A Scholarly Slap on the Wrist?

Excerpts from an interesting piece at the New York Times’ Paper Cuts Blog:

There’s a scene in David Malouf’s “Ransom” — a novel based mainly on Homer’s “Iliad” — in which King Priam of Troy is slaughtered by Neoptolemus, the son of the Greek hero Achilles. That episode, which is not described in the “Iliad,” ultimately derives from a lost archaic Greek epic, the “Iliou Persis,” or “Sack of Troy.” But the best-known surviving version of the death of Priam appears in the second book of Virgil’s “Aeneid,” and Latinists took me to task for not mentioning it in my review of “Ransom” published in the Book Review last month.

In recompense, here are two translations of the passage in Virgil to compare, the first by Sarah Ruden. In The New York Review of Books, Garry Wills said her 2008 “Aeneid” “has soared over the bar” set high by Robert Fagles in 2006. His translation follows hers. (Neoptolemus is here called Pyrrhus; the narrator is Aeneas, at the court of Queen Dido of Carthage.)


Some other notes:

— The fantastic vase painting of the killing of Priam is from an Attic black-figure amphora of the late sixth century B.C., now in the Louvre. Like many ancient illustrations of the Trojan War, it depicts the conquest of Troy as a savage and merciless slaughter of innocents; here Neoptolemus bludgeons Priam with the body of a Trojan child.

— Virgil’s references to the rule of Asia and a headless trunk on the shore would have been immediately understood by Romans of the early Augustan age as a reference to Pompey the Great, the Roman conqueror of the East treacherously assassinated and beheaded on the shores of Egypt.

— The title of Malouf’s novel, “Ransom,” is a translation of the Greek term for the Iliadic episode in which Priam ransoms the body of his son Hector from Achilles. It’s just one of the many ways in which Malouf shows his thorough engagement with the “Iliad.”

— No matter how skillful these translations, Virgil’s Latin suffers far more in translation than does Homeric Greek. It’s worth learning Latin just to read the “Aeneid.”

via Virgil Strikes Back – Paper Cuts Blog – NYTimes.com.

The Priestess of Boscoreale Returns

The skinny: a Roman second style painting of a priestess which was stolen from the villa of Asellius at Pompeii (some time prior to 1997) turned up at Christie’s in New York. Here’s the incipit:

Tornerà a Pompei l’affresco con la sacerdotessa, recuperato a New York, presso la casa d’aste Christie’s, dai Carabinieri del Reparto Operativo Tutela Patrimonio Culturale affiancati dagli agenti dell’Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), l’autorità doganale USA, a cui erano stati forniti tutti gli elementi comprovanti la illecita provenienza dall’Italia e la legittima appartenenza all’eredità culturale italiana. Il quadretto è un affresco, eseguito in secondo stile pompeiano, databile al I secolo d.C., raffigurante una “ministra sacrificante”, delle dimensioni dicm80 x 60.

Era stato trafugato in data sconosciuta dai depositi degli scavi di Pompei e solo nel 1997 era stata fatta comunicazione della sua sparizione. Il reperto, ritrovato in ottimostato di conservazione, era stato acquistato nel 1957 dall’allora Soprintendenza di Napoli e Pompei e assieme ad altri dipinti proveniva dallo scavo della villa detta di Asellius. L’edificio, che si trovava sotterrato nel fondo agricolo di Giuseppe De Martino, venne indagato tra il 1903 e il 1904 dall’avvocato Vincenzo De Prisco, che nel proprio terreno, nel 1895, aveva riportato alla luce la villa detta della “Pisanella” e scoperto il tesoro di argenterie, oggi al Louvre. La villa, a pianta quadrata, viene detta di Asellius da un sigillo di bronzo con soprasegnato quel nome e ritenuto appartenente al proprietario dell’edificio o al suo procuratore.

L’affresco con sovradipinto la figura di una sacerdotessa, noto anche come l’affresco della “Ministra”, propone, come riporta Matteo della Corte in “Notizie Scavi” del 1921 « una sacerdotessa in camice giallo dalle maniche verdi, incedente di fronte, e recante nella destra una patera con oggetti indistinti, e con la sinistra, stesa lungo il lato corrispondente del corpo, un praefericulum (si tratta di un vaso da cui gli auguri versavano liquido durante le cerimonie)».

via Ritrovata la sacerdotessa di Boscoreale | In Somma.

