CFP: Translation, Performance, and Reception of Greek Drama …

Translation, Performance, and Reception of Greek Drama, 1900–1950: International Dialogues

A Special Issue of Comparative Drama

Proposals are invited for essays on the translation, performance, and reception of ancient Greek drama in the period between and around the two world wars—so, very broadly speaking, 1900 to 1950. Essays that have an international focus or dimension are particularly encouraged: for example, discussions of translations and adaptations which engage with international politics; considerations of intercontinental trends in Greek play performance; or essays on the various receptions of internationally touring productions (such as Max Reinhardt’s Oedipus, 1910–12, Harley Granville-Barker and Lillah McCarthy’s American tour of Trojan Women and Iphigenia in Tauris, 1915). This special issue, which will be published in late 2010, seeks to encourage and promote research into engagements with Greek drama after the Victorian era and before the 1960s, a significant and interesting period which—though often overlooked—repays close study.

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent by 30 April 2009 to Amanda Wrigley, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3LU, UK or to amanda.wrigley AT

Comparative Drama (ISSN 0010-4078) is a scholarly journal devoted to studies international in spirit and interdisciplinary in scope; it is published quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) at Western Michigan University (member, Council of Editors of Learned Journals).


Cleaning out the rest of the inbox …

A new roof for Newport Roman Villa:

Coverage of Richard Seaford’s thoughts about Greek money at the Classical Association:

Coverage of the “Subversive Classics” session at Princeton:

Latin in a Nottingham primary school:

Ancient Greek in a Lexington grade school (!):

Coverage of the Caesar: the man, the deeds, the myth exhibition (I haven’t found much more on the web yet for this exhibition, which is almost over!):

Another exhibition with a bit of ClassCon is Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum:

New at Project Muse:

Interesting article by Amelia Sparavigna:

Larry Hurtado in Slate:

Brief feature on the tunnel of Eupalinos on Samos:

The Classics Online Gateway is a UK outreach effort that looks emulatable …

CONF: Agricola Day

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge

Day of seminars on Tacitus’ Agricola

Wednesday May 27th 2009, in Faculty Building, Sidgwick Avenue

11. 15–11.20 STEPHEN OAKLEY, Welcome
11. 20–12.45 TONY WOODMAN, The preface + DISCUSSION
12. 45–1.30 LUNCH
1. 30–2.25 CHRIS WHITTON, The voice of Cicero in the Agricola + DISCUSSION
2. 30–3.30 MYLES LAVAN, Slavishness in Britain and Rome + DISCUSSION
3. 30–4.00 TEA
4. 00–4.45 PHILIP HARDIE, Fama in the Agricola + DISCUSSION
4. 45–5.20 STEPHEN OAKLEY, How did Calgacus read his Sallust? + DISCUSSION
5. 20–5.30 BREAK
5. 30–6.45 CHRIS KRAUS, The ethnography (introducing a draft on chapters 10–12 of the commentary which she and Tony Woodman are writing on the Agricola for CUP) + DISCUSSION
6.45–7.30 DRINKS

Anyone interested in the Agricola is welcome. A buffet lunch and drinks after the conference will be provided free of charge for those who notify Stephen Oakley (spo23 AT of their intention to attend. The speakers will be taken out for dinner; others are welcome to come (at their own expense).

CONF: Lucretius in the European Enlightenment

Lucretius in the European Enlightenment

A Conference hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

The University of Edinburgh

3 – 4 September 2009

For more information and registration details, see

Provisional Programme:

David Butterfield (W.H.D. Rouse Research Fellow, Christ’s College, Cambridge):
‘Lucretius’ De rerum natura and classical scholarship in the eighteenth century’

Gianni Paganini (Professor of the History of Philosophy, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy):
‘Lucretius and Bayle’

Ann Thomson (Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Université de Paris 8 – Denis Diderot):
‘Lucretius and la Mettrie’

Catherine Wilson (Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Andrew Heiskell Research Scholar, The City University of New York Graduate Center):
‘Lucretius and Rousseau’

Avi Lifshitz (Lecturer in History, University College London):
‘Lucretius and German debates over the origins of language, c. 1750’

Wolfgang Pross (Professor of German and Comparative Literature, University of Berne, Switzerland):
‘»Atheorum antistes et oraculum«: Enemies of Lucretius in the European Enlightenment’

James Harris (Lecturer in Philosophy, University of St. Andrews):
‘Lucretius and Hume’

Alan Kors (George H. Walker Term Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania):
‘Lucretius and d’Holbach’

Mario Marino (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena):
‘Lucretius and Herder’.

