Conference Announcement: Classics Hell

‘Classics Hell.’ Re-Presenting Antiquity in Mass Cultural Media

Tue 17th April 2007, 10.30 – 18.00
Department of Classics, University of Reading, U.K.

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The reception of antiquity is now an established and increasingly popular field of academic study. However, work on non-elite culture designed to reach a mass audience can still be regarded with suspicion by those used to a more traditional view of Classics.

This conference aims to demonstrate the breadth, value and vibrancy of current work in classical reception on non-elite cultural media: from television to tourism; celluloid to cyberspace; pornography to politics. Confirmed speakers include Nick Lowe (RHUL), Gideon Nisbet (Glasgow), and our keynote speaker, Bettany Hughes (independent scholar, TV and radio presenter, and author).

We welcome non-academic participants as well as those from all levels and areas of education. All papers will be accessible to non-Classicists.

For more information, see here.

PS If you would like to write a review on any kind of reception of Antiquity in the contemporary world, for publication in the European Journal of Archaeology, please get in touch with me at

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