d.m. Ernst Badian

From the Harvard Gazette:

Professor Ernst Badian, John Moors Cabot Professor of History Emeritus, died on Feb. 1.

After teaching in the universities of Sheffield, Durham, and Leeds in Britain, and at the State University of New York, Buffalo, he was appointed to Harvard’s Department of History in 1971, and was cross-appointed to the Department of the Classics in 1973. He became emeritus in 1998.

Badian was one of the great historians of Greece and Rome of the 20th century. He was born in Vienna in 1925. In 1938, in view of the growing persecution of Jews in Austria and Germany, he moved with his parents to New Zealand. There he attended Canterbury University College, Christchurch, and received a B.A. with first-class honors in 1945, and an M.A. in 1946. He then transferred to Oxford University, in England, where he received another B.A., again with first-class honors, and went on to write his doctoral dissertation under Sir Ronald Syme; he later edited two of the seven volumes of Syme’s “Roman Papers.” His dissertation formed the basis of his first book, which remains his magnum opus, his “Foreign Clientelae” of 1958. This fundamental study of Roman imperialism in a period of crucial growth and transformation is still an unreplaced classic. Roman imperialism continued to be one of Badian’s major interests, and “Foreign Clientelae” was followed by “Roman Imperialism in the Late Republic” and “Publicans and Sinners.”

Unusually for someone whose main field was Roman history, Badian was also a major force in Greek history. In particular, beginning with an article on the city of Alexandria published in 1960, he brought about a revolution in modern understanding of one of the main figures in the tapestry of ancient history: Alexander III of Macedon, often called “the Great.” Reacting against the hero worship that was still offered to Alexander in the mid-20th century, Badian forced historians to look again at the contradictory and confusing texts on which most knowledge rests, and to realize that Alexander was as ruthless as any of the Roman generals that march through the pages of “Foreign Clientelae.” Allied to Badian’s deep historical sense was an acute philological ear, especially in his mastery of Latin, and he was a superb stylist in his second language of English.

Badian’s large output comprises well over 200 items, including six books and many notices for a basic tool of classical scholarship, the Oxford Classical Dictionary. He was also a formidable and sometimes devastating reviewer. Active in the historical profession in both the United Kingdom and the United States, he helped found the Association of Ancient Historians (1974) and the American Journal of Ancient History (1978). In 1999 he received the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art.

Badian leaves behind a wife, Nathlie; two children, Hugh and Rosemary; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on March 22, at 1 p.m., at Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn St.


CFP: Teaching Roman Comedy (APA Panel)

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Sponsored by the American Classical League and organized by Timothy Moore,
University of Texas, Austin and Mary C. English, Montclair State University

The American Classical League invites scholars and teachers of Roman Comedy to submit abstracts for its panel session at the Philadelphia Meeting of the American Philological Association in 2012. We are particularly interested in papers that address how instructors at all levels have taught the plays of Plautus and Terence in Latin classes and Roman Civilization courses and how they have addressed the perceived difficulty of language and meter in these scripts. We are also interested in papers that explore the reception of Plautus and Terence and how more contemporary productions and/or interpretations of Roman comedy engage today’s students.

Abstracts should be submitted to Mary C. English, Dept. of Classics, Montclair State University, Montclair NJ 07043, (englishm AT mail.montclair.edu) and should be only one page in length. Please follow the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear in the APA Program Guide. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Feb. 28, 2011.

DIG: “Villa degli Antonini” archaeological field school near Rome, July 2011

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We invite undergraduate and graduate students to take part in an archaeological fieldschool focusing on the remains of a large, 2nd century CE, probably imperial Roman villa in Genzano di Roma, about 20 miles south of the center of Rome next to the ancient Via Appia in the modern town of Genzano and the ancient territory of Lanuvium, during July 3-29. The 2011 season, which is our second campaign of investigation at the site, will further explore a large curving structure that is rich in multicolored glass mosaic fragments and in fragments of expensive floor and wall marble covering, as well as following up on results of geophysical surveying we conducted in 2011. No previous archaeological experience is required. Students will experience all aspects of archaeological fieldwork and will receive 6 semester hours of credit through the Department of Classics & General Humanities at Montclair State University. Cost is $3,500 plus airfare and tuition, which varies depending on in-state or out-of-state status.

