Modern scholars may have embarked upon the study of classical maritime religion, but the topic of such religion in hellenistic times is still largely uncharted waters. In particular the study of the maritime Aphrodite during this period appears to harbour many unanswered questions. This seminar attempts to navigate the sea of information relating to early Ptolemaic religion, which included various innovations such as ruler cults and new deities such as Sarapis. In the 270s BC the Ptolemaic Queen, Arsinoë II, was deified as the maritime goddess, Aphrodite of Fair Sailing (Euploia). This seminar seeks to understand the possible reasons for this deification by getting all relevant sources on deck and examining the development of the maritime cult of Aphrodite in the hellenistic period.

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Event details

  • The seminars take place at 4pm, in the Michie Building (09), Room 536
  • Seminars are also on Zoom. Send an email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( for the link.
  • Upcoming seminars can be found here.
  • Please be aware that we are still operating under Covid-19 regulations during public events. Masks are no longer required at UQ locations - however, UQ strongly encourages mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible. UQ strongly encourages all campus attendees to be up to date with vaccinations. And finally, those who are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 7 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 7 days, are asked not to attend this seminar.
  • For those attending in person, if you would like to join us for drinks and/or dinner afterwards at UQ’s St. Lucy's from 5:15 pm, please RSVP by email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( by 9am on the day of the seminar.
  • Please also contact Duncan Keenan-Jones should you have questions about the event.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for can be found at