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‘Keeping Up Appearances’

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‘Keeping up Appearances: Roman Emperors on Display’

Dr Martijn Icks (QUB)

Thursday 3rd December 2015, 6.45 p.m. (followed by winter drinks)

The Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen’s University, Belfast

PayPal Up and Running

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We are happy to announce that our PayPal account is now up and running, allowing you to subscribe or even donate to the Classical Association in Northern Ireland.


As we are a not-for-profit organisation, CANI needs the support of subscribers to fund and even expand our annual programme of events. The various membership options can be found under the Membership/Subscriptions tab above.

In return for your generosity, we will continue to provide top quality academic talks such as the recent presentation by Daniëlle Slootjes on ‘Ancient Rome on the Digital Age’, to interact with schools and the public as a whole around Northern Ireland promoting the study and stories of the Classical World and to bring more light hearted forms of entertainment such as the showing of films with a classical theme.

Thanking you in advance,



Dr Slootjes’ Digital Rome

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3rd November 2015

The Classical Association in Northern Ireland

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Ancient Rome in a Digital Age

Dr Daniëlle Slootjes

How 3D reconstructions and simulations are valuable for the historical study of crowd behaviour in Ancient Rome

Tuesday 3 November, 6.45 pm
Queen’s University, Lanyon Building, Canada Room


At this week’s first official CANI event of the 2015-2016 programme, Dr Daniëlle Slootjes of the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) spoke about “Ancient Rome in a Digital Age”. More and more, archaeologists are collaborating with computer experts to make three-dimensional digital reconstructions of ancient buildings or even complete cities, including Rome itself. Dr Slootjes, who is interested in crowd behaviour and crowd control in premodern cities such as Rome, Constantinople, Paris and London, explored how these 3D reconstructions may be combined with evidence from our literary sources to produce valuable insights. In particular, she wants to examine how ancient crowds moved at particular mass events, such as the triumphal entry of a victorious emperor or games in the Colosseum. The lecture was followed by a lively Q & A session. All in all, it seems the Classical Association in Northern Ireland is off to a good start!

Martijn Icks (QUB)


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