A reminder that the 19th Dorothy Buchan Memorial Lecture in Ancient History will be held next week at the University of Leicester on Tuesday 26th November 2019. Our speaker will be Professor Judith Mossman (Coventry University). The lecture will take place at 5.30 p.m. on campus in Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 2. Tea and coffee will be available in the foyer of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History Building from 4.30 p.m.
The event is free but please use the following link to register your interest/intention to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-dorothy-buchan-memorial-lecture-prof-judith-mossman-tickets-78389247349. Please also indicate at the same time whether you will be joining us for tea and coffee prior to the lecture. If you are bringing a group (10+) or would like to dine with the speaker after the event (at your own expense), please contact the convener, Dr Nikki Rollason via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Wednesday 20th November (today).
The title of Professor Mossman’s talk is ‘At Home in Chaironeia: Domestic Detail in Plutarch’.
Abstract: ‘Plutarch is an author whose self-representation is particularly prominent and particularly attractive. This applies to all his works, even his biographies (especially at the start of some Lives). Part of this persona is his portrayal of his domestic setting and his home town. In works such as Table Talk, and the Consolation to his Wife, the family setting is important in many ways and is expressed partly through the detailed description of domestic objects and arrangements. The fact that Plutarch includes domestic detail in scenes in his biographies, too, including scenes of violence and death, suggests that he was alert to the potential for pathos and the opportunities for characterisation inherent in the description of domestic life in a domestic setting.’
We look forward to seeing you next week.
Prof. Graham Shipley and Dr Nikki Rollason
School of Archaeology and Ancient History
University of Leicester.