People who are interested may contact Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, aryamontrid AT mail.montyclair.edu, or me, rennert AT mail.montclair.edu

Further information is available at

JOB: Latinist @ Temple (non-tenure)

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The Department of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University invites
applications from candidates for a possible (pending final budgetary
authorization) non-tenure-track, full-time position for 2011-12. This
position will appear in the March Positions for Classicists.

The department has particular needs in Latin language and Roman culture.
Evidence of successful teaching experience, especially in first-year
language and civilization courses, is essential. Some of the teaching
will be in Temple’s foundational General Education course, Mosaic
This position has the possibility of renewal, pending continued funding
and satisfactory performance. Candidates should send *ONLY* a cover
letter, by e-mail, with curriculum vitae (as attachments, preferably in
PDF format), indicating ability and experience for teaching Greek, Latin
and classical culture courses at all undergraduate levels.

*Candidates should only send dossiers if requested.*

Address applications to Professor Robin Mitchell-Boyask,
robin AT temple.edu. Our mail address
is: Department of Greek and Roman Classics, 321 Anderson Hall, 1114 W.
Berks St., Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 19122. Review of
applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the
position is filled. To receive full consideration initial applications
should arrive by 31 March 2011.

Questions and informal inquiries are welcome. More details about this
search are available at http://www.temple.edu/classics/jobs, and
candidates are urged to consult this page before sending their applications.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
and encourages applications from women and minorities.

CFP: Staging Death (AIA Panel)

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113th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, JAN 5-8, 2012

Colloquium organizer: Anastasia Dakouri-Hild (University of Virginia)

The performance of funerary rituals reinforces a sense of community, being a means to revive social memory and legitimize links with an ancestral past. Such rituals tend to be highly formalized and performed in specific contexts, times and places which set them apart from everyday life. They require a ‘stage’ (such as the cemetery and the site of a grave), a performer (such as a priest or priestess) and an audience (e.g. the attending members of a funeral). Funerary performance is highly communicative, a form of enacted, symbolic language articulated through material culture. The study of performance casts light on how social relations and mortuary beliefs were conceived and communicated within a society on the occasion of a particular event.

In the Aegean, the concept of funerary performance has been explored primarily through the study of cultic implements and artifacts employed in ceremonial processions, libations, feasting, the treatment, adornment and purification of bodies, offerings to the deceased etc. This session is meant to further explore the performative aspects of mortuary space, landscape and architecture in particular. We invite contributions on the semiotics of landscape, choice of burial areas, cemetery arrangement, interrelationship of mortuary and residential space, relationship of cemeteries or particular graves with prominent natural (hills, rivers) or other features (e.g. roads); the monumentality of tombs as a factor contributing to their theatricality; the architectural design and ‘domesticity’ of chamber tombs (doors, thresholds, benches, platforms, wall paintings); the arrangement and usage of associated structures and features, both interior and exterior; iconographical representation o

f funerary architecture etc.

Please send a 200-word abstract toad9h AT virginia.edu by Friday, March 25th.

CFP: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity

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Re-creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity
A conference at the University of Iowa, October 27-29, 2011

Conference organizers: Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa), Andrew Simpson (Catholic University), Greg Hand (University of Iowa)

The power of music in Greek and Roman myth to move gods, men and even inanimate objects, and the descriptions of music in the imaginative and theoretical literature of antiquity, have inspired musicians since the Middle Ages to interpret and transform the ancient experience. Composers, librettists, and song writers have responded to the passions of the ancientsin every available genre and style of musical expression. This conference will explore ways that vocal and instrumental music throughout the world has received and recreated the art and culture of the Greeks and Romans. A concomitant goal of this conference is to bring together artists and scholars in many fields – classics, music, theater, film – to engage in meaningful dialogue about the ways in which classical antiquity informs and shapes their own work. Presenters whose specialty is classics areasked to emphasize musical examples in support of their arguments; specialists in music and other performing arts are reque

sted to focus their presentations on the ancient paradigms that have influenced the music of their particular field.

