CONF: University of Wales Lampeter and KYKNOS Research Seminars Lent term

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

Classics Department and KYKNOS research seminars Lent Term 2010.

KYKNOS seminars (marked as such below) begin at 6pm; all others at 5.15pm. All seminars take place in the Roderic Bowen Seminar Room. All welcome. For further information o.hodkinson AT

21/01 Dr Jennifer Ingleheart, Durham ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here: the reception of Euripides’ Iphigenia among the Taurians in Ovid’s Exile Poetry’

28/01 Dr Angus Bowie, The Queen’s College, Oxford ‘The Odyssey looks at the Iliad’ KYKNOS

04/02 Dr Pauline Hanesworth, Lampeter ‘The Eleusinian Heracles: myth and ritual … again’

11/02 Dr Serafina Cuomo, Birkbeck College London ‘Accounts in inscriptions: who counted in classical Athens?’

18/02 No seminar

25/02 Greta Hawes, Bristol ‘Pausanias and the idea of Crete’ KYKNOS

04/03 Dr Luca Larpi, Manchester TBC (Late Antiquity topic)

11/03 Dr Christer Henriksen, Uppsala TBC (on Epigraphical Poetry)

18/03 TBC

25/03 Dr Steven Green, Leeds ‘Astrological Discretion in Augustan Literature’

CONF: Yorkshire Ancient Philosophy Network ~ February 5

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

The Yorkshire Ancient Philosophy Network will meet, 10am-5pm in the Board Room at the Wilberforce Institute, Hull. All are welcome.

Location: WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation), University of Hull, Oriel Chambers, 27 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE. 10 mins walk from the Hull Railway Station. Link to map below.

Further details at our website/blog, "Sullogismos":


10:00-12:30 Reading Group
Plato Republic IV, 428-435 (in English, using Grube/Reeve translation, publ. Hackett)

12:30-13:30 Lunch (own arrangements)

13:30-15:00 Malcolm Heath (Leeds)
"’Why are humans poetical animals? An experiment in Aristotelian anthropology."

15:00-15:15 Coffee

15:15-16:45 Amber Carpenter (York)
"Does Plato think it is good for us to aim at happiness?"

All academics and postgraduates with an interest in Ancient Philosophy are warmly welcomed.
Lunch: own arrangements.

No booking is required, but an email to indicate attendance would enable us to circulate the papers to participants in advance.

Contact: Amber Carpenter (adc503 AT, Jamie Dow (j.dow AT or Antony Hatzistavrou (A.hatzistavrou AT

Map for Wilberforce Institute:,+United+Kingdom&gl=uk&ei=q8pFS7jmKofw0wSI1tj0AQ&ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA&ll=53.742214,-0.336199&spn=0.011751,0.027294&z=15

CFP: STAGE Postgraduate Conference Extended Deadline

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

STAGE, the Postgraduate Classical Association of the Universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh, announces its annual Postgraduate Conference for 2010 to be held on the 13th of February at the University of Edinburgh, and invites the submission of abstracts.

The conference will be held on the 13th of February in the David Hume Tower. Location details and campus maps can be found here:

Registration begins at 10AM and would anyone interested in participating please email STAGECONFERENCE2010 AT GMAIL.COM or click REPLY with the word ATTEND in the subject box to give us an idea of numbers. Details to follow soon.

The purpose of the STAGE conference is to allow postgraduates in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology in the UK and Europe to interact and exchange ideas, get feedback on their work in a receptive and low-pressure environment, and develop future directions for research. We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers making developed arguments, as well as for posters summarising developing research. It is our hope that postgraduates at all stages of their degrees will attend.

Abstracts for papers should be no longer than 200 words and should outline the paper?s argument. Proposals for posters should be no longer than 100 words and should describe what will be presented. In either case, applicants should also include details of their current degree, including institution, supervisor, and research topic. Papers and posters in any area of Classics, Ancient History or Archaeology are welcome. All proposals should be sent within the body of an email to stageconference2010

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Cambyses Lost Army? The Plot Thickens …

Prom Iran’s PressTV:

A group of Iranian archeologists is planning to go to Egypt to study the remains of a great Persian army in the Sahara desert.

Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (ICHTO) Hamid Baqaei announced on Sunday that Egypt had agreed for the Iranian group to conduct studies there.

Two Italian brothers claimed to have found the remains of a great army sent by the Persian King Cambyses II to attack the Oasis of Siwa 2,500 years ago.

Egypt’s chief archeologist Zahi Hawass, however, rejected the discovery as “unfounded and misleading,” adding that as the Italian brothers had not been granted legal permission to excavate in Egypt their claims of having made a discovery was not credible.

“We have sent a letter to Egyptian cultural heritage officials and they have implicitly confirmed the existence of the remains of the Persian army,” IRNA quoted Baqaei as saying.

“They have also stated that the finds belong to the Egyptian government.”

… which is interesting given that any Iranian source I’ve ever seen on this has gone to great lengths to point out how Herodotus’ account doesn’t make sense. They seem to be setting out to prove a negative …

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iii idus januarias

ante diem iii idus januarias

  • Carmentalia begins (day 1) — a two-day festival (with a three day break between the days) in honour of the deity Carmenta, who was possibly a goddess of both childbirth and prophecy.
  • 49 B.C. — Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon (by another reckoning)
  • ?? B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Juturna in the Campus Martius
  • 29 B.C. — Octavian closes the doors of the Temple of Janus, signifying the Roman world was at peace