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: For any further information, please contact Dr. Penny Goodman (p.j.goodman AT or Dr. Clare Kelly Blazeby (c.kellyblazeby AT

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

Marble Head of a Boxer (Maybe) Found in Israel

Rather amazing how much press coverage there is for this already. A small figurine, dating from the second or third century, depicting what is believed to be a boxer or at least an athlete, has been found during the course of a dig in the City of David.

Dixit Dr. Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets (on behalf of the IAA):
“To the best of our knowledge, to date no similar artifact made of marble (or any other kind of stone) bearing the same image that was just found has been discovered in excavations elsewhere in the country… It seems that what we have here is a unique find.”

“The high level of finish on the figurine is extraordinary, while meticulously adhering to the tiniest of details. Its short curly beard, as well as the position of its head which is slightly inclined to the right, are indicative of an obviously Greek influence and show that it should be dated to the time of the emperor Hadrian or shortly thereafter (second-third centuries CE). This is one of the periods when the art of Roman sculpture reached its zenith. The pale yellow shade of the marble alludes to the eastern origin of the raw material from which the image was carved, probably from Asia Minor, although this matter still needs to be checked”.

While they’re probably right that it’s an image of an athlete of some sort, when I first saw it, the ‘droopy’ eyelids and hairline reminded me of Philip the Arab, perhaps rather less-than-idealized. The object is a weight, however, designed to be used with hanging scales and, we are told, images of athlete-types were popular in this role.

Zeus on Mount Lykaion Redux

Not sure why this is in the news again; we heard about it last September and even back in January, to some extent.

Dixit David Romano:

“What’s new is this mountaintop altar had cult activity that’s continuous from the Mycenaean to the Hellenistic periods.”

… which is what we were told a year ago. Some details about the altar found there might be new … an excerpt from the article:

Although the excavation is ongoing, a paper on the first three years of the project is in the works for Hesperia, the journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The bronze male hand holding the silver lightning bolt likely represents Zeus, according to the archaeologists. It was found near a sample of glass-like fulgurite, otherwise known as petrified lightning, which is formed when lightning strikes sandy soil. It is not clear if the fulgurite was formed on the mountain or elsewhere.

“The altar would have been situated on top of the hill and may have been represented by a ring of stones,” Romano said, adding that it was flanked by a nearby sacred area known as a temenos, which appeared to have no temple or other structure.

Folks might want to check out the website: Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project

Another Auction

Yesterday I was wading through a pile of Roman glass etc. (none of which was very interesting) and decided I wasn’t going to cover auctions any more. Then, of course, something interesting came up from the Ventura County Collection again, via Bonham’s. Here’s an item at Live Auctioneers officially described as Roman, c. 100-300AD., a life size marble carving of a clinched right hand and it’s clutching something. Any guesses as to what’s in the hand?

This Day in Ancient History

ante diem vii kalendas februarias

  • Sementivae or Paganalia (day ?) — Sementivae was a festival of sowing which was actually a moveable feast (although I’m not sure of the moveability criteria; I’m guessing that the first day falls between January 24 and 26). By Ovid’s time it appears to have been coincident with Paganalia, which also obviously has some rural aspect to it. It appears to have been a two-day festival with an interval of seven days between (corrections on this welcome … my sources seem muddled on this one)
  • 66 A.D. — perihelion of what would eventually be called Halley’s comet (possibly mentioned in Josephus; less possibly mentioned in Suetonius)

CONF: Legacy of Alexander the Great

Third Workshop on Hellenistic History, Culture and Society
The Impact of Hellenism

Friday, 13 February 2009, Humanities Graduate School, School of Archaeology,
Classics & Egyptology, 12 Abercromby Square, Liverpool

This workshop, hosted by the
School of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology
The University of Liverpool
12-14 Abercromby Square
Liverpool L69 7WZ
is funded by the AHRC collaborative research training framework and
addresses all Postgraduate students interested in Hellenistic history,
archaeology and culture. For PGR students from British universities, Travel
expenses to and from Liverpool can be reimbursed within reasonable limits.



