CFP: Journal of Hellenic Religion vol. 3

The Journal of Hellenic Religion’s (JfHR) will proceed shortly to produce the third volume of the Journal, which will be forthcoming in the mid 2010.
The JfHR is a peer-reviewed annual periodical. It has as a main theme the original interdisciplinary study of ancient Greek Religion and Theology (i.e. history, philosophy, politics-sociology and archaeology-anthropology).

The theme / subject of the forthcoming Volume 3 will focus on the ancient Greek beliefs of afterlife and death, their mourning, lamentation and funeral practices.

The articles should include full bibliography and endnotes.

The editorial panel may request editions and small alterations and a summary of the peer-reviewed process will be send after the author’s request. The authors hold their article’s copyright. The contributors will be requested to sign the ‘Licence To Publish’ based on the JISC and Surf Foundation guidelines.

Please view (URL: the Contribution Guideline for more information of the word limitation.
Submission of any material must be on electronic form (doc, rtf), accompanied with the legal name and a current email and postal address of the author and emailed it to the Editor (see contact details below)

Thank you in advance of your contributions.

Nikolaos Markoulakis
Nottingham Trent University
Maudslay Building
Burton Street, NG1 4BU
Phone: +44 (0) 115 848 4354
fax: +44 (0) 115 848 4612
Email: n.markoulakis AT
Visit the website at

CONF: Digital Classicist seminar series

… seen on the Classicists list:

We have had to make a small change to the Digital Classicist/ICS Work-in-Progress seminar series.  The updated programme is copied here.

*Digital Classicist/ICS Work in Progress Seminar, Summer 2009*

Fridays at 16:30 in STB3/6 (Stewart House), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

(NB: July 17th seminar in British Library, 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DW)

*June 5:* Bart Van Beek (Leuven)
‘Onomastics and Name-extraction in Graeco-Egyptian Papyri’

*June 12:* Philip Murgatroyd (Birmingham)
‘Starting out on the Journey to Manzikert: Agent-based modelling and
Mediaeval warfare logistics’

*June 19:* Mark Hedges & Tobias Blanke (King’s College London)
‘Linking and Querying Ancient Texts: A multi-database case study with epigraphic corpora”

*June 26:* Marco Büchler & Annette Loos (Leipzig)
‘Textual Re-use of Ancient Greek Texts: A case study on Plato’s works’

*July 3:* Roger Boyle & Nia Ng (Leeds)
‘Extracting the Hidden: Paper Watermark Location and Identification’

*July 10:* Cristina Vertan (Hamburg)
‘Teuchos: An Online Knowledge-based Platform for Classical Philology’

*July 17:* Christine Pappelau (Berlin) **NB: in British Library**
‘Roman Spolia in 3D: High Resolution Leica 3D Laser-scanner meets
ancient building structures’

*July 24:* Elton Barker (Oxford)
‘Herodotos Encoded Space-Text-Imaging Archive’

*July 31:* Leif Isaksen (Southampton)
‘Linking Archaeological Data’

*August 7:* Alexandra Trachsel (Hamburg)
‘An Online Edition of the Fragments of Demetrios of Skepsis’


We are inviting both students and established researchers involved in the application of the digital humanities to the study of the ancient world to come and introduce their work. The focus of this seminar series is the interdisciplinary and collaborative work that results at the interface of expertise in Classics or Archaeology and computer Science.

The seminars will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact any of the following:
Gabriel.Bodard AT
Stuart.Dunn AT
Juan.Garce AT
Simon.Mahony AT
or see the seminar website at

JOB: Generalist @ UArizona (one year)

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The Department of Classics at the  University of Arizona in Tucson seeks a highly qualified candidate for a full-time, benefits-eligible, one-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor beginning August, 2009.  We are seeking a broadly trained classicist who will teach six courses,  including one each in elementary and intermediate Greek, one in the
classical tradition, and two other large enrollment courses depending upon the candidate’s areas of expertise.

To apply, please follow the link to the University’s Human Resources site and search for job #43091.

Inquiries may be directed to:
Pamela J. Goldsmith
Senior Business Manager
Department of Classics
LSB 203
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ  85721
goldsmip AT

ED: EpiDoc Training Sessions

… from the Digitalclassicist list:

*EpiDoc Training Sessions 2009*
London 20-24 July
Rome 21-25 September

The EpiDoc community has been developing protocols for the publication
of inscriptions, papyri, and other documentary Classical texts in
TEI-compliant XML: for details see the community website at (*Note:* the new Duke Databank of Documentary
Papyri at is encoded in EpiDoc XML.)

Over the last few years there has been increasing demand for training by
scholars wishing to use EpiDoc. We are delighted to be able to announce
two training workshops, which will be offered in 2009. Both will be led
by Dr Gabriel Bodard. These sessions will benefit scholars working on
Greek or Latin documents with an interest in developing skills in the
markup, encoding, and exploitation of digital editions. Competence in
Greek and/or Latin, and knowledge of the Leiden Conventions will be
assumed; no particular computer skills are required.

