Also seen: “Ancient Slut-Shaming”

A piece at Jezebel:

… which seems to take its start from a review of Roller’s Cleopatra: A Biography at the Christian Science Monitor:

… and its conclusion from a guest post by Vicky Alvear Shecter at Gary Corby’s blog:

Sophocles (et al) and Modern Medicine

One of the ‘missing  in action’ items in my mailbox (from July!) … from the Boston Globe:

Sounds of agony pour from the man at the front of the room, his face red and convulsed with pain.

“Death!’’ he shouts, imploring someone, anyone, to end his life, his shrieks filling the amphitheater. “Death! Why after all these years have you not appeared?’’

The wailing man is an actor. His part is that of a Greek hero-warrior begging to be euthanized as a burning poison eats away at his flesh. His lines were written more than 2,000 years ago by Sophocles, the Greek playwright. And his audience this evening consists mainly of doctors, more accustomed to saving lives than to ending them.

As medical technologies extend the lives of the sickest, medical schools across the country have struggled to find a way to help doctors better navigate new moral quandaries around death and dying. The recent performance of scenes from Greek plays at Harvard Medical School represents one of the more unusual and emotionally powerful approaches.

Called End of Life, the program uses ancient Greek tragedies to spark discussion among medical students and professionals about the ethics of treating patients facing painful, prolonged deaths.

Several professors, doctors, and students who have taken part in End of Life agree that the 90 minutes of raw, honest theater and emotional discussion add a dimension of reality to medical ethics education that textbooks cannot.

“An awful lot of what goes on in taking care of patients involves feelings, like trust and hope and compassion,’’ said Christine Mitchell, a nurse and director of the office of ethics at Children’s Hospital Boston. Mitchell attended both of the performances Harvard has hosted this year. “We usually focus on the head part and not the heart part. It’s not easy to combine the two.’’

If Bryan Doerries, the project’s founder, has his way, more medical schools will employ ancient Greek drama to strengthen their medical ethics programs. The two scenes used in the End of Life readings illustrate the ethical dilemmas and emotional baggage that complicate medical situations for the terminally ill, their families, and caregivers.

“This was dramatically different than what we had done before,’’ said Dr. Sadath Sayeed, who teaches Harvard Medical School’s ethics class and helped bring the program to the school. “It’s a lot about emotion, the feelings, the experience itself. It’s harder to get that in a classroom.’’

Still in its infancy, the End of Life project is not yet on any school’s list of ethics requirements. Doerries, a New York-based educator trained in the classics, will take it to the University of Virginia next fall, where students and faculty across disciplines will judge for themselves the relevance of Greek tragedy to modern medicine.

Of the 133 medical schools in the United States, most teach some form of medical ethics as part of their standard curriculum, a representative of the American Association of Medical Colleges said.

Classroom topics range from research ethics and genetic testing to informed consent and euthanasia, often discussed in light of case studies doctors can draw on in making their decisions.

But a study published in 2008 in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine found that doctors’ stance on end-of-life topics depended on other factors, such as religious affiliation, ethnicity, and experience in treating dying patients. Those with strong religious beliefs, for example, were about four times more likely to object to physician-assisted suicide than those without such beliefs.

In light of that, it becomes imperative that medical students receive training early that stresses the emotional aspects of medicine, Sayeed said.

One of the scenes in the End of Life readings is from “Women of Trachis,’’ in which Heracles, accidentally poisoned by his wife, implores his son to stop his searing pain by building a pyre, tying him to it, and lighting it on fire.

“It had this line, ‘I am asking you to be my doctor,’ and he is begging his son to kill him,’’ said Spencer McClelland, a third-year Harvard medical student who attended the End of Life session in March. “A lot of these things are really intangible when you’re a student. To have anything that humanizes them before you go through this face-to-face with a patient is invaluable.’’

Several medical schools have pioneered innovative teaching methods that take a more holistic view of medicine and ethics. Columbia University’s Program in Narrative Medicine, already a decade old, teaches doctors how to foster empathy with patients and interpret their stories of suffering as a means to promote healing.

Still, Doerries believes theater has an impact classes cannot achieve. “Theater has a power to destroy hierarchy,’’ he said. “Not forever, but for long enough for those in the audience who may be intimidated to speak.’’

Sitting in front of an audience of about 60 people, Rabbi Herman Blumberg, a chaplain at Boston’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, talked at last month’s End of Life performance about the complicated obligations that arise when illness sentences patients to a life of pain.

He described the emotional impact of watching the actor’s anguished scream as a tearing of the soul.

“I’m going back to it again and again and again,’’ he said. “The realization of just how painful pain is. I find myself listening more fully with my whole being.’’

via:  Screams from Greek stage aim for doctors’ hearts – The Boston Globe.

Illo Modo Volvo Redux

Front side Volvo truck.

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Last month we mentioned how Dennis of Campus fame was involved in a dispute with Volvo over the ‘illo modo volvo’ (i.e. ‘That’s how I roll’) t-shirt he was marketing. In an interesting bit of synchronicity, Road and Track has a feature on how various car companies got their names. Here’s the excerpt of interest to us:

Some car company logos owe their existence to legalities and economies of scale. In 1909, having left the company bearing his name, August Horch established a second automobile company in Zwickau, Germany. But with his name already in use, Horch had a serious problem. He couldn’t legally name his new company after himself. However, when translated into Latin, “Horch”—which means “hark”—became the lawyer-friendly “Audi.” The four interlinked Audi rings came about in 1932, when four struggling automakers joined together under the corporate banner of Auto Union. These companies included Audi, DKW, Wanderer and, ironically, the original Horch.

Volvo also has Latin roots. Meaning “I roll,” the name was taken from a brand of ball bearings before it was applied to the Swedish automaker in 1924. The Volvo logo is the Roman symbol for iron—symbolizing a warrior’s shield and spear. The diagonal streak across the grille was originally only a mounting point for the badge, but is now “almost as much a brand ID as our iron symbol,” says Daniel Johnston, Product Communications Manager at Volvo Cars North America.

… not sure where they get the ‘Roman symbol for iron’ stuff; perhaps it’s a Roman symbol for Mars. I can’t find any connection of this symbol with “iron” except in conjunction, interestingly enough, with Volvo.

CONF: KYKNOS Research Seminars

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Please see below for a research seminar programme for the current semester. All are welcome to attend; please contact Owen Hodkinson (o.hodkinson AT or Marta Garcia Morcillo (m.morcillo AT for directions or other information.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Lampeter campus)

School of Classics and KYKNOS research seminars, Semester 1

KYKNOS seminars (marked as such below) begin at 6pm; all others at 5.15pm. All seminars take place in the Roderic Bowen Reading Room on the Lampeter campus.

11/11 Dr Kyle Erickson / Trinity St David ‘The Origins of Seleucid Ruler Cult in Asia Minor’

25/11 Dr Ika Willis / Bristol ‘Vergil and Dante: Society of the Friends of the Text’

2/12 Stephen O’Connor / Columbia ‘Why did Classical Greek armies ravage their enemies’ territory?’

9/12 Drs Ivana & Andrej Petrovic / Durham ‘Greek metrical sacred regulations and issues of authority’

16/12 Dr Alexander Meeus / Trinity St David ‘Did Diodorus Siculus present himself as a compiler? The self-fashioning of a Hellenistic historian’

CONF: Greek History Lectures @ Oxford

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Wednesday, November 3, 5.00 p.m., The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles

Christophe Chandezon (University of Montpellier III), ) ‘Artemidorus’ dreambook : new readings for historians of the Graeco-
Roman world.’

Thursday, November 4, 2- 5.30 p.m., The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles

Colloquium on Greek Rural History

2.00 p.m. Nicholas Purcell (St John’s College), ””Farming” in Antiquity: the agent and the activity’

2.50 p.m. Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) ‘Classical landscapes and rural histories’

4.00 p.m. Christophe Chandezon (University of Montpellier III), ‘Figures in a Classical Landscape. Do individuals offer a new way to
understand Greek agrarian history?

Wednesday, November 17, 5.00 p.m., The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles

Jeremy McInerney (University of Pennsylvania), ‘Herakleides Kritikos: Periegesis and the Origins of Middle Brow Aesthetics’

All interested persons very welcome!

CONF: Expurgation and The Classics

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The Corpus Christi Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity
Presents a Colloquium on Expurgation and The Classics
Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Saturday 13th November 2010.

This one-day colloquium (c.10.00-6.15) looks at expurgation in classical scholarship and education and the strategies it has used to deal with obscene and other textual material in conflict with Christian and other post-classical values.

Speakers : Ewen Bowie, Valentine Cunningham, Stephen Harrison, Tim Leary, James Morwood, Dan Orrells, Ian Ruffell, Christopher Stray, Gail Trimble. Cost £10.00 to include coffee, lunch and tea (please pay cash on the day); graduate students of Corpus, no charge. If you would like to attend, please register with Prof. Stephen Harrison at Corpus (stephen.harrison AT

Classical Association of Canada Sight Translation Competition

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Classical Association of Canada: Sight Translation Competitions in Greek and Latin
Société Canadienne des Études Classiques: Concours national de versions grecque et latine

National sight examinations in Greek and Latin for Canadian students at both the university and high school level will be held in January of 2011:

–January 13, 2011: National Latin Sight Translation Competition for High School Students
–January 20, 2011: Junior Latin Sight Translation Contest; Senior Latin Sight Translation Contest (Peter Lawson Smith Prize)
–January 27, 2011: Junior Greek Sight Translation Contest (Margaret H. Thompson Prize); Senior Greek Sight Translation Contest

Deadline for application submissions: 17 December 2010

Please note: Submissions should be presented by departments, not by individual students or faculty. Please submit only one application per institution.

For more information and the procedure for application, please visit:

or contact:

Dr. Alison Barclay
Assistant Professor of Classics
Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics
St. Mary’s University
Halifax, NS  B3H 3C3
Tel:  (902) 420-5816
Fax:  (902)  491-8694
E-mail: Alison.Barclay AT
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Société Canadienne des Etudes Classiques: Concours national de versions grecque et latine

Le concours national de versions grecque et latine aura lieu en janvier 2011:

–13 janvier 2011 Concours de version latine improvisée pour les écoles secondaires
–20 janvier 2011 Concours national de version latine, niveau intermédiaire; Concours national de version latine, niveau supérieur (Peter Lawson Smith Prize)
–27 janvier 2011 Concours national de version grecque, niveau intermédiaire (Margaret H. Thompson Prize); Concours national de version grecque, niveau supérieur

Date limite d’inscription: 17 décembre 2010

Les demandes d’inscription au concours doivent être envoyées par les insitutions. Chaque institution est priée de présenter une seule fiche de demande.

Renseignements: pour plus d’information, veuillez suivre le lien ci-dessous:

ou soumettre votre demande à:

Dr. Alison Barclay
Assistant Professor of Classics
Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics
St. Mary’s University
Halifax, NS  B3H 3C3
Téléphone:  (902) 420-5816
Télécopieur:  (902) 491-8694
Courriel: Alison.Barclay AT

CONF: Durham Work-In-Progress Seminars (Michaelmas Term)

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Durham University, Department of Classics & Ancient History, 38 North
Bailey, Durham DH1 3EU, Room no. 108 (first floor)

Week 2 (Wednesday 13 October 2010)
Professor Ingo Gildenhard (Durham University):
“Cicero’s De officiis. Roman Republican Ethics in a Platonizing Key”

Week 4 (Wednesday 27 October 2010)
Professor Edward Harris (Durham University):
“Were There Business Agents in Classical Greece? The Evidence of Some Lead

Week 5 (Wednesday 3 November 2010)
Professor J. David Thomas (Durham University):
“Some Unpublished Latin Writing Tablets from Vindolanda”

Week 6 (Wednesday 10 November 2010)
Professor George Boys-Stones (Durham University):
“Did Plato Believe in God?”

Week 7 (Wednesday 17 November 2010)
Professor Barbara Graziosi (Durham University):
“Divine Inspiration and Narrative Technique in the Iliad”

Week 8 (Wednesday 24 November 2010)
Dr Matthew Peacock (Durham University):
“The Valerii Laevini. A Dynasty of Republican ‘Greek Experts’?”

Week 9 (Wednesday 1 December 2010)
Professor Paola Ceccarelli (Durham University):
Title TBC

Week 10 (Wednesday 8 December 2010)
Dr Johannes Haubold (Durham University):
“The Role of Babylon in Ctesias’ Persica”

PD Dr. Thorsten Fögen: thorsten.foegen AT

CONF: Durham Research Seminars 2010/2011

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Durham University, Department of Classics & Ancient History, 38 North
Bailey, Durham DH1 3EU, Ritson Room (no. 007, ground floor)


Week 1 (Thursday 14 October 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
Dr Federico Santangelo (Newcastle)
“Divination and prediction in the Late Republic”

Week 2 (Thursday 21 October 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (1):  Professor Gillian Clark (Bristol)
“Read My Book: Letters and the City of God”

Week 3 (Thursday 28 October 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (2):  Professor Harry Hine (St. Andrews)
“Philosophical and non-philosophical communities in Seneca’s Letters”

Week 4 (Wednesday 3 November 2010, 5:30-7:00 pm):
Professor Annette M. Harder (Groningen)
“Poetics through poetry. The poetic dialogue of Callimachus and Apollonius

Week 4 (Thursday 4 November 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):

Week 5 (Thursday 11 November 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
Professor Michael Trapp (KCL)
“Picturing Socrates’ daimonion”

Week 6 (Thursday 18 November 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (3):  Dr Kurt Lampe (Bristol)
Topic TBC

Week 7 (Thursday 25 November 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (4):  Dr Sian Lewis (St. Andrews)
Topic TBC

Week 8 (Wednesday 1 December 2010, 5:30-7:00 pm):
Professor Jasper Griffin (Oxford)
“Human Sacrifice and the Ultimate Demand of Power”

Week 8 (Thursday 2 December 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (5):  Dr Miriam Griffin (Oxford)
“Symptoms and Sympathy in Latin Letter-Writing”

Week 9 (Thursday 9 December 2010, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
Dr Dominic Berry (Edinburgh)
“Cicero and Greek Art”


Week 1 (Thursday 20 January 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (6):  Professor William Fitzgerald (KCL)
Pliny the Younger

Week 2 (Thursday 27 January 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (7):  Dr Christopher Whitton (Cambridge)
Pliny the Younger

Week 3 (Thursday 3 February 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
Prof. Dr. Marcus Deufert (Leipzig)
On Lucilius’ Satires

Week 4 (Thursday 10 February 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (8):  Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitz (Bonn)
On letters in the Second Sophistic

Week 5 (Thursday 17 February 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (9):  Prof. Dr. Christian Tornau (Würzburg)
On St. Jerome’s letters

Week 6 (Thursday 24 February 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (10):  PD Dr. Bianca-Jeanette Schröder (LMU München)
Topic TBC

Week 7 (Thursday 3 March 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (11):  Prof. Dr. Niklas Holzberg (LMU München)
“Horace’s last poetry book: The epistolary trilogy for Augustus, Florus and
the Pisones”

Week 8 (Thursday 10 March 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (12):  Professor Ineke Sluiter (Leiden)
“Letters of dedication in ancient technical texts”

Week 9 (Thursday 17 March 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (13):  Dr Lieve van Hoof (KU Leuven)
On Libanius’ letters


Week 1 (Thursday 28 April 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
LETTERS (14):  Dr Ruth Morello (Manchester)
“Writing to Caesar”

Week 2 (Wednesday 4 May 2011, 1:00-2:00 pm, room 108):
LETTERS (15):  Dr Owen Hodkinson (Lampeter)
“Dear Sirs: Writing to collectives in the Greek epistolary tradition”

Week 2 (Thursday 5 May 2011, 11.30 am-1:00 pm):
Professor Jakob Wisse (Newcastle)
“The bad orator in republican Rome. Between clumsy delivery and political

Week 3 (Thursday 12 May 2011, 11.30 am -1:00 pm):
Professor Gregory Hutchinson (Oxford)
“Booking lovers. Desire and design in Catullus”

PD Dr. Thorsten Fögen: thorsten.foegen AT

CONF: Reading Seminars (Autumn 2010)

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Oct 13
Felix Budelmann (Magdalen College, Oxford), “On the Poetics of Alcman 1″

Stephen Colvin (UCL), “Social Dialects of Attic”

Oct 27
Laurence Totelin (Cardiff), “‘Fashions’ and ‘Branding’ in Greek and Roman Pharmacology”

Nov 3
Patrice Rankine (Purdue), “Race and the Reception of the Orpheus Myth in Brazil”

Nov 10
Alan Cromartie (Reading), “Aristotle, Men, and Laws”

Nov 16
Jeremy McInerney (Philadelphia), “A Tale of Two Sanctuaries: Delphi, Kalapodi and the Growth of Phokis”

Nov 17 Peter Pormann (Warwick), “Classical Studies and Twentieth-century Koran Exegesis: The Construction of Modernity”.

Nov 24
Jas Elsner (Corpus Christi College, Oxford),
“Sacrifice in Late Roman Art”

Dec 1
Michael Simpson (Goldsmiths), “Labour and the Classics: Plato and Crossman in Dialogue”

Dec 8 Colloquium: “Characterising Ciphers or Deciphering Characteres? Voces Magicae in the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri”

Dec 15
Eleanor Robson (Cambridge), “Assyrian and Babylonian Libraries”

All are welcome. Papers are followed by refreshments and in most cases dinner with the speaker. For directions to the University of Reading, please see:

For online programme, see

The Return of Histos!

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The Classics Departments at Florida State University (US) and Newcastle
University (UK) announce the revival of Histos, the ancient historiography
Internet journal run from Durham University (UK) between 1996 and 2000.

Our brief remains the same: rapid publication of high-quality articles and
notes on all aspects of ancient historiography and biography (including the
Gospels and later Christian material) and of in-depth reviews of recent
publications in the field. It is not our intention to publish material which
is per se historical, unless it illuminates the qualities of ancient
historians or biographers (this will be a matter of balance and judgment).
All submissions will be anonymously refereed by experts. We aim for a turn-
around time of a maximum of three months. We will publish in English,
French, German and Italian.

New contributions will be posted at the website as soon as they have been
accepted and will then be collated into volumes. In order to maintain
continuity, we will resume publication at volume 5 for the year 2011. The
earlier material (volumes 1–4), currently located at the Durham website,
will be moved to the new site, and will be re-published in PDF form.

Histos will be available both online, in a full open-access version (in PDF
form), and in a printed version. All the papers accepted for publication
will appear in both formats. Readers’ responses are welcomed. Online
versions will be open to named readers’ comments and may themselves generate
further articles and notes.

Information about our web site will be available shortly. In the meantime,
enquiries may be made to the Editors (jmarinco AT;
j.l.moles AT

Submissions may already be made to For conventions to be
observed in submissions, please see the end of this message.

Joint Editors: John Marincola and John Moles

Editorial Board (in addition to the Editors, Secretary to the Board and
Reviews Editor):
Jean-Louis Ferrary, École pratique des hautes études, Paris
Dominique Lenfant, Université de Strasbourg
Trevor Luke, Florida State University
Roberto Nicolai, Università di Roma, ‘La Sapienza’
Christopher Pelling, Christ Church, Oxford
Todd Penner, Austin College, Texas
Guido Schepens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
James Sickinger, Florida State University
Rowland Smith, University of Newcastle
Uwe Walter, Universität Bielefeld
Jakob Wisse, University of Newcastle
A. J. Woodman, University of Virginia

Secretary to the Board: Federico Santangelo, University of Newcastle
Reviews Editor: Clemence Schultze, University of Durham

Guidelines for submissions to Histos

Word limit
For the on-line version, there is, in theory, no word limit, although the
Editors retain the right to prune articles that are especially verbose. For
the printed version, articles should not exceed 16,000 words. The necessary
abridgements for the latter will be agreed upon by the contributor(s) and
the editors, while a longer version may still be published online.

If the article contains Greek, please use a Unicode font; the font itself is
immaterial, provided that it is Unicode.

1. Greek authors should be cited as in LSJ, Latin authors as in OLD or L&S.
2. Arabic numerals should be used in the references to primary sources:
Paus. 9.29.4.
3. References to secondary literature should follow the Harvard system, and
be in the following form: Syme (1939) 123; Fraenkel (1957) 146-8.
4. The bibliography should be listed at the end of the article. Use italics
for book and journal titles:
Parke, H. W. (1986) ‘The Temple of Apollo at Didyma’, JHS 106: 121-31.
Syme, R. (1939) The Roman Revolution (Oxford)
Wiseman, T. P. (1993) ‘Lying Historians: Seven Types of Mendacity’, in C.
Gill and T. P. Wiseman, edd., Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World (Exeter
and Austin, Tex.) 122-46

Articles should be submitted in Word format to histos AT; if the
article contains Greek, please also submit a PDF. The text itself should be
Papers following different editorial conventions may be submitted
for consideration, with the understanding that appropriate formatting will
be carried out by the author(s) if the article is accepted.

You can check out the ‘previously defunct’ Histos page here

CONF: Integrity and Corruption in Antiquity (UNISA)

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Below the programme for this year’s colloquium. Further information and
registration form at

21 – 23 October 2010, Kopanong Hall, Theo van Wijk Building 10-24,
Muckleneuk Campus, Pretoria

Wednesday, October 20th
18:00 – 19:30   Reception, Brooklyn Guest Houses, 128 Murray Street,

Thursday, October 21st
8:30 – 9:30     Clifford Ando [Chicago] Keynote address ‘Two
Revolutions in Government’
9:30 – 10:20    Denis Saddington [Wits], ‘Under the Centurion’s Boot:
Corruption and Coercion of Civilians by the Roman Army’
11:00 – 11:40   Maria Vamvouri Ruffy [Lausanne], ‘Physical and Social
Corruption in Plutarch’
11:40 – 12:30   Mark Kirby-Hirst [Unisa], ‘Living with Integrity:
Philostratus struggles against Imperial Corruption in the Vitae Sophistarum’
12:30 – 13:00   Szerdi Nagy [UKZN, Pietermaritzburg], ‘The Integrity of
Medea in Apollonius of Rhode’s Argonautica’
14:00 – 14:50   Martin Devecka [Yale], ‘Ambitione Corrupta: Sallust and
the Anthropology of Corruption’
14:50 – 15:40   William Rees [Oxford], ‘Absolute Power Corrupts
Absolutely? Cassius Dio and the Fall of the Republic’
15:40 – 16:10   Ilona Zager [Unisa], ‘Upsetting the Balance: Corrupt
Land Distribution Practices in the Late Roman Republic and the Attempted
Reforms of the Gracchi Brothers’
17 :30 – 18:30  Reception: Philadelphia Restaurant, TvW Building 3rd
level, Unisa

Friday, October 22nd
09:00 – 09:50   Gianluca Casa [Pisa], ‘Integrity in Choices’
09:50 – 10:40   Andrew Domanski [Wits], ‘Pleonexia in Plato’s Republic’
11:10 – 11:40   Daniel Malamis [Rhodes],‘Crimes of the Agora:
Corruption in Homer and Hesiod’
11:40 – 12:30   Johan Steenkamp [UNW], ‘Propertius 2.31: What the Poet
says He Saw’
13:30 – 14:20   Richard Evans [Cardiff], ‘Wishing for a Totalitarian
Regime: an ancient Sicilian Paradox regarding Integrity and Corruption’
14:20 – 15:10   Shushma Malik [Bristol], ‘Ultimate Corruption Manifest:
Nero as the Antichrist in Late Antiquity’
15:10 – 16:00   Obert Mlambo [Harare], ‘Force and fraud in politics in
the Roman Republic: A case for comparison with contemporary Zimbabwe?’
19:00 – 22:00   Conference Dinner: La Cantina, 259 Soutpansberg Road,

Saturday, October 23rd
8:30 – 9:20     Emily Greenwood [Yale], ‘Corruptible Logos: the
Politics of Speech and Silence in Greek Historiography’
9:20 – 10:10    Donato Loscalzo [Perugia], ‘Doro Fig-Sandaled (Cratin.
Fr. 70 Kassel-Austin and Aristoph. Eq. 529)’
10:40 – 11:30   Hannah J Swithinbank [St Andrews], ‘The Corruption of
the Constitution? Pompeius’ Eastern Commands and the changing Res Publica’
11:30 – 12:10   Florian Schaffenrath [Innsbruck], ‘Corruption and
Integrity in Cicero’s Philippics’
12:10 – 13:00   Round-table Discussion and Conference Conclusion

14:00 – 15:00   CASA Northern Branch meeting

Sunday, October 24rd
05:00 – 16:00   Excursion: Pilanesberg Game Reserve, North West Province

JOB: Digital Papyrologist @ NYU

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New York University’s Division of the Libraries seeks a
Programmer/Analyst to work on the “Papyrological Navigator”
( and associated systems. is a
web-based research portal that provides scholars worldwide with the
ability to search, browse and collaboratively edit texts,
transcriptions, images and metadata relating to ancient texts on
papyri, pottery fragments and other material. The incumbent will work
closely with the Project Coordinator and with scholars involved in the
project at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Duke
University, the University of Kentucky and the University of
Heidelberg, as well as with NYU Digital Library Technology staff.

The incumbent’s initial responsibilities will include: close
collaboration with project team members to enhance and extend a robust
production environment at NYU for the ongoing ingest and processing of
new and updated text transcriptions, metadata and digital images;
performing both analysis and programming of any required changes or
enhancements to current PN applications.

Candidates should have the following skills:
* Bachelor’s degree in computer or information science and 3 years
of relevant experience or equivalent combination
* Must include experience developing web applications using Java
* Demonstrated knowledge of Java, Javascript, Tomcat, Saxon,
Lucene, Apache, SQL, XML, XSLT
* Experience with metadata standards (e.g. TEI, EpiDoc)
* Experience working in Unix/Linux environments
* Preferred: Experience with Apache Solr, RDF triple stores
(e.g. Mulgara), Clojure
* Preferred: Experience designing, building, and deploying
distributed systems
* Preferred: Experience working with non-Roman Unicode-based
textual data (esp. Greek)
* Excellent communication and analytical skills

Applicants should submit resume and cover letter, which reflects how
applicant’s education and experience match the job requirements.

NYU offers a competitive salary and superior benefit package, which
includes tuition benefits for self and eligible family members,
generous vacation, medical, dental, and retirement plans. For more
information about working at NYU visit our website at:

To apply:

To apply for this position online, visit

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

CONF: Digitizing Imperial Rome

“Digitizing Imperial Rome: A computerized Approach to the
Architectural History of the Roman Imperial Forum”

Professor Emeritus James Packer, Northwestern University.
King’s Anatomy Theatre Lecture Hall, King’s College London, The
Strand, London. UK
29th of October 2010, commencing at 6 PM.
There will be a reception afterwards at the adjacent Old Anatomy Museum.

Although each year millions of people visit the Roman Forum – the
center of Rome’s former remarkable empire – they find only one or two
partially preserved structures and piles of architectural fragments.
Most of the ancient buildings, apart from the few converted into
churches, collapsed after centuries of neglect, leaving their remains
to be quarried by later generations. The details of the individual
buildings are still not widely understood, and the Forum has never
been studied as a unified architectural composition. Moreover, owing
to new archaeological studies and advances in computer technology in
the last fifteen years, it is now possible both to reconstruct the
Forum’s monuments accurately and, with these new reconstructions, to
comprehend the design and meaning of the whole site. These
considerations led my colleague, Professor and Architect Gilbert
Gorski, and me to undertake our new, digitally based study of the

Our work clarifies the design of the buildings around the Forum’s
central core. It collects, for the first time in English; the most
important material related each of the major monuments and shows
visually their structure, size and original appearance. Over a period
of nearly forty years (29 B.C. – A.D. 10), Augustus rebuilt the site,
and thereafter, in material, size structure and decoration, its
buildings related clearly to one another. Together they impressively
represented the power and prestige both of Augustus own regime and
that of the Mediterranean Empire it governed.

With some missteps (the short-lived colossal equestrian state of
Domitian, the unfortunately situated, enormous, gaudy Arch of
Severus), later emperors carefully maintained Augustus’ design and
structures, even as they rebuilt many of the monuments after
disastrous fires. The late third century A.D. additions of Diocletian
maintained this tradition but added a fashionable, new architectural
framework that expressed that emperor’s optimistic hopes for the
future of his recently reassembled Empire. Only the end of Rome as an
imperial capital doomed the site to neglect, ruin, transformation and,
from the 18th century on, to the investigations of modern excavators.

JOB: Two Curator Posts @ the British Museum

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1. Project Curator: Naukratis Project (Egyptian)

Fixed term; 23 months (to start in February 2011)

Greece & Rome

The British Museum is looking to recruit a Project Curator to research and publish Egyptian material from the site of Naukratis in the Nile Delta as part of the Museum’s Naukratis Project.  This 23 month fixed term post will have responsibility for researching the archaeology and history of Naukratis, for cataloguing and researching finds from the site, and for analysing its significance in Egyptian – Greek interaction. You will also have responsibility for publishing relevant analyses as part of the project’s final publications.

With a PhD or equivalent in Egyptology you will have previous experience working within a museum, university department or archaeological institute and will have expertise in the history and archaeology of the Nile Delta in the Late to Ptolemaic periods. The ability to devise a pragmatic programme of work and identify priorities is essential for this role, as is the ability to work without supervision as part of a wider team. Evidence of relevant published work is desirable for this role.

For further information or a full application pack, please visit or email bm AT

Closing date; 12 noon, Thursday 29 October 2010

2. Project Curator: Naukratis Project (Greek)

Fixed term; 1 year (to start in February 2011)

Greece & Roman

The British Museum is looking to recruit a Project Curator to research and publish Greek and related material from the site of Naukratis in the Nile Delta as part of the Museum’s Naukratis Project.  This one year fixed term post will be responsible for researching the archaeology and history of Naukratis, for cataloguing and researching finds from the site, and for analysing its significance in Greek – Egyptian interaction. You will also have responsibility for publishing relevant analyses as part of the project’s final publications.

With a PhD or equivalent in Classical Archaeology or Egyptology you will possess knowledge of the material culture of Archaic to Hellenistic Greece, the Greek presence in Egypt, and the history and archaeology of the Nile Delta in the Late to Ptolemaic periods. The ability to devise a pragmatic programme of work and identify priorities is essential to this role as is the ability to work without supervision as part of a wider team. Evidence of relevant published work is desirable for this role.

For further information or a full application pack, please visit or email bm AT quoting reference 77186.

Closing date; 12 noon, Thursday 29 October 2010

CFP: Imagining Europe (Grad Conference)

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REMINDER: CALL FOR PAPERS – LUICD Graduate Conference 2011

Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines
27 and 28 January 2011

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Edith Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton


‘Qui parle Europe a tort. Notion géographique’. Otto von Bismarck’s
elliptic remark, scribbled in the margin of a letter from Alexander
Gorchakov in 1876, would go on to become one of the most often-quoted
statements about Europe. But was Bismarck right? Is Europe nothing but a
geographical notion? Even the briefest glance at history shows that more
often than not perceptions and definitions of Europe go beyond the mere
geographical demarcation of a continent. In 1919, for instance, Paul
Valéry imagined Europe as a living creature, with ‘a consciousness
acquired through centuries of bearable calamities, by thousands of men of
the first rank, from innumerable geographical, ethnic and historical
coincidences’. Of course this is only one of a multitude of different
representations. Europe has always signified different things to different
people in different places – inside Europe as well as outside. Europe
meant, for instance, something different to Voltaire, l’aubergiste
d’Europe, at Ferney in the 1760s than to Athanasius Kircher in Rome a
century earlier or to Barack Obama in Washington today.

This conference explores the different ways in which Europe has been
imagined and represented, from inside as well as outside Europe and from
classical antiquity to the present day. This wide scope reflects the
historical range of the LUICD’s three research programmes (Classics and
Classical Civilization, Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Modern and
Contemporary Studies) as well as the intercontinental focus of many of the
institute’s research projects. The conference aims to present a diachronic
perspective of some of the many images of Europe, with particular
attention to the historical, cultural and economic contexts in which these
images were created and the media and genres in which they have been

Although the emphasis of the conference lies on different and changing
perspectives, perceptions and representations, it also wants to explore
the notion of similarity – are there any aspects that keep recurring in
the different visions, aspects that might even be said to be intrinsically

The conference aims to provide a platform for graduate students in the
humanities, from Leiden as well as other universities in the Netherlands
and abroad, to present and exchange their ideas in an international and
interdisciplinary environment. The organising committee is honoured that
Professor Jonathan Israel and Professor Edith Hall have accepted our
invitation to act as keynote speakers and participate in discussions
during the conference.


The LUICD Graduate Conference aims to reflect the institute’s
interdisciplinary and international character and as such welcomes
proposals from graduate students from all disciplines within the
humanities, from universities from the Netherlands as well as abroad. The
conference wants to present a variety of different perspectives on Europe
(from within as well as outside the European continent) and those working
in fields related to other continents are particularly encouraged to
submit a proposal.

Subjects may include historical events, processes and discourses, textual
and/or visual representations, literary or art canons, colonial and post-
colonial relations, philosophical developments and political issues.
Questions that could be raised include: how did (and do) oppositions such
as barbarism versus civilization, Christianity versus paganism or old
versus new worlds relate to the conceptualization of Europe? What role
does (perceived) cultural superiority play in these oppositions? What
ideas might be regarded as predecessors of or alternatives to the concept
of Europe? In what ways did (and do) forms of universalism and regionalism
compete with identity formation on a continental level? How have
individual artists represented Europe? How do different (literary) genres,
such as travel literature, historiography or letters, construct a
particular image of Europe or Europe’s relations with other cultures? Is
it possible for art collections to imagine Europe or to question existing
perceptions of Europe? How do migrant literature and cinema reflect the
changing identity of Europe today?

Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) for a 20-minute paper to
C.Maas AT .  The deadline for the proposals is 1 November
2010 – you will be notified whether or not your proposal has been selected
before 15 November 2010.

After the conference, the proceedings will be published either on-line or
in book form. More information on this will follow in due course.

A conference website ( ), with
more information about the programme, speakers, accommodation and other
conference matters, will be launched later this autumn, but if you have
any questions regarding the conference and/or the proposal, please do not
hesitate to contact us at the above e-mail address.

The organizing committee:

Drs. Thera Giezen
Drs. Jacqueline Hylkema
Drs. Coen Maas

CONF: Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics Symposium

King's College London

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The Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics (ASPROM)
will be holding its winter symposium at King’s College London on Saturday 4
December, 2-5.30 pm. All are welcome to attend (see below for booking info).


Ellen Swift – Non-figurative mosaics in domestic houses: context and function

Jeffery Leigh – Roman gold glass tesserae in Britain: the Southwick Three
and Marlipins Four

Stephen Cosh & David Neal – Completing the Corpus: the final volume and a
review of the project

Update on British mosaics

Venue: King’s College London, Strand Campus, King’s Building K2.31

Booking fee: £10 members, £8 student members, £15 non-members
Sandwich lunch available beforehand, £5
Full details & booking form at
Contact: Dr Will Wootton, King’s College London (will.wootton  AT

New Zealand Earthquake Update and an Appeal

Peter Jones posted this on the Classicists list (for Graham Zanker):

The recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand struck at 0435 on
Saturday, 4th September. The James Logie Memorial Collection of Classical
Antiquities, housed in the Department of Classics of the University of
Canterbury and famous for its black and red-figure vases, was hard hit

A visit to the Collection at 1100, when engineers permitted entry, revealed
that only about 30% of the ceramic pieces had survived the quake unharmed or
lightly chipped, and that 20% of the holdings are more or less easily
reparable. The remaining 50% are severely damaged, but can be repaired.

Every major or heavy item was immediately removed, packed and stabilised,
and put on the floor under large wooden tables because we expected an
aftershock (in fact, there have been at least fifteen over 5 on the Richter
scale since): getting them out of the building was impossible because all
lifts were out of action.

In the intervening period, all items and fragments have been packaged and
stored as securely as possible, and the insurers have formed their
assessment. It is clear that further funding will required for the work of
conservation and for the restoration of the Collection to its former stature
as one of the most distinguished collections in the Southern Hemisphere. (A
detailed description of the Collection’s holdings can be found in Professor
J.R. Green’s *Catalogue of the James Logie Memorial Collection of Classical
Antiquities*, published by the Canterbury University Press last December.)

Generous donations have already been received, and a fund for the
conservation of the Collection has been put in place for any further gifts.
Donations and inquiries should be addressed to Shelagh Murray of the
University of Canterbury Foundation: shelagh.murray AT

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v idus octobres

ante diem v idus octobres

  • Meditrinalia — a somewhat obscure festival in terms of origins which involved tasting old wine and new wine, apparently with the goal of being cured of diseases old and new.
  • ludi Augustales scaenici (day 7 — from 11-19 A.D. and post 23 A.D.)
  • 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Tharacus