Ernst A. Schmidt (Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Tübingen):
‘Lucretius and Wieland’

Glenn Most (Professor of Greek Philology, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa/ Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago):
‘Lucretius and the sublime in the eighteenth century’

Conference organisers:

Thomas Ahnert (History)
Hannah Dawson (History and Philosophy)
Michael Lurie (Classics)

CONF: Plato’s Timaeus and its Legacy in Stoicism

Plato’s Timaeus and its legacy in Stoicism

A workshop to be held in the School of Classics, University of St Andrews, on Saturday 9 May

Jenny Bryan (Cambridge)
‘The Stoics on nature and necessity’

Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)
‘The Timaeus and the Stoics on individual responsibility’

Paul Scade (Pittsburgh)
‘Divine mathematics in the Timaeus and the Stoa’

Christopher Gill (Exeter)
‘The Stoics and Plato’s Timaeus on the relationship between ethics and physics’

This will be the second of two workshops on Plato’s legacy in Stoicism. The project is funded by
the British Academy.

All are welcome. There is no registration fee for the workshop, but please contact Alex Long
(agl10 AT if you wish to attend.

Bursaries for Graduate Students

The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies is generously providing bursaries for
postgraduate attendance. The bursaries will contribute towards or cover the costs of travel to St
Andrews from elsewhere in the UK. Applications for these bursaries should be sent by email
(agl10 AT or in writing to Alex Long, School of Classics, Swallowgate, St Andrews,
Fife, KY16 9AL.

Applications should include

1) a statement of your research interests and a short explanation of why attendance at the
workshop would benefit your research
2) an estimate of your travel expenses
3) a brief letter in support of your application from your supervisor.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3 April 2009.

Further details at

CONF: Pliny the Younger in Late Antiquity

As part of the Panegyrici Latini Project, the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool and the School of Classics, University of St Andrews are delighted to announce a one-day conference, to be held in the School of Classics, Swallowgate, St Andrews on Saturday 16th May 2009.

“Pliny the Younger in Late Antiquity”

9.30 Introduction: Bruce Gibson (Liverpool) and Roger Rees (St Andrews).

‘A couple of things Pliny can’t help with: Panegyrici Latini XI(3)’
John Henderson (Cambridge)

‘Managing the past: Plinian strategies in late antique panegyric’
Bruce Gibson (Liverpool)

11.30 Coffee

‘Pliny and Symmachus’
Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh)

12.45 Lunch (in Swallowgate)

‘Pacatus, a poet doing Plinian prose’
Roger Rees (St Andrews)

‘Pliny’s Panegyricus and the Historia Augusta’
Diederik Burgersdijk (Amsterdam)

3.15 Tea

‘Salvian, Pliny’s Panegyricus and the Gallic Panegyrics’
David Lambert (St. Andrews)

‘Sidonius’ Pliny: from Constantius and Clarus to Firminus and Fuscus’
Roy Gibson (Manchester)

5.15 End

The deadline for Registration is 1 May 2009.
The conference fee of £10 covers conference documents, lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments. Postgraduate students may attend without charge, but need to register. Full details and a downloadable booking form are available at:

For further information, please email rdr1 AT or bjgibson AT

CFP: Classical Commentary Writer’s Workshop

Call for Proposals:
Classical Commentary Writers’ Workshop
Georgetown University, October 15–17, 2009

Proposals are solicited for participation in the fifth annual Classical Commentary Writers’ Workshop, to be held at Georgetown University on October 15–17, 2009. The 2009 workshop will be devoted to Greek texts. The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2009. The workshop will consist of five 3-hour sessions, each devoted to discussion of a single pre-circulated chunk of text and commentary. We work in an intensely practical, hands-on way, asking questions, making suggestions, working out problems, and the like. Our expectation is not that the group will examine the whole of anyone’s primary text, but that all participants will return in the end to their projects with fresh insights, ideas and questions, new bibliographic resources, and a sense of working within a supportive scholarly community.

Workshop sessions are open only to the convenors, S. Douglas Olson and Alex Sens; the five participants; and (by invitation) previous participants and occasional graduate student observers. Participants are expected to arrive late in the day on the 15th, and to stay for the entire proceedings, including a final dinner on Saturday night.

Projects should be well enough advanced to provide a substantial sample of text and commentary, but not so far along that the Workshop will be unlikely to affect the final shape. Proposals should consist of (1) a brief (maximum one-page) description of the project, its intended audience, and the expected publication venue; (2) a 10-page sample of text and commentary. Proposals should be submitted, preferably in PDF form, to the convenors at sdolson AT and sensa AT Final Workshop samples will be due on Monday September 14, 2009, for pre-circulation to all participants.

Participants are asked to call first on their own research accounts and institutional resources to cover their transportation and housing costs. For those who lack such resources, the Workshop will provide up to $750 for travel and housing. All meals will be provided.

Support has been provided by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Alexander Onassis Foundation, the Georgetown Provost’s Office, and the University of Minnesota’s Imagine Fund.


I was wondering if there’d be a claim trying to connect Easter eggs to the Romans … the closest seems to be a piece on the mystery of Easter eggs which mentions (but doesn’t make a specific connection):

pregnant young Roman women carried an egg on their persons to foretell the sex of their unborn children

… anyone have a source for this? It appears semi-frequently on the web with the exact same wording. Not sure how it would work … The only pregnancy-bird egg connection I can recall from Roman sources is Pliny’s suggestion that pregnant women avoid ravens’ eggs because they might cause ‘oral miscarriage’ (NH 30.130) (that one has stuck in my mind for quite a while!).

Rethinking the Via Dolorosa

This one’s interesting to me because it touches on something I’ve wondered about for years … the assumption that the Praetorium mentioned in the Gospels as the location of Pilate’s trial of Jesus (and, therefore, the starting point for the via Dolorosa) is to be identified with the Antonia Fortress. In a forthcoming study called The Final Days of Jesus, Shimon Gibson is suggesting otherwise. Cobbling together bits from various news reports, we begin with something from the Daily Mail:

Since medieval times, Christians have assumed that the Praetorium, the starting point of the route and the Roman headquarters mentioned in the Gospels as the scene of Jesus’s trial, was the Antonia Fortress which stood in the north of Jerusalem.

But Professor Gibson said there was ‘no historical basis whatsoever’ for this being the site where Jesus was tried and condemned to death by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

Little of the fortress’s structure has survived but, having surveyed the remains of its rock-cut base in intricate detail, he concludes that it could not have been more than a military observation tower.

He said archaeological excavations pointed to the site of the trial being 900 metres away at the remains of a large paved courtyard south-west of Jerusalem, south of the Jaffa Gate.

It was situated between two fortification walls with an outer gate and an inner one leading to barracks where it is most likely that Jesus was held.

The open courtyard contained a platform of around two square metres – details that ‘correspond perfectly’ with the Gospel of John’s account of Pontius Pilate sitting on a judgment-seat at an elevated place.

From the Telegraph:

“When we measured the remains of the Antonia Fortress, we found it was so small it could have been no bigger than a tower.”

He thought it more likely that Pontius Pilate’s Praetorium was elsewhere: “With Pontius Pilate being a governor used to palatial surroundings, he would have got use of the old palace of Herod the Great, which was enormous.”

CNN’s coverage (which also has a video report/interview) includes these quotes from Gibson:

“You have a courtyard and a pavement and a rocky outcrop on one side … In the Gospel of John, you have a description of the trial taking place at the Lithostratus, Greek for pavement, at a place called Gabata, which is the word for an ancient hillock or a rocky outcrop, and this is what we have here.”

Of course, changing the location of the Praetorium will have implications on the Via Dolorosa … The Daily Mail has a good graphic of same:

from the Daily Mail

from the Daily Mail

… for my part, I still find the proximity of Golgotha and the tomb a little too ‘convenient’/close.