Australasian Society for Classical Studies Conference 39 (2018)

Australasian Society for Classical Studies

Annual Meeting and Conference 39

Tuesday, 30 January - Friday, 2 February 2018


The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, Brisbane QLD 4072, AUSTRALIA

The 39th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies was held at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, from Tuesday, 30 January to Friday, 2 February 2018.

The conference was hosted by the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland.

The convenors are
The conference will feature a keynote address on the evening of Wednesday, 31 January by:
Professor Christopher Faraone
Department of Classics
University of Chicago
The conference will also feature the 20th Trendall Lecture on Tuesday, 30 January by:

Associate Professor Anne Mackay
Classics and Ancient History
University of Auckland

The Trendall Lecture is sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities. For more details, please see their website

Please note the following important dates
  1. abstracts were due by 28 July 2017
  2. early bird registrations closed on 10 November 2017
We enjoyed welcoming you to Brisbane in January 2018!


Tuesday, 30 January to Friday, 2 February 2018


The conference was held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, 4072, Australia.

For the conference venues, please refer to UQ Maps (click on the map to enlarge areas/numbers/buildings):


Length of Papers

20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions (30 minutes total)

Offers of Papers/Abstracts

  • Abstracts (150-250 words) are due by 28 July 2017
  • Early bird registrations close on 10 November 2017

Audio-Visual Requirements

For those who are offering papers, please use the registration form to submit a detailed list of your audio-visual requirements by 15 December 2017.

Travel and Accommodation

We are asking delegates to organize their own travel and accommodation for the duration of the conference, though we would like to help as much as possible. Please see the accompanying files for information on travel and accommodation, but please don’t hesitate to contact one of the organizers for further assistance.

Registration Fees

For prices, see Registration Information and the registration page. The registration fee covers:

  1. Welcome reception from 4.30-5.45 p.m. on Tuesday 30 January
  2. Keynote reception from 4.30-5.45 p.m. on Wednesday 31 January
  3. The ASCS Conference from Wednesday 31 January to Friday 2 February
  4. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea each conference day
  5. Conference packs

Welcome Reception will be held from 4.30-5.45 p.m. on Tuesday 30 January in the Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building (= Building 14, Room 613).

Reception will precede the Keynote Lecture from 4.30-5.45 p.m. on Wednesday 31 January in the Level 2 Foyer of the Michie Building (= Building 9, Level 2)

The Conference Dinner (Thursday 1 February, 7.00 p.m. onwards) will be held at Women’s College.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote poster

Professor Christopher Faraone


The Australasian Society for Classical Studies
The UQ Friends of Antiquity
The Queensland Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens

Time and Place

Wednesday evening 31 January (6.00-7.00 p.m.) in Sir Llew Edwards Building Room 212 (= UQ Maps 14-212)


'Women and Children First: The Earliest Evidence for Ancient Greek Body Amulets'


This power-point lecture will explore the evidence of vase-paintings, votive statues and grave deposits that shows how in the classical and Hellenistic periods Greek women and children wore amulets to protect their bodies.  The absence of similar amulets on images of naked adult males suggests that they did not wear amulets, although literary evidence is clear that men – even the famous Pericles -- did wear amulets when they were ill. This talk will also show how the wearing of childhood amulets by boys (especially on Cyprus and in Athens) seems intertwined with assertions of citizenship and other forms of status.



Title: Frank and Gertrude Springer Professor in the Humanities
Address: Dept. of Classics, University of Chicago
Education: PhD Stanford University (1988)
Office: Classics 25C

Areas of Specialization 

Ancient Greek Poetry, Religion, Magic

Recent Books

The Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2018)

Vanishing Acts: Deletio Morbi as Speech Act and Visual Design on Ancient Greek Amulets, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 115 (London, 2013).

(with Dirk Obbink), The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic and Mystery in Ancient Greek Selinous (Oxford 2013).

The Stanzaic Architecture of Archaic Greek Elegy (Oxford University Press 2008).

Prof. Faraone’s new book, The Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times, will appear with the University of Pennsylvania Press in early 2018.  His next book project is entitled Hymn, Oracle, Incantation and Lament: Short Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus.


Trendall Lecturer

Trendall poster

Associate Professor Anne Mackay

The 20th Trendall Lecture is sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Time and Place

Tuesday evening 30 January (6.00-7.00 p.m.) in Sir Llew Edwards Bldg Room 212 (= UQ Maps 14-212)

'The Force of Tradition in Early Greek Poetry and Painting'

From her undergraduate years at the University of Canterbury, Associate Professor Anne Mackay developed a special passion for Athenian vase-painting, nurtured by the James Logie Memorial Collection under the care of Marion K. Steven. Consequently, her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington explored the chronological development of the great Athenian potter and painter Exekias, active in the latter half of the 6th century BC. Her fascination with Exekias continued, culminating after some 20 years of further work in her magnum opus: a monograph entitled Tradition and Originality. A Study of Exekias (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2010), still to date the most comprehensive study of this great master of archaic Athens. She has simultaneously been engaged in a comparative study of the separate but largely parallel narrative traditions of archaic Greek vase-painting and early Greek oral epic as represented by the Iliad and Odyssey, leading to new insights into the narrative techniques and strategies of both traditions; her findings have been published in a number of articles over the past decades. Furthermore, she has edited two sets of selected proceedings of Orality conferences (Leiden: Brill 1999 and 2008), as the organiser of the respective conferences in Durban 1996 and Auckland 2006.

Convinced of the value for students in having direct access to ancient artefacts, she founded and curated the Museum of Classical Archaeology at the then University of Natal, Durban, and more recently has become curator of a small but growing teaching collection of antiquities at the University of Auckland.

Her first academic employment was at Victoria University as a Junior Lecturer, following which she was appointed first Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer and finally Professor of Classics at the (then) University of Natal in Durban, South Africa; since 2001 she has been Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Auckland. She is currently the President of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies.




Accommodation is available on campus, within the suburb of St Lucia, in the nearby suburb of Toowong, or in the city centre, which is well connected to the St Lucia campus by a regular public transport service (buses and city cat ferries). The options below are provided only as suggestions. Please contact the accommodation providers directly for prices and bookings.

The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus

Our preferred accommodation provider on campus (they have air-conditioning!) is:

Duchesne College (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Available to both men and women, unit-style accommodation, standard rooms and en-suite rooms.
  • Please ask about en-suites vs. shared bathroom facilities when you contact the college.

We also recommend:

The Women’s College
  • Available to both men and women, does not have air-conditioning, unit-style accommodation, standard rooms and en-suite rooms, venue for the conference dinner.
  • Please ask about en-suites vs. shared bathroom facilities when you contact the college.

Other options include:


Toowong is a short 10-minute bus ride from the University of Queensland. It has a large shopping centre with many cafes and restaurants.

We recommend:

Brisbane City

There is a wide range of accommodation in the city to suit all budgets. Please consult the Visit Brisbane website.

For more complete accommodation guides for St Lucia, Toowong, and central Brisbane, please consult:




Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane enjoys an idyllic sub-tropical climate. The city centre, a mosaic of precincts, from the Queen Street Mall, to Fortitude Valley, Roma Street Parklands, Kangaroo Point and South Bank, is bisected by the serpentine Brisbane River. Queensland’s beautiful beaches on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast lie little more than an hour’s drive away, with a backdrop of mountainous hinterlands, providing spectacular scenery and tropical rainforests.

Getting to Brisbane

Brisbane International and Domestic Airports are located around 15-20 minutes (13 kms) north of the CBD, with most major airlines operating international services to Brisbane.

An Airtrain service links both the domestic and international terminals of Brisbane Airport to central Brisbane, with stops at Bowen Hills, Brunswick Street, Central, Roma Street, South Brisbane and South Bank stations.

Bus services operate between the airport and the Brisbane Transit Centre and to the door of all CBD hotels.

Taxi ranks are also located at both terminals. The fare to the CBD is approximately $40-50 with a $2 fee for departing taxis (estimate only).

The conference will be held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, 4072, Australia.

For the conference venues, please refer to UQ Maps (click on the map to enlarge areas/numbers/buildings):

The campus is accessible by bus and ferry services:

  • The 412 bus from Brisbane City, via Toowong, stops at Chancellor’s Place outside the Michie Building, which houses the RD Milns Antiquities Museum.
  • The 66 bus from Brisbane City, via South Brisbane, stops at the UQ Lakes bus terminal, a short 10-minute walk from the Great Court.
  • The City Cat Ferries (catamaran ferries) run up and down the Brisbane River between 5.50am and 10.30pm daily. They stop at the UQ St Lucia Terminal, which is also a short 10-minute walk from the Great Court.
  • For a full list of transport options, see the UQ Transport website. The TransLink website provides a journey planner and list of bus, train, and ferry services in Brisbane.

The 39th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be hosted by the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, from 30 Jan – 2 Feb 2018. The conference convenors are Amelia Brown and Tom Stevenson. Please direct enquiries to them. Further details will be placed from time to time on this website and on the ASCS website.

The deadline for submission of abstracts was 28 July 2017. Please follow the instructions below and on linked pages carefully.

Withdrawal of Offers

To avoid disruption to the draft programme through last-minute withdrawals, please note the following requirements:

  • No offer of a paper will be accepted finally until the conference registration fee has been paid.
  • Refund of the registration fee will be available up to six weeks before the conference (minus an administrative fee).
  • There will be no refund of the registration fee for a withdrawal from the conference less than six weeks before the conference, except in the case of illness or serious misadventure.

Deadline for Offers of Papers and Review Procedure

All offers of papers must be received by 28 July 2017. Any offers which come in after that date unfortunately will have to be rejected.

The following requirements will be in place again for this conference. Only one offer will be accepted from any one person. You do not need to be a member of ASCS to submit an abstract, but your membership must be in good standing if you are attending the conference and presenting a paper, unless you are an undergraduate student or you reside in a country other than Australia or New Zealand. If you wish to join ASCS ahead of the meeting in Brisbane, follow the relevant instructions on the Membership Forms page of the ASCS website.

Members may also propose a panel of papers on a particular theme. The panel structure will need to conform to the 90 minutes allocated to each session. Applications to have a panel considered must conform to the Guidelines for special panels.

We invite archaeological reports as a specific category of presentation. We recognise that the submitted abstracts may be projections due to the fact that the field season will possibly take place after the call for papers has closed. Please read the Guidelines for archaeological reports before submitting your proposal.

We also invite you to consider proposing a poster presentation instead of a paper.

All offers of papers will be reviewed anonymously by the conference programme review committee. Its task is to make decisions about the suitability (or not) of the papers offered.

Professor Elizabeth Minchin has been appointed Chair of the review committee.

Associate Professor Kathryn Welch, ASCS Vice-President, will co-ordinate this committee but will not be a member of it.

If you have any questions about the procedure for submitting an abstract, please send them to Kathryn via the Abstracts email address ( which she will check regularly. Please do not send correspondence associated with the abstract review process to her regular email address.

Content of Abstracts

Offers of papers, posters, panels and archaeological reports should be accompanied by an abstract of 150-250 words. Abstracts over the limit will be returned to the person making the offer to be reworded to fit the maximum and delays in conforming to this limit could lead to the rejection of the offer. On the other hand, abstracts should not be so short that the review committee will not get the real gist of what you want to argue. Advice on what should be contained in an abstract is given below as a guide, particularly for those with less experience in offering conference papers. Remember that the readers of your abstract will not know who you are, nor anything about your reputation as a speaker. They will have only the abstract or, in the event that it is part of a panel, the panel description and associated abstracts. You need to convince the readers that you have something worthwhile to say, that it is in touch with relevant works of scholarship (where relevant), and that your argument can be delivered in 20 minutes.

The abstract should contain the following information:

  • a clear statement of the problem you seek to solve or the question you want to answer
  • a brief explanation of the abstract’s evidence base and its relationship to the existing literature on the topic
  • an indication of how you intend to resolve the issue and what about your argument is new or worth hearing.

You should include short citations of the modern works which are seminal to the argument. Choose them carefully. We want to know that you are in touch with the most appropriate scholarship. We do not need a full list and require that you select only three.

Full bibliographical details (which do not count in the word limit) of these works should be supplied at the end of the abstract.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be sent to the dedicated conference abstracts email address ( Your abstract should use the ASCS 39 Abstract coversheet.

You are asked to nominate up to three areas of study (listed on the coversheet) which best fit the content and intention of your study. Your nominations will directly affect who initially assesses your abstract and, if the paper is accepted, can determine where you are placed on the conference programme.

