AHMA 50th Anniversary Conference

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 17:00 to Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 17:30

The Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) was founded in 1968, a year of revolution worldwide. On the occasion of this important anniversary, alumni, faculty, current students and esteemed friends of the program will gather for a conference devoted to the problem of revolutions in antiquity. If “revolution” is “one of the most polysemic words of contemporary English” (Thomassen), its general meaning is nevertheless clear: a transformation of underlying structures that carries with it, and is often enabled by, ideological shifts that undermine justifications for the old distribution of authority. Papers in the conference will explore the factors that contributed to significant and long-lasting change in the ancient Mediterranean, in political and economic life as well as in the structures of human settlement, human knowledge, and cultural production. How did gradual, incremental change intersect with sudden and massive shifts? What, in other words, was the relationship between evolution and revolution? We hope also to begin to understand the factors that limited or prevented such large-scale changes. Failed revolutions should be as interesting to students of the ancient Mediterranean as successful ones have been.



THURSDAY (9/6/18)

David Brower Center: Goldman Theater and Atrium (1st floor)

5:00-5:45        Registration

5:45-6:00        Welcome and Opening Remarks

6:00-7:30        Keynote Address

Nicholas Purcell, “Northernizing Roman Empire: The Underestimated Revolution"

7:30                 Dinner Reception

FRIDAY (9/7/18)

David Brower Center: Tamalpais Room and Terrace (2nd floor)

8:30-9:00        Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:00      Resistance and Revolt (Session Chair: David DeVore, AHMA ’13)

Josephine Quinn (AHMA ‘03), “Revolutionary Resistance: The Mediterranean as Shatterzone”             

Ellen Morris, “Hungering for Revolution: Food Crises, Political Instability, and the Ousting of Authority in Egypt and its Empire”

Noah Kaye (AHMA ‘12), “Revolt or Revolution? Causes and Effects of the Rise of the Maccabees"

11:00-11:30    Break

11:30-1:30      Monumentality (Session Chair: Alison Futrell, AHMA ’91)

Marian Feldman, “Structure and Monument: Memory and Revolution in Southern Mesopotamia at the End of the Third Millennium BCE”

Deborah Vischak, “Representing the Community in Egypt: Local Monuments in a National Context"

Chris Hallett (AHMA ‘94), “The First ‘Augustan’ Building Program, 33-28 BC: Augustus as Restorer of Romulus’ Rome”

1:30-2:30        Lunch

2:30-4:30        Law (Session Chair: Paula Perlman, AHMA ‘85)

Sara Forsdyke, “The Jury Trial in Ancient Greece: A Revolution in Justice with Implications for the Modern World”

Lisa Pilar Eberle (AHMA ‘14), “Revolution and the Rule of Law: The Roman Case”

Caroline Humfress, “The (L)awful Revolution? Emperors, Litigants and Late Roman Law”

4:30-5:15        Break


Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

5:15-6:45        Fifty Years of AHMA (Session Chair: Jeremy McInerney, AHMA ‘92)

The Founding Generation: Erich Gruen & Ron Stroud

The 1970s: Jack Cargill (AHMA ‘77)

The 1980s: Ann Kuttner (AHMA ‘87)

The 1990s: Beth Severy-Hoven (AHMA ‘98)

The 2000s: Ory Amitay (AHMA ‘02)

The 2010s: Melissa Cradic ‘(AHMA ‘18)


SATURDAY (9/8/18)

Alumni House

8:30-9:00        Continental Breakfast

9:00-12:00      Political Economy & State Power (Session Chair: Joseph Scholten, AHMA ‘87)

Peter van Alfen, “The Introduction of Coinage and the Politicization of Money”

Lisa Kallet (AHMA ‘87), “Athens Rethinks its archē: An Economic Revolution in the Fifth Century BC?”

[20 minute break]

Brent Shaw, “The Roman Revolution: The Pax Romana"

Michael Maas (AHMA ‘83), “Eurasian Late Antiquity: A New Model of Explanation”

12:00-1:00      Lunch


142 Dwinelle Hall

1:00-3:00        Religion and Politics (Session Chair: Eric Orlin, AHMA ’94)

Betsy Bryan, “Akhenaten’s Religion: Can there be Revolution from the Top?”

Andrej Petrovic, “On Greek Ritual Norms: ‘Revolutions’ of the past 50 Years”

Susanna Elm, “New Men for a New Rome: Eutropius the Consul”

3:00-3:30        Break

3:30-6:30        Urbanism, Art, and Culture (Session Chair: Amelia Brown, AHMA ’09)

Ryan Boehm (AHMA ‘11), “Mediating Urban Revolution: Artemis Eukleia and the Union of Corinth and Argos Revisited”

Nicola Terrenato, “A Gradual Revolution? Steps Towards Urbanization in Iron Age Central Italy”

[20 minute break]

Jodi Magness, “Herod the Great’s Self-Representation Through his Tomb at Herodium"

Amy Russell (AHMA ‘11), “What is a Cultural Revolution?”

6:30-6:45        Closing Remarks


The Home of Erich Gruen and Ann Hasse

7:00—             Closing Reception