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The 11th Celtic Conference in Classics

11th-14th July 2018
St Andrews


Since 1998 the Celtic Conference in Classics has rotated among universities in Britain, France, Ireland and (in 2017) Canada. The 11th Celtic Conference will take place in St Andrews between the 11 and 14 July 2018.

The conference comprises multiple panels exploring fundamental questions in Classics (Greek and Roman history, philosophy, literature, archaeology and classical reception); panel topics are defined by their proposers, from any country, in consultation with the conference organisers.

Participants are encouraged to move between panels in order to cross-fertilise between different specialisms.

The Celtic Conference in Classics is a democratic and inclusive event which aims to help scholars and students to build enduring international research networks of their own devising.

The official languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are French and English.

Organising committee

Douglas Cairns (
Anton Powell (
Sian Lewis (


The conference will take place in the School of Physics & Astronomy and the School of Mathematics & Statistics adjoining on the North Haugh. Accommodation and meals will be in Agnes Blackadder Hall



Wednesday 11th July

12-3: Registration

3.30 - 3.45: Briefing for panel chairs

4.00 - 4.20: Welcome and Introduction

4.20 - 5.20: Plenary: Gesine Manuwald (London) – Cicero’s final years in drama through the centuries.

5.30 - 6.30: Drinks reception


Thursday 12th July

9 - 9.50: panel paper 1

9.55 - 10.45: panel paper 2 

10.45 - 11.15: tea/coffee break

11.15 - 12.05: panel paper 3

12.10 - 1.00: panel paper 4

1-2: lunch

2 - 2.50: panel paper 5

3 - 3.50: panel paper 6

3.50 - 4.30: tea/coffee break

4.30 - 5.20: panel paper 7

5.30 - 6.30: Plenary: Elizabeth Minchin (Canberra) – Visualizing the Shield of Achilles: approaching its landscapes via cognitive paths


Friday 13th July

9 - 9.50: panel paper 8

9.55 - 10.45: panel paper 9

10.45 - 11.15: tea/coffee break

11.15 - 12.05: panel paper 10

12.10 - 1.00: panel paper 11

1-2: lunch

2 - 2.50: panel paper 12

3 - 3.50: panel paper 13

3.50 - 4.30: tea/coffee break

4.30 - 5.30: Plenary: Peter Heslin (Durham) – Statius Silvae 4.2 and the ideology of the Domus Flavia on the Palatine

Evening: conference dinner


Saturday 14th July

9.30 - 10.20: panel paper14

10.30 - 11.20: panel paper 15

11.20 - 12.00: tea/coffee break

12.00 - 1.00: Plenary: Peter Meineck (New York) – Raising the Veteran’s Voice for Democracy in America: Aquila’s Warrior Chorus and Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

1 - 2: lunch

Panel Timetables


  1. Twenty-First Century Popular Classics
    Panel organizer: Amanda Potter 
    Panel 1 draft timetable (PDF, 83 KB)

  2. Behind and Beyond Hippocrates
    Panel organizer: Elizabeth Craik 
    Panel 2 draft timetable (PDF, 27 KB)

  3. (Un)Set in Stone: Fresh Approaches to Epigraphic Material.
    Panel organizer: Eleri Cousins  
    Panel 3 draft timetable (PDF, 84 KB)

  4. Literary and Cultural Interactions in the Ancient Greek Novels
    Panel organizer: Jo Norton-Curry and Nicolo D'Alconzo 
    Panel 4 draft timetable (PDF, 78 KB)

  5. Approaching Landscape in the Classical Tradition
    Panel organizers: Dawn Hollis and Jason König 
    Panel 5 draft timetable (PDF, 113 KB)

  6. Mythography not Mythology: Boundaries and Commentaries
    A Joint Polymnia and NARGAMM Panel
    Panel organizers: Charles Delattre and R. Scott Smith 
    Panel 6 draft timetable (PDF, 89 KB)

  7. How diplomacy was characterized in Ancient Greek historiography and oratory?
    Panel organizers: Cinzia Bearzot and Laura Loddo 
    Panel 7 draft timetable (PDF, 57 KB)

