CONF: Round Table on Bronze Age Aegean Warfare

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Round Table on Bronze Age Aegean Warfare

University of Athens, 12-13 December 2009

The archaeology of warfare in the Bronze Age Aegean has been a favourite subject of research during past decades. Several sub-fields have been explored, such as technologies of weapons, representations and symbolism, burial customs, fortifications and the archaeology of trauma, amongst others. The year 2009 marks ten years since the publication of the Polemos (Aegaeum 19) volumes; since then, methodologies have developed, new finds have been discovered and important publications have enriched the scholarship on the subject.

In seeking to better comprehend the various aspects of Bronze Age warfare in the Aegean, a Round Table will take place in Athens on the 12th and 13th of December 2009. This workshop aims to bring together experts and scholars from diverse but related disciplines, present new information and provide a forum for constructive and fruitful discussion. Chronologically, the periods covered include the entire Bronze Age (from the Third Millennium down to 12th century B.C.) and geographically the whole of the Aegean region, including the coast of Asia Minor.

The workshop will be divided into the following sessions: Technology of weapons, burial customs and mortuary practices, iconography, theory of violence, fortifications and human osteology. Speakers include: T. Alusic, M. Georgiadis, Th. Giannopoulos, K.. Grigoropoulos, K. Harrell, M. Ivanova, B. Molloy, A. Nafplioti, S. OBrien, A. Papadopoulos, R. Schon, S. K. Smith and M. Liston, Th. Tselios and Ch. Vonhoff. The opening lecture will be given by Prof. S. Iakovidis.

The event will take place under the auspices of the Department of Archaeology and History of Art, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. There is no registration fee and it will be open to the public. The venue will be the Drakopoulos Conference Theatre of the University of Athens.

For further information, please contact us at warfare.workshop2009 AT or visit and for regular updates.

CONF: Moisa Epichorios: Regional Music and Musical Regions, Ravenna 1-3 October 2009

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(Moisa – International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage
IIIrd Annual Meeting)


Sala conferenze Dipartimento di Storie e Metodi per la Conservazione dei Beni Culturali
Via degli Ariani, 1 – Ravenna, Italy

Provisional Programme

Thursday, October 1st

14.30 Welcome and Opening Address

Ist Session – Local and Panhellenic in a Mobile Mediterranean

15.30 Ian Rutherford (Reading) – Local song versus Panhellenic song: a false dichotomy?
16.00 David Fearn (Warwick) – Choral Lyric and Sculpture: Local and Panhellenic Dimensions

16.30 Discussion

16.45 Barbara Kowalzig (London) – Arion in the West: musical innovation, trade and civic communities in the Archaic Mediterranean
17.15 Stelios Psaroudakis (Athens) – Musical instruments of the ancient Hellenes: inventions, influences and infiltrations
17.45 Andrew Barker (Birmingham) – Migrating myths: the case of the Libyan aulos

18.05 Discussion

18.30 Nina Almazova (St. Petersburg) – A Lyre on the ground: a vase-painting from the State Hermitage
18.45 Stefan Hagel (Wien) – Ptolemy’s homalón – a clue to local music?

19.05 Discussion
19.30 Welcome Drink

Friday, October 2nd

IInd Session – Athens the Epicentre?

8.30 Lucia Prauscello (Cambridge) and Peter Wilson (Sydney) – New Music coming into Athens rather than going out of it (tbc)
9.00 Edith Hall (London) – The geopolitics of metrical form in 5th-century Athenian theatre
9.30 Sheila Murnaghan (UPenn) – The Muse’s return: the restoration of foreign music in Athenian drama
Poster Ellen Van Keer (Brussels) – Local interpretations of mythical traditions about the music of aulos: texts and images

9.50 Discussion

10.15 Daniela Castaldo (Lecce) – Musical evidences in non-Attic pottery
10.45 Maria Broggiato (Rome) – Eratosthenes, Icaria and the origins of tragedy

11.05 Discussion
11.15 Break

IIIrd Session – ‘Orientalism’

11.45 Timothy Power (Rutgers) – Call of the wild: drums, cymbals, and ritual noise in classical Athens’ theatre
12.15 Mariella De Simone (Salerno-Naples) – La musica lidia nelle fonti greche: rappresentazioni ideologiche e dinamiche interculturali

12.35 Discussion

12.50 Anna Chiara Fariselli (Bologna-Ravenna) – Per un recupero del “sapere musicale” fenicio e punico attraverso le fonti scritte
13.10 Nicola Cucuzza (Genoa) – Musica a Creta fra Età del Bronzo ed epoca arcaica

