Denise McCoskey (UMiami) Wins APA Teaching Aware

Denise McCoskey, associate professor of classics at Miami University, has won the American Philological Association 2009 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College Level.

“I find it nearly impossible to write about Denise without resorting to a list of superlatives, but she really is extraordinary,” one nominator wrote.

McCoskey joined Miami’s faculty in 1995. She received her bachelor’s degree in classics and archaeology from Cornell University in 1990 and her doctorate in classical studies from Duke University in 1995.

She teaches a range of courses, including Classical Mythology, Women in Antiquity, Greek and Roman Tragedy and Lyric Poetry. She also has initiated several specialized courses and is affiliated with the Jewish studies and black world studies programs.

McCoskey’s classes foster student involvement in learning and a diverse curriculum and disrupt student expectations. Her teaching style utilizes participation and discussion.

An observer remarked, “Her classes are noisy, wonderfully noisy, with lively discussion and much excited argument. ”

McCoskey is the second member of Miami’s classics department to receive this award in the last five years.

Judith de Luce, professor of classics, won it in 2005.

via Miami professor wins national teaching award | Oxford Press.

What Eric Rebillard is Up To

Classics professor Eric Rebillard has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support his research on funerary behaviors among the common people of the Roman Empire.

“Knowledge about Roman funerary rituals and burial practices is largely limited to a few texts and a few monuments, both products of the cultural and social elite of the Roman Empire,” said Rebillard. “I believe that burials allow us to go far beyond the limits of our other evidence in the study of the non-elites and that the study of funerary rituals can thus extend considerably our understanding of Roman culture.”

Rebillard’s project applies statistical analysis to a database of excavated tombs in Italy during the first three centuries of the Roman Empire to analyze the layout and contents of the graves and treatment of the bodies.

The project is unique, says Rebillard, because previously funerary monuments and grave goods have been studied mainly as indicators of social status. Rebillard’s approach is to emphasize funerary ritual itself and to study funerary behaviors.

The Mellon Foundation previously awarded Rebillard a New Directions fellowship to support his research.

via Cornell Chronicle: Grant funds classics research.

d.m. Margaret Reesor

Classics Professor Emerita Margaret Reesor passed away Thursday, January 21.

Professor Reesor started teaching in Queen’s department of classics in 1961.She was greatly admired as a teacher in a wide range of classical subjects, including Greek language, literature, and philosophy, and the Latin writers Cicero, Lucretius, Vergil, and Seneca, and as a much-published authority on the Pre-Socratic, Stoic, and Epicurean philosophers. After retiring in 1987 as full professor, she continued her research and writing.

Visitation will take place Monday, January 25 at James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel, 1900 John Counter Blvd. A service at 1:30 pm in the Chapel will be followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Queen’s Department of Classics, Rideaucrest Home, or a charity of choice are welcome.

The Queen’s flags will remain lowered throughout the day Monday in her honour.

Spartacus Marketing

Since up in Canada here we don’t get the new Spartacus until Monday (on TMN), I was looking to see if it was on iTunes … while waiting for the predicted iTunes update to install (why do folks tolerate these constant wholesale updates? If that were a Windows thing there’d be no end of complaints), I came across this … what’s potentially interesting is the Spartacus Workout app! (besides the show itself of course):

Starz is mixing digital and traditional marketing strategies to drive tune-ins to the Jan. 22 debut of scripted drama series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the premium network’s second scripted drama after Crash, but one it renewed for a second season before the first one begun.Starz is trying to reach young viewers through show-specific, gaming applications for Apple’s iPhone and iTouch devices, according to Marc DeBevoise senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy for Starz Media.The mobile game can be accessed via iTunes and has a Wi-Fi connection feature that lets players amongst each other, he said.It also is distributing a four-part comic series based on the show. Each episode of the digital comic book series can be purchased at a suggested retail price of $1.99 on, iTunes, Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox videogame consoles.Starz has teamed with male-targeted Men’s Health magazine to create a digital workout around the series. The official Spartacus workout/exercise routine is available as a free iTunes app.More young people are using their iPhone and iPods for entertainment purposes, so DeBevoise believes the digital offerings will help build momentum.Otherwise, Starz has teamed with several cable operators to offer free on-demand previews of the series’ first and second episodes. Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, Insight Communications and Mediacom Communications will air episode 1 on Jan. 20 one and episode 2 on Jan. 27 on demand on Jan. 27, Nancy McGee, executive vice president of marketing, said.DirecTV also will offer a preview of the first two episodes on Jan 21 via its 101 channel.Apple’s iTunes and Netflix will offer Spartacus episodes day and date with their debuts on Starz, said the network.

via Starz Launches ‘Spartacus’ Assault | Multichannel News.

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

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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

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


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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

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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

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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

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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?

