Classical Tailgating

Tom Payne gives the big contest a Classics spin over at ESPN:

Here’s a brief excerpt:

The ancient Greeks set the precedent. Admittedly, a mini-season of tragic plays in the fifth century BC didn’t attracted 153 million viewers, but we know that it mattered. The Athenians crammed as many as 20,000 viewers into their outdoor theatre, an assembly unmatched in those days by anything other than warfare, the scholar Simon Goldhill likes to point out. Instead of the countless hours of football pregame shows, there was the parade and sacrifice to the god of wine, Dionysus — a sign that the Athenian populace was about to binge. (Think beer, chicken wings and pizza).

… proving, of course, that the Greeks invented tailgating …


Latin Threatened at UMaine!!

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Not sure how I missed any previous coverage of this … from the Maine Campus:

A Jan. 24 letter from University of Maine President Robert Kennedy to Faculty Senate President Michael Grillo indicates that three majors — Latin, German and women’s studies — are a step closer to the chopping block.

In response, fourth-year Latin and history student Jeremy Swist, with the help of faculty members, has circulated and submitted to administrators a 674-signature petition urging the university to “preserve a commitment to the liberal arts by maintaining full faculty positions in the Classics and courses in Latin and Greek grammar, literature and culture from the introductory to the 400-level.”

The petition features influential signees, including former UMaine President Peter Hoff, former Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Yale University ancient history professor Donald Kagan, British classical scholar Peter Green and Irish classicist and philosopher John M. Dillon. It also features the signatures of a number of UMaine professors and students, as well as from individuals in Asia and Europe.

“Basically, it’s just a network of history professors, classics professors, [people from] various departments, well-wishers — a lot of connections,” Swist said.

On the petition, Dillon called the situation at UMaine “a sad descent into barbarism.”

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Jeffrey Hecker said the wording of the petition could be somewhat misleading, directing signees to make untrue assumptions about the situation.

“There are some misconceptions there. We don’t have a department of classics,” Hecker said. “We have a single faculty member in our budget for teaching classics. We offer a Latin major and we offer courses in classics and offer classes in Greek.”

Hecker said the notable scholars on the list make him take the petition “very seriously,” but the misconceptions in the letter and the current budgetary situation override their pleas.

“I’m supportive of the spirit of the letter, but no university, at least I don’t think a university, would respond to a group of outsiders by making a commitment to whether people would be hired or not hired,” Hecker said. “That’s just not a reasonable way to run the place.”

Last semester, the faculty senate passed a resolution to support recommendations made by the four-person Program Creation and Reorganization Review Committee to continue with Kennedy’s suggestions to suspend bachelor’s degree programs in theater, forest ecosystem science, wood science and technology, and aquaculture made in April 2010.

However, the PCRRC also supported a one-year delay of April’s final recommendations by Kennedy to suspend majors in German, Latin and women’s studies.

“Unfortunately, I cannot endorse the PCRRC recommendations with respect to the suspension proposals relative to German, Latin and women’s studies,” Kennedy wrote to Grillo. “I believe that the decision I reached last spring at the conclusion of the university’s inclusive, comprehensive review process, although painful, is the correct decision under our current circumstances.”

Those involved directly with the Latin and classics fields are wondering how a major with one administering faculty member, Associate Professor of Classical Language and Literature Tina Passman, and a mere six degree students would save enough money to warrant the axe.

“I just think it’s a utilitarian outlook that doesn’t see the immediate benefit of these academic languages — German and Latin,” Swist said. “It’s the point of view that these disciplines won’t earn you money upon graduation. You don’t go to college to earn money. You go to college to become a well-rounded citizen and develop your intellectual capacity.”

Hecker said the decision to eliminate the major was strictly based on low enrollment and student retention. There are currently six students majoring in Latin at UMaine. In the last six years, Hecker said, there have been anywhere from zero to six students seeking majors in that field.

Only one student in the last five years, he said, earned a Latin degree. Lower-level courses, he said, have “reasonable enrollment” and are viable options to be kept.

“In essence, by retaining the major, we are committing Dr. Passman’s time to do that in the future. When I looked at it, it’s very hard to justify that resource for such a small number of students,” Hecker said.

Passman, reached Friday, said she has been the only person teaching Latin on campus for 25 years, “except for an adjunct or two.”

She said she does not understand why Kennedy would move to suspend the major now, as she has tenure and will not be asked to stop teaching even upper-level Latin courses due to the retention of a Latin minor.

“Why doesn’t he just wait until I retire?” she said. “I’m tenured and I’m going to be teaching Latin until all the current students receive their degrees. … The minor will necessitate that many of the same courses be available for students.”

