Looking For Roman Lincoln

Work has begun on a new archeological dig in Lincoln, which could reveal more about the city’s rich Roman heritage.

Excavation at the site, whose exact location is being kept a secret to deter looters, is currently underway, and is expected to take place for around eight weeks. It is being reported that evidence of Roman walls have already been discovered.

The Romans conquered the Lincoln area of Britain in AD 48, and shortly afterwards built a legionary fortress high on a hill overlooking what is now the Brayford Pool.

The popularity of the city during the Roman occupation of Britain means that reported discoveries of artefacts and burial sites are no longer uncommon.

Dr Mick Jones, the city archeologist at the City of Lincoln Council, said that he expected the dig to uncover evidence of a Roman farm of villa.

“The building of the A46 by-pass in the 1980s revealed part of a Roman wall foundation, as well as some burials, suggesting a Roman estate with its own burial ground,” he explained.”Based on Lincoln’s rich history, the City of Lincoln Council employs an archeologist to advise on matters such as this,” he said.

“I advised that archeological investigations take place on part of the site before development began. This is so that any remains on the site are recorded before they are destroyed, and we thereby add to the information we already have about Lincoln’s archeology.

“There have been countless excavations in Lincoln, especially since the increased scale of development from the 1960s.”

via New archaeological dig to uncover Lincoln’s Roman artefacts – Echo..

Hyacinthia in the News!

The incipit of a piece in the Daily Eastern News … I’m willing to bet this is the first time this semi-obscure festival has made it into the popular press:

The ancient Greeks valued two things in their citizens: intelligence and strength.

As a result, ancient Greek sports reinforced those values and formed games as means of creating ways for creating excellence.

Tim Shonk, an associate professor of English who teaches Greek and Roman mythology, said ancient Greek games were sometimes derived from traditions established in history.

History

“The marathon segment of the modern Olympics, of course, derives from the lengthy trip made by the runner Pheippedes heading to Sparta to ask for help for the Athenians who were trying to fight off the invading Persians,” Shonk said.

Other games were created to celebrate ritual observations of key figures in Greek history and mythology. Shonk used the story of Hyacinthus and the Hyacinthia games.

“Named after Hyacinthus, a young boy beloved by Apollo, but accidentally killed by a discus thrown by Apollo, the festival in honor of this young man featured three days of observation, all marked by a different tone,” Shonk said.

The first day of the games was for mourning. The second was for prayer rituals, sacrifices to the gods, etc. The third day marked the reinvigoration as a symbol of rebirth.

This day was when the games, which were usually fast-paced and high-energy, were played.

Ties to Greek life at Eastern

Shonk said that the parallel between ancient Greek games and the Greek Week games at Eastern is that they are a springtime celebration in the pursuit of glory. There are many differences, though.

The ancient Greek competed against each other in events such as boxing, chariot racing, wrestling, running and javelin and discus throwing. The Greek Week events include Tugs, Baseball, Airband and Greek Sing.

via Greek Week parallels ancient Greeks in pursuit of glory | Daily Eastern News.

JOB: Director of Publications ASCSA (reopened)