CFP:Greek memories: theory and practice

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Greek memories: theory and practice

Durham, 27-28 September 2010

The Conference will conclude the annual research project on ancient memory
at the Department of Classics & Ancient History, Durham University

Call for papers:

The concepts of memory, recollecting and forgetting are central in all
cultures, not least in the ancient Greek world. Mnemosyne, the goddess
Memory, was the mother of the Muses, and as such constituted the mythic
patron of all human endeavours in the arts and sciences. This conference
aims to explore two interrelated aspects of memory in ancient Greece: (i)
discursive reflections on memory, recollecting, and forgetting as divine and
human experiences; and (ii) the role of these reflections in shaping, more
fundamentally, practices of thought, communication, and writing. Papers on
the Œtheory and practice¹ of memory, recollection, and forgetting across the
range of literary genres (epic and lyric poetry, tragedy, comedy,
historiography, philosophy and scientific prose treatises) are invited, as
well as more wide-ranging investigations on how certain fundamental
approaches to memory bridged generic and chronological boundaries (or failed
to do so).

Papers should last no longer than 40 minutes and will be followed by

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words in length; they should include your
name, paper title, affiliation, and contact addresses, and should be sent as
e-mail attachments to luca.castagnoli AT

Deadline for abstract submission: Sunday, 7 February 2010.

The Conference Organisers
Dr Luca Castagnoli & Dr Paola Ceccarelli

CONF: Durham University Classics Department Seminars This Term

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We have two regular seminars at Durham: a Work In Progress Seminar and an evening Research Seminar. Please see below for details of the speakers and their papers.

1) Work In Progress Seminar: Wednesdays 1.00-2.00

Seminar Room

Department of Classics and Ancient History

38 North Bailey


United Kingdom

Wednesday 20 January

Janika Päll (Tarttu University)

Memory in Demosthenes’ Philippics

Wednesday 27 January

Valentina di Lascio (Durham)

The Theoretical Rationale Behind Aristotle’s Classification of the Linguistic Fallacies in the Sophistical Refutations.

Wednesday 3 February

Penelope Wilson (Durham)

The debate over Classics in Eighteenth Century Education

Wednesday 10 February

Craig Hannaway (Durham)

‘I do not want to be a person': Anne Carson, Sappho, and the Sublime.

Wednesday 17 February

Justine Wolfenden (Durham)

Troia (nefas!): Troy as a negative locus in Lucretius and Catullus

Wednesday 24 February

Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham)

Parallel lives: Ovidian poetic ‘autobiography’ in Tristia 2

Wednesday 3 March

Rik van Wijlick (Durham)

The Herodian advancement: political interaction between Rome and the Jewish State between 44 and 42 BC

Wednesday 10 March

Lauren Knifton (Durham)

Pining for the Fjords and the Last Spix’s Macaw: Parrots, Personae and Immortality in Amores 2.6.

Wednesday 17 March

Kathryn Stevens (Cambridge)

In search of a Hellenistic world: intellectual horizons in Greece and Babylonia

2) Research Seminar: Wednesdays 5.30pm

Ritson Room

Department of Classics and Ancient History (as above!)

Wednesday 20th January

Martin Steinrück (Freiburg, Switzerland)

Dialogic Memory

Wednesday 27 January


Wednesday 3 February

Edmund Richardson (Princeton)

In search of an Empire of Memory

Wednesday 10 February

Georg Danek (Vienna)

Name-Dropping in Bosnian Epics and the Genealogy of Agamemnon’s Sceptre

Wednesday 17 February

Riccardo Chiaradonna (Università Roma Tre)

Plotinus on Memory, Recollection and Discursive Thought.

Wednesday 24 February

Penelope Murray

Muses, Memory and Myth in the Decline of Callipolis: Plato Republic 545d-e

Wednesday 3 March

Luigi Battezzato (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale)

Euripides the Antiquarian

Wednesday 10 March

Richard King (University of Glasgow)

Individuals, soul and memory in Plato’s Philebus.

Wednesday 17 March

Ugo Zilioli (IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin)

The Subtler Philosophers at Theaetetus 156a: their identity and doctrine.

CFP: 2010 EAA Mtg Session: Tattoos and Body Modification in Antiquity

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CFP: 2010 European Association of Archaeologists
Meeting in the Hague, September 1-5, 2010,

Session Title: Aspects of Embodiment: Tattoos
and Body Modification in Antiquity

From Oetzi the Iceman to today’s full-sleeved and
pierced urbanite, it seems that body modification
has always formed an integral part of the human
animal’s relationship to its body. Some
adornments are temporary or purely situational,
such as particular body paints, jewelry or hair
treatments, while others are quite permanent and,
when we are very lucky, preserved in the
archaeological record.
The archaeologist’s arsenal in studying preserved
tattoos and other body modifications has expanded
in recent years. At the same time,
anthropological interest in "the body" and
embodiment has greatly increased theoretical
interest in practices that "inscribe" upon the
body. Few still see tattooing simply as a display
of art; they look instead for distinctions of
status, rank, age or gender, for medicinal uses,
for punitive or laudatory uses, for manifestos or
other propagandistic uses, as marks of belonging
or exclusion, as marks of transition or
transformation … As the body arts of, e.g.,
Oceania and Asia, are better understood, the
ideas have cross-pollenated with European
archaeology. In fact, the serious and scientific
attention accorded to body modification today
contrasts starkly with earlier dismissal by
Europeans of tattooed "barbarians." We feel
that, in the current atmosphere of acceptance, it
is time for a multidisciplinary session on the
archaeology of body modification.

