Statue of Nero Identified

One of the benefits — if there are any — of falling behind in one’s usual blogging schedule is that one tends to get a lot more coverage and the followups of stories ‘all at once’, as it were. A case in point is this story from a couple of weeks ago about a smashed statue head found quite a while ago at Fishbourne Palace which was to undergo tests to confirm or refute suggestions that the original image was of a young Nero:

Telegraph photo

Telegraph photo

The coverage from the Telegraph claims the only two statues of Nero known to exist are currently in the Italian National Museum of Antiquities in Parma and the Louvre (not sure if that photo is Nero). The Science Daily coverage seems more accurate:

Two of the best-known examples of the teenage Nero are preserved in the Museo Nazionale d’Antichita in Parma and the Musee du Louvre in Paris. Both representations are thought to have been created as part of the official recognition that Nero was on his way to becoming chief heir of Claudius.

The example from Parma seems a good one for comparison to the fragment. Other than that, here’s a bit from the early Telegraph coverage:

The latest find was actually discovered in 1964 but until recently it was always believed to be that of a king called Togidubnes or a member of his family.

Now similarities have been found between the Fishbourne statue and the only others in Italy and France.

The rounded cheeks, full, curving lips, rounded lower face, slightly protruding ears, curling locks of hair and almond-shaped eyes are all very similar.

As a man, the Roman historian Suetonius described Nero as “about the average height, his body marked with spots and malodorous, his hair light blond, his features regular rather than attractive, his eyes blue and somewhat weak, his neck over thick, his belly prominent, and his legs very slender”.

Although this would only be the third statue of him, busts and coins bearing his image are more common.

Dr Rob Symmons, curator of archaeology at Fishbourne, will work with Bournemouth University lecturers Dr Miles Russell and Harry Manley to produce 3D scans of the head.

I’ll admit having my usual knee-jerk skepticism about this one — I really didn’t think there was enough there to establish anything. We should also note that this wasn’t a ‘new’ theory … it has been around for quite a while and was the focus of an article in British Archaeology a couple of years ago (which seems to be the background info for much of the press coverage). Whatever the case, the results of the laser scans are done and the BBC seems to be the first off the mark with the coverage (excerpts):

Experts say they have proved a statue fragment found in West Sussex depicts the Roman emperor Nero as a young man.

Scientists from Bournemouth University have spent the day at Fishbourne Roman Palace using a 3D laser scanner to make a full head image from the fragment.

[...]

Dr Miles Russell, from Bournemouth University, said: “It is a very well executed piece, it is extremely lifelike and made out of Italian marble which had been imported here.

“It is a very expensive artefact, which has been smashed into pieces before being buried in foundation rubble.”

The digital image produced by the scanner was compared with the known depictions of Nero in Parma and Paris.

Dr Russell said he was 100% confident they matched.

“He has that very distinctive hair over his ears and very distinctive almond eyes,” he said.

The BBC item also has a short video report (which includes the important detail that the fragment is Italian marble):

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

It seems to be a reasonable conclusion, but after seeing the process — which does not seem to have involved scanning the comparative pieces in Parma or Paris — I can’t help but wonder what the point of the scanning actually was. The bottom line seems to be the distinctive hair and eyes, which was something apparent prior to the scanning, no? And if it’s just hair and (fragmentary) eyes, can we be sure it isn’t Britannicus?

Earlier coverage:

Post-test coverage:

CFP: Cultural Memory and Religion in the Ancient City

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The University of Birmingham would like to invite papers from postgraduate
students and early career researchers for Day One of a colloquium, taking
place from the 5th to the 6th of July 2010 on:

‘Cultural Memory and Religion in the Ancient City’

The possibilities offered by Cultural Memory as a methodological tool
for reading and understanding modes of behaviour in antiquity have
been steadily gaining currency in recent years. The aim of this

interdisciplinary colloquium is to bring together scholars and research
students working on the texts and material culture of the ancient world
in order to exchange ideas and approaches relating to using Cultural

Memory to analyse religion in various ancient urban contexts.

The colloquium will be arranged over two days; papers given on the
first day will explore new research by postgraduates and early
careerists currently working on Cultural Memory in ancient societies.

On the second day we will turn our gaze on Rome as a case study
for lieux de mémoire with papers given by invited scholars.

