Roman Wall from Ostia

Been sitting on this one for a while … some remains of Imperial-era Roman walls from Ostia; not much more:

Nel corso delle indagini archeologiche preventive, effettuate a gennaio sotto la direzione scientifica della Soprintendenza speciale per i Beni archeologici di Roma per la costruzione da parte del Comune di Roma di una scuola materna in via Pericle Ducati ad Ostia Antica, sono state rinvenute consistenti strutture murarie di epoca romana”. Lo fa sapere, in una nota, la Soprintendenza speciale per i Beni archeologici di Roma. “Durante gli scavi realizzati dalla cooperativa archeologica ‘Parsifal’- si legge ancora nel comunicato- sono state individuate una serie di strutture murarie con orientamenti diversi. Alcuni di questi tratti murari sono in opera reticolata ed altri in opera mista. In un caso e’ venuto in luce anche un resto di muro in blocchi di tufo quadrangolari, di cui e’ ancora da comprendere la connessione con le altre strutture. I muri individuati sono in gran parte coperti dal loro crollo, che non appare essere stato intaccato dalle arature o da altri interventi di utilizzo del suolo, se non per alcune buche di non grande estensione realizzate in epoca relativamente recente, in parte forse a scopo agricolo. Ad una preliminare analisi i resti archeologici rinvenuti appaiono appartenere ad epoca pieno imperiale, anche se con cronologie diverse fra loro”. Le evidenze archeologiche, conclude il comunicato, “sembrerebbero riferibili ad ambito residenziale o commerciale, vista anche l’estrema vicinanza all’antica ansa del Tevere, poi obliterata dopo la piena del 1557. Le indagini archeologiche sono ancora nelle fasi iniziali e soltanto con il prosieguo dei lavori potra’ comprendersi l’effettivo utilizzo in antico di tali strutture”.

via Archeologia. Trovate a Ostia strutture murarie epoca romana | DIREGIOVANI.

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Herodian Aqueduct

Another interesting find in Jerusalem:

A well-built aqueduct from time of King Herod was unearthed last week near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem during work on infrastructure in the area.

The site of the discovery is not far from the place where a Byzantine street was recently unearthed.

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists say they found about 40 meters of the ancient waterway, which was part of the sophisticated aqueduct that brought water to Jerusalem from springs in the Hebron hills to the south to the Mamilla pool, which still exists today, and from there through the aqueduct to Hezekiah’s Pool within the walled city.

Archaeologists say the aqueduct was first built in the first century BCE, and was in use in the second century. Within it were discovered roof tiles from the Roman Tenth Legion, which controlled the city at that time.

The aqueduct, which is 1.5 meters high and 60 centimeters wide, was built of large, flat stones. Every 15 meters a shaft connected the aqueduct to the road above it. According to the dig director, Dr. Ofer Sion, the shafts were used in maintenance work on the water system.

The 40-meter stretch ends just before the aqueduct reaches the Old City, where it is blocked, apparently by a collapsed shaft.

Scholars have known of the existence of an aqueduct here for about a century, thanks to a map by the German architect and archaeologist Conrad Schick, who unearthed a few meters of it. It was never excavated because this area is one of the city’s busiest intersections.

The recently discovered Byzantine street has already been covered as infrastructure work continues. The fate of the aqueduct has not yet been decided. Israel Antiquities Authority personnel say they believe an entrance to the aqueduct could remain, so that perhaps one day it could be opened to the public.

We’ll deal with the Byzantine street elsewhere …

via Herodian-era aqueduct unearthed near Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate – Haaretz – Israel News.

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ED: UGA Summer Institute: n.b. and please announce/forward

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


Each year the Institute offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate Latin and Classics courses, including, in odd-numbered years, Intensive Beginning Greek and, in even-numbered years, Intensive Beginning Latin. The Institute curriculum is supplemented by workshops and guest lectures by visiting master teachers and other scholars. The program is designed especially for Latin teachers who wish to continue their education or earn a Master’s degree in Latin on a summers-only basis. The faculty

of the Department of Classics share in a tradition of cooperation with high school teachers and their programs that culminates each summer in an exciting and challenging curriculum. Here are the offerings for the summer of 2010:

First Short Session – June 14 – July 2, exam on July 6
LATN 2050 – Intensive Latin, I 12:30 – 3:15 pm, Park Hall 225, Dr. Christine Albright
CLAS 8020 – Archaeology of Carthage, 9:00 – 11:45 am, Park Hall 228, Dr. Naomi J. Norman