(there’s a tiny photo accompanying the original article, but it’s too small to be useful)

Citanda: Another Hercules Comic

In medias res:

At the end of Hercules: The Thracian Wars, our hero and his band of adventurers (or mercenaries, if you’re feeling uncharitable) were off to Egypt to seek more fortune. That’s where this mini-series begins, on a slow boat to the Delta. Moore uses Iolaus the charioteer as his narrator, which is a fine choice. Iolaus is the most sympathetic of the band, and he’s the most “like us.” AutolyIn cus is a sneaky bastard, Meleager is a lovestruck whiner, and Atalanta is haughty. Hercules, as a demi-god, isn’t a good choice either – he’s not given to introspection, so his narration wouldn’t be terribly interesting. These people are interesting to read about, and Iolaus is a good person to narrate their adventures. They are beset immediately by pirates, leading to them arriving in Egypt in somewhat worse shape than they thought they would. They rescue one of the pharoah’s wives from bandits, which gets them an audience with the pharoah and a job as bodyguards for his wife. The pharoah, however, is embroiled in a civil war with his half-brother, and he wants Hercules and his group to spy on those in Memphis who might be working for the other side. And so we’re off!

via Hey, look! It’s a comic starring Hercules!| Comic Book Resources.

With Vulcan Presiding

Interesting story:

The Roman god of the forge presided over plenty of “I Do’s” on Valentine’s Day.

Seven weddings were held before the 50-ton Vulcan statue in suburban Birmingham on Sunday.

Spokeswoman Audra Bean says the couples wed as part of Vulcan Park’s “I Do With A View” event.

This is the first time the park has offered couples weddings packages.

For $300 the couples got an officiated ceremony with professional photos and a champagne toast with cake among other wedding staples.

They also got one impressive witness. The Vulcan statue has been perched atop Red Mountain since 1939.

… of course, given the status of Vulcan’s marriage to Venus, I’m not sure he’d be the best ‘overseer’ …

via 7 couples wed in front of Vulcan statue – WRCB Channel 3 Chattanooga News, Weather |.

see also: Vulcan Park and Museum

Bust in Syracuse

They were selling the stuff on the Internet …

Monete di diverse epoche e altri reperti archeologici, tutti frutto di scavi clandestini, erano messi in vendita sul web. A scoprire il traffico di reperti su internet sono stati i carabinieri del nucleo tutela patrimonio culturale di Siracusa che hanno effettuato quattro perquisizioni domiciliari, denunciando altrettante persone per impossessamento illecito di beni culturali appartenenti allo Stato. Sono state sequestrate 576 monete antiche, in bronzo e argento, riconducibili a zecche greche, romane, bizantine e arabo-normanne, decine di altri reperti fittili e in metallo e metal detector. Tutti i reperti recuperati saranno consegnati alla Soprintendenza di Siracusa.

via Monete e reperti in vendita su internet: denunce a Siracusa< … Giornale di Sicilia.

CFP: Digital Classicist 2010 Seminars

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Call for Presentations

The Digital Classicist will once more be running a series of seminars
at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, with
support from the British Library, in Summer 2010 on the subject of
research into the ancient world that has an innovative digital
component. We are especially interested in work that demonstrates
interdisciplinarity or work on the intersections between Ancient
History, Classics or Archaeology and a digital, technical or
practice-based discipline.

The Digital Classicist seminars run on Friday afternoons from June to
August in Senate House, London. In previous years collected papers
from the DC WiP seminars have been published* in a special issue of an
online journal (2006), edited as a printed volume (2007), and released
as audio podcasts (2008-9); we anticipate similar publication
opportunities for future series. A small budget is available to help
with travel costs.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract to <gabriel.bodard AT kcl.ac.uk> by
March 31st 2010. We shall announce the full programme in April.

CONF: Newcastle University Classics Research Seminars

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Newcastle University
Classics Research Seminar, 2009-2010 Semester 2

All seminars take place in the Shefton Room, Armstrong Building, 1st floor, Newcastle University, beginning at 5pm. All are welcome.