Please see the Call for Papers on http://rogueclassicism.com/2009/10/12/cfp-cultural-memory-and-religion-in-the-ancient-city/

This Day in Ancient History: idus octobres

idus octobres

  • festival of Jupiter — all ides were sacred to Jupiter
  • Rite of the ‘October Horse’ — one of the many rituals which makes the study of Roman religion so fascinating. On this day a race between two-horse chariots would be held in the Campus Martius, and the right hand horse of the victorious pair would be sacrificed by the flamen of Mars on an altar (in the Campus Martius, of course). After the sacrifice, people who lived in the Via Sacra neighbourhood would fight the people who lived in the Suburra for the right to the head. If the ‘via sacranites’ won, they’d display it on the Regia; if the Suburranites won, it would be displayed at the Turris Mamilia. Meanwhile, the cauda (tail – genitals) would be rushed to the Regia so the blood would drip on the sacred hearth; the Vestal Virgins also probably kept some of the blood for use at the Parilia on April 21.
  • ludi Capitolini — a somewhat obscure day of games which was unique in its not being ‘public’ (in the sense of being put on by a magistrate) but rather the ballywick of a collegium of ‘Capitolini’. Not much is known about what went on at these games save that an old man wearing the bulla of of a young boy was paraded about and mocked; there were possibly competitions in boxing and running as well.
  • 55 B.C. — death of Lucretius
  • 70 B.C. — birth of Publius Vergilius Maro, a.k.a. Vergil, a.k.a Virgil
  • 1999 — death of Don Fowler, fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and frequent contributor to the Classics list almost from its inception, among other things, of course

This Day in Ancient History: pridie idus octobres

pridie idus octobres

  • rites in honour of the Penates Dei — the Penates Dei were originally the penates who watched over the storehouse of the king (when Rome had such, obviously); at some point, the Penates Dei came to be identified with Castor and Pollux, but they still had a temple under their own name on the Velian hill which was apparently restored by Augustus.
  • 223 A.D. — martyrdom of Calixtus

Temple of Nemesis Found

From Thaindian:

Archaeologists have found traces of a temple built for the Greek goddess of divine retribution, Nemesis, during excavations in the ancient city of Agora in the Aegean port city of Izmir in Turkey.

According to a report in Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review, Akin Ersoy of Dokuz Eylul University’s archaeology department and heading the archaeological excavations in the ancient city, said that there might be a temple built for Nemesis in the area.

“We found traces of such a temple during our excavations in Agora,” he said. “We want to concentrate our work to unearth the temple in the future,” he added.

This year’s archeological excavations have unearthed many important findings that belonged to the Ottoman era, including many pieces of Ottoman ceramics.

“There are several layers to be worked,” said Ersoy. “We will work on the Ottoman era first, followed by the Eastern Roman, Roman and then the earlier ages,” he added.

Ersoy said that it was during the excavation work when they found clues of a temple to Nemesis built in the ancient city.

“We think the temple is situated on the western side,” he said. “It might be under the Hurriyet Anatolian High School building. We hope to unearth it in coming years,” he added.

In Greek mythology, Nemesis was the spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris, vengeful fate, personified as a remorseless goddess.

Asterix at 50

The incipit of a piece in the Independent

A map of France is cracked by a Roman standard driven into the ground. To one side a magnifying glass focuses on a “Gaulish village” surrounded by four Roman outposts: Aquarium, Totorum, Laudanum and Compendium. Who would have thought – given such adverse circumstances – that one of that village’s most famous denizens, namely, Asterix the Gaul, would live to reach the grand old age of 50?

Alexander Statue from Alexandria?

The Egyptian State Information Service reports:

A statue of Alexander the Great has been discovered in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria, Governor Adel Labib said on Wednesday 7/10/2009.

Archeologists have suggested the statue was of Alexander the Great and it was uncovered during excavations at el-Shalalat Park in the city, he said.

The discovery was made by a Greek mission working in the city.

The statue is a “unique discovery” as it dates back to the Ptolemaic dynasty, said the head of the Greek mission during a ceremony at Alexandria National Museum.

Such a discovery will lead to the tomb of Alexander the Great, she ascertained.

Alexander the Great is widely credited with spreading civilization as he marched across what was then the known world.

The discovery draws controversy among archeologists, where some say the statue is of Alexander the Great and others believe it is a royal figure that requires further studies, said an aide to the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Hmmm … sounds suspiciously like this previous announcement about a find in the same location… here’s a few more details on that one

Priapus on Krk?

