CONF: Reception within Antiquity, University of Nottingham

seen on the Classicists list:

One-Day Colloquium on Reception within Antiquity
University of Nottingham
31 October 2009

The colloquium is under the auspices of the Classical Reception Studies Network, the Department of Classics, University of Nottingham and the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception. It will take place at the Staff club conference rooms.

Arrival, registration and coffee: 10h00 – 10h30
Opening: 10h30

Keynote address: Prof Pat Easterling: Greek Tragedy and its Transformations

11h30-12h15: Dr Barbara Graziosi: The encounter between Hector and Andromache: ancient and modern receptions

12h15-13h00: Dr Susanna Phillippo: Andromache’s ‘vel umbra satis es’; Seneca (and Virgil) and the recreation of Greek tragedy

13h00-14h15 LUNCH

14H15-15H00: Dr Sarah Miles: Comic Quotations: The Reception of Euripidean Drama in [Plato’s] Theages

15h00-15h45: Nick Wilshere: Lucian’s Achilles: melancholy shade, vainglorious soldier and cross-dressing lesbian.

15h45-16h30: Dr Tim Rood: ‘Polybius, Thucydides and the First Punic War’

Tea and Departure

The conference fee is £30, (£15 for students).

The Classical Association has kindly sponsored a limited number of travel bursaries for postgraduate students wishing to attend. To apply for these or to register for the conference, please contact the organiser, Betine van Zyl Smit at the Department of Classics, University of Nottingham (Tel. 0115-8467249; email:abzbv

CFP: Syllecta Classica

Syllecta Classica is a journal published annually by the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa. We specialize in long substantial articles, and have excellent facilities for reproducing maps, plans, and illustrations. Refereeing is double-blind, and every effort is made to reach a decision on a submission within two months. More details concerning Syllecta Classica can be found on the website

Questions may be addressed to the co-editors, Peter Green (peter-green-1 AT and Craig A. Gibson (craig-gibson AT

CONF: Bristol Research Seminar, Autumn 2009

seen on the Classicists list:

Department of Classics & Ancient History Research Seminar

Seminars are held in the Classics Seminar Room, G37, 11 Woodland Road, and start at 4.10 p.m. except where noted. All welcome, especially postgraduate students; any queries, please contact n.d.g.morley.

6th October: Neville Morley (Bristol): ‘Thucydides and the Idea of History’

13th October: Mercedes Aguirre (Complutense, Madrid): ‘The Greek Flood Myth: Deucalion and Pyrrha’

20th October: Ellen O’Gorman (Bristol): ‘Myth, History and Vergil’s Dido’

3rd November: Emily Pillinger (Institute Fellow): ‘Prophetic voices in mythic narratives: making sense of "hindsight as foresight".’

17th November: 4.30pm: Charles Martindale (Bristol): ‘Performance, Reception, Aesthetics’

25th November: 4 pm: half-day conference on ‘Hildegard of Bingen: music, poetry, and medieval monastic tradition’, organised by Steve D’Evelyn. Victoria Rooms.

1st December: John Sellars (UWE): ‘The Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius’

8th December: Peter France (Edinburgh) on Translation. Event organised by the Penguin Archive project, time and venue tbc.

9th December: half-day conference on Translation, organised by the Penguin Archive project.

12th January: Bella Sandwell (Bristol): ‘A cognitive approach to John Chrysostom’s homilies on Genesis’

27th January: 2 pm: half-day conference on Myths and their Variants, organised by Richard Buxton; featuring Emma Aston (Reading), Daniel Ogden (Exeter), Alberto Bernabe (Madrid), Ken Dowden (Birmingham)

CONF: Classics, Reception and Social Class, July 1-2, 2010

seen on the Classicists list:

Classics, Reception, and Social Class

A Workshop, July 1st – 2nd 2010, Royal Holloway at The Boardroom, 2, Gower
Street, London

