This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iii kalendas octobres

ante diem iii kalendas octobres

ED: Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop 2010

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July 11 to 16, 2010, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
We will read selections from De orbe novo by the Italian humanist Peter Martyr of Angleria (1457-1526), the most important early account of Columbus’ voyages to the new world. This work was originally written in Latin, and was complete by 1501. Martyr did not travel to the new world himself, but did interview Columbus and his shipmates, as well as other players in the events. His Latin is not difficult, and the spare and straightforward style of this work could best be compared among classical works to Caesar’s commentaries.

Given the topic this year, a special invitation is extended to teachers and scholars interested in early contacts between Europe and the Americas who would like to read De Orbe Novo in the original.

INSTRUCTORS: Prof. Christopher Francese and Prof. Meghan Reedy, both of the Dickinson College Department of Classical Studies

TO APPLY: please contact Mrs. Barbara McDonald, mcdonalb AT by the application deadline May 1, 2010.

FEE: The fee for 2010 is $300, due in a check made out to Dickinson College, by the fee deadline June 1, 2010. Please send it to Mrs. Barbara McDonald, Department of Classical Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 17013. (The full cost is about twice that, but the workshop is subsidized by the Roberts Fund for Classical Studies.)


CONF: The Romance Between Greece and the East

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Booking for the conference ‘The Romance Between Greece and the East’, 12th-

13th December 2009, is now open. The venue will be the auditorium, Corpus
Christi College, Oxford.

The programme is pasted below. For full details and booking form please
visit the website at

Saturday 12th December

9.00-9.10 Welcome
9.10-10.25 Phiroze Vasunia (Reading) ‘History, empire and the novel’
10.25-11.40 Susan Stephens (Stanford) ‘Fictions of cultural authority’
11.40-12.00 Coffee
12.00-1.00 Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford) ‘Novel and diaspora’
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Pavlos Avlamis (Princeton) ‘There and back again: the
Lives of Aesop on the move’
3.00-4.15 Richard Hunter (Cambridge) ‘Prose at the margins’
4.15-4.45 Tea
4.45-6.00 Josef Wiesehöfer (Kiel) ‘Ctesias’

Sunday 13th December

9.00-10.15 Erich Gruen (Berkeley) ‘The book of Jonah as a comic
10.15-11.15 Jennie Barbour (Oxford) ‘The Eastern king in the Hebrew
bible: novelistic motifs in early Jewish literature’
11.15-11.45 Coffee
11.45-1.00 Ian Rutherford (Reading) ‘Greek fiction and Egyptian
fiction: Are they related and, if so, how?’
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Anna Lefteratou (Oxford) ‘Exchanging names and stories:
Semitic themes in Achilles Tatius’
3.00-4.15 Daniel Selden (University of California, Santa
Cruz) ‘Sikander and the idea of Iran’
4.15-4.45 Tea
4.45-5.30 Closing discussion

Assorted ASCSA Fellowships

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Study in Greece
Programs & Fellowships for 2010-2011

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Today, nearly 130 years later, it is still a teaching institution, providing graduate students a unique opportunity to study firsthand the sites and monuments of Greece. The School is also a superb resource for senior scholars pursuing research in fields ranging from antiquity to modern Greece, thanks to its internationally renowned libraries, the Blegen, dedicated to classical antiquity, and the Gennadius, which concentrates on the Greek world after the end of antiquity.


REGULAR MEMBERSHIP: Graduate students in classical and ancient Mediterranean studies or related fields (e.g., history of art, anthropology, prehistory, studies in post-classical Greece), who, preferably, have completed at least one year of graduate work. Competition is on the basis of transcripts, recommendations, and examinations. Up to 12 predoctoral fellowships offered for Regular Members for the nine-month program with a stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall on the School grounds, and waiver of School fees. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

STUDENT ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: Advanced graduate students in the same fields as for Regular Membership who plan to pursue independent research projects, and who do not wish to commit to the full Regular Program. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: Postdoctoral scholars with suitable research projects. Application should be made to the Director of the School in Athens. NO APPLICATION DEADLINE.

