Rebuilding the Mausoleum?

First we hear about the Artemesion … now it’s the Mausoleum the erstwhile wonder … the incipit from Hurriyet:

The mayor of Bodrum has announced that the city will build a model of King Mausolus’ Mausoleum, which is considered seven wonders of the ancient world.

Bodrum Mayor Mazlum Ağan, who has held his post for two terms, is running again this month as the People’s Republican Party, or CHP, candidate. Talking about his projects, Ağan said they will build a replica of King Mausolus’ Mausoleum, which is currently on display at the British Museum.

Stating they would erect the mausoleum near the 2,500-year-old Ancient Theatre, Ağan said: “The place of King Mausolus’ Mausoleum is being visited by thousands of tourists every year. However, they can only see remains of the mausoleum. For that reason, we will build a model mausoleum on a one-to-one scale of the original mausoleum.”

Exhibition: Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens

Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens
December 10, 2008 – May 9, 2009
Onassis Cultural Center
New York, New York

Official website here (just general information).

Reviews:

  • previous aggregation of links at our old rogueclassicism site (we’ve mentioned this exhibition before; the review below is new)

Business Saving Classics at UIC?

I thought we had mentioned the problems at  UIC before, but I can’t seem to find it. In any event, here’s a very interesting item from the Chicago Flame:

In an effort to heighten student interest in the university’s small but well-recognized Classics department, a recent alumnus has organized a team of 24 business students to launch a marketing campaign that promises to brand a new name for the studies.

Lorenzo Varela, coordinator of the project, responded immediately to the threat of elimination of the Classics department.

Beginning in the upcoming fall semester, Ancient Greek 101 will be suspended for an indefinite period of time. Meanwhile, Latin is not entirely suspended but will be “curtailed.”

With not enough enrollment in the two languages and with the university facing severe budget cuts, the decision on whether or not to keep or cut the programs is a difficult one to make.

Varela, who graduated from UIC last fall with a degree in Entrepreneurship, began to recruit students from the College of Business Administration with the offer of internship credit for their work.

“My personal belief,” Varela said, “is that this department applies to everybody – even the Business department. The skills they teach you, such as critical reasoning, interpreting and analyzing data, you know, you can use that for anything. It’s so versatile. If only the program would have been more marketed or crossed with other majors, it could survive.”

Along with representatives from the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), the marketing team hopes to raise both interest and enrollment for Ancient Greek 101 and Latin courses, and to encourage more students to major in the Classics.

Current initiatives include redesigning the department website, posting flyers to advertise the courses, creating a logo, and soliciting sponsorships from businesses in the Greek community.

In addition, the Classics department will sponsor “The Apology of Socrates,” a one-man play by Yiannis Simonides, with the financial help of USG and the Greek community. The event will take place on March 30 in Lecture Center F3 at 4 p.m. While the play is intended to show Plato’s relevance to students in the present time, how much interest it can raise remains uncertain.

“The bottom line is money,” Jeff Melichar, a third-year English education and Classics double major said. “Unless there’s an endowment or contribution from someone, it’ll be hard to convince the higher-ups to keep the program at full strength. Fundraisers probably wouldn’t help much either, but if we can just get one really generous millionaire to throw some money our way, things would improve a great deal.”

Currently UIC is the only public university in Chicago to offer Ancient Greek and Latin. Alumni of the languages are reported to have greater success entering into Law and Medicine. They also report higher scores on standardized tests, such as the GRE and LSAT.

“If the Greek and Latin majors are suspended,” said Nanno Marinatos, Professor and Director of Studies of Classics, “the entire Classics Department will wither away. No serious scholar will ever want to come to UIC to teach high-school level mythology and literature classes.”

“Teaching Greek authors in the original is a way for faculty and students to maintain high-level performance at UIC which aspires to be a world-class university,” Marinatos continued. “We wish to maintain a serious profile in the international community to which we belong and by which we are highly esteemed.”

Greek Fisherman Nets a Bronze

AP Photo via the Plain Dealer

AP Photo via the Plain Dealer

Plenty of coverage of this one, but all the coverage is brief and apparently derived from an AP wire story. A fisherman working between Kos and Kalymnos hauled up his net and found it contained (as was later determined) a section of a bronze equestrian statue dating to the second century B.C.. The statue is currently undergoing conservation/restoration.

CONF: Teleology in the Ancient World

TELEOLOGY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
The Dispensation of Nature

Venue: The University of Exeter, 8-11 July, 2009
Organisers: Dr. Julius Rocca and Prof. Christopher Gill

An international conference which will discuss the ways teleological arguments were used in medicine and philosophy in antiquity, and how these arguments have continued to inform and influence current debate on evolution, creationism, and intelligent design. As well as examining philosophical contributions to the subject, especially Platonic and Aristotelian, a special aim of the conference is to show how ancient medical thinking on this topic relates to ancient philosophical ideas. Examining teleological methodologies in ancient medical thought from Hippocrates to Galen will offer a critical evaluation on the place of teleology within medical science, its cultural contexts, its account of human development, and teleological responses to competing explanatory theories of human structure and function.

Keynote speaker, Professor David Sedley, University of Cambridge: “Socrates’ place in the history of teleology.”

Other speakers: Elizabeth Craik, University of St. Andrews; John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin; Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge; R. J. Hankinson, The University of Texas at Austin; M.R. Johnson, University of California, San Diego; Mariska Leunissen, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter: Jan Opsomer, University of Cologne; Mark Schiefsky, Harvard University; Samuel Scolnicov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; R.W. Sharples, University College London; Harold Tarrant, University of Newcastle, Australia; Philip van der Eijk, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Accommodation in en-suite rooms in the University’s newest hall of residence overlooking the Exe valley and near the main conference venue: accommodation and all meals during conference: £240; conference fee £30 (£15 for students); daily rates also available.
Bookings, with accommodation: by April 5 2009
Without accommodation: by June 14 2009.
For booking form, contact Prof. C. J. Gill
Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter,
Amory Building, Rennes Drive,
Exeter, EX4 4RJ, UK
C.J.Gill AT exeter.ac.uk

With financial support from the British Academy, the Classical Association, the Hellenic Society, the Leverhulme Trust, the Wellcome Trust, and the University of Exeter.