“There’s not one cent that is saved — not one cent — by eliminating the Latin major,” Passman continued.

Passman said Hecker has been very supportive throughout the process and that he does not want to burden her with teaching Latin, as she also teaches classics and will serve as the director of the minor in peace and reconciliation studies next semester.

“The short-term savings are very small,” Hecker said in response to cost-savings concerns. “In the long-term, though, if we in fact move toward suspending it now … professor Passman will at some point retire or take a position somewhere else and we can then make our hard decisions within that sort of framework.”

Jay Bregman, a professor of ancient, intellectual and jazz history, echoed Passman’s sentiments about cost-savings and was strong in opposition of Kennedy.

“There’s one professor here — Tina Passman. That’s the major. It costs nothing … as a major. [Kennedy] just basically wants to do it because he’s basically a perverse S.O.B. who seems to have a hang-up about it,” Bregman said. “This guy is bad news.”

In 2001, Bregman said, Kennedy wanted to eliminate German and Latin to much opposition from faculty. Phi Beta Kappa, the history honors society, threatened to leave because of a bylaw within its national guidelines at the time that said any university with a chapter had to have a Latin major, he said.

“He was stomped,” Bregman, a 35-year veteran of UMaine, said. “Then, he got to be president. Because, basically, what this character does is find ways to amass power.”

Bregman called Kennedy “by far the worst president I’ve ever seen at this university by a mile.” He also said the president has moved the university in the direction of a technical school.

In the petition, James Warhola, a professor of political science, wrote it is “simply not acceptable for a state university to lack courses in the classical languages of Greek and Latin. The University of Maine is just that — a university, not a technical-vocational school.”

Michael Palmer, also a professor of political science who teaches political philosophy, wrote that until now, he has “never seen liberal education held [in] such low repute” at UMaine.

Bergman said the effects of losing the Latin program at UMaine could have a devastating impact on state education.

“It has been an old prophecy that this was going to happen,” he said. “But when it happens in a state like Maine, the place can really get hurt. It’s a small school.”

Passman said there are approximately 60 high school Latin programs in the state. She said she would continue to work with these programs and deliver her classes online, a process made easier as she converted her curriculum into an electronic format in the late 1990s.

“Nothing has changed except for the fact that we won’t have a major at the flagship institution,” she said. “It also means that anyone who wants to be a Latin teacher in this state will have to go elsewhere.”

Kennedy, through UMaine spokesman Joe Carr, declined a request for comment, citing time constraints.

Check out the original article for links to the letter and the petition …

n.b. If your program is in peril, please send details etc. to rogueclassicism so we can make the Classics community aware (800+ folks read rc on any given day) …

A Trireme in Hudson Bay ???

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There are various versions of this one bouncing around, but my innate Canadianess almost forces me to use this version from Kathimerini:

Trireme in New York City Inc, a US-based group of history buffs, is trying to raise the $3 million it will take to get an ancient Greek warship sailing in Hudson Bay for the 2012 tall ships festival on July 4, the Wall Street Journal reported.

A replica of a trireme — a galley deployed by the Greeks in the Persian War in 480 BC among other Mediterranean armies — already exists in Greece.

The Olympias was constructed by the Greek Navy in 1987, but it hasn’t been sailed since 1993, when it was taken to London. The Olympias also carried the Olympic flame prior to the 2004 Athens Games.

The replica of the 5th century BC vessel has 170 oars and is the fastest human-powered vessel on the planet.

Trireme in New York City Inc hope that they will be able to recruit the 170 oarsmen or oarswomen needed to propell the vessel, to return the Olympias to sea-worthy condition and to carry out the necessary repairs and trial runs before the ship is transported to New York head of the 2012 tall ship regatta.

According to the American group’s website, it has already received approval from the Greek Navy for the project and is in talks with the Seaport Museum in New York to dock the ship for a temporary exhibition on Athenian maritime history, featuring artifacts and items on loan from the Greek government.

The company is headed by Markos Marinakis of Marinakis Chartering, Ford Weiskittel of the Trireme Trust USA, Dr George Tsioulias of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York, Edward Kelly, Maritime Associate of the Port of NY and NJ, Joseph Hughes, Vincent Solarino and George Tsimis of the Shipowners Claims Bureau, and Charles Hirschler also of Trireme Trust USA.

