Studying the Past
10 Questions with Academics gives insight into how MQ academics navigated the challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown, March-June 2020.
Thursdays August-October 2020, 3.30-5pm
Three undergraduate students had an online interview with Prof. Ian Worthington to discuss his career, highlights and, of course, his opinion on Alexander ‘the-not-so-great’.
Plagues, panic and fear; in times of unprecedented crisis, history has never been more relevant. How can the social response of ancient societies inform modern choices? COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to hit, nor will it be the last. What can we learn from the past, what legacy can...
How tough can it be to get permission to carry out archaeological surveys in Greece? Just what the heck is prosopography anyway? And what’s it got to do with a lethally potent aphrodisiac? Find out all that and more from Tom Hillard and Lea Beness, Professors of Roman History at...
The Senatus Consultum Ultimum (SCU) – “The Final Decree of the Senate” – in the Roman Republic may guide us on how a state deals with a crisis and the implications for the future of such a state exerting its power in the context of an emergency.
Have you ever thought about how Classics might be taught differently in other countries? Through interviewing Paul McKechnie, we have discovered that the experience of teaching Classics in Malawi is different to Australia. It is a valued discipline thanks to the patronage of President Banda.
Departmental Research Seminar
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 7 April, to hear a paper on Egypt’s role in the Middle Bronze Age trade network by Dr Anna-Latifa Mourad!
Join us at 12pm on Tuesday, 24 March, to hear from Dr Sophie Hay speak about her career as an archaeologist!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 10 March, to hear Associate Professor George Steiris discuss the ancient Greek concept of the polis and its reappraisal by Medieval Islamic Political Thought!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 31 March, to hear talks from Samantha Mills on the development of Greek authority from the Late Bronze Age into the Early Iron Age and Dr Mary Hartley on tiny bird bones discovered in an Old Kingdom tomb at Dendera.
Join us at 12pm on Tuesday, 17 March, to hear a talk from Dr Gareth Wearne on the Dead Sea Scrolls in the context of Hellenistic Historiography!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 3 March, to hear talks from David Chapman about the designation “eyes-and-ears of the king” in 18th Dynasty Egypt and from Associate Professor Boyo Ockinga on the decorative program in TT233.
Tuesdays March-April 2020, 2-3.30pm
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 13 August, to hear a paper on the daily lives of the adult male citizens of classical Sparta!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 15 October, to hear talks on Archaeo-Ornithology, a model of Egyptian-bird interaction, and the use of stone and metal tools in animal butchering in Bronze Age Egypt.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 8 October, to hear talks on a comparative study of Funerary Models and ancient Egyptian wall scenes and an examination of Eἴδωλα in the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 8 October, to hear talks on a comparative study of Funerary Models and ancient Egyptian wall scenes and the Metaphor Identification Procedure (MIP) and its benefits for translating ancient Egyptian texts.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 1 October, to hear talks on the Dead Sea Scrolls in the context of Hellenistic Historiography and Republican elogia and Augustus’ Res Gestae et Impensae.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 1 October, to hear talks on the Ceramic Corpus from Khirbet er-Ra’i, Israel, and Republican elogia and Augustus’ Res Gestae et Impensae.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 16 September, to hear an examination of how the Ancient Greek past shaped Brazilian regional identity by Professor Renata Senna Garraffoni, Paraná Federal University.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 3 September, to hear talks on new perspectives on Early Dynastic Womens' History and the Levant in the Early Bronze Age and rethinking concepts of historical change and transformation.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 27 August, to hear talks on the epigraphic corpus of the Strait of Messana and an investigation into the 'Egyptian' Greek texts from the Zenon Archive'.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 20 August, to hear talks on the archaeology, geographic setting, and settlement history of Khirbet el-Rai and the current organic residue analysis of the archaeological material at Khirbet el-Rai.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 29 October, to hear a research update from three key members of the Macquarie University Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 22 October, to hear a talk on Prehistoric Malta and the recent Osteological Work of the ERC-FRAGSUS Project.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 6 August, for our showcase on Undergraduate student research with talks on Entu priestess in Mesopotamia, nationalism and ethnicity in ancient Israel, women, war and the Athenian Adonia, and a re-evaluation of Minoan dominance in the Bronze Age Aegean!
