CONF: Liverpool SACE Seminars

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

University of Liverpool

SACE Seminar Series

The School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology is pleased to announce
its research seminar programme for the summer term 2009/10. Seminars take
place at 5 – 6.30 pm in either the Bosanquet Seminar Room, 12 Abercromby
Square (BSR), the Shore Lecture Theatre, 14 Abercromby Square (SLT), or
M202, The Hartley Building. These are buildings 146, 147, and 253 on the
campus map: www.liv.ac.uk/maps.

Everyone is welcome. For further details please contact Shirley Curtis
(shirley.curtis AT liv.ac.uk).

22nd April
Maureen Carroll (University of Sheffield)
Porticus triplex and the sacred grove in Roman temple architecture: an
archaeological case study from Pompeii
(BSR)

27th April
Will Roebroeks (Leiden University)
Ebb and flow of regional extinctions: the character of neanderthal
occupation of northern climes
(M202)

29th April
Mark Molesky (Seton Hall University)
Primitive antiquity and the European imagination, 1850-1940
(BSR)

4th May
Andrew Gardner (University College London)
Violence, order, and Roman military culture
(SLT)

6th May
John Curran (Queen’s University Belfast)
Roman Judaea: the Herodian prism
(BSR)

11th May
Krzysztof Nawotka (University of Wroclaw)
Who wrote the Alexander Romance?
(BSR)

20th May
Francois Leclere (British Museum)
Egyptians and Greeks at the Saite frontier-post of Daphnae (Tell Dafana): a
reassessment
(BSR)

JOB: Hellenist @ Brown University

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THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS at Brown University has been authorized to announce a search for one-year visiting appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July, 2010. This is a non tenure-track position. Full time teaching load is four courses per academic year. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach one or two courses in ancient Greek and Latin (elementary through beginning graduate level), one large lecture course, and one or more smaller discussion courses in translation, and to participate actively in other departmental activities, including advising. Ph.D. by time of appointment is required. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience. Salary will be dependent upon candidate’s experience and credentials.

CANDIDATES should send applications by email to:

Classics_Department AT Brown.edu

with the subject line indicating “VAP position” and have letters of reference sent either by email to the same address or by post to Chair, VAP Position, Department of Classics, Box 1856, Brown University, Providence, R.I., 02912-1856.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, and at least three current letters of recommendation; applicants are also encouraged to submit evidence of teaching ability and expertise.

Those who applied in Fall 2009 to our open-rank position for a Hellenist who would like to reactivate their applications for this new position may do so by sending an email to that effect to the address above.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received in their entirety by May 15, 2010 are assured full consideration.

Brown University is committed to diversity in its faculty and encourages applications from qualified women and under-represented minority candidates

JOB: Generalist @ Rutgers (one year)

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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

The Department of Classics of Rutgers University-New Brunswick is
seeking to fill a one-year (possibly renewable for an additional year)
position for the 2010-2011 academic year, pending final budgetary
approval. The area of specialization is open, but we hope to complement
existing faculty strengths, and a focus on Latin Literature of the
Empire would be welcome. Applicants should have a record of outstanding
teaching and show strong scholarly potential. The teaching assignments
may include a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including
Greek or Latin language and literature courses and Classical
Civilization courses. The teaching load will be three courses per
semester. Applicants should have Ph.D. in hand by December 2010.

Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2010. To apply for this
position, please have a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and three
letters of recommendation to arrive by June 15, 2010 c/o Professor Azzan
Yadin, Rutgers University Department of Classics, Ruth Adams Building
002, 131 George Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901. Rutgers University is
an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

On the Popularity of Sword and Sandal Flicks

Some observations from an item in the Telegraph:

“Clash of the Titans and How to Train Your Dragon represent worlds that are far from our own and an escape from job insecurity, debates about health care and worrying about paying the bills,” he said. “What better way to do this than to take yourself off to a totally different place at the movies?”

But while the themes are escapist, the content is also familiar – Greeks, Romans and Vikings and assorted serpents and dragons.

“That makes for good comfort movies dealing with characters and stories with which they are familiar,” said Mr Contrino. “People want to get away from reality with these movies, but nor do they want to be too challenged.”

That such colourful adventure stories are also particularly well-suited to portrayal in 3D is also no coincidence as Hollywood tries to cash in on the game-changing success of James Cameron’s Avatar blockbuster.

There is an added resonance to Americans flocking to films set during the rise and fall of ancient empires as they contemplate their own long-dominant place in the world amid economic upheavals at home and protracted wars abroad.

via Hollywood turns to ancient warriors and legends to win audiences – Telegraph.

… in case you’re not aware, I’m regularly posting any interesting reviews of sword and sandal flicks on my Twitterfeed … there are links to them in one of the sidebars at the right (near the bottom of the column) …