This Day in Ancient History

pridie idus junias

  • 456 B.C. — Herodotus recites his Histories at Athens (according to one reckoning; supposedly on the 12th of Hekatombaion)
  • 17 B.C. — venatio, ludi circenses, lusus Troiae (the latter was a sort of precision equestrian drill put on by the sons of the rich and famous, probably a lot like the RCMP’s Musical Ride)
  • 86 A.D. — ludi Capitolini (day 7)

CFP: Classical Receptions Journal

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Classical Receptions Journal
Edited by Professor Lorna Hardwick

Classical Receptions Journal covers all aspects of the reception of the
texts and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome from antiquity to
the present day. It aims to explore the relationships between
transmission, interpretation, translation, transplantation, rewriting,
redesigning and rethinking of Greek and Roman material in other contexts
and cultures. It addresses the implications both for the receiving
contexts and for the ancient, and compares different types of
linguistic, textual and ideological interactions.

Classical Receptions Journal is edited by a prestigious, international
team. Visit for details.

The journal promotes cross-disciplinary exchange and debates at the
interface between subjects. It therefore invites submissions from
researchers in Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Comparative
Literature, Film, Intellectual History, History of Scholarship,
Political Science, Theatre Studies and Translation Studies as well as
from those in Classics and Ancient History.

In addition, the editorial team welcomes proposals for ‘Special
Editions’ on topics that involve cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Full guidelines for authors are available at

To submit your paper online go to

The journal will publish its first issue in November 2009. This issue
will be available free online from the outset.

Visit to sign up for email
table of contents alerts, so that you are notified as soon as the issue
is published online.

For further details visit the journal homepage at

Another Monteleone Chariot?

Okay … so I’m primarily horizontal because of assorted back ailments and really am not up to actually blogging (terrible time of year for me … follow me on twitter if you want to see what I’ll eventually be getting to, among other things) and Chuck Jones posts a very old video of 1903 football game between Chicago and Michigan. That gets me thinking there might be videos of the chariot races that happened in the Rose Bowl for a while around WWI, but what I come across is a segment of Eddie Cantor in Roman Scandals (1933):

About a year ago, I mentioned how one of the chariots in Ben Hur (1925), seems to have been inspired by the Monteleone Chariot (which was at the time, a ‘recent’ find). Now, I don’t know if it’s the Robax Platinum muse inspiring me or what, but I think one of the chariots in Roman Scandals (around the five minute mark) has been similarly inspired (Lucille Ball was apparently in this one too … I think I hear her towards the end of the clip, but don’t see her)…

This Day in Ancient History

ante diem v idus junias

  • Vestalia — festival in honour of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth
  • 53 B.C. — the Roman army under Marcus Licinius Crassus (Dives) suffers a massive defeat at the hand of the Persians under Surenas near Carrhae; Crassus dies as a result of the battle
  • 17 B.C.. — ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 5)
  • 62 A.D. — Nero has his first wife, Octavia, killed while in exile for adultery on Pandateria
  • 68 A.D. — the emperor Nero commits suicide
  • 86 A.D. — ludi Capitolini (day 4)
  • 204 A.D. — ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 6)

This Day in Ancient History

ante diem vi idus junias

  • 215 B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Mens (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 17 B.C.. — ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 4)
  • 65 A.D./C.E. — Jewish rebels capture the Antonia in Jerusalem (not sure about this one)
  • 68 A.D. — recognition of Galba as emperor in Rome (?)
  • 86 A.D. — ludi Capitolini (day 3)
  • 204 A.D. — ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 5) [I need more info on this one]
  • 218 A.D. — the Legio III Gallica, who had declared their loyalty for Bassianus (the future emperor Elagabalus) defeats the emperor Macrinus near Antioch; Macrinus fled

CONF: Xenophon – Ethical Principle and Historical Enquiry

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Liverpool 8-11 July 2009

A British Academy sponsored conference devoted to the works of Xenophon will be held at the University of Liverpool’s Carnatic conference site on 8-11 July 2009. Papers are pre-circulated and available for downloading to registered participants. Those who wish to register can still do so (up to the 8th June).

