Jovis die 28 mensis Septembris 2023


Hic praebentur acroamata (vulgo: podcasts) varia quae in rete inveniri possunt. Certe opiniones hic expressae externae sunt Ephemeridi.


Ferdinand Addis | "Overburdened by Greatness": Rome and Exemplary History | Paideia Online Lecture

No city can have been subjected to so much historiography as Rome. Amid such a crowd of writers – tanta scriptorum turba, as Livy lamented in the preface to his History – how can anyone justify the spilling of more ink? This talk starts by examining Livy’s answer: the idea that the history of Rome is a paramount source of exempla, specimens of behaviour both good and ill, and that the study of these exempla can be a sort of moral medicine. From Livy onwards, Rome has been the subject of repeated, and often conflicting, “exemplary histories” – so much so that the city becomes almost a sort of self-consciously historical stage, where the limelight of history conditions and directs the behaviour of the players who strut upon it. And although the Roman idea of straightforward “exemplary history” is out of favour, I want to argue that the idea of the exemplum continues to lurk, somewhat obliquely, near the heart of modern histories of the city, including most lately my own. _ Ferdinand Addis returned to classics as an independent scholar after a brief career in TV and journalism. His first full length book, Rome: Eternal City, was a narrative history of the city of Rome, from Romulus to Fellini. He is currently working on the Roman conquest of Britain, from the Ice Age to the present day. _

73 views • Sep 26, 2023

Tatiana Bur | Technologies of the Marvellous in Ancient Greek Religion | Paideia Online Lecture

This talk offers an overview of Dr Tatiana Bur's forthcoming monograph Technologies of the Marvellous in Ancient Greek Religion. The book examines the ways that technological, and especially mechanical, strategies were integrated into ancient Greek religion. It aims both to expand the existing vocabulary of visual modes of ancient epiphany, and to contribute to the cultural history of the unique category of ancient ‘enchantment’ technologies by challenging the academic orthodoxy regarding the incompatibility of religion and science. Part I introduces the technological ‘mode’ of epiphany through a reassessment of the well-known deus ex machina of Athenian tragedy. In Part II, Bur turns to thinking about individual religious experiences and how technologies were woven into these moments in both civic and personal ways. Part III centres around the potential for technologies to contribute to ancient conversations on disbelief rather than belief. Lucian’s Alexander and Icaromenippus are used as springboards to discuss the extent to which technologies become embroiled with fraudulent attempts to ‘create’ the divine raising questions about the authenticity of the mechanical miracle, and the threat posed by technical knowledge. _ Tatiana is a lecturer in Classics at the Australian National University. Prior to this, she was the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow at Darwin College, University of Cambridge where she completed her PhD. Tatiana is a graduate of the University of Sydney where she completed undergraduate and MPhil studies. _

249 views • Aug 11, 2023

Ashleigh Green | Birds in Roman Life and Myth | Paideia Institute Online Lecture

In Roman augury and auspices, birds were among the foremost signs by which the gods communicated their assent or displeasure with a proposed action. Public auspices had to be taken before important events and before a magistrate could exercise his authority, while private auspices could be taken by individuals whenever they wished for guidance. This talk outlines how Romans took auspices from wild birds, which birds were chiefly observed during the ritual, and what each augural bird signified. It then looks at military auspices, the auspicia ex tripudiis, which were taken by observing the feeding patterns of ‘sacred chickens’. Generals had to consult the chickens at many critical junctures in the field, including before they engaged the enemy in battle. By exploring the ‘sacred chickens’ within the wider context of augural birds, we can discover the origin of this strange ritual and explain why and how the Romans used chickens in this way. Dr Ashleigh Green is a tutor in Classics and Archaeology at The University of Melbourne and the author of the book Birds in Roman Life and Myth. Her research interests include the study of birds in classical antiquity and more generally what human-animal studies can reveal about societies both past and present. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies Early Career Award. In 2022, she was a Virtual Fellow of the Centre for the History of Emotions and the La Trobe Society Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. _ The Paideia Institute: Buy Birds in Roman Life and Myth:

385 views • Jul 28, 2023

Teaching Literacy With Latin Webinar | The Paideia Institute

Learn how YOU can expand access to Latin in your community! Outreach has been at the heart of the Paideia Institute’s mission since its founding. Since 2013, the Paideia Institute has partnered with universities, schools, and community organizations to offer introductory Latin classes for elementary and middle school students, a welcome addition to after school programs across the world. Hosted by Aminata Hughes, the institute's Outreach manager, this webinar is an opportunity to learn about Teaching Literacy With Latin, how to get involved and start a site, and Outreach at Paideia more generally. The webinar includes contributions from author Ann Patty, who was central to Teaching Literacy With Latin’s founding, and Abigail Monasebian & Wait Harrod, who are current site volunteers. Interested in getting involved? Learn more at or reach out to us at

288 views • Jun 15, 2023

Following Hadrian | An Evening With Carole Raddato | Paideia Institute x CUNY Latin/Greek Institute

CUNY's Latin/Greek Institute and the Paideia Institute are pleased to co-host an evening with Carole Raddato. Over the past decade, Carole Raddato has established herself as the world’s premier photographer of (especially) Roman antiquity. Raddato so far has photographed over 1000 sites and museums focusing on the classical past, many outside of continental Europe. Her images, since 2019 archived at the American Academy in Rome, have found their way now into hundreds of academic books. “I usually try to use Hadrian’s journeys as a leading thread for my own adventures”, says Raddato, now engaged in a 17 year project “to try to follow Hadrian’s journeys according to the year they were undertaken”. Carole, who has a massive social media following (@carolemadge on Twitter) has also published a steady stream of illustrated essays, including for Ancient History Magazine, the online Ancient History Encyclopedia, Antigone Journal, as well as on her own photo blog, Based in Germany (Frankfurt am Main) where she works as a chart analyst for the UK music industry, Carole Raddato’s April 2023 visit to the US east coast marks her first lectures in North America.

330 views • Jun 9, 2023