CONF: Oikos Familia Gothenburg Nov 09

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Below is a the programme for OIKOS FAMILIA The Family in Antiquity: Framing the discipline in the 21st Century.

For more information and registration forms please contact: arachne AT

You can also contact us directly: Mary Harlow m.e.harlow AT Ray Laurence r.laurence AT Lena Larsson Loven lena.larsson AT


14.00 Registration opens
15.00 Opening of the conference and Welcome

Opening keynote lecture Mark Golden (Winnipeg): The future of the Ancient Greek Family

15.45 – 16.15: Coffee

Session I: The construction of kinship: Methods and Texts

Saskia Hin Building States, Building Families:
Birgitta Leppänen Sjöberg: Classical oikos as site for intersectionality
Ann-Cathrin Harders: Beyond domus and oikos: kinship studies
Emily Varto: The Classical Prototypes of Kinship

Session II: Marriage and Children – a family’s hope for the future or a disappointment

Keynote address: Christian Laes: Disabled children in Gregory of Tours

Maria Constantinou: The Dissolution of Marriage: evidence from marriage contracts and divorce documents in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
Jayne Draycott: Healthcare at home in Roman Egypt
Rebecca Gowland & Rebecca Redfern: Childhood Health at the core and periphery of Roman world


Session III: Visualising the Ancient Family

Amalia Avramidou: Depictions of women and children pre-classical Corinth
Sandra Karlsson: Family images in Hellenistic funerary art
Jason Manders: Mors Immatura. Portraits of Children on Roman Funerary monuments
Margherita Carucci: Visualising daughters in the Roman Family
Jeannine Uzzi Ethnicity and Sexuality: the non-Roman family and the Roman gaze

Session VI: Religion and the Family

William Bubelis: Not the Oikos: Priesthoods and Succession in Classical Athens
Nicholas Kalospyros: Towards the Allegory of the Oikos: The family and cognates in Philo Judaeus
Katariina Mustakallio:The Sacred Couple in the Roman Context
Outi Sihvonen Vestal Virgins – Members of Two Different Families?
K.B. Neutal: Importance of Familia to Paul and his audience

Session V Commemoration of Family Members in the Roman West

Key note address: Maureen Carroll:“No part in earthly things”. The death, burial and commemoration of newborns and infants in Roman Italy

Linnéa Johansson:The Cult of the Genius as a Way of Commemoration
Francesco Trifilò: Vixit Annis: Regional Patterns and Commemoration
Sabine Armani Nieces and Nephews in Inscriptions from the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire

12.00 -13.30 LUNCH

Session VI The Greek Family

Florence Gherchanoc :Birth festivals in classical Athens
Elke Hartmann: The Concept of the Kyreia in Classical Athens
Agnieszka Kotlińska-Toma: Woman as the Pillar of the Family in Greek Funerary Epigrams
Sara Saba: Family and City Policy
Brenda Griffiths-Williams: Continuity and Conflict in Athenian Inheritance disputes

Session VII Female roles in the Roman family

Marja-Leena Hänninen: Gender, age and status in the Roman wedding
Karen Hersch: Not on the guest list: changing conceptions of the Roman family nuptial riutal
Dimitrios Mantzilas: Laudationes Mulierum as a source for the Roman Family
Pamela Johnston: Family Advisory Councils in the Roman Republic
Hanne Sigismund Nielsen: Who invented the univira?

