Clash of Titans in 3D decision coming soon | Reuters

Haven’t been keeping up with all the Clash of the Titans gossip of late … this incipit from Reuters is very interesting:

Warner Bros. will decide in the next 10 days whether to release Louis Leterrier’s remake of action fantasy “Clash of the Titans” in 3D.FilmThe studio has ordered a 3D test of the film — set for release on March 26 — and will screen the converted scenes next week before deciding whether to make the move. Studios across Hollywood are looking into possible 3D conversions in the aftermath of the big box office bonanza called “Avatar.”

More: Clash of Titans in 3D decision coming soon.

CFP: Classics Ireland

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

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

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

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

brian.sheridan@ AT


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

The APA Division of Outreach and the APA Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance are creating a list of classicists with backgrounds in musical performance and the history of music.

We are especially eager to identify colleagues who would be willing to share their knowledge of both music and classical antiquity with individuals writing or performing works that are set in the ancient Greco-Roman world, draw on ancient Greek and Latin literary texts, or feature classical figures and themes.

If you would be willing to lend your expertise to this project, particularly by responding to queries from denizens of the musical world, please send a brief (200-300 word) biography describing your "credentials" and interests in both classics and music to Judith P. Hallett, jeph AT The deadline for inclusion in the initial list is February 28, but it will be updated regularly.

Citanda: What We Can Learn From Cicero

An excerpt in medias res from a lengthy item in Forbes:

“Afghanistan is not lost, but for several years it has moved backwards. There’s no imminent threat of the government being overthrown, but the Taliban has gained momentum. Al-Qaida has not reemerged in Afghanistan in the same numbers as before 9/11, but they retain their safe havens along the border. And our forces lack the full support they need to effectively train and partner with Afghan security forces and better secure the population. Our new commander in Afghanistan–General McChrystal–has reported that the security situation is more serious than he anticipated. In short: The status quo is not sustainable. As cadets, you volunteered for service during this time of danger.”

Even the best of the speech is lackluster. Now turn to Cicero’s Philippics, as translated by the wartime code breaker DR Shackleton Bailey 30 years ago, and published late last year by Loeb. Though much is long, and embedded with subclauses, vivid phrases abound:

“Why, then am I against peace? Because it is dishonorable, because it is dangerous, because it is impossible.” [108 characters]

“Is anything more dishonorable not only to individuals but especially to the entire senate than inconsistency, irresponsibility, fickleness? [139]

“I am not against peace, but I dread war camouflaged as peace.” [61]

“Therefore, if we wish to enjoy peace, we must wage war; if we fail to wage war, peace we will never enjoy.” [106]

The point is not that President Obama should have given a Ciceronian speech, but that when examined by the extreme limits of tweeting, the supposed enemy of writing, Cicero shows us that the art and power of prose lies not so much in the words but in their arrangement. It is not for naught, then, that Harris recommends every British politician read the Philippics and be obliged to recite a passage aloud “to understand how great speeches are made.”

NEH Summer Seminar: “The Falls of Rome.” Call for Participants

Seen on various lists quite a while ago (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar
“The ‘Falls of Rome’: The Transformations of Rome in Late Antiquity”


NEH Summer Seminar at the American Academy in Rome
28 June – 30 July, 2010

Director: Michele Renee Salzman, University of California at Riverside
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Associate Director: Kimberly Bowes, Cornell University
kdb48 or kimberlybowes or 917 699 0340

The NEH Summer Seminar, “The ‘Falls of Rome’: The Transformations of Rome in Late Antiquity” will take place at the American Academy in Rome from 28 June through 30 July 2010. This seminar will focus on a topic that is fundamental to the study of antiquity; “What does it mean to say Rome fell?” Unlike other attempts to analyze the fall in terms of the political and military end of the Roman Empire, this seminar will focus on the capital of that empire, the city of Rome, in the late third to the seventh centuries. Through intensive study of texts and new archaeological remains, we will critically examine the reasons traditionally adduced for Rome’s fall – political and/or military crisis – and search for more complete definitions, and more complete explanations, of societal change.

The seminar is founded on interdisciplinary interactions, including the collaboration of the Seminar Director, Michele Renee Salzman, an historian, with the Associate Director, Kimberly Bowes, an archaeologist. All readings and seminar discussion will be in English. We welcome applicants from a wide variety of fields in the humanities.

Participants are chosen from university and college faculty who teach American post-secondary students. This includes faculty teaching abroad who teach American students. Applicants of all ranks and all levels of institution are welcome.

In addition, two places are reserved for qualified advanced graduate students

For detailed information about the Seminar and the application go to the American Academy in Rome website,

or contact the Director or Associate Director at the addresses above.


CFP: Ancient Demography, Annual Meeting Social Science and History Association, Chicago, November 18-21, 2010

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

This fall, the 35th Annual Meeting of the American Social Science and
History Association will take place from 18-21 November in Chicago. This
year’s theme is "Power and Politics".

The Annual Meeting of the Social Science and History Association is the
American counterpart of the two-yearly European Social Science and History
Conference, and is organized by an interdisciplinary group of scholars
that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and
historical and social-scientific methodologies.

This year, the "Family Demography" network of the SSHA aims to organize a
session entitled "Demography and Power Dynamics in the Ancient
Mediterranean (ca. 500 BCE – 500 CE)". As the organizer of this session, I
would like to give you an informal notice that paper proposals are now
being accepted, and that you are kindly invited to submit a title and
abstract for review. The submission deadline is February 15, 2010. Please
see the SSHA website at for further

CONF: Oxford Ancient History Seminar: Roman Republican Seafaring

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

Spring Term 2010, Ancient History Seminar Series, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

Roman Republican Seafaring

Tuesdays 5pm, Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford

19 January

Christa Steinby (BA Visiting Fellow, Oxford)

Rethinking the Roman republican navy

26 January

Matthew Leigh (Oxford)

Early Roman Epic and the Maritime Moment

2 February

Pascal Arnaud (Nice)

Rome and Maritime Trade in the 4th – 3rd centuries BC

9 February


16 February

David Blackman (Oxford) & Boris Rankov (RHUL)

The bases of the navy in the Republican period

23 February

Vincent Gabrielsen (Copenhagen)

Fleet Funding and Fiscalism: the example of the Greek city-states

2 March

Pier Luigi Tucci (Pisa)

Navalia on the Tiber (t.b.c.)

9 March

Philip de Souza (Dublin)

Why did the Romans need so many warships?