Wednesday 17 February 2010
THILO RISING, Newcastle University
A Storm in a Teacup: Senatorial Opposition to Pompey’s Eastern Settlement

Wednesday 3 March 2010
DR PENELOPE GOODMAN, University of Leeds
Urbis et Orbis: The Boundaries of the City of Rome

Wednesday 28 April 2010
DR STEPHANO MAGNANI, University of Udine
New Evidence from the Province of Syria

Wednesday 5 May 2010
PROF CATHERINE STEEL, University of Glasgow
Political Cultures and Written Records: Cicero after his Exile

A map of Newcastle University can be found here:

CONF: AIA Lectures

An excerpt from the latest AIA Update of interest:

The AIA’s Spring 2010 Lecture Season has begun, featuring free public lectures by scholars at locations throughout the United States and Canada. Offerings include current research in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Korea; Kublai Khan’s lost fleet; the mosaics of Tunisia; how coins portray the Imperial family drama of Flavian Rome; relations between Native Americans and Spanish colonists; and more. Find a Lecture Program near you. Our Spring Season runs to the end of April. We hope you’ll join us!
Look for a lecture near you at www.archaeological.org/lectures.

CONF: The Alexander Romance in the East

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The Alexander Romance in the East
A Conference at the University of Exeter, July 26-29, 2010

The organisers announce the draft programme for this international conference, which sets out to explore issues and growth points in the study of the Greek Alexander Romance and its transformations in the Persian and Arab traditions, as well as aspects of the Hebrew tradition as it impinges on the Muslim world. Sessions will be held in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, one of the University’s architectural gems with up-to-date facilities and a beautiful outlook. Accommodation has been reserved in the nearby Holland Hall and Mardon Hall.

Draft Conference Programme

Monday 26 July 2010

2.00-5.00 pm Arrival and registration; tea
6.00 Reception
7.00 Dinner
8.00 Richard Stoneman: Introduction and Opening paper
Persian Aspects of the Romance Tradition

Tuesday 27 July 2010

1115-1300 Dan Selden, Circulation of Texts in late antiquity
Sulochana Asirvatham, Alexander the Philosopher in Greek,
Persian and Arabic Traditions
1045-1115 Coffee
Corinne Jouanno, The Persians in the late Byzantine Alexander Romances: a portrayal under Turkish influences
Hendrik Boeschoten, Adventures of Alexander in medieval Turkish
1245-1415 Lunch
1415-1545 Michael Axworthy, Nadir Shah and Alexander
Warwick Ball, Alexander in Central Asia
1545-1615 Tea
1615-1730 Daniel Ogden, Sikandar Dragon-Slayer
Sabine Muller, Stories of the Persian Bride: Alexander and Roxane
1845 Dinner

Wednesday 28 July 2010

900-1100 Haila Manteghi, Candace and Qaidafa
Mario Casari, The King Explorer: a cosmographic approach to the Persian Alexander
Graham Anderson, Alexander and Arthur
1100-1120 Coffee
1120-1300 Z.David Zuwiyya, ‘Umara’s Arabic Alexander Romance
Faustina Doufikar-Aerts, Arabic Alexander
El-Sayed Gad, Al-Tabari’s Tales of Alexander: History and Romance
1300-1330 Lunch
1330-1600 Free time
1600-1800 Firuza Abdullaeva, Alexander’s Flying Machine
Alexandra Szalc, The Water of Life
Alexandra Kleczar, Kingship in the Jewish versions
1900 Party

Thursday 29 July 2010

915-1045 Olga Palagia, Macedonian Aspects of the Art of Central Asia
Emily Cottrell and Kyle Erickson, Did the Arabic Alexander Novel rely on Seleucid Sources?
1045-1115 Coffee
1115-1245 Ory Amitay, Paradise and the Gymnosophists in the Talmud
Yuriko Yamanaka, The Islamized Alexander in Chinese Geographies and Encyclopaedias
1245 Close. Lunch available

Booking Information

For further information, including accommodation and conference booking, please see our website, http://huss.exeter.ac.uk/classics/conferences. The University of Exeter is just over two hours by train from London and is located on a beautiful campus (with an important collection of rare trees!). The department of Classics and Ancient History has been rated third in the UK for research in 2008, while the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is host also to a new Centre for Persian Studies.

Booking closes on June 30th 2010, but reserved accommodation is limited, so book early to be sure of a place in one of the halls of residence overlooking the Exe Valley.

