the process of creating connections with the Yale Center for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the Yale Digital Humanities Group, the Gabii Archaeological dig, and other new projects.

Ancient Societies Workshop and Core Seminar

This interdisciplinary workshop serves as an important meeting ground for those who work on the ancient world at Yale, and is an important forum that allows sustained conversation over a semester or even a year about a common theme.

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Conferences

In the Crucible of Empire: Resistance, Revolt, and Revolution in the Greco-Roman World. October 30–31. The Department of Classics, YISAP, and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund present this two day conference. Read More (pdf)

Troubling Legacies: Anti-Judaism in Antiquity and its Aftermath. September 8, 2014. Featuring Erich Gruen, Benjamin Isaac, Dale Martin, Hindy Najman, and many others. Read More

Workshops

Cultures of the Classical ‘Cultures of the Classical’ is a network that draws together scholars at Yale who work on receptions of Greco–Roman Classical Antiquity, and the Classical Tradition (including comparative Classical Traditions and rival antiquities). We are particularly interested in complex plays with the past in which texts and works of art, and indeed whole cultural movements, have appropriated aspects of Classical Antiquity while simultaneously asserting their distance from ancient Greece and Rome. Read More

Greco-Roman Lunch is sponsored by the Classics Department and is held bi-weekly, on the first and third (and sometimes fifth) Mondays of the month in the Fellows’ Room at Saybrook College. The invitation list consists of faculty and graduate students from the Departments of Classics, History, Art History, EALL, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, and others, and they convene at 12:00 for lunch followed by a presentation by one of their number at 12:30. A presentation of up to 30 minutes is followed by questions. The focus of papers ranges freely from literary to archaeological to cultural. Lunch is provided free to those who are not on a meal plan. To be added to the list, or to volunteer a presentation, contact the convener, william.metcalf@yale.edu.

Medieval Lunch Colloquium The weekly Medieval Lunch Colloquium brings together medievalists from a variety of departments in the University for informal presentations and discussion. At each meeting, a speaker presents work-in-progress to an interdisciplinary audience of graduate students, faculty and staff working in medieval studies. Speakers include both Yale faculty and graduate students, with occasional out-of-town guests.

The Hebrew Bible Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Yale Divinity School and the Program in Judaic Studies. Every year it brings to campus some of the most significant scholars in the field of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, both junior and senior, to share their recent research. These lectures make available to the Yale community the breadth of scholarship currently being produced on ancient Israelite and Jewish history, literature, beliefs, and practices.

Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies The Medieval Studies Program organizes Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies, an interdisciplinary lecture series which brings to Yale America’s most creative scholars of the Middle Ages, presenting  innovative and exciting work in fields such as paleography, codicology, liturgical studies, music, history of art, archaeology, history, literature, and philosophy. The series, which is run by students in medieval disciplines, emphasizes intellectual diversity and rigorous scholarship and is a vital part of Yale’s interdisciplinary approach to the medieval period.
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The Annual Rostovtzeff Lecture and Colloquium

The lecture honors the legacy of Michael I. Rostovtzeff, a titan of Ancient History and one of the greats of twentieth-century historical scholarship. Rostovtzeff taught at Yale from 1925 until his retirement in 1944. He was a world authority on Hellenistic and Roman history and wrote widely on ancient history, particularly in the field of economic history. The annual lecture brings scholars to Yale who work in areas pioneered by Rostovtzeff, but whose field-changing research takes Ancient History in new directions.
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Please send us your suggestions or let us know what we have missed: gradcoordinator.YISAP@yale.edu.