Events in Ireland

: IIHSA DAY SCHOOL: Saturday February 23, 2019
Animals and Us: Human-Animal Relationships in the Ancient World

Booking form and poster. Full programme details here
Enquiries please to Christine Morris: or Natalie Lough:

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IIHSA & Trinity College Dublin, Department of Classics
invite you to a lecture on Tuesday February 20th, 2018.
All welcome.

thanasis vionis lecture


Booking form and full programme
Enquiries please to Natalie Lough:
Migrations day school

IIHSA 20th Anniversary lecture
Nikolas Papadimitriou (Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens)
'Re-imagining the Past? Museums and Greek Antiquity in the 21st Century'

May 6, 2016 at 7 pm
University College Dublin, Newman Building, Theatre Q

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At the beginning of 21st century, the world has little resemblance to what it was when heritage museums were first established, more than 200 years ago. Classical Greek antiquity was a major point of reference then, but how relevant is it to society today? What is the response of museums to the challenges posed by current socio-political conditions, and how do they re-interpret the notion of “Classical” in the framework of post-modernity?

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the IIHSA, Dr Nikolas Papadimitriou, Curator of Antiquities at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, will explore the meaning and value of "Classical” for modern societies and will discuss advances in museological approaches in Greece and abroad.




Day School in Dublin: Saturday April 2nd, 2016
Recreating the Ancient Past

Poster and booking form here



Save the date! A lecture by Professor Brian Arkins on Greek themes in Yeats.
@ Maynooth University, October 15th, 2015.

Yeats lecture


Dr Christine Morris (TCD)
Trade and travel in the Bronze Age Mediterranean: the social biography of a Mycenaean chariot krater

Dr Philip de Souza (UCD)   
The Perils of Sea Travel in Antiquity

Dr Maeve McHugh (UCD)     
Going the extra mile for democracy

Prof. Andrew Smith (UCD) 
Pausanias: an ancient guidebook?

Dr Alexander Thein (UCD)     
 How to get from A to B on a Roman Road

Dr Hazel Dodge (TCD)         
All Sea Roads Lead to Rome? Traversing the  Roman Mediterranean

Dr Christina Haywood (UCD)
Icarus and the concept of flying





John Dillon
Galen: Doctor among Philosophers, Philosopher among Doctors
Hazel Dodge

Galen and the Gladiators:
doctors, diet and death in Roman fighting schools

Denise Keating

Bodies of Evidence: what the study of human skeletal remains
can reveal about past health

Liz Bourke
Healing sleep in the cult of Asclepius
Alan Peatfield
Healing on Minoan Peak Sanctuaries
To accompany the Day School, there will be a temporary exhibition of modern anatomical votive offerings (Curated by Christine Morris and Simone Zimmerman)


Following the Day School,

we invite you to join us
for a book launch and reception

Professor John Dillon will launch
J.P. Mahaffy, Rambles and Studies in Greece.
The First Edition of 1876

edited by Professor Brian Arkins.

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Information and bookings: Dept of Classics, Trinity College Dublin; Dublin 2, Ireland.
Email: or

Booking form here: pdf; doc Poster here

Recent Events

IIHSA Day School

Science in the Greek and Roman Worlds
celebrating Dublin City of Science 2012

Saturday November 24th 2012
Venue: UCD School of Classics, Newman Building, Belfield, Room K217

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Information and bookings:
UCD School of Classics, Newman Building, Belfield,

contact:; tel. 7168166

Poster here; Booking form: pdf
or doc


Petros Florides The Emergence of ScientificThought in Ancient Greece and its Legacy

William Megarry

Modern computer science and statistics in archaeological fieldwork

Christina Haywood

The Antikythera mechanism: an archaeological approach

David Horan

From Pythagoras to the Periodic Table of
the Elements (via Plato): ‘Measurement
began our might’ (Yeats).

Aude Doody

Pliny's Natural History: reading the encyclopedia


IIHSA Public Lecture

Professor John Dillon

Former Director,
Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens

Orality in the Platonic Tradition

Wednesday May 16th 2012, 7 pm

Trinity College Dublin
Neill/Hoey theatre, Long Room Hub
Trinity College Dublin

John Dillon has recently retired as Director of the IIHSA, and this special event is to mark and celebrate his very considerable contribution to the development of the Institute over the years. We invite you to join us for this special evening, which will comprise John’s lecture, a presentation to him, and a reception to follow.