Tuesdays August-October 2019, 2-3.30pm
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 28 May, for our final week of the Department of Ancient History Research Seminar and hear about the pathways of two MQ alumnae!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 21 May, for a talk on Egyptian presence in the Western Desert during the Early Dynastic Period!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 7 May, to hear talks on the relationship between the cat and the Genet in ancient Egypt and a re-consideration of the Vespasian's Portents!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 14 May, to hear an update on the Nicholson Museum's Mummy Project!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 30 April, to hear a paper on the Osirian Cult songs!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 2 April, to hear papers on a re-assessment of the term 'palace facade' as applied to ancient Egyptian architecture and the place of Magic in Late Antique Egypt!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 26 March, to hear talks on the physical modification of cattle in New Kingdom Egypt and the art, architecture and space of the Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of Amun at Karnak!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 19 March, to hear talks on the purpose of milk offerings in Graeco-Roman temples and the Egyptian Revolts against Ptolemaic rule!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 12 March, to hear talks on the liquid commodities trade between Egypt and the Levant in the Early Bronze Age and a reinvestigation into the case against Nicomachus in Lysias.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 5 March, to hear talks on leadership and legacy in Late Antiquity and the latest fieldwork of the Belgian Australian Mission to El Hosh in Egypt!
Tuesdays March-May 2019, 2-3.30pm
Join us at 2pm on Wednesday, 19 September, to hear from Dr Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University, speak about Female Athletics in the late Hellenistic and Roman Greece!
Tuesdays Aug-Oct 2018, 2-3.30pm
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 30 October, for our final week of the Department of Ancient History Research Seminar and hear about the pathways of two MQ alumnae!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 23 October, for our showcase of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies 2018 Junior Research Fellow and HDR Student research!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 9 October, to hear from Dr Ania Kotarba, Macquarie University, speak about ancient ports of trade and seafaring traditions of the Egyptian Red Sea coast!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 9 October, to hear from Dr Rajiv Bohla and Professor Ray Laurence, Macquarie University, speak about Utopia and Dystopia in the Praeparatio Evangelica and Roman urbanism in port cities!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 2 October, to hear from Dr Conni Lord, University of Sydney, speak about the ancient Egyptian animal mummy research and conservation project taking place at the Nicholson Museum!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 4 September, for our final showcase on HDR student research with talks on the chronology of the Late Bronze Age in the southern Levant and the representation of foreigners within the Temple of Amun at Karnak!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 28 August, for our showcase on Undergraduate and HDR student research with talks on the Representations of Athena, Ma'at in Ancient Egyptian Literature, ancient Roman Gardens and the role of emotions in the formation of Social Status in Ezekiel 16:1-7!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 21 August, to hear from Associate Professor, Trevor Evans, Macquarie University, speak about the significance of the Septuagint within the history of Greek!
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 14 August, to hear from the AAIA 2018 Visiting Professor, Antonis Kotsonas, speak on the Materiality of Early Greek Inscriptions.
Join us at 2pm on Tuesday, 7 August, for our showcase on Undergraduate student research with talks on the Song of Deborah, Hebrew Poetry, the Roman Republican army, and the 'Tomb-Robbery Papyri'!
Museum of Ancient Cultures
Limestone Funerary Stela MU 4575
Most people are familiar with some ancient writing – Egyptian hieroglyphs, or the ancient Greek alphabet, for example – but cuneiform script is often an unknown quantity. And when people first see a Cuneiform tablet in a museum, they may think that it looks like a chicken has walked over the tablet!
MQ Ancient World HDR
This week, it’s time to move away from Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia, and hear from an up and coming Indigenous Historian, Zac Roberts, who will be telling us about his MRes project, his fusion of archaeology with Indigenous Studies concepts, and, well, Bush Turkeys… About Wallawani everyone, my...
