Well That’s Just Ducky

more about “BBC NEWS | UK | England | Cornwall | …“, posted with vodpod

Tip’ o the pileus to Tim Parkin for passing this one along … very little ClassCon actually, but the accompanying text notes, inter alia:

Roger Olver, from the Cornish Duck Company in St Austell, said it was very rare for two ducks born from the same egg to thrive.

He said the ducks, dubbed Romulus and Remus, will be spared the table and become pets.

CONF: Leeds Seminars (revised)

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Classics Department Research Seminar

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

Semester 1

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

October 28th
Bruce Gibson University of Liverpool
History Written in Water: Frontinus on Aqueducts

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

November 25th (note changed date!)
Roger Brock University of Leeds
Greek Political Imagery in the Fourth Century BC

For more information, please contact Drs. Emma Stafford (e.j.stafford AT leeds.ac.uk) or Regine May (r.may AT leeds.ac.uk). Everybody welcome!

CONF: What’s in a Variant?

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‘What’s in a Variant?’
Half-day conference on Greek and Roman myths
University of Bristol Jan 27, 2.00-7.00

The aim will be to discuss the practice and utility of investigating myths by comparing their ‘variants’. What are variants? What do we do with them? Each speaker will have 35 minutes, consisting of 20 for the paper and 15 for questions, with a plenary discussion session after all four papers. The plenary session will be followed by a reading/performance of a modern ‘variant’ of an ancient myth – a translation of Mercedes Aguirre’s short story Cosas de hermanos, taken from her collection of tales entitled Nuestros Mitos de Cada Día (Madrid, 2007). This is a striking modern reworking of one of the more grim and unsettling Greek myths. The performer/reader will be Sam Callis (aka ‘Sgt Callum Stone’ from ITV’s The Bill).

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Arts Faculty, 3-5 Woodland Road, Bristol

2.00 Introduction (Prof. Richard Buxton, Bristol)
2.10-2.45 ‘Laocoon’ (Prof. Daniel Ogden, Exeter)
2.45-3.20 ‘Thetis and the immortalisation of Achilles’ (Dr Emma Aston, Reading)
3.20-3.40 Tea
3.40-4.15 ‘Dionysus and the daughters of Minyas’ (Prof. Alberto Bernabé, Madrid)
4.15-4.50 ‘The Proetids: location, location, location’ (Prof. Ken Dowden, Birmingham)
4.50-5.25 Plenary discussion
5.30 The Two Brothers. Reader/performer: Sam Callis.
6.15 Refreshments

Admission will be by ticket. If you’d like to attend, please email the conference organiser Richard.G.A.Buxton AT bris.ac.uk, giving the address to which you would like the ticket(s) posting.

d.m. Roger Hornsby

From the Press-Citizen:

Roger Allen Hornsby, emeritus professor of Classics at the University of Iowa, died Tuesday morning at his home in Iowa City. He was 83. Cremation has taken place. The remains will be interred in Toronto with those of his wife Jessie. A memorial service will take place in Iowa City, with time and location to be announced.

Professor Hornsby was born at Nye, Wisconsin on August 8, 1926. He received his B.A. at Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in 1949. He attended Princeton University to receive his A.M. in 1951 and Ph.D. in 1952. Between 1952 and 1954 he served in the U.S. Army. He taught at the University of Iowa from 1954 until his retirement in 1991. On June 8, 1960 he married Jessie Lynn Gillespie, professor of French at the University of Iowa.

He served as chairman of the department of Classics from 1966 to 1981. During his career he was also active in numerous regional and national professional organizations. He was president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in 1968-69, and on the board of directors of the American Philological Association from 1974-1977. He was a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a trustee of the Virgilian Society, and served on the council of the American Numismatic Society. After his retirement he was the Whichard Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University in 1997-98.

Professor Hornsby had wide interests in the study of the ancient world and the teaching of the languages it spoke. His publications focused on Latin poetry and included Reading Latin Poetry (1967), Patterns of Action in the Aeneid (1970) and numerous articles and reviews in professional journals.

