Classicarnival 01-16-11

Got a few weeks’ worth of items here … things that caught my eye in the Classical Blogosphere (and elsewhere … I’m kind of getting cranky/annoyed that various ‘History’ carnivals and ‘umbrella sites’ routinely ignore most of the Classical Blogosphere):

Matters mostly historical:

Alexander’s Hair-raising Fight with the Oracle at Delphi [History With a Twist]
Sparta — The Strains Caused by Lycurgan Reforms[Mike Anderson]
Sparta – Pressures on the Lycurgan System Part I[Mike Anderson]
Sparta – Pressure on the Lycurgan System Part 2, The Earthquake[Mike Anderson]
Sparta – Pressure on the Lycurgan System Part 3, Invasion of the Owls [Mike Anderson]
Sparta – Degradation of the army between Platea and Leuctra[Mike Anderson]

Matters religious and philosophical:

We Twelve Kings of Orient Are [Judith Weingarten]
On logos and magic in Plato’s presentation of Socrates. [Ancient Philosophy]
What the Romans Would’ve made of Dead Birds Falling from the Sky [History With a Twist]

The Realencyclopadie on the festival of the Adonia [Roger Pearse]
The Realencyclopadie on the festival of the Adonia [Roger Pearse]

Matters pedagogical:

Latin Mad Libs: frag­men­tary texts in the classroom [Dennis @ the Campus]
Dia­crit­i­cal Exe­ge­sis: a novel approach to read­ing Latin aloud [Dennis @ the Campus]
A bet­ter ‘Simon Says’ for Latin Classes[Dennis @ the Campus]
The Magic of Latin [teaching Latin a la Harry Potter; tip o' the pileus to David Baker]


A Second Death for the Neonates of Frizzone? [Bone Girl]
First Greek encounter with a parrot [Beachcombing]
iPhone app: Pompeian wall-paintings [Blogging Pompeii]
All the classical MSS in Florence now online! [Roger Pearse]
Dali’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus [Smarthistory]
Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis, Agamemnon’s Guide to Childrearing [Rufus @ League of Ordinary Gentlemen]
Menander’s Epitrepontes (“The Arbitration”) [West Coast Odysseus]


I, Claudius: Claudius (radio adaptation) [Pop Classics]

Also of note, Dennis of Campus fame and Laura Gibbs of a zillion blogs fame are reading Mommsen and summarizing it … follow the action at the Campus here and at Reading Rome here

In Explorator 13.39

Excerpts of interest:
Byzantine burials from Jabal al-Sin (Syria):\

Assorted Byzantine finds from Apamea:\\

Roman remains found during renovaitons of a Grouville church:\

Another feature on the younger set learning Greek:\

… not sure if it is connected to this:

Interesting project to build a Roman villa the old-fashioned way:\

The Dart Aphrodite is now at USC:\

What Philip Freeman is up to:

Walter Scheidel talks on the quality of life in Classical Antiquity:\

Mary Beard on some interesting graffiti:

Interesting followup to the crumbling of Pompeii:

Cartledge and Romm continue their discussion of Alexander (this time, about
his generalship):

Quadantrids over Qumis:

Review of Caroline Alexander, *War that Killed Achilles*:

More on Kathleen Lynch’s AIA paper:\

Review of a number of books about Alexander:

Latest reviews from Scholia:

Latest reviews from BMCR:

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Evidence for the earliest full production winery type facility — some 4100
B.C. — from an Armenian cave:\

… while someone has been researching Celtic beer:\

Thesis on the use of power in various Bronze Age societies of central

Interesting correlation between climate and rise and fall of empires,
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Not sure if we mentioned this hoard of Roman coins found in Cumbria last

Coverage of Rober Weir’s AIA paper on an interesting coin of Antiochus VIII:\

Dreaming Antiquity:\

Warren Cup:

The Cleopatra exhibition is setting up in Cincinnati:\

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CONF: London Roman Art Seminar 2011

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The first London Roman Art Seminar will take place this coming Monday (17th January) at 530pm.
Cristina Boschetti will be giving a talk entitled, "An interdisciplinary study of the mosaics from the
House of the Faun in Pompeii: technique, materials and provenance".

Please note the updated location information:
All seminars are held on Mondays at 5.30pm in Royal Holloway London Annex, 11 Bedford Square
(entrance on Montague Place), London WC1, room GSB1 (at 2 Gower Street).

If you have any queries contact: A.Claridge AT or Will.Wootton AT

The full programme is as follows:

17 January 2011 Cristina Boschetti (University of Nottingham)
An interdisciplinary study of the mosaics from the House of the Faun in Pompeii: technique,
materials and provenance

31 January 2011 Simona Perna (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Ossa quod vallavit Onyx: Roman funerary urns in coloured stone

14 February 2011 Janet Huskinson (Open University)
Roman strigillated sarcophagi: finding voices for a ‘silent majority’

28 February 2011 Thorsten Opper (The British Museum)
The statue of Hadrian from Cyrene

14 March 2011 Maria Aurenhammer (Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna)
Hellenistic, Roman and contemporary sculpture in Late Antique Ephesos: the case of the Upper
Agora and the Theatre

28 March 2011 John Pollini (University of Southern California)
Recutting Roman portraits: problems in interpretation and using new technology in finding
possible solutions

9 May 2011 Michael Koortbojian (Princeton University)
Title to be announced

16 May 2011 Zahra Newby (University of Warwick)
Speaking of the dead: the rhetorical strategies of Roman sarcophagi

23 May 2011 Andreas Kropp (University of Nottingham)
The images of the “triad” of Heliopolis-Baalbek (Jupiter, Venus and Mercury): interpretations and
iconographic problems

CONF: Sympotic Poetry

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Sympotic Poetry. A Colloquium

Christ Church, Oxford. March 31st-April 2nd 2011

The symposiast’s couch is a key vantage-point from which to survey Greek poetry. Poetry was performed at the symposium from the beginnings of Greek literature (judging from the sympotic traces in Homer) down to the fourth century and probably into Hellenistic times. Even later, echoes of the sympotic setting are exploited in literary games of generic appropriation. This conference proposes to examine the symposium both as a setting for the performance of poetry and as a ‘mental space’ rich in aesthetic, social, and political implications. What does it mean in practice to speak of ‘sympotic poetry’? How does the symposium as a performance context shape and cut across generic conventions? Are there conventions of sympotic song and, if so, what are they? How should we disentangle the symposium as the setting for poetry from the symposium as the imaginary place which is the product, rather than the precondition, of this poetry? How does the historical symposium in its various aspects (a politically defined group of people, a means of socialization derived from Near Eastern cultures, a carefully regulated set of customs, etc.) relate to the symposium as a setting for the competitive display of artistic competence, where something akin to literary criticism first begins? What is the role of the symposion in the early institution of corpora and canonisation of texts? How did sympotic performance affect transmission?


Prof. Lucia Athanassaki (Crete)

Prof. Hans Bernsdorff (Frankfurt)

Prof. Ewen Bowie (Oxford)Dr. Felix Budelmann (Oxford)

Prof. Ettore Cingano (Venice)

Prof. Giambattista D’Alessio (KCL)

Dr. Renaud Gagné (Cambridge)

Prof. Guy Hedreen (Williams)

Prof. Albert Henrichs (Harvard)

Prof. Richard Hunter (Cambridge)

Prof. Gregory Hutchinson (Oxford)

Prof. Gauthier Liberman (Bordeaux)

Dr. Dirk Obbink (Oxford)

Prof. Timothy Power (Rutgers)

Prof. Ralph Rosen (UPenn) Prof. Ian Rutherford (Reading)

Prof. Deborah Steiner (Columbia)

Further details and information on registration to follow.


vanessa.cazzato AT

enrico.prodi AT

The organizers

Dirk Obbink, Vanessa Cazzato, Enrico Prodi

CONF: Triennial Conference of Classical Studies

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From Monday 25 July to Thursday 28 July 2011 the Faculty of Classics in the University of Cambridge will once again host the Triennial Conference of Classical Studies. This Triennial has been given a radically revised format:

Working with a committee that includes representatives of sponsoring bodies (Societies for the Promotion of Hellenic and Roman Studies, British Schools at Athens and Rome), the organizers have been fortunate in attracting a large international cast of speakers, and have tried to cover most sub-disciplines within Classics and Ancient History in greater depth than in the past. The organizers are most grateful to the 145 scholars who have agreed to support this venture by giving, or responding to, papers; among these are Roger Bagnall, Anthony Grafton, Edith Hall, Stephen Hinds, Walter Scheidel, and Caroline Vout, who will give plenary lectures.