Session VIII Greek and Roman childhood and adolescence

Mark Golden: Other People’s Children
Evrydiki Tasopoulou When Animals Show the Way: parenting and the emotional development of children in Classical Greece
Judit Pásztókai-Szeöke: Mother shrinks and child grows
Janette McWilliam : Aesthetics of Violence and Representations of Roman Children
Claude-Emanuell Challet Centlivres: Youth in Pliny the Younger: Traditional Gender Roles and Beyond

17.15 Keynote lecture Natalie Kampen (New York): Pompeian Painting and Domestic Emotions

18.00 Wine reception

SATURDAY 7th November

Session IX Roman and Early Medieval Family: across the generations

Liz Gloyn: Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House: The Family as a Philosophical Ideal in Seneca
Ville Vuolanto: Grandmothers and familial power in late antiquity
Emma Southon: Fatherhood in Late Antique Gaul
Photis Vasilou: The Brother-father and sister-mother: biological and constructed relationships in the works of Gregory of Nyssa
Eve Davies: The Life Course and the Family in the Byzantine Empire
Chris Callow: The family from late antiquity to early medieval west 300-600

Session X Agency, economics and domesticity

Justin Walsh: Artefact assemblages and human agency in ancient house
Lindsay Penner: Female workers in aristocratic Roman Columbaria
Lovisa Brännstedt: Familia urbana of Livilla Drusilla
John Starks: Actresses and the Roman family
Anna Sparreboom: Wet-Nursing in the Roman Empire
April Pudsey: Widows and familial networks in Roman Egypt

Session XI Dynastic, powerful Hellenistic and Roman families

Omar Coloru Family dynamics in Seleucid dynasty
Agneta Fulinska: Family Ties in Dynastic Propaganda of the Ptolemies
Jesper Carlsen: The Ahenobarbi and Calvini in Late Republican and Augustan Rome
David Salvo: The use of betrothals, marriages, divorces in the making on an imperial dynasty: the case of the Julio- Claudian dynasty
Gwyneath McIntyre: The creation of a dynasty: Adoption and deification in the Antonine family
Shaun Tougher: Imperial blood: Family relationships in the dynasty of Constantine the Great

12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH

Session XII Etruscan and Pre-Roman Family

Key note addres: Marjatta Neilsen: Etruscan familes – the deand and the living
Jenny Högström Berntson: Women, Children and Votives in Magna Graecia
Elisa Perego: Iron Age and early Roman Veneto
Rafael Scopacasa: Familial Segregation and Communal Drinking in Ancient Appenine Italy

Session XIII Families in Greek literature and drama

Tom Garvey: The House of Nestor
James O’Maley: Homosphrosyne in the Odyssey
Aspasia Skouroumoni: Inside and Out: The Dynamics of Domestic Space in Euripides’ Andromache
Dimitira Kokkini: Euripides Heracles Mainomeons: Domesticating the litmate hero

Session XIV Family members and politics in ancient texts

Sophia Panaretou: Who was Brauro?
Bryan Natali: Infelix Dido, nun te facta impía tangunt? Putting Dido in her political Context
Ida Östenberg: Killing Fathers: The title Pater Patriae and the deaths of Cicero and Caesar
Nani Moro: Violence and Maltreatment in the Roman Family: The Case of Tiberius Claudius

16.30. – 17.00 Concluding summary: Framing the discipline in the 21st century.

18.30 Concluding Dinner

CONF: Lampeter Seminars

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Details below of this term’s Classics research seminars, including KYKNOS seminars ( All welcome.

KYKNOS seminars begin at 6pm; all others at 5.15pm. All seminars are in the Roderick Bowen seminar room.

15/10 Prof. Judith Mossman (Nottingham) : ‘Plutarch and the Philosophy of Language: The Case of Naming.’ KYKNOS

22/10 Prof. Christopher Pelling (Christ Church, Oxford) : ‘Learning from that violent schoolmaster….: Thucydidean intertextuality and some Greek accounts of Roman civil war.’ KYKNOS

29/10 Dr Marta Garcia Morcillo (Leicester/Lampeter) : ‘The Roman Estate Market: Economic Strategies between Politics and Morality.’

05/11 Evelien Bracke (Maynooth/Lampeter) : ‘Male Power, Treason, and Plot: Argonautic metis in Euripides’ Medea 1-48.’ KYKNOS

12/11 Estelle Strazdins (Balliol, Oxford) : ‘Arrian as self-commentator.’

