Dr. Kate Topper of University of Washington joined us at UT to give a talk titled, “‘Sailors of a Symposium and Rowers of Cups’: Dionysos, Geography, and Power on the Thalamegos of Ptolemy IV” earlier in October. Dr. Topper’s talk discussed the geographical, historical, and ideological implications of the ship called the Thalamegos, a pleasure boat built by the Egyptian hellenistic king Ptolemy IV. In addition to her talk and meeting with students and faculty in the department, Dr. Topper also agreed to answer a few of our questions. Many thanks to Dr. Topper for her wonderful responses!

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Dr. Kate Topper
  1. What got you interested in Ptolemy IV’s Thalamegos, and where do you see your research going next?

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Dr. Hannah Cornwell and graduate students at dinner

Last month, Dr. Hannah Cornwell of the University of Birmingham spoke at UT about Roman diplomacy, embassy, and peace. …


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Dr. Greenwood at a graduate student hosted dinner on Wednesday night

This week in the classics department here at UT, we have had the privilege of hosting Dr. Emily Greenwood from Yale’s classics department as our featured Battle Lecturer. The position was created through the sponsorship of Dr. William J. Battle, a former UT classics professor and president of the university. Each year, the graduate students at UT select a speaker to invite to Austin in order to give a week of seminars, lectures, and events. …

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