Booking form

Conference Details

The following papers are already available. More will follow.

Almagor, E. Xenophon’s Anabasis and Ctesias’ Persica

Asmonti, L. Spartan foreign policy in the aftermath of Cnidus: the evidence

of Xenophon’s Hellenika

Bearzot, C. Xenophon on the Athenian embassy to Susa in 368/7

Bianco, E. Xenophon and the tradition on fourth century Athenian


Danzig, G. Irony in Cyropaedia. What’s wrong with Xenophon’s Cyrus?

Davverio, G. Socrates’ homonoia and Xenophon (Mem. 4.4.15-16)

Demont, P. Le passé et le présent dans le fin de la Cyropédie (7.5.57-58)

de Souza, P. Xenophon on naval warfare

Ferrario, S. Historical agency and self-awareness in Xenophon’s

Hellenica and Anabasis

Gera, D. The Adusius episode of the Cyropaedia

Harman, R. A spectacle of Greekness: vision and Greek identity in

Xenophon’s Agesilaus

Jansen, J. Strangers incorporated: outsiders in Xenophon’s Poroi

Johnson, D. Strauss and Xenophon

Keaveney, A. The trial of Orontas: Anabasis 1.6

Kroeker, R. Xenophon philosophos, panhellenism and the barbarian

LaForse, B. Panhellenism in Xenophon’s Agesilaus

L’Allier, L. A new look at the diatribe against the sophists in the

Cynegetica of Xenophon

Pownall, F. Critias in Xenophon’s Hellenica

Rood, T. A delightful retreat: Xenophon and the picturesque

Roy, J. Xenophon’s Peloponnese in the Hellenica

Rung, E. Xenophon, Diodorus and the mission of Philiscus in 369/8

Rzepka, J. Demos versus polis in Hellenica

Schorn, S. Xenophons Poroi: wirtschaftpolitisches Programm oder

philosophische Utopie?

Sekunda, N. Lakedaimonian writers on their army before Xenophon

Sordi, M. (†) La nautike dunamis in Senofonte dall’Athenaion Politeia ai


Stadter, P. Staying up late: Plutarch’s reading of Xenophon

Stokes, M.C. Xenophon Apology, Xenophon Memorabilia and Plato

Apology: some comparisons

Vela Tejada, J. Why did Xenophon write a Symposium? Erotike paideia and logos Sokratikos

Waterfield, R. Xenophon on Socrates’ trial and death

CFP: Body, Mask & Space: The State of the Art

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Body, Mask and Space: The State of the Art

An interdisciplinary conference at King’s College London July 9-10, 2009

This conference is being organised by the AHRC-funded project "The
Body and Mask in Ancient Theatre Space", a research collaboration
between King’s Visualisation Lab at the Centre for Computing in the
Humanities, King’s College London and the Department of Classics and
Ancient History, Durham University. The project concerns ancient
masked performance – specifically in terms of spatial environments,
intercultural performance and perceptual experience.

This conference will examine the work of the project to date (see below),
addressing issues raised by this work from the following perspectives:

Methodologies and Technologies of Mask making

Applications of 3D technologies for art history, archaeology, theatre
and performance studies

Facial recognition and Principle Components Analysis-is a mask a face?

The Mask and Body in Space: Directing and Performing for the Virtual

Theatre Historical Approaches to Masked Performance: Classical and

We invite scholars with interests in the areas of Classics,
Archaeology, Theatre History, Masks, Performance, 3D and Digital
Technologies to submit proposals for papers or presentations relating
to these themes for inclusion in the conference.
Proposals should
consist of an abstract of up to 500 words and a brief biography;
presentations should be no more than 20 minutes long. Please send
proposals or enquiries to the conference organiser: Dr Margaret
Coldiron (mcoldiron AT by 10 June.

