Modern scholars may have embarked upon the study of classical maritime religion, but the topic of such religion in hellenistic times is still largely uncharted waters. In particular the study of the maritime Aphrodite during this period appears to harbour many unanswered questions. This seminar attempts to navigate the sea of information relating to early Ptolemaic religion, which included various innovations such as ruler cults and new deities such as Sarapis. In the 270s BC the Ptolemaic Queen, Arsinoë II, was deified as the maritime goddess, Aphrodite of Fair Sailing (Euploia). This seminar seeks to understand the possible reasons for this deification by getting all relevant sources on deck and examining the development of the maritime cult of Aphrodite in the hellenistic period.

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Classics and Ancient History seminars are followed by a wine-and-cheese reception ($2 coin donation per person). Enquiries about the seminars may be made to Associate Professor Tom Stevenson.

The Friends of Antiquity, an alumni organisation of the University, runs its own series of public lectures, which take place on Sunday afternoons. The Friends’ program for 2017 can be found at


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