Roger’s friends and students–two groups that frequently overlapped–will remember fondly his passionate devotion to the life of the mind, his power as a teacher, and his mordant judgements that were aimed at holding us all to high intellectual and social standards. Roger was a generous host and we will always remember the Hornsby parties, given in the grand style, that enlivened the Iowa academic scene and produced so many new and lasting friendships. In perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

Roger Hornsby, 83

This Day in Ancient History:ante diem xiii kalendas novembres

ante diem xiii kalendas novembres

  • 480 B.C. — Battle of Salamis (one reckoning; seems a bit late)
  • 127 A.D. — ludi votivi decennales pro salute Augusti
  • c. 250 A.D. — martyrdom of Maximus of Aquila
  • 1524 — death of Thomas Linacre … “the best Greek and Latin scholar of his age”
  • 1952 — death of Michael Rostovtzeff (author of The Social and Economic History of the Roman Empire and the Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World among other things)

JOB: Roman History @ USC

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The Departments of Classics and History at the University of Southern California are conducting a multi-department search for a Roman historian at the rank of assistant or early-career associate professor.

If junior in rank, the successful candidate will be expected to hold appointment in only one of the two participating departments. At the associate level, a joint appointment is a possibility. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2010, and a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research. Ability to participate in interdisciplinary endeavors linking the study of the ancient world to other areas of intellectual inquiry desirable.

Send application materials, including cv, description of research interests, at least three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (ca. 20-30 pages) to Roman History Search Committee, Department of Classics, THH 256, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352, or electronically to Christine Shaw
(shawc AT usc.edu).

USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. For full consideration materials must arrive no later than November 15, 2009.

CFP: Integration and identity in the Roman Republic

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Call for papers: Integration and identity in the Roman Republic
Manchester, 1-3 July 2010

The project ‘Integration and identity in the Roman Republic’ is currently carried out by Saskia Roselaar at the University of Manchester. It aims to clarify the processes of integration between Italians and Romans in the period 340-91 BC. The issue of integration has been studied mainly in the context of the Romanization of Italy and the formation of identities in Italy, which are considered the result of increased contact between Romans and Italians. However, it still remains unclear in what contexts Romans and Italians came into contact with each other. The project’s aim therefore is to study the points of contact between these groups: before we can say anything about the cultural and linguistic consequences of integration, we must know where and why exactly Romans and Italians met.
The project studies these contacts in three broadly defined spheres:
-Geographical: To establish which were the points of contact between Romans and Italians, we must first find out where these groups lived. The project will focus specifically on the landscape of the colonies founded by the Romans throughout Italy, which are usually assumed to have played a large role in the Romanization of Italy. Although it is sometimes assumed that Italians were expelled from their lands, recent research has suggested that Italians often lived in the colonies or their territories. A more detailed reconstruction of the colonial landscape is therefore in order.
-Political and administrative: Italians sometimes received full or partial Roman citizenship, which would have brought them into contact with Romans on a regular basis. Other Italians were governed directly by Roman state officials. Regular contact with Roman government may have been an important factor in the integration of Italians; the project seeks to explore the relations between political and administrative contacts and the economic and cultural developments in various Italian areas.
-Economic: Contacts between Romans and Italians could occur for various economic reasons. It appears that trade occurred in a variety of contexts, which must be studied in more detail. Furthermore, it is well known that Italians conducted trade outside Italy, with the assistance of the Roman state. Thus, increased contacts with Rome may have been beneficial for the Italian economy.
The study of these possibilities for contact between Rome and the Italians will shed light on the process of Romanization as it occurred in Republican Italy: it will be possible to establish in more detail exactly how much contact existed between Rome and the various Italian peoples, and what modes of contact existed. Research into political integration will also shed light on the concept of Roman identity in the Republic: the study of political rights shows which rights the Romans were willing to share with the Italians, and thereby their level of inclusion into Roman society.

We would welcome papers on any aspect of integration and the formation of identity in the Roman Republic. We would particularly like to invite archaeologists and linguists, since it is clear that integration and identity cannot be studied by ancient historians alone. Some suggested topics are:

-Colonial landscapes
-Legal barriers for integration
-Ideas about integration among Romans and Italians
-Different modes of integration for various social classes
-Regional variations in the methods and results of integration

Confirmed speakers include:

Guy Bradley (Cardiff)

Tim Cornell (Manchester)

Altay Coskun (Waterloo, Canada)

Elena Isayev (Exeter)

David Langslow (Manchester)

Kathryn Lomas (UCL)

John Patterson (Cambridge)

William Rees (Oxford)

Saskia Roselaar (Manchester)

Nathan Rosenstein (Ohio State)

If you are interested in speaking at or attending the conference, please let me know as soon as possible, so that we will have an idea of numbers participating. The deadline for abstracts is 1 March 2010.

Saskia Roselaar

Newton International research fellow

The University of Manchester

Classics and Ancient History

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9PL

United Kingdom

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