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

SEARCH REOPENED
DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Position in Princeton, New Jersey
The primary responsibilities of the Director of Publications include
the overall direction and management of the Publications Office;
overseeing the assignments of the editorial staff and freelance
editors and designers; working with excavation directors and authors
to develop and produce assigned monographs; collaborating with the
Editor of Hesperia; overseeing marketing and distribution; negotiating
financial arrangements with printers and fulfillment agencies;
investigating alternative sources of funding for publications; and
exploring and developing new avenues–digital or other–for American
School publications.
The Director is also expected to oversee staff in the Publications
Office; write regularly scheduled performance reviews; create and
administer an annual departmental budget; prepare regular reports for
the American School Managing Committee, Board of Trustees, and
Committee on Publications; and maintain and expand the American School
Publications web page. The Director works closely with the chair of
the Committee on Publications and reports to the chair of the Managing
Committee.
Requirements: BA degree, with an advanced degree preferred; at least
five years managerial experience in a publishing environment;
background in classical archaeology, Classics, ancient art, or a
related field preferred; and demonstrated knowledge of digital
publishing and current trends in scholarly communication.
Alongside archaeological exploration, teaching, and research,
publication is one of the core missions of the American School of
Classical Studies at Athens. Since its founding in 1881, the American
School has published almost 250 books. These include major reports and
studies on material culture recovered during excavations at the
Athenian Agora, Ancient Corinth, and other sites that are essential
reference works for all scholars of the ancient world. Since 1932, the
American School has also published the award-winning quarterly journal
Hesperia, one of the leading periodicals in the field. The
increasingly digital nature of scholarship is transforming the nature
of publication in this field, and the Director of Publications
contributes to institution-wide initiatives to support new modes of
scholarly communication.
The position is full-time, beginning as soon as is mutually
convenient. Excellent benefits, pleasant working conditions in the
Princeton, New Jersey Publications Office, occasional travel to
Greece, and salary commensurate with experience. Application review
will begin as of April 14, 2010 and continue until the position is
filled. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum
vitae, and at least two letters of recommendation to:
Professor Jane Carter
Committee on Publications
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
or
e-mail to application AT ascsa.org, marked “Publication Job Application”
in the subject area

Francesca D’Alessandro Behr Talks About Cato

Professor Francesca D’Alessandro Behr, Associate Professor of Classics and Italian Studies at UH, spoke about the historical figure Cato the Younger and how he fit into history on Tuesday during a lecture at the Honors commons.

Behr was recently awarded the 2010 Ross M. Lence Teaching Award. This award is given to the teacher who shows excellence in all aspects of teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

In a brief introduction, Richard Armstrong, Associate Professor of Classical Studies in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, praised Behr for her work.“

(The award) is not just a tribute to her hard work in the classroom: she has been involved in many programs with her work with the Honors College and Women’s Studies, but it is also a tribute to my genius for making sure that she got hired,” he said, drawing laughter from those in attendance.

In a lecture titled “Remembering Liberty: Cato the Younger in Lucan, Dante and Addison,” Behr went into great detail about the life of Cato the Younger and how he was viewed by future historical figures such as Cicero, Dante, Addison and George Washington as a defender of the Republic.

Once Pompeii was killed, Cato was the leader of the republican army. He fought against Caesar coming into Rome to start the civil war, but in the end, he was defeated. The republic perished and Cato decided to take his own life. He did not want to live with the new political situation in Rome.

Yet it is not his defeat that stands out in the minds of historians, rather the fact that he stood up to Caesar and held true to his ideals.

“The picture of Cato is not complete without a mention of Stoicism,” Behr said. “The man who is just and good is the one who can best control himself. Once he has obtained that control over himself, he can lead his life in whatever direction he chooses.”

This is the philosophy that many historical figures admired in Cato. Behr said his steadfastness in his ideals make him a primary reference in that regard.

“He is this solid rock,” she said. “He is this light which has its own splendor.”

Behr also spoke about Cato in Dante’s Divine Comedy and Joseph Addison’s Cato, and of George Washington and how he was a great admirer of Cato’s.

“After the revolt of Newburgh, he employed Cato’s words to convince his officers, who had not been paid and wanted to separate themselves from the war, to join back into the war,” she said.

She also said Washington staged a production of Joseph Addison’s Cato during the winter of 1777 in Valley Forge.

“I always wondered why Washington would stage Cato,” Behr said. “This is a tragedy about defeat of the republic. Not exactly the best play to lift soldier’s morale. But I feel that Washington felt particularly close to this hero and knew he was fighting for a good cause.

“Perhaps he wanted to send the message to his soldiers that ultimately, results do not matter if you want to fight for the best possible cause,” she said.

via Professor gives insight into historical figure | thedailycougar.com.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xvi kalendas maias

ante diem xvi kalendas maias

  • ludi Cereri (day 5)
  • 43 B.C. — Octavian (the future emperor Augustus) is hailed as Imperator for the first time
  • 69 A.D. — suicide of the emperor wannabe Otho (this might have occured on April 17)
  • 304 A.D. — martyrs of Saragossa
  • 1928 — death of Jane Ellen Harrison (Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion among others)