This week, it’s time to move away from Egypt and Rome, and hear instead from an up and coming Assyriologist, Genevieve Le Ban, and her research on witchcraft and sorcery…
This week, the Egyptologists were all a bit busy, so we’re back in Europe and the Roman Empire with MRes candidate (and AWHDR blog editor) Ewan Coopey to hear about his research on BROMANS…
This week, we’re back in Ancient Egypt to hear about the work of Shannon Collis. If you like Egyptian art, visual narratives, and comics (yes, comics), then read on…
This week we move both temporally and geographically away from Ancient Egypt towards Late Antique Europe and the work of MRes candidate Christan Cuello. If you’re a fan of Numismatics (and let’s be honest, who isn’t!) then you’re going to love this! Hi everyone, my name is Christian Cuello. I...
This week, its time to delve into Egyptian emotions with MRes candidate Madeline Jenkins. Don’t know about you, but I’m getting excited just thinking about it… Hi, my name is Madeline and I am a Master of Research (MRes) candidate in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. I...
For our first ever MQ Ancient World HDR we hear from Hannah Vogel, a second year MRes student researching, or should I say, contesting ableist narratives in Egyptology. How you may ask? Read on… Hannah Vogel Hi! I’m Hannah, a Master of Research (MRes) candidate here at Macquarie University within...
Dr Alexandra Woods
Join us at 9am on Thursday, 28 February, to hear from Professor Miroslav Bárta, Dr Gae Callender, Genevieve Holt, Georgia Barker, Nicolle Leary and Dr Alice McClymont share their latest research on ritual landscapes in ancient Egypt!
Join us at 6pm on Thursday, 28 February, to hear from Professor Miroslav Bárta, Charles University, speak about recent discoveries at Abusir and the rise and fall of the Egyptian Old Kingdom!
Thursday 28 February 2019, 9.30am-2pm
Dr Brian Ballsun-Stanton
Reimagining the Ancient World. A Methodological Perspective on the New Syllabus.
Dr Caillan Davenport
The Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University has recently signed a Cotutelle PhD agreement with the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. This is an exciting opportunity for prospective PhD candidates, who will have the opportunity to benefit from the...
“Great empires are not maintained by timidity.” - Tacitus.
Dr Danijel Dzino
MQ Students and archaeological fieldwork at Bribirska Glavica Figure 1. An aerial photo of the modern Orthodox Church at Bribir, under which the apses of the rotunda church are visible. This year, from the 13th of April to the 3rd of May, saw the successful completion of another excavation season...
Prof Edwin Judge
Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge recalls his experience with the founders of the Macquarie University Ancient History Teaching Collection.
This seminar was presented as a follow up to the 2016 Australasian Society for Classical Studies jubilee plenary speech which was read by Prof. Alanna Nobbs AM on Prof. Judge’s behalf.
Dr Ian Plant
Oaths, Vows and the Conduct of War in Ancient Greece
Prof Ian Worthington
Readings For a discussion of the primary and secondary sources on Alexander (along with Philip II and this period), giving full bibliography of modern works on the relationship of the two as well as on individual authors, see Ian Worthington, By the Spear. Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the...
Imagine two Athenians bumping into each other in the Agora one day, and (allowing for some willing suspension of disbelief) one asks the other, “Do you know what year this is?” “Not really.” “Well, it’s 30 BC!” To which our second Athenian exclaims, “By Zeus, that means it’s the end...
Here are some links which I think make amusing reading. I also use them to challenge students to see if they can do better, and why/why not!
Dr Janet Wade
Janet Wade was recently awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in Ancient History at Macquarie University
Dr Linda Evans
News from Nature’s Research Highlights
Dr Louise Pryke
Each year around 11,000 teenagers in the Australian state of New South Wales study the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum as a compulsory topic in the senior school subject of Ancient History. Students examine written and archaeological evidence of the everyday lives of ancient people, the eruption of Mount...
News from The Conversation
A/Prof Malcolm Choat
The Director of Macquarie University’s Ancient Cultures Research Centre, Malcolm Choat, sits down with Ben Mckelvey to discuss his work on papyrology, his forensic investigation of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, and how a Queensland boy ended up an expert on Ptolemaic and Roman Egyptian History.
