CONF: 2010 Classical Association Conference

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

On 22/12/2009 5:35 AM, Guy Bradley wrote:

Please note that the full programme and booking form for the 2010 Classical Association Conference in Cardiff are now available from the conference website at:

Booking for the conference opens on 4th January, 2010.

JOB: Oxford

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!): > Supernumerary Teaching Fellowship In Classical Language & Literature > St. John’s College, Oxford
> St. John’s College invites applications from suitably qualified > candidates for a five-year fixed-term Supernumerary Teaching > Fellowship (without membership of Governing Body) in Classical > Languages and Literature, with effect from 1 October 2010. The > successful candidate will have research interests in the literature of > the Classical period (that is between ca. 800 BC and ca. AD 500), in > Ancient Greek and/or Latin, and the ability to teach a range of core > subjects in one, or, preferably, both, languages and their literatures. >
> The person appointed will teach undergraduates reading for the Honour > School of Literae Humaniores and the associated Joint Schools > (Classics and English, Classics and Modern Languages, Classics and > Oriental Studies) up to a maximum of eight hours each week during > term. He or she will take responsibility for the character, > organisation and delivery of all the College’s undergraduate teaching > in Ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature, including > supervising arrangements made from time to time for extra language > teaching, and will represent these subjects, in collaboration with the > Tutors in Ancient History and Philosophy and the Joint Schools, in the > planning of all aspects of these degree courses at St. John’s. He or > she will also, therefore, participate in the undergraduate admissions > process, share pastoral duties, and take part in College outreach > activities. The election to the Fellowship will be for one year in the > first instance, and renewable thereafter for up to four years, subject > to a satisfactory report on the first year’s duties. The Fellow will > be a member of the University’s Classics faculty (Sub-faculty of > Classical Languages and Literature) and so part of Oxford’s lively and > successful Classics community, but will not be required to undertake > University teaching, examining, or administration, though he or she > may do so with the approval of the College; and the Fellow will be > encouraged to offer one course of eight University lectures each > academic year during the first four years of the appointment. >
> The person elected will already hold a doctorate and will be expected > to engage in original research. A period of sabbatical leave will be > made available in the final year of the appointment, to permit the > Fellow to further his or her research. The annual salary will be on > the incremental scale of £27,183 – £30,594 (subject to revision in > line with any general salary increases). >
> See the Further particulars at > > for information about how to apply for this post. Applications must > reach the College by not later than 29th January 2010. Please note > that E-mailed applications will not be accepted, nor will applications > received after the closing date. E-mailed references will be accepted > provided they are sent in the form of a scanned copy of a letter which > must include a signature.

CFP: One day workshop: Statius

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

Statius and his epics: Work in Progress

The Department of Classics at the University of Nottingham and the Flavian Epic Network cordially invite participants for the following conference:

The University Club, University of Nottingham, Friday January 22 2010



10.15 Alison Keith (Toronto) on female monsters

11.00 Mairead McAuley (King’s College, Cambridge) ‘Bodies and narrative in Statian Epic’

11.45 Dalida Agri (Nottingham) on pudor

12.30 LUNCH


1.30 Martin Dinter (King’s College, London) ‘Intermediality: Ekphrastic Modes in Statius’

2.15 Peter Heslin (Durham) ‘The Hypsipyle Epyllion’

3.00 Jörn Soerink (Gröningen) ‘The significance of the Opheltes episode’

3.45 TEA


4.15 Philip Mottram (Liverpool) and Alberto Pavan on Thebaid 6

5.15 Antony Augoustakis (Baylor) on Thebaid 8


If you would like to attend, please send a cheque (made payable to ‘The University of Nottingham’) for £20 (£15 students/unwaged), with an indication of any dietary requirements, by Monday January 11th to:

Helen Lovatt,

Department of Classics,

University of Nottingham,

University Park,



It is also possible to pay by credit card: please contact me for a form. There are 40 spaces in the room, so book early to avoid disappointment!

I am also organising dinner at a local restaurant; please let me know if you would like to join us. Information on travel to the University of Nottingham and campus maps is available from:

The University Staff Club is no. 8 on the printable PDF map:

If you need accommodation overnight, there are some cheap B&Bs in Beeston, reasonably near to Beeston station and the place where I am planning to go for dinner. These are the Andrews hotel and the Hylands hotel; you can find many options on the tourist information site at, although it doesn’t bring up the hotel nearest to campus, which is the Toby Carvery: (a bit more expensive at £60 per night).

The university also has a hotel reservation service, which might be an easier way of doing it. Advisors provide up-to-the-minute information and will match a hotel to your particular requirements, taking care of all the administration for you. You will also benefit from pre-negotiated preferential rates with major city hotels providing you with substantial savings.

For further details please contact one of the Hotel Reservation Service advisers on:

Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 5011 / 13640

Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5018

Email: hrs AT

If there are any other problems or questions, please do get in touch with me by e-mail: helen.lovatt AT

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xvi kalendas januarias

ante diem xvi kalendas januarias

  • Saturnalia (day 1) — major, popular festival in honour of Saturn with banquets, the wearing of soft caps (pilei), and general good cheer. Shops and schools were closed, gambling was legally permitted, gifts were exchanged and masters might even wait on their servants. Obviously this festival is often seen as a precursor to our modern-day Christmas celebrations …
  • 246 B.C.E. — the Torah is translated into Greek (obviously not in one day)

A Classics Hannukah

Tip o’ the pileus to Eleanor Jefferson who sent this one in … enjoy!

Here are the lyrics (because you’ll want to sing along) and the info from the sidebar which you’re missing if you’re watching this on rc:

Recorded December 16, 2009 at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece

Apologies to Adam Sandler

Put on your yalmulka, here comes hanukkah
Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate hanukkah,

Hanukkah is the festival of lights,
Instead of one day of presents, its got eight crazy nights.