From something called Croatian Villas:

Tourism on Krk Island, Croatia, could receive a boost after the discovery of a 2,000-year-old statue, reports the Croatian Times.

A figure of Priapos, a fertility god and protector of livestock and nature in ancient Greece, was found by two fishermen off the island’s southern coast.

Ivan Barbalic Gunga and Izidor Cubranic, who found the statue, said: “We do not want to keep it just for ourselves or to earn money from it. We want our little Priapos to become a real tourist attraction on Krk Island.”

Mr Gunga and Mr Cubranic took the 20 cm sculpture to the Croatian Conservation Institute in Zadar where it was cleaned and valued.

The bust, which is in the shape of a lamp, is thought to have been previously used as a symbol of luck for men who were told if they touched it their fertility would improve.

The Croatian Times version of the article includes a photo, but I’m not sure if it’s the item in question.

Rival to Portland Vase at Bonham’s?

The incipit of an item in the Antiques Trade Gazette:

SPECIALISTS at Bonhams have just announced that they have identified a magnificent Roman cameo glass vase, which may be the most important of its kind in the world.

Strikingly similar to the Portland Vase, one of the British Museum’s greatest treasures, it is larger, in better condition and with superior decoration, say Bonhams.

Chantelle Rountree, head of antiquities at Bonhams, said: “It is of major international importance. Academically and artistically it is priceless. Scholars will be evaluating this find for decades.”

The vase dates from between late First Century B.C. to early First Century A.D and stands 13in (33.5cm) high. Only 15 other Roman cameo glass vases and plaques are known to exist today.

These very rare vessels were highly artistic, luxury items, produced by the Roman Empire’s most skilled craftsmen. They are formed from two layers of glass – cobalt blue with a layer of white on top – which is cut down after cooling to create the cameo-style decoration.

Items of this kind were produced, it is thought, within a period of only two generations. They would have been owned by distinguished Roman families.

Until now, the most famous example has been the Portland Vase, held by the British Museum. This is smaller, standing at only 9in (24cm) high. It is also missing its base and has been restored three times.

The recently identified vase is also more complex than others of its kind, being decorated with around 30 figures and a battle scene around the lower register. By comparison, the Portland vase has just seven figures.

Bonhams’ experts believe that this magnificent artefact could rewrite the history books on cameo vases. Unlike the Portland Vase, it still has its base and lower register and will therefore add significantly to the archaeological understanding of these vessels.

The vase is thought to have resided in a private European collection for some time. The collector is a long-term client of Bonhams.

I can’t find a photo at Bonham’s or any more details (yet) but the description gives the impression that this is a hitherto unknown piece. Is it?

From Antiques Trade Gazette

From Antiques Trade Gazette

CFP: Windsor Classics Undergraduate Conference

5th ANNUAL WINDSOR CLASSICS UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Group of the University of Windsor is pleased to sponsor its fifth annual Classics Undergraduate Conference to be held on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6, 2010. The conference will open on Friday with a keynote speech by Dr. Mark Munn from the Pennsylvania State University.

Undergraduate majors in Classical Civilization or related fields are invited to submit abstracts (of 300 words maximum) for a 15 to 20 minute talk on any aspect of ancient Greece or Rome. Please include name, year, and student number as well as a phone number or e-mail address with your submission, which is to be made to Dr. Max Nelson (who can be contacted by e-mail at mnelson AT uwindsor.ca). The deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 31, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be provided by February 15, 2010.

CONF: Oxford Ancient History Seminar Series

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The programme for this term’s ancient history seminar series at Oxford is as follows:

Centre and Region in the Hellenistic Mediterranean

13 Oct.

Dr Jonathan Prag (Oxford)

Epigraphic habits in the hellenistic western Mediterranean

20 Oct.

Dr Alex Mullen (Cambridge)

‘La Provence grecque’. Regional identities and language in Southern Gaul

27 Oct.

Dr Al Moreno (Oxford)

Hieron and Pontic-Aegean Networks

3 Nov.

t.b.c.

10 Nov.

Dr Rebecca Sweetman (St Andrews)

Crete: Hellenistic seclusion to Roman network hub

17 Nov.

Prof. Vincent Gabrielsen (Copenhagen)

Economic dynamism and Aegean aristocracies: Hellenistic Rhodes and its network

24 Nov.

Dr Alicia Jiménez (Madrid)

Roman coins in a provincial context. The Republican army and the camps at Numantia (Soria, Spain)

1 Dec.

Dr Lorenzo Campagna (Messina):

Exploring social and cultural changes in the communities of provincia Sicilia. New perspectives from the study of urban landscapes

All seminars take place at 5pm in the ground floor Lecture Theatre of the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU

Google map here: http://tinyurl.com/IoannouCentre

All welcome.