Conference activities will include lectures, paper sessions, live concerts, and a screening of silent films accompanied by live music composed by Andrew Simpson. Speakers who have already committed to the project include Mary-Kay Gamel (UC Santa Cruz), Simon Goldhill (King’s College, Cambridge), Wendy Heller (Princeton University), Jon Solomon (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Reinhard Strohm (Wadham College, Oxford). Concerts will include a performance by Iowa’s Center for New Music,and the first opera for which music survives, Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, premiered in Florence in 1600.

Scholars and artists interested in participating are asked to submit abstracts on relevant subjects that include, but need not be limited to:

• Stage music (e.g., opera, musical theater, incidental music)
• Choral and vocal music
• Instrumental music (e.g., chamber, orchestral, wind ensemble)
• Music for film, including silent film
• Electronic and digital music
• Interactive media including music
• Popular and folk music
• World (i.e., non-Western) musical responses to classical antiquity
• Social or political uses of antiquity in musical settings
• Ancient music theory and modern musical practice

The University of Iowa Classics Department’s journal Syllecta Classica will publish a collection of refereed papers from this conference. Syllecta Classica is available through Project Muse.

One-page abstracts should be sent as an electronic attachment to Professor Robert Ketterer, University of Iowa by April 15, 2011 (robert-ketterer AT uiowa.edu).

CFP: “Happy Talk”

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Happy Talk: Diversity of Speech in Greco-Roman Comedy and Satire

Sponsored by the Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature
Organized by Andrew S. Becker and Jerise Fogel

This panel will examine linguistic diversification in Greek and Roman comedy
& satire (broadly meant, to including any comic or satiric texts), including
dialect, socio-politically differentiated speech, ethnic language,
obscenity, tragicomic or parodic diction, musical and metrical variations,
gendered speech, syntactical variation, or generic play. The study of
language and linguistic turns in Greek and Roman comedy has been flourishing
in the past decade (e.g., the work of Colvin and Willi). Scholarly work on
orality and written discourse has also been a fertile seedbed, including but
not limited to the use of conventions from mime, tragedy, and Homeric
diction (e.g., Slings on comic imitation of vernacular speech and poetic
modes). Perhaps the most fertile source of the energy in the study of the
representation of language in Greek and Roman comedy & satire has been the
growing interest among classicists in the broader cultural contexts within
which the Greeks and Romans worked, played, wrote, and responded to dramatic
performances & satire. We hope to solicit new contributions to these (and
others) areas of research from scholars and performers interested in
exploring linguistic aspects, with a particular emphasis on the spoken joke,
word choice, expression of dialect in the Greek or Latin language, and the
use of speech to differentiate characters with respect to, e.g., class,
gender, ethnicity, status, or age. Presenters are asked to support,
illustrate, and enliven their papers by performing orally their chosen
ancient text or texts.

Abstracts should be sent as attachments to both Andrew S. Becker (Virginia
Tech, andrew.becker AT vt.edu) and Chris Ann Matteo (Stone Bridge High School,
camatteo AT mac.com) by March 15, 2011.

Abstracts must be no more than one page and contain no indication of
authorship. In accordance with APA regulations, all abstracts for papers
will be read anonymously by three outside readers. Please follow the
instructions for the format of individual abstracts that will appear in the
APA Program Guide.

CONF: Atlantic Classical Association

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Call for Papers for the 2011 Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association
October 14-15, 2011 at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL

The Department of Classics and the Faculty of Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s will be hosting the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association on Friday October 14 and Saturday October 15, 2011.

