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Autumn-Winter Programme 2017

Unless otherwise indicated all meetings take place in K217, UCD Newman Building, 7.30 p.m.

October

Dublin Classics Seminar
Date: Friday, 6th at 3.30pm
Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Eckert (University of Oldenburg)
Title: 'The 'Lousy Disease' in Antiquity - More than Divine Revenge?

Latin Reading Group
Date: Wednesday, 11th
Leader: Dr. Alexandra Eckert
Text: Valerius Maximus: De crudelitate (Facta et Dicta Memoribilia, liber IX, 2)

November
Branch Lecture and AGM
Date: Wednesday, 8th
AGM at 6.30pm
Lecture 7.30pm
Speaker: Elva Johnston, Assoc. Prof. (UCD School of History)
Title: 'Edge of Empire? Ireland and the Roman Frontiers'

Latin Reading Group
Date: Wednesday, 15th
Leader: Alan Tuffery
Text: 'Ovid's Amores, liber 1'

CAI Presidential Address
Date: Friday, 24th
Venue:
Please note location for meeting UCD, Lecture Theatre NT1, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Carmel McCallum-Barry, CAI President 2017
Title: 'Women in Classics: some landmark achievements from the Renaissance to the twentieth century'
Respondent: Dr Martine Cuypers
Followed by Reception in UCD Common Room

December
Branch Lecture
Date: Wednesday, 6th
Speaker: Mr Damhlaic magShamhrain (Sligo)
Title: ‘C Valerius Catullus - Life, Lyrics (and Lust)’

Latin Reading Group
Date: wednesday, 13th
Leader: TBA
Text: TBA


Spring-Summer Programme 2017

Unless otherwise indicated all meetings take place in K217, UCD Newman Building, 7.30 p.m.

January
Date: Friday, 20th
Event: Dublin Branch Dinner
Roly Saul Restaurant, Dundrum, Dublin 14

February

Date: Wednesday, 8th
Leader: Gearoid O Broin (Latin Reading Group)
Texts: 2 Passages from Lucretius' De Rerum Natura: DRN 1.921-950 & 2.1-61

Branch Lecture
Date: Tuesday, 21st
Speaker: Lucia Mariani (Universita del Piemonte Orientale)
Title: ‘Hermione from Greek literature to Rossini’

March
Date: Wednesday, 8th
Leader: Prof. Andrew Smith (Latin Reading Group)
Text: Readings from Virgil, Seneca & Augustine

Branch Lecture
Date: Tuesday, 28th
Speaker: Dr. Jacopo Tabolli (Trinity)
Title: 'Death becomes her: Archaeological (In)Visibility of Women's Power in pre-Roman Italy'

April
Date: Wednesday, 5th
Leader: Dr. Joan Wright (Latin Reading Group)
Text: t.b.c. theme from Ovid

Branch Lecture
Date: Tuesday, 25th
Speaker: Dr. Kelly Phelan (Maynooth)
Title: ‘Stopping the clock: some problems in Demosthenes' Against Euboulides (Dem. 57)

May
Date: Wednesday, 3rd
Leader: Geraldine Fitzgerald (Latin Reading Group)
Text: t.b.d.

Branch Outing
Date: Saturday, 13th
Leader: Brian O'Connell
Title: High Cosses at Ahenny, Augustinian Priory at Callan, Kilkea House, home of Sir Ernest Shackleton

Date: Tuesday, 30th
Latin Reading Group - Deliciae Latinae - Each participant brings a favourite from Latin literature to the group
Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer St., Dublin 2


Autumn-Winter Programme 2016

Unless otherwise indicated all meetings take place in K217, UCD Newman Building, 7.30 p.m.

October
Latin Reading Group
Date: Wednesday, 19th
Leader: Alan Tuffery
Text: Ovid's Heroides VII

November
AGM at 7pm
Branch Lecture 7.30pm
Date: Tuesday, 1st
Speaker: Prof. Andrew Smith (UCD School of Classics)
Title: 'Ancient Thrace and the Borders of Civilisation'

Branch Lecture
Date: Tuesday, 15th
Speaker: Amanda Kelly (UCD School of Archaeology)
Title: ‘Extra-urban villae in Crete: rustic retreats or strategically placed administrative hubs?’