John Davies (Liverpool): Hellenistic Economy, Title tbc


Hartmut Leppin (Frankfurt/M.): Leading a Hellene’s Life in a Christian Empire

Lunch Break

Margherita Facella (Pisa): Continuity of a cult-centre: the case of Duluk
Baba Tepesi


Michael Eisenberg (Haifa): Hellenistic fortifications, Title tbc

For further information please contact Dr Michael Sommer:
michael.sommer AT

CONF: Phaedrus Colloquium

Colloquium on Plato’s Phaedrus, April 16th-18th 2009
Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge

The Phaedrus is one of Plato’s most explicitly ‘literary’ dialogues, both
in the sense that it is crafted in a particularly ingenious fashion and in
so far as it explicitly discusses the worth of literature, especially as a
medium for philosophy. Of course, the Phaedrus also has much to say about
the key Platonic issues of moral psychology, metaphysics, love and
rhetoric. The aim of this colloquium is to encourage collaborative
discussion of both the literary and philosophical significance of the
dialogue. To this end, our programme combines formal papers with sessions
of collaborative close reading of selected passages.

Participants include: Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh), John Henderson
(Cambridge), Matthew Hiscock (Cambridge), Richard Hunter (Cambridge), Alex
Long (St Andrews), Jessica Moss (Oxford), Liz Pender (Leeds), Christopher
Rowe (Durham), Dominic Scott (Virginia), Frisbee Sheffield (Cambridge),
Robert Wardy (Cambridge) and Harvey Yunis (Rice).

For more details please contact Jenny Bryan (jb304 AT or Helen Van
Noorden (hav21 AT

Iron Age Hoard

This one received quite a bit of press attention … a metal detectorist has come across a hoard of some 824 gold staters, dating from 40 B.C. to 15 A.D. (and so, of course, popularly connected to “Boudicca’s predecessors”) in a field near Wickham Market. It’s apparently the largest hoard found in the UK since 1849.

Jude Plouviez (Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service) dixit:

“It’s a good, exciting find. It gives us a lot of new information about the late Iron Age, and particularly East Anglia in the late Iron Age.

“The discovery is important because it highlights the probable political, economic and religious importance of an area.

“It certainly suggests there was a significant settlement nearby.  As far as we understand, it was occupied by wealthy tribes or subtribes.

“We haven’t seen anything as big as this, the last find of Iceni coins was about 90 coins. The discovery tells us about the later iron age in Suffolk, there was a lot of wealth around and perhaps the hoard was in a disputed area.”

She added:

“We don’t know how much they will be worth but it will be less than they were at the time,” said Ms Plouviez.

“After the treasure trove inquest, they will be offered to museums at their current value.”

Bars and Brothels

I could have sworn I had mentioned this one before, but I guess not … in any event, there are episodes of both the Simpsons and Family Guy wherein the main characters find themselves excluded from their favourite watering hole for various reasons and so decide to open up a bar in their garage/basement (respectively). According to Clare Kelley Bazeby Dr. Clare Kelly Blazeby, there is material evidence that the Ancient Greeks may have been opening up bars and brothels in their private residences to supplement their income. She looked at items  dating from the period 475 B.C. down to 323 B.C. from sites as diverse as the Villa of Good Fortune at Olynthus to Building Z in Athens. Blazeby dixit:

“This has a real impact on how we view the economy in classical Greece … A lot of trade and industry was based within the home.”

“If you look at the remains coming from ancient Greek homes, it seems very clear to me that these buildings had another function, that some areas were used for commercial purposes … It’s amazing how entrenched people in the field are. We are trying to change archaeologists’ minds by pointing out that houses could be used economically as well being residences.”

“There was nothing to stop part of a house being utilized for commercial gain by using a room fronting onto the street as a shop, or indeed from using the household courtyard for business transactions,”

“My research shows that a lot of trade was embedded within the domestic walls. It also changes our perception of who was drinking wine, and where they were doing it. Women, slaves and foreigners as well as ordinary Greeks, would all have enjoyed time and wine in a classical tavern …”

Added Allison Glazebrook:

“There is no evidence of any purpose-built brothels for ancient Greece. We should not expect brothel spaces to look that different from houses in the material record because girls lived in brothels in which they worked.”