In case of difficulty contact

Richard Stoneman
c/o Dept of Classics and Ancient History
University of Exeter
Amory Building
Rennes Drive
Exeter EX4 4RJ

richard14stoneman AT btinternet.com

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

Changes to KYKNOS Lent term seminar programme

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Swansea and Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World


Below is given the KYKNOS programme for Michaelmas term 2009. For more information about the various activities of the research centre, please visit our website (www.kyknos.org.uk) or contact Professor John Morgan (John.Morgan AT swansea.ac.uk) or Dr Magdalena Öhrman (m.ohrman AT lamp.ac.uk).

All KYKNOS seminars commence at 6 pm.

22 January 2010: Swansea University, Keir Hardie, Room 130.

Liz Dollins (University of Exeter)

"Guilty Pleasure: The Greek novel and the reader’s veiled gaze."

28 January 2010: University of Wales Lampeter, Roderic Bowen Research Centre

Dr Angus Bowie (The Queen’s College, Oxford)

‘The Odyssey looks at the Iliad

5 February 2010: Swansea University, Keir Hardie, Room 130.

Dr Emily Pillinger (University of Bristol)

‘Prophetic voices in myth-historical narratives: making sense of "hindsight as foresight"’

9 February 2010: Swansea University, Keir Hardie, Room 130.

Professor Douglas Cairns (University of Edinburgh)

‘Narrative and Narrator in Bacchylides’

19 March 2010: Swansea University, Keir Hardie, Room 130.

Dr Magdalena Öhrman (University of Wales Lampeter)

‘Italiam non sponte sequor: Narrative Departures in Verg. Aen. 4 and 5’

3 April 2010: University of Wales Lampeter, Roderic Bowen Research Centre

Greta Hawes (University of Bristol)

‘Pausanias and the idea of Crete’

CFP: International Conference on Latin and Greek Syntax

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International conference on Greek and Latin syntax

Paris, November 26-27, 2010

Université Paris-Sorbonne, École Normale Supérieure

The LALG research group (Langues anciennes et linguistique générale) of the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4) is organizing a two-day international conference on Greek and Latin syntax on the 26th and 27th November 2010, in the Maison de la Recherche de la Sorbonne and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. This conference has the support of the École doctorale 1 « Mondes anciens et médiévaux », the Équipes d’accueil 1491 « Édition et commentaire des textes grecs et latins » and 4080 « Centre Alfred Ernout : linguistique et lexicographie latines et romanes », the Université Paris-Sorbonne, as well as the Département des Sciences de l’Antiquité of the ENS Paris and the Équipe de recherche « Sciences des textes anciens » of the UMR 8546 « Archéologie d’Orient et d’Occident et textes antiques ».

The purpose of this meeting is to promote syntactic studies in the field of Latin and Ancient Greek languages, in any theoretical framework. Every aspect of syntax can be considered: simple and complex sentence structure (noun phrase, verb phrase, adverbial phrase, negation, and subordination), macro-syntax (information structure, text syntax), the syntax-semantics interface, and the description of syntactic structures in terms of synchronic functions and diachronic changes. We hope the conference will provide an opportunity for scholars from different countries and various theoretical frameworks to meet each other, and will be the basis for a more thorough dialogue between the fields of Latin and Greek languages.

Submission guidelines: Anonymous abstracts about 3500-7000 characters long (including spaces, examples and references) should be sent in .pdf, .doc or .rtf to the following address: abstracts.sgl2010 AT gmail.fr. Abstracts and oral presentations may be in French or in English. Each presentation will be allotted 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion. The body of your email message should include your name, affiliation and contact information. The following elements should appear in the abstract: an explicit title, the theoretical framework, and the corpus. The deadline for abstract submission is April, 30th 2010. Each abstract will be anonymously reviewed by at least two members of the scientific committee. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of June 2010. After the meeting, the speakers will have the possibility to submit a complete paper for publication.

