Trendall Lecture

Awarded to an early or mid-career researcher who exemplifies distinguished scholarship in the Classics.

Australia has a rich history of world-leading researchers of the ancient world, its languages, literature, thought, history, art and civilisations. The Trendall Lecture celebrates this long tradition and reminds us of the deep and continuing relevance of the ancient world and late antiquity to modern life.

We are delighted to partner each year with the Australasian Society for Classical Studies Conference (ASCS) to host the Trendall Lecture.

Namesake & history

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Professor A.D. (Dale) Trendall AC CMG FAHA (1909–95) was a Foundation Fellow of the Academy. This lecture is made possible by a bequest from his estate.

The first Trendall Lecture was given by Professor Michael Osborne, then Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University, in 1997 and has been delivered almost every year since.

Dale Trendall, of course, in a lifetime of scholarly endeavour demonstrated only too brilliantly the historical, social, and artistic significance of Greek pottery. Michael Osborne, Trendall Lecture, 1997

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.