The two scholars presented their research at the recent AIA shindig …

I Can’t Get No … Satis Latin

A bunch of Latin news this a.m., the most interesting/surprising being that Mick Jagger is apparently a fan of the ancient language we hold so dear. According to a brief item in the Telegraph:

Sir Mick was looking around Latymer Upper School recently with Gabriel, his 11-year son by Jerry Hall, when he was shown into a classroom where a Latin lesson was taking place. The singer looked at the words on the board and found to his delight that he could understand them.

Then there was this interesting item from the Beaufort Gazette … here’s the incipit:

Brittle pages fell out as I opened the binder. One of the firmest sheets read, “A Collection of Latin Maxims and Phrases Literally Translated and Explained by John M. Cottrell, Intended for the use of Students for all Legal Examinations. Washington, D.C., John Byrne and Company, Law Book Publishers, 1897.”

An old book, ancient thoughts. But its scattered leaves hid a stern op-ed article for today’s economy. What was needed was a librarian to string it all together (English follows Latin in each sentence):

Quod ab initio non valet, in tractu temporis non convalescit (That which was void from its commencement does not improve by lapse of time). Quod turpi ex causa promissum est, non valet (An immoral consideration will not support a promise). [it continues]

Fulfilling the scholastic rule of three, we’ll simply point you to an opinion piece in the Columbia Spectator suggesting the need for a Classical Language requirement:

Breviaria 01/25/09

An ironically-titled very long post as I try to get my email filing system back in order:

A Roman brooch find by a metal detectorist:

Latest from Macedonia/FYROM:

A nice intro to Herodotus and Thucydides:

Somewhat peripheral for us, but interesting:

With the Super Bowl on the way, we get the first of the annual Roman Numeral posts:

Laura Fulkerson has been honoured by the APA:

David Konstan’s latest work has won the Goodwin Award of Merit:

No relation (alas):

Some inspiration for our grade-school colleagues:

The headline says it all:

This one keeps popping up:

The APA’s December 2008 Newsletter is available …

The APA has also extended the license/distribution of Greekkeys …

A review of the (comic) Age of Bronze, vol. I

Arethusa Volume 42, Number 1, Winter 2009

ROME – CENTRAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA: Prof. Rodolfo Lanciani, [Map] Romae – F.U.R (1893-1901) & Rome (GOOGLE EARTH 2007). Comparative side-by-side view. (Martin Conde)

… and last, and certainly least, Ms. Spears plans to major in Greek History (not):

Coffee and Classics

June Lemen reminisces in the Nashua Telegraph, inter alia:

It was time for a change, and to paraphrase our new president, it was a change we needed. Second semester, I took totally different courses, just to see what I liked. I fell in love with classics and philosophy, and I decided to double major in them. (Oh, the innocence of youth.)

This would have been a glorious plan, except that I overlooked one small detail: ancient languages.

Foreign language and I were not on speaking terms. I passed French in high school but never enjoyed it. (C’est la vie.) Two years were required for the college prep track, and I heaved a huge sigh of relief when it was over. At Wheaton, they explained to me that I would need to have a minimum of two years of Ancient Greek and three of Latin to be considered even a beginning classicist. So I bravely plunged in sophomore year and got on with Latin.

I had a stellar academic year, mostly because I was taking lots of stuff that I loved, courses in philosophy and classical civilization. Clearly, this was the route for me. And coffee was an absolute necessity, particularly in memorizing vocabulary.

Then came junior year. And Ancient Greek.

Ancient Greek class started at 8 a.m. every day. Technically, only Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes were required, but for those of us who were struggling, Tuesday and Thursdays sessions with the teaching assistant were more than suggested. I, who could barely get myself dressed and to class by 8 a.m. three days a week, laughed at the idea of spreading the pain over five days.

Our text was called Thrasymachus, and besides being used at Wheaton, it was a text commonly used to teach Greek to English schoolboys. It was filled with descriptions of sword fights and cutting off various body parts. The only way I could get through translation was with an IV drip of coffee. And, to make matters worse, I was also taking Latin II.

Latin had the advantage of using the same alphabet we do, which is probably why I passed it. I flunked Greek, which astonished my poor parents, who watched me go from dean’s list to academic probation in one semester. Plus, I was experiencing the shakes when I was away from java for more than an hour.

