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The Stanford Memorial Lectures

This lecture series was established, by public subscription, to honour the memory of William Bedell Stanford, Regius Professor of Greek in Trinity College, Dublin, from 1940 to 1980, and Chancellor of the University of Dublin from 1982 to 1984. Lecturers are chosen by a committee of the Department of Classics. The aim of the lecture series is to elicit from a scholar deemed to be doing innovative work in one area or other of the disciplines of Classical Studies a set of three lectures on a theme of his or her choice. The lectures, suitably expanded, are published by Cambridge University Press.


March 27-29, 2023

Professor Carl Knappett
University of Toronto

Exploring change in protohistoric societies: futurity in the ancient Aegean

Lecture 1: Living together: the urban impulse
Monday 27th March, Emmet Theatre (2037), Arts Building, 7 pm

Lecture 2: Moving apart: mobility and trade
Tuesday 28th March, Classics Seminar Room, 6pm

Lecture 3: Feeling creative: art as vector for social change
Wednesday 29th March, Classics Seminar Room, 6pm



Previous Stanford lectures

  • 2022: Dr Donncha O'Rourke (The University of Edinburgh)
    'Erring Willingly: Weakness of the will in Roman Elegy'
  • 2018: Dr Jenny Bryan (University of Manchester)
    ‘A Man of Rare Knowledge’: Empedocles on Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
  • 2017: Dr Dr Will Wootton (King's College London)
    Unfinished works: Roman art in action
  • 2015: Myles Lavan (University of St Andrews)
    Enfranchisement and Empire: Roman Citizenship from Augustus to Caracalla
  • 2012: Dr Peter Liddel (University of Manchester)
    The Consequences of Epigraphy: The Ancient Reception of Greek Inscriptions
  • 2009: Dr Vicky Rimell (University of Rome, La Sapienza)
    Enclosure and empire: the poetics of interiority in Roman literature
  • 2008: Dr Johannes Haubold (University of Durham)
    Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature
  • 2006: Dr Yannis Hamilakis (University of Southampton)
    The Social Life of Ruins
  • 2005: Dr Katelijn Vandorpe (K.U. Leuven)
    The Multicultural Society of Pathyris: An Egyptian Town after Alexander
  • 2003: Dr Peter Wilson (University of Sydney)
    The Sound of Greece: Music, Politics and Poetry

Published volumes in the W.B. Stanford Memorial Lecture series, Cambridge University Press

  • Victoria Rimell, The Closure of Space in Roman Poetics: Empire’s Inward Turn, 2015
  • Johannes Haubold, Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature, 2013. This volume won the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence
  • Alison Sharrock, Reading Roman Comedy: Poetics and Playfulness in Plautus and Terence, 2009.
  • Christopher Smith, The Roman Clan: The Gens from Ancient Ideology to Modern Anthropology, 2006.
  • Susan Alcock. Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscapes, Monuments, and Memories, 2002.
  • Mary Margaret McCabe, Plato and his predecessors: The Dramatisation of Reason, 2000.
  • Peter Garnsey, Ideas of Slavery from Aristotle to Augustine, 1996.
  • Simon Goldhill, Foucault's Virginity: Ancient Erotic Fiction and the History of Sexuality, 1995.