Latin Reading Group
Date: Wednesday, 16th
Leader: Dr. Cosetta Cadau
Text: Virgil's Ecloga VI

CAI Presidential Address
Date: Friday, 25th
Venue:
Please note location for meeting UCD, Lecture Theatre NT1, 7 p.m.
Speaker: The Hon. Ms. Justice Caroline Costello, CAI President 2016
Title: Ancient Shipwrecks and New Insights
Respondent: Andrew Smith (UCD School of Classics)
Followed by Reception in UCD Common Room

December
Branch Lecture
Date: Tuesday, 6th
Speaker: Michael Ann Bevivino (UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy)
Title: ‘Apollo in 3D? From plaster casts to digital models’

Latin Reading Group
Date: Thursday, 8th
Leader: Liam Bairéad
Text: Cicero’s De Re Publica III, 33, De Legibus I, 42 and from Carmina Burana, CB 196, Quando in taberna sumus

Followed by yuletide wine and mince pies and Christmas carols in Latin


Spring-Summer Programme 2016


Unless otherwise indicated all meetings take place in K217, UCD Newman Building, 7.30 p.m.

January
Date: Thursday, 14th
Leader: Prof. Andrew Smith (Latin Reading Group)
Texts: ‘Spring Odes of Horace

Date: Friday, 22nd
Event: New Year Branch Dinner
Venue: Benito's, Main Street, Dalkey at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

February
EGM and Branch Lecture
Date: Friday, 12th  
7.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. respectively
Speaker: Dr. Maeve O'Brien (NUI Maynooth)
Title: ‘Amazons of the Parthenon

Date: Thursday, 19th
Leader: Dr. Joan Wright (Latin Reading Group)
Texts: 'Somnium Scipioni, excerpts from Cicero's De Republica'

March
Branch Lecture
Date: Friday, 11th
Speaker: Dr. Benedict Lowe
Title: 'Fish Sauce and Pompeii'

Date: Tuesday, 22nd
Leader: Dr. Louise Maguire (Latin Reading Group)
Text: 'Virgil, excerpts from Aeneid'

April
Branch Lecture
Date: Thursday, 14th
Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Guglielmi (Archaeology Department, UCD)
Title: ‘Roman Ireland’

Date: Thursday, 28th
Leader: Liam Bairead (Latin Reading Group)
Text: 'Play-reading from Plautus' Miles Gloriosus'

May

CAI Biennial Trip: Bulgaria
Dates: 1-14 May inclusive
Leader: Prof. Andrew Smith

Branch Lecture
Date: Thursday, 19th
Speaker: Mr Roger Hudson
Title: ‘Classics in Fiction

Date: Saturday, 28th (date to be confirmed)
Tour Leader: Brian O’Connell
Event: Dublin Branch Outing: Day Trip to Coolatin, Co. Wicklow

Autumn-Winter Programme 2015
Unless otherwise indicated all meetings take place in K217, UCD Newman Building, 7.30 p.m.

October
Date: Thursday, 22nd
Leader: Alan Tuffery (Latin Reading Group)
Text: Cicero's De Senectute (On Old Age)

November
Date: Friday, 6th
Venue:
Please note location for meeting UCD, Lecture Theatre NT1, 7 p.m.
CAI Annual Presidential Address
Speaker: Prof. John Madden (NUI Galway)
Title: ‘The Jewel in the Crown: The Royal Library of Alexandria
Followed by Reception in UCD Common Room

Date: Thursday, 12th
Latin Reading Group
Text: Playreading from Miles Gloriosus (Act II, lines 272-353)

December
Date: Thursday, 3rd
Branch AGM, 7 p.m.
Followed by Keynote Lecture
Speaker: Sarah Wilson (UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy)
Title: ‘Palmyra and Syrian Religion in Rome

Date: Thursday, 10th
Latin Reading Group
Text: Topic t.b.a.

Spring-Summer Programme 2015


January
Date: Tuesday, 27th
Leader: Margaret Desmond (Latin Reading Group)
Texts: ‘Nero and the Great Fire of Rome A.D 64 from the perspective of Tacitus, Suetonius and Dio Cassius’

Date: Saturday, 31st
Event: New Year Branch Dinner
Venue: Beaufield Mews, Stillorgan at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

February
Branch Lecture
Date: Thursday, 12th
Speaker: Daniele Miano (UCD School of Classics)
Title: ‘Nationalism and Myth in the 19th century: the case of the Italian Atlantis’

Date: Tuesday, 17th
Leader: Joan Wright (Latin Reading Group)
Texts: 'The Venerable Bede's account of King Edwin of Northumbria's conversion to Christianity'

March
Date: Monday, 2nd at 7pm
Event: Eithne Ryan Memorial Lecture in Classics * CANCELLED - Dr Doody ill *
Venue: Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin
Title: 'Source of the fabulous werewolf': How to find a monster in Pliny's encyclopedia
Speaker: Dr Aude Doody