The work of the project to date

Using leading-edge 3D technologies the AHRC-funded project "The
Body and Mask in Ancient Theatre Space" addresses fundamental questions
concerning the conditions and actualities of the ancient theatre:

What can be inferred of the actor’s technique and use of mask and body
and how does their semiosis relate to other performance traditions and
to constants of human perception?

How can one productively integrate the study of practice and of the
surviving iconography in this research process, and how can 3D
technologies be brought to bear at their interface?

How does perception of masks compare with that of living human faces,
and how far can methodologies concerning visual perception inform an
understanding of the ancient mask? How is perception of body and
physical movement related to how the mask is "read"?

The work of the project includes the creation of full-sized masks for
performance based upon terracotta miniature artefacts, complemented by
other sources of material evidence, and the use of 3D motion-capture
and Chromakey video to record movements of performers and place them
in virtually-realised ancient theatre spaces. In addition the research
team is collaborating with artists from Asian and European mask
theatre traditions whose insights into the use of masks help to
illuminate expressive aspects of these ancient mask artefacts.

This Day in Ancient History

pridie nonas junias

  • 468 B.C. — birth of Socrates (by another reckoning (cf. yesterday)
  • 218 B.C. (?) — dedication of the Temple of the Great Custodian Hercules (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 105 A.D. — The emperor Trajan departs on his second campaign against the Dacians
  • 204 A.D. — ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 1)

CONF: The Epigraphic Culture(s) of Late Antiquity (Heidelberg, June 2009)

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The Epigraphic Culture(s) of Late Antiquity

Dates: Friday 26 – Saturday 27 June, 2009

Venue: Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg, Hauptstrasse 242 – Heidelberg (


Friday, 26th of June 2009

9.00 Christian WITSCHEL/Carlos MACHADO: Welcome and Introduction

I – The Late Antique Epigraphic Habit in the Western and Eastern Parts
of the Roman Empire – Quantitative and Qualitative Aspects

9.10: Christian WITSCHEL (Heidelberg): “Spätantike Inschriftenkulturen
im Westen des Imperium Romanum – ein Überblick”

10.10: Charlotte ROUECHÉ (London): “Late Antique Inscriptions in the
East: Evidence and Problems”

11.10 – 11.30: Coffee Break

II – Late Antique Inscriptions in their Social and Physical Context

11.30: Carlos MACHADO (São Paulo/Heidelberg): “Dedicated to Eternity?
The Re-Use of Statue Bases in Late Antique Italy”

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch Break

14.00: Dennis FEISSEL (Paris): “Elites et magistratures municipales dans
l’épigraphie protobyzantine”

15.00: Silvia ORLANDI and Mara PONTISSO (Rome): “Discorsi su pietra:
oratoria ed epigrafia nel Tardo Impero”

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee Break

16.30: Rudolf HAENSCH (Munich): “Zwei unterschiedliche epigraphische
Praktiken: Kirchenbauinschriften in Italien und im Nahen Osten”

III – Regional Studies

17.30: Judit VÉGH (Heidelberg): „Inschriftenkultur(en) und Christentum
im spätantiken Hispanien“

18:30: Lennart HILDEBRAND (Heidelberg): „Die Entwicklung der spätantiken
Epigraphik Südgalliens – Inschriften als Indikator für gesellschaftliche

Saturday, 27th of June 2009

09:00: Ignazio TANTILLO (Rome): “Some Observations on the Evolution of
the Epigraphic Habit in Late Roman Africa (with special reference to

10.00: Stephen MITCHELL (Exeter): “The Epigraphy of Asia Minor in Late

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11:30: Leah DI SEGNI (Jerusalem): “Late Antique Epigraphy in the
Provinces of Palaestina and Arabia: Realities and Change”

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch Break

IV – The New World of Christian Epigraphy

14.00: Claire SOTINEL (Paris): “How Christian is Christian Epigraphy?”

15.00: Lucy GRIG (Edinburgh): “Cultural Capital and Christianization:
the Metrical Inscriptions of Late Antique Rome”

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break

16.30: Final remarks

For further information, visit

Or contact Carlos Machado: carmachado AT

ED: SACE ancient languages summer school 2009

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Spaces are still available on our one and two week intensive courses in Latin, Greek and Egyptian.