13.30 Discussion
14.00 Lunch

IVth Session – The Peloponnese: Arkadia and Sparta

15.00 David Creese (British Columbia) – Even in Arcadia? Timotheus, Philoxenus and the geography of musical conservatism in the Second Sophistic
Posters Amedeo Visconti (Naples) – Una regione e la sua musica: il caso dell’Arcadia
Gianfranco Mosconi (Rome) – Note musicali a Polibio, iv 20-21: Eforo, gli Arcadi, la ‘vera musica’ del passato e la musica ‘nuova’

15.30 Claude Calame (Paris) – Traditions locales de la poésie érotique grecque: rituels musicaux à Sparte et à Lesbos au VIe siècle
16.00 Timothy Barnes (Toronto) – Lakonismos: the local transmission of the text of Alcman
16.20 Maria Paola Funaioli (Bologna-Ravenna) – Le canzoni spartane dell’esodo della Lisistrata (vv. 1244-72 e 1296-fin.)

16.40 Discussion
17.00 Break

Vth Session – Ancient Italy: Magna Grecia and Etruria

17.30 Antonella Provenza (Palermo) – The paean and Apollo’s cult in Magna Graecia: music therapy among the Early Pythagoreans
18.00 Marina F.A. Martelli (Milan) – L’italica armonia di Senocrate di Locri
Posters Angela Bellia (Palermo) – Mito, musica e rito nelle raffigurazioni dei pinakes del Persephoneion di Locri Epizefirii (VI – V sec. a.C.)
Anna Di Giglio (Foggia) – Strumenti a percussione nel mondo greco e magno greco: testimonianze letterarie e iconografiche
Giancarlo Germanà (Syracuse) – Gli dèi, gli uomini e la musica: analisi di un tema iconografico nelle importazioni attiche a Gela tra il VI ed il V secolo a.C.

18.20 Discussion

18.40 Carolyn Bowyer (London) – Etruscan trumpets
Poster Emiliano Li Castro (Viterbo) – Il cuore nascosto di Diòniso

19.00 Discussion
20.30 Dinner

Saturday, October 3rd

VIth Session – Musical Sanctuaries: Delphi, Epidauros, Ephesos

9.00 Egert Pöhlmann (Erlangen) – Poetry and music in Apollo’s sanctuary in Delphi from the 7th to the 2nd century B.C.
9.30 Pauline Le Ven (Yale) – Singing out of place: Isyllus’ paean to Epidaurian Asclepius

9.50 Discussion

10.10 Marcus Mota (Brasilia) – Fragments of an Archaic and noisy city: the soundscape of Ephesus according to Heraclitus

10.30 Discussion
10.50 Break

VIIth Session – Patronage and Locality

11.20 John Franklin (Vermont) – Kinyras and the musical stratigraphy of Early Cyprus
11.40 Federicomaria Muccioli (Bologna-Ravenna) – Culti cantati e culti musicali per i sovrani ellenistici. Prodromi, aspetti e problemi
Poster Paola Dessì (Bologna) – Musica nell’Egitto di Tolemeo Filadelfo
12.00 Giambattista D’Alessio (London) – L’ iscrizione lirica di Eraclea

12.30 Final Discussion
13.00 Lunch

The programme is also posted at and on the “Moisa” website (

Thanks to the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, three student bursaries at £ 100 are available for students from the UK wishing to attend the conference. Please contact barbara.kowalzig AT if you would like to apply.

For further information please contact donatella.restani AT and barbara.kowalzig AT

For information on travel and accommodation please contact the organization bureau directly:
Tel. 0544 936711 – fax 0544 936717
crossi AT
maddalena.roversi AT
eleonoraxconti AT

CFP: Classical Representations in Popular Culture

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The Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association will once
again be sponsoring a session on CLASSICAL REPRESENTATIONS IN POPULAR
CULTURE at the 31st Annual meeting to be held February 10-13, 2010 at
the Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico
(330 Tijeras, Albuquerque NM 87102; tel. 505.842.1234).

Papers on any aspect of Greek and Roman antiquity in contemporary
culture are eligible for consideration. Papers focused on the following
themes are particularly welcome:

-Classics on the internet
-Classics and Western film
-Classic sword and sandal films
-Classical themes in contemporary art
-Classical references in popular music
-Classical references in advertising and marketing
-Roman history in contemporary literature and film
-Classical representations in popular culture and pedagogy
-Contemporary representations of Greek and Roman women

Other possible topics include (but are not limited to): film versions of
ancient myths; modern adaptations of Classical material in film,
television, music, or literature; the Classical heroic figure in modern
film or literature; Classical period historical fiction in modern film
or literature; Greek epic or drama in popular culture; and Greek and
Roman mythology in children’s film, television, or literature.
Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes.

