Herodotus Helpline: new series begins 30 September

The Herodotus Helpline is a series of online seminars hosted by Professor Tom Harrison (University of St Andrews) and Dr Jan Haywood (Open University).

The Helpline is due to meet on most Wednesday evenings from late September through to early December, and then again in two blocks from 13 January to 17 March, and from 28 April to 7 July. All meetings are at 6pm Greenwich Mean Time (7pm BST). The seminar is open to everyone. If you would like to participate in any of the seminars, please write to herodotushelpline@gmail.com, and you will be added to the email list to receive the meeting link.

In 2020-21, the seminar – whilst continuing to be open to the widest variety of topics and approaches – is also giving emphasis to a number of themes: the relationship of Herodotus and Sophocles; reception from antiquity to the present day; Herodotus’ engagement with the Near East; and (from the spring) the polis and the political. It will also include some sessions in different formats, including discussion of new publications, and of classic books and articles.    

Schedule: Autumn 2020

30 September:   Elena Franchi (Trento) 
Herodotus and folktale motifs. The Phocian ghost soldiers revisited, again (Hdt. 8.27)

7 October:   Jan Haywood & Doris Post (Open University)
The downfall of Croesus and Oedipus: tracing affinities between Herodotus and Sophocles

14 October:  Yvona Trnka-Amrhein (Colorado)    
Ptolemy III Euergetes, Serapis, and the Herodotean Sesostris

28 October:  Dan Crosby (Bryn Mawr)                           
Croesus and the test of oracles

4 November: David Branscome (Florida State)    
The kyrbasia in Herodotus

11 November: Ivan Matijasic (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)            
Translating Herodotus from Cambridge to Westminster    

18 November:  Carolyn Dewald (Bard College)
‘Narrative surface and authorial voice’ revisited

25 November: Francesco Mari (FU Berlin)
The tyrant and the busker: causes and effects of Hippocleides’ behaviour in Hdt. 6.126-130

2 December: Andreas Schwab (Bonn)
The variety of religion in Herodotus’ Histories

9 December: Ross Clare (Liverpool)
Title TBC

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