*London session,* 20-24 July 2009. This will take place at the Centre
for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London, 26-29 Drury
Lane. The cost of tuition will be £50 for students; £100 for employees
of universities or other non-profit institutions; £200 for employees of
commercial institutions. Those interested in enrolling should apply to
Dr Bodard, gabriel.bodard AT by 20 June 2009.

We hope to be able to offer some follow-up internships after the
session, to enable participants to consolidate their experience under
supervision; please let us know if that would be of interest to you.

*Rome session,* 21-25 September 2009. This will take place at the
British School at Rome. Thanks to the generous support of the
International Association of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, the British
School and Terra Italia Onlus, tuition will be free.

Those interested in enrolling should apply to Dr Silvia Orlandi,
silvia.orlandi AT by 30 June 2009.

*Practical matters*
Both courses will run from Monday to Friday starting at 10:00 am and
ending at 16:00 each day.

Participants should bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You should acquire
and install a copy of the Oxygen XML Editor
( *and* either
an educational licence ($48) or a 30-day trial licence (free). Don’t
worry if you don’t know how to use it!

CONF: Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar 2009 at UCL

… seen on the Classicists list:

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


Tuesday, 7 July 2009

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"

11.30–12.15 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"

14.30–15.15 ANDREW TURNER (University of Melbourne)
"The reception of Greek New Comedy in Latin literature and scholarship:
new evidence from the Terence scholia"
15.15–16.00 EMMA GEE (University of St Andrews)
"A Smattering of Science"

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"

11.30–12.15 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)
"Utopia Regained in Calpurnius’ Eclogues?

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

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’

14.30–15.15 WILLIAM J. DOMINIK (University of Otago)
"The reception of Silius Italicus in modern scholarship"
15.15–16.00 JEAN-MICHEL HULLS (Downside School)
"No place like Rome? Modelling utopia and dystopia onto Statius’ Silvan city"

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"

All welcome!

If you would like to attend, please register by sending an email to the conference organizer Gesine Manuwald at g.manuwald AT by 15 June 2009.

Conference fee (to cover refreshments and lunches): £20 full conference, £7 day rate (payable in cash upon arrival).

For further information please contact the conference organizer.

JOB: PhD position (Heroic space in Attic drama) Universiteit van Amsterdam

… seen on the Classicists list

PhD position (m/f)
Noord-Holland), 38 hours per week
University of Amsterdam

For the offical announcement see

Job description
The Institute of Culture and History (ICG) of the UvA has a vacant PhD
position (Heroic space in Attic drama) per 1 September 2009, as part of the
NWO funded project Space in Ancient Greek Literature.

The candidate is expected to research and complete a PhD dissertation within  a period of three years and three months, and to participate in the graduate curriculum of the national research school of classics OIKOS.

MA in Classics, obtained no longer than five years ago. An MA in a research  Master and/ or an MSt, MPhil or some other form of postdoctoral research training is a definite pre. The Master thesis preferably deals with a topic from Greek literature.

Additional information about the job:

Project desciption: The project here advertised, Heroic space in Attic
drama, forms part of a larger NWO program Space in Ancient Greek Literature,  which in its turn forms part of a larger project, a multi-volume
narratological history of Classical Greek literature. So far two volumes
have appeared: I.J.F. de Jong, R. Nünlist, A. Bowie (eds.) Narrators,
Narratees, and Narratives in Ancient Greek Literature, Studies in Ancient
Greek Narrative 1, Leiden, Brill 2004; I.J.F. de Jong, R. Nünlist, (eds.)
Time in Ancient Greek Literature, Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative 2,
Leiden, Brill 2007.

The third volume will deal with space, discussing issues such as the amount  of attention paid to space, the distribution of the space descriptions over  the text; the presentation of space (is the information provided by the narrator, representing his own focalization or that of an anonymous viewer, or is it one of the characters who is focalizing or speaking?), its thematic  function (when it becomes a factor of importance in the plot, e.g. when its central hero is traveling), symbolic function (e.g. city versus country, inside versus outside, public versus private, etc.), or characterizing function (when the description of objects or housing tells us something about a character).

By way of elaboration on the chapters on drama, the PhD project Heroic space  in Attic drama will discuss in detail aspects of space in one or more plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides, taking its cue from studies such as  Issacharoff 1981, Kuntz 1993, and Rehm 2002. It will deal with the setting and the relationship between the onstage space and the offstage space. But  the main aspect to be discussed concerns the fact that ancient drama while treating contemporary issues always is situated in the heroic past: how is the physical outlook of this heroic past (re)constructed? In view of the paramount importance of the Homeric epics in fifth century Athens the heroic  space of drama is likely to have been modeled after that of epic, but as some – small scale – investigations of anachronism in tragedy have shown, the contemporary world may intrude; see Easterling 1985 and Dunn 2006. While  the seventh century Homeric (re)construction of the heroic world is a matter  of intense discussion and debate since more than a century, the (re)construction of the heroic world in fifth century Athens so far is still largely to be explored.

University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally
acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a
world center for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and
media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of
European Research Universities.

The Faculty of Humanities undertakes teaching and research with a strong
international orientation in a large number of disciplines within the field
of language and culture. The faculty is situated in the center of Amsterdam
and maintains close contacts with many cultural institutions in the city. It
employs almost a thousand staff members and its courses are attended by
approximately 6,500 students.