I gave up ancient languages and coffee at the same time, and I started drinking tea. Constant Comment was my favorite, and to this day, whenever I smell it, I think of that heavenly semester when I had given up trying to be a classicist and merely had to raise my grades enough to get off double secret probation.

Now I’m back to drinking more coffee than tea, but I’m not studying any foreign languages.

Clearly June wasn’t drinking the right kind of coffee; Classical languages requires something strong and exotic … preferably something from Africa.

Pizza Origins Again

We often see pizza being ascribed to the Romans, or to the Romans via the Greeks, but the Daily Pilot adds a twist I haven’t seen before:

Ever had a pizza? I have. Do you know what “pizza” means in Italian? I do. Nothing.

It’s from the Latin word “picea”… what the Romans called a round of dough that was blackened in a clay oven to make a pie shell. Isn’t that interesting? OK, maybe not. But this is more interesting.

Picea is, of course, a Latin word meaning “pitch black”; assorted websites with this origin, however, seem to date the word (and pizza itself) from the Middle Ages. Certainly the ‘c’ wouldn’t have been on its way to a ‘zz’ type pronunciation until that time (in the period of our purview, it would have been a hard ‘c’). Anyhow, we seem to have another example of ‘if it’s Latin, it must be Roman’.


“Homeric” was once again a popular adjective this week:

A review of Susan Sontag’s diaries (New Statesman) included this:

“It’s time for Homer, I think,” she writes. “The best way to divert these morbid individualised religious fantasies is to overwhelm them by the impersonal Homeric …”

The Yorkshire Post on the challenges facing the new president:

The Homeric cupidity and stupidity of the world’s bankers has brought America, Europe, and the Asian economies to the edge of the abyss.

A review of the bluray disk version of Dr. Strangelove notes in regards to a cut scene:

“Since they were laughing, it was unusable, because instead of having that totally black, which would have been amazing, like, this blizzard, which in a sense is metaphorical for all of the missiles that are coming, as well, you just have these guys having a good old time. So, as Kubrick later said, ‘it was a disaster of Homeric proportions.’”

Matters Inaugurational

A compendium of items relating — more or less — to the big events last week … now that they’ve had time to ‘sink in’. We being with a bit from the Register-Herald, which actually was about the inauguration of the governor of West Virginia, but had some nice ClassCon:

Noting the term “inauguration” is derived from the Latin word “augur,” meaning “omen,” Manchin said ancient Romans installed leaders and awaited for the right omens before plunging ahead.

Of course, I suspect I wasn’t the only Classicist who thought it interesting that Obama and the Chief Justice repeated the taking of the oath of office when it was ‘stumbled’ over at the actual ceremony — in ancient times, such stumbling would have required the repeating of the entire ritual. Then there was this piece in the Times of London, by Natalie Haynes (dubbed a Classicist and standup comedian) who decided that Barack Obama was Titus:

Then I dusted the bookshelves and realised – Barack Obama is the modern incarnation of the Emperor Titus, who ruled the Roman Empire from AD79-81, before death cut his reign tragically short. This is Suetonius: “Titus had such winning ways – perhaps inborn, perhaps cultivated subsequently, or conferred on him by fortune – that he became an object of universal love and adoration.”

That could have been written about Obama pretty much any time in the past year. Perhaps it was because Titus didn’t have time to go mad, like Caligula, or weird, like Tiberius, but he was probably the most adored emperor in Roman history. Then I realised that almost all leading politicians are reworked emperors. You just have to match them up.

Unfortunately, when she matches them all up (she goes through the Julio-Claudians), the explanation doesn’t quite match up (she matches the other emperors to other folks, not necessarily U.S. politicians). If we extend her analogy, we can expect the new president to, er, not complete his term and be succeed by JB who, no doubt, even now is sitting in his closet poking flies with a needle. One of the comments in the Times suggests Hadrian as a better parallel. The German IndyMedia, meanwhile, seemed to try to be making a link to Septimius Severus, concluding a piece on the new president thusly:

Mumia Abu-Jamal sagte in einer Grußbotschaft an die Rosa-Luxemburg Konferenz 2009: “Im Jahr 193 vor unserer Zeitrechnung bestieg ein Afrikaner den römischen Thron: Imperator Septimius Severus weitete Roms Macht aus und stärkte das Imperium. Sein Sohn folgte ihm auf den Thron und übertraf ihn noch an Grausamkeit und Unmenschlichkeit. Diese Herrscher brachten keinen Wechsel, sie sorgten für Kontinuität. Wird das heutige Imperium einen anderen Weg einschlagen?”

