The Department of Ancient Classics is represented on the Royal Irish Academy Classical Studies Colloquium Committee, which works to promote research and education in these subjects and to engage with the wider community across the island of Ireland.
On of the most prominent activities organised by the committee is the annual RIA Colloquium on a particular aspect of the ancient world. Staff and students from Maynooth regularly participate in this colloquium, and undergraduates are especially welcome to attend.
The next meeting will take place on 12/13 November 2015 on the theme Ethics and Society in the Ancient World. Full details may be found at the Royal Irish Academy website or by clicking below for poster advertising the event.
Royal Irish Academy Colloquium: 12-13 November 2015
On 10-11 May 2013 the Department hosted a conference with the title Praise and the Construction of Character in Late Antiquity
. The aim of the conference was to explore the praise-literature of late Antiquity with particular emphasis on character-construction and image-creation.
Christopher Kelly (University of Cambridge) delivered the keynote address, with the title 'The Problem of Praise'.
The other speakers and topics are listed below.
Virginia Burrus (Drew University), ‘Gender, Genre, and Biblical Exemplarity in The Life of Saint Helia’.
Marco Formisano (Universiteit Gent), ‘Reading Boredom: Pliny’s Praise of Trajan and the Rhetoric of Sincerity’.
Bruce Gibson (University of Liverpool), ‘In Praise of Gratian: Ausonius’ Gratiarum Actio’.
David Scourfield (Maynooth University), ‘Undying Praise: Memorialization in the Consolatory Letters of Jerome’.
Michael Trapp (King’s College London), ‘And I Mean This Very Sincerely: Encomium and Ethos in Lucian’.
Lieve Van Hoof (Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Universität Göttingen), ‘Praise through Characterization through Praise: The Forged Epistolary Exchange between Basil and Libanius’.
Catherine Ware (Maynooth University /University of Liverpool), ‘The Emperor Constantine and his Virtues’.
Michael Williams (Maynooth University), ‘How Shall I Praise Thee? Martin of Tours in the Works of Sulpicius Severus’.