We would like to remind you that the deadline for abstracts for AMPAL (Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature) is now 15 October 2008.

AMPAL will be hosted by the Open University in Milton Keynes, and will take place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January 2009.

AMPAL is a conference where graduate students present their research to other postgraduates. This allows attendees to take part in discussion, exchange ideas and meet other postgraduates in a friendly and supportive environment. We would welcome papers from postgraduate students in all stages of their research, as we are offering the opportunity for speakers to benefit from one to one feedback from more experienced presenters. In addition accepted speakers will be able to submit final versions of papers to be made available via the Open University website following the conference.

The theme for the conference is:

‘Sex and the (ancient) City: Love and Friendship in Greece and Rome’


We are accepting abstracts (maximum 250 words) on any aspect of the theme of ‘Sex and the (Ancient) City: Love and Friendship in Greece and Rome’.

Some suggestions are:

· Gendered roles

· Relationships

· Families, fraternities and friendship

· Importance of the city

· Metamorphoses and transformations

· Boys and girls initiation rites

These are suggestions only, and we welcome any other interpretations of the theme, and as in previous years expect to see a mix of papers covering ancient Greek and Roman literature, performance and reception.

Our keynote speaker will by Professor Lorna Hardwick.

Registration for this conference is free, although there will be a charge for accommodation. See the website for further details of the venue and accommodation:


Please send your abstract to ampal08 AT googlemail.com with Abstract as the email title and include your name, University, and title of paper, by 15 October 2008. Please also direct any queries about the conference to this address.