Suitable for students aged 14+, the summer schools will provide those new to Classics and the Ancient World with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language of their choice, Greek, Latin, or Egyptian at Beginners level, while those with some linguistic experience will have the chance to consolidate their skills at Intermediate level (Greek and Latin only). Prospective Undergraduates and Postgraduates are also specifically catered for with intensive courses in either Greek or Latin from Beginners through to Intermediate level, and Egyptian (Beginners level only). These course are intended to provide students with valuable experience and a head-start in their chosen area of study at University.

All Greek and Latin programmes are available as a one week course (inc. 3 days tuition, 2 days private study time or optional excursions/themed lectures & activities) or an extended two week course (inc. 6 days tuition, 4 days private study or optional excursions/themed lectures & activities). Beginners Egyptian is available as a one week course only.

Full residential facilities, including accommodation, meals and refreshments are also available on request (students must be aged 17 or over).

We are also offering a range of themed lectures and cultural activities including a chance to visit the region’s best collection of neo-classical art, the Lady Lever Gallery in Port Sunlight, an artefact handling session in the Garstang Archaeology museum, and an ancient drama day organised by Kaloi k’Agathoi theatre company.

To help students with the costs of attending a limited number of bursaries funded by the John Percival Postgate trust and Friends of Classics are available. To apply please send a letter explaining why you would like to attend the 2009 Summer school accompanied by at least one academic reference to support your application.

For more information, booking details and bursay applications please contact:

Dr Eugenie Fernandes, School of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology, 12-14 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7WZ. Tel: 0151 7942312.

Email: Info AT

NOTE: Students wishing to attend as residential students must be aged 17yrs+ or accompanied by an adult.

Application forms are now available under DOWNLOADS at

Stephen A Flett
Room 3.07
12-14 Abercromby Square
University of Liverpool

CONF: Approaches to Ancient Medicine

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Newcastle University, 24-25 August 2009


Monday 24 August
12.00-13.00 Lunch and Registration
13.00-13.30 Erica Couto-Ferreira (University of Heidelberg)
The Anatomy of Birth in Mesopotamian Incantations and Literary Texts
13.30-14.00 Marzia Soardi (University of Palermo)
How to achieve good offspring: Aristotle’s Prescriptions
14.00-14.30 Jaroslav Danes (Charles University, Prague)
Are there any true theories of inheritance in the classical period?

14.30-14.45 Short break

14.45-15.15 Ca—ta—lin Enache (University of Vienna)
Fire and water as principles of the world in the Hippocratic treatise De victu
15.15-15.45 Hynek Bartos (Charles University, Prague)
Medicine without doctors? – The Hippocratic treatise De victu and its audience
15.45-16.15 Pilar Pérez Canizares (Newcastle University)
The sources of the Hippocratic treatise Affections

16.15-16.45 Tea/Coffee

16.45-17.15 Valeria Andò (University of Palermo)
Erotic dreams and female semen
17.15-17.45 Sylva Fischerová (Charles University, Prague)
The Europe-Asia antithesis in the Peri aeron hydaton topon as a scientific image and mythic heritage
17.45-18.15 Roberto Lo Presti (University of Palermo)
Origins of Knowledge: ‘Visible’ and ‘Invisible’ as categories of thought in the Hippocratics
18.15-18.45 Annette Frölich (University of Copenhagen)
Terra Sigillata – a drug in use for millenniums!

