CONF: Edinburgh Classics Research Seminars 2010/11: Semester 1

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Dear colleagues,

Please find below the Semester 1 programme of Classics Research Seminars at Edinburgh. All seminars take place on Wednesdays at 5 pm in the Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre, 2nd floor, Medical School, Teviot Place, unless otherwise stated. All are welcome to attend. For further information please contact Ursula Rothe (ursula.rothe AT

Semester 1:

29th September
Prof. WILLIAM HARRIS (Columbia)
‘Approaches to Roman poverty’

6th October
‘Herakles in the Odyssey’

13th October
Prof. JAN BREMMER (Groningen)
‘Ancient necromancy – fact or fiction?’

20th October
‘Herculean tasks: writing about Herakles in the 21st century’

3rd November
Dr. CALUM MACIVER (Edinburgh)
‘Rereading Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe’

10th November
Prof. THOMAS HARRISON (Liverpool)
‘Herodotus on Persian royal ideology’

17th November – 5.30 start!!!
Prof. DAMIEN NELIS (Geneva)
‘Vergilian futures in the Georgics’

24th November
‘Aspects of excavation and research in and around the Bronze Age Palace of Knossos’

Reading Odyssey’s Marathon2500 celebration

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Dear Colleagues,

Phil Terry, the Director of the non-profit organisation, The Reading
Odyssey, has asked me to circulate this invitation to join in our
organisation’s activities, including a year-long celebration of the
anniversary of the battle of Marathon.

The year-long program has been designed by Paul Cartledge and The Reading
Odyssey, and includes free webinar/teleconference lectures and a monthly
Herodotus reading group (using the Landmark Herodotus text)

Please consider the following:
– Sharing this invitation with graduate students, undergraduates, other
faculty, friends and colleagues around the world (and any associations).
– Integrating Marathon2500 into your curriculum. Many professors are
integrating these lectures into their curriculum (or making one or more
optional for students).
– Joining the remote lecture network. Students and faculty are attending
together one or more of the lectures. Just let Phil know if you are
bringing a group together live and he will list your university or college
on the remote lecture network page (

I. Marathon2500 Lecture Invitation (webinar/phone-based)

We have designed 8 lectures with some of the top scholars to commemorate the
2,500 year anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. (We take the 2,500 year
anniversary to be in September 2011 but are commemorating Marathon for an
entire year beginning in September 2010.) As you can see below, these
lectures range from Paul Cartledge’s kickoff context-setting talk to Victor
Davis Hanson’s presentation on the life of a solider to Peter Krentz’s
detailed discussion on the battle itself (timed to the publication of his
new book "The Battle of Marathon") to John Marincola’s epilogue.

Registration for all 8 lectures here

or any individual lecture here:

1. Paul Cartledge, Cambridge/NYU, Tue Sep 28 @6pm ET, "The Context and
Meaning of the Battle"

2. Peter Krentz, Davidson College, Tue Oct 12 @ 4pm ET, "The Battle Itself"

3. Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, Wed Nov 10 @ 1pm ET, "Life of a
Soldier—Greek and Persian"

4. Thomas Harrison, University of Liverpool, Tue Jan 18 @ 1pm ET, "The
Persian Perspective"

5. Dean Karnazes, world-renowned ultramarathoner, Wed Feb 9 @ 1pm ET “The
Battle and Modern Sports”

6. Thomas Scanlon, UC Riverside, Tue Apr 5 @ 1pm ET “Sports in the Ancient

7. Robert Strassler, Independent Scholar, Tue May 10 @ 1pm ET “Herodotus and
the Invention of History” ,

8. John Marincola, Florida State University, Wed Jun 8 @ 4pm ET “Epilogue:
What happened after the Battle"

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II. Herodotus Reading Groups

The Reading Odyssey, the nonprofit running Marathon2500, runs virtual
moderated reading groups on classics such as Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon
and others. For Marathon2500 we are running multiple small sections of
Herodotus. Small groups of 20 will meet by phone monthly to discuss each
book of Herodotus.

Please suggest to your students that they might consider joining a Herodotus
reading group with us.

Registration link:
Dates (via teleconference):Ӭ8pm New York timeӬMondays РOct 11, Nov 15,
Dec 6, Jan 10, Feb 7 and Mar 7, 2011

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Sponsors of the Marathon2500 program include a range of technology companies
– Citrix Online, Constant Contact, Squarespace to the Embassy of Greece. All
of our sponsors are listed here:

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III. Facebook and Twitter

Please also consider asking your students to become fans of our fledgling
Marathon2500 Facebook page and Twitter feed.



On behalf of the global volunteers of the Reading Odyssey, thank you for
considering our invitation to participate in Marathon2500.

CONF: Restoring the Acropolis of Athens

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Restoring the Acropolis of Athens – a study day at the British Museum

Friday 8 October 2010, 09.30–17.00

BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

£40, Members and concessions £25, includes tea/coffee and buffet lunch

Since its formation in 1975, the Acropolis Restoration Service has studied, conserved, dismantled and restored the world famous monuments of the ancient Acropolis of Athens. The various stages of this colossal task have been meticulously presented and recorded in a series of conferences in Athens and their accompanying publications. Now that the current phase of restoration is in sight of completion, Professor Charalambos Bouras, President of the Service, and prominent members of his team have kindly agreed to share with a British Museum audience their unique experience and knowledge of the
Acropolis buildings.


09.30–10.00 Registration in the Clore Education Centre Foyer

10.00–10.10 Welcome by Dr Andrew Burnett, Deputy Director of the British Museum

10.10–10.20 Opening address by Dr Lina Mendoni, Secretary General, Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism

10.20–11.05 Professor Charalambos Bouras, President of the ESMA: 35 years’ restoration works on the Acropolis

11.05–11.20 Coffee

11.20–12.00 Mrs Maria Ioannidou, Director of the Acropolis Restoration Service: Research and technology in the Acropolis restoration project

12.00–12.30 Mrs Evi Papaconstantinou, Chief Conservator of the Acropolis Restoration Service: The surface conservation of the Acropolis monuments

12.20–13.30 Lunch

13.30–14.00 Mrs Dionysia Michalopoulou, Civil Engineer in charge of the restoration of the temple of Athena Nike: The Athena Nike restoration project

14.00–14.30 Dr Tasos Tanoulas, Architect in charge of the restoration of the Propylaia: The Propylaia restoration project

14.30–15.00 Mr Nikos Toganides, Architect in charge of the restoration of the Parthenon: The Parthenon restoration project

15.00–15.30 Mrs Lena Lambrinou, Architect, Parthenon Restoration Project: Interventions past and present on the north side of the Parthenon

15.30–15.45 Tea

15.45–16.15 Professor Fani Mallouchou-Tufano, Member of the ESMA: The restoration of the Erechtheion

Programme subject to change.

Tickets are available online, from the Ticket Desk in the Great Court, or via phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181. For further information and online bookings, see http://blmcmsweb/BritishMuseum/whats_on/events_calendar/october_2010/restoring_the_acropolis.aspx

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

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 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> 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 (


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

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