11th Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 12:00am to Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 12:00am
66 St Giles, Oxford; Noh Theatre, Royal Holloway College


The APGRD's 11th Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium; this year's theme is 'Journeys'

Monday 27 June 2011 at the Classics Centre, Oxford

Public Engagement Training for Classicists Sponsored by the AHRC

11.00   Research 2.0: How to use social media and the internet to engage with the rest of the world: CAGR session 5 led by Dr. Tom Wrobel (APGRD, University of Oxford). 

Terence in Late Antiquity

2.00    Chrysanthi Demetriou (Leeds):  Donatus' Commentary and Terence's Journey through Time and Space 
2.30    Beatrice de la Vela (UCL): The theatrical journey: movement from and to the stage in Donatus' Commentary on Terence.

Big Love/Forbidden Love

3.00    Katie Billotte (RHUL): Journey of Faith, Journey of Self:  Greek tragedy and HBO’s Big Love
3.30    Jarrid Looney (RHUL): Relationships Reborn:  Characterisation of Hippolytos in Universal Studio’s The Graduate

Here and there: Iphigenia among the Tuarians

4.30    Sophie Bocksberger (Université de Lausanne / Oxford ): “L'ici et l'ailleurs” in Iphigenia  among the Taurians


5.00    Helen Slaney (Oxford): A voyage too daring? Seneca’s Medea as performance text
6.30    OUP Book Launch: Erin B. Mee and Helene P. Foley (eds.) Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Tuesday  28 June 2011 at the Noh Theatre, Royal Holloway College

Aristophanes' Frogs 

11.00   Kate Thompson (Oxford):  The katabasis of Aristophanes’ Frogs

Shaw's Major Barbara

11.30   Aryn Penn (UCD):   Major Barbara & Andrew Undershaft: the Figure of Dionysus in Shaw’s Major Barbara 

Women in Combat

12.00   Peggy Shannon  (RHUL): As Women Journey Into War: Do the Ancient Greek Archetypes Offer 21st Century Insight?
12.30   Sanna-Ilaria Kittelä (Helsinki):  From Troy to Tampere:  The Long Journey of Euripides’ Trojan Women

Fragmented Journeys

2.00      Lottie Parkyn (RHUL ): Fragmented Journeys 

What have the Romans ever done for us? Caesar and Spartacus!

2.30      Miryana Dimitrova (RHUL): A journey into the unknown: a glimpse at the dramaturgical efforts of L. Cornelius Balbus
3.00      Benjamin Howland (Indiana):  Spartacus:  The Man and the Myth


4.00      Respondent: Professor Helene P. Foley (Columbia)


4.30      Rachel Kirk (Queen’s University, Belfast): A rehearsed reading of Plautus’ Casina
5.00      Discussion


  • Helen Slaney (Oxford University)
  • Lucy Jackson (Oxford University)
  • Katie Billotte (Royal Holloway College, University of London) 
  • Charlotte Parkyn (Royal Holloway College, University of London)  
  • Jarrid Looney (Royal Holloway College, University of London)