Date: Thursday, 19th
Leader: Louise Maguire (Latin Reading Group)
Text: ‘Livy's account of the Rape of the Sabine Women’

Date: Monday, 23rd at 7.30pm
Event: The Eithne Ryan Memorial Lecture in Classics *
Rescheduled *
Venue: Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin
Title: 'Source of the fabulous werewolf': How to find a monster in Pliny's encyclopedia
Speaker: Dr Aude Doody

Public Lecture
UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy
Date: Thursday, 26th at 5.30 p.m.
Venue: Newman House, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Speaker: Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge)
Title: ‘Rome and Immigrants’ (title t.b.c)

April

Branch Lecture
Date: Thursday, 9th (Rescheduled from Thursday 26th March)
Speaker: Gordon Campbell (Ancient Classics, NUI Maynooth)
Title: ‘Humans and Animals in Ancient Thought: Are we Different?’

Date: Thursday, 23rd
Leader: Alexander Thein (Latin Reading Group)
Text: 'Tacitus on Civil War and the Capitoline Fire of A.D. 69'

Branch Lecture
Date: Thursday, 30th
Speaker: Andrew Smith (UCD School of Classics)
Title: ‘The birth of enquiry: the first Greek philosophers’

May

Date: Saturday, 16th
Tour Leader: Brian O’Connell
Event: Dublin branch outing: Day Trip to Co. Meath including Trim Castle

Autumn-Winter Programme 2014

September
Date: Tuesday, 16th
Venue:
Please note change of location for meeting United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam St, Dublin2
Dublin Branch Annual General Meeting, 7pm
Keynote Lecture and Reception: 7.30pm

Speaker: Dr Eric Haywood (UCD School of Languages and Literatures)
Title: ‘Viewing Ireland through Rome-tinted Spectacles in Renaissance Italy

October
Date: Friday, 3rd
Venue:
Please note change of location for meeting Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1
Presidential Address and Reception: 8pm
Speaker: Peter Fallon (CAI President 2014)
Title: ‘Inscribing Ages: On the Arts of Translation

November
Date: Thursday, 13th
Venue: Room K217, School of Classics, Newman Building, UCD
Speaker: Dr Eoghan Moloney (Ancient Classics, NUI Maynooth)
Title: ‘Heroes and History: Homer, Heracles and Alexander the Great

December
Date: Thursday, 4th
Speaker: Dr Rob Sands (UCD School of Archaeology)
Title: ‘The Wooden Small Finds from Vindolanda

Spring-Summer Programme 2014


February
Date: Thursday, 13th
Speaker: Jessica Doyle (UCD/IRC)
Title: ‘Hunting Centaurs in Early Greek Art’

Date: Thursday, 20th
Leader: Prof. Andrew Smith
Event: Latin Reading
Texts: Excerpts from Tusculun Disputations, Academica and the Nature of the Gods

Date: Monday 24th
Speaker: Dr Joanna Day
(Lecturer & Curator UCD Classical Museum)
Event: The Eithne Ryan Memorial Lecture in Classics
Title: "'Pluck, Wash and Dress the Flamingo and Put in Pan" Exploring Roman Dining'
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Alexandra College, Dublin 6.
For information call 01 4977571.


Date: Thursday, 27th
Speaker: Dr. Joanna Day (Lecturer & Curator UCD Classical Museum)
Event: Guided museum tour and artefact workshop, Rooms K215/6

March
Date: Thursday, 27th
Speaker: Victor Connerty (UCD)
Title: ‘The Murder of Julius Caesar’

April

Date: Thursday, 3rd
Leader: Brian Farley
Title: Latin reading - Three Odes of Horace


May
Date: Thursday, 1st
Leader: Gearoid O Broin
Title: Latin reading - Lucretius 'De rerum natura'
Texts:
Lucretius 1.1-27 Hymn to Venus part 1
Lucretius 1.28-49 Hymn to Venus part 2
Lucretius 1.80-101 Sacrifice of Iphigenia

Date: 1st-13th
Tour Leader: Prof. Andrew Smith (UCD)
Event: CAI trip to the Peloponnese (already booked out)

Date: Saturday, 24th
Tour Leader: Mr Brian O’Connell
Event: Dublin branch outing: East Coast tour, including Wicklow Gaol & Kilruddery House etc. Details and booking forms will be posted to members in spring.

June

Date: Tueday, 3rd at 7.15pm
Leader: Liam Bairead
Title: Latin reading
Venue: Library Bar, Central Hotel, Excheque Street, Dublin 2.