Papers of 20 minutes duration are invited on any aspect of the Classical World (literature, history, archaeology, art history, philosophy, etc.). Please send an abstract of not more than 200 words and include your name and affiliation, the title of your paper and any A.V. requirements. Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail attachment to Milo Nikolic (aca.memorial AT gmail.com) by July 31, 2011.

Conference registration deadline is September 15th, 2011.

CONF: Classical Association of Canada

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Annual Meeting of the CAC / Congrès annuel de la SCÉC

Subscribers are reminded that the Annual Meeting of the CAC-SCEC will take place from Tuesday, May 10 – Thursday, May 12 at Dalhousie University in Halifax. On-site registration will begin in the afternoon of Monday, May 9, and paper sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. on May 10.

Pre-registration on the conference website is required. Regular registration fees will be collected until April 8. After April 8, a surcharge will apply. The online registration process requires you (1) to log on to the conference site (if you have not already done so, you’ll need to create an account); (2) to click the "registration" tab, where you will find registration categories and options. (3) Please note that after completing online registration, you must finish the process manually by making out a cheque to "Dalhousie University” and sending it to the following postal address:

CAC-SCEC Registration
Department of Classics
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

Remember that after April 8, late surcharges apply!

We very much look forward to welcoming many to Nova Scotia in May! You will find useful information about our conference and your stay in Halifax on the conference website. A full preliminary programme will be posted by March 18. Please direct any queries to peter.obrien AT dal.ca or cachfx AT dal.ca.

CONF: Representations of Power

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Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminar

Institute of Classical Studies
School of Advanced Study
University of London

s.royston-davies AT ucl.ac.uk
alexander.millington AT ucl.ac.uk


These seminars will take place at 4.30 p.m. in room G35, Senate House,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

4 March 2011
Victoria Györi, King’s College London
A role model for Augustus? The Augustus/Numa asses and the Roman mint of
23–12 BC

11 March 2011
Hannah Cornwell, Brasenose College, Oxford
Viewing the pacification of the Alps: the Augustan arch at Segusio

18 March 2011
Adrastos Omissi, St John’s College, Oxford
The representation of usurpation in imperial panegyric, AD 284–395

25 March 2011
Sushma Jansari, University College London
Megasthenes and Mauryan–Seleucid relations: fact or fiction?

CFP: Harryhausen and the Classical Tradition

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Wed 9 November 2011 at the National Media Museum in Bradford

co-organised by Steve Green (Leeds) and Penny Goodman (Leeds)

Classics at Leeds, in collaboration with the National Media Museum at Bradford, is pleased to announce a one-day conference this November based around the film work of Ray Harryhausen.
Harryhausen’s distinctive brand of film animation of classical myth has captured the imagination of generations of viewers – his animation of skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Medusa in Clash of the Titans (1981) are of course legendary.

This one-day conference seeks to explore reciprocal issues: the creative ways in which the Harryhausen films engage with the classical tradition and, conversely, the influence that the Harryhausen films have had on the visualisation of the classical world in more recent culture.

The conference will take place at the National Media Museum at Bradford to coincide with, and mark a celebration of, the arrival of the Harryhausen animation collection to the Museum. Classically-themed items from the Harryhausen collection will be available for viewing on the day. Moreover, as this date also marks the opening of the Bradford Animation Festival at the Museum, the conference will finish with a drinks reception to mark the occasion.

At this point, the co-organisers of the conference are putting out a call for papers. Confirmed speakers so far are: Penny Goodman (Leeds), Steve Green (Leeds), Helen Lovatt (Nottingham), Dunstan Lowe (Reading) and Gideon Nisbet (Birmingham).

The following areas of focus have been identified as particularly relevant and of interest to both Classics at Leeds and the National Media Museum:

* classical v. contemporary influence in Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Clash of the Titans (1981)
* the creation of classical landscape