We invite papers from all relevant disciplines,
but particularly welcome bioarchaeologists who
work with the detection and analysis of ancient
tattoos; archaeologists who work with preserved
tattoos and/or modifications; and all those whose
reconsiderations of ancient tattooing practices
promise to expand our field and contribute to
richer understanding of the ancient body and mind.

Please send abstracts as soon as possible in the following format to :

prof. dr. philippe della casa
universität zürich, abt. ur- und frühgeschichte
karl-schmid-str. 4, CH – 8006 zürich
tel. +41 (0)44 6343831, fax (0)44 6344992

Session Papers
All fields below marked with a * must be completed

Name of presenter*:

Name(s) of co author(s):


Content*: (with a maximum of 300 words)

Thank you very much!
Constanze Witt, co-organizer

ED: Greek and Latin Summer School Bologna 2010

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Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School (28th June – 16th July 2010)

The Department of Classics ( ) of Bologna
University welcomes applications to its Greek and Latin Summer School.

The teaching will be focused both on language and on literature; further
classes will touch on moments of classical history and history of art,
supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and

The course will be held in Bologna from 28th June to 16th July 2010 for a
total of 60 hours.

The Greek course will be for beginners only, whereas classes of different
levels (at least beginners and intermediate) are scheduled for Latin.

Participants must be aged 18 or over.
All tuition will be in English.

For further information and to enrol, please visit:
E-mail: diri_school.latin AT

Correction (02/12/10):

The email address is:

Citanda: Spring 2010 issue of Iris magazine

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The Spring 2010 issue of Iris is out this month, and the theme of this edition is travel in the ancient world. Contents include:

  • Herodotus Earth: The ancient world in Google
  • Roman Holiday: Following the Classical tourist trail
  • Perspectives from Xenophon: Ladies, gentlemen and barbarians
  • Iris chat: Michael Scott, author of ‘From Democrats to Kings’
  • Pausanias: Guide to ancient travelling
  • Travelogue: Knossos

It also includes articles and features on outreach projects, news and reviews, quizzes and puzzles, a what’s on section, translations and fiction, advice and more…

You can subscribe through our website at or by replying to this email.

Iris magazine is part of The Iris Project, an educational charity promoting Classics in state schools and inner cities, and half of all copies printed are sent free to state schools which do not offer any Classical subjects.This is funded by subscriptions and advertising.

Antonine-era Imperial Statue Found!

… in the courtyard of a condominium development in the Fuorigrotta neighbourhood of Naples! The carabinieri were in a ‘race against time’ to find the item, apparently originally found in the 1930s and destined for the black market, of course. Here’s the coverage from Libero:

Una statua in marmo bianco raffigurante un imperatore di epoca antonina, collocata in un condominio residenziale del quartiere Fuorigrotta, e’ stata scoperta e sequestrata dai Carabinieri del Nucleo Tutela Patrimonio Culturale di Napoli, impegnati nelle indagini contro lo scavo clandestino e la ricettazione di reperti archeologici. I carabinieri si sono messi sulle tracce della statua romana in una vera e propria corsa contro il tempo, dopo aver acquisito informazioni relative a un crescente interesse nel mercato clandestino verso una statua in marmo custodita in un palazzo a Napoli: l’intenzione della malavita locale sarebbe stata quella di rubare l’opera d’arte per poi rivenderla.

Le indagini, coordinate dalla Procura della Repubblica di Napoli e svolte in sinergia con i militari della Compagnia di Rione Traiano e i Funzionari della Soprintendenza Archeologica, hanno consentito di localizzare la statua a Fuorigrotta, all’interno di un condominio edificato negli anni ’30. L’opera marmorea, che con ogni probabilita’ venne scoperta durante i lavori di costruzione del fabbricato, riveste un rilevante interesse archeologico: si tratta infatti di una scultura di notevole e pregiata fattura, che faceva probabilmente parte di un monumento dedicato ad un imperatore di eta’ antonina, eretto lungo la via per Pozzuoli, subito dopo l’uscita della Crypta Neapolitana. Sculture di analoga fattura sono attualmente esposte nei piu’ importanti musei archeologici del territorio.

I Carabinieri, assistiti da Funzionari archeologi della Soprintendenza Speciale di Napoli e Pompei, hanno cosi’ prelevato la statua per trasportarla al laboratorio di conservazione e restauro del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli dove, al termine di un intervento di risanamento conservativo, necessario dopo la prolungata esposizione agli agenti atmosferici, verra’ con ogni probabilita’ esposta al pubblico.