This year’s colloquium series will be devoted to the exploration of a methodological question. As scholars of antiquity, we frequently encounter the challenge of working with modern categories and testing their applicability to ancient texts, monuments, artifacts, historical events and socio-economic phenomena. “Democracy”, “Religion”, “Character”, “Fiction” are just a few examples of modern terms, which, scholars have argued, fit uneasily the dynamics of ancient data. This series will explore what happens when we are confronted with the shortcomings of modern theoretical tools in capturing the complexities of ancient phenomena and how in turn managing the sense of distance from the past that arises from this conceptual clash informs our work as scholars of antiquity.
Light lunch will be served.