Second Short Session – July 7 – July 27, exam on July 28
LATN 2060 – Intensive Latin II, 12:30 – 3:15 pm, Park Hall 225, Mr. Randy Fields
LATN 4/6020 – Roman Epic(non-Aeneid selections), 9:00 – 11:45 am, Park Hall 228, Dr. T. Keith Dix

Through Session – June 14 – July 26, exam on July 27
CLAS 8000 – Proseminar, 2:14 – 4:05 pm • Mondays Only, Park Hall 222, Staff
LATN 6030 – Caesar, 12:45 – 2:00 pm, Park Hall 115, Dr. John Nicholson


For the most up-to-date information about available University Housing, please visit: Please note that you must be an enrolled student (are registered for summer semester) to qualify for University Housing. Off-campus housing is also available. UGA meal plans are offered at low student rates.

Tuition rates for summer 2009 were $229 per credit hour plus $356 in fees for in-state students and $830 per credit hour for out-of state students (2010 rates will be available in early 2010 – please check the Bursar’s Offi ce for the most updated information).Latin teachers from outside Georgia receive, upon application, a tuition waiver to reduce tuition to the in-state level. Modest scholarships are also available from the Department (application forms are available in the on-line application packet). Scholarships are also offered by organizations such as the American Classical League (ACL), the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), and the Horace Mann Companies; contact these organizations directly for information.

All participants in the Institute must be admitted to the University of Georgia, either as Degree or Non-Degree students. Please consult the Graduate School for application information and forms, or you may apply electronically through the Graduate School website. For admission to the Summer Institute, complete the on-line application packet; or print off the forms and mail them to Summer Institute, Department of Classics, Park Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602–6203.

Application and supporting documents must be received no later than April 1st for domestic applicants, six weeks earlier for international applicants. For more information, please contact Kay Stanton at gradinq AT or Dr. Naomi Norman at nnorman AT, or call 706-542-9264.

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221 Park Hall • Athens, GA 30602

CONF: ‘Greek Drama in African-American Theatre’ conference, 12-1 3 March 2010

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Northwestern University’s Classical Traditions Initiative and the Department

of Classics present an Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar series event in the
2009-2010 series, ‘Out of Europe: Greek Drama in America’:

‘Greek Drama in African-American Theatre’

A two-day conference on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 March 2010 to be held in
the John Evans Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Road, Northwestern University,
Evanston, Illinois.

Speakers include: Daniel Banks (New York University), Justine McConnell
(Royal Holloway, University of London, and Northwestern University), Peter
Meineck (New York University),
Melinda Powers (John Jay College, City University of New York), Nancy
Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), Patrice Rankine (Purdue University), Sandra
Richards (Northwestern University), Kevin J. Wetmore (Loyola Marymount
University). There will also be readings from Sophocles’ Ajax by John
Douglas Thompson.

The schedule for the two days can be seen at The
conference poster is available for downloaded as a PDF from the foot of the
same page.

All are most welcome to attend.

The next event in the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar series, 2009-2010 is the
‘Classicizing Chicago’ conference and exhibition, 20-22 May 2010.

For more information please see or
contact Dr Kathryn Bosher, Assistant Professor of Classics, Northwestern
University (k-bosher AT or Dr Amanda Wrigley, Mellon-Sawyer
Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics, Northwestern University
(a-wrigley AT

CONF: Imagines 2010

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Seduction and Power
IMAGINES II – Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts
Bristol, 22-25 September 2010

University of Bristol
Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition
University of Wales – Lampeter

Seduction and Power (IMAGINES II) is the second in a series of major
international and interdisciplinary conferences focusing on the
reception of antiquity in the performing and visual arts. It explores
the impact in post-classical imagery of the tensions and relations of
gender, sexuality, eroticism and power attributed to historical or
legendary characters and events of the Ancient World.

IMAGINES is an interdisciplinary project addressing Classical reception
in e.g. film, theatre, dance, opera, sculpture, architecture, painting,
comic, design and photography. It establishes networks across boundaries
in reception studies and goes beyond the treatment of reception in
individual genres and periods, taking specific genres as starting point
and going on to highlight their interconnections. IMAGINES demonstrates
the influence of the reception of antiquity on a specific manifestation
of culture and shows how it shapes culture as such, ranging from
post-classical traditional art disciplines to contemporary popular
cultural expressions.

For the main outlines of the IMAGINES project and past and future
conferences see website:

Seduction and Power

22 September 2010

16:00 registration

16:45 opening

17:00 Public lecture
Prof Martin Winkler (George Mason University): Three Queens: Helen,
Penelope, and Dido in Franco Rossi’s Odissea and Eneide.

18:30 Public event
Pantelis Michelakis, Marta Garcia, Irene Berti. Screening of silent
films centring on antiquity.

