‘Although they are only breath, the words which I command are immortal.’ 
Sappho, trans. Barnard. 

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Amphorae XI will be held at the University of Sydney from the 12th to the 14th of July 2017.


Amphorae is a forum for postgraduate students in Classical Studies from throughout Australasia to interact with one another. Students eligible to participate include all those studying at Honours, Masters, and Ph.D. level. Papers may broadly cover topics inclusive of literature, history, archaeology, art, or reception studies.

The theme of this year’s Amphorae conference is ‘Immortal Words: Classical Antiquity Then and Now’. The theme is inspired by Mary Barnard’s translation of a fragment of the Greek lyric poet, Sappho, and celebrates the enduring relevance of the ancient world and Classical Studies.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2017!


Find the programme for Wednesday (12th), Thursday (13th) and Friday (14th) here!



Look out for our presenters:

Professor Peter Wilson

Professor Wilson is the William Ritchie Professor of Classics at the University of Sydney. His research centres on the history of the ancient theatre, and he is currently collaborating with Professor Eric Csapo on multi-volume social and economic history of the Classical Theatre. As well as this, he is engaged in an ARC funded project investigating the relationship between theatre and autocracy in antiquity.


Dr. Estelle Lazer

Dr. Lazer is an honorary research associate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. She is best known for her work on the human remains at Pompeii and was recently appointed as a consultant for Pompeii Cast Restoration Project.


We would like to thank our sponsors:

  • The Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Dr. Stavros Kyrimis
  • The Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA)
  • The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA)
  • The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM)
  • Australian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS)
  • The Kudos Foundation
  • The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney
  • The Sydney Latin Summer School (LSS)
  • The Classical Association of New South Wales (CANSW)
  • The Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS)