Junior Classical League Coverage

I always find it interesting that newspapers even cover this at all … some excerpts from assorted reports …

From the Nevada coverage:

Not only is Latin not dead, it’s making a comeback, said Sherry Jankowski, Meadows Latin teacher and league state chairwoman. Some teachers believe that as the basis for western European languages and culture, the classics can help students understand their own language and history better, she said. Students who take Latin also often score higher on the verbal section of the SAT, she said. “There’s a lot of order and structure to the language and, therefore, it helps the kids see the order and structure behind their own languages, even though they would have never learned their first language in that way,” Jankowski said.

The coverage from Tampa seems a bit late:

Whoever said Latin was dead should have attended the Region 7 Latin Forum with 13 Brandon High School Junior Classical League members and their sponsor, Latin teacher Bill Seaman, Jan. 31 at Robinson High School.

Indiana coverage was a bit more timely:

Thirty-two members of the Crown Point High School Latin Club traveled to Indiana University the weekend of March 13 and 14 to compete at the Indiana Junior Classical League State Convention.

The team brought back an estimated 450 certificates for performances in individual competitions.

Classicists in the News

Assorted tidbits that have accumulated over the past while …

Timothy Howe is amongst a handful who were granted tenure at St. Olaf:

Peter Struck was talking about ‘Ancient Heroes and Superheroes’ in an appropriate venue:

Marie Bolchazy was making some reading suggestions:

Mary Boatwright was talking about grade inflation:

A review of Leslie Mitchell’s bio of Maurice Bowra:

Exhibition: Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure …

Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems
March 19-September 7, 2009

Getty Villa

Marcus Antonius by Gnaios

Marcus Antonius by Gnaios

The official webpage includes several nice photos (with descriptions) of assorted items from the exhibition and there’s a short little video demonstrating gem-carving techniques (I’ve always wondered about that). There are some audio commentaries which require you to have RealPlayer installed.


Getty Villa Showcases Intricately Carved Ancient Gems (Art Daily)

On TV: Druidic Human Sacrifice?

On the National Geographic Channel tonight  is a potentially interesting show about the Druids and evidence of human sacrifice by them in Roman times. They’ve got a video teaser of Caesar meeting the Druids… There’s also a lengthy text accompanying that (and another video) which starts with the evidence from Lindow Man and then goes on to:

Other grisly clues come from a cave in Alveston, England.

Skeletons belonging to as many as 150 people and dating back to about the time of the Roman conquest were discovered in 2000.

Druids may have killed the victims—who show evidence of skull-splitting blows—in a single event. It may have been the Roman invasion itself that escalated the Druids’ ritualized slaughter, researchers say.

Mark Horton, an archaeologist at the University of Bristol, thinks the pile of bodies suggests savage resistance to the Romans, either on the battlefield or through deadly ritual.

“Maybe the whole thing is a gigantic sacrifice … an appeasement to the gods in order that they will get ultimate victory against the Romans,” Horton said.

The Alveston cave bones hint at something even more sinister—cannibalism.

A human thighbone in the cave had been broken open in exactly the same method people use to get at the nutritious bone marrow of nonhuman animals.

But if the bone is proof of Celtic cannibalism, the practice was probably extremely rare, Horton said. It may be evidence of increasing hunger and desperation as Roman invaders closed in, he added.

“Least Bad Evidence”

Researchers have struggled in the past to link any archaeological evidence to the Druids, let alone signs of human sacrifice or cannibalism, said archaeologist Simon James of the University of Leicester, U.K.

“There has always been a suspicion that what the Romans were saying was atrocity propaganda. But some recent finds like Lindow Man suggest that there were dark and bloody goings-on,” said James, who was not involved in the new documentary.

The mistletoe pollen from Lindow Man is the “least bad archaeological evidence we’ve got that fits in with these stories about the Druids,” he added.

“Maybe mistletoe plants had been dusted on his food ritually, a bit like spraying holy water around, or dunked in his drink,” James said.

If Lindow Man and others were in fact sacrificed in a bid to stop the Romans, their lives were lost in vain.

Alveston Cave was on TV back in 2001 as part of the Time Team series. There was also a nice feature on it in British Archaeology from around the same time. Back then, the claims of evidence of cannibalism were controversial and I suspect they remain so today.

Persian Treasures in the Black Sea?

This is another one of those weird claims … according to a brief item in Standart:

The countless treasures of Persia seized by Alexander the Great, are buried at the bottom of the Black Sea at Kaliakra Cape, said oceanographer from the city of Varna Trayan Trayanov yesterday. Recently the Space Research Institute in Moscow confirmed his thesis.
Scientists believe that the treasure was buried in underwater catacombs and caves under Kaliakra Cape. Ancient Greek geographer and historian Strabo proposed the hypothesis for the first time. Many centuries later Bulgarian writer Tsoncho Rodev revived the legend. His short story, published in the 1960s, stirred the emotions of black archeologists in Bulgaria. A ferryboat captain even made a photo of Kaliakra and kept it for a long time in a safe in the Institute of Oceanography in the city of Varna.
However, to this very day the treasure has not been found.

While I do know that Kaliakra is the ancient Tirizis, I can’t find anything remotely resembling this claim in Strabo. Does it sound familiar to anyone else?

UPDATE: 03/29/09 ~> Jack Linthicum and I have been discussing this offblog. He has usefully provided a link for the relevant passage from Strabo and notes that most of the Bulgarian sources are identifying Lysimachus as “Lysimah”. Perhaps that’s being mistaken for a Persian name? I couldn’t find anything to help with the question in the limited preview version of Helen Lund, Lysimachus: A Study in Early Hellenistic Kingship.

CONF: Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, and Science

Conference Programme

6 July

11.00 Registration
11.45-12.45 Daryn Lehoux (Queen’s, Ontario), ‘Soul in a World without
Spirit: The Ethics of Sensation in an Inanimate Universe’
12.45-1.40 Lunch
1.40-2.40 Monte Johnson (California-San Diego), ‘Lucretius and the cause of
2.40-3.40 James Hankinson (Texas-Austin), title tbc
3.40-4.00 Tea
4.00-5.00 David Konstan (Brown), ‘Lucretius and the Epicurean Attitude
toward Grief’

7 July

9.30-10.30 Monica Gale (Trinity College, Dublin), ‘Lucretius and Hesiod’
10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-12.00 Duncan Kennedy (Bristol), ‘Lucretius, Virgil and the Instauratio
Magna: Knowledge as a Project of Universal Empire’
12.00-1.00 Katharine Earnshaw (Manchester), ‘Lucretius and Lucan’
1.00-2.30 Lunch
2.30-3.30 Brooke Holmes (Princeton), ‘Lucretius and the Poetics of Cosmic
3.30-4.00 Tea
4.00-5.00 Andrew Morrison (Manchester), ‘Nil igitur mors est ad nos?
Iphianassa, the Athenian plague, and Epicurean views of death’

Venue: S.1.7, Samuel Alexander Building, The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK (building 67 on the campus map):

The booking form is now available on the webpage for this conference:


CONF: Utopia and Dystopia in Roman Literature

*Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar 2009: “Utopia and Dystopia in Roman Literature”
University College London, 7–9 July 2009 (Archaeology Lecture Theatre)*

It is a great pleasure to announce that the annual Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar 2009 will be coming to London this year.
It will discuss the topic of “Utopia and Dystopia in Roman Literature” and will be held at University College London, 7–9 July 2009 (Archaeology Lecture Theatre).


Tuesday, 7 July

from 9.30 registration
10.00 Welcome
10.15-11.00 NIALL W. SLATER (Emory University)
“Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis as Dystopic Prelude to a Neronian Golden Age”
11.00-11.30 coffee
11.30-12.15 PAUL BURTON (Australian National University)
“Cicero’s Utopian Amicitia:
Some Epistemological Problems with the ‘Friendship of Virtue’”
12.15-13.00 KATHRYN TEMPEST (Roehampton University)
“Cicero and the Rhetoric of Utopia: The Pro Marcello”

13.00 lunch

14.30-15.15 C.W. MARSHALL (University of British Columbia)
“A Perfect World: a sociology of sex slavery in Roman Comedy”
15.15-16.00 EMMA GEE (University of St Andrews)
“A Smattering of Science”
16.00-16.30 tea
16.30-17.15 BARBARA WEINLICH (Texas Tech University)
“The Dimension(s) of Utopia in Moralistic Discourse:
Mythic Past and Contemporary Rome in Propertius 3.13″
17.15-18.00 RHIANNON EVANS (University of Melbourne)
“Noble savages? Utopian others in Roman ethnography”

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

9.30-10.15 DOROTA DUTSCH (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“The Dynamics of Utopia in Vergil’s Eclogues”
10.15-11.00 ROBIN BOND (University of Canterbury)
“Vergil, Horace and Juvenal: Utopia/Dystopia”
11.00-11.30 coffee
11.30-12.15 SJARLENE THOM (University of Stellenbosch)
“The lyric utopia: taking a stand for lyric in Horace Odes 3.7–12”
12.15-13.00 JOHN GARTHWAITE (University of Otago)
“Recantations and Rejections: Martial’s New Rome in Book 10”

13.00 lunch (followed by free afternoon)

Thursday, 9 July 2009

9.30-10.15 JESSICA DIETRICH (Australian National University)
“The Ideal of Virtuous Female Suicide in Flavian Literature
10.15-11.00 PETER DAVIS (University of Tasmania)
“Journey to a better world?: Argo’s Voyage in Seneca’s Medea and Valerius Flaccus”
11.00-11.30 coffee
11.30-12.15 JOHN PENWILL (La Trobe University)
“Roman Dystopia and the Battle of Cannae in Punica 8–10”
12.15-13.00 FRANCES LEE MILLS (La Trobe University)
“Between Dreams and Realities: The Interpretation of Omens in Silius Italicus’ Punica”

13.00 lunch

14.30-15.15 ROBERT SIMMS (University of Otago)
“Statius’ Thebaid and the Absence of Great Men”
15.15-16.00 JEAN-MICHEL HULLS (Downside School)
“No place like Rome? Modelling utopia and dystopia onto Statius’ Silvan city”
16.00-16.30 tea
16.30-17.15 JACQUELINE CLARKE (University of Adelaide)
“Utopias and Dystopias of the Body in Prudentius’ Hymn of Fasting (Cath. VII)”
17.15-18.00 STEPHEN HARRISON (Corpus Christi College Oxford)
“Utopian Palaces in Apuleius and La Fontaine”

18.00-19.00 drinks reception

All are welcome. Those who would like to attend should register by sending an email to the conference organizer Gesine Manuwald at g.manuwald AT ucl.ac.uk (deadline: 15 June 2009).
There will be a small fee for participants (other than speakers and chairs) to cover costs for tea, coffee and lunch, payable in cash on the day. Full fee: £20 Day rate: £7

For further information, please contact the conference organizer Gesine Manuwald at g.manuwald AT ucl.ac.uk.

CONF: Integration and Diversity in the Culture and Religions …

Integration and Diversity in the Culture and Religions of Late Antiquity
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 21-24, 2009

organized by
Michael Kulikowski, Knoxville, and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Heidelberg

We are pleased to announce the first workshop of the International Network for the Study of Late Antiquity: “Centralization and Particularism in Late Antiquity,” which will take place at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, May 21-24, 2009. The conference is open to the public: prior registration is not necessary, and there is no conference fee. Guests who need assistance in booking a hotel room are encouraged to write directly to Michael Kulikowski: mkulikow@ AT utk.edu.

Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference and present their dissertation topics in the form of a poster will receive financial support for their travel expenses and for room and board. Interested students should send a CV and a one-page summary of their dissertation to Michael Kulikowski or Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner: sebastian.schmidt-hofner AT zaw.uni-heidelberg.de.

The principal goal of the Network is the creation of a forum for academic exchange between Anglo-American and German scholars in all areas of Late Antique studies. Further information on the Network and its goals can be found at www.LA-network.com. The Network is open to everyone; if you wish to join or contact us, please write to Michael Kulikowski or Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, 21 May

2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration and refreshments, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

4:30 p.m.          Welcomes (Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Susan Martin; Michael Kulikowski)

4:40 p.m.          Introduction to the Network: History and Goals (Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner)

5:00 p.m.          “Master Narratives of Late Antiquity: Centralisation, Particularism and the Historiography of the Later Roman Empire” (Michael Kulikowski, Knoxville)

6.00 p.m. Coffee Break

6.30 p.m.         Plenary Lecture: “Lists and Catalogues: A Late Roman Art Form” (John Matthews, Yale)

8.00 p.m.         Reception, McClung Museum Rotunda

Friday, 22 May

Section A1:      Divergent Elites: Imperial, Senatorial, Regional and Local (Chair: Michael Kulikowski)

9:00 a.m.          Fabian Goldbeck, Basel: Current Concepts for the Study of Elites

9:45 a.m.          John Weisweiler, Cambridge (UK): All the Emperor’s Men – Senators and Emperors in Fourth-Century Rome

10.30 Coffee Break

10:50 a.m.        Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Heidelberg: Reintegrating the Local Elites: The Emergence of the Notables

11:30 a.m.        John Dillon, Heidelberg: The Inflation of Rank and Privilege in the Later Roman Empire, its Causes and Consequences

12:15 a.m.        Clifford Ando, Chicago: Domesticating Change in Post-Antonine Law.

13:00 p.m.        Lunch Buffet, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Section A2:      Change and Heterogeneity in the Representation of Elites (Chair: Danuta Shanzer, Urbana-Champaign)

2:00 p.m.          Christian Witschel, Heidelberg: Changing Spaces and Media of Elite Representation in Late Antiquity

2:45 p.m.          Julia Hillner, Sheffield: Domestic Space between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

3:30 p.m.          Michelle Salzman, Riverside: Symmachus and the Mysterious Case of the Number Seven

4:15 p.m.          Coffee Break


Section A3:      Elite Identities: Barbarian and Roman (Chair: Christian Witschel, Heidelberg)

4:45 p.m.          Philipp von Rummel, DAI Rome: Barbarians as Roman Elite: the Problem of Perspective

5:30 p.m.          Roland Steinacher, Vienna: Military Elites, Romans or Barbarians?

6:15 p.m.          Sebastian Gairhos, Augsburg: Raetia as Case Study for Changes and New Elite Identities

8:00 p.m.          Reception, Calhoun’s By The River


Saturday, 23 May

Section A4:      Paideia: the End of Shared Graeco-Latin Culture? (Chair: Hans-Ulrich Wiemer, Gießen/Brown)

9:00 a.m.          Edward Watts, Bloomington: Oral Traditions and Ethical Teaching among the Last Platonists

9:45 p.m.          Susanna Elm, Berkeley: Translating Roman Greekness for the Greek Romans

10:30 a.m.        Coffee Break


Section B

Section B1: The Making of Orthodoxy (Chair: Hartmut Leppin, Frankfurt)

11:00 a.m.        Winrich Löhr, Heidelberg: Defining Orthodoxy in the 4th Century: Constantius II and ‘Homoian’ Christianity?

11:15 a.m.        Ralph Mathisen, Urbana-Champaign: Making Orthodoxies in the West: The Creed of Rimini and the Legitimation of Arianism

12:00 p.m.        Christina Shepardson, Knoxville: Locating Orthodoxy: Syrian Judaizers and Narratives of Imperial Christianity

12:45 p.m.        Lunch Buffet, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Section B2:      Competing Authorites: Church and State, Bishops and Monks (Chair: Noel Lenski, Boulder)

2:00 p.m.          Kai Trampedach, Heidelberg: Forms of Interaction between Emperors, Bishops and Monks in Constantinople in the Fifth Century

2:45 p.m.          Steffen Diefenbach, Augsburg: Leadership, Charismatic Authority and Public Office: Bishops in Late Antique Gaul

3:30 p.m.          Rudolf Haensch, Munich: Ruling Holy Countries: an Easy Task? The Governors of the Three Palestines in Late Antiquity

4:15 p.m. Coffee Break


Section B3:      Christianization and the Integration of the Hinterland (Chair: Gunnar Brands, Halle)

4:45 p.m.          Judith Végh, Heidelberg: The Christianization of Spain: A Case apart?

5:30 p.m.          Roland Prien, Heidelberg: The Case of Early Christianity in the Northwestern Provinces: Archaeological Evidence versus Written Sources

6:15 p.m.          Richard E. Payne, Cambridge (UK): Hagiography and the Christianization of Local Elites in the Provinces of Late Antique Iran

Sunday, 24 May

9:00 a.m.          Summary, Overview, Questions Raised, Discussion (Christian Witschel)

10:30 a.m.        Prospect: LA Network Meeting 2010

12:00 a.m.        Conference Concludes

CONF: Pennsylvania Classical Association Institute

PCA Institute, Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2009.

Friday, March 27:
3:00-5:00 p.m. Reading the Latin Hexameter Workshop, Stephen Daitz
6:30-7:00              Welcoming reception
7:00-8:00              Buffet Dinner. Report from the Governor’s Institute for World Language Teacher, Mary Redline and Eleanor Brinker

Saturday, March 28:
8:00-10:00 a.m.  Mythology and Multiple Intelligence, Carrie Kennedy; Podcasting and the Latin Classroom, Chris Francese
10:30-12:00 Latin is a Dead Language — So Why Speak It? Some Historical and Practical Considerations, Terence Tunberg; Workshop on Active Latin in the Classroom: Strategies for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Students,Terence Tunberg
12:30-1:30           Buffet Luncheon

Questions? Contact Mark Clauser at clauserm AT eastonteachers.org

Download registration forms and further information at http://alpha.dickinson.edu/prorg/pca/Meetings.htm

CONF: Classical Association of MA

CAM Spring Meeting
Saturday, April 4, 2009

CAM is pleased to offer its annual spring meeting, entitled “Nunc Te,
Bacche, Canam”, at Westport Rivers Vineyards in Westport, MA. The tentative
schedule is as follows:

9:30 ­ 10:00 Arrival and Continental Breakfast

10:00 Tour of the Vineyards led by Westport Rivers Staff

10:45 Wine Tasting (Not Falernian or Livia¹s favorite from Pucinum, but an
opportunity to taste what Massachusetts produces!)

11:15 Docens Cibum, Cenam, et Dapem: Food in the Latin Classroom

This open discussion will include topics of classroom lessons, projects,
sources, Latin Banquets and classroom logistics. Please bring with you
either a banquet-related lesson, recipe from the ancient world or hints and
ideas about how you present culinary topics in your classroom.

12:15 Lunch and Business Meeting: Katy Ganino Reddick, CAM President

Questions? Contact Katy Ganino Reddick at atyganino AT yahoo.com

Download the registration form and find more information at