Critical Dialogues

Critical Dialogues

About the Program

Critical Dialogues is an informal reading group on the ancient world hosted by CAHS in collaboration with Dr Yvette Hunt, one of UQ’s own Honorary Research Fellows in Classics. This is an opportunity to discuss texts outside the scope of most Ancient History courses at UQ, covering topics beyond the traditional. Past topics have included Zombies, Haunted Houses, and Werewolves and Lycanthropy. Texts will be provided in advance of each session, giving attendees the chance to check out the topic and formulate their thoughts before getting together with the group.

Access to the Program

The program is open to all CAHS members, and all sessions will be held on-campus in Michie (9) 536.

Join us on the first Thursday of each month during Semester 1, from 5:00pm-6:30pm, on the following dates:

  • Week 2 – Thursday 4th March, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

    Michie Building (9), Room 536

    This session we will be discussing the third century philosopher, Porphyry, and what his ‘About Abstinence’ has to say on human sacrifice!

  • Week 8 – Thursday 22nd April, 5:00 – 6:30pm

    Michie Building (9), Room 536

    This session we will be discussing curse tablets written in Greek, Latin, and Oscan, and the forms they took across the ancient world!

  • Week 10 – Thursday 6th May, 5:00 – 6:30pm

    Michie Building (9), Room 546

    This session will cover the Evil Eye in antiquity, and discuss how it is presented in Plutarch’s ‘Table Talk’, as well as some letters from Egypt!

In the meantime, stay tuned for the release of the readings for each session!

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