The Centre for the Reception of Greece & Rome at Royal Holloway
( will be holding a research
workshop to explore the methodological challenges involved in researching
the relationship between social class and the way that ancient Greek and
Roman civilisation have been ‘received’, especially since the late 18th
century, and especially (but not exclusively) in the UK and Ireland. Issues
that will be explored are the contestation of the validity of ‘class’ as an
analytical category, the identification of archives and other data relating
to working-class education and self-education, and the use of classical
material in self-consciously class-conscious organisations such as Trade
Unions and political parties. Confirmed speakers include Chris Stray
(Swansea), Ed Richardson (Princeton) and Paula James (The Open University).
Expressions of interest, comments, suggestions, and offers of papers and
interventions are all equally welcome. Please email edith.hall4 AT

CFP: Professionalism in the Ancient World: a graduate student conference at Harvard

seen on the Classicists list:

Pros and Cons: Professionalism and Expertise in the Ancient World

Harvard University, April 10th 2010
Keynote Speaker: Dirk Obbink, Christ Church, Oxford/University of Michigan

Excellence was a concept well known to the ancient world. From Homeric heroes to triumphant Roman generals, superlative achievement was recognized and admired as valuable and worthy of emulation. But what of excellence or competence in everyday life? Quality was clearly desirable, but how was it evaluated and how did it operate within society?

This conference seeks to address the concept of professionalism in the ancient world – to examine specific constructions of professionalism across ancient societies and the limits of the applicability of the term to ancient culture. People were interested in acquiring proper technique: how closely was skill linked to success? What is the relationship between professionals and quality of production? What about fake credentials (e.g. charlatans, quacks and impostors)? Do freedmen and slaves complicate the picture? Does audience or market have a role to play? How does the concept of professionalism and technique work with aristocratic codes of behavior (e.g. Roman Republican taboos against commerce and trade)?

The Department of the Classics, Harvard University invites submissions from graduate students for its fifth biannual graduate student conference on topics related to the professional including, but not limited to:

The Texts of Professionalism: Technical manuals, treatise and texts of advice (e.g. medical writings, rhetorical handbooks, literary criticism and advice to poets, Frontinus on Aqueducts, Columella on Farming, strategemata)

The Social Nature of Production: Craftsmanship, production and trade (e.g guilds, collegia, workshops, patrons and interior design). The place of the professional in society (e.g. social rank and gender).
Professionals in specifically defined spheres: Religion (priests and ritual personnel); Performance (rhapsodes and bards, playwrights, actors and entertainers, chorus leaders/ producers/ members, the Roman arena); Sports (e.g. Olympic chariot racing and the different status of owner and driver)

The Theories of Professionalism: The moral status of professionalism (e.g. the imperial bureaucracy, citizen government, aristocratic amateurs). The problematic use of modern ideas in study of the ancient world (eg. Max Weber) and modern appropriation of ancient examples.

For further information please contact us at harvardclassicsconference AT Abstracts should be e-mailed to this address, so that they are received by January 5th 2010.

We welcome submissions from graduate students working in Classics, Egyptology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures approaching the subject from literary, archaeological or historical perspectives. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Abstracts should be of no more than 300 words, and should be submitted anonymously. Please provide a cover letter with your paper title, name, address, phone number, e-mail address, institutional affiliation and status. Please also specify any additional technical needs.

CONF: Travels and Encounters: Journeys to the Known and Unknown in Greco Roman Antiquity

seen on the Classicists list:

The Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Greek and Latin Studies
presents a colloquium on


19–20 November 2009
Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


6:00-7:15 Robin Lane Fox, New College, University of Oxford
“Travelling heroes in the age of Homer”

7:15-8:00 Reception


9:30-10:45 Dr Edward Herring, NUI Galway
“Who let the frogs out? Early Greek settlement in South Italy and the
notion of the colony”

10:45-11:15 Coffee

11:15-12:30 Dr Karen Ní Mheallaigh, University of Exeter
"Travels in hyperreality: to the moon and beyond in
Lucian’s True Histories"