There was an interesting anticipatory piece in the Washington Post about the ‘ancient’ qualities of Obama’s oratory which looked more at cadence and rhythm rather than figures (he does have a fondness for tricola, anaphora, and repetition, no?). An excerpt:

This is poetry.

WE are the ONES we’ve been WAITing for.

It’s ancient English metrics: WE are the CHANGE that we SEEK, a chant of dactyls, DA-da-da, DA-da-da, as in Longfellow’s “THIS is the FORest primEVal.”

Rock it, Obama.

This stuff works. Franklin Roosevelt used iambs (da-DA, da-DA) that could have been lifted from Shakespeare (“To BE or NOT to BE”) at the opening of his 1933 inaugural address: “The ONly THING we HAVE to FEAR is FEAR itSELF.” (Though the crowd that day ignored the line — later, newspapers made it the motto of the New Deal.)

Martin Luther King: “I HAVE a DREAM that ONE day DOWN in ALaBAMa . . . “

Analysts of Obama’s oratory cite the influence of African American preaching tradition, but the influence is older, rooted like a mangrove in the swamp of the nervous system.

“It’s about the tune, not the lyrics, with Obama,” says Philip Collins, who wrote speeches for Tony Blair, the former British prime minister. In a BBC report, Collins cites “the way he slides down some words and hits others — the intonation, the emphasis, the pauses and the silences.”

Winston Churchill rocked it in a chant of anapests (da-da-DA): “We shall FIGHT on the BEACHes . . . we shall FIGHT in the FIELDS . . . we shall FIGHT in the HILLS . . . we shall NEVer surRENDer.”

He knew about the ancient Greeks controlling and defending against the power of oratory by codifying it with labels you heard once in college and forgot: asyndeton, litotes, epistrophe. For instance, here Churchill is using the technique of anaphora, repeating phrases at the beginning of clauses. Note, too, that in defense of England he uses nothing but Old English words except for “surrender,” which comes from the French.

Finally, we mention an interesting reviewish/Obama’s influences sort of piece in the IHT had an interesting bit of ClassCon:

For Obama, whose improbable life story many voters regard as the embodiment of the American Dream, identity and the relationship between the personal and the public remain crucial issues. Indeed, “Dreams From My Father,” written before he entered politics, was both a searching bildungsroman and an autobiographical quest to understand his roots – a quest in which he cast himself as both a Telemachus in search of his father and an Odysseus in search of a home.

@ the Online Auctions

Plenty of stuff from Live Auctions this week, with varying degrees of provenance:

… there are also a number of coins (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a coin auctioned online with a real provenance):

Not sure why there’s such a variation in the detail (or reporting at all) of the provenance.

Matters Theatrical

A flurry of items of theatrical interest this week:

… and of course, it’s always useful to have photos:

CFP: Writing the Self, Writing Lives in Greco-Roman Culture (APA)


The following is a call for papers for the panel ‘Writing the self, Writing lives in Greco-Roman culture’, to be held at the 2010 APA meeting in Orange County, California. Abstracts must reach the APA office by 2 February (further instructions are at the end of this message).  The full ‘annual meeting program guide’ (which includes guidelines for abstracts and ‘Form D’, which must accompany all submissions) is available online:


Writing the self, Writing lives in Greco-Roman culture

Over one hundred years now separate us from the original publication of the monumental overview of ancient and modern autobiography by Georg Misch (Misch, 1907). Meanwhile, the ‘death of the author’ has generated a fundamental critical shift and a variety of productive approaches to first-person narratives. On the one hand, major contributions in different fields have highlighted the performative aspect involved in the display of the self. Moving away from the Romantic notion of authorial sincerity, a new wave of criticism has focused on how the presentation of the authorial self in any given text is intimately connected with wider rhetorical, political and cultural strategies to which the text is bound. On the other hand, recent work has called into question the relevance of the concept of persona for the ancients (Mayer, 2003), arguing that on the whole, ancient readers assigned to the author the views expressed by the persona loquens. Focusing our discussion on ancient conceptions and constructions of autobiographical writing, it is the aim of this panel to bring renewed attention to the importance of the biographical persona as a subject and as a tool of criticism for both ancient and modern audiences.