For more information on the event or the terms of participation, log on to

Of course they probably meant the Hudson River, although it would be fun to see the looks on the faces of the polar bears when a trireme rows past them … in any event the coverage in the Wall Street Journal was much better … a couple of excerpts:

For centuries, scholars have squabbled over the design of the ship, which was crucial to defeating the Persians in the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., part of a wider war that included the fight at Thermopylae dramatized in the film “300.”

But a wreck of a trireme—a nimble vessel tipped with a bronze battering ram—has never been found. Classicists have had to piece together clues about its design from vase images, carved reliefs and bad jokes in ancient plays, generating competing theories about its size, structure and speed.

“The trireme is actually one of the oldest puzzles in classical scholarship,” says Boris Rankov, a professor of ancient history at Royal Holloway, University of London. “These were ships that enabled Athens to maintain the empire and create democracy.”

In the 1980s, a Cambridge classicist and the chief naval architect for Britain’s Ministry of Defense pooled their knowledge to build a full-scale model of a possible structure for the trireme. Construction was funded by the Greek government. The ship was around 120 feet long, weighed 55,000 pounds and relied on an additional 33,000 pounds of crew for ballast.

Powered by 170 rowers, the Olympias did five sea trials in Greece between 1987 and 1994, with a stop in London. Says Mr. Weiskittel, who is executive director of Trireme Trust USA: “It’s like a time machine.”

But the ship hasn’t stood the test of modern time. It is currently unfit for sea travel and is on display in a naval museum in Athens.


It won’t be easy. The ship needs about $275,000 in repairs. It will have to be carried to the U.S. aboard a freighter. Rowers must be recruited.

Scholars say it will be worth it. New trials will improve knowledge of the speed and agility of the ships, generating data that can be used to develop computer models of ancient battles.

Trireme fans also hope to overcome popular misconceptions about the ships. “Forget about ‘Ben-Hur’ and the shackles and the guy with the whip,” says Mr. Hirschler, who participated in several of the ship’s voyages and keeps a 13-foot, 10-inch oar strapped to the staircase well in his Manhattan residence.

Instead, he says, imagine a flutist or piper serenading 170 mostly free men to keep their strokes in rhythm.

A “trierarch” oversaw the ship and funded the voyage. “He is the Steinbrenner of the deal,” says Mr. Hirschler, who notes that in ancient times, the trierarch would seek to poach better rowers through an active free-agent system. “The Athenians rapidly became the Yankees,” he says.

Controversy still surrounds the design of the ships. The word trireme comes from three and “remus,” meaning oar. But “how these oars were arranged was the big puzzle,” says Mr. Weiskittel. “Three what? Three levels? Three men to an oar? Something else entirely?”

Trireme fans can be an impassioned bunch. In 1975, an article in the The Times of London suggested triremes had been powered primarily by sails. Others vehemently disagreed, setting off one of the longest letter-writing exchanges in the newspaper’s history, as engineers, rowers, and classicists poured in their opinions, arguing over possible speeds and the number of levels in the ship.

The debate continues. This month, John Hale, director of liberal studies at the University of Louisville and himself a rower, presented a paper to the Archaeological Institute of America, arguing the Olympias is “quite different” from the triremes of ancient Greece.

Based on his interpretation of evidence, he says the classical ship had only a single mast (the Olympias has two), lighter construction and possibly oars of different lengths.

Despite what he considers its flaws, the reconstruction “is a great achievement,” Mr. Hale says. He first encountered the Olympias when it was no more than a section of a ship erected on the lawn of its creator, Cambridge classicist John Morrison. “The oars were pulled through water in a circular plastic swimming pool,” he says.

The ship “has had a major impact on the study of Greek history,” Mr. Hale says.

Barry Strauss, chairman of the history department at Cornell University, agrees. He has visited the trireme several times for his research—and found it “hot and cramped” and “stinky.” He is also a rower, and would jump at the opportunity to join the crew.

“If they gave me the chance to do it,” he says, “I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Total cost of the project is about $3 million, when an associated exhibit and conference are worked into it.

UPDATE (a short while later):


d.m. Richard M. Krill

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From the Toledo Blade:

Richard M. Krill, 72, a longtime professor of the classics and a chairman of the department of foreign languages at the University of Toledo who taught Latin to high school students after his retirement, died Jan. 15.

Mr. Krill of Toledo died at Sunset House of corticobasal degeneration, a progressive neurological disorder, said Mary Louise Krill, his wife of 47 years.

Mr. Krill’s university classes in the classics and humanities were extremely popular among students, said Karen Havens, a former student of Mr. Krill who herself taught the overflow classes of UT students who were shut out of his lectures.