Dr Meaghan McEvoy
MQ Ancient History Prize-Giving Ceremony 2018
Michael Hitches and Dean McMah
From January 10th to February 1st 2019, 15 Macquarie University students took part in the first year of the Perachora Peninsula Archaeological Project (PPAP). A project spearheaded by Macquarie’s own Dr Susan Lupack in collaboration with Panagiota Kasimi, the Ephor of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Corinth. Today we will...
A/Prof Paul McKechnie
Get slides from Paul’s Talk!
Dr Peter Edwell
A preliminary account of the excavation of a sugar mill and ancient city revealing older Roman and Early Byzantine finds.
Prof Ray Laurence
Our undergraduates have been writing blogs for Professor Ray Laurence’s unit: The City of Rome. They can choose any topic to research and develop. Zoe Sims provides us with a guide to one of the most exciting but least visited sites and museums in Rome. The guide will ensure you...
Our undergaduates have been writing blogs for Professor Ray Laurence’s unit: The City of Rome. They can choose any topic to research and develop. Ben Turnell developed a fascination with Roman concrete, but the rest of the class did not necessarily share his enthusiasm. To convince them he introduced puns...
Our undergaduates have been writing blogs for Professor Ray Laurence’s unit: The City of Rome. They can choose any topic to research and develop. Hayden Bayne had become a volunteer rural firefighter and asked Ray, if he could use his knowledge from his volunteering to develop his blog and provide...
The advent of the internet has transformed how academics do research and completely changed the way students study in the twenty-first century. However, much of the basis of Higher Education remains distinctly pre-internet with a strong focus on the writing of essays. Ray Laurence decided enough was enough and that...
Shopping is such a familiar part of our lives that it seldom crops up as a topic of historical interest. However, a recent conference session at the Roman Archaeology Conference at the University of Edinburgh explored the nature of shopping in antiquity. It was a session of surprises.
Ray Laurence, University of Kent Professor of Roman History and Archaeology, has collaborated with Cognitive, a Folkestone based business, to create an animated film about a Roman figurine in the Canterbury Roman Museum.
Migration is the key challenge of the 21st century, but almost 2,000 years ago in the Roman Empire, migration rates were higher than those in Europe today. In this lecture, Professor Ray Laurence, Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the University of Kent, examines how the Roman Empire enabled...
Ray Laurence–the creator of a series of TED-Ed videos on Ancient Rome–set up a blog as a response to questions and discussions on his popular YouTube videos. It also provides resources for teenagers studying Ancient Rome.
The film explores the nature of unequal social relations in ancient Rome, in particular, that between a young client and his patron. On the way, we see how the nature of inequality is expressed within the social relation - in particular the serving of food.
Welcome to the world of Lucius Popidius Secundus, a 17-year old living in Rome in 73 AD. His life is a typical one of arranged marriages, coming-of-age festivals, and communal baths. Take a look at this exquisitely detailed lesson on life of a typical Roman teenager two thousand years ago....
How did the young, wealthy women of Ancient Rome spend their days? Meet Domitia and her sister Domitia and her sister Domitia and her sister Domitia. Ray Laurence sketches the domestic life of leisure that these young girls lived, despite little recorded information on women from this otherwise well-documented era....
What was childhood in 1 A.D. like? How did they live, learn, and die? Ray uncovers the lives of an overlooked demographic–children in the lost city of Pompeii.
Dr Ronika K. Power
My bioarchaeological research is promoted in several of the video clips released today: You to the Power of Us The Human Equation for Success Find Tomorrow’s Answers Yesterday The new campaign launch page is here The new Lighthouse magazine aunches off with a story on my research.
Dr Susan Lupack
Lecture for the Macquarie Ancient History Teachers’ Conference
A/Prof Tom Hillard
This week Pioneering Minds chats with the wonderfully enthusiastic Professor Tom Hillard from the Department of Ancient History. In this wide-ranging conversation we cover everything from violent historical video games to deep sea excavations and the lessons we can learn from the ancient past.