AHMA Colloquium

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The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers that typically hosts a mixture of visiting scholars and Berkeley faculty.

In 2018/2019, the AHMA Colloquium is partnering with the Townsend Center for the Humanities to present a lecture series entitled Digital Humanities and the Ancient World. This event is organized by Jesse Obert, Erin Lawrence, Ryan Culpeper, and Liz Keyser.


Digital Humanities and the Ancient World
Spring 2019 Schedule:


Monday, February 11th, in 308A Doe Library at 12 PM - Adam Rabinowitz (University of Texas at Austin): Structured space, structured time, structured things: making digital research data reusable

Friday, March 1st, in 308A Doe Library at 12 PM - Jessica Kaiser (UC Berkeley): Colonial Encounters: Preliminary Findings from the Abydos Temple Paper Archive

Thursday, March 21st, in 308A Doe Library at 4 PM - Benjamin Porter (UC Berkeley): Making Capitals in the Iron Age Levant: New Remotely Sensed Monumental Buildings in Ancient Edom (Jordan)

Thursday, April 4th, in 308A Doe Library at 4 PM - Caroline Schroeder (University of the Pacific): Ancient Languages in a Digital Age: Building an Online Environment for Coptic Studies

Thursday, April 18th, in 308A Doe Library at 4 PM - Rita Lucarelli (UC Berkeley): 3D printed replicas vs their originals for the study and preservation of ancient Egyptian antiquities

Fall 2018

Peter van Alfen (American Numismatic Society): Assembling Numismatic Data Online: Concepts, Collections, Hoards, and Statistics

Adam Anderson (UC Berkeley): Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

David Gissen (California College of the Arts): The Preservation of Disability

Sarah Bond (University of Iowa): Tools for Georeferencing and Preserving the Ancient Mediterranean


Past AHMA Colloquia Papers



Emily Mackil (UC Berkeley): "Cancel the Debts! Redistribute the Land!" The History and Significance of Agitation for Socio-Economic Change in the Ancient Greek World

Osmund Bopearachchi (Paris IV-Sorbonne University): From Alexander the Great to Imperial Kuṣāns: Iconography and Language of their Monetary Issues in Relation to Diverse Ethnic and Religious Populations in Central Asia and India

Lynn Roller (UC Davis): Rock-cut Monuments in eastern Thrace: Gluhite Kamani and its Neighbours

Lisa Pieraccini (UC Berkeley): An Egyptian Tomb, an Etruscan Inscription and the Funerary Monument of an American Civil War Officer

Rolf Schneider (Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich): The Munich Doryphoros: Venerated - Suppressed - Forgotten

Kent Rigsby (Duke University): The Theatrical Guild and Rome

Paula Perlman (University of Texas at Austin): Writing the Laws of Late Classical and Hellenistic Crete

Carol Redmount (UC Berkeley): What do you do with a Looted Site?



Michael Taylor (Santa Clara University): Etruscan Identity and Roman Military Service

Esther Schneidenbach (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): The Jewish Congregations of Rome in Antiquity: Cultural Pluralism or a Highly Differentiated Synagogue Organizational Structure? 

Tonio Hölscher (Heidelberg): Images of History – History of Images in Ancient Greece and Rome: On the use of images for the study of history
Alexandra Sofroniew (UC Davis): Roman Household Gods: Dancing Votives and the Iconography of the Lares
Rubina Raja (Aarhus University): New research on the Urban Development of Gerasa/ Antiocheia on the Chrysorrhoas
Elaine Sullivan (UC Santa Cruz): The Past in 4D? Time and Space in the Archaeological Landscape of Saqqara, Egypt
Susanna Elm (UC Berkeley): Bodies and Books: Augustine of Hippo on Extraordinary Bodies

Erich Gruen (UC Berkeley): Hellenistic Historiography in the Wake of Alexander the Great
François Lissarrague (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales): Why the Berlin Painter? On Painting in the Dark
Jessica Kaiser (UC Berkeley): When Death Comes, He Steals the Infant: Children and Mortuary Practice on the Giza Plateau
Duncan MacRae (UC Berkeley): Simon Magus' Rome
Andrew Stewart (UC Berkeley): Cultural and Technological Evolution on the Metopes of the Hephaisteion



Jorge García Sanchez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): Byron Khun de Prorok (1896-1954): Pioneer of American Archaeology in Tunisia

Lisa Pieraccini (UC Berkeley): Dining With the Dead: Consumption, Commemoration and Catering in Etruscan Funerary Rituals
Irina Demetradza (Ilia State University): Roman Culture in the Caucasus: What the Romans Brought to Iberia

Catherine Chin (UC Davis): On Finding Historical Radiance

Catherine Kearns (Stanford): Archaeology and the Anthropocene: Constructing Environmental Histories of the Mediterranean
Emily Egan (UC Santa Cruz): All the Megaron's a Stage: Actors and Audience in Nestor's Palace
Naomi Janowitz (UC Davis): Tortoise Erotomania: Lessons from Late Antique Animal Love Rituals
Jeremy Ott (UC Berkeley): Mortuary Administration in Late Antiquity: Clues from Corinth



John Noël Dillon (Universität Heidelberg): The Emperor’s New Prose: The Style of Tetrarchic Legislation
Gregory Warden (Franklin University Switzerland): Ritual and Identity at the North Etruscan Sanctuary of Poggio Colla
Rita Lucarelli (UC Berkeley): Issues of Translation and Canonicity in the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
Micaela Langellotti (Newcastle University): Professional Associations and the State in Roman Egypt: The Case of Early Roman Tebtunis
Anne Austin (Stanford University): A battle for Life in Ancient Egypt: Osteological and Textual Analyses of Health Care at Deir el-Medina
Nikolaos Lazaridis (California State University, Sacramento): Ancient Travelers’ Inscriptions from Kharga Oasis, Egypt: A Project Report
Andrew Stewart (UC Berkeley): The Nike of Samothrace: Another View
David Pritchard (University of Queensland): Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens
Christel Müller (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense): Sulla in Boeotia: The First Mithridatic War And Its Aftermath
Diliana Angelova (UC Berkeley, History of Art): The Cult of the Virgin Mary: Chronology, Meaning, and the Role of Images