“His standards were high,” said Ms. Havens, who went on to teach Latin and other courses at Start High School and St. Ursula Academy. “He was a fine teacher. He was very knowledgeable and tireless.”

Mr. Krill was born March 29, 1938, in Akron to Carl and Helen Krill. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from John Carroll University in Cleveland and his doctorate from St. Louis University in St. Louis, where he met his future wife.

He taught at universities in Syracuse, N.Y., and Columbia, Mo., before joining the University of Toledo in 1968 as a professor of classics and humanities. He retired from UT in 1999 after more than 30 years.

During his tenure at UT, he served as chairman of the department of foreign languages.

“He taught a couple of very popular courses in mythology and classic humanities,” Ms. Havens said.

Among his accomplishments at UT was founding Foreign Language Day that brought high school students to campus for competitions, said his wife, Mary Louise.

While encouraging high school students to study other languages, he also worked on the university level to broaden language skills of students.

“The critical thing he was able to do was to make foreign languages mandatory for graduation” at the University of Toledo, Mrs. Krill said.

Charles Terbille, a teaching associate who also worked in the research library, said Mr. Krill was well-known for his parties that drew on a wide spectrum of people, from the university and outside.

“Part of the art of hosting a party was inviting all of these interesting people,” Mr. Terbille said. “You can image the conversations that were going on.”

Mr. Krill, who sang in the choir at Gesu Catholic Church, arranged to have the choir sing Christmas carols at one of his gatherings, Mr. Terbille said.

Mr. Krill wrote about the Latin and Greek origins of English words. His book Greek and Latin in English Today was published in 1990 and is still available. His Forty Fabulous Fables of Aesop was published in 1982.

He served offices with the Archaeological Institute of America and other professional organizations involved in the study of classical Roman and Greek culture. He was active in the Ohio Classical Conference, an association of university and high school teachers of Latin.

He was recipient of numerous grants to assist in his research and studies, his wife said, but he never participated in an archaeological dig.

Along with his professional interests, he was deeply involved in his family life, said his daughter, Mimi Nichols.

“He always brought a lot of fun into our lives,” Ms. Nichols said. “

He took his family on overseas trips and his knowledge of Greece and Italy came in handy, Ms. Nichols said.

“I didn’t have to do too much research because we had our own tour guide,” she said.

As chairman of the foreign language department, he was involved in UT’s long-running German exchange between the University of Toledo and Georg Buchner Gymnasium in Darmstadt, Germany.

“We had at least three exchange students ourselves and we were able to go over to Darmstadt and visit with our former students,” Ms. Nichols said.

Even as chairman of the foreign languages department, he continued teaching at least one class a semester, said his wife.

After he retired, St. Ursula asked him to help teach Latin when the school was unable to find a teacher, Mrs. Krill said. At St. John’s Jesuit he taught honors students and helped them obtain scholarships to pursue studies in the classics and humanities.

After retirement, he also helped revive UT’s Foreign Language Day, which had lapsed after he left, Ms. Havens said.

“He was a very gentle man. He was never cross or impatient,” Ms. Havens said. “He exemplifies the Latin word humanitas, which means the best qualities of a human being.”

Mr. Krill is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Krill, daughters Gina Carter, Michelle Morris, and Mimi Nichols, brothers Carl Krill, Joseph Krill, and Kevin Krill, and sisters Mary Sawan and Roberta Hawkins, and 12 grandchildren.


This Day in Ancient History: pridie kalendas februarias

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pridie kalendas februarias

  • 1000 B.C. — temple of Hercules at Tyre completed (according to one ‘traditional’ reckoning)
  • 817 B.C. — death of Anchises (according to the same reckoning)
  • 36 B.C. — birth of Antonia (“Minor”), daughter of Marcus Antonius and Octavia and future mother of hope-to-be-emperor Germanicus and emperor-to-be Claudius
  • c. 250 A.D. — martyrdom of Metras/Metranus in Alexandria
  • c. 250 A.D. — martyrdom of Saturninus, Thrysus, and Victor in Alexandria

UCL 2011 Greek Play: Lysistrata

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The Department of Greek and Latin at University College, London, is delighted to invite you to our 2011 Greek play, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre. The play will run from Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th February with performances at 7.30 each evening, and a matinee at 2.30 on the Wednesday and Thursday. Bookings for the play can be made via the Bloomsbury Theatre website or box office ( or phone 020 7388 8822).

Our production of Lysistrata draws on all of the traditions of Greek comedy, especially its vigorous engagement with crucial political and social issues. Consequently, we are placing it in an innovative new setting – the Napoleonic Wars, and, more specifically, the Peninsular War. This is a unique interpretation of one of Aristophanes’ greatest works, and will provide a platform to promote discussion of ancient Greek comedy and its performance in modern times.

