AHMA Colloquium

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


September 15, 2023, 12pm - Ory Amitay (University of Haifa): Alexander between Rome and Carthage in the Alexander Romance (α).

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October 16, 2023, 3:30pm - Simon Brelaud (UC Berkeley, MELC): Burying Pagan or Christian, between Rome and Persia: New funerary inscriptions discovered in the region of Edessa (3rd-6th cent. CE)

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October 27, 2023, 12pm - Christian A. Thomsen (Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen): From the Community of the Citizens to the Community of the Inhabitants: A Transformation of the Polis

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November 17, 2023, 4pm - Mary Bachvarova (Willamette University): The Prehistory of the Lesbian Prayer Tradition: The Anatolian Context of Sappho

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February 16, 2024, 4:30pm - Abigail Hoskins (AHMA): Living in a Culture of the Past: The Life and Work of a Scribe from Hellenistic Uruk

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April 22, 2024, 4:00pm - Jeremiah Coogan (Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University): What Did the Codex Change?

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Erich S. Gruen (AHMA, History, Classics): The Greek Bible and Scriptural Authority

Talia Prussin (AHMA): Islands of Their Own: Revisiting Seleukid Colonial Activity in the Persian Gulf. 

Jesse Obert (AHMA): Forging Masculinity: Competing Ideologies of Violence in Archaic and Classical Crete

Vera Hofmann (OEAI, Vienna): Sacred and public land in Hellenistic and Roman Ephesos. 

Giuliano Sidro (CTP, Berkeley): Who Will Pay Child Support?: Divorce in Graeco-Roman Egypt and a New Latin Papyrus

Sophie Minon (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris): Navigating LGPN-Ling (Lexicon of Greek Personal Names-Ling): select case-studies

Adam Benkato (MELC): Sogdian Trade in 7th-century Turfan: Some Reconstructions


Sanjyot Mehendale (MELC, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies): Afghanistan: Cultural Heritage and Conflict

Yuan Zhang (AHMA): The Conflict Between Lugdunum (Lyon) and Vienna in the First Century A.D. 

Alexander Free (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): The great, old and splendid city of Hermes: Hermopolis magna and the emergence of civic rivalry in Roman Egypt

Laurie Pearce (MELC): Constructing Hellenistic Identities: suggestions from the Uruk cuneiform texts

Evan Vance (AHMA): Magistrate Dedications and Institutional Development at the Archaic Argive Heraion: The Problem of Moveable Wealth. 

Arthur Eckstein (University of Maryland-College Park): Jackal Bandwagoning? The Achaean League Shifts Alliances from Macedon to Rome, Autumn 198 BCE

Diane Coomans (Center for Tebtunis Papyri, Berkeley): A needle in a haystack: the ways of official correspondence on the via Claudiana. 


Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University) joined AHMA faculty for a discussion of his new book, Divine Institutions: Religion and Community in the Middle Republic (Princeton University Press, 2020). 

Andrew Hogan (Center for Tebtunis Papyri, Berkeley): New Interpretations of Ptolemaic Fiscal Policy: Lessons from the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late First Millennium

Anysia Metrakos (AHMA): Matrona of Perge and the Making of Female Monasticism in Sixth Century Constantinople


Daniela Cammack (UC Berkeley): The Demos in Demokratia

Carlos Noreña (UC Berkeley): Provincial Territories and Layered Monarchies in the Roman and Han Empires

Rafal Matuszewski (University of Salzburg): Mere Sexual Items or More? Same-Sex Relations between Free and Slave in Democratic Athens

Sven Betjes (Radboud University Nijmegen): THe Hadrianic Revolution of the Coin Legend

Adrienne Mayor (Stanford University): Tyrants and Robots in Ancient Greek Myth and History

Arthur Eckstein (University of Maryland): Learning from Thucydides: An Ancient Historian Writes Contemporary History


Adam Rabinowitz (University of Texas at Austin): Structured space, structured time, structured things: making digital research data reusable

Jessica Kaiser (UC Berkeley): Colonial Encounters: Preliminary Findings from the Abydos Temple Paper Archive

Benjamin Porter (UC Berkeley): Making Capitals in the Iron Age Levant: New Remotely Sensed Monumental Buildings in Ancient Edom (Jordan)

Caroline Schroeder (University of the Pacific): Ancient Languages in a Digital Age: Building an Online Environment for Coptic Studies

Rita Lucarelli (UC Berkeley): 3D printed replicas vs their originals for the study and preservation of ancient Egyptian antiquities

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


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

Excavations at Dhiban, Jordan