Lecture in Classics and Ancient History, delivered by Professor Reviel Netz, on 14 March 2013 (venue: The British Academy). Why did Greek mathematicians rely so heavily on the diagram and why on a diagram of a very particular kind? This lecture surveys some of the recent research into Greek mathematical diagrams, bringing out the peculiarities of this unique artifact, and finally situates its use and its meaning within the larger patterns of the roles text, and images, played in ancient Greek writing as a whole.
Following a major review in 2011, eight new lecture series were approved - including this one. The lecture, concerning classics and ancient history, was first delivered in 2013.
Lecture in Classics and Ancient History, delivered by Professor Tanja Scheer, on 2 February 2016 (venue: The British Academy). How did Greek Religion in antiquity smell? Today, Greek temples and their gods are perceived and reconstructed as objects deprived of their context, visible only as sterile artefacts. In contrast, the world of Greek polytheism had always offered impressive sensory experiences to the members of religious communities. Greek Religion could be smelled, heard, tasted and touched. Focusing on the example of classical Athens and its cults, the lecture tries to reconstruct the sensory dimension of Greek religion and raises the question of cultic and social functions of the senses in the religious field.