To complement the production, we are also pleased to advertise the following public talks by experts in ancient drama and its reception. Thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Classical Studies, all events are free of charge and open to all. At the time of writing we have spaces available for all the talks. Pre-booking for the talks is not compulsory, but if you are hoping to bring a large group it would be helpful if you could let us know, by emailing l.swift AT directly. For more details of the play and public engagement programme, please see our website at

Tuesday 8th February: 6:15pm, “How comedy discovered girls”. Dr Nick Lowe, Royal Holloway, University of London. Christopher Ingold Auditorium, 20 Gordon St

Wednesday 9th February: 1pm, “Lysistrata, wife, priestess, goddess”. Professor Edith Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London. Christopher Ingold Auditorium, 20 Gordon Street.

Thursday 10th February: 6pm, Public Talk: “Modern Lysistratas”. Dr Fiona Macintosh, University of Oxford. Lecture Theatre, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square.

CFP: Workshop on Ancient Carthage

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Invitation to a Workshop


(Apologies for cross-posting)

Ritson Room
Department of Classics & Ancient History
University of Durham
38 North Bailey
Durham DH1 3EU

To book, please send an email by Tuesday 15 February to:
carthage-conference AT

10.30-11.00: Arrival and Coffee

Morning Session
11.00-11.15: Welcome
11.15-12.00: Mr George Azzopardi (Heritage Malta [Gozo] / Durham): ‘Common
concerns, shared cults: the worship of Tanit and Demeter in the Maltese islands’
12.00-12.30: Mr Alun Williams (Cardiff): ‘Britain, France, and Carthaginian

12.30-13.30: Free buffet lunch

Afternoon Session
13.30-14.15: Dr Clemence Schultze (Durham): ‘Lords of the World: national
characteristics in Victorian fictions of Carthage’
14.15-15.00: Dr Claire Stocks (Cambridge / Manchester): ‘The Hannibal
mythology and echoes of ancient Carthage in modern Tunisia’
15.00-15.45: M. Anthony Faroux (Artist in Residence, St Chad’s College,
Durham): ‘Bakkar Island 2010’ and ‘Bab al Ramaal’. These two films embody a
modern reception of the ancient site of Tripoli (Lebanon).

15.45-16.00: Tea
16.00-16.30: Concluding discussion

Dinner will be organised at a local restaurant for those wishing to join us.

We are most grateful for financial support from the Department of Classics
and Ancient History, from Durham University’s Centre for the Study of the
Ancient Mediterranean and Near East (CAMNE), and from the Centre for the
Study of the Classical Tradition (CSCT).

The second Durham workshop in the series ‘Ancient Carthage: Models of
Cultural Contact’ will take place on Saturday 21 May; the theme is ‘Nodes
and networks: the Phoenician-Punic diaspora’. A call for papers will go out

CFP: Menander in Contexts

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July 23-25, 2012

University of Nottingham, UK

It is now over a century since Menander made his first great step back from the shades with the publication of the Cairo codex, and over half a century since we were first able to read one of his plays virtually complete; since that time our knowledge of his work has been continually enhanced by further papyrus discoveries. This international conference is designed to examine and explore the Menander we know today in the light of the various literary, intellectual and social contexts in which they can be viewed – for example (this is not an exhaustive listing) in relation to

• the society, culture and politics of the post-Alexander decades

• the intellectual currents of the period

• literary precursors and intertexts, dramatic and other

• the reception of Menander, from his own time to ours

Papers (of no more than 30 minutes) are invited on any aspect of this theme.

The conference will be held at Derby Hall, on the University’s parkland campus just outside the historic city of Nottingham, a few days before the Olympic Games open in London.

Enquiries or abstracts (300-400 words; please state your institutional affiliation) should be sent, preferably by email, not later than 30 June 2011, to:
Prof. Alan H. Sommerstein
Department of Classics

University of Nottingham

University Park

Nottingham, UK


alan.sommerstein AT

CFP: West meets East: Contact and Interaction between India and the Mediterranean World from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity

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Colloquium – Monday, 20th June, 2011 – to be held in the History
Department of University College London.

West meets East: Contact and Interaction between India and the
Mediterranean World from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity.

Abstracts are invited from postgraduate students who would like to present
a paper related to any subject connected with relations between India and
the Mediterranean World. These include, but are not limited to:

Religious exchange, e.g., Early Christianity and/or Buddhism

This colloquium will provide students with the opportunity to present and
discuss their research within the context of broader themes of contact
between East and West. The aim is to foster greater collaboration among
those studying under the umbrella of East-West relations.

