CONF: Lampeter Seminars

RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CLASSICS
RESEARCH SEMINAR PROGRAMME EASTER TERM

With the exception of KYKNOS papers which start at 6.00pm (www.kyknos.org.uk), all papers start at 5.00pm. All seminars are held in the Roderick Bowen Research Centre. For more information please contact Mirjam Plantinga (m.plantinga AT lamp.ac.uk) or Owen Hodkinson (o.hodkinson AT lamp.ac.uk). All very welcome.

Thursday 23 April: Dr. Tina Chronopoulos (KCL), ‘A reading of an Horatian Ode with a 12th-cent. medieval Latin commentary in hand’, 5.00pm.

Thursday 30 April: Dr. Angelo Giavatto (Cologne), ‘How to write to yourself: structure and argumentation in the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius’, 5.00pm.

Thursday 7 May: Dr. Lindsay Allen (KCL), ‘At home in Persepolis’, 5.00pm.

Thursday 14 May (KYKNOS paper): Nora Goldschmidt (Magdalen College, Oxford), ‘Virgil, Ennius, and the Site of Rome’, 6.00pm.

Thursday 28 May (KYKNOS paper): Dr. Johanna Akkurjarvi (Lund), ‘Narrating Athens. Genres in Pausanias’ Attika’, 6.00pm.

Thursday 4 June (KYKNOS paper): Dr. Koen de Temmerman (Ghent), ‘Less than ideal paradigms in the ancient Greek novel’, 6.00pm.

CONF: Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World

COMMUNITIES AND NETWORKS IN THE ANCIENT GREEK WORLD
DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS, TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
6-9 JULY 2009

Organisers: Dr Claire Taylor, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Kostas Vlassopoulos, University of Nottingham

This conference will examine the networks of interaction within and between
different groups in the classical and early hellenistic periods. Questions for
exploration include:
• What constituted a ‘community’ within the Greek world?
• What networks did people create, belong to, and destroy?
• How were different groups of people interconnected, and how did they
negotiate the ‘boundaries’ between them?
• How did communities change in response to social, political, economic
impulses?
• How can we use network theory to access the lives and activities of people
for whom little traditional evidence survives?

PROGRAMME
Paulin Ismard (Université Paris Est Marne la Vallée; Equipe Phéacie): Networks
of communities in classical and hellenistic Athens: cultural aspects.
Claire Taylor (Trinity College, Dublin): Social networks and social hierarchies:
towards a model of social mobility in Athens.
Ben Gray (All Souls, Oxford): Exile communities and the citizen ideal in the
later classical and hellenistic Greek world.
Kostas Vlassopoulos (University of Nottingham): Free spaces: contexts of
interaction between citizens, metics and slaves in classical Athens.
Ben Akrigg (University of Toronto): The metic population in Athens.
Peter Hunt (University of Colorado, Boulder): Ethnic identity among slaves at
Athens.
Barbara Kowalzig (Royal Holloway, London): Trading gods and trading networks:
economies of trust in ancient Greece.
Vincent Gabrielsen (University of Copenhagen): Naval and grain networks at
Athens.
Christy Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck, London): Beyond the polis: island koina and
other non-polis entities in the Aegean.
Esther Eidinow (Newman College, Birmingham): Networks, narrative and
negotiation: magical practices and polis religion.

If you would like to attend, or require further information, please contact Dr
Claire Taylor (claire.taylor@tcd.ie), Dr Kostas Vlassopoulos
(konstantinos.vlassopoulos AT nottingham.ac.uk), or see the website:
http://www.tcd.ie/Classics/cnagw/index.php.

Graduate student bursaries are available to cover the cost of campus
accommodation: please contact Dr Claire Taylor (claire.taylor AT tcd.ie) if you
wish to apply, or download the form from the website:
http://www.tcd.ie/Classics/cnagw/index.php

CONF: The End of Ancient Empires

THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF SCOTLAND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
‘THE END OF ANCIENT EMPIRES’

University of Edinburgh, 19-21 June 2009

The Classical Association of Scotland (founded 1902) is proud to present its first annual conference in a new format. Papers will be 20 minutes long, and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. All sessions will take place in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh.

