Debate at King’s College, London, Department of Greek and Latin Office

The King’s Classics Department and Institute of Classical Studies are delighted to announce a lecture by Prof. Luca Giuliani (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), with response by Prof. Dyfri Williams (Université libre de Bruxelles):

The Warren Cup: A piece of mimetic craftsmanship around 1900?
The ‘Warren Cup’ – a small, silver drinking cup decorated in low relief with scenes of homosexual intercourse – was purchased by the British Museum for £1.8m in 1999; today, it is one of the most cherished pieces in the British Museum’s Roman Galleries (and a highlight of Neil MacGregor’s History of the World in 100 Objects). In this lecture, Prof. Luca Giuliani re-examines the cup’s modern reception since its initial purchase by Edward Perry Warren in 1911. Rather than date the cup to the first century AD, however, Prof. Giuliani suggests that the object is in fact a modern forgery, its imagery specially designed for its first, eponymous owner.

Luca Giuliani’s research on the ‘Warren Cup’ has attracted much media attention in Germany. This will be the first time that Prof. Giuliani addresses a British audience on the subject: to enrich discussion, the British Museum has nominated Prof. Dyfri Williams (author of The Warren Cup, published by the British Museum Press in 2006) to act as respondent. The collaborative event marks the close of this year’s lectures on Medium and Mimesis in Classical Art, and will be followed by a reception at ‘Chambers’ on the King’s College London Strand campus (sponsored by the Department of Classics).

This is an open public event, and all are warmly invited.

S-1.27 Strand Campus
12/03/2014 (17:15-18:30)
For more information, please contact Michael Squire ( or Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (

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