Please submit an abstract of about 300 words, together with a working
title for your paper, to s.jansari AT The length of papers will be
c.20-30 minutes. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 14th February

Early registration would be appreciated because numbers are limited owing
to venue constraints.

CFP: Silius Italicus and Flavian Culture, Sydney 2011

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4th-6th July 2011

Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA)

The University of Sydney

Pacific Rim Latin Literature Conference 2011

in association with the Flavian Epic Network

Convenor: Robert Cowan (University of Sydney)

Silius Italicus’ epic on the Hannibalic War, the Punica, has moved from scholarly neglect and even contempt to being the focus of immense interest and research. Yet much scholarship—prompted by Silius’ own poetics of nostalgia and his close engagement with Virgil, Livy and Lucan—has tended to divorce the poet and his poem from its context in Flavian and especially Domitianic Rome. This conference, only the second ever devoted to Silius and the first in the English-speaking world, aims to resituate Silius and the Punica in its Flavian context.

Call for Papers

Papers on any aspect of Silius and the Punica are invited, but particularly welcome will be those which relate the poet and/or his poem to their Flavian context, be it literary, political, artistic, cultural, social, intellectual, or any combination of these. Papers which focus on the Flavian context with Silius in a subordinate role are also invited. Submissions from postgraduates are also especially welcome.

Papers should be either 45 or 20 minutes long, and please indicate into which category yours falls.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

· Silius and the other Flavian epicists (Valerius Flaccus, Statius)

· Silius and Martial

· Silius and Statius’ Silvae

· Silius and Flavian prose (Quintilian, Pliny the Elder, Frontinus)

· Silius and the Nervo-Trajanic backlash (Tacitus, Suetonius, Pliny the Younger, Juvenal)

· Silius and the Flavian Dynasty, esp. Domitian

· Silius and Flavian coinage, art and architecture

· Silius and ideology (political, imperial, cultural)


Silius and rhetoric· Silius and antiquarianism

· Silius and philosophy

· Silius and religion

It is hoped that a published volume will result from the conference.

Please submit a title and an abstract of 150-200 words to arts.silius2011 AT by 12th February 2011.

Keynote speaker

Assoc. Prof. Raymond D. Marks, (University of Missouri)

Raymond Marks has rapidly established himself as one of the leading voices in Silius scholarship, with a particular emphasis on situating the Punica in its Flavian and specifically Domitianic context.

His book From Republic to Empire: Scipio Africanus in the Punica of Silius Italicus (Frankfurt am Main, 2005) made a strong case for the poem as an aetiology of the principate, with Scipio serving as a model for Domitian. In addition to this already influential monograph, he has published articles on a wide range of aspects of the Punica in journals such as Mnemosyne and Ramus, and in the edited volumes Brill’s Companion to Silius Italicus (Leiden, 2010), Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XIII (Brussels, 2006), The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Epic (Oxford, 2008), and the Festschrift for Michael Putnam (Afton, 2004). He has also published on Horace and Ovid.

Registration information, including suggestions for accommodation, will appear shortly.

Please direct any enquiries to Bob Cowan (arts.silius2011 AT

CFP: The Economic Role of Greek Fineware Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean (AIA)

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Colloquium for Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting 2012, to be held in Philadelphia, PA 5th-8th January 2012.

Title: The Economic Role of Greek Fineware Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean.

While quantitative studies on the location, use, amount, and artistic value of ancient ceramics abound, few of them take the further step of examining the role that the production and distribution of ceramics had within the context of economic transactions. In this session we seek to draw together recent work on the way in which Greek fineware is being used to trace economic connections and mechanisms of trade in all regions of the Mediterranean from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. The focus on fineware pottery aims to encourage considerations of economic transactions that deal with neither high-end “luxuries” nor basic subsistence goods. We are particularly interested in contributions which use specific case-studies to advance the understanding of the ancient economy through fineware distribution and use.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 15 or 20 minute papers to Catherine Cooper (clc61 AT and Ulrike Krotscheck (ulrikek T before March 1st, 2011. Also feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. Presenters should be prepared to attend the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Philadelphia 5th -8th January 2012.

