This Day in Ancient Histoy: ante diem x kalendas apriles

ante diem x kalendas apriles

  • Festival of Mars continues (day 23)
  • Tubilustrum — as part of the general military preparations which are associated with the festival of Mars, the ‘war horns’ (tubae) were ritually cleaned
  • Quinquatrus (day 5) — final day of the gladiator fest
  • 1606 — Death of Justus Lipsius

CFP: Integrity and Corruption in Antiquity

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

Conference on ‘Integrity and Corruption in Antiquity’
Unisa Classics Colloquium, 21-22 October 2010)

Proposals for papers are hereby solicited on topics related to the
conference theme that might contribute to a multi-faceted discussion. Of
concern is not merely proving corruption to be common to ancient and modern
societies, but rather to elucidate both notions in the theme from a
historical distance and to grapple with the real issues (social,
historical, personal) involved. The organizing committee will be interested
in papers dealing with definitions of corruption, philological analyses of
the Greek and Roman terms within the field, to what extent the two notions
were juxtaposed, philosophical discussions of personal morality and power
abuse, root causes, responses, remedies and counter-measures. Scholars
working on historical, literary, oratorical, religious, philosophical,
epigraphical and other material are welcome to contribute.

The Unisa Classics Colloquium is hosted by the Department of Classics and
World Languages at the University of South Africa. We have invited two
quest speakers to this year’s conference: Proff. Clifford Ando of the
University of Chicago and Emily Greenwood from Yale.

Papers will be limited to 45 minutes. Please submit abstracts of appr. 200
words via e-mail attachment to bosmapr AT by the end of June 2010.

More on the conference
The Unisa Classics Colloquium is a pleasant and intimate conference in a
relaxed atmosphere with ample opportunity for discussion. Over two (and a
half days), approximately 14 papers from scholars around the world are
presented.We try to avoid parallel sessions to promote unity and focus in
the conference, and delegates get to know each another properly. We also
try to show guests from abroad a little of the country during the

The colloquium takes place on the Muckleneuk Campus of the University of
South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria.

The conference is to be held on 22-23 October, to which another half day
might be added, depending on interest. We start on Thursday morning,
meaning that participants should arrive in Pretoria on the 21st at the
latest, and only book a flight out from the afternoon of the 23rd.

A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and
will be published on the Departmental website after the final date for
submissions. Previous conference programmes may be viewed at

Conference Fee
More detail on the conference fee will follow at a later stage. As an
indication, the 2009 conference fee was $150 for overseas visitors,
inclusive of transport (from and to the airport and during the conference)
and meals during the conference.

Postgraduates, other students and interested parties not able to claim
their conference fees back from their institutions should please contact
the organizers for a discount.

We will provide more information on accommodation in due course. Pretoria
offers a variety in this regard. During past conferences, guests stayed at
the Brooklyn Guest Houses ( ) situated
in a safe and attractive neighbourhood close to Unisa, the University of
Pretoria, and the Brooklyn and Hatfield shopping centres. A group booking
with discount for delegates is planned.

We plan a trip for Sunday 24 October to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a 1½
hours drive west of Pretoria. Transport will be provided.

Possible publication
Depending on interest and quality, the possibility exists of publishing the
colloquium papers in an edited volume on the theme. Submitted papers are
subject to a refereeing process. If you would consider submitting your
paper for publication, please indicate that to us via return mail for
further guidelines on style.

JOB: Romanist @ UMissouri-Columbia

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

Assistant Teaching Professor
Roman Archaeology

The Department of Art History and Archaeology seeks an assistant teaching professor to teach courses in Roman art and archaeology. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position from August 2010 to May 2011. The position is responsible for six courses (three each semester), including an introductory survey of Roman art and archaeology, and undergraduate and graduate-level Roman courses in a variety of topics. A PhD is required for appointment at this rank, but advanced ABD applicants also will be considered at a different rank. Teaching experience is preferred.

The department offers the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in classical archaeology and art history. There are normally about 80 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate students. Graduate degrees in art history and archaeology can be combined with interdisciplinary minors in Ancient Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The University of Missouri-Columbia is the main campus of the state university system and offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:

Anne Rudloff Stanton, Chair
Department of Art History and Archaeology
109 Pickard Hall
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211

Application review starts March 15, 2010.

For more information see the department website at

The University of Missouri-Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA employer.

Met Returns on Display

Brief AP item making the rounds … here’s the incipit from the Daily Herald:

A collection of ancient Greek silverware dating to the third century B.C. is going on display in Rome after being returned by the Metropolitan Museum in New York, officials said Friday.

The 16 pieces of silverware with gold detail were returned as part of Italy’s aggressive campaign against illegal trafficking in antiquities. They include two large bowls, a cup with two handles, plates and drinking utensils.

Italian art officials said the pieces form one of the most important Hellenistic silverware collections to have survived from Sicily. The pieces are known as “The Morgantina Treasure” after the name of the ancient Greek settlement where they were excavated, near what is now the Italian city of Aidone.

Angelo Bottini, the archaeology superintendent in Rome, said the objects were likely crafted by different artists and served different functions. Some, like the large bowls with mask-shaped feet, were likely used to mix wine with water during meals; others, like the plates, were likely used during ceremonies, officials said.

The pieces came back as part of a deal with the Met that also led to the return of the Euphronios Krater, a 6th-century B.C. painted vase that is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of its kind.

They will go on display at the Museo Nazionale Romano in the Italian capital from Saturday through May 23. The show then moves to Sicily.

via Rome to display ancient Greek silverware | Daily Herald.