SUMMER SESSIONS MEMBERSHIP: Two six-week sessions explore the sites and museums in Greece. Open to graduate and undergraduate students and to high school and college teachers. The fee of $3,860 includes tuition, travel within Greece, room, and partial board. Scholarships available. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

ATHENIAN AGORA EXCAVATIONS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: Volunteers wishing to participate in the archaeological excavations of the Athenian Agora during the summer of 2010, for eight weeks beginning early June and continuing until early August.

Membership application to the School must be made online at <> at the same time you apply to any outside funding organization for work at the School.

ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS: Several School fellowships with a stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees are available to students who have completed the Regular Program or one year as a Student Associate Member. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19, 2010.

THE HARRY BIKAKIS FELLOWSHIP: North American or Greek graduate students researching ancient Greek law or Greek graduate students working on a School excavation. The $1,875 fellowship is awarded periodically. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel-to-collections award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students for projects and research at the Gennadius Library. At least one month of residency required. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s for work in the Gennadius Library. A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

THE JACOB HIRSCH FELLOWSHIP: For projects carried out in Greece, Ph.D. candidate from U.S. or Israel writing a dissertation or recent Ph.D. revising a dissertation for publication. A stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

WIENER LABORATORY FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowships awarded annually to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars working on well-defined projects in skeletal, faunal, geoarchaeological, or environmental studies. Stipends of $15,500 to $27,000. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

WIENER LABORATORY RESEARCH ASSOCIATESHIPS: Funding up to $7,000 for well-defined research projects at the laboratory. DEADLINES: APRIL 1, SEPTEMBER 1, DECEMBER 1.

WIENER LABORATORY TRAVEL GRANTS FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH IN GREECE: Travel grants of $2,000 for graduate students or postdoctoral scholars from North American institutions working on projects in archaeological science in Greece. DEADLINES: APRIL 1, SEPTEMBER 1, DECEMBER 1.


AIA THE ANNA C. AND OLIVER C. COLBURN FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s whose field is classical archaeology. Contact the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, MA. Applications completed on web site: <> . Stipend of $11,000. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

CAORC COULSON/CROSS AEGEAN EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Short-term fellowships for Greek nationals and scholars to pursue research in Turkey under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT). Stipend of $250 per week plus round-trip airfare. Send applications to ASCSA. DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2010.

CAORC MULTI-COUNTRY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS: Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars with research requiring travel to several countries with an American overseas research center. Applications at CAORC’s web site: <> . Stipends up to $9,000. DEADLINE: JANUARY 16, 2010.

FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIPS: Contact the Institute of International Education, at 809 United Nations Plaza, NY 10017 ( <> ) for an application and stipend information. Candidates must submit ASCSA application for Regular or Student Associate Membership by due date for Fulbright application. DEADLINE: OCTOBER 19, 2010.


GETTY RESEARCH EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS (CAORC): Travel and living expense stipend of up to $4,000 for no less than one month. Maximum total fellowship award is $4,000. Open to scholars who are Greek citizens and who have already obtained a Ph.D. or have professional experience in the study or preservation of cultural heritage and who wish to undertake a specific research project at an American overseas research center in another country. Funded by the Getty Foundation, the fellowships require scholars to affiliate with one of the approved overseas research centers in the Mediterranean Basin and Middle East. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

KRESS PUBLICATIONS FELLOWSHIPS: Postdoctoral scholars working on a Corinth or Agora publication. Grants for at least three months (up to $10,000) to a maximum of nine months (up to $30,000). DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2010.

NEH FELLOWSHIPS: Two to four awards for postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals being U.S. residents for three years before application deadline. Applicants must hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. Terms: Maximum stipend of $40,000. DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1, 2009.

For MORE information and TO APPLY ONLINE: Visit our web site at <>

or contact: ASCSA, 6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Tel: 609-683-0800 E-mail: ascsa AT

School programs are generally open to qualified students and scholars at colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Tel 609-683-0800
Fax 609-924-0578

JOB: Hellenist @ Kenyon College (2 year)

Kenyon College invites applications for a 2-year position in the
Department of Classics at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor,
effective July 1, 2010.