  8. Reading Cicero’s 44 BC Through the Ages
    Panel organizers: Christoph Pieper, Bram van der Velden and Leanne Jansen 
    Panel 8 draft timetable (PDF, 84 KB)

  9. Un-Damning Domitian: reassessing the last Flavian princeps
    Panel organizer: Emma Buckley 
    Panel 9 draft timetable (PDF, 94 KB)

  10. Talking Manuscripts. Old and New Problems on Greek and Latin Manuscripts
    Panel organizers: Francesco Ginelli (Verona), Francesco Lupi (Verona) 
    Panel 10 draft timetable (PDF, 5 KB)

  11. Reading and Writing for Rome: literacies of administration
    Panel organizers: Anouk Vermeulen and Virginia Campbell 
    Panel 11 draft timetable (PDF, 76 KB)

  12. The Long Third Century BC.
    Panel organizers: Eran Almagor, Tim Howe and Borja Antela-Bernadez 
    Panel 12 draft timtetable (PDF, 71 KB)

  13. Texts, Traditions, Transmission: New Work on the Latin Classics
    Panel organizers: Justin Stover and Jarrett Welsh 
    Panel 13 draft timetable (PDF, 90 KB)

  14. Democratising Classics
    Panel organizers: Jenny Messenger and Rossana Zetti 
    Panel 14 draft timetable (PDF, 79 KB)


The Celtic Conference in Classics: Brief History

The initial idea of a recurrent Celtic Conference in Classics, which would rotate between countries and regions within Britain, France and Ireland, was conceived in 1998, in Wales. The intention, then as now, was to combine the virtues of the small, precisely-focused conference of specialists, perhaps aiming to generate a collective volume, with the openness of a grand occasion for classicists and ancient historians with widely-varying specialisms. Separate panels were to run in parallel, with members encouraged to migrate freely between them. The scholastic aim was to cross-fertilise in two ways: to open specialist panels to those from other subject-areas, and to encourage cooperation by scholars from widely-differing national traditions. A friendly and democratic atmosphere, with an expectation of mutual aid and positive criticism, has always been seen as of the essence. Evenings are left free for informal contacts, which we believe underpin enduring collaboration between scholars at widely-separated campuses.

The choice of panel-subjects and of speakers is made partly by the home campuses, partly by volunteer specialists from countries abroad: in short from orbis as well as urbes. In recent years, scholars from outside the home countries have provided increasing initiative in the design, chairing and recruitment of panels, and this is warmly welcomed by the organisers. Celtic Conferences in Classics to date have been held at the following universities:

  • 2000 Maynooth (Ireland)
  • 2002 Glasgow (Scotland)
  • 2004 Rennes II (France)
  • 2006 Lampeter (Wales)
  • 2008 Cork (Ireland)
  • 2010 Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • 2012 Bordeaux III (France)
  • 2014 Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • 2016 University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • 2017 Université de Montréal and McGill University (Québec, Canada)

The CCC at Montréal in 2017 was the first annual, rather than two-yearly, conference, and also the first CCC to be organised in North America, a reflection of the growing and very welcome participation of scholars from the United States and Canada.

Average numbers at the Conference were of some 70-80 at each of the first two events, rose to 100 in 2008, to 150 by 2012 and to some 320 in 2016. The `Celtique' is thus one of the larger international conferences of classicists, and is distinctive for a large event in being structured to a significant degree around the aim of collective publication.

Numerous edited volumes of papers arising from the CCC have appeared with various publishers, over this period, mostly in English but some in French. French and English have been from the start the official languages of the Conference.

The first seven conferences were organised, or co-organised, by the founder of the CCC, Anton Powell, in two instances (at Glasgow and Edinburgh) in co-operation with Douglas Cairns. The 2014 conference at Edinburgh was organised principally by Cairns, in co-operation with Powell. The primary French organisers at Rennes (2004) and Bordeaux (2012) were, respectively, Pierre Brulé and Jean Yvonneau.

Participation in the Celtic Conference, whether as panel-organisers, speakers or simply as interested specialists, is open to scholars of all nationalities.



Conference delegates: Please register for the 11th Celtic Conference in Classics via the University shop.


Note: If you wish to bring a partner who is not attending the conference as a delegate, first please book your accommodation via the University Website. Then please register for the event using the link above.

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