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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 21 November 2018

DUCS Workshop - Professor Serafina Cuomo

4:00pm to 6:00pm, Department of Classics and Ancient History, Ritson Room (CL007), Serafina Cuomo

The Durham University Classics Society, our student-led society, will this week host Professor Serafina Cuomo in a workshop on "Chickens of the 6th indiction: reconstructing Greek and Roman numeracy".

They tell us:

We are very excited to invite Professor Serafina Cuomo give a workshop (a new experiment this year!) for the Society on Wednesday 21st November in the Ritson Room (Classics Department) at 4:00pm. The workshop is open to all and aimed especially towards maths, science and history students and lecturers. It will include many interactive activites ranging from fun board games and weird papyri, to first-hand interaction with abacuses and the chance to *actually* understand maths!

"The workshop will be divided into two parts: in the first part, we’ll look at some of the basics of Greek and Roman numeracy, and together practise calculations with tokens/counters and also with the aid of arithmetical tables.

In the second part, we will try to go beyond the basics to look at numeracy ‘at work’ – the practices, rather than the systems. The focus will be on ancient household accounts: our examples will be the Kellis agricultural account book, some of the material from the household archive of the Aureliae of Hermopolis, and, if we have time, material from either the household archive of Tryphon the weaver (from Oxyrhynchus), or of Sokrates the tax-collector (from Karanis). This will also be an opportunity to have a look at digital resources for papyrology".

This event is open to both members and non-members with plenty of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages served before and after the workshop!
Become a member of our society by using this link! Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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Thursday 22 November 2018

Departmental Research Seminar - 22nd November 2018

4:00pm to 6:00pm, Department of Classics and Ancient History, Ritson Room (CL007), Alexander Evers

Our speaker this week is Alexander Evers from Loyola University Chicago who will present on 'Gratian and the Pontifical Robe'.

All welcome!

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