ED: Postgrad Latin Summer School 2011, University of Reading

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University of Reading

Department of Classics

Postgraduate Latin Summer School 2011

Applications are invited for the Postgraduate Summer School in Latin hosted by the Department of Classics, University of Reading, UK.

The Summer School will run 18 July-19 August 2011 and is open to students who have graduated or are in their final year of undergraduate study. It is an ideal opportunity for those planning to do postgraduate work or to pursue a career in Classics teaching.

Students will be expected to have read to the end of section 3 of Reading Latin (or equivalent) before the Summer School begins. They will complete a course of study designed to enable them to engage successfully with unmodified Latin texts.

More detailed information, including instructions on how to register, is available on the website:


Please direct further inquiries to Dr David Carter (d.m.carter AT reading.ac.uk).

JOB: Latin+ @ UIUC

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Position Description: The Department of the Classics in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the area of Latin literature, beginning 16 August 2011. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, to supervise graduate research and to pursue an active program of scholarly publication. Preference will be given to applicants whose interests are interdisciplinary and who combine expertise in Classical Latin literature with an interest in an area such as gender and women’s studies, literary theory or Mediaeval studies. Applicants must have a PhD in Classics or in an immediately relevant field and must present a record of publication and excellence in teaching sufficient for appointment with indefinite tenure at the University of Illinois. Salary is commensurate with experience. The University is noted for its extensive library holdings in Classics and related fields and for its museums, with excellent collections of ancient Mediterranean artifacts.

For full consideration, online application, including curriculum vitae and names of three referees, must be completed by 15 October 2010 at https://jobs.illinois.edu. Short-listed candidates will be invited for campus interviews before the end of the calendar year. Inquiries should be addressed to David Sansone, Head, at <dsansone AT illinois.edu> or 217-333-7573.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


Citanda: Pracititioners’ Voices – issue 2

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Practitioners’ Voices Issue 2 ‘Translation, Rewriting and Staging: Scholarship and Creativity in the Reception of Greek and Roman Poetry and Drama’ is now available at http://www2.open.ac.uk/practitioners

This edition of Practitioners’ Voices publishes interviews with poets, translators and theatre directors. It focuses on how they engage with Greek and Latin material in and through translation, rewriting, new writing and staging (including questions about translation to the stage as well as for the stage). The interviews reflect an increasing interest in how the work of scholars and practitioners is not only mutually informative but also interacts in the creation of literary and theatrical works. The boundaries between translation and creativity are increasingly recognised as porous. Furthermore, various aspects of these activities may interact in the work and careers of the individuals themselves.
The seven people interviewed for this publication represent a broad spectrum of types of engagement with Greek and Roman material and are:

  • Josephine Balmer, Poet and Translator
  • Maureen Almond, Poet
  • Oliver Taplin, Academic, Translator and Writer
  • Martin Wylde, Theatre Director Helen Eastman, Theatre Director
  • Michael Ewans, Academic, Translator and Director
  • Ian Ruffell, Academic and Translator

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem ix kalendas octobres

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  • rites in honour of Latona at the Theatre of Marcellus
  • Mercatus — those cupboards must have been really empty!
  • 484 B.C. — Birth of Euripides (?)
  • 480 B.C. — Athenian naval forces under Themistocles defeat Xerxes’ Persian force in the narrows of Salamis (one reckoning)
  • 63 B.C. — birth of Octavius, the future emperor Augustus
  • 25 B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Neptune (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 23 B.C. — restoration of the temple of Apollo in the Campus Martius (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 117 A.D. — martyrdom of Thecla

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem x kalendas octobres

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  • Mercatus — the Romans continue the shopping spree
  • 479 B.C. — the Persian general Mardonius is killed in the Battle of Plataea (source? … seems a little late)
  • 36 B.C. — the triumvir Marcus Aemilius Lepidus agrees to retire after losing all his military support to Octavian
  • 19 B.C. — another (less likely) date for the death of Virgil
  • 130 (129?) A.D.– birth of Galen (still not sure of the ultimate source for this date)
  • 259 A.D. — martyrdom of Digna and Emerita at Rome
  • 287 A.D. — martyrdom of Maurice and companions
  • 1999 — death of Chester Starr

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xi kalendas octobres

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  • Mercatus — stocking the cupboards after the ludi Romani
  • 490 B.C. — battle of Marathon (yet another reckoning)
  • 490 B.C. — the Athenian polemarch Callimachus dies during the Marathon campaign (contingent on the above, obviously)
  • 19 B.C. — death of Publius Vergilius Maro (more likely than yesterday)
  • 37 A.D. — the emperor Gaius (Caligula) is given the title pater patriae
  • 1st century A.D. — martyrdom of Iphigenia
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Colosseum Burning!

Interesting art thingy via Reuters:

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Raging fire will appear to consume Rome’s ancient Colosseum in a dramatic art spectacle over the next few nights aimed at igniting debate on the fragility of Europe’s cultural heritage sites.

For artists Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz, engulfing the vast Roman amphitheatre in virtual flames will be the culmination of a long-running project using video projections of wild fires to make landmark buildings appear to be burning.

“We wanted something to symbolize destruction and creation at once. We wanted to question whether something should exist or not and what the heritage means to us,” said Diaz.

“What would happen if you destroyed a museum or building, is the culture gone? Do we need to build it again or do we have the same culture as we had before?” he asked, as images of flames were projected from the Colosseum’s entrance arches, making it appear to burn from within.

The Colosseum, which first opened in 80 AD and housed bloody public spectacles including gladiator fights, mock sea battles and animal shows, is one of the most famous monuments from the ancient world.

But it has suffered due to neglect in recent years, prompting the cash-strapped Italian government to search for private sponsors willing to help pay for restoration work.

The urgency surrounding the site was highlighted in May when chunks of mortar plunged through a protective netting, and a string of collapses at the nearby forum have also raised fears about how long Rome’s ancient buildings can remain standing.

Hilden said the artists had always targeted the archaeological treasure as the stage for their show due to its cultural significance.

“The Colosseum in our eyes is the strongest symbol of Western culture,” she said. “When you put these manmade constructions, these icons under threat, it shakes our reality and roots.”

via: Virtual fire to rage in the Colosseum for art | Reuters

Assassin’s Creed in (Renaissance) Rome

This is very peripheral to our purview, but what the heck … my kid plays Assassin’s Creed and the forthcoming Brotherhood installment looks very interesting. The trailer has this one set in Rome and one sees some very interesting monuments throughout … my spiders brought this one back because of mention of the Colosseum (which Ezio seems to be leaping about in … not sure if all that was exposed in the early Renaissance), but I find more interesting the bit at the end, which reconstructs the interior of the Pantheon as a church … FWIW (and the music sucks):

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