Important dates:
Abstract submission: 30 April 2010
Notification of acceptance : 30 June 2010
Meeting dates: 26-27 November 2010

Invited speakers:
Egbert J. Bakker (Yale University)
Colette Bodelot (Université Blaise Pascal de Clermont-Ferrand)

Scientific committee:
Nicolas Bertrand (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Colette Bodelot (Université Blaise Pascal de Clermont-Ferrand)
Bernard Bortolussi (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Richard Faure (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Frédérique Fleck (École Normale Supérieure)
Frédéric Lambert (Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux 3)
Arthur Ripoll (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Liliane Sznajder (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Jesús de la Villa (Université autonome de Madrid)

Organizing committee:
Nicolas Bertrand (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Richard Faure (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Frédérique Fleck (École Normale Supérieure).

nicobertrand AT free.frfaurerichard5044 AT neuf.fr
frederique.fleck AT ens.fr

CONF: Gods, Emotions and Free Will in Roman Epic Poetry during the 1st century AD

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Congress, 24 – 27 February 2010
Gods, Emotions and Free Will in Roman Epic Poetry during the 1st century AD

organised by
Prof. Dr. Thomas Baier
Institut für Klassische Philologie
Universität Würzburg, supported by DFG and Josef-Martin Foundation

Wednesday, 24 February 2010
(Toscanasaal, Würzburger Residenz)


Evening lecture (Josef-Martin-Vorlesung)
followed by a reception in the library of the Institut für Klassische

Frederick Ahl (Ithaca/New York)
Vatic Wit: The use of humour in Virgil, Lucan and Silius Italicus

Thursday, 25 February 2010
(Library of the Institut für Klassische Philologie)


Christiane Reitz (Rostock)
Entscheidungsfindung und epische Konvention in der flavischen Epik

Ulrich Eigler (Zürich)
Fatum, Fortuna, Fama: Innere und äußere Motivation in der epischen





Luigi Castagna (Mailand)
Quo numine laeso: fenomenologia dell’ ira divina nell’ epica latina

Paolo Asso (Ann Arbor/Michigan)
Emotions and the Rhetoric of Fate in Civil War

Eckard Lefèvre (Freiburg)
Fata, Emotionen und Willensfreiheit in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica



Lunch break


Gauthier Liberman (Paris)
L’anti-héroïsme chez Valerius Flaccus

Thomas Baier (Würzburg)
Zum Umgang mit göttlichen Äußerungen bei Valerius Flaccus





William Dominik (Dunedin, Neuseeland)
The Gods and Free Will in Statius’ Thebaid

Sylvie Franchet d’ Espèrey (Paris)
Médiations dans la Thébaïde de Stace


Friday, 26 February 2010


Christine Walde (Mainz)
Konzeptionen des Fatum bei Lucan

Gianna Petrone (Palermo)
I fata prospera di Pompeo in Lucano





Michael Erler (Würzburg)
Der unwissende Erzähler und seine Götter
Erzählperspektive und Theologie bei Lukan und in Vergils Aeneis

Martin Dinter (London)
World without Gods – Staffing the control level in Lucan’s Bellum Civile



Lunch break


Guided tour of the Martin-von-Wagner-Museum led by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sinn
(Director of the Institute of Classical Archeology)




Paolo Esposito (Neapel)
Su alcuni miti tragici in Lucano e nell’ epica flavia

Alfredo Casamento (Palermo)
Quando gli oracoli passano di moda. Lucano e la crisi del sistema oracolare


Saturday, 27 February 2010


Shadi Bartsch (Chicago)
The Dialogic Self in Lucan

Nicola Hömke (Rostock)
Erzähltechniken zur Erzeugung von Grauen in Lucans Bellum civile





Jochen Schultheiß (Würzburg)
Scipio am Scheideweg: philosophische Vorstellungen über den menschlichen
Willen und die Figurenzeichnung in den Punica des Silius Italicus

Ferdinand Stürner (Würzburg)
Ein literarischer Unglücksfall?
Juno und der Götterapparat in Silius Italicus’ Punica

Marco Fucecchi (Udine)
Epica, filosofia e legittimazione del potere imperiale nei Punica di Silio


ED: Epidaurus Summer School 2010

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Intensive Course on the Study and Performance of Ancient Greek Drama, 2010

The eighth Summer School, organised under the auspices of the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama, will be held at Epidauros from the 27th June – 7th July 2010. The theme will be "Exploring European Identities/Ideologies by means of Media".

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduate students to attend this unique course, which centres academic and theatrical activities around the performances taking place in the ancient theatre of Epidauros at the time.

Participants also attend lectures by well-known European scholars, rehearsals, and meetings with artists.

