Classical Association of Ireland Spring Programme
Limerick Branch Lecture
Wednesday 5th May at 7.30 p.m.
Clodagh Lynch (NUI Galway)
A Roman Dancing Lar, beloved household God, from the Boyne at Navan, Co. Meath
This figure of a Lar is a unique find for Ireland. To date, nothing comparable has been discovered. It poses several intriguing questions about how and why it may have been deposited in the river Boyne at Navan. Finds of Roman material from Ireland are always an occasion for surprise and this figure is a remarkable and novel discovery. Although it may not have an intrinsic value, this is more than compensated for by its historical worth which will be discussed. This talk will examine what the ancient sources have to say about the Lares with special reference to Cato and Plautus. Further questions will include, ‘who were these Gods who watched over the Roman home’, what were their private and public function and how were they represented? The salient characteristics that make them so recognisable will be elaborated and finally the context and find circumstances will be investigated.
Topic: CAI Limerick Branch Lecture (Clodagh Lynch)
Time: May 5, 2021 07:30 PM London
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Dublin Branch Lecture
Tuesday 18th May at 7.30 p.m.
Dr Elaine Pereira Farrell (UCD Humanities Institute)
Classical Traditions in Medieval Handbooks on Female Healthcare
A variety of texts on female healthcare were written during the Middle Ages, in different parts of Europe, both in Latin and in vernacular languages. These texts are, in general, somehow related to each other, and their compilers drew on Classical sources such the Hippocratic Diseases of Women or Soranus’ Gynaecology, and the contribution of the Arabic world has also long been acknowledged. The most well-known of these medieval compendiums is the twelve-century Italian Trotula of Salerno. Fourth-century Ireland also produced a manual, both in the vernacular and Latin re-writings of the text, based partly on a version of the Trotula, partly on the Rosa Anglica, another medical treatise, and partly on an unidentified text or texts. My aim with this lecture is to introduce the key Classical texts that influenced medieval female healthcare literature, to highlight some important medieval texts on the textual transmission, and to comment on the structure, scope and focus of the Irish handbook of gynaecology and obstetrics.
Topic: CAI Dublin Branch Lecture (Dr Elaine Pereira Farrell)
Time: May 18, 2021 07:30 PM London
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Greek Reading Course: Plato, Protagoras
The Classical Association of Ireland (Dublin Branch) is arranging a short intensive on-line course (5 sessions of 90 minutes), reading the opening fourteen pages of Plato’s Protagoras (310a8-320c1. The introductory pages of this Platonic dialogue contain a dramatic and lively description of Socrates’ encounter with one of the most famous sophists of his time. The course will be conducted by Andrew Smith (Professor Emeritus UCD) and will take place each Monday of May 2021 from 7.30-9.00 pm on the following dates:
May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
- The emphasis will be placed on consolidating and advancing the participants’ facility with Greek, through reading, translating and mastering the syntax of the text.
- The number of places will be limited in order to facilitate lively participation.
- There is no charge for the course but it is expected that participants will be/become current paid-up members of the Classical Association of Ireland or Classical Association in Northern Ireland CANI (sub. €30, or €20 students/retired).
- A plain Greek text will be provided, but it is recommended that participants make use of the vocabulary aids in The Intellectual Revolution, JACT. Cambridge University Press 2015 c. €25. (Available also as a Kindle edition.) This includes most of the text to be read, with a helpful vocabulary (It also includes passages (500 lines) of Euripides Medea, which it is planned to read in a more extensive course beginning in the Autumn of 2021.)
- Supplementary vocabulary and syntactical notes will also be provided to aid preparation.
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