Full programme, abstracts, directions, and booking forms for registration and accommodation are available at: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~mg/conferences/programme.shtml

Please address booking enquiries to Dr Gavin Kelly (Gavin.Kelly AT ed.ac.uk) and all other enquires to Dr Costas Panayotakis (C.Panayotakis AT classics.arts.gla.ac.uk).

Outline programme:

Keynote address: Professor T. D. Barnes (Toronto/Edinburgh).

Confirmed speakers:

G. Longley (Oxford), The Causes of Imperial Decline in Ancient Authors from Herodotus to Polybius.

C. A. Farrell (KCL), The Afterbirth of the Seleucid Empire? Re-examining Imperial Ideology and Stateless Monarchs

E. Almagor (Jerusalem), The Decline and Fall of the Persian Empire in Plutarch’s Writings

A. Nagel/R. Sheikoleslamy (Ann Arbor/Tehran), Eternal Flames or The End of Antiquity’s Largest Empire – New Evidence from the Hall of Hundred Columns in Persepolis, Iran

L. Gregoratti (Udine), Vologeses’ “New Deal” and the transformation of the Parthian Empire

A. Collar (Exeter/Ankara), Understanding Fracture in the Roman Empire through Cult: Jupiter Dolichenus and the Power – and Fragility– of Military Networks

K. Petrovicová/J. Bednarikova (Brno), Martianus Capella’s questionable relation to the Vandals

G. Kelly (Edinburgh), tba

H. Ziche (Antilles and Guyane), Decoupling Economic and Institutional Development in the Fifth-century Roman Empire

F. Haarer (KCL), Cities in Transition: Change and Continuity in the Late Roman World

M. S. Bjornlie (Claremont McKenna), Assessing Decline and Fall in Ostrogothic Italy: The Fiscal Profile from Cassiodorus’ Variae

P. Wynn, Where are the Barbarians? Reframing the ‘Enemy’ after the Empire’s Fall in the Vita Germani

A. Roberts (KCL), George Grote, the Destruction of Ancient Empires, and British imperialism

R. Bryant Davies (Cambridge), Marius amidst the Ruins of Carthage: a Nineteenth-Century Understanding of Empire

D. Engels (Brussels), “Ist nicht mit Actium und der pax Romana die antike Geschichte zu Ende?” Oswald Spengler on the Transformation and Fall of the Roman Empire.

This Day in Ancient History

ante diem iv kalendas maias

  • ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 2) — a festival originally ordered in response to an interpretation of the Sybilline books in 238 B.C., it fell into desuetude only to be revived in 173 B.C.; it was a general festival of drinking and other merriment in honour of Flora, who presided over (of course) flowers and their blossoms
  • 12 B.C. — consecration of the signum et ara Vestae on the Palatine; it was a shrine built by Augustus as pontifex maximus to house the palladium (maybe) which Aeneas brought from Troy
  • 32 A.D. — birth of the future emperor-for-a-little-while Otho
  • 1st century — martyrdom of Aphrodisius and companions in what would become Languedoc
  • 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Pollio in Pannonia
  • Floralia update: yesterday I was wondering about the connection to Chloris … an rc reader (Elspeth) emailed me via the forum (thanks!) to say: In his “Fasti”, Ovid tells the story (through an interview of Flora) of how she was once a nymph called Chloris who was loved by Zephyr, the west wind, who gave her power over flowers. Her name became Flora in Latin. I think this is in book five of the Fasti

Dance of the Muses

Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics is a very interesting website designed to accompany A.P. David’s book of the same name. Additional content at the website includes audio of Homer’s poetry being recited according to the book’s theory, videos of Homeric dance and other items of interest. Worth checking out!

