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October 3, 2015 – As of 5:00 p.m. on 10/2, we plan to run the seminar. For updates regarding conditions on and surrounding UNC’s campus, please visit

What keeps us returning to the past, especially the deep past? What new insights can be gleaned from millennia-old events, ideas, and people? Four scholars will demonstrate how new information, theories, methodologies, and technology are reshaping the study of the Ancient World. Historian Richard Talbert will review historiographical trends of the last decades. Latin scholar Sharon James will make the case for the study of women in the Ancient world. Political scientist Susan Bickford will return to Greek political ideas that still inform our polity today. Finally, archeologist Maurizio Forte will introduce us to the high-tech world of modern archeology with new finds and stunning visuals. Come revisit ancient Greece and Rome, and enjoy learning about the new in the very old.

Topics & Speakers

The Modernization of Ancient History
Richard J. A. Talbert, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Classics

Why Study Women in Antiquity?
Sharon James, Professor of Classics

Rethinking Ancient Greek Political Thought:  Dialogues and Democracy in Plato and Socrates
Susan Bickford, Associate Professor of Political Science

Archeology in the Digital Age
Maurizio Forte, William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University

The New Ancient World
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost

9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015. The tuition is $125 ($110 by September 3). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by September 3). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.