All welcome



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Speakers and papers

Brian McGing

Paper Matters: Rubbish dumps and mummies in the story of writing

Andrew Smith

Identifying ancient libraries

Anna Chahoud

Book Lust, Lost Books: Bibliomania in the Roman World

Brian Arkins

The Ancient Novel

Aude Doody

How to read an encyclopaedia: Pliny's index from manuscript to print

Hazel Dodge

Writing for the People: Roman Graffiti and Curse tablets

Information and bookings: Dept of Classics, Trinity College Dublin; Dublin 2, Ireland.
Email: or

Poster here (pdf); here (doc);


IIHSA Public Lecture

Professor Jack Davis
(Director, American School of Classical
Studies at Athens )

The Ancient Landscape of Illyrian Apollonia: Excavation and Survey

Monday May 9th 2011, 7 pm,
University College Dublin
Theatre M, Newman Building

All welcome

More information and further reading here

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Past Events

IIHSA Day School
20th November 2010


Information and bookings:
UCD School of Classics, Newman Building, Belfield,
tel 716 8166
Email: or

Poster here; Booking form


John Dillon

The many faces of Herakles
Christine Morris
Theseus, from Bull-leaper to Hero in the Cretan Labyrinth

Brian Arkins

The Duality of Oedipus

Alan Peatfield

Athlete... Warrior ... Hero

Martin Brady

Next after Achilles ... the Judgement of arms in Ovid

Bridgid Martin

Humanizing the hero: non-burial in Homer
Christina Haywood "Heroes and Mortals in Ancient Greece"
The Exhibition in the Classical Museum


You are cordially invited to the Annual Meeting
of the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens 2010

October 21st 2010 at 7 p.m.

Davis theatre, Arts Building,
Trinity College Dublin


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Dr Alexandra Karetsou

Popular Cult and Power:
The Function of the Juktas Peak Sanctuary
in Protopalatial and Neopalatial Crete

Friday February 26th 2010 at 7.30 pm
Synge Lecture Theatre (2039),

Arts Building Trinity College Dublin

Sponsored by:
Trinity College Dublin: Long Room Hub; Department of Classics
& Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
University College Dublin: School of Archaeology
Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens
Part of an IRCHSS-funded research project


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War and Death: New Perspectives on Armed Combat and Mortality from Ancient to Modern Times

University College Dublin 28th August 2009

Call for papers: deadline for abstracts, July 28th 2009
Further details and programme here
Poster here

Sponsored by: UCD Graduate School of Arts and Celtic Studies
Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens
UCD Classical Society , UCD Archaeological Society


IIHSA Day School
May 9th 2009

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Information and bookings:
Dept of Classics, Trinity College Dublin;  
Dublin 2, Ireland.

: or

Poster and further details here
Booking form
John Dillon Man and the Sea in Homer's Odyssey

Emma Saunders

Picturing the Sea: Marine Imagery in the
Aegean Bronze Age

Christine Morris

Denizens of the deep: the sea in Greek myth and religion

Philip de Souza

War, Trade and Piracy

Jo Day

A pretty kettle of fish:Eating seafood in the ancient Mediterranean

Amanda Kelly

Fine Wines afloat in the Mediterranean:
Trade, status and inebriation


IIHSA Lecture

Dr Barry Molloy
(Co-Director of the Priniatikos Pyrgos excavation;
School of Archaeology, University College Dublin)

Five thousand years of human settlement in East Crete:
the Priniatikos Pyrgos excavations

Friday November 28th 2008, 7.30 pm,
Theatre M, Newman Building,
University College Dublin

All welcome



Launch of The Lure of Greece (eds. J.V. Luce, Christine Morris, Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood) by Professor John Dillon on May 23rd 2008 at 6.30 pm, Department of Classics seminar room (B6.002), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin


Dr Andreas Sotiriou
(35th Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Kefalonia)
Classical and Hellenistic Kefalonia:
the evolution of four major city-states
March 6th 2008, University College Dublin

Professor Margaret Mullett (Director, Institute for Byzantine Studies, Queen's University Belfast)
A Twelfth Century Renaissance in Byzantium
IIHSA Inaugural, Trinity College Dublin December 2006

Professor John Dillon (Director of the IIHSA; Trinity College Dublin)
An Alexandrian Quartet: Callimachus, Philo, Origen and Cavafy
June 9th 2005

Dr Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood (University College Dublin)
Walking Back in Time. The Kephalonia Project 2003
May 25th 2004

Professor John Killen (University of Cambridge)
New light on an old problem: Michael Ventris, Linear B and the Pylos furniture tablets
IIHSA Inaugural, Trinity College Dublin April 2003

Dr. Marika Zeimbekis
Nurturing the Natural: A goddess in the sacred landscape of the Theran frescoes
IIHSA Inaugural, Trinity College Dublin and also in University College Cork, May 2002

Dr. Metaxia Tsipopoulou
Petras Siteia: A palatial centre in East Crete
IIHSA Inaugural, Trinity College Dublin November 2000

Prof. Brian Arkins (NUI Galway)
"Mahaffy: Classicist and Philhellene" IIHSA Inaugural, NUI Dublin October 1999

Previous Conferences and Day Schools

Ancient Gardens Day School
University College Dublin, Saturday April 21st 2007

IIHSA Galway Conference 2003
Irish Involvement in Greek Culture, Literature, History and Politics
National University of Ireland, Galway , September 19th-21st 2003

Day School on the World of the Ancient Olympic Games
February 15th 2003
Click here to see pictures of the recreation of the pankration.


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