19.00- Drinks and Dinner

Tuesday 25 August
9.00-9.30 Robert Maltby (Leeds University) and
Maryanne Maltby (Anglia Ruskin University)
Celsus on Ears and Hearing
9.30-10.00 Aurélien Gautherie (University of Strasbourg)
An approach to Celsus’ transmission of medical knowledge in the De Medicina: the example of the figure of Asclepiades of Bithynia
10.00-10.30 Uwe Vagelpohl (Warwick University)
Reconfiguring Galen: Hunayn ibn Ishaq and the adaptation of Galenic medicine in the Arabic tradition
10.30-11.00 Anna Corrias (Warburg Institute, London)
Subtle bodies: ochêma, bile and images in the writings of Porphyry and Marsilio Ficino

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 Nadine Metzger (Newcastle University)
Not a daimon, but a severe illness’ – looking for the demon behind Ephialtes
12.00-12.30 Barbara Zipser (Royal Holloway College, London)
Compiling texts – Ps. Alexander de oculis and its sources
12.30-13.00 Val Knight (University of Manchester)
Humoral theory and the De podagra of Alexander Trallianus

13.15-14.30 Lunch in the Courtyard Restaurant (ground floor)

14.30 Departure

The conference is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Classical Association and the School of Historical Studies at Newcastle University.

For further information and online booking please visit the conference website

For information on booking please contact:
Melanie Kidd
Conference Support Officer
7th Floor, Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 (0)191 222 5807
Email: Melanie.Kidd AT

For further conference information please contact:
Professor Philip van der Eijk
Northern Centre for the History of Medicine
School of Historical Studies
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Tel. (+)44.191.2228262
Fax: (+)44.191.2228262 / 6484
email: philip.van-der-eijk AT

This Day in Ancient History

ante diem iv nonas junias

  • Saecular Games continue (day 2) — the celebration of Rome’s anniversary continues
  • 261 B.C. — death of Antiochus I Soter (I still have not been able to confirm this date)
  • 193 A.D. — recently-deposed emperor-for-a-little-while Didius Julianus is murdered

ED: Webinar with Helena Dettmer on Catullus’ Lesbia poems, June 17

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This is a reminder that Dr. Helena Dettmer of the University of Iowa will be leading a webinar on June 17, 6 – 8 PM Eastern, entitled, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Catullus’ Love Affair with Lesbia".

This webinar will focus largely on Catullus’ poems about Lesbia.  Part I will show how, with the exception of Poem 36, all the Lesbia poems in the second half of the polymetra can be viewed as negative or unflattering portrayals of Lesbia.  Part II will demonstrate how, conversely, the Lesbia poems in the second half of the elegiac epigrams build up to and culminate in the reconciliation of Catullus and Lesbia.  Part III of the webinar will focus on the Ariadne and Theseus episode in Poem 64 and will show how Catullus exploits Ariadne’s bitter feelings of betrayal and abandonment to reflect his own similar feelings with respect to his treatment by Lesbia.

This webinar is part of Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers’ summer webinar series for teacher development. To register online (and to see the rest of the summer line-up), please visit As with last year’s series, there is a $99.00 fee to attend. As all schools/districts handle professional development in different ways, so check with your school or district to see if this webinar will count towards your professional development units.

Please email me off-list at areinhard AT if you have any questions.

CONF: The Romance Between Greece and the East

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Programme for workshop 4 in the series:
The Romance Between Greece and the  East

June 23rd, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (seminar room)

10.30-11.00 coffee (in hall)
11.00-12.00 Martin Goodman, ‘The story of Izates (Josephus, AJ 20.17-96)’
12.00-1.00 Simon Goldhill, ‘Genre as Greco-Jewish contact zone’
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-2.30 Discussion, The testament of Joseph (= Testaments of the 12
patriarchs no. 11)
2.30-3.30 Eva Mussio, ‘Commentary in Fiction: Joseph & Aseneth between
Ancient Novel and biblical Exegesis’
3.30-3.45 tea
3.45-4.45 Erich Gruen, ‘Jews and Greeks as philosophers’
4.45-5.15 concluding discussion

To book your place please contact tim.whitmarsh AT

This Day in Ancient History

kalendas junias

  • rites in honour of Carna, a nymph who was somehow associated with the health of bodily organs
  • Saecular Games (day 1) — celebrating Rome’s thousand-year anniversary
  • 388 B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Mars (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 259 B.C. — dedication of a Temple of the Tempests near the porta Capena (and associated rites thereafter?)