Etruscan funerary urn in the British Museum.
Hittite Seated Deity Anatolia, 13th Century BCE.
Abel Smith (building 23), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Abel Smith (building 23), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Ancient History Day 2013 | Myth and Magic in the Ancient World

The Friends of Antiquity, in conjunction with The Discipline of Classics and Ancient History in The School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics at The University of Queensland present the 19th annual Ancient History Day: "Myth and Magic in the Ancient World".

Registration cost:

$35; $15 each for school students and students with ID; $30 FoA members.


  • 8:00-9:00 AM REGISTRATION - Foyer of Abel Smith Lecture Theatre
  • 9:00-9:10 Chair: Dr Dorothy Watts; Welcome: Head, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics
  • 9:10-10:00 Emeritus Professor Trevor Bryce: Myth, Ritual and Magic in the Hittite World
  • 10:00-10:50 Dr Serena Love: Myth and Symbolism in the Ancient Egyptian Landscape
  • 10:50-11:20 MORNING TEA - Foyer. Food and drinks are not permitted in the theatre.
  • 11:20-12:10 PM Dr Dorothy Watts: The Magical, Mysterious Celts
  • 12:10-1:00 Dr Janette McWilliam: Artefacts concerning Myth or Magic from the R D Milns Antiquities Museum
  • 1:00-2:15 LUNCH - Food outlets on campus will be listed on signs in the foyer.
  • 2:15-3:05 Emeritus Professor Bob Milns: Two Witches from Ancient Greece (the Myth of Medea and the Story of Simaetha)
  • 3:05-3:55 Dr Christopher Malone: Magic and Authority at Rome from the Etruscans to the Emperors

Each speaker will address the audience for up to 50 minutes, followed by a brief question time. Free Parking is available near the lecture theatre (signed street parking, the UQ Centre, and multi-level car parks on Sir Fred Schonell Drive. Morning tea and refreshments will be available at small cost in the foyer. Lunch is available at outlets on campus (refer to notices in foyer) or at cafes and restaurants at St Lucia village, about 10 minutes' walk or a short drive from the lecture theatre, or BYO. The recently relocated R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum may be viewed on Level 2, Michie Building. Book display and sales by the Co-op Bookshop, UQ, in theatre foyer. Continuing Professional Development certificates may be ordered on the day ($10 per certificate, postage included).

Free Public Lecture:

Please note there will be no public lecture on Friday night this year.


Complete Booking Form and forward with your payment, by August 9, to:

"Ancient History Day"
c/- The Alumni Centre (Building 91C)
50 Walcott Street
The University of Queensland, Q. 4072

Please Note

Receipts will be issued on the day. Any requests for refunds for cancellation must be made in writing and cannot be dealt with on the day. Our ABN: 52009543214, The Alumni Friends of the University of Queensland Inc.