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Pillars of Antiquity: Space and Time in Egypt, Greece, and Rome

July 13, 2019 @ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

People in the ancient world developed complex ideas about time and place to help them understand their place in the geographic and cosmological order.This seminar will provide new perspectives on how ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece, and Rome described the meaning of the cosmos, the importance of prophecies, and the significance of time in human lives. Join us for a discussion of how the ancient world created social practices and cultural legacies that endured for centuries in the Mediterranean world and how these legacies continue to influence our own conceptions of the cosmos, truth, and time in the 21st century.


Ordering the Cosmos: Egyptian Views of Foreigners and Foreign Lands

Jennifer Gates-Foster, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology

What Will Happen Next? Ask a Goat

Fred S. Naiden, Professor of History and Peace, War, and Defense

Time-Keeping in Daily Life: How Rome Developed What Egypt and Greece Devised

Richard J. A.Talbert,William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of History

Creating the Classical: Cultural Exchanges in the Ancient World

A panel discussion with our speakers



9:15am-4:00pm, Saturday, July 13. The tuition is $125 ($115 until June 4). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until January 18). 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 dinner on Friday is $20.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. 


July 13, 2019
9:15 am - 4:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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