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:15 Dr David Woods, University College Cork
“’False memory, pious fiction, and the late-antique
pilgrim to the Holy Land’”

3:15-3:45 Coffee

3:45-5:00 Dr Gordon Campbell, NUI Maynooth
“Caesar among the Gauls, Germans, and Britons: at the ends of the earth,
and beyond”

For further information please contact: Dr Edward Herring, College of
Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland,
Galway, University Road, Galway (edward.herring AT

CONF: Leeds Classics Department Research Seminars

seen on the Classicists list:

Leeds Classics Department Research Seminar

Wednesdays at 3pm
Room 101, Parkinson Building
University of Leeds

Semester 1

October 7th
Anthony Corbeill University of Kansas
Feminine Dust and Masculine Bark: Fluid Grammatical Gender in Latin Poetry

October 21st
Andreas Willi Worcester College, Oxford
The Rise of "Classical" Attic

October 28th
Bruce Gibson University of Liverpool
Frontinus and Aqueducts

November 4th
Roger Brock University of Leeds
Greek Political Imagery in the Fourth Century BC

November 11th
P.J. Cherian Director of the Kerala Council for Historical Research
Muziris and the Trade between India and Rome:
Archaeological Evidence from Pattanam, Kerala, India

November 18th
Peter Kruschwitz University of Reading
Just Look at this Mess!?
Linguistic Aspects of Latin Stone Inscriptions from Roman Britain

For more information, please contact Drs. Emma Stafford (e.j.stafford AT or Regine May (r.may AT

CONF: The Romance Between Greece and the East

seen on the Classicists list:

Programme for workshop 5 in the AHRC series ‘The Romance Between Greece

and the East’:

October 17th, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (seminar room)

10.30-11.00 coffee (in hall)
11.00-12.00 Tim Whitmarsh, ‘Sex and violets: Ionia and the Greek
12.00-1.00 Philip Mottram, ‘The World According to Chariton: Greeks,
Barbarians, Hybrids and Stereotypes’
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Bert Smith, ‘Narrative in the art of Aphrodisias’
3.00-4.00 Aldo Tagliabue, ‘Xenophon of Ephesus and his
multicultural ‘homeland’: traces of Greek, Roman and eastern elements’
4.00-4.15 Tea
4.15-5.00 Ewen Bowie, ‘Milesiaka’
5.00-5.30 Closing discussion

Details of this and other workshops available on the website
(, together with materials; note also the
draft programme for the conference on December 12th-13th (booking details
to follow).

Attendance at the workshop (including lunch) is free, but numbers are
limited. Please book your place by contacting Tim Whitmarsh
(tim.whitmarsh AT

CONF: Hermeneutics in the Ancient World

seen on Agade

Hermeneutics in the Ancient World

An international conference at the Institut für Judaistik and the
Orientalische Institut of Vienna University.

Vienna, 31.10. – 01.11.2009

Sponsord by the Vice rector of Vienna University Prof.Dr. A.
Mettinger, the dean of Faculty of Philological-Cultural Sciences
Prof.Dr. F. Römer, the dean of Faculty of Historical-Cultural Sciences
Prof. Dr. V.M. V. schwarz, and the Orientalische Gesellschaft Wien.

This workshop deals with the hermeneutic principles used in the
Ancient World from a comparative point of view. With case studies and
overviews of various genres and traditions of the Ancient World,
ranging from Egypt to Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Ancient Greece we
eventually hope to gain deeper insights in the coherence and the
diversity of these literary traditions. 1

Note: both institutes are within one minute walking distance.

