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Alumni with Lenny

Greg Nagy

Belisi, Miche, and Professor Koh

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On April 18, 2015 The Graduate Students in the Ancient Greek & Roman Studies M.A. Program hosted the second-annual Graduate Student Symposium, Under the Influence: Wine in the Ancient Mediterranean.

The details of this event can be appreciated below:

Hosted By: The Ancient Greek and Roman Studies M.A. Program
Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University

Dedicated to: Professor Leonard C. Muellner

Location: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G03

Keynote Speaker: Professor Gregory Nagy

Professor Nagy discussed the contributions of Leonard Muellner to our understanding of ritual libations in the ancient Greek world. Professor Nagy is the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and a Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, as well as the Director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies.


More About the Symposium

The cultivation and consumption of wine permeated all aspects of life in the ancient Mediterranean world, from large-scale economic relations to small-scale domestic activities. The production, utilization, and representation of wine constituted a large portion of ancient daily life through ritual, trade, art, and literature. As a result, the bulk of iconographic and textual corpora that survives today pertains to the topic of wine. Some of the topics explored by our speakers included:

  • Storage vessels and their contents as trade commodities
  • Wine in early scripts (Linear B, Ugaritic, etc.)
  • Containers as indicators of socio-cultural practices
  • Organic footprints of wine production
  • Sacred libation in ancient rituals and religion
  • Greek and Roman symposia
  • Roman political messages involving wine
  • Textual analysis of Medieval scholia which discuss Homeric wine-vocabulary