First, contributors might explore how ancient authors conceived of autobiographical writing in its different forms and functions. What are the different media in which authors write about themselves and how does each genre influence the choice and shaping of autobiographical data that an author decides to share with his readers? What is worthy of memory when it comes to the self? What are the different rubrics under which the ancients discuss their lives? What are the differences and continuities between ancient and modern notions of autobiographical writing? Secondly, papers might examine how ancient readers responded to autobiographical statements. What role does the construction of a biographical persona play in the way the ancients approach literary texts? How are we to interpret the tendency of ancient readers to extract biographical information from first-person narratives eloquently analyzed by Mary Lefkowitz (Lefkowitz, 1981) and others? How do biographies of poets and writers transform and interpret the texts of the master author?

To begin to address these questions, we welcome contributions on different autobiographical genres, such as hypomnemata/ commentarii, apologies, memoirs/ confessions, letters and personal poetry, as well as texts, such as biographies and anecdotes, which illustrate the role of the biographical persona in ancient thought.

Abstracts must be received in the APA office by February 2nd, 2009. Please send two copies of form D and four copies of an abstract (following the instruction given above under ?Responsibilities of Individuals Submitting Abstracts by the February 2nd, 2009 Receipt Deadline?). Anonymous abstracts will be reviewed by the panel organizers.

CONF: Rome and the Mediterranean

Registration is £40 (which includes a drinks reception on the Thursday
evening, and lunch on the Friday and Saturday), or £20 for one day.  Cheques
should be made payable to ‘The University of Oxford’ (with ‘Derow
Conference’ on the rear), and sent to Dr S.J. Heyworth, Derow Conference,
Wadham College, Oxford OX1 3PN, preferably before 10th February.

There are 20 subsidized places for graduate students at £20 for all three
days (including the reception and lunches): to claim one of these please
email stephen.heyworth AT

There is some accommodation available in Wadham: for details please email
stephen.heyworth AT

Please forward to any colleagues or students who might be interested.

Stephen Heyworth
Andrew Erskine
Jo Quinn
Liv Yarrow
Peter Thonemann

Thursday 2 April 2009
2.00 Registration
2.30 Welcome
Opening Session: Polybius
2.45 Brian McGing (Trinity College Dublin), Polybius and his predecessors I
3.15 Timothy Rood (Oxford), Polybius and his predecessors II
3.45 Georgina Longley (Oxford), Thucydides, Polybius and human nature
4.15-4.45 Coffee/Tea
4.45 David Langslow (Manchester), The language of Polybius since Foucault and Dubuisson
5.15 Jean-Marie Bertrand (Paris), Polybe lecteur de Platon
6.00 Reception

Friday 3 April
Perspectives on Roman Imperialism
9.30 Andrew Erskine (Edinburgh), Polybius among the Romans
10.00 Christopher Smith (St. Andrews), Middle Republican views on early Roman expansion
10.30 Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham), Catullus and the East and Imperialism
11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea
11.30 Amy Russell (Berkeley), Aemilius Paullus sees Greece
12.00 Liv Yarrow (CUNY), After the Fighting: Boards of Ten

Frontiers and Boundaries
2.00 Matthew Peacock (Galway), The East Starts Here: the Roman Republic and the Balkan Border
2.30 Nikola Casule (Oxford), In part a Roman sea: Rome and the Adriatic in the third century BC
3.00 Ed Bispham (Oxford), Rome and Illyria
3.30-4.00 Coffee/Tea
4.00 Charles Crowther (Oxford) Chios between Rome and the East (in the first centuries BC and AD)
4.30 Jonathan Williams (British Museum), From Polybius to the Parthenon: cultural property and the ancient world
5.00 Timothy Barnes (Edinburgh/Toronto), Peter Derow in Toronto