They are grateful also to the sponsors who have offered their financial support for this new venture: Cambridge University Press, the Cambridge Philological Society, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, Princeton University Press, Trinity College, Cambridge and the Institute of the Ancient World.

All our colleagues in the study of the ancient world are cordially invited to join us in this triennial national celebration of Classics in a year when we will all be needing to reaffirm the vitality and abiding value of the subject we love. For booking see:

CONF: Classics Seminars at Edinburgh 2010/11

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Please find below the revised 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’

30th March
Dr. DENNIS PAUSCH (Giessen/Edinburgh)
Title tba

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’

CFP: Teaching uncomfortable subjects in the classics classroom

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Teaching uncomfortable subjects in the classics classroom
Fiona McHardy and Nancy Rabinowitz, editors

We invite submissions of abstracts for a volume on teaching uncomfortable
subjects in the classics classroom, to be submitted to Ohio State
University Press. International contributions are actively sought. The
volume is built around an APA workshop with the same name which took place
at the 2011 meeting. This workshop itself grew out of a panel at the
Feminism and Classics V conference, in particular the paper by Sharon James
(later published in Cloelia) on teaching rape in the classics classroom.
The topic of rape generated a great deal of interest, and the desire to
keep the conversation going led to further roundtables and panels in the UK
and the US.

But the issues are much broader than rape, and the APA workshop in 2011
expanded the discussion to encompass a wider range of issues potentially
uncomfortable for teachers or for students or for both, including crime,
pedophilia, domestic violence, abortion, suicide, homophobia, slavery, and
racial ‘jokes’ where some students will have had personal experiences that
might generate distress or make discussion difficult. The emphasis of the
session was on stimulating discussion to raise awareness of unforeseen
difficulties and to share strategies for dealing with those difficulties.
We would like to include that emphasis in this volume.

In the US there has been an effort, spurred on by the Ford Foundation’s
grants, to have what they call “difficult dialogues.” The program
description was aimed at classes “designed to promote academic freedom and
religious, cultural, and political pluralism on college and university
campuses in the United States.” But political topics are not the only ones
that provoke difficult dialogues. We welcome other ideas about how
classical texts might raise controversial issues and allow the opportunity
to discuss them.

Questions we will consider: what makes something difficult to talk about?
How much do we know about our students’ experiences? How much is it
appropriate for us to know? How much can we challenge our students in the
classroom when we are unsure of their experiences? Is it appropriate to
single out students to discuss topics related to their own experiences
(e.g. should we call on the one student of color to talk about race?) How
can we help students work through trauma without overstepping our bounds?
How can tutors be supported in dealing with crisis situations? What are the
personal and professional risks that we might run in opening up such topics
for conversation?

Please send a one-page abstract to f.mchardy AT or
nrabinow AT by February 28, 2011; papers will be 5-6000 words in

length. We plan to send the completed volume to OSU by December 1, 2011.

CONF: Emotions and Ancient Greek History seminar at Oxford

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Please find below the programme of the seminar on emotions and ancient Greek history at Oxford this term.

Emotions and Ancient Greek History

Chrysi Kotsifou and Georgy Kantor

Tuesdays, 5 pm, Lecture Theatre

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

66 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU

Week 1, 18 January: Chrysi Kotsifou (University of Oxford), ‘Womanly weakness and manly moderation: the use and abuse of pity in fourth century petitions.’

Week 2, 25 January: Simon Hornblower (University of Oxford), ‘Emotions and the Greek gods’

Week 3, 1 February: AngelosChaniotis (IAS, Princeton), ‘Emotional display in public life in the Hellenistic period

Week 4, 8 February: Ed Sanders (Royal Holloway), ‘Approaching a nameless emotion: the construction of sexual jealousy in Classical Athens’

Week 5, 15 February: John Tait (University College London), ‘Osiris in a Whirlwind: looking for change in the representation of emotion in Egypt through two and a half millennia.’

Week 6, 22 February: Nicole Belayche (École pratique des hautes etudes), "The ‘possible’ body of the gods: from imitation to ritual confection of their nature"

Week 7, 1 March: David Frankfurter (Boston University), "Desperation and the Magic of Appeal: Representations of Women’s Emotions in the Voices of Magical Texts and Votive Images"

Week 8, 8 March: Lene Rubinstein (Royal Holloway), ‘Evoking anger through pity: portraits of the vulnerable and defenceless in Attic oratory’