Fifth Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference

This conference will pertain to a wide variety of topics concerning the classical world, with paper sessions being divided by theme based on the papers accepted. Abstracts will be considered from any discipline within classical studies (archaeology, history, philology, etc.) or a related field. Examples range from an analysis of the rhetoric of a Demosthenic speech to a report of the findings of a current excavation to a commentary on the hybridization of style in Pompeian wall painting (this is not an exhaustive list).

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts are due by November 14, 2015 to Abby Durick at The information sheet provided should be filled out and attached along with the abstract. A copy of the information sheet can be found here. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on December 1, 2015.

Abstract Details

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words double-spaced in Times New Roman font. Please do not include the name of the presenter or university on the abstract. Instead, include a title on the abstract and make sure it matches the title on the information sheet.

Conference Date

February 20, 2016

Audio-visual equipment will be available for presenters. Presentations should last no more than fifteen minutes (with five additional minutes for Q&A afterwards).

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Craig Gibson, Professor of Classics, University of Iowa, and Editor, Transactions of the American Philological Association. His talk is entitled "The Myths of Crete in Ancient and Byzantine Greek Education."

The conference will provide hotel accommodations for the night of February 19 for all non-UTK presenters.

There is a $15 registration fee for all presenters which covers the cost of a catered lunch.

 Any additional questions or concerns should be sent to Abby Durick via email at  or Sarah Parsly at

Conference Organizers

  • Sarah Parsly
  • Abby Durick
  • Emily Gregg

Faculty Sponsor

  • Dr. John Friend

In addition to the Department of Classics, this conference is also sponsored by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Office of Undergraduate Research, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Chancellor's Honors Program, the Tennessee Humanities Center, the School of Art, and the Departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.


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