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

Augustus Pontifex Maximus #3
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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

Citanda: “The Internet Will Fail”

There’s an article at Asylum going around all about assorted ‘bad predictions’ … one has a bit o’ classcon:

“Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite ‘The Iliad.'” — Bruce Sterling, a science-fiction writer and journalist, told The New York Times.

via “The Internet Will Fail” — Bold Predictions That Completely Bombed –

Well we know there’s literate communication on Twitter … the Iliad Trucker Hats might suggest we just might hear that CB recital at some point …

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v kalendas maias

Edward Gibbon, by Henry Walton (died 1813). Se...

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ante diem v kalendas maias

  • ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 1) — 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 (Chloris is also mentioned … I’m still trying to figure that one out).
  • 4977 B.C. — birth of the universe, according to the calculations of Johannes Kepler
  • 1737 — Birth of Edward Gibbon (he wrote some sort of book apparently)

Finds from Strumica in Eastern Macedonia

No relevant photos, alas:

A unique lamp from the fourth century with the image of Alexander the Great and gold jewellery from the second century BC were discovered by archaeologists in the Tsarevi Kuli area over the town of Strumica in eastern Macedonia.

The new finds discovered at the necropolis of the southern wall of the site confirm the theory that during Antiquity, Strumica was a well-developed trade centre, archaeologist Zoran Ruyak told the national newspaper Vecer today.

The jewellery finds suggest that Strumica , which during the second century BC was called Astraîon, had a well-developed trade center, a rich population and was in communication with the workshops in Thessaloniki and neighbouring towns, especially those of Isar Marvintsi and Vardarki Rid which are also being excavated this year, the archaeologist added.

The fact that the continued development of Strumica was not interrupted is confirmed by the findings dating to the fourth century and the unique light with the likely image of Alexander the Great.

The find is one of the most interesting ones and, as far as archaeologists know so far, it is unique, the arcaheologist told the publication.

There are currently around 100 people working on the Tsarevi Kuli excavations, Vecer noted. The research on the site started about a month and a half ago, and are financed by the government as part of the country’s main archaeological projects.

via Balkan Travellers – Archaeologists Unearth New Finds near Strumica in Eastern Macedonia.

Bust in Sparta

Vague details, as often:

Two local men were arrested on antiquities smuggling charges on Monday in the southern Peloponnese town of Sparta, after authorities discovered a cache of particular valuable objects in the pair’s possession, including a bronze Kouros-like statuette.    Four ancient coins and precious stone weighing in at more than 500 grams were also confiscated.    Additionally, handguns, ammunition and precision scales were uncovered during a search of the men’s residences.

via Antiquities smuggling arrests in Sparta | ANA.