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Workshop at Durham University on Ancient Historiography, Science, and Theology

 Paradigm and Method in Ancient Historiography, Science, and Theology

 A CAMNE Workshop at Durham University

 3–4 May 2013





Under the auspices of the Centre   for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East (CAMNE), the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University is pleased to host an interdisciplinary workshop entitled ‘Paradigm and Method in Ancient Historiography, Science, and Theology’, 3–4 May 2013.  This workshop seeks to develop a scholarly dialogue concerning the epistemological assumptions, writing strategies, and methodological applications employed by ancient authors of historical writings, scientific and technical compositions, and theological works.  Papers will be delivered by a group of scholars whose academic interests pursue the interrelationships between various disciplines of knowledge in ancient cultures.

All events will take place at the Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University, 38 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3EU. This workshop is open to the public, and there is no cost to participate.  Any enquiries can be directed to the organizer, Phillip Horky (  Postdoctoral students are particularly encouraged to attend the workshop.



(Ritson Room/CL007, Dept. of Classics and Ancient History)

4:00pm–4:15pm: Introductory Remarks by Phillip Horky (Durham University)

Afternoon/Evening Session: Chaired by Luca Castagnoli (Durham University)

4:15pm–5:15pm: Chris Pelling (Christ Church, Oxford University)

‘Herodotus and the Hippocratics’

5:15pm–6:15pm: Phillip Horky (Durham University)

‘The First Words of Pythagoras’ Physics? Diogenes Laertius on Heraclitus on Pythagoras’

6:15pm–6:45pm: Coffee & Tea Break (Seminar Room/CL108)

6:45pm–7:45pm: Stefan Schorn (KU Leuven)

‘Theophrastus on Jewish Sacrifice’

8:00pm: Dinner for speakers


(Ritson Room/CL007, Dept. of Classics and Ancient History)

8:30am–9:00am: Coffee & Snacks (Seminar Room/CL108)

 Morning Session: Chaired by John Moles (Newcastle University)

9:00am–10:00am: Nicolas Wiater (University of St. Andrews)

‘History with(out) Gods: A Fresh Look at Polybius and Theology’

10:00am–11:00am: Thorsten Foegen (Durham University)

‘Memory, Methodology, and Morality: Links between Ancient Technical Writing and Historiography’

11:00am–11:30am: Coffee & Snacks (Seminar Room/CL108)

Morning/Afternoon Session: Chaired by Amy Russell (Durham) 

11:30am–12:30pm: Lucas Herchenroeder (Durham University)

‘Polybius and Political Causality: the Case of the Hannibalic War’

12:30pm–1:30pm: Luke Pitcher (Somerville College, Oxford University)

‘The Doctor’s Dilemma: Polybius, Science, and Philosophy’

1:30pm–1:45pm: Closing Remarks by Lucas Herchenroeder (Durham University)

This workshop is generously supported by the Department of Classics and Ancient History and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University.

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Northern Association for Ancient Philosophy Annual Meeting 2013

Wednesday and Thursday, 10th and 11th of April, 2013
Co-hosted in 2013 and 2014 by a Transpennine partnership of the
Universities of Manchester and Leeds

Simon Building, University of Manchester

The conference will meet at the University of Manchester on the 2nd
floor of the Simon Building on the corner of Oxford Rd. and Brunswick
St. (M13 9PL). The conference fee is £30.00 (students attend free of

WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL (1.00-6.00pm)

Dr Phillip Horky (Durham): Xenocrates and Pythagoreanism
Graduate paper: Mr Christopher T. Green (Leeds): The Self in Plato and
Dr Jamie Dow (Leeds): Tragic Emotions in Aristotle

THURSDAY 11TH APRIL (9.30am – 1.15pm)

Theme: Professor Sarah Broadie’s Nature and Divinity in Plato’s
Timaeus (Cambridge, 2012)
Dr Jay Kennedy (Manchester): What is at Stake in Current Debates over
Plato’s Timaeus?
Dr Thomas Johansen (Oxford): Plato’s Timaeus (Dr Johansen has
reviewed Nature and Divinity in Plato’s Timaeus for Notre Dame
Philosophical Reviews).
Professor Sarah Broadie (St. Andrews): Response followed by open discussion

‘Treasures in Ancient Philosophy from the Rare Books Collections’, John Rylands Library, Deansgate (M3 3EH) (3-4pm; optional)

Space is limited to 12 participants, so please reserve a place by
emailing Jay Kennedy. A curator and Jay Kennedy will present a dozen
or so rare books from the University of Manchester’s extraordinary
special collections. The presentation will take place in a small
seminar room to permit close inspection of each volume. There will be
examples of papyri fragments, vellum codices, and early printed books
such as: Ficino’s 1484 Latin Plato; Ficino on Platonic Love; Ficino’s
1492 Latin Plotinus; the first printed Lucretius, one of four
surviving copies of the 1473 Ferrandus edition; Aldine editions of
Plato, Aristotle and Lucretius; Stephanus’ 1578 edition of Plato;
Bekker’s 19th c. Aristotle; and the Billingsley/Dee 1570 edition of

Here is a link to the facebook webpage:

For enquiries and bookings please contact:

Jay Kennedy, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and
Medicine, University of Manchester:;
Elizabeth Pender, Classics Department, University of Leeds:

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