19/11 Dr Tony Keen (Open University) : ‘From Constantine to Palpatine: Classics, Science Fiction and Reception.’

26/11 Glenn Lacki (St Hugh’s, Oxford) : ‘Exile and the Double Heroides.’

03/12 Philippa Bather (Manchester) : ‘Ancestry as Literary Tradition in Horace and Ovid.’

10/12 Dr Steven Green (Leeds) : ‘Astrological Discretion in Augustan Literature.’

CONF: Xenophon in a New Voice (at NYU)

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The NYU Center for Ancient Studies presents the annual Rose-Marie
Lewent Conference on Ancient Studies, “XENOPHON IN A NEW VOICE,”
Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 5:30PM.

The conference will take place in Hemmerdinger Hall, Room 102, Silver
Center for Arts and Science, 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place
(wheelchair accessible), New York, NY.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, and seating is by
general admission.

MATTHEW S. SANTIROCCO, Seryl Kushner Dean, College of Arts and
Science, and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies, New York

Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and
Theory of Democracy, NYU

Independent Scholar, Contributor, “The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika”

Independent Scholar, Editor, “The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika”

Chief Executive Office, Creative Good; Founder, Reading Odyssey

For more information about the event, please see details below, visit, or contact the College

Dean’s Office at 212.998.8100;
kenkidd AT

JOB: Generalist @ Macalester College (tenure track)

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Macalester College invites applications for a tenure-track position in the
Department of Classics at the level of Assistant Professor. Candidates must
be able to teach Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels.
Areas of research and pedagogical interest should add to a thriving and
interdisciplinary undergraduate Classics department. Our foremost interest
is in Greek literature and literary studies, but attractive additional
strengths include the geographic areas of Anatolia or Egypt, late antiquity,
Byzantine studies, other languages of the ancient Near East, material
culture, and/or issues of ethnicity and identity in the ancient

We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in both
teaching and research in a liberal arts setting and committed to working
with students of diverse backgrounds. The Classics Department sponsors
multiple study and research opportunities abroad and is deeply committed to
the College’s distinctive mission of educational excellence with a special
emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Macalester College is a selective, private liberal arts college in the
Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, whose vital and diverse urban
communities offer multiple opportunities for faculty and student engagement.
The College enrolls over 1800 students from all 50 states plus the District
of Columbia and almost 80 countries. As an Equal Opportunity employer
supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve a diverse workforce, the
College strongly encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented minority groups. For further information about the
position, contact the department chair Beth Severy-Hoven (
severy AT or visit the College Web site (

To apply, go to and electronically submit
a letter of application, a C.V., a graduate school transcript, and a
statement of teaching philosophy and interests. Also, arrange for three
references to upload letters to accompany the application. If you or your
references prefer to mail your application, please send them to: Classics
Department Search, Macalester College, Classics Department, 1600 Grand
Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105. Applications should be received by October 15 to
receive fullest consideration, but will be accepted until the position is

CFP: Engendering Reception: From Penelope to Atwood’s Penelopiad

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Call For Papers: Engendering Reception: From Penelope to Atwood’s Penelopiad

University of Toronto, April 24-25 2010

The Classics Graduate Student Association of the University of Toronto
invites abstracts for a graduate conference on the theme Engendering
Reception, to be held in Toronto on April 24-25, 2010. Our keynote
speaker will be Susanna Braund, Canada Research Chair in Latin Poetry
and its Reception, University of British Columbia.

This conference aims to consider the role gender plays in reception
both within antiquity and beyond. What does it mean when Catullus and
Horace imitate Sappho? How are epic heroines and villains portrayed in
other genres? How is gender played out in later imitations of Greek
and Roman literature (e.g. Racine’s Phèdre)? What are the issues
facing contemporary women writers (such as Margaret Atwood or Anne
Carson) who deal with classical topics? Our conference hopes to
explore these questions, as well as more broadly theoretical issues.

Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Intertextual heroines in antiquity
• The reception of female authors in the ancient world
• The use of a “female voice” by male authors
• The interaction of historical and literary female characters
• Women and the history of classical scholarship
• Women and the acquisition of Classical education in the 19th
and early 20th centuries
• Gender and the contemporary reception of the classics
• Masculinity and reception

Papers should last between 15-20 minutes. Abstracts of c.200-300 words
(excluding bibliography) should be sent as attachments (in .doc or
.pdf form) to engenderingreception AT As all abstracts will be
reviewed anonymously, no identifying information should appear on the
abstract itself.

We welcome submissions from students of all areas of classical
studies, as well as students from other disciplines, including art
history, history, archaeology, philosophy, comparative literature,
religious studies, women’s and gender studies, drama, and politics.

The deadline for submissions is 8 JANUARY 2010. Please note that
submission of an abstract carries with it a commitment to attend.
Accepted presenters will be notified by email by 29 January.

Interested students are invited to join the conference’s Facebook
group: Queries and
indications of interest should be directed to the conference
Cillian O’Hogan, cillian.ohogan AT
Melanie Racette-Campbell, melanie.racette.campbell AT

CONF: Rome in Bloomsbury

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Rome in Bloomsbury Fall 2009: Water, water, everywhere

Dr Zena Kemash, Magdalen College, Oxford
October 6th, 2009, 1pm, Birkbeck, Malet Street room 153
The Social Meanings of Water Technology in the Roman Near East

Dr Eleanor Ghey, British Museum
October 20th, 2009, 1pm, Birkbeck, Malet Street room 153
Immersed in the Gods: Bath Houses on Temple Sites

Dr Andy Merrills, University of Leicester
November 3rd, 2009, 1pm, Birkbeck, Malet Street room 153
Roman Nile-ism: Describing and Depicting the Nile in the Late Republic and Early Principate

Dr Hannah Friedman, Oxford Roman Economy Project
November 17th, 2009, 1pm, Birkbeck, Malet Street room 153
Canals and Connectivity: Infrastructure Costs in the Roman Empire

All welcome. Seminars are an hour in length, including time for discussion.
For further information contact Jen Baird, j.baird AT or Meredith Wiggins,
meredithwiggins AT

CONF: Keeling Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 11-13 November 2009

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The eighth Keeling colloquium, on Self-Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy, will take place on 11-13 November 2009.

Provisional timetable:

Wednesday 11 November
10.30-1 M.M. McCabe (King’s College London) From the cradle to the cave: what happened to self-knowledge in the Republic?
Respondent: Amber Carpenter (York)
3-6 Aryeh Kosman (Haverford) Self-knowledge and self-control in the Charmides: the self as object and companion
Respondent: Amber Carpenter (York)

Thursday 12 November
10-1 Melissa Lane (Princeton) Weakness of virtue, not will: Plato on self-knowledge and akrasia
Respondent: Miriam Leonard (UCL)
3-6 Tad Brennan (Cornell) Reading Plato’s Mind
Respondent: Miriam Leonard (UCL)

Friday 13 November
10-1 Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (Paris) Self-perception and perception of one’s body in Stoicism
Respondent: Chris Gill (Exeter)
3-6 Gwenaëlle Aubry (Paris) An alternative to Cartesianism? Plotinus’s theory of the Self and its posterity in Ralph Cudworth
Respondent: Chris Gill (Exeter)

The meetings on Wednesday and Thursday will be in room 106, first floor, Gordon House (entry from Gordon Street). The Friday meetings will be in the Garden Room on the ground floor of the Bernard Katz building; entry is simplest from Gower Street, and when you reach the "auto-icon" of Jeremy Bentham, it’s through the doors just beside him.

No registration or prior notification is required from those attending; please just turn up. Apart from speakers and respondents, those attending are asked to make their own arrangements for meals, and for accommodation if required.

JOB: Latin Lit @ UW-M

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The Department of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
invites applications for an open-rank faculty position in Latin
literature, with an emphasis on prose, to begin fall semester, 2010.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the time of the appointment,
demonstrated excellence in scholarly research and publication, and
possess a broad interest in both graduate and undergraduate teaching.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach a full range of
courses, including Latin language and literature, literature in
translation, and Roman civilization, as well as to advise M.A. theses
and Ph.D. dissertations. We welcome special interests in linguistics,
historiography, rhetoric, or cultural studies.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vitae, and at
least three letters of recommendation to Professor Laura McClure,
Chair, Department of Classics, University of Wisconsin胞adison, 1220
Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706. (Applicants at the senior
level need only submit the names of three references.)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by
December 1, 2009. Interviews will be conducted at the APA in Anaheim.

For further information about the department, please view our website:

Inquiries may be directed to Laura McClure (lmcclure AT Unless
confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the
applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be
guaranteed confidentiality and employment may require a criminal
background check. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an EOE/AA

JOB: Generalist @ NIU

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The Department of History at Northern Illinois University invites

for an anticipated tenure-track assistant professorship
in Ancient Mediterranean History beginning August 16, 2010. Ph.D.
required at time of appointment; teaching experience preferred.
Ability to teach upper-division undergraduate courses in Ancient
Greece, Ancient Near East, and Ancient Rome; survey course in
Western Civ to 1500; and graduate courses in area of expertise. The
department and the university are committed to the principle of
diversity and encourage applications from candidates who can
contribute to this objective. Send letter of application, C.V.,
official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, teaching
portfolio, and a chapter-length writing sample to Professor Nancy M.
Wingfield, Chair, Ancient History Search Committee, Department of
History, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. No
electronic submissions please. Review of applications will begin on
October 30 and continue until the position is closed. NIU is an AA/
EEO Institution.

CONF: Edinburgh Classics Research Seminars

Edinburgh Classics Research Seminars

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Semester 1

Week 1
23 Sep 09
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Faculty Room South:
‘Homecomings and departures’

Week 2
30 Sep 09
‘The ghosts of Pompeii’

Week 3
7 Oct 09
PROF. JOHN MARINCOLA (Florida State/Edinburgh
‘Contextualising Hellenistic historiography’

Week 4
14 Oct 09
DR. ELIZABETH BARTMAN (Independent scholar)
‘Ethnicity in Roman portraiture’

Week 5
21 Oct 09
‘Maenads and Men’

Week 6
28 Oct 09
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Faculty Room South:
PROF. JOHN MARINCOLA (Florida State/Edinburgh)
‘Plutarch and the Persian wars: myth, history and identity in Roman Greece’

Week 7
4 Nov 09
‘Credible triumph? Presenting barbarian defeat on the pedestal reliefs of Trajan’s Column’

Week 8
11 Nov 09
DR. ST JOHN SIMPSON (British Museum)
‘Ancient Iran in the British Museum: collections, displays and research’

Week 9
18 Nov 09
PROF. YAN SHAOXIANG (Capital Normal University Beijing)
‘Greek and Roman History in China’

Week 10
25 Nov 09
‘Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage: an Ovidian play?‘

Week 11
2 Dec 09
‘The politics of imperial virtue‘

9 Dec 09
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Conference Room:
‘Hannibal, Heracles and the Second Punic War’

Semester 2:

Week 1
13 Jan 10
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Faculty Room South:
‘Ariadne in Ovid and Catullus’

Week 2
20 Jan 10
‘Murranus the Pannonian: civilizing the provincial barbarian’

Week 3
27 Jan 10
‘Following Phaethousa: gender and transformation in the reception of [Hippocrates] Epidemics 6.8.32’

Week 4
3 Feb 10
PROF. IAN HAYNES (Newcastle)
‘Recent excavations at Birdoswald on Hadrian’s Wall’

Week 5
10 Feb 10
‘The Pindaric first person in flux’

Week 6
17 Feb 10
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Faculty Room South:
PROF. LAWRENCE KEPPIE (Hunterian Museum, Glasgow)
‘Searching for Trimontium on the map of Roman Scotland’

Week 7
24 Feb 10
‘Some Problems in Ovid’s Poetic Career’

Week 8
3 Mar 10
‘Landscape and the representation of reality in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses’

Week 9
10 Mar 10
‘Architectural sculpture in Athens in the time of the Peloponnesian

Week 10
17 Mar 10
‘Ibycus and epic’

Week 11
24 Mar 10
‘Sophocles’ Antigone and Electra and civic identity’

21 Apr 10
7pm: CAS Meeting – DHT Conference Room:
PROF. C.J. TUPLIN (Liverpool)
‘Marsyas meets the Great King: the mythic landscape of classical Celaenae’

5 May 10
DHT Conference Room:
‘Jerome and Palestine’

All meetings at 5pm in Faculty Room North, David Hume Tower (ground floor), George Square, unless otherwise stated.

For further information please contact
Ursula Rothe (ursula.rothe AT or
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (l.llewellyn-jones AT

CONF: AMPAL 2009 – booking now open

Booking is now open for the fifth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in
Ancient Literature.

AMPAL 2009 will be held at the University of Birmingham on 14-15 November 2009.

There will be almost 50 papers presented on the theme of ‘Crossing
Boundaries’, from dramatic boundaries to language boundaries, from moral
and cultural boundaries to inter- and intra-textuality. A provisional
programme is now available online.

Weekend delegate rates start at only £50 (which includes all accommodation
and meals, as well as the conference fee) for those booking before Friday
2 October. Day delegate rates are also available from £10. It is possible
that we will be able to provide bursaries for those attending, depending
upon final costs.

AMPAL 2009 will also feature a research poster competition, with a first
prize of £50. We are still taking entries, so please check the website for
more details.

Further details and booking forms can be downloaded from<>

Please book before Friday 2 October in order to take advantage of the
special offer; any bookings received after Friday 23 October will be
subject to a late fee.

Please send any queries to ampal AT<mailto:ampal AT>

CONF: Newcastle University Classics Research Seminars

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Newcastle University
Classics Research Seminar, 2009-2010 Semester 1

All seminars take place in the Shefton Room, Armstrong Building, 1st floor, Newcastle University, beginning at 5pm. All are welcome.

Wednesday 7 October 2009
PROF. JOHN MOLES, Newcastle University
What’s in a name?’ Χριστός/Χρηστός and Χριστιανοί/Χρηστιανοί in the first century AD

Wednesday 14 October 2009
PROF. A.J. WOODMAN, University of Virginia
Making History. The Heading of the Res Gestae

Wednesday 4 November 2009
PROF. JOHN MORGAN, Swansea University
Love Beyond the Grave. The Epistolary Ghost-Story in Phlegon of Tralleis

Wednesday 2 December 2009
PROF. PETER PARSONS, Oxford University
Calligone in the Crimea

A map of Newcastle University can be found here:

Durham Seminars

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Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Durham

Ritson Room, 5.30

All visitors welcome!

Wednesday 14 October

Prof. Françoise Létoublon (Grenoble)

Memory games – Odysseus and Penelope

Wednesday 21 October

Dr Diego Machuca (University of Buenos Aires)

The Pyrrhonist’s Attitude to the Modes of Agrippa

Wednesday 28 October

CA slot (Durham)

Wednesday 4 November

Professor Philip van der Eijk (Newcastle)

Some ancient thoughts on the hardware of memory

Wednesday 11 November

Dr Alex Long (St Andrews)

The lure of the past in Plato’s Menexenus

Wednesday 18 November

Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Edinburgh)

Remembering the Past in Achaemenid Iran: Reading Ctesias’ Persica

Wednesday 25 November

Dr Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University)

Socrates Polutropos and the figure of Alcibiades in Plato’s Symposium

Wednesday 2 December

Prof. Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh)

Ἄτη in the Homeric poems

Wednesday 9 December

Dr Lara Nicolini (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)

In spite of Isis: word games in Apuleius 11

CONF: Durham Work in Progress Seminars

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Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Durham

(Wednesdays 1pm – Seminar Room – sandwiches welcome)


All visitors welcome

14 October: Johanna Hannink (Cambridge University)

Anecdote and narrative in the pseudo-Euripidean epistles

21 October: Andreas Hartmann

Objects, relics, and memory in classical antiquity

28 October Johannes Haubold

The grammar of the bard

4 November Donald Murray

‘As was my wish’ – Darius and the crossing of the Bosporus

11 November Lilah-Grace Fraser

Women and memory in the Iliad and the Kossovo cyle

18 November Valentina di Lascio

Aristotle’s linguistic fallacies in the Sophistical Refutations

25 November: John Marincola (Florida State University)

Towards a new interpretation of Hellenistic historiography

2 December: Paola Ceccarelli

Topical Identities

9 December Mark Woolmer

Intelligence networks and the exchange of information in ancient Phoenicia

CFP: Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World IX

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‘Orality and Literacy, Composition and Performance’


The Classics and Ancient History Program at the Australian National University invites all classicists, historians, and scholars with an interest in oral cultures to participate in the Ninth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, to take place in Canberra from Tuesday 29 June to Saturday 3 July 2010.

The conference will follow the same format as the previous eight conferences, held in Hobart (1994), Durban (1996), Wellington (1998), Columbia, Missouri (2000), Melbourne (2002), Winnipeg (2004), Auckland (2006), and Nijmegen (2008). It is planned that the refereed proceedings once again be published by E.J. Brill as Volume 9 in the Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World series. The anticipated publication date would be early 2012.

Location: The Australian National University, Canberra
Dates: Tuesday 29 June (registration that evening) to Saturday 3 July 2010
Theme: Composition and performance

Keynote speaker: Professor Richard Martin (Classics, Stanford)

Further information as it becomes available will be posted on the Classics site at:

The theme for the conference is ‘Composition and Performance’, and papers in response to this theme are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world or, for comparative purposes, other areas. Also welcome are papers that engage with the transition from an oral to a literate society, or which consider the topic of reception.

A range of accommodation options for your stay in Canberra and further details of other activities will be circulated in January 2010.

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent by 31 December 2009 by mail or email as Word attachments to:

Elizabeth Minchin
Classics and Ancient History Program
A.D. Hope Building (#14)
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA

Elizabeth.Minchin AT

JOB: Roman Historian @ USydney

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Lecturer (Roman History)
Department of Classics and Ancient History,
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts
The University of Sydney
Reference No. 560/0909

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) is seeking a Roman Historian for a continuing post, starting as a Lecturer (Level B) in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, to commence in January or July of 2010. Preference will be given to candidates with an established research record in the field of Republican Roman History. An additional expertise and interest in Hellenistic history is desirable. If successful, you will be expected to teach broadly across the major divisions of the department’s undergraduate curriculum, which includes Latin & Greek as well as Ancient History, and to participate in graduate teaching and supervision as appropriate.

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney is internationally recognised for its excellence in research and teaching in all aspects of Greco-Roman antiquity ( It collaborates closely with members of the sister Departments of Archaeology and Philosophy whose expertise lies in the ancient world.

The department is currently enjoying an exciting period of renewal and growth. This includes participation in the newly established Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia, in collaboration with the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, the Near Eastern Archaeological Foundation and others. The successful applicants will be expected to contribute to its vibrant research future.

The position is full time continuing appointment subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

Remuneration package: a competitive remuneration package is available consisting of a Level B salary range ($76,250.00 – $90,546); plus leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation.

All applications must be submitted online. For more information and to apply, please use Reference No. 560/0909 and visit the following web link:

Closing Date: Consideration of applicants will begin on 7th November and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged.