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 (http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/1520 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 ucl.ac.uk directly. For more details of the play and public engagement programme, please see our website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/GrandLat/classical-play.

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


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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 hotmail.co.uk

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 nottingham.ac.uk

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 ucl.ac.uk. 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 sydney.edu.au 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 sydney.edu.au)

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 cam.ac.uk) and Ulrike Krotscheck (ulrikek T evergreen.edu) 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.