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

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

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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

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