When you feel like the only grad student without a Christmas tree,
Heres a list of scholars who are jewish, in classical antiquity:

Eduard Fraenkel, lights the menorah
Ralph Rosen studies Aristophanes, and also, the torah

Saloman Reinach was a Jewish tomb raider
And you might see Froma Zeitlin at the departmental seder

Martha Jackowsky loves a six-pointed star
So do Moses Finlay, Ruth Scodell, and Dov Gera

Now they don’t need no Santa or Good King Wenceslaus
Cause they’ve got Allan Bloom and his mentor Leo Strauss—Both Jewish!

Put on your yamulkah, its time for Hannukah
Zeus and Poseidon-ica, celebrate hannukah

Nathan Rosenstein does studies that delight us
But when he goes to Rome, he avoids the arch of Titus

Victor David Hansen not a Jew
But guess who is – Arnaldo Momigliano

So many classicists visit the wailing wall
Let’s not forget about our very own Sarit and Paul!

Put on your yalmulka, it’s time to celebrate hanukkah
Leda and the swan-ica, big fans of hanukkah.

So drink your gin-and-tonic-ah, and visit Thessalonika,
If you really, really wanna-kah, have a happy, happy, happy, happy

Featuring Charles Umiker and Paul Kosmin

Another Shroud — Don’t Buy the Hype

Okay, if there’s one thing that really, really annoys me about the media it’s when they don’t take the time — whether on purpose or out of simple negligence — to do a bit of research about something. This a.m. as I was waiting for my triple grande sugar-free-vanilla soy latte to be constructed, a news alert from the BBC crossed my iPod screen, to wit:

A team of archaeologists and scientists says it has, for the first time, found pieces of a burial shroud from the time of Jesus in a tomb in Jerusalem.

The researchers, from Hebrew University and institutions in Canada and the US, said the shroud was very different from the controversial Turin Shroud.

Some people believe the Turin Shroud to have been Christ’s burial cloth, but others believe it is a fake.

The newly found cloth has a simpler weave than Turin’s, the scientists say.

The body of a man wrapped in fragments of the shroud was found in a tomb dating from the time of Jesus near the Old City of Jerusalem.

The tomb is part of a cemetery called the Field of Blood, where Judas Iscariot is said to have killed himself.

The researchers believe the man was a Jewish high priest or member of the aristocracy who died of leprosy, the earliest proven case.

They say he was wrapped in a cloth made of a simple two-way weave, very different to the complex weave of the Turin Shroud.

The researchers believe that the fragments are typical of the burial cloths used at the time of Jesus.

As a result, they conclude that the Turin Shroud did not originate from 1st Century Jerusalem.

The Turin Shroud has been the subject of much controversy.

Tests 20 years ago dated the fabric to the Middle Ages, but believers say the cloth bears the imprint of a man’s face that is an authentic image of Christ.

Coverage from other sources is quickly adding to the pile, with more or less detail. What needs to be mentioned is that this really isn’t a new discovery. We mentioned this ‘first leper’ story back in 2004, when rogueclassicism was still trying to find its voice — it was mentioned in the context of Shimon Gibson’s claims about the ‘John the Baptist Cave’. At least one of the links we mentioned back then is still alive, and contains this excerpt:

Although he made the discovery three years ago, he said he held off from publicising the find until exhaustive examination of the bones, DNA and fibres in the skeleton’s shroud were complete.

So this piece of cloth was actually found back in 2000 or 2001 but at the time the ‘first leper’ story was breaking, you might recall that this find was being touted as a piece of shroud belonging to someone who might have witnessed the crucifixion (alas, my link to that isn’t working still).
“We didn’t want to make a spectacular announcement and then find we hadn’t done our homework,” he told The Associated Press.

Orit Shamir, a textiles expert at the Israel Antiquities Authority, said the leper’s linen shroud was also unique.

“This is the first time we have found a shroud of that age in the Jerusalem area,” she said, adding that the man’s clothing indicated his social status.

“He was from the upper level of society,” she said.

Gibson said that although leprosy weakened the man’s immune system, it was tuberculosis that actually killed him.

He said that contrary to the local custom at the time of burying a corpse and then later re-interring the bones, the leper was left untouched in his niche, away from the bones of his relatives.

“People were very frightened of leprosy,” he said. “They were afraid of being contaminated.”

That fear may have led to the preservation of the shroud, Gibson said, keeping the cloth in its niche above the cave floor away from the rotting effects of rainwater.

“Such things have previously only been found in arid or semi-arid areas such as the Jordan Valley or Egypt.”

We might note that the BBC themselves also mentioned this discovery early in 2005 (I’ll skip the link to rc). Whatever the case, this isn’t ‘new’ and it is clearly deceptive to pass it off as a “new” discovery. I honestly am not sure whether the ‘weave analysis’ is something new or not; it’s clearly a response to the claim a few weeks ago of a researcher’s discovery of text on the Shroud of Turin that authenticate it (which received tons of press attention, of course)… please enlighten us in the comments if you can point us to a source about these ‘recent’ tests.

UPDATE (an hour or so later): I note that Antonio Lombatti points to the original research article in the comments to Jim West’s post on this.

Additional coverage (there’s much more):

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xviii kalendas januarias

ante diem xviii kalendas januarias

  • Consualia — a festival in honour of Consus which likely involved a similar celebration to that held on August 21 (i.e. horse races, chariot races, and garlanding of the steeds)
  • 337 B.C. — death of Timoleon (according to one reckoning)
  • 19 B.C. — dedication of the Ara Fortunae Reducis
  • 37 A.D. — birth of the future emperor Nero
  • 130 A.D. — birth of the future co-emperor Lucius Verus