23 September 2010

9:30 day registration

Dr Silke Knippschild (University of Bristol): Woman on Top? Semiramide
and the Power of the ‘Oriental Woman’.

Dr Michael Seymour (British Museum): Power, Sin and Seduction in
Babylon: the Case of Verdi’s Nabucco.

11:00 coffee

Prof Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Edinburgh):
‘Jewel-in-the-belly-button’ Orientalism in Oliver Stone’s Alexander: The
Fantasy of the Harem and Hollywood’s Ancient World.

Dr Martina Treu (IULM University, Milan): Dark Ladies, Bad Girls, Demon
Queens. Female Power and Seduction from Greek Tragedy to Pop Culture.

Dr Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol): Film Genres in Cinematic
Adaptations of Greek Tragedy.

13:00 lunch

Dr Irene Berti (Universität Heidelberg): Circe in Literature and Art of
the Renaissance.

Dr Maite Clavo (Universitat de Barcelona): The Erotics of Power in Jordi
Coca’s Ifigènia (2009).

Dr Maddalena Giovannelli and Dr Andrea Capra (Università Statale di
Milano): ‘Prince of Painters’, the Grimacing Mask of Power and Seduction
in Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen.

16:00 coffee

Prof Montserrat Reig (Universitat de Barcelona) and Dr Jesús Carruesco
(ICAC, Tarragona): Myth and Tragedy in Opera Staging in the 21st Century.

Dr Nicoletta Momigliano (University of Bristol): Isadora Duncan, Russian
Ballet, and the Seduction of Minoan Crete.
Prof James Lesher (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): Greek
Elements in T. S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party.

24 September 2010

9:15 day registration

Dr Constantina Katsari (University of Leicester): Nelly’s Nudes on the

Dr Charlotte Ribeyrol (Université de Paris-Sorbonne): The Lure of the
Hermaphrodite in the Poetry and Painting of the English Aesthetes.

Dr Pepa Castillo (Universidad de la Rioja): Claudia Quinta and Publius
Cornelius Scipio: exempla virtutis in Vienna under Leopold I (1640-1705).

11:00 coffee

Dr Oscar Lapeña (Universidad de Cádiz): The Stolen Seduction: ‘Spartaco
Gladiatore della Tracia’ (Riccardo Freda, Italia 1953).

Prof Francisco Pina Polo (Universidad de Zaragoza): The Great Seducer:
Cleopatra, Queen and Sex-Symbol.

Dr Marta García Morcillo (University of Wales, Lampeter): Seduced,
Defeated and Forever Damned: Marc Antony in Post-Classical Imagery.

Dr Martin Lindner (Universität Oldenburg): Power beyond Measure –
Caligula in Pop Culture.

13:15 lunch

Dr Mary R. McHugh (Gustavus Adolphus College): Constantia memoriae – the
Reputation of Agrippina the Younger.

Dr Charo Rovira (British Museum): Hadrian and Antinous: The Power of

Dr Filippo Carlà (Universität Heidelberg): Saint or Prostitute? The
Reception of Empress Theodora in the Performing and Visual Arts.

16:30 coffee

Prof Antonio Duplá (The University of the Basque Country, Vitoria):
History, Moral and Power: The Ancient World in 19th Century Spanish
Historical Painting.

Dr Erika Notti (IULM University, Milan): Presentation of the project
Digital and Iconographic Theatre-Antiquity Lexicon (DigITAL).

25 September 2010

Venue: The Bristol Gallery, Building 2, Unit 8, Millennium Promenade,
Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TY

Eric Shanower (San Diego, California): Exhibition of original artwork
and public talk: Trojan Lovers and Warriors – The Power of Seduction in
Age of Bronze.

Special event
Exhibition of AGE OF BRONZE artwork by graphic novelist Eric Shanower
(San Diego, California) at The Bristol Gallery (21-25 September 2010).

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Late night Thursday: until 8 pm

Contact and information
Dr Silke Knippschild: clzsk AT
Department of Classics and Ancient History
11 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 2NG

Dr Marta García Morcillo: m.morcillo AT
Department of Classics University of Wales, Lampeter Lampeter SA48 7ED Wales

Citanda: MC lecture to Explore Ancient Roman Fountains   – Monmouth, IL – Daily Review Atlas

Brenda Longfellow, an assistant professor at the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History, will present the next archaeology lecture at Monmouth College on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room in Poling Hall.

Titled “Myth and Memory in Ancient Roman Fountains” the talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the MC Classics Department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

via MC lecture to explore ancient Roman fountains   – Monmouth, IL – Daily Review Atlas.