2007 News Archive
Alexander Leeper Prize Awarded to CCA Honours Student
An honours student from the Centre for Classics and Archaeology has won the annual Alexander Leeper Prize, which is administered by the Classical Association of Victoria. It is awarded each year to the highest-achieving undergraduate honours student in the state of Victoria in classics, who also studied Latin and/or Ancient Greek, and who completed their honours degree in the previous calendar year. The Leeper prize is awarded this year to Helen Slaney, who excelled in both ancient languages at intermediate and advanced levels, and wrote her honours thesis on "Tyrannies of Discourse: power and poetic reception in Ovid's Tristia."
Helen is currently enrolled in an M.A. course at the University of Melbourne and researching Valerius Flaccus' "Argonautica." The Leeper Prize was established in memory of Alexander Leeper (1848-1934), who in 1876 became the first Warden of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, and in 1912 became the first president of the Classical Association of Victoria. The awarding of the Leeper Prize will take place on Thursday 11th October before a public lecture in the School of Historical Studies.
For details of this event, see The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Events and Public Lectures web page.
Call for papers: Paphlagonia and Pontus in Antiquity and Early Byzantine Period
An international conference on Paphlagonia and Pontus in antiquity and the early Byzantine period (7th C. BC - 7th C. AD) will take place between May 31st and June 4th, 2008 at the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey. The conference is jointly organised by the Department of Archaeology, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir and The Centre for Classics and Archaeology, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne. This conference will be organised as a part of the Paphlagonia Project, a long-term archaeological field project in central Paphlagonia www.paphlagonia.com.
We invite papers from scholars and graduate students on any aspect of Paphlagonia and Pontus in the above period. The conference aims to bring together participants from throughout the world to discuss a range of issues concerning this North Anatolian landscape and encourage dialogue amongst and between Classical and Near Eastern archaeologists, ancient historians, classicists and all other disciplines from Classical, Near Eastern and Anatolian Studies.
Archaeology Student Wins National Essay Competition
Our congratulations go to University of Melbourne archaeology undergraduate student Dean Smith, who won second prize in an essay prize competition sponsored by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS). Every November, undergraduate students from classics and archaeology departments throughout Australia submit papers in a competition for the best essay. At the February 2007 annual meeting of ASCS, it was announced that Smith had won second place with his paper, "The Organization of Maritime Trade in the Late Bronze Age."