Saturday 4 April
From Hellenistic to Roman
9.30 Daniel Ogden (Exeter), Alexander, Scipio and Augustus: serpent sires in Macedon and Rome
10.00 John Ma (Oxford), Honorific statues and Hellenistic history: from narrative to representation
10.30 Olivier Hekster (Nijmegen), Client kings and regime change in the late Roman Republic
11.00 Coffee/Tea
11.30 Andy Meadows (American Numismatic Society), Deditio in Fidem.  The Ptolemaic Conquest of Asia Minor
12.00 Robert Morstein-Marx (UC Santa Barbara), New Light on the Roman Response to Attalus III’s Death


Approaching the Divine
2.00 Barbara Kowalzig (Royal Holloway), Hellenistic Gods and their Economic Associations
2.30 Hugh Bowden (KCL), Rome and the East: Religious Encounters
3.00 Bruce Gibson (Liverpool), Festivals and Games in Polybius
Tree ceremony: names plates will be placed by the trees planted in the Fellows’ Garden in memory of George Forrest and Peter Derow

CONF: Illness, Disability, Medicine, and Healing

Call for Papers on Illness, Disability, Medicine, and Healing

The Biblical Scholarship and Disability Section of the 2009 Society of
Biblical Literature International Meeting is seeking papers. The 2009
Meeting will be held June 30-July 4 in Rome. Our section addresses a
broad range of issues including illness generally (chronic or
short-term), illness understood as demon-possession, legal punishment,
or the result of witchcraft, disability, the fall out from abuse or
other violence, psychological damage, healing, or medicine in the
ancient world and its literature. We welcome and encourage papers from
archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, and Classics, as well as Hebrew
Bible and New Testament literature.

If you are a member of the SBL, paper abstracts may be submitted on
the SBL International Meeting Web page by clicking on the call for
papers and then the section. Non-members who wish to present should
contact Rachel Magdalene at Rmagdale  AT for assistance.
Abstracts are due by 31 January 2009.

F. Rachel Magdalene, M.A.R., M.Div., J.D., Ph.D.
Gastforscherin (Visiting Research Scholar); Institüt für
Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Universität Leipzig
Gast der Fakultät (Guest of the Faculty); Seminar für Altes Testament,
Universität Humboldt zu Berlin

Kreischaer Str. 16
01768 Hirschbach-Glashütte
rmagdale AT
Tel. land-line: 0-3504-620700
Tel. handy/cell: 0-151-166-20516
Tel. from USA: 011-49-3504-620700 (6 hours ahead of U.S. EST)

CONF: Bristol Seminars

Details of the programme of the research seminars and events at Bristol
University’s Department of Classics and Ancient History are listed below.

Tuesday seminars take place in room G37, access through 3-5 Woodland Road,
porters’ lodge.

School of Humanities Seminars take place in Link Rooms 1 and 2, access
through porters’ lodge 3-5 Woodland Road.

All are welcome to attend the sessions. Directions to the university and
maps to the precinct may be found here:

For other events see the BIRTHA website:

Contact Dr Silke Knippschild (clzsk AT

January 27th
Ed Bragg (Oxford/Bristol)
Roman Seaborne Raids during the Mid Republic: Sideshow or Headline Feature?

February 3rd
School of Humanities Seminar, Theology and Religious Studies: Buddhist
Funeral Rites in Southeast Asia. Project

February 10th
Ed Paleit (Exeter)
Lucan and the Early Modern Reader

February 17th
Martina Cuypers (Trinity College Dublin)
Look Who’s Talking Too: Intertextuality and Narrative Voice in Apollonius’ Argonautica

February 24th
Ika Willis and Robert Crowe (Bristol)
Penguin Classics: Reception, Translation, and the State of the Archive
March 3rd
School of Humanities Seminar Classics and Ancient History: Ellen O’Gorman and Vanda Zajko

March 10th
Ian Rutherford (Reading)
Religion at the Interface: Anatolian Religion of the Late Bronze Age as a Model for Greek Religion

Further events at the department

March 19th-20th
International conference
Just for Show? Performing and Affirming Status in Antiquity and the Middle Ages Conference

March 21st-22nd
Critical Approaches to Ancient Philosophy.

May 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th
Blackwell Lectures:
Greg Woolf
The Ancient Ethnographer
Blackwell Lectures 5.15-6.30 in room LT2, access through 3-5 Woodland Road, porters’ lodge