Charles Alexander Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture Series

Inaugurated in 1965, the Charles Alexander Robinson, Jr., Memorial Lecture is an endowed, annual lecture delivered by a distinguished, senior scholar on a topic of broad interest to scholars, students, and community members at Brown.

2014 Lecture:

Monday, April 7, 2014
Mark Griffith, UC Berkeley
"Music and Difference in Ancient Greece"

Previous Lectures:


Monday, April 8, 2013
Alessandro Barchiesi, Stanford University
"Apuleius the Provincial

Monday, April 2, 2012  
Nicholas Purcell, Oxford University
"Roman Diasporas and the Texture of Empire"

April 18, 2011 
Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
"Ancient Scholarship in the Printing House:
The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe"

October 15, 2009 
John Davies, Liverpool University
"A Remote Central Place: Delphi as a Window onto the Classical World"

February 23, 2009
Raymond Westbrook, Johns Hopkins University 
"The Early History of Law: A Theoretical Essay"

October 30 , 2008
Natalie Kampen, Columbia University 
"Livia's Hands: Problems in the Representation of Kinship in Roman Art"

October 30 , 2007
Richard Hunter, Cambridge University 
"Aristophanes' Frogs and the Traditions of Ancient Criticism"

November 2, 2006
T. P. Wiseman, University of Exeter 
"Rome before Literature: History and Fiction"

September 21, 2005
Geoffrey Lloyd, Cambridge University 
"Models for Living in Ancient Greece and China"

March 17, 2005
Patricia Easterling, Cambridge University 
"Ancient Plays for Modern Minds"

March 11, 2004
Glen Bowersock, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University 
"The New Hellenism of Augustan Athens"

March 17, 2003
Richard Thomas, Harvard University
"Horace, Hellenistic Poetry, and Revisionist Criticism"

September 12, 2001
Douglas MacDowell, University of Glasgow
"Aristophanes and the Animals"

May 1, 2000
Martin West, Oxford University
"The Trojan War"

April 20, 1999
Robert Parker, New College, Oxford
"Through a Glass Darkly: Religion in Sophocles"

April 12, 1998 
Robert Kaster, Princeton University
"Some Green-eyed Monsters in Virgil"

October 29, 1997
Julia Gaisser, Bryn Mawr
"The Fortunes of Catullus"

November 11, 1996
Ludwig Koenen, University of Michigan 
"New from Byzantine Ashes: The Case of Petra in Southern Transjordan"

November 15, 1994
John McKesson Camp, American School of  Classical Studies
"The Pnyx"

October 14, 1993
Charles P. Segal, Harvard University
"Catharsis, Ritual and Closure in Greek Tragedy"

November 30, 1992
Elaine Fantham, Princeton University
"The Furies in Post-Virgilian Epic"

April 1, 1992
Frederick Ahl, Cornell University
"Rethinking Tragedy: Othello, Oedipus, and Alcestis"       

April 3, 1991
Alan Cameron
"Hypatia: Lynchings Ancient and Modern"

September 27, 1990
Raphael Sealey, University of California, Berkeley
"The Conversion of Demosthenes"

April 23, 1990
Myles Burneat, Cambridge University
"Ancient Freedoms"

October 26, 1989
T. Leslie Shear, Jr., Princeton University
"The Stoa, the Laws, and the Archives at Athens"

November 7, 1988
Ralph Johnson, University of Chicago
"The Seduction of Pomona: Ovid on Imagination"

April 14, 1988
John J. Winkler, Stanford University
"The Authoress in the Odyssey:  Penelope's Metsis and Homer's"

October 14, 1987
Christian Habicht, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University 
"Cicero and Caesar"

April 23, 1987
Calvert Watkins, Harvard University
"How to Kill a Dragon in Indo-European"

October 9, 1986
Evelyn Harrison, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 
"The Iconography of Growing Up in Classical Athens"

April 24, 1986
Gregory Vlastos, University of California, Berkeley
"Socratic Irony"

September 19, 1985
Antony Raubitschek, Stanford University
"The Dark Ages and the Continuity of Greek History"

March 19, 1985
Morton Smith, Columbia University
"The Mythology of Greco-Roman Magic"

December 12, 1984
Thomas Rosenmeyer, University of California, Berkeley
"What's funny about Aristophanes?"

October 20, 1983
Kenneth J. Reckford, University of North Carolina
"Aristophanes and Athens: Loyalties of a Comic Poet"

May 4, 1983
Ronald L. Stroud, University of California, Berkeley
"Thucydides and his Critics"

March 16, 1982
Joseph W. Shaw, University of Toronto
"Excavations at Kommos, 1976-1981: A New Minoan Town and Greek Sanctuary in Crete"

November 13, 1980
Helen North, Swarthmore College
"The Flight of the Virtues: Departure and Return"

March 17, 1980
William S. Anderson, University of California, Berkeley
"Rustic Urbanity: Roman Satirists in and Outside Rome"

April 23, 1979
Anne Pippin Burnett, University of Chicago 
"Oedipus' Mother"

November 21, 1978
Homer A. Thompson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University 
"Community of Men and Gods in Ancient Athens"

March 28, 1977
John M. Finley, Professor Emeritus of  Classics, Harvard University 
"The Odyssey"

March 10, 1976
George M.A. Hanfmann, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
"Personality in Classical Greek Sculpture"

November 6, 1974
W. Bedell Stanford, Trinity College, Dublin
"The Emotional Power of Greek Tragedy"

October 30, 1973
Peter Green, University of Texas at Austin
"Alexander and the Historians"

November 14, 1972
C. J. Herington, Yale University
"The Principles of Aeschylean Drama"

October 27, 1971
J. P. Sullivan, State University of New York at  Buffalo
"Psychoanalysis and the Classics"

March 1, 1971
Herbert C. Youtie, University of Michigan
"Between Literacy and Illiteracy: An Aspect of Greek Culture in Egypt"

November 5, 1969
James H. Oliver, Johns Hopkins University
"Marcus Aurelius and Athens"

November 21, 1968
Gerald F. Else, University of Michigan
"Uses of the Past"

November 29, 1967
Sterling Dow, Harvard University
"The Espionage-Commando Operation in Homer"

March 23, 1967 
Sir Ronald Syme, University of Oxford 
"Fiction and Fraud in the Late Roman Empire"

November 15, 1966
Bernard M. W. Knox, Harvard University 
"Second Thoughts in Greek Tragedy"

October 14, 1965
Richard Stillwell, Princeton University
"Vitruvius and the Greek House"