JOB: Assistant Professor in Ancient Visual Culture @UG

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Tenure Track Faculty Hire in Art History and Classics
Ancient Visual Culture
Digital Humanities Initiative
University of Georgia
The Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Department of Classics at the University of Georgia invite applications for a tenure-track, joint appointment of an assistant professor specializing in ancient visual culture and the reception of the classical tradition and skilled at integrating imaging technologies within his/her scholarship and teaching. Candidates should hold the Ph.D. in art history and present evidence of successful research and teaching in digital humanities. This appointment is part of an ongoing effort by the University of Georgia to build a significant digital humanities infrastructure involving faculty and facilities housed in various departments and collaborating with the Willson Center for the Humanities.

The successful candidate will be asked to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in ancient visual culture that are interdisciplinary in approach and that incorporate digital technology, allowing students to visualize the natural and built landscapes of the ancient past and study how that physical context impacted art, literature, philosophy, and other cultural endeavors. These courses will be cross-listed in both departments. The candidate must be committed to scholarship and demonstrate potential achievement in the discipline commensurate with the university’s research mission. S/He must have excellent communication skills and participate in committee work and other service to the undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Lamar Dodd School of Art, housed in a new, state-of-the-art building, has 55 full-time faculty members, including 8 art historians, and enjoys a close working relationship with the nearby Georgia Museum of Art. The classics faculty numbers 13, with specialties in Greek, Latin, classical archaeology, ancient history, late antiquity, linguistics, and the classical tradition. Both units are part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

This position will be available August 2011. The final application deadline for full consideration is January 31, 2010. Applicants should submit a detailed letter summarizing their qualifications, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, an example of scholarship, and other supporting materials to

Chair, Art History and Classics Search Committee
Lamar Dodd School of Art, The University of Georgia
270 River Road Athens GA 30602-7676<> and<>

The Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Georgia is an EEO/Affirmative Action Institution.

JOB: Amphora Seeks a New Editor and Assistant Editor

Seen on the Classics list (please direct any queries to the folks mentioned in the item and not to rogueclassicism):

Amphora, the Outreach publication of the American Philological Association, is seeking two classicists, preferably with university, secondary school or equivalent institutional associations, a record of publication, and editorial experience to serve as its Editor and Assistant Editor. These appointments will take effect in January 2012, when the terms of the incumbent Editor and Assistant Editor conclude. The initial term of appointment for both Editors will be for two years, with the possibility of reappointment. The Editor receives an honorarium of $500 per issue; the Assistant Editor, an honorarium of $500 per year.

Sponsored by the APA Committee on Outreach, and currently appearing on an annual basis in both electronic and print formats, Amphora aims to convey the intellectual excitement of classical studies to a broad readership. It offers accessible articles written by professional scholars and experts on topics of interest that include classical languages, literature, mythology, history, culture, tradition and recepton, archaeology and the arts, as well as reviews of books, films and websites.

Engaging and informative, Amphora is intended for a diverse group of classics enthusiasts: K-12 teachers and students, classicists at colleges and universities, present and former classics majors, administrators in the field of education, community leaders, and interested academics and professionals in other fields. Although Amphora is currently published once a year, the APA may return to publishing two issues annually if its budget permits.

The Editor is in charge of determining the direction and content of each issue, soliciting individual articles, finding qualified referees, selecting suitable photographs and illustrations, and editing and proofreading the final text.The Assistant Editor assists the Editor with these tasks and solicits books for review, assigns reviewers, and edits the content of reviews in coordination with referees. Both work closely with an Editorial Board on the selection and review of articles and also collaborate with the APA’s Information Architect to increase the interactive possibilities of Amphora as an online publication, and with the Vice-President of the Division of Outreach to prepare "press releases" about selected articles for media outlets with a wide circulation.

The search committee for both positions is chaired by Professor Judith P Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park, the current APA Vice-President for Outreach. Its members, drawn from both the Amphora editorial board and the APA Board of Directors, are Dr. Adam Blistein, APA Executive Director, ex officio; Professor Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College; Professor Matthew Dillon, Loyola-Marymount University; Professor John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College; Professor T. Davina McClain, Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, ex officio; and Professor Kathryn A. Morgan, University of California at Los Angeles.

We welcome applications that propose innovative publication strategies and ideas for increasing the journal’s audience. Those interested in either or both positions should send a letter outlining their qualifications along with a curriculum vitae to Dr. Blistein, blistein AT by March 15, 2011.