Please direct any queries to the organisers:

Alfonso.moreno AT magd.ox.ac.uk

Jonathan.prag AT merton.ox.ac.uk

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iii idus octobres

ante diem iii idus octobres

  • Fontinalia — a festival in honour of the divinity Fons, who presided over springs and wells; such sources of water were festooned with garlands for the occasion
  • 54 A.D. — death of the emperor Claudius, purportedly succumbing to a plate of poisoned mushrooms dished up by his niece/wife Agrippina; dies imperii of Nero (son of Agrippina)

Make Suggestions About the New Edition of Wheelock!

posted with permission of Dr. Lafleur:

SALVETE, VOS OMNES! I thought I’d let folks who may be interested know that, having completed the new Latin reader SCRIBBLERS, SCVLPTORS, AND SCRIBES (a companion to Wheelock and other introductory texts, scheduled for publication Winter 2010), I am continuing work on a new, 7th edition of WHEELOCK’S LATIN, which will be available in paperback and hard cover and is due out winter/spring 2011, in time for summer/fall adoptions; I would very much welcome constructive suggestions from past, current, and prospective Wheelock users, but OFF-LIST, please.

My editors at HarperCollins have generously provided the considerable latitude and resources I requested, so that the new edition will be much enhanced; there’ll be 30+ additional pages, ca. 80 illustrations (vs. the 40 currently), updated maps from the Ancient World Mapping Center at UNC, new and expanded readings (including inscriptions, graffiti, proverbs, and literary texts), a bit of conversational Latin too, an expanded end vocabulary, expanded and clarified grammatical explanations, expansions to the supplementary syntax section, new reading comprehension and translation tips, and an improved format, including totally new, more attractive fonts.

Again, I welcome and indeed solicit suggestions, which should be sent to me at rlafleur AT uga.edu

MILLE GRATIAS!!
Rick LaFleur

CFP: Classics Ireland

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Classics Ireland /is the journal of the Classical Association of Ireland whose members consist of those with a general interest in the Classical World including students, teachers and academics. It is published on an annual basis and contributions are welcome on all aspects of Classical Antiquity, especially if there is an Irish dimension, whether in the history of Classical scholarship or the reception of Classical values in Ireland. Contributions must be scholarly, but not technical and should appeal both to a wide readership and to the specialist. All Greek and Latin must be translated. Articles should not normally exceed 5,000 words and will be independently refereed before formal acceptance for publication. In addition, articles will be published on-line following the paper publication, at http://www.classicsireland.com/.

Expressions of interest and all manuscripts should be addressed to the editor:

Brian Sheridan,
Department of Ancient Classics,
National University of Ireland,
Maynooth,
Co. Kildare,
IRELAND

brian.sheridan AT nuim.ie

CONF: Cardiff Ancient History Research Seminars, autumn 2009

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School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University

All seminars are held in the Humanities Building, and start at 5.10 pm. All
welcome – for further information, please contact Ruth Westgate
(WestgateR AT cardiff.ac.uk).

Monday 12 October
Adam Anders (Cardiff)
What are ‘Light’ Troops? Defining Roman Light Infantry
room 4.45

Monday 26 October
Ruth Westgate (Cardiff)
Party Animals: The Imagery of Status, Power and Masculinity in Greek Mosaics
(joint meeting with Cardiff & District Classical Association)
room 0.36

Monday 9 November
Shelley Hales (Bristol)
Cities of the Dead: Materialising the Lost in Nineteenth-Century Pompeii
room 4.45

Monday 23 November
Stephen Lambert (Cardiff)
The Construction of the Past in Athenian Inscriptions of the Fourth Century
BC
room 4.45

Monday 7 December
Robert Parker (Oxford)
The Varieties of Greek Religious Experience
(joint meeting with Cardiff & District Classical Association and the
Hellenic Society)
room 0.36

JOB: Roman Society @ Memorial

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The Department of Classics invites applications for a tenure-track appointment. The department is particularly interested in candidates with research interests in Roman culture and society. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate programs in his/her research area and more generally in Greek and Latin language and Classical civilization. Applicants must provide evidence of teaching experience and a developed research profile. Ph.D. in hand or near completion preferred. All applications should include curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, statement of research plan, sample of academic writing, and the names with contact information of three people who can supply a letter of reference upon request. Applications should be directed to: Dr. T.J Allen, Department of Classics, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, A1C 5S7; Phone: (709) 737-8593; Fax: (709) 737-2135; email: tallen AT mun.ca For information about the Department of Classics, please visit our website at http://www.mun.ca/classics.

