Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea.

Murder in Athens: Law of Homicide in the Democratic Polis

Among the many achievements of the ancient Athenians was a sophisticated system for the trial of murder cases. Unlike other branches of the law where the Athenian distaste for professionalism was patent in the form of inexperienced judicial panels and amateur prosecutors, the criminal law of homicide was the one area where the judges presiding in its various courts had legal experience, if only because the panels did not change with such regularity, and where juridical arguments carried more weight than simple appeals to emotion. The speaker will discuss the Athenian law on homicide and the procedures employed in its operation from the pre-trial hearings to the trial itself. By using the casebooks of the 5th/4th century orators Antiphon and Lysias he will examine the rhetorical and juridical strategies used in prosecuting and defending a person accused of murder.

Half an Ounce of Gold: Precious Metal Jewellery in the R D Milns Antiquities Museum

This talk will examine five ancient earrings from the RD Milns Antiquities Museum collection, discussing the way they were created and worn, and presenting similar artefacts from archaeological sites, museum collections and ancient art which help us to understand their origin and date. The talk will be richly illustrated with examples of fine jewellery from across the ancient world, including examples from the fantastic Fayum portraits of Greco-Roman Egypt, which provide an important source for the study of ancient jewellery.