N.B. Any changes to the schedule will be relayed via both Facebook (Classical Association of Ireland) and the CAI website.



Autumn-Winter Programme, Michaelmas Term 2013

September
Date: Thursday,  26th September
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: United Arts Club, Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2
Annual General Meeting
Time: 7.30pm
Speaker: Dr. Martin Brady (School of Classics UCD & current Chairman of CAI)
Title: To be confirmed

October
Date: Thursday, 24th October
Time: 7.30pm
Speaker: Ms. Lynda Mulvin (School of Art History & Cultural Policy UCD)
Title: To be confirmed

November
Date: Thursday,  7th November
Time: 7.30pm
Speaker: Dr. Selga Medenieks (TCD)
Title: ‘Anatolian Religious Sites’

Date: Tuesday, 12th November
Time: 8pm
Leader: Mr. Liam Bairead
Latin Reading: Clodia/Lesbia in the work of Catullus and Cicero

December

Date: Thursday,  5th December
Time: 7.30pm
Speaker: Mr. Patrick J Ryan (Limerick Branch) ‘
Title: ‘Bowls and Bread-baskets: The Hellenization of the Latin Vocabulary’


General Information on Events

Unless otherwise specified, meetings take place in room K217, School of Classics, Newman Building (aka Arts Block), University College Dublin (UCD).

Lectures are followed by questions and some informal discussion over a glass of wine.

All visitors and new members are welcome!

 
 
Classical Association Tour of the Peloponnese 2014
 



In a break with tradition, this tour took place slightly later than heretofore to coincide with the start of the airline summer schedules.  So on May 1st we assembled at Dublin Airport for the Aer Lingus flight direct to Athens.  Members from Dublin, Cork, Sligo and Limerick Branches made a group total of 31.  Our tour leader, for the 17th time, was Professor Andrew Smith of UCD, ably assisted by Dr. Joan Wright,     Sotiris, our bus driver and a local guide.   My first CAI tour was to Greece in 1981 and this time we revisited many of the same sites, evoking memories of good times and the people who shared them with us.  We remembered the botanical knowledge of Ann Buchanan and Tanya Blythe who identified the Mediterranean flora for us – we missed ye this time, ladies.

We stayed overnight in Athens and next day headed north to the Isthmus of Corinth. The Corinth Canal was constructed here in the time of Nero, using the slave labour of thousands of Jewish prisoners after the Judean revolt. Today the road bridge over the canal is a very busy one, as is the shipping route below, in the canal itself. We went on to visit the Environment Museum of Stymphalia, overlooking the lake that gives it its name. Modern technology is used at its best in this museum setting and the views over the lake and its bird life were special. On day 3 we walked uphill and through the Lion Gate to the citadel of Mycenae.  Its position controlled access to the interior and there was a clear view over the Palace of Agamemnon to the sea.  The so called Treasury of Atreus is the largest and best preserved of the tholos tombs.

Pylos was the second most important centre in the Mycenean world after Mycenae itself.  It was unfortified.  The Palace of Nestor was destroyed by fire but some fragments of the wall paintings are in the Museum at Chora. The sanctuary at Olympia flourished from 10th century BC until the emperor Theodosius closed all the ancient sanctuaries.  Epidavros was a centre of healing using water from local springs in the sanctuary of Asclepius.   We also visited Messene, Sparta and Monemvasia.  The Museum of the Olive and Greek olive oil aims to preserve the technology of times past and acknowledge the importance of the olive in Greek life.

The well prepared among us brought along the book by travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermorentitled  Mani.  The peninsula of that name is the middle one in the southern Peloponnese. We drove zig zag style through its forested mountains of pine and olive groves.  Many Athenian families escape to their holiday homes here in summer when temperatures soar in the capital. The visit to the Vlychada caves was memorable.  The rise in sea level after the ice age flooded them, so a half hour tour in a canoe-size boat brought us up close to the calcite dripstone formations that are still evolving today.

Back in Athens, we had time to walk up to the Acropolis. The Parthenon Temple of Athena looked majestic with its Pentelic marble gleaming in the May sunlight. The new Museum of the Acropolis was visited too.

To conclude, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to the late Alan Benson of Sadlier Travel who died suddenly and unexpectedly in January. He organised our tours over the years and his colleagues did so this time.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this tour the success it was.  The tour was enjoyable and unlike visitors in ancient times, we didn’t encounter the bedbugs of Argos or the thistles of Tiryns !

Christine Shine, Cork Branch.

 
 
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