The successful candidate will teach both semesters of intensive
elementary Greek each year in addition to two other courses, which may
include upper level language courses, a survey of Greek history, or
other courses in translation. The candidate?s primary research
interest should be in Greek literature or Greek history. A Ph.D. in
hand is preferred, but not required. Applicants must be able to
demonstrate excellence in teaching.

To apply, please submit the following materials, using the online
application system at : (1) a cover
letter, detailing teaching approaches and experience as well as
research interests; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) graduate transcripts;
and (4) three letters of recommendation, at least one of which
addresses the candidate?s teaching abilities. Inquiries may be
directed to Professor Amber Scaife, the Chair of the Search Committee,
at scaifea AT or (740) 427-5679. To ensure full
consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2009.
Interviews will be conducted at the annual meeting of the APA in
Anaheim, January 6-9, 2010.

Kenyon College offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits
package that includes provisions for a spouse or domestic partner and
for dependents. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon welcomes
diversity and encourages the applications of women and minority

JOB: Director of Publications ASCSA

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Director of Publications, American School of Classical Studies, Princeton, New Jersey

The primary responsibilities of the Director of Publications include the overall direction and management of the Publications Office; overseeing the assignments of the editorial staff and freelance editors and designers; working with excavation directors and authors to develop and produce assigned monographs; collaborating with the Editor of /Hesperia/; overseeing marketing and distribution; negotiating financial arrangements with printers and fulfillment agencies; investigating alternative sources of funding for publications; and exploring and developing new avenues–digital or other–for American School publications.

The Director is also expected to oversee staff in the Publications Office; write regularly scheduled performance reviews; create and administer an annual departmental budget; prepare regular reports for the American School Managing Committee, Board of Trustees, and Committee on Publications; and maintain and expand the American School Publications web page. The Director works closely with the chair of the Committee on Publications and reports to the chair of the Managing Committee.

Requirements: BA degree, with an advanced degree preferred; at least five years managerial experience in a publishing environment; background in classical archaeology, Classics, ancient art, or a related field preferred; and demonstrated knowledge of digital publishing and current trends in scholarly communication.

Alongside archaeological exploration, teaching, and research, publication is one of the core missions of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Since its founding in 1881, the American School has published almost 250 books. These include major reports and studies on material culture recovered during excavations at the Athenian Agora, Ancient Corinth, and other sites that are essential reference works for all scholars of the ancient world. Since 1932, the American School has also published the award-winning quarterly journal Hesperia, one of the leading periodicals in the field. The increasingly digital nature of scholarship is transforming the nature of publication in this field, and the Director of Publications contributes to institution-wide initiatives to support new modes of scholarly communication.

The position is full-time, beginning as soon as is mutually convenient. Excellent benefits, pleasant working conditions in the Princeton, New Jersey Publications Office, occasional travel to Greece, and salary commensurate with experience. Applications will be accepted until October 16, 2009.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and at least two letters of recommendation to:
Professor Jon D. Mikalson
Chair, Committee on Publications
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
e-mail to application AT, marked "Publication Job Application" in the subject area.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment

CONF: Glasgow Research Seminar, 2009-10

Seen on the Classicists list:

Dear colleagues – Please find below the programme of
research seminars hosted by the Department of Classics at the University
of Glasgow for the coming session. As always, everyone is very welcome
to attend! Please do contact me if you have any queries about the
programme, or if you’d like to meet any of the speakers over dinner
following the seminar.
The full programme for 2009-10 is also available on our website:


Seminars take place at 5 p.m. (unless otherwise advertised) on alternate
Tuesdays during term in the Murray Room (Room 410), 65 Oakfield Avenue.
All are very welcome to attend, and to join us and the speaker for
drinks and dinner afterwards; for further details please contact Luke

29th September 2009 John Bollan (University of Glasgow)
Blood-stained Hearths and Altars: Religious Evocations of Violent Death
in the 80s BC

13th October 2009 Keith Rutter (University of Edinburgh)
Coins and Cultures in Western Sicily

27th October 2009 John Marincola (Florida State University)
Virgil and the Spoils of Empire

10th November 2009 Sarah Knight (University of Leicester)
Student Milton

24th November 2009 Michael Squire (Christ’s College, Cambridge)
Visualising Epic on the Iliad Tablets
Joint meeting with the Classical Association of Scotland Glasgow & West
Centre: meeting starts at 7:30pm.