Latest from the Journal of Roman Archaeology

Dear Friends and Colleagues,Two days ago we published three supplements, and would like to offer them to our individual subscribers at an even lower price until February 28th:

S80. ROMAN SCULPTURE IN ASIA MINOR. Proceedings of the International Conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Italian excavations at Hierapolis in Phrygia, edited by F. D’Andria and I. Romeo. 385 pages on 80# enamel gloss, about 340 figs. List price $149.00 Web price to individuals $119.00 Price to individual JRA subscribers $99.00

S81. THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SANCTUARIES AND RITUAL IN ETRURIA, edited by N. T. de Grummond and I. Edlund-Berry. 167 pages, 148 figs. List price $87.00 Web price to individuals $69.50. Price to individual JRA subscribers to JRA $59.50.

S82. EARLY ROMAN THRACE: NEW EVIDENCE FROM BULGARIA, edited by Ian P. Haynes. 158 pages, 178 figs. List price $87.00 Web price to individuals $69.50. Price to individual subscribers to JRA $59.50.

We would like also to mention the two supplements publised two months ago:

S78. ROMAN DIASPORAS: ARCHAEOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO MOBILITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE, edited by Hella Eckardt. 246 pages, 50 figs. List price $87.00 Web price to individuals $69.50.

S79. THE FORMATION OF ROMAN URBANISM, 338-200 B.C.: between contemporary foreign influence and Roman tradition, by Jamie Sewell. 190 pages, 63 figures. List price $87.00 Web price to individuals $69.50.

For the tables of contents of all these volumes, please click on the individual title on the home page at

Recent Finds from Archontiko (Pella)

Tip o’ the pileus to Dorothy King for spotting this item in Kathimerini … don’t really hear much from Pella for some reason:

A fresh trove of ancient evidence attesting to the long, rich history of the region of Pella in northern Greece has been uncovered during recent archaeological excavations at the vast cemetery site of Archontiko, Pella.

Archaeologists Anastasia and Pavlos Chrysostomou, of the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, report that another 37 burials dating from the late Iron Age to the early Hellenistic period (circa 650-280 BC) have been exposed during the 2010 season, according to a statement released by the Culture Ministry on September 20, 2010.

Investigation of the 20-hectare cemetery site, located 5 km west of Classical-Hellenistic Pella — the capital of ancient Macedonia from circa 410 BC, has been ongoing since at least the summer of 2000, when the first warrior burials containing gold-decorated armor, weapons, and many other high-status funerary gifts were discovered. To date, with only about 5 percent of the site excavated, a total of 1,004 graves have already been found, including 259 from the Late Iron Age, 475 from the Archaic period, 262 from Classical and early Hellenistic times, and eight of unknown date.

Archontiko contains the cremated and inhumed remains of men, women and children buried with diverse collections of grave goods that indicate Macedonian culture had already attained a high level of development some two centuries before the time of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

Of the latest 37 graves to be opened, six belong to the Late Iron Age (circa 650-580 BC) and contained a variety of ceramic vases and metal objects. Thirty-one burials date to the Classical and Hellenistic periods (5th-3rd century BC). Sixteen of these graves belonged to well-to-do Macedonian men and women buried with distinctive assemblages of personal and precious items. Men were laid to rest with iron weapons (spearheads and knives), metal jewelry (fibulae, rings), gilded bronze wreaths of myrtle, iron strigils, bronze coins and ceramic vessels. Women were buried with metal jewelry (earrings, mouth coverings, necklaces, fibulae, buckles, rings), gilded bronze wreaths of myrtle, bronze coins, glass and ceramic vessels, ceramic busts and figurines, and knucklebones. Women of particularly high status had their graves adorned with iron knives, metal jewelry (diadem strips, mouth coverings, earrings, fibulae, rings, bracelets), amber beads, ceramic figurines and busts, and especially bronze, ceramic, faience and glass vessels. The remains of one young female, who had been cremated, were discovered in a ceramic box (pyxis) beside gold, silver and iron jewelry, a gold mouthpiece, and a unique miniature glass amphora intended for perfume.

Particularly remarkable are the graves of nine male warriors, including one that dates to circa 650 BC. This dead man, buried in a manner worthy of a celebrated hero, was interred with a bronze helmet adorned with gold strips; iron weapons (a sword with a gold-covered handle, two spearheads, four knives); a golden ring; a golden mouthpiece; gold hand coverings decorated with impressed spirals and gorgons; gold shoe covers decorated with golden strands; gold strips that once adorned the funeral shroud; three iron fibulae (one with gold on its head); iron models of a two-wheeled farm cart, furniture and roasting spits; and numerous other objects including molded ceramic vessels that depict a ram and a seated figure of Hades. With the excavators noting that this latest ceremonial helmet is the 404th helmet to have been found at Archontiko in Pella, it seems the site still has many secrets and rich details to tell about ancient Macedonian life and death.