“Dio Chrysostom’s Euboean Oration

Workshop, 1 March 2022, 2-4pm GMT (9-11am EST).
Hosted by: The Centre for Ancient Environmental Studies, and the Department of Classics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Written in the late first or early second century CE, Dio’s Euboean Oration may be one of our best sources for both rural environmental practices and urban life in Imperial Greece. A resurgence of interest in the text has occasioned this event, facilitated by Clara Bosak-Schroeder (UIUC), which will feature brief remarks by Janet Downie (UNC), Jason König (St Andrews), and Mark Usher (UVM) followed by a group discussion of the oration itself and Donald Hughes’ 1996 article, “The Hunters of Euboea: Mountain Folk in the Classical Mediterranean” (which we will circulate in advance). Participants are asked to read both Hughes’ article and the oration (in Greek or translation) before the event. 

The event will be held online, as a Teams meeting with live-captioning. For other access needs, please contact Clara Bosak-Schroeder ( The link will be circulated closer to the date. All are very welcome! 

Pre-Modern Environmental Studies: The State of the Field in Scotland

Workshop, 7 March 2022.
A one-day workshop, bringing together contributors from a range of different disciplines from universities within Scotland (including Geosciences, History, Geography and Sustainable Development, Classics and Ancient History, English Literature, Archaeology, Divinity). All welcome (whether you are based in Scotland or not!)

The Environments of Mediterranean City-States: Experience and Resilience

International conference, 27-28 May 2022.
Full programme to follow

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