The Illicit Trade in Papyrus Manuscripts from Egypt: Old and New Tales

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Mar 9

The Illicit Trade in Papyrus Manuscripts from Egypt: Old and New Tales

9 March 2021

Due to the ongoing global situation with COVID-19, the Manchester & District Branch of the Classical Association has moved all of its lectures online on the platform Zoom. All events are open live to members, and recorded for their YouTube channel. You can become a member here, also via Pay-Pal: You can also‘tip’ them at: There will be further events for members throughout the year, including a student-led and careers workshops and short talks. Also look out for children’s competitions with Athena’s Owls! Download a PDF of the programme here.  

Tuesday 17th November 2020

Dr Sally Waite & Dr Susanna Phillippo (Newcastle) Greece Recreated  Abstract: In this lecture we will talk about our collaboration with English Heritage and the Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne to create an online exhibition to communicate our research on the Shefton Collection of Greek Art and Archaeology and the inspiration of the Classical world on the development of the Belsay Estate in Northumberland.

Tuesday 15th December 2020

Dr Stephe Harrop (Liverpool Hope) Alcestis: In Bits. Live Discussion of specially recorded performance (recording available in advance). Abstract: Remember the morning you walked away, while she yelled down the street? Remember the time he held you so hard you thought your bones would snap? Remember the plate, the cup, the glass – falling, cracking, fracturing? Remember that night? The phone ringing? Remember? Alcestis: In Bits is about breaking up and breaking down. The losses that leave your life shattered, and the painstaking work of picking up the pieces. Queens and gods, broken crockery and late-night phone calls collide in this live storytelling fusion of ancient myth and modern experience. Inspired by Phrynichus’ lost tragedy, Alcestis: In Bits playfully, poignantly combines surviving fragments of an ancient tale with story-shards of contemporary heartbreak and endurance. Stephe Harrop is a professional storyteller, spitting out new words and re-spinning old tales to try and make sense of a crazy world. “A deep thinker with a light-touch and a wealth of material at her fingertips” – Alys Torrance, Story Jam. This live discussion with Stephe Harrop will focus on there performance specially recorded for the Manchester Classical Association, which will be made available a week or so in advance for your viewing.

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Dr Ian Goh (Swansea) Mixtures, Medicine, and the Moretum: Roman Recipes and Food Culture Abstract: Columella Book 12 contains numerous farmhouse recipes; I am particularly interested—and hope you will be too—by the cheese dips, which correspond with a recipe in a poem, the Moretum, which has come down to us alongside the work of Virgil. In this talk accompanied by cooking I attempt to navigate the politics of the advice these authors give and contrast their approaches. Cooking the books was never so much fun.


Tuesday 9th February 2021

Prof Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton) Homer’s Passage in Postcolonial Hispaniola

Tuesday 16th February 2021

Dr Shana Zaia (Vienna) Royal Authority in the Neo-Assyrian Empire:  Representations and Realities

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Dr Roberta Mazza (Manchester) The Illicit Trade in Papyrus Manuscripts from Egypt: Old and New Tales

Tuesday 11th May 2021

Dr Sarah Derbew(Stanford) Blazing Blackness in Greek Antiquity

Tuesday 25th May 2021

Dr Amy Coker(Cheltenham Ladies’ College / University of Bristol) Prostitutes, Youths and Potty-Mouthed Clowns: Who Swore in Ancient Greek and Why it Matters


9 March 2021
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