The British members of the European Network are Oxford University and the Open University, but applications are invited from all British universities. Since it is likely that at most five places on the Intensive Course will be allocated to applicants from Britain, there are some criteria for selection which will be seriously taken into account:

1. Applicants should be engaged on a postgraduate degree.

2. They should have a special interest in ancient Greek drama and its performance.

3. They should explain why they think that this course will be of particular interest to them.

4. They should ask their supervisor to send an academic reference under separate cover.

The fee for the course is 700 euros, which (thanks to subsidies) will cover accommodation, meals, ticket for performances, and archaeological visits (a deposit of 100 euros will be required on confirmation of a place). Travel to and from Epidauros has to be at the expense of the student. Please would applicants also indicate how likely it is that they will be able to raise sufficient funding to attend the course.

The closing date for applications is 28th February. Please address applications to:
Professor Oliver Taplin
Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama,
Stelios Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies,
66 St Giles’
Oxford OX1 2RL.

CFP: the Archaeology of Resistance

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Call for papers

“ROMANES EUNT DOMUS”, or the Archaeology of Resistance

A proposal for an AIA Colloquium

San Antonio January 6-9, 2011

Finding evidence for (cultural) resistance has been a part of archaeological and art historical research since the inception of these disciplines. Despite the application of multiple models and a wide variety of approaches, however, there is little consensus on how to identify resistance in the material record. The purpose of this panel is to continue this discussion from the perspective of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds (ca. 2000 BCE-500 CE). The evidence of this region includes well-documented wars and revolts, but also lesser known settings of potential resistance such as colonies, displaced communities, liminal areas and frontiers, religious groups, andsubaltern identities. Within this framework, we hope that a cross-cultural perspective will allow us to start developing a methodology for identifying resistance in the material record.

For the purposes of this panel we employ a broad definition of resistance, including passive and active rejection of prevailing social norms as well as challenges to ruling powers. We ask: when is persistence of local style or traditions a form of resistance? How can we identify everyday subversive acts through dress, eating habits, and other patterns of consumption? How is architecture used to create alternative spaces? Why do textually documented wars not always appear in the archaeological record? How is the past used in the present? Should unselfconscious counter-narratives be considered resistance? Other areas of inquiry might include religion, the body, space, the everyday, theory, gender politics, ancestors, diasporas, visual culture, historiography, and the post-colonial.

Despite the title, we do not focus only on the Roman Empire but welcome any contributions concerning the Mediterranean and Near East.


Lidewijde de Jong (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Robyn Le Blanc (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Lindsey Mazurek (Duke University)

Please submit your abstract, including your contact information, presentation title, length of time requested (15 or 20 minutes) by March 12 (2010) to archaeology.resistance AT gmail.com. The ab­stract in English must not exceed 250 words and should conform to the AIA Style Guidelines (http://www.archaeological.org/webinfo.php?page=10453). Updates can be found at: http://humanitieslab.stanford.edu/deJong/Home. Please send any questions to: archaeology.resistance AT gmail.com.

Journal of Roman Archaeology News

The Humphreys send this along:

We are pleased to announce these new publications:

S75. A CEMETERY OF VANDALIC DATE AT CARTHAGE, by Susan Stevens, Mark Garrison and Joann Freed. 366 pages, 137 figs. + 4 pages of colour and DVD of burial catalogue. This is the final report on a cemetery containing 235 aged individuals tightly dated to the Vandalic era, lying directly outside the Theodosian City Wall. Cloth bound, the list price is $125.00 but the current special offer to individuals is $99.00 plus post.

S76. STUDIES ON ROMAN POTTERY OF THE PROVINCES OF AFRICA PROCONSULARIS AND BYZACENA (TUNISIA). HOMMAGE À MICHEL BONIFAY, containing 9 contributions on North African pottery inspired by Bonifay’s Études. Cloth bound, it has 156 pages and 40 figs. The list price is $69.00 but the current special offer to individuals is $49.00 plus post.

The tables of contents are on our website: www.journalofromanarch.com

Please let us know if you would like either of these and we can give you the totals, including the shipping charges; if you would like to send a British pounds sterling cheque or Canadian dollars, we will give you the conversion rates.

With best wishes and thanks,

John and Laura Humphrey

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