“Spaghetti Gladiator” Flick

Firstshowing.net reveals that Jonathan Liebesman — of Texas Chainsaw Massacre ‘fame’ — has a project in the works. Ecce:

Liebesman revealed that it’s a project he’s working on with the producers of 300 that he hasn’t said anything about until now. The film is about “the story of Odysseus and basically it’s like a Clint Eastwood story where he comes back after 20 years at war and finds his island overtaken by bad guys and it’s sort of a little kinetic action movie of how this guy wins his island back.” Liebesman also added that aforementioned bit about how it’s like a western, but set in the time of ancient Greece instead.

Oh oh …

Mac Classics

A piece in Tidbits — a blog for Mac types — turned up in the scan today with an article commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Mac with some interviews with some users … inter alia, “Matt” says:

As a programmer, I’d been working with computers since 1968, but as a Classics professor in the early 1980s, my immediate problem was typing Ancient Greek, or, more precisely, typing both English and Greek in the same document. I had an IBM Selectric typewriter with interchangeable typeballs, and later an Olivetti electronic typewriter that used interchangeable typewheels and had a tiny “memory” so that it was almost a miniature word processor. But the real solution was a personal computer: I got an Apple ][c clone called a Laser 128. This, together with an ImageWriter and a wonderful (now defunct) program called Gutenberg, gave me a full-featured word processor with the ability to alternate English and Greek letters at will.

While teaching at Cornell University in the late 1980s, I met Adam, who taught me to use the Macs in the computer labs; I remember us performing some clever tricks with Microsoft Word and QuicKeys (and swapping a lot of floppy disks). But the Mac still felt like a toy to me, and I didn’t actually want one.

Then, in 1990, I arrived at Swarthmore College and found that, like every professor, I was given an office Mac. It was one of those early squat all-in-one machines with a tiny monochrome screen – probably either a Plus or an SE. Naturally, since it was right there on my desk and hooked into something called the “Internet,” I started playing with it constantly. (Oh, the INITs! Oh, the bombs!)

But what turned me into a Mac person wasn’t the machine so much as the killer apps I got for it. Nisus, a fantastic word processor with amazing search-and-replace and macro features, along with LaserGreek, a gorgeous Ancient Greek font, allowed me to do all my multilingual scholarly writing. And HyperCard 2 made the Mac interface itself programmable, letting me create an Ancient Greek language lab for my students. By the end of that school year, I was a Mac convert, the proud owner of a brand new pizza-box Macintosh LC which, together with a StyleWriter printer, remained my workhorse machine for many years.

… hmmm … Matt at Swarthmore in the 1990s … can’t figure it out.

Breviaria 01/27/09

Akropolis World News (in Greek) has been updated (really wish they had an rss feed!):

If you think you’re too old to take up Latin:

An interview with the folks behind Brandeis Theater Company’s production of Hecuba:

Greece is campaigning to erect a statue of Alexander the Great at the site of Gaugamela:

The headline says it all:

Graeme Clarke was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia:

DIG: Gabii Field School

The Gabii Project (Central Italy) is sponsoring a volunteer field school program for undergraduate students in 2009 (season dates: 21 June – 25 July).  If you are interested in applying (deadline 15 February 2009), please visit http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/research/Excavation/Gabii/; inquiries may be directed to gabiiproject At umich.edu.

The archaeological project is located at the site of ancient Gabii, some 18 km to the east of Rome in Central Italy.

The Gabii Project is an international, multi-institution archaeological initiative under the direction of Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan. Field research at the site of Gabii commenced in 2007 with a campaign of magnetometric geophysical survey, undertaken in order to begin to establish an archaeological plan of the site – something that had never been done before – and to assess the nature of archaeological deposits and determine whether or not urban excavation at the site would be a workable research approach. Encouraged by the 2007 results, the project returned in 2008 to complete the magnetometry survey of the site and to carry out various other geophysical prospections in order to construct stratigraphic site profiles for Gabii. With the data in hand from 2007 and 2008, a fairly complete plan for a substantial part of the urban area is now in hand and will serve as a useful guide for excavations that will commence in June 2009.

The 2009 season will be the first season of fieldwork at the site of Gabii that will involve excavation, and thus the Gabii Project is pleased to offer a field program for student volunteers. We welcome applications from any interested students.  The program, which will not grant academic credit in 2009, will run from June 21 to July 25, 2009. During the program students will receive an introduction to, and instruction in, the range of practical skills employed by the field archaeologist, as well as exposure to the various techniques and methods of the archaeological field laboratory. The following represent some of the skill sets that the program will cover.
•    Open field excavation methodology
•    Archaeological documentation and record keeping
•    The use of the Harris Matrix for stratigraphical analysis and documentation
•    Identification and initial conservation of archaeological finds
•    Use of a transit and exposure to the operation of a Total station (electronic surveying instrument)

Students will be housed in Frascati, Italy, at the Hotel Ville Mercede, a pensione that features air conditioning, wireless internet access, and an on-site restaurant.  Meals will be provided at the restaurant (Monday-Friday) as well as on-site.  The program cost for five weeks is $3,600.

Applications are submitted electronically via the Project’s website: http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/research/Excavation/Gabii/

CONF: Leeds Seminars

Regular meetings are on Wednesdays at 3pm and take place in room 101 in the Parkinson building, University of Leeds. Also shown on the schedule are papers for the Leeds and District branch of the Classical Association, which begin at 5pm and are also held in room 101, Parkinson building.

Directions to the University and campus maps may be found here: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/visitors/getting_here.htm For any further information, please contact Dr. Penny Goodman (p.j.goodman AT leeds.ac.uk) or Dr. Clare Kelly Blazeby (c.kellyblazeby AT leeds.ac.uk).

Programme of speakers:

January 29th (CA talk – starting at 5 for 5:30pm)
David Langslow (Manchester)
The History of the Latin Language

February 4th
Shaun Tougher (Cardiff)
The surprising sex life of a Roman emperor: Gore Vidal’s Julian

February 13th (CA talk – starting at 5 for 5:30pm)
Fred Williams
Pindar and Camp David

February 18th
Lene Rubinstein (Royal Holloway University of London)
Forgive and Forget: amnesty in the Hellenistic Greek Cities

March 4th
Martin Blazeby (King’s College London)
The Body and Mask in Ancient Theatre Space

April 22nd
Michael Fulford (Reading), Geoffrey Dannell, Brenda Dickinson, and Rosemary Wilkinson (Leeds)
The ‘Names on Terra Sigillata’ project

May 6th
Judy Barringer (Edinburgh)
The Olympic Altis in 476

May 12th (CA talk – starting at 5 for 5:30pm)
Lionel Wickham
A Voyage round Prudentius