CONF: Writings of Early Scholars in the ANE, Egypt and Greece

Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, Egypt and Greece:
Zur Übersetzbarkeit von Wissenschaftssprachen des Altertums
Interdisciplinary and international conference,
Johannes Gutenberg University, 27-29 July 2009

The historiography of the sciences in antiquity (including Egyptian
and Mesopotamian cultures) has changed fundamentally during the past
40 years. Changing methodologies and aims have led to a focus on
recognition and reconstruction of ancient scientific concepts, which
can differ significantly from “similar” modern concepts. As a way of
bringing these changes to light in a useful way, the conference will
focus on the problem of translations.

Translations are directly affected by respective cultural beliefs of
the translator. How then can ancient concepts that differ from our
modern ones be expressed in modern languages? And how can these
differences be understood by a modern reader?

Currently, some translations which are likely to mislead a historian
of science, a scientist or a mathematician may still be accepted as
correct by the philologists of the individual cultures.

The conference aims to explore problems involved in translating
ancient scientific texts and to create a methodological framework to
improve the quality of future translations. To achieve this goal, we
aim to bring together leading representatives and junior researchers
with a philological background or a background in history of science
(Egyptology, Assyriology, Classics, editors of ancient scientific
texts and scholars using them).

After an attempt to determine characteristic features of individual
sciences in antiquity, and how they can be distinguished from
non-scientific texts, specific examples will be used to enable
interdisciplinary and intercultural discussion.

The preliminary programme can be found at
http://www.aegyptologie-altorientalistik.uni-mainz.de/443.php

We invite interested participants to join the conference and
contribute to the discussions.
Please register by 31 May 2009 at wissenschaftssprache@mathematik.uni-mainz.de.
The conference fee of 15 € to compensate for expenses is to be paid in
advance (registration).

Organized by:
Prof. Dr. Annette Imhausen (am Historischen Seminar der Universität Frankfurt)
Dr. Tanja Pommerening (am Institut für Ägyptologie und
Altorientalistik der Universität Mainz)
Conference webpages:
http://www.aegyptologie-altorientalistik.uni-mainz.de/460.php

Funded by the Thyssen Foundation and the ZIS (Center for Intercultural
Studies) of Mainz university.

CFP: Classical Association 2010

Classical Association Annual Conference 2010

Cardiff University, Wednesday 7th April – Saturday 10th April 2010.

Call for papers

The Classical Association Annual Conference 2010 is to be hosted by Cardiff University. Panels and plenary lectures will be held in the Cathays Park campus of the University. The President’s address and conference dinner will take place in the National Museum and the City Hall in Cardiff’s civic centre.

We welcome proposals for papers (20 minutes long followed by discussion) and coordinated panels (comprising either 3 or 4 papers) from academic staff, graduate students, and school teachers on the topics suggested below, or on any aspect of the classical world. We are keen to encourage papers from a broad range of classical, historical, and archaeological perspectives.

Suggested topics: ancient warfare; family life and the built environment; western Greek historians; early Rome; ancient and modern contexts of Greek and Roman drama; currency; time and calendars; ancient skies; nostalgia and ancient attitudes towards the past; electronic publishing; epigraphy, literacy and society; mobility and connectivity in the Mediterranean; frontiers and boundaries; mosaics and visual culture; art and imperialism; religion and society in late antiquity; classical heritage in Wales; literary and cinematic historical fiction.

Title and an abstract (no more than 300 words), and any enquiries should be sent to the address below (preferably by email) not later than 31 August 2009:

Dr Guy Bradley, CA 2010,
School of History and Archaeology,
Humanities Building, Cardiff University,
Colum Drive,
Cardiff CF10 3EU,
Wales, UK
Email: ca2010 AT cf.ac.uk
Tel. +44 (0)29 2087 4821

website: http://www.cf.ac.uk/hisar/newsandevents/ancienthistory/2010-classical-association-annual-conference.html