Roman pots found off Italy’s coast

Not sure how you stumble underwater but …

Researchers have stumbled upon a collection of rare Roman pots while scouring ship wrecks off the Italian coast of Capo Palinuro, near Policastro.

The British team from the Aberdeen-based Hallin Marine International energy company found hundreds of ancient pots 1,640ft under the sea while trawling modern wrecks for radioactive materials.

Five of the 2,000 year-old vessels were recovered intact and taken to an archaeology museum in the northern Italian city of Paestum, mailonline reported.

“They would have probably been loaded on some kind of merchant ship which sank all those years ago,” said team supervisor Dougie Combe.

“It was a big surprise when we came across the pots as we were looking for modern wrecks from the last 20 years or so,” he added.

“We managed to get five up altogether, but there must have been hundreds of them there.”

via Roman pots found off Italy’s coast | Press TV.

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Harpocrates in ‘Devotion and Ritual’ Exhibition

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Nice little feature, but lacking a photo (the one accompanying this post is not the one mentioned in the article):

Today, the Keith and Zara Joseph Collection goes on public display for the first time in the Potter Museum’s classic and archaeology gallery as part of an exhibition called Devotion and Ritual.

Before the exhibition’s opening its curator, Andrew Jamieson, showed some of the works that were, at that point, still stacked away in storage. He donned white gloves, opened the lid of an ordinary-looking box and from it gently removed a bronze statuette of Harpocrates from Alexandria, dated from around the 1st century BC.

“For me this is magnificent,” says Jamieson, “a wonderful example of a Roman bronze miniature statuette. It all comes together in a powerful way to make this a real standout example of Roman culture.

“It portrays all the hallmarks of Roman civilisation.”

Harpocrates was the Greek and Roman god of silence and secrecy but he originated with the Egyptians. After the Greeks conquered Egypt under Alexander the Great, the Greeks merged the Egyptian sun god Horus into their own god, who became known as Harpocrates.

Statuettes of Harpocrates were in demand throughout the Roman Empire when mystery cults and oriental religions became increasingly popular. Because of this popularity, images of Harpocrates were manufactured and mass produced. They were made either from inexpensive mould-made terracotta, suitable for house shrines, or from bronze, becoming in-demand cabinet pieces for wealthy connoisseurs.

“Unlike terracotta, works in bronze were considered luxury arts and they would have been treasured by their wealthy owners,” says Jamieson. “The small bronze statuette of Harpocrates was probably intended for personal use. Very high prices were paid for good specimens, especially when they were the work of well-known craftsmen. The fact precious objects were hoarded by the Roman elite accounts for their survival, in something like their original condition.”

According to Jamieson, in Egyptian representations of Harpocrates the god is often presented as a naked boy with his finger on or near his mouth, which indicates childhood. But the Greeks and Romans misunderstood this gesture and made Harpocrates the god of silence and secrecy.

Jamieson points out that Harpocrates is depicted as the child of the Egyptian gods Isis and Horus. Harpocrates is wearing a crown: the crown of the unification of upper and lower Egypt. In his left hand is a cornucopia, a symbol of abundance and plenty. His right hand is raised, with the finger pointing towards his cheek or lips.

“During the classical period and into ancient Rome, the deity of Harpocrates enjoyed a resurgence of interest, along with the cult of Isis,” says Jamieson. “So this is a really wonderful work in that we can learn so much about that time from the one figure.”

via Public Works: Bronze statuette of Harpocrates | The Australian.

Walkers Damaging Hadrian’s Wall

The incipit of an item at the BBC:

National Trails, which manages the 84-mile walking route that follows the Roman wall, has raised concerns about damage to the World Heritage Site.

The organisation said too many people were walking on the wall while some had broken off masonry as souvenirs.

However, it stressed that the majority of visitors treated the wall with respect.

David McGlade, Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trial Manager, said people should enjoy their visit, but also help look after the site.

He said: “Unfortunately there are still people who want to walk on top of the wall.

“They’re probably thinking in their own mind that they are walking in the steps of the Romans, but we would prefer they didn’t do that.”

A few people have been seen breaking pieces of the wall, he added.

“That’s really strictly against the law. It’s Hadrian’s Wall – it’s a scheduled ancient monument and that is a reportable offence.”

via BBC News – Walkers urged not to damage Hadrian’s Wall.

Citanda: Attendance at Greek Museums Way UP

An excerpt:

Here is the list of the 10 most visited sites in Greece in 2009:

1. Athens Acropolis 1,087,889 visitors +1.6%

2. Knossos (Crete) 588,996 -3.5%

3. Lindos Acropolis 444,921 -2.5%

4. Olympia (Peloponnese) 328,697 -7.6%

5. Epidaurus (Peloponnese) 263,000 -9.3%

6. Mycenae (Peloponnese) 238,615 -17.6%

7. Delphi (central Greece) 157,270 -23.6%

8. Sounion (Attica) 144,101 -6%

9. Camiros (Rhodes) 126,400 -1.9%

10. Corinth (Peloponnese) 113,602 -3.8%

Greece museum visitors increase by 40 percent | AFP.

Cashing in on Tios’ Theatre?

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An ancient theater, uncovered through archeological excavations in the Black Sea region’s Zonguldak province, is hoped to increase tourism to the area.

Turkey’s Black Sea region is home to various shades and tones of the color green and attracts travelers with its archeological wonders.

However, it has only one ancient theater in the ancient city of Tios in the northern province of Zonguldak. The ancient city of Tios, located in Filyos, in Zonguldak’s Çaycuma district, is believed to have been founded by Miletians in the seventh century B.C.

Many historians believe the ancient site was named after a priest named Tios. However, Strabon indicates that this city was inhabited by a tribe named Kaukan and was called Tieion. The region was inhabited throughout the centuries by Persians, Romans, the Genoese and the Ottomans.There is little information about the archaeological history of the city both in ancient records and in the contemporary body of archaeological research. The visible remains of the city are the coastal defense walls, the aqueduct, the amphitheater, the defense tower and the port with its breakwater.

Archeologist Sümer Atasoy said an ancient theater in Filyos will be uncovered as a result of archeological excavation. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Atasoy noted that an excavation team comprising six faculty members, three restoration architects, two ceramics experts, two epigraphy experts, two geophysicists and 20 students from Trakya University’s department of archeology, directed by Professor Atasoy, is carrying out the archeological studies in Tios. The excavation is being undertaken by Atasoy at the request of Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay. Following a survey of the area and geo-radar and geo-electric studies, this year’s excavations will focus on the castle, amphitheater and bath with an eye to reveal the architectural components of the temple and bath.

After the team completes its excavation, the ancient theater will be restored, said Atasoy, who is also a lecturer in Trakya University’s department of archeology.

Furthermore, an old health center in the town will be transformed into a small house where the excavation team will stay, hold meetings and carry out its work. “When we conduct our excavation at the ancient theater, some 25 students and 30 others will have many responsibilities. In earlier times, we generally had to rent a building, which was very expensive for us. We expect to carry out more excavations, involving many archeologists, in the years to come. Therefore, building a house will be to our advantage,” Atasoy said.

The first archaeological excavation in Tios began in 2006. Shreds of pottery recovered from the excavation site which dates back to the seventh century B.C. will be displayed in a museum in Ereğli once the scientific studies involving them are concluded.

The acropolis of the ancient city is located immediately to the east of the present day Filyos on a hill with a steep slope. The original architectural form of the defensive wall located on the acropolis will be revealed after research on its foundation is completed. Another ruin in the acropolis is a partially destroyed stone building.

Excavations in the ancient city of Tios has been continuing and hope to illuminate the history of the Black Sea region and Asia.

via Black Sea’s single ancient theater to draw in tourism | Today’s Zaman.

Pondering Marathon Origins

The incipit:

If Monday’s famed 26.2-mile Boston Marathon seems brutal, consider the true plight of Pheidippides, the legendary messenger whose reputed exploits and legacy have been traced from the plains of Greece to Hopkinton’s Town Common.

Entering the popular imagination centuries afterward through a series of accounts, Pheidippides supposedly ran roughly 25 miles to spread word of a historic and decisive Athenian upset of Persian forces in 490 B.C., collapsing and dying in the fledgling city-state after delivering his message.

But drawing on the work of the chronicler Herodotus, who interviewed surviving Battle of Marathon soldiers and their sons and never mentioned the messenger run, Columbia University professor Richard Billows believes Pheidippides really ran 140 miles over two days to request pre-battle Spartan help, then ran back.

“He was not the kind of guy who would keel over after a mere 26 miles,” said Billows, who straightens students out each fall in his class on ancient Greece. “What actually happened is much more impressive.”

But for whatever reason an inadvertent conflation of events, a deliberate romanticizing of history the image of Pheidippides’ noble victory run has become inextricably intertwined with marathoning and with a battle that had nothing less at stake than the future of Western civilization.

Still outmatched two-to-one after Persian leaders split their forces, the bronze-clad Greeks used a combination of superior equipment, timing and strategy to defeat their foes.

After the Athenians won at Marathon, they quickly marched 25 miles to protect Athens itself from a separate Persian invasion from the sea. The Persians took one look and never bothered to land.

The Persians had not suffered a serious loss leading up to the fight, emptying villages of vanquished enemies and resettling them within the empire. In his coming book, “Marathon: How One Battle Changed Western Civilization,” Billows describes the consequences had that record remained intact. [...]

via The original marathon and its connection to Hopkinton | The MetroWest Daily News.

For those of you wondering, there is definitely some confusion of sources going on, it seems … ages ago we had a discussion on the Classics list on this very matter

Also Seen: Ancient Facebook?

The incipit of an item in the Courier Mail:

FACEBOOK and Twitter may have a healing power once harnessed by ancient Greek philosophers, according to a new Queensland study.

PhD student Theresa Sauter, from the Queensland University of Technology, is examining how social-networking websites help people form their own identity.

“Social-networking sites, blogs, online discussion forums and online journals represent modern arenas for individuals to write themselves into being,” Ms Sauter said.

“A lot of people see social networking as a new way for people to interact but I’m interested in examining it as a way to form an identity and understand ourselves.”

Ms Sauter’s research will focus on the history and benefits of writing about oneself.

“The ancient Greek philosophers used a reflective notebook to write down what they had read and their thoughts on it,” she said.

via Facebook a new-age take on ancient lore | Courier Mail.

Really? Can’t recall a mention of a ‘reflective notebook’ myself …

Athenian Plague Victim Facial Reconstruction

As far as I’m aware, this item has only appeared in a Greek newspaper and only came to my attention via a post on the Classics list by Lampros Kallenos. I find it interesting on a couple of levels, not least of which is the fact that the discovery of cemetery in which this young victim of Athens’ plague was found is what basically launched most of my online activities in regards to disseminating news coverage of things of interest to Classicists and Classical archaeologists.

I won’t lay claim to being able to read modern Greek with any suitable degree of authority, but the Google translate feature gives a reasonable gist … essentially the skull of an 11-year-old girl, dubbed ‘Myrtis’ (because of the stage her teeth were at when she died), was found back in 1994 with suitable preservation for a facial reconstruction. Microsoft funded the research of Manolis J. Papagrigorakis et al and the results were revealed last week (why did it take so long?). There will be an associated exhibition at the Museum of Natural History in Athens and it will be going ‘on the road’ later …

Arts of Rome’s Provinces Project @ Brown

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World was recently awarded an $180,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to begin work on an international project titled “The Arts of Rome’s Provinces.”

The grant is intended to develop an “international conversation about art history,” said Natalie Kampen, visiting professor of Roman archaeology and art, who will lead the project with Susan Alcock, professor of classics and director of the Joukowsky Institute.

But Kampen said she and Alcock are “not teachers in any way.” They will be “facilitators” who will bring together groups of professionals that may not have encountered each other otherwise, she said.

Twenty people with terminal degrees will be chosen to be a part of the project, Kampen said. “There is a wide spectrum of people who could conceivably be involved in this.”

She and Alcock will send invitations to experts in the discipline of art history and related fields — to scholars at universities, museums and professional organizations throughout the world — to apply to participate. Alcock, Kampen and a small international committee will choose the fellows.

Because art history is studied differently in each part of the world, the project will aim to “figure out how these different kinds of art histories can benefit each other,” Kampen said.

Local traditions will lend a new perspective to the subject, she added.

“What we’re proposing is to do our project in two separate countries and in each country at several different sites,” Kampen said. She called the project a “movable feast” because the fellows will study Roman art history and archaeology in both Greece and England.

The foundation approached Kampen and Alcock several years ago and asked if they would form a project to internationalize art history and apply for the grant. “As a 1976 Ph.D. from Brown, I knew I wanted to bring the grant back to Brown to say thank you,” said Kampen, who is a professor of women’s studies and art history at Barnard College.

She and Alcock planned a project that “nobody had ever done before,” Kampen said.

Though she is excited for the work to begin, she said she is nervous about organizing such a large project.

Kampen said she has been asking the question, “Why is art produced in different parts of the Roman empire different?,” for her entire career. Now, with tools and insights that the other fellows will contribute, she said she hopes not only to “find answers” but also to “figure out interesting ways to ask questions.”

Being able to work on the project is “one of these great opportunities that you never think you’ll get,” Kampen said.

via – Art historians dig into ‘movable feast’ | The Brown Daily Herald.

Robin Symes Fallout

This one doesn’t seem to have received as much coverage as I thought it would … from the CBC:

Italian authorities and antiquities experts are upset the British government is allowing the sale of about 1,000 artifacts allegedly stolen from Italy in order to pay the debts of a bankrupt collector.

The items are from the collection of Robin Symes, a U.K. dealer who has been linked to a smuggling ring. Symes built up a massive business selling antiquities to major institutions around the world including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The Italian authorities charged Marion True, former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, with dealing in stolen antiquities. She is still facing those charges. The Getty has returned more than three dozen items to Italy.

The far-reaching investigation into the sale of looted items is ongoing and Symes is still under scrutiny by Italian officials.

Symes went bankrupt in 2005 after a legal dispute with the family of his late business partner.

The British government has given the green light for the sale of Symes’s collection which includes Roman bronzes, Etruscan gold, amber necklaces, ancient statues and other valuable pieces. The sale will be handled by liquidators acting for the U.K. government, which is trying to recoup unpaid taxes from Symes.

According to The Guardian newspaper, Paolo Giorgio Ferri, the main prosecutor in Rome, has repeatedly asked Britain to return the antiquities to their “rightful owner.”

Meanwhile, the Home Office — the department handling foreign affairs — has responded by asking the Italian government for details on how those antiquities arrived in Britain.

Colin Renfrew, a professor of archeology at Cambridge University, calls the situation a “scandal.”

“Many of the antiquities are Etruscan and could only have been found in Italy, ” Renfrew told The Guardian. “They left Italy illegally because they would require an export licence. I can’t see how the Home Office can dispute that.”

Sale of the collection is expected to raise more than £100,000 ($155,000). There’s no word yet on when the sale is to take place.

via Italy angered by U.K. antiquities sale | CBC.

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Colchester v. British Museum Brouhaha

A WORLD-famous museum has promised to update its visitor information, after wrongly claiming that no Roman chariot circus had been found in Britain.

Colchester borough and county councillor Kevin Bentley took the British Museum to task after spotting the error during a trip to London with his wife Karen.

The town’s own Circus Maximus was discovered by the Colchester Archaeological Trust in 2004.

Work is now under way to show the circus’s layout, and secure £750,000 for the Sergeants’ Mess and gardens under which lie its eight starting gates.

Mr Bentley wrote to museum director Neil MacGregor requesting not only a correction, but help directing tourists to Colchester, the site of northern Europe’s only known circus.

In response, Dr Ralph Jackson, curator of Romano-British Collections, said: “As you can imagine, we frequently up-date and refresh our galleries, and brief details of Colchester’s circus were added, fairly soon after its discovery, to one of the labels in the most appropriate part of the ‘Roman army’ case, as well as to our website.

“You are quite correct, though, that the follow-up change to the in-case hanging information panel has not yet been made.

“I am grateful to you for drawing our attention to that, and I shall ensure that it is done as soon as possible,” he added.

Mr Bentley, a former cabinet member for culture and tourism, said what little information there was on Colchester’s circus find had been buried away on a small information board, while a larger version claimed no circus had ever been found in Britain.

“I am just delighted that they have recognised that the board needs updating, and, of course, this is a chance to promote Colchester,” he said.

“It is not about getting one over on the British Museum. It is about getting it corrected, and point people towards Colchester. And, of course, it is a chance for people in Colchester to go and see their town mentioned in the British Museum.” [...]

via Colchester: British Museum to correct Roman Circus slip-up |Essex County Standard.

Niggling at Ning?

Folks who are familiar with the Ning social networks — especially the pair which are of most interest to us (eClassics and Schola) — were likely concerned t’other day when the folks in charge of Ning decided they were going to charge for the erstwhile free service, potentially threatening the survival of such networks. Fortunately, Andrew Reinhard mentioned eClassics would continue:

It was announced today that Ning (the host and creator of the platform for creating social networks like eClassics and Schola) will be suspending its free, site-building service, meaning that Ning network creators will need to pay to keep these free sites open and running.

I am writing to let you know that I am committed to keeping eClassics open and free to visitors and members, and will be paying Ning to upgrade to a premium level of service. The site will continue to be free for you to use. With nearly 1,600 international members, many of whom visit at least once per week and who use material here for classes, it’s important to maintain eClassics and to keep it here on Ning.

… as did Evan Milner in regards to Schola:

Ning have just announced on their Developer Network that they are terminating their free service – the cut off date has not yet been given, but this will effectively kill Schola, and this site as well. I will, however, convert Schola to a Premium site, if there is no alternative way to keep it alive on Ning. This at present is $10 a month, the new pricing schedule has not been announced.

I am also currently looking into alternatives as a fail safe, and am making arrangements to have Schola archived, just in case things go pear shaped so that at least what exists of the site will be preserved as a record, if we are unable to migrate the site elsewhere……but as things stand, this looks manageable….my first reaction was one of horror….but on reflection, no reason to panic.

via eLatin eGreek eLearn – More wired than a Roman Internet café.

I’m sure there are folks who will be willing to contribute financially to the ongoing survival of these very useful resources …

Minoans in North America? I hae me doots …

Readers of my Explorator newsletter will recognize the name of Gavin Menzies as the guy who wrote a book suggesting that a Chinese sailor reached North America  before Columbus. While the book was hailed in China (for obvious reasons), it seems to have been generally met with skepticism on this side of the Pacific … now Menzies is working on another book — this time suggesting that the Minoans (!) made it here even earlier than that! Some excerpts (and a tip o’ the pileus to Francesca Tronchin for alerting us to this one):

[...] As he did back then, Mr. Menzies remains unwavering from his beliefs. He claims his latest evidence for his book, which doesn’t have a publishing date or a title yet, solves the mystery of which ancient civilization mined thousands of copper mines around Lake Superior on the Canadian-American border as early as 2,200 B.C., leaving behind thousands of knives, harpoons and other objects.

Vessels depicted in Minoan frescoes and the remains of one of them — the Uluburun wreck found on the Mediterranean seabed in 1982 with a cargo of copper ingots and artifacts from seven different civilizations — have convinced him that their ships were advanced enough for ocean travel. The frescoes and the wreck’s surviving fragments, he claims, gave him enough detail to work out the number of rowers, the type and efficiency of sails and the sailing capacity.

“We can make accurate estimates of the length, width and draught of the ships and hence their seagoing capability,” he explains in a phone interview from his home in central London, sounding resolute. “The ships could sail into the wind as well as before it, and lower sail very quickly in the event of an unexpected squall.”

He also claims to have DNA proof that the Minoans carried a rare gene found today among Native Americans around Lake Superior and scientific tests matching the region’s “uniquely pure” copper to the Uluburun ingots. Pointing to evidence of indigenous American plants being transported to other civilizations — including nicotine traces found in ancient Egyptian mummies and maize-cobs carved on their temples — he says that the Egyptians with their flimsy vessels weren’t great seafarers and that only the Minoans, with whom they traded, could have undertaken trans-Atlantic travel.

One would expect that if the Minoans carried tobacco from the Americas to Egypt, evidence of American tobacco should exist around Crete. “There is such evidence in the form of a tobacco beetle found buried beneath the 1450 B.C. volcanic ash of a merchant’s house in Akrotiri, the Minoan town…This tobacco beetle, Lasioderma Serricorne, was indigenous to the Americas. It should be remembered tobacco didn’t grow in Europe in 1450 B.C.,” Mr. Menzies says.

Despite his confidence, Mr. Menzies is bracing himself for ill-winds and a storm over his new theories. Although he has yet to finish his Minoan book, some academics are again skeptical ahead of having a chance to read the evidence.

Although Professor Carl Johannessen, professor emeritus at the University of Oregon and co-author of “World Trade and Biological Exchanges before 1492,” is intrigued by Mr. Menzies’s latest research and applauds his previous efforts as “a powerful search for ancient knowledge,” he says, “I am convinced that the Minoans were not the first or the only sailors crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.”

Meanwhile, Susan Martin, an associate professor of archaeology at Michigan State University who specializes in Lake Superior’s prehistoric archaeology, says, “There is no evidence of any exploration or exploitation of the mineral resources by anyone other than Native American users.”

Professor John Bennet, a Minoan expert at the University of Sheffield, argues that, while it is theoretically possible that Minoans reached America, their ships were too small to carry sufficient supplies and cargo for regular long voyages. And Cemal Pulak, an associate professor at Texas A&M University who led the Uluburun excavation, says that such ambitious seafaring wouldn’t have been feasible. Although the vessels were sturdy, they didn’t have decks to endure storms and rough seas, he explains, adding that the Uluburun copper came from Cyprus.

Undeterred, Mr. Menzies counters that the Minoan ships were three times the size of Columbus’s, that ancient artifacts found at Lake Superior match those from the Uluburun wreck, and that indigenous Americans had no knowledge of mining or smelting copper artifacts. [...]

Wow … outside of the obvious squirrel-potential of this one, it is incredibly surprising that the Wall Street Journal is printing what is a review of a book before it is even finished; it’s similarly surprising that Dalya Alberge (the archaeology writer for the Times of London … although I notice she now seems to be with the Guardian?) seems to be penning it. Perhaps Menzies wants to know what he’s going to have to explain away before his tome goes to press. Whatever the case,  folks  might want to prearm themselves and take a look at some of the Old Copper Complex artifacts found in various sites around Lake Superior as depicted on this very nice webpage (scroll down for photos) … just a quick observation on my part: I’m not sure many of the Old Copper Culture artifacts were actually ‘cast’ (as are most of the metal items from Uluburun); particularly noteworthy is a comparison of spearheads … the Old Copper Culture ones seem to be definitely hammered (photo on the aforementioned page) while those on the shipwreck are definitely cast (see the link to a photo near the bottom of this page). There’s a marked difference in quality of ‘attachment’ as well … just for starters.

via Sailing Against Conventional Wisdom –

CONF: Oratory and Politics in the Roman Republic

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

Oratory and Politics in the Roman Republic

Oxford, September 1st – 3rd, 2010

Organisers: Henriette van der Blom (Oxford) and Catherine Steel (Glasgow)

Speakers: Valentina Arena, Andrea Balbo, Henriette van der Blom, John Dugan,
Harriet Flower, Karl-Joachim Holkeskamp, Martin Jehne, Trevor Mahy, Ida
Gilda Mastrorosa, Robert Morstein-Marx, Henrik Mouritsen, Francisco Pina
Polo, Jonathan Prag, Cristina Rosillo Lopez, Amy Russell, Christopher Smith,
Catherine Steel, James Tan, Jeffrey Tatum, Elena Torregaray, Jaap Wisse.

Full details, including a registration form, are available at the conference
website, and registration is now open.

CONF: Integration and identity in the Roman Republic

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

Conference: Integration and identity in the Roman Republic

Manchester, July 1- 3, 2010

Full details, including a registration form, are available at the conference website, and registration is now open.

Organisation: Saskia Roselaar (Manchester)

Conference Programme

Thursday 1 July

Registration 9.15

1st paper 9.30 Tim Cornell (Manchester): Introduction
2nd paper 10.15 Saskia Roselaar (Manchester): Mediterranean trade as a mechanism of integration between Romans and Italians

Coffee 11.00
3rd paper 11.20 Nathan Rosenstein (Ohio State): Armies and integration in the Middle Republic
4th paper 12.00 Patrick Kent (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): Socii in Roman armies before the Punic Wars

Lunch 12.40
5th paper 13.40 Seth Kendall (Georgia Gwynnet College): Rome’s refusal to extend civitas to the Italian allies, 91 BCE
6th paper 14.10 Fiona Tweedie (Sydney): The Lex Licinia Mucia of 95 BC: good consuls pass a bad law

Tea 15.00
7th paper 15.30 Kathryn Lomas (UCL): TBC
8th paper 16.10 Elizabeth Robinson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): A localized approach to the study of integration and identity in Southern Italy

Poster presentation and drinks 17.10
Dinner 19.00

Friday 2 July

Registration 9.15
1st paper 9.30 Altay Co_kun (Waterloo, Canada): Citizenship in the context of law, culture, politics, and society: the construction of Romanness in Cicero’s Archiana
2nd paper 10.10 Rogier van der Wal (Free University, Amsterdam): Cicero, Verres and the Sicilians: on the art of plundering and the plundering of art

Coffee 11.00
3rd paper 11.20 David Langslow (Manchester): Integration, identity and language-shift: strengths and weaknesses of the linguistic evidence.
4th paper 12.00 Jennifer Ferriss-Hill (Univ. of Miami): An ancient understanding of cognate relationships? Varro’s treatment of Latin-Sabellic pairs in the De Lingua Latina

Lunch 12.40
5th paper 13.40 Elena Isayev (Exeter): What and where was Rome after the Social War?
6th paper 14.20 Osvaldo Sacchi (Naples): Institutional structures and the problem of continuity in Capua until the deductio coloniaria in 59 BC

Tea 15.00

7th paper 15.30 Eleanor Jefferson (Rutgers University): Cato’s Origines
8th paper 16.10 Federico Russo (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy): The concept of kinship in the relationships between Romans and Italians

End 17.00
Drinks 17.10
Dinner 19.00

Saturday 3 July

Registration 9.15

1st paper 9.30 Guy Bradley (Cardiff): The social and ethnic mobility of the elite in central Italy from the archaic to the mid-Republican period
2nd paper 10.10 Toni Ñaco del Hoyo & Jordi Principal (Barcelona): Outposts of integration? Garrisoning, logistics and archaeology in N.E. Hispania, 133-82 BCE

Coffee 11.00
3rd paper 11.20 John Patterson (Cambridge): TBC
4th paper 12.00 Ed Bispham (Oxford): TBC

Lunch 12.40
5th paper 13.40 Elisabeth Buchet (Sorbonne, Paris): Albunea, Tiburnus, Hercules Victor: the cults of Tibur between integration and assertion of local identity
6th paper 14.20 Massimiliano Di Fazio (Pavia): Feronia. An Italic goddess between pre-Roman and Roman times
Tea 15.00

7th paper 15.30 Dan Hoyer (NYU): Trade and exchange east of the Apennines
8th paper 16.10 Roman Roth (Cape Town, South Africa): Regionalism in the Republic

End 17.00
Drinks 17.10
Dinner 19.00

Papers are supposed to last 30 mins, followed by 10 mins discussion

Poster session
Marleen Termeer (Groningen): The Latin colonies of central Italy in the Middle Republic: cultural communities between local and Roman

CONF: Symposium on Ancient Mosaics, 5-6 June 2010

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

The Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics will be
holding its 2010 summer symposium at Caerleon and Caerwent. All are welcome
to attend. Further details and a booking form can be found at


Saturday 5 June:
11 am: Tour of the National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, by Mark Lewis

2-5 pm: Symposium, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon:
Peter Guest – Isca: Recent Work on the Site of the Legionary Fortress at Caerleon
Mark Lewis – Saved by Vandals: A Recently Discovered Mosaic from Caerleon
Penny Hill – Moving Mosaics: Transfer and Storage at the National Museum of Wales
Pari White – A Geoarchaeological Approach to the Stone Mosaic Materials of Fishbourne Roman Palace

Sunday 6 June
11 am: Tour of Caerwent, by Richard Brewer

Booking fee: £10.00 full members/partners; £8.00 student members; £12 non-
members. To book, please contact Dr Will Wootton, King’s College London
(will.wootton AT

CONF: Queensland Greek History Conference

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


Cultural History of the Greeks
22-23 October 2010

Dr David Pritchard (The University of Queensland)


The University of Queensland Cultural History Project
The R D Milns Classics and Ancient History Perpetual Endowment Fund
The Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane


Friday 22 October

1. Professor Margaret Miller (The University of Sydney) ‘‘I am Eurymedon’: Tensions and Ambiguities in Athenian War Imagery’
2. Professor Vincent Gabrielsen (The University of Copenhagen) ‘Brotherhoods of Faith: Private Clubs in the Ancient World’

Saturday 23 October

3. Associate Professor Vrasidas Karalis (The University of Sydney) ‘Autobiography as Cultural Critique: Some Observations on Michael Psellos’ Chronographia’
4. Martyn Brown (The University of Sydney) ‘Greek Blood in Italy: The Reception and Politics of the Battle of Rimini in 1944’
5. Dr Matthew Trundle (Victoria University of Wellington) ‘Coinage and Greek Culture’
6. Dr Amelia Brown (The University of Queensland, HPRC) ‘Residents and Tourists in Roman Corinth, Capital City of Southern Greece’
7. Associate Professor Rick Strelan (The University of Queensland, HPRC) ‘Encircling the Corpse: Ritual Pollution and Purity in Acts 14:20’
8. Mark Chou (The University of Queensland, POLSIS) ‘Postmodern Dramaturgy, Premodern Drama: The Global Resurgence of Greek Tragedy Today’
9. Anna Efstathiadou (The University of Queensland, EMSAH) ‘Representations of History in Greek War Posters’
10. Dr Bronwen Neil (The Australian Catholic University) ‘The Earliest Greek Understandings of Islam: Theophanes the Confessor’s Chronographia’
11. Dr Rashna Taraporewalla (The University of Queensland, HPRC) ‘Fighting as Greece’s Champions: Athenian Commemoration of the Persian Wars’
12. Dr Peter Londey (The Australian National University) ‘Memories of Thermopylae, Ancient and Modern’
13. Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (Monash University) and Dr Alexandros Giannadakis (Monash University) ‘The Evolution of Greek in the Diaspora: Australia from the 1960s to the 1980s’.

Dr David Pritchard
Cultural History Project
Centre for the History of European Discourses
Discipline of Classics and Ancient History
School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
Faculty of Arts
University of Queensland
QLD 4072
Telephone: +61 7 3365 3338
Fax: +61 7 3365 1968
Email: d.pritchard AT