More coverage:

The Iklaina Archaeological Project

I may have mentioned this one before, but I just came across this website while trying to track down another one of those ‘spa therapy’ type claims which had one being found in the Palace of Nestor (they did find evidence of ‘rose scented oil’ there, but the claim is too vague to go further). Anyhoo, lots of good info on the ongoing dig there:

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xv kalendas apriles

ante diem xiv kalendas apriles

  • Festival of Mars (Day 19)
  • Quinquatrus (Day 1) — a festival celebrating Minerva’s birthday (maybe)
  • rites in honour of Minerva (obviously connected to the above)
  • 11 B.C.E. — Herod dedicates his renovated Temple in Jerusalem
  • 303 A.D. — Martyrdom of Pancharius of Nicomedia
  • 363 A.D. — fire destroys the Temple of Apollo on the Palatine

Interesting Wreath Coming to Bonhams

From a Bonhams press release:

A delicate wreath made of fine gold oak leaves with acorns, of the type worn by Alexander the Great’s father, Philip II of Macedon, is one of the highlights of Bonhams sale of Antiquities on April 28 in New Bond Street.

This stunning artefact, estimate £100,000-120,000, may once have graced the head of a ruler or dignitary over 2,000 years ago. “The fact that this delicate collection of fine gold leaves and acorns formed into a wreath has survived the centuries is almost miraculous,” says Madeleine Perridge, Antiquities Specialist at Bonhams. Previously in a private collection since the 1930s, “it is a beautiful example of a type that is rare to the market.”

The sale also boasts a private English Collection of finely-painted Greek vases of exceptional condition. Previously exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, they are painted by leading artists from Classical Athens. They include:

An Attic red-figure stemless kylix by Douris, circa 480 B.C. showing a draped youth with defined musculature, standing in an Athenian wine-shop amongst large amphorae, (estimate £30,000-40,000). Exhibited in the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard from 1937, this drinking cup is a fascinating image of Athenian life in the Classical period.

An unusual intact Attic white-ground alabastron of the group of the Negro Alabastra, (circa 490-480 B.C.) showing a female figure walking to the right and turning to look back, draped in a chiton with himation and wearing a necklace and bracelet, holding a wreath in her right arm. A black lion walks behind her, with a palm tree on the far left, the word ‘KALOS’ (beauty) inscribed three times around the figure. Estimate £30,000-50,000. The name Melanphis Kale can be translated as ‘Black Flower’. Such alabastra were given as love gifts and the frequent use of ‘Kalos’ supports this.

An Attic red-figure lekythos finely painted by the Providence Painter, (circa 5th Century B.C.) depicts the god Eros as a young man, standing nude, in profile to his left, his wings behind him, holding a kithara in his left hand, a plectrum on a red ribbon in his right. Estimate £25,000-35,000

An Attic red-figure hydria in the manner of the Meidias Painter, (Circa 420 B.C.) depicts two Maenads draped in clinging diaphanous chitons, dancing away from each other while holding a number of ritual objects. It is estimated to sell for £25,000-35,000.

An unusual Attic stamnos painted in the rare Six technique, from the workshop of the Antimenes Painter, circa 510 B.C. showing Theseus and the Minotaur with Ariadne. Estimated to sell for £150,000-250,000, it was previously in the Ferrucio Bolla Collection in the 1950s and the Stavros S. Niarchos Collection, and it has been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, in 1980.

via Glory that was Greece Seen in Golden Wreath and Greek Vases at Bonhams.

Here`s a photo of the wreath:

Bonhams photo

Here`s the Douris kylix (I`m assuming):

Bonhams photo

Press coverage:

Hancock News Fail – Ides

The Ides of March

The Ides of March is the name of March 15 in the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 709 B.C.

via Hancock News week of March 18 | Morris Sun Tribune | Morris, Minnesota.

… my guess is that they didn’t know what A.U.C. was in some of the items making the rounds …

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xvi kalendas apriles

ante diem xvi kalendas apriles

  • Festival of Mars continues (day 17)
  • Liberalia — a festival of general merriment and wine drinking in honour of Liber Pater (another name for Bacchus)
  • Agonalia — the rex sacrificulus would offer a ram to various deities
  • 45 B.C. — Julius Caesar defeats Pompey’s sons and Labienus at Munda
  • 136 A.D. — the future emperor Marcus Aurelius dons the toga virilis
  • 180 A.D. — death of Marcus Aurelius at Bononia
  • 461 A.D. — death of Saint Patrick (traditional)

d.m. Colin Wells

Brief notice from the Times:

Colin Michael. The distinguished Roman Historian and much beloved husband and father died of a stroke on Thursday 11th March 2010, aged 76. He leaves his wife Kate, sons Christopher and Dominic, grandsons Theo and Sam, and step-mother Phyllis. He will also be dearly missed by his friends and colleagues, and by booksellers worldwide. Condolences (no flowers) or a donation to Colin’s favourite charitable cause can be made via Malcolm Griffiths, Funeral Director, Heol Dulyn, Tremadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9RH. The family funeral is on Thursday afternoon; a larger memorial service will be planned this summer in Colin’s beloved Oxford.

Classicist Downfall

Kommers, 14, battled it out with Pranav Sivakumar, a fifth-grader from Hough Street Elementary School. Kommers took the win in round 24 when she correctly spelled “palpable.” Sivakumar misspelled “classicist” in round 23.

… kind of reminds of the time when one of Nancy Pelosi’s staffers referred to Victor Davis Hansen as a ‘Classist’
via Lake Bluff speller returning to nationals in June | News Sun.