Submit abstracts of 500 words or fewer to Kirsten Day at
kirstenday AT The priority deadline for abstract submissions is
NOVEMBER 1, 2009, and the final deadline is DECEMBER 15, 2009.

Information about the site, travel, graduate student awards, guest
speakers, special events, a complete list of areas, and other conference
matters can be found on the conference website:

CONF: London Roman Art and Ancient History Seminars

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In autumn of 2009 the London Roman Art and Ancient History Seminars are
joining forces to host the following seminars (there will be no Roman art
seminars in the spring). If you have any queries, please feel free to get
in touch with Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe or myself. I can provide illustrated
notices as an attachment for anyone who wishes. PS

London Ancient History/
Roman Art Seminar
Autumn 2009

All seminars on Thursdays at 4.30pm,
in the Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art,
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN.

1 October Blair Fowlkes Childs (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU)
The Dolichenum on the Aventine: Archaeological
Evidence, Cult Rituals, and Topographical Considerations

8 October Dr Elizabeth Macaulay Lewis (University of Oxford)
Architecture and Garden: A study in Roman space

15 October Prof Marc Waelkens (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven)
Sagalassos and Rome

29 October Dr Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham)
The Colour Purple in Ancient Rome

5 November Dr Jane Fejfer (Copenhagen)
Marble Mania: Sculptural Materiality and Roman Cyprus

19 November Dr Jon Coulston (University of St Andrews)
Still Life in Stone? Roman Triumph and Barbarian Defeat
on the Pedestal Reliefs of Trajan’s Column

26 November Prof Paul Zanker (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
Living with Myths in Pompeii and Beyond

All are welcome!
Enquiries: contact sophie.lunn-rockliffe AT or peter.stewart AT

CONF: Ancient ³Unspeakable Vice² and Modern Pedagogy (APA 2011)

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Ancient ³Unspeakable Vice² and Modern Pedagogy:

Talking about Homosexuality in Classical Antiquity in the 21st Century

2011 Annual Meeting of the APA, San Antonio, TX

Sponsored by the Lambda Classical Caucus. Organized by Konstantinos P.
Nikoloutsos (Berea College) and John P. Wood (University of

In E. M. Foster¹s novel Maurice, published posthumously in 1971 and
turned into a film in 1987, two young men in early 20th century England,
strongly attracted to each other, attend a class at Cambridge University
during which they translate Plato¹s Symposium. When a student reaches a
passage on same-sex love, the instructor says in a flat toneless voice:
³Omit: a reference to the unspeakable vice of the Greeks.²

Although a century later the picture has changed and ancient accounts of
homosexuality are more freely discussed in academia, prejudice against
and misinformation on the sexual practices of the Greeks and Romans
continue to persist. The 2011 LCC panel is soliciting papers that
discuss the challenges of teaching such texts at university level and
provide feedback on the responses they provoke among students. Questions
that individual papers may address include but are not limited to the

€ What pedagogical methods and interpretive tools (e.g., social theory,
feminist theory, queer theory, psychoanalytical theory) do we employ in
teaching what is nowadays considered to be nonnormative sexuality?
€ What are the sources that we regularly use to demonstrate the sexual
plurality of the ancient world and increase awareness about the
nonuniversality of modern sexual practices? Are some texts less suitable
than others? What are the criteria for creating a textual canon, if any
(e.g., the content of the piece, the complexity of ideas expressed in
it, its author and genre, the familiarity of the students with it, or
simply a personal fondness of the instructor for a particular text)?

€ What are the benefits of exposing students to ancient texts that are
critical of same-sex desire?

€ How do we effectively teach the transition (in terms of both
similarity and difference) from Greek and Roman sexual ethics to that of
late antiquity described in the texts of the Church Fathers? How do we
incorporate Greek and Roman accounts in a syllabus on homosexuality
throughout the ages?

€ How can we draw on ancient attitudes to homosexuality to inform modern
debates on homophobia, xenophobia, racism, and same-sex marriage?

Abstracts of one page in length are due by February 1, 2010. Please do
not send abstracts to the panel organizers. Email them to Nancy
Rabinowitz at nrabinow All abstracts will be refereed
anonymously. Questions can be addressed to Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos
at Konstantinos_Nikoloutsos AT

[cateogory conferences]

CONF: Trade Commerce and the State

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The Oxford Roman Economy Project will be hold a confererence on Trade, Commerce and the State on 1-3 October, 2009 at the Stelios Ioannou Centre for Research in Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford.
For the programme and instructions of registration, please see:

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