8th December 2009 Richard King (University of Glasgow)
Individuals, Soul and Memory in the Philebus

19th January 2010 Maria Pretzler (Swansea University)
Skirting around Ithaka: Establishing Credibility in Ancient Travel

2nd February 2010 Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London)
Tacitus and the Ruins of Rome

16th February 2010 Karla Pollmann (University of St. Andrews)
Christianizing Epicurus: Reception, Norm and Ideology in Latin Late

2nd March 2010 Lisa Hau (University of Glasgow)
The Narrator and Narratee in Diodorus Siculus

16th March 2010 Stephen Heyworth (Wadham College, Oxford)
locum tua tempora poscunt: Topography in Ovid’s Fasti

JOB: Charles Tesoriero Lectureship in Latin (UNew England – Australia)



The multi-disciplinary School of Humanities at the University of New England has enjoyed a vibrant research culture and an enviable reputation in teaching over many decades.
We are seeking an appointee who can actively contribute to a School with strengths in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History, Classical Languages, Philosophy, Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, Political and International Studies and Studies in Religion.

The successful applicant will be expected to follow a research program in Latin, to teach Latin at all undergraduate levels (from ab initio to Honours), and to supervise Honours and Postgraduate Research students. A commitment to work as part of a team to develop innovative and flexible approaches to teaching classical languages to both on-campus and distance education students is also required.
Applicants must have: a PhD in Latin or a related area; a commitment to teaching at tertiary level; and an emerging research and publication profile. The ability to teach Greek and/or Ancient History and/or Studies in Religion is desirable, as is the willingness to contribute to interdisciplinary teaching approaches within the School. The willingness to contribute to the development of strands offered online in ecclesiastical Latin and New Testament Greek would also be desirable.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Lynda Garland, phone: (02) 6773 2794 or email: headshum AT For further information about the School visit:

Salary: $68,796 to $81,535 per annum (Lecturer)
plus 17% employer superannuation and optional salary packaging

Closing Date: 6 October 2009

Reference No: 209/XXX

An application package, including selection criteria that must be addressed, may be obtained from or by phoning Human Resource Services, (02) 6773 3972. Applications will be received up to 5pm on the closing date.

CONF: Zoroastrianism in the Levant

Seen on Aegeanet:

Aram Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is inaugurating a series of
conferences on the subject of "Zoroastrianism". These will be held every
four years at the University of Oxford. The first in the series will take
place in 2010 and explore how "Zoroastrianism in the Levant" interacted with
Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Gnosticism and ancient Near Eastern
non-biblical religions. Other papers on Zoroastrianism outside the Levant
may be accepted if they include elements relevant to the main theme of the

Scholars are invited to submit papers in one of two categories:
1. Academic research in a paper allotted 45 minutes including discussion.
2. Short academic interventions presenting work in progress or brief notes
on the subject lasting 25 minutes including discussion.

Aram Society will form a scientific advisory committee to help with the
organisation of the conference and the editing of conference proceedings for
publication. We will confirm that we have received your proposal on receipt
of an abstract that should include the main sources consulted for the paper
and the time needed to deliver the communication. In order to allow for
discussion participants should speak for 35 or 20 minutes.

Papers will be accepted from accredited academics in the field and please
note that the committee will be very strict in only accepting papers
relevant to the conference theme. Finally the organising committee reserves
the right to reduce the length of a paper if necessary and all papers
submitted for publication are accepted subject to peer review.

All queries should be addressed to the conference secretary Dr Shafiq

Aram Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, the Oriental Institute, Oxford
University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. ++1865-514041. Fax
++1865-516824. Email: aram AT