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Departmental Research Seminar

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, 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!

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, 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, 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!

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, 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, 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 Collection highlight MU 4575, An Egyptian limestone funerary stela dating to the Middle-Kingdom. This limestone stela (an inscribed stone slab) was erected by a certain Ptah-wenenef in Egypt during the Middle Kingdom (1975 to 1640 BCE). The stela contains an offering prayer for Ptah-wenenef ‘s...

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!

Dr Alexandra Woods

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!

Dr Brian Ballsun-Stanton

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 This year, from the 13th of April to the 3rd of May, saw the successful completion of another excavation season at the site of Bribirska Glavica in Croatia. Since 2014 the site has been excavated as part of the Varvaria-Breberium-Bribir Archaeological Project,...

Prof Edwin Judge

Dr Ian Plant

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...

Dr Janet Wade

Dr Linda Evans

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...

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

A/Prof Paul McKechnie

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....

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

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.