Sample Abstracts

Below are listed some websites containing abstract guidelines, which may be particularly useful for those submitting an offer and abstract for the first time:

Style Guide

(adapted from UWA website)

Books and e-books:

S. Ratnagar, Trading Encounters: From the Euphrates to the Indus in the Bronze Age (New Delhi 2004)

Books, edited:

J.M. Foley (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Epic (Oxford 2009)

Books, translator and author.

Y. Arakawa, Zen Painting, trans. J. Bester (Tokyo 1970)

Chapter in book:

J. Baker, ‘The Place of Science and Technology in the Wise Management of the Great Barrier Reef’, in E. Wolanski (ed.),Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs: Physical and Biological Links in the Great Barrier Reef (Boca Raton 2001) 14-20

Journal article:

S. Mintz, ‘Food Enigmas, Colonial and Postcolonial’, Gastronomica 10 (2010) 149-50

Journal article (website):

K.R. Moore, ‘Was Pythagoras Ever Really in Sparta?’, Rosetta 6 (2009), (accessed 10 September 2010)

Guidelines and Forms

The guidelines and forms listed below are available on the ASCS Conferences and Proceedings page:

  • ASCS 39 (Brisbane 2018) Abstract Coversheet
  • Guidelines for Special Panels at ASCS Conferences
  • Guidelines for Archaeological Reports at ASCS Conferences
  • ASCS 39 (Brisbane 2018) Special Panel Coversheet
  • Postgraduate Travel Subsidy form
  • OPTIMA Entry form

Registration Information

Prices in Australian Dollars

All prices quoted below and on the registration page are in Australian dollars.

Note that the early bird rates expire on 10 November 2017.

Conference Attendance – Membership of ASCS

Australasian delegates must be members of ASCS in order to attend the conference.

Overseas delegates (other than from New Zealand) and those persons from the community who are attending out of interest and paying at the day rate are not required to join ASCS.

ASCS Membership Forms are available at:

Acceptance of Papers – Payment of Registration

Acceptance of your paper through the abstract refereeing process does not guarantee a place in the programme. You must also register and pay your fees on the registration page.

Conference Dinner (optional)

The Conference Dinner is of course optional and is not included in the conference fee. It includes a 3-course meal plus wine (supplied for a couple of hours, after which purchases may be made).

The dinner will be held from 7.00 p.m. on Thursday 1 February 2018 at:

The Women’s College (= Building 36H, Map Reference L12, UQ Campus Map)

University of Queensland,
Colledge Rd
St Lucia
QLD 4067

The cost of the dinner is $100

Please indicate dietary requirements and guest numbers on the registration page.

Registration Fees

Standard Rate:

Standard Rate (early bird, until 10 November 2017) $275
Standard Rate (after 10 November 2017) $325
Standard Daily Rate $175

Concessional Rate (for retirees, students, unwaged):

Concessional Rate (early bird, until 10 November 2017 $175
Concessional Rate (after 10 November 2017 $225
Concessional Daily Rate $100

The registration fee covers:

  1. Welcome reception from 4.30-5.45 p.m. on Tuesday 30 January
  2. Keynote reception from 4.30-5.45 p.m. on Wednesday 31 January
  3. The ASCS Conference from Wednesday 31 January to Friday 2 February
  4. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea each conference day
  5. Conference packs

Audio-Visual Requirements

The registration page asks those giving papers to indicate their audio-visual requirements. Please contact the organisers ( OR, if you have any questions or concerns.

Payment Options

Credit Card and BPay payment options are available on the registration page.

Register Now!

The ASCS Anniversary Volume

ASCS is proud to announce that our anniversary volume is available for purchase at special rates:

Fifty Treasures: Classical Antiquities in Australian and New Zealand Universities
Edited by Ronald T. Ridley with Bruce Marshall and Kit Morrell
Published by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Melbourne, 2016
148 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9954249-0-6

The year 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Australian Society for Classical Studies, which changed its name in 2003-4 to the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, when it amalgamated with New Zealand scholars and postgraduate students. This volume has been published to mark that occasion. It contains a catalogue of fifty of the finest and most significant artefacts, one for each year of the Society’s existence, in more than a dozen museums and collections of antiquities in the two countries.

Further information is available at

For pricing and online orders, see



Trendall Lecture (presented by Associate Professor Anne Mackay)

Keynote Presentation (presented by Professor Christopher Faraone)