CONF: Communicating With the Dead in the Ancient Mediterranean World

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International Conference Announcement
“Communicating with the Dead in the Ancient Mediterranean World”
Volos, 19-21 June 2009
University of Thessaly
Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology

Programme

Friday, 19/6/2009

18:00-20:00

Reception and coffee

Alexander MAZARAKIS AINIAN:
(University of Thessaly)

Addressing and honouring heroes and distinguished dead in Geometric Greece  

Dimitris PALAIOTHODOROS:
(University of Thessaly)

Images of ghosts in the visual arts of the archaic and classical periods

Yannis TZIFOPOULOS:
(University of Thessaloniki)

Encountering death, before and after: The Bacchic-Orrphic incised lamellae  

Dinner

Saturday, 20/6/2009

10:00-13:30

Nick WYATT:
(University of Edinburgh)

Encounters between the living and the dead in the ancient world: Semitic evidence  

Panagiotis KOUSOULIS:
(University of the Aegean)

The demonic identity of the dead and its ritual manipulation in the Egyptian underworld: The evidence from the New Kingdom and the Third Intermediate Period  

Coffee

Nanno MARINATOS:
(University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Stone in the Soul  

Spyros RANGOS:
(University of Patras)

Rebirth and liberation across philosophy and religious imagery until Plato  

Lunch

17:00-20:30

Vayos LIAPIS:
(University of Montreal)

Neither stone-dead nor stone-deaf  

Eleni PACHOUMI:
(University of Thessaly)

Encounters with the dead in magic: Resurrection of the body?  

Tea

Jan BREMMER:
(University of Groningen)

Necromancy

Dimitris KYRTATAS:
(University of Thessaly)

Communications with the living-dead in Christian Egypt 

Dinner

Sunday, 21/6/2009

10:00-13:00

Suzanne LYE:
(University of California – Los Angeles)

Conversations between the living and the dead in late antiquity, with a focus on the ancient novel

Matthew DICKIE:
(University of Illinois at Chicago)

Eustratius, presbyter Constantinopolitanus, De statu animarum post mortem  

Einar THOMASSEN:
(University of Bergen)

Intercession and the special dead  

Lunch
 

 

ED: Summer School in Latin Language – Bologna 29.06-17.07.2009 (extended deadline)

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Bologna University Summer School in Latin Language and Classical Culture (29th June – 17th July 2009)

The Department of Classics (http://www.classics.unibo.it) of Bologna University is pleased to announce that it is still possible to enrol to the second Summer School in Latin Language and Classical Culture.

The teaching will be focused both on language and on literature; further classes will touch on moments of Roman history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).

The course will be held in Bologna from 29th June to 17th July 2009 for a total of 60 hours. On the basis of their previous knowledge of Latin, the participants will be divided into classes of different levels (beginners and intermediate). Students must be aged 18 or over.

All tuition will be in English.

NEW DEADLINE FOR THE ENROLMENT: 13th June 2009.

For further information and to enrol, please visit:

http://www.unibo.it/summerschool/latin

E-mail: diri_school.latin AT unibo.it

Recreating the Lituus

Although the BBC article only mentions Rome in passing, some folks have done the computer thang and have recreated what the Lituus might have sounded like, at least in the context of one of the last pieces written (by Bach) for the instrument which fell into desuetude a few centuries ago. Listen to it here (perhaps to recover from the Death Metal mentioned below …).

UPDATE (a little later): make sure you read Ajax’ comment …