Conditions of employment
Duration of the contract: 3 years and 3 months
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
The PhD candidate will be appointed for a period of three years and three
months, starting from September 2009 or later (but not after 31 December
2009) at the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA under the terms of employment
currently valid for the Faculty. A contract will be given in the first
instance for one year, with an extension for the following three years on
the basis of an evaluation of, amongst other things, a written piece of
work. The salary (on a full time base) will be Euro 2.042 during the first
year(gross per month) and will reach EUro 2.612 during the fourth year, in
accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

   * About the organization
   * About the department
   * About the function

A full text of the NWO program of which this PhD project forms a part can be
found in the attachment below or required from drs. Paul Koopman
(icg-fgw AT Further information can be obtained from Professor Irene
J.F. de Jong (i.j.f.dejong AT or 0031-20-5252559).

You can apply for this job before 02-06-2009 by sending your application to:

Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam

E-mail address: icg-fgw AT
Applications for this position, preferably in pdf format, should be sent to
drs. P.J. Koopman, Instituut voor Cultuur en Geschiedenis, Spuistraat 134,
1012 VB Amsterdam (icg-fgw AT They should consist of 1) a letter of
application; 2) a copy of recent work, preferably a MA thesis; 3) a sketch
(1500-2000 words) of how the applicant intends to fill in the rough project
proposal summarized above and described in more detail in the NWO program ‘Space in Ancient Greek Literature’. The deadline for submission is 1 June 2009 at the latest. Please state the vacancy number. Applications received after this date or those that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT 09-3018.

The short URL code for this job opening is: 00361-1811.
You can use this as a direct link to the job by adding the code to the URL

Temple of Isis Found at Florence?

Brief item from ANSA:

Workmen inside Florence’s courthouse have stumbled across a spiral column and hundreds of multicoloured fragments that experts believe may have belonged to a Roman temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis.

Dating to the second century AD, the remains were discovered as the men dug a five by three metre hole, barely four metres deep, for a new water cistern for the courthouse’s anti-incendiary system.

”These finds are of extraordinary importance,” said Alessandro Palchetti, the archaeologist charged with overseeing the works in the courthouse by Florence’s archaeology superintendency, who suspected something interesting might be uncovered because of the area’s historic relevance.

Palchetti said the remains were ”comparable” to others found over the last three centuries in the immediate area that have also been attributed to the temple of Isis, the Egyptian goddess of motherhood and fertility who was later adopted by the Greeks and Romans.

The location of the temple is unknown, Palchetti said, but it is believed to have been built just outside the Roman part of the city, near the current courthouse building.

Meanwhile, Florence’s Culture Councillor Eugenio Giani said ongoing excavations of an ancient Roman theatre under the city’s Palazzo Vecchio will mean members of the public will be able to visit the site in two years’ time.

Archaeologists have already uncovered the area where spectators sat and a portion of the orchestra as well as revealed the story of the theatre and its fall into disuse.

Constructed at the end of the first century AD, it was in use until the end of the fourth century before remaining structures were used as a burial place, stalls for animals and a prison during Medieval times.

”We’ll continue to work on the central corridor which will give us a direct link with the Cortile della Dogana of Palazzo Vecchio from where people will be able to make the descent,” said Giani.

… I see more of this sort of thing in the Italian press; I might have more this weekend.

LIMC ‘Complete’

From a UBristol press release:

A scholarly project to document and analyse all known images of mythology from the Greek, Roman and Etruscan civilisations, has reached it culmination with the appearance of the last two volumes of the 20-volume series. The project, known as LIMC (Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae), was begun in the early 1970s.

The two volumes (‘Supplementum 2009’) picture many new and hitherto-unpublished representations of myths, and bring up to date the entire forty-year project – which has been described as the boldest venture in classical scholarship in the past 70 years.  The non-profit-making LIMC Foundation is based in Basel, with branches in Athens, Heidelberg, Paris and Würzburg; the Council which administers it is drawn from more than 30 countries in five continents.  At the head of LIMC is Richard Buxton, Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Bristol who has been one of the editors of LIMC since 2003, and since 2006, its President. 

The work of the LIMC Foundation is far from over.  It has two major ongoing projects.  The first, ‘ThesCRA’ (‘Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum’), documents ancient cults and rites; five volumes are out so far (published by the J. Paul Getty Museum), with more on the way.  The second project involves digitizing the whole LIMC archive, so as to put it online – and free to the user.

“This can’t be done overnight,” explains Professor Buxton, “because before putting the images on the web we need to gain the explicit permission of the hundreds of museums and private collections which house the objects illustrated.”

In spite of this, and in spite of the increasingly challenging task of raising funds, Professor Buxton estimates that both ThesCRA and the digitization will be completed within three years.

All this proves, if proof were needed, that classical myths are alive and well, and as meaningful and vibrant now as at any time in their rich and complex history.

… interesting; I was just mentioning LIMC on Facebook t’other day. Of course, a work like this really isn’t ever complete. I’m sure we’ll have another supplement in a decade or so …