Tom Sienkewicz and CAMWS

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Tom Sienkewicz, Capron Professor of Classics at Monmouth College, was named secretary-treasurer elect of The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) during its 106th annual meeting, held recently in Oklahoma City.

“We are planning on a two-year transition period, with phasing out of the office at St. Olaf College and phasing in of the new office in Monmouth, which will take place during the 2011-12 academic year,” said Anne Groton, current secretary-treasurer of the CAMWS.

Sienkiewicz’s five-year term as secretary-treasurer will officially run from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2017. The secretary-treasurer is the chief executive and financial officer of CAMWS and is empowered to act on behalf of the association.

“I find my involvement in professional classical organizations to be especially rewarding,” said Sienkewicz. “Serving CAMWS is a way I can promote the study of classics over a wide geographic area and, at the same time, make Monmouth College and its excellent classics program well-known to high school, college and university teachers around the country.”

CAMWS, which covers 31 states and three Canadian provinces, was founded at the University of Chicago in 1905 and incorporated on July 13, 1948. Its 1,500 members include college and university professors, K-12 teachers and graduate students who specialize in classics. More information on the organization is available at

via MC’s Sienkewicz to hold CAMWS office through 2017 |Daily Review Atlas.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iv kalendas maias

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ante diem iv kalendas maias

  • ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 2) — a festival originally ordered in response to an interpretation of the Sybilline books in 238 B.C., it fell into desuetude only to be revived in 173 B.C.; it was a general festival of drinking and other merriment in honour of Flora, who presided over (of course) flowers and their blossoms
  • 12 B.C. — consecration of the signum et ara Vestae on the Palatine; it was a shrine built by Augustus as pontifex maximus to house the palladium (maybe) which Aeneas brought from Troy
  • 32 A.D. — birth of the future emperor-for-a-little-while Otho
  • 1st century — martyrdom of Aphrodisius and companions in what would become Languedoc
  • 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Pollio in Pannonia