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering di­verse undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John’s, a safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities. With over 185 regular faculty members in 16 academic departments and a wide variety of interdisciplinary major, minor and diploma programs, the Faculty of Arts offers breadth, depth and diversity. Counting around 5000 students with declared majors or minors, and with strong graduate programs, the Faculty is committed to providing solid teaching and research support to new appointees. The Faculty of Arts houses, among other units, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), ISER Books and the Digital Research Centre for Qualitative Fieldwork. It is also home to outstanding archival collections, including the Maritime History Archive, the Folklore and Language Archive and the Native Language Archive. Memorial’s Queen Elizabeth II Library has excellent holdings with the most extensive collection of journals in the region. Please see http://www.mun.ca/arts/.

NOTE: All applications should quote the appropriate position number as listed.

Tenure-Track positions will normally commence July 1, 2010, subject to budgetary approval, and will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor. All positions normally require a completed doctoral degree in the appropriate discipline. A completed earned doctorate is required for the appointee to receive the rank of Assistant Professor and to be in a tenure-track position. (If a successful candidate has not completed an earned doctorate, he/she shall be appointed to a regular term, non-renewable three-year appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. If the candidate completes all the requirements for the doctorate during the first 24 months of the term appointment, he/she shall begin a tenure-track appointment following completion of the requirements of the degree). Letters of application should be sent to the Head of the appropriate department, accompanied by a current curriculum vitæ, a teaching dossier, the names and addresses of three persons who can supply a letter of reference, and such additional materials as may be specified below. The application must provide evidence of excellence in teaching and research. Applications should reach the Head no later than November 10, 2009.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

JOB: Greek Lit. @ McGill (tenure track)

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McGill University

The Department of History and Classics program invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Ancient Greek language and literature, effective 1 August 2010. A primary research specialization in Greek Epic, Lyric or Drama is preferred. The successful candidate should hold a PhD and show promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly research. The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses is required.

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and three confidential letters of reference should be sent to Professor John Zucchi, Chair, Department of History, McGill University, Lea 608, 855 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2T7. The application deadline is 15 November 2009. We will conduct interviews at the January 2010 meeting of the American Philological Association in Orange County, CA in early January.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification. McGill University is an English language institution, but knowledge of French would be considered an asset.

JOB: Ancient History at NIU (tenure track)

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ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN HISTORY

The Department of History at Northern Illinois University invites
applications 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: Seminars at Reading: Autumn 2009

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SEMINARS

AUTUMN 2009

DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS
UNIVERSITY OF READING

Wed 21 Oct 2009 4 pm
Annalisa Marzano, University of Reading
‘Understanding the Roman Economy. Winter Navigation and Pastio Villatica for Export’
HumSS, Room 175

Wed 28 Oct 2009 4 pm
Duncan Kennedy, University of Bristol
‘A Neglected Classic? The Astronomica of Manilius’
HumSS, Room 175

Thu 5 Nov 2009 4 pm
Barbara Graziosi, University of Durham
‘Homer’s perception of time and space’
HumSS, Room 175
[Please note that this seminar will be held on Thursday.]

Wed 11 Nov 2009 4 pm
Tim Rood, University of Oxford
‘Dubya Anabasis: Xenophon and the Iraq War’
HumSS, Room 175

Wed 18 Nov 2009 4 pm
Roger Ling, University of Manchester
‘Theseus at the gates of the Labyrinth: interpreting a Pompeian painting"
HumSS, Room 175

Wed 25 Nov 2009 4 pm
William Fitzgerald, King’s College London
‘Interpreting Miscellany: Aulus Gellius’ Noctes Atticae’
HumSS, Room 175

Wed 2 Dec 2009 3 pm
‘Gloria’
A special seminar with
Roland Mayer, King’s College London
Matthew Nicholls, University of Reading
Peter Kruschwitz, University of Reading
HumSS, Room 175

For directions to the University of Reading, please see:
http://www.rdg.ac.uk/about/find/about-findindex.asp

Please contact Ian Rutherford (i.c.rutherford AT reading.ac.uk) for further information.

CONF: Research Seminars at Kent

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Classical & Archaeological Studies

Research Seminars 2009–2010

29 September, 7.30 pm, Grimmond Lecture Theatre 1

Dr Paul Bennett, Canterbury Archaeological Trust

‘Recent Archaeological Work in Kent’

15 October, 6.00 pm, Cornwallis NW SR12

Dr Dries Tys, Free University Brussels

‘Seen and unseen: maritime societies, their hinterland relations and the origin of Antwerp and Bruges, between the 7th and 12th centuries’

4 November, 5.15 pm, KLT5

Professor Judith Herrin, King’s College London

‘What is Byzantium?’

2 December, 4.00 pm, Cornwallis NW SR12

Professor Philip Betancourt, University of Pennsylvania and Temple University

‘Excavations at the Early Minoan I hilltop of Aphrodite’s Kephali, in eastern Crete’

All welcome.

For a map of the campus and directions to the University of Kent please see: http://www.kent.ac.uk/maps/canterbury/downloads.html.

For Further information please contact Efrosyni Boutsikas (E.Boutsikas AT kent.ac.uk)

JOB: Generalist at UMiami (tenure track)

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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI ­ CORAL GABLES, FL

The Department of Classics at the University of Miami is seeking
candidates for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant
Professor, to begin on August 15, 2010, in this, the nation’s youngest
Classics Department. The appointed individual will help in the building
of the program by teaching Latin and Greek (at all levels) and broad
survey courses of the literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world,
and by participating in various departmental activities. Prior teaching
experience preferred. A Ph.D. in Classics or related discipline by the
time of appointment is required.

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and supporting materials,
including a writing sample, should be sent to: University of Miami
Classics Search Committee, Department of Classics, Ashe 521, Coral
Gables, FL 33124-4653. For inquiries, please call Ada Orlando at
305-284-6326 or email: aorlando AT miami.edu. DO NOT APPLY ONLINE.

Applicants should arrange for at least three confidential letters of
reference to be sent directly to the same address (hard copy please, not
email). The review of applications will begin on 1 October 2009, and
will continue until a suitable candidate is identified or the search is
closed. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer.

CONF: Reception and the Gift of Beauty 8-9 July 2010

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RECEPTION AND THE GIFT OF BEAUTY in the Western Tradition

Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, University of
Bristol
8-9 July 2010

Keynote Speaker: Professor William Desmond, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

This conference brings together two theories of interpretation, one now
well-established in literary studies–reception theory– and one still to
be developed in literary theory although being familiar in social science
and philosophy – gift theory.
We believe that the dialogue between reception theory and gift theory will
create openings for a recognition of the problem of beauty. Since beauty is
among the most contested concepts in literary studies, we encourage
dialogue and debate between the papers and amongst the participants.

In Cicero’s skeptical consideration of divination, the perception and
reception of natural beauty involves the compulsion to respond which is
characteristic of gift-exchange: ‘…the order of celestial things and the
beauty of the universe compel me to confess that there is some excellent
and eternal Being which deserves the respect and homage of the human race.’
As well as the compulsion to reciprocate, gift-theory offers other ideas
important to the perception and creation of beauty in texts.

Proposals for papers for this conference are warmly welcomed.
Topics could include:

- gift-exchange dramatized in discourses of sacrifice or friendship
-translation or allusion as modes of exchanging beauty
– excess, decadence, and hyperbole: rhetorical copia and responses to
beauty
-vision, illumination as the gift of knowledge, and appearances as seeing
and being
seen in Plato and the Platonic tradition
– the sublime, ancient and modern
-the perception and construction of ‘decus’ as both beauty and glory in
evocations of
patronage situations or monuments
– l’écriture féminine, composition as gift, and beauty and the body

This conference is part of the ‘Thinking Reciprocity’ series and will be
followed immediately by the conference ‘Desiring the Text, Touching the
Past: Towards an Erotics of Reception’ (Bristol, 10 July 2010). Reduced
fees will be offered to people attending both conferences.

Papers should be no more than 30 minutes in length. Abstracts should be
submitted by 1 February 2010 and should be 300 words long. If you have any
queries or wish to submit an abstract, please contact Stephen D’Evelyn at:
giftofbeautyconference AT googlemail.com