AHMA Colloquium

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers that typically hosts a mixture of visiting scholars and Berkeley faculty. All colloquia will be held virtually during the academic year 2020/21.

Spring 2021

The AHMA colloquium will not meet in February, as many of our faculty and students will wish to attend the virtual series of lectures by recent Sather Professors in the Classics Department

March 12, 11am PST: Andrew Hogan (Center for Tebtunis Papyri): New Interpretations of Ptolemaic Fiscal Policy: Lessons from the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late First Millennium

May 5, 11am PST: Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University) will join AHMA faculty for a discussion of his new book, Divine Institutions: Religion and Community in the Middle Republic (Princeton University Press, 2020). The event will be hosted on Zoom; advance registration is required.

Fall 2020

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