Saturday, 31.10.2009

At the Institut für Judaistik Wien

18:30- 18:35 Opening of the conference and welcome by A. Lange and GJ Selz

(after sunset)
18:35-20:05 Public Lectures at the Institut für Judaistik:
Jack M. Sasson (Paris, Nashville TN): Between Hermeneutics: A
Biblical Text in Changing Interpretations
George J. Brooke (Manchester): The Hermeneutics of the Dead Sea
Scrolls: The Qumran Pesharim in Context
20.15 Small reception at the Institut für Judaistik

Sunday, 01.11.2009

Morning sessions: at the Oriental Institute
Session I:

The Ancient Near East I
Chair: P. Damerow (asked)
9:30-10:00 G.J. Selz (Wien): Remarks on Mesopotamian Hermeneutics of
the 3rd Millennium
10:00-10:30 Stefano di Martino (Trieste): Divinatory Hermeneutics in
the Hittite World
10:20-11:00 Stefan Maul (Heidelberg): Telling the Future: Thoughts on
the Status of Divination in the Ancient Near East
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
Session II:

The Ancient Near East II
Chair: Michael Jursa
11:30-12:00 Mark Geller (London): The Hermeneutics of
Babylonian Medical Commentaries
12:00-12:30 Hermann Hunger (Wien): Hermeneutics in Celestial Omen
Texts from Mesopotamia
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
Afternoon session at Institut für Judaistik
Session III:

Egypt and the Classical World
Chair: George Brooke (asked)
14:00-14:30 Sidney Aufrère (Montpelier): The Hermeneutics of
Late Ancient Egyptian Literature: Thot as Hermeneutes
14.30-15.00 Bernhard Palme (Wien): The Serapeum Papyri – Dream
Divination and Hermeneutics in Ptolemaic Egypt
15:00-15:30 Zlatko Plese (Chapel Hill (NC) and Zagreb):
Rhetoric and Exegesis in Alexandrian Scholarship
15:30-16:00 Evelyne Krummen (Graz): Poetic and Philosophical
Hermeneutics from Archaic to Hellenistic Times
16:00 -16.20 Coffee Break

Session IV:

The Classical World and Ancient Judaism
Chair: Klaus Davidovic
16:20-16:50 A. Lange (Wien): Artapanus and the Hermeneutics of Jewish
16.50-17.20 Bernhard Dolna (Wien): Philo’s Interpretation of the
Figure of Moses
17:20-17:50 Gerhard Langer(Salzburg): Hermeneutics in Rabbinic Midrash
17:50-18:20 Hermann Lichtenberger (Tübingen): Canonical and
Extracanonical Literature in Early Christianity
Public Lecture at the Oriental Institute :
19:30- 20:15 Wilfred G. Lambert (Birmingham)
The Development of Babylonian Hermeneutics and its Aftermath
Reception at the Oriental Institute:
20:30 Reception (sponsored by the Vice-Rector of the
University of Vienna)

CONF: The Cult of Divine Birt in Ancient Greece

Seen on Anahita-l


“The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece”
Presenter: Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D.

1) A Fall 2009 James C. Loeb Lecture, sponsored by the Department of
the Classics at Harvard University
DATE: Friday, October 16, 2009
TIME: 5 p.m.; free and open to the public
PLACE: Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA. This is located just off Massachusetts
Avenue in Harvard Square; see map at

. Note also that this will be the start of the Head of the Charles
weekend celebration, so please allow enough time for navigating and

2) Public lecture sponsored by the Women’s Studies Research Center at
Brandeis University
DATE: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
TIME: 12:30 ~ about 2 p.m. (lecture is 50 mins. followed by Q&A);
free and open to the public
PLACE: Lecture Hall at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis
University, 515 South Street, Waltham, MA


Ancient Greek lore is filled with unusual stories of women bearing the
children of gods, of the impregnating power of snakes and deities in
the healing cult of Asclepius, of the divine conceptions of historical
figures, of the basilinna’s yearly sexual rite with Dionysus –– and
more. In this provocative lecture, Marguerite Rigoglioso, author of
the pioneering book The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece,
provides evidence that such tales reflect the existence of actual
cultic practices in which holy virgins were once believed to be active
seekers in miraculously conceiving those who would become the
political and spiritual leaders of Greek civilization. The work
suggests virgin priestesses may have been considered far more central
to the founding of Greek culture than ever imagined, and has
provocative implications for the study of the Virgin Mary

For more information on The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece,