CFP: Ancient Rome and Early Modern England

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Interdisciplinary conference, Jesus College Oxford, 21-22 May 2011

Speakers include David Norbrook and Blair Worden


Ancient Rome was a source of endless fascination to the early moderns.
Historians, politicians, divines, and imaginative writers looked to the
Roman example for models and inspiration. The aim of the conference is to
reassess the place of ancient Rome in the literary and political culture of
late Tudor and early Stuart England. In what ways did the translation and
reception of the Roman classics stimulate the native literary tradition or
influence its political outlook? What was the impact of the Roman precedent
on attitudes towards constitutional change, the rights and wrongs of empire,
and the law? How did it influence ecclesiastical policy and, more generally,
the views of the relationship between church and state? In what ways did
Roman historiography, political writings, and rhetoric shape the language
and substance of public argument? What was the trajectory of circulation in
manuscript and print of the Roman classics? What were the uses and topical
appeal of the Roman models in the wider public world and in education? How
did the Roman legacy compare with that of ancient Greece?

Our aim is to foster dialogue among literary scholars, classicists,
political and intellectual historians, historians of religion, specialists
in the history of the book, and historians of historiography. Bringing
together scholars representing diverse disciplines and approaches, the
conference will encourage reconsideration of much received wisdom about the
place of ancient Rome in early modern England’s literature and political
imagination. It will, we hope, raise new questions about, inter alia, the
shaping influence of the Roman example upon formal properties and topical
undercurrents of imaginative literature, sermons, and polemical writings;
upon conceptions of public institutions and the individual’s relationship to
them; upon views of foreign policy and international relations as also
military theory and practice; upon emergent confessional divisions and
incipient notions of religious toleration; and, finally, upon perceptions of
social relations in urban, above all metropolitan contexts. No less
important will be to assess the utility and pervasiveness of romanitas
before and after the union with Scotland, and compare the situation in
England with major European states, in particular, France, Spain, Italian
principalities, and the Netherlands.

We invite proposals for 30-minute papers. Please e-mail abstracts of no more
than 500 words to Felicity Heal (felicity.heal AT or Paulina
Kewes (paulina.kewes AT by 30 January 2011.

The Oxford gathering is a follow-up to the conference on ‘Ancient Rome and
Early Modern England: History, Politics, and Political Thought’ to be held
at the Huntington Library, 21-22 January 2011. For further information,
please contact Carolyn Powell (cpowell AT

CFP: Historiography & Antiquarianism Conference, Sydney (12-14 August 2011) Information & CFP

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12-14 August 2011
University of Sydney, Australia

CFP: Title and a 150 word abstract due 15 January 2011

This conference aims to expand a discussion on approaches to the past from
Greco-Roman antiquity to the 17th century, and to assemble scholars
interested in the relationship between history and antiquarianism in the
ancient and pre-modern worlds. While antiquarian studies have expanded
significantly in early modernist circles in the last 30 years, earlier
centuries of antiquarianism (up to the 16th century) are only now
beginning to attract interest. Was Arnaldo Momigliano right in 1950 that
historians write narratives and solve problems, while antiquaries build
systems and collect material remains? What has changed in our view of
historiography and antiquarianism? Must we reconsider the disciplinary
value of antiquarian methods? One historian has even recently argued: ‘in
the twentieth century antiquarianism conquered history.’ The hope at this
conference is to cross the boundaries between ancient and early modern
historians and to provide new ideas for the study of culture in both

For further information see

email: antiqua2011 AT

CFP: Great, Greater, Gloriosus

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Great, Greater, Gloriosus:

Constructions of Greatness and Delusions of Grandeur in Antiquity

University of Virginia, Department of Classics

The Classics Graduate Student Association of the University of Virginia is pleased to welcome abstracts for its fifteenth annual Graduate Student Colloquium, to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

The keynote speaker will be Ralph Rosen, Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Achieving greatness is not merely a question of asserting superiority over others, but also depends on the ability to convince others that one has accomplished something worthy of respect and admiration. The ancient world provides countless examples of individuals who tried to demonstrate their own greatness in relation to real or imagined rivals, whether through military exploits, politics, philosophy, literature, art, or architecture. Sometimes these claims were successful, but at other times they fell short and were rejected by their intended audiences. Although the idea of greatness is frequently invoked in discussions of antiquity, the ways in which it was constructed, challenged, and broken down are not sufficiently understood.

This colloquium will aim to investigate how groups and individuals (political actors, authors, artists, religious figures, literary characters, etc.) assumed or asserted their superiority over others, and to explore how others responded to these boasts. By bringing together papers that look at both successful and failed claims to greatness from a variety of perspectives, we hope to come to a better understanding of a concept that is nearly ubiquitous in the life and literature of the ancient world.

We welcome abstracts from all fields related to the classical world and its reception, including classics, archaeology, art history, philosophy, comparative literature, history, religious studies, women and gender studies, politics, medieval studies, and modern literatures.

Possible questions include but are not limited to:

· How is greatness defined in different areas of achievement (e.g. literature, politics, the visual arts, sport, religion)?

· How do concepts of greatness differ between social, ethnic, or gender groups?

· Why do individuals or groups strive to display their greatness?

· Who is able to confer ‘greatness’? Who is entitled to be called ‘great’? Who falls short?

· How is greatness represented in different areas?

· What are the risks and/or rewards of presenting oneself as ‘great’?

· What happens when different conceptions of greatness clash? when a claim is foisted on those who are unwilling to recognize it? When and why are assertions of greatness rejected?

· Do earlier models of greatness help or hinder those who aspire to it in later periods?

· What happens when somebody claims greatness prematurely or without justification? How do rivals deconstruct, dismantle, or attack claims to greatness?

· Does the concept of greatness ever become a cliché or lose its power? When or why do models of greatness change?

Papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length. Abstracts of no more than one page can be submitted as attachments to Sarah Miller at sjm8v AT no later than December 17, 2010. Your name should not appear on your abstract, so please make sure that the body of your e-mail includes your name, paper title, institution, e-mail address and mailing address. You may also send your abstract (with your personal information on a separate sheet) to:

Sarah Miller

Department of Classics

University of Virginia

PO Box 400788

Charlottesville, VA 22904

If you have any questions, please contact Colloquium Directors

Christopher L. Caterine (clc4ed AT or Harriet Livesay (hhl7z AT

CFP: Women, Gender and Law in the Ancient Mediterranean

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Call for papers for the Women’s Network/Réseau des femmes panels at the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, 10-12 May 2011, in Halifax, NS:


The Women’s Network/Réseau des femmes of the CAC invites submissions for a panel on ‘Women, Gender and Law in the Ancient Mediterranean.’ We welcome proposals from a variety of methodological perspectives including those of legal and social historians, literary critics, papyrologists, and experts in epigraphy. Topics may address (but are not limited to) laws governing women?s economic capacity; regulations on clothing and adornment; the representation of women in forensic oratory; the treatment of gender and law in literature; the legal status of prostitutes; social controls on sexual activity; women’s access to the courts, legal remedies and benefits; and the relationship between gender, status and legal impediments.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words for proposed papers of 15-20 minutes in length should be submitted by January 21, 2011. Please use the on-line abstract submission for the CAC Annual Meeting and indicate ?Women?s Network/Réseau des femmes? panel at For questions regarding the panel, please contact Fanny Dolansky (fdolansky(at) or Judy Fletcher (jfletcher(at)

CONF: Symposium on Ancient Mosaics, 4th December 2010

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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 4th December, 2-5.30 pm.
All are welcome to attend.
Please note that bookings for lunch close this Friday (19th November 2010).

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 from 1-2pm (£5)
Full details & booking form at
Contact: Dr Will Wootton, King’s College London (will.wootton AT

CONF: Classics Seminars at Edinburgh 2010/11: Semester 2

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Please find below the Semester 2 programme of Classics Research Seminars at Edinburgh. All seminars take place on Wednesdays at 5.10pm in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Medical School, Teviot Place, Doorway 4, unless otherwise stated. All are welcome to attend. For further information please contact Ursula Rothe (ursula.rothe AT

Edinburgh Classics Research Seminar 2010/11: Semester 2

19th January
‘Caracalla in Ankara AD 215’

26th January
‘Reflections on the last great war of antiquity 603-630’

2nd February
Dr. LISA HAU (Glasgow)
‘Tykhe in Polybius – new answers to an old question’

9th February
‘Is there a Greek concept of fiction?’

23rd February
‘Speaking names: the significance of naming in Catullus’

2nd March
Prof. INEKE SLUITER (Leiden)
‘Free speech and the marketplace of ideas’

9th March
Prof. NICO ROYMANS (VU Amsterdam)
‘The Batavians between Germania and Rome. The emergence of a military people’

16th March
Dr. DYFRI J. R. WILLIAMS (British Museum)
‘Refiguring the Parthenon sculptures’

20th April
Dr. ROBERTA TOMBER (British Museum)
‘Rome’s eastern trade – from the Red Sea to the Bay of Bengal’

27th April
‘Reflections on Trajan’s Pantheon’

CONF: Eight Years In Babylon: Classics and the Iraq War Eight Years On

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The Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome at Royal Holloway College,
University of London is pleased to announce a conference entitled: Eight
Years in Babylon: Classics and the Iraq War Eight Years On.

In Western Europe and North America, one of the most dominate filters
through which the recent history of relations with Iraq has been processed
is that of ancient Greece. Numerous creative artists as well as academics
have compared and contrasted the Greeks’ view of their Mesopotamian and
other central Asiatic neighbours with modern ethnic stereotyping,
intercultural reportage, and the production of the historical record.

This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary team of artists
and scholars (British, North American, and Iraqi) to ask important
questions surrounding these pieces such as do they form a related body of
work and do they offer new insight into the political discourse
surrounding the Iraq War or the history of Classical Reception?

Currently confirmed speakers are as follows:

Professor Edith Hall (Royal Holloway College, University of London)
Professor Nancy S. Rabinowitz (Hamilton College)
Helen Slaney (Oxford)
Dr. Tony Keen (Open University)
Professor Najim A. Kadhim Al-Dyni (University of Baghdad)
Dr. Christine Lee (Bristol)
Professor Roger Matthews (UCL)
Lt. Mark Larson (United States Army)

The conference will be held on 18 March 2011 at 2 Gower Street, London WC1
B3 beginning at 10:00. There will be no participation fee. For additional
information, please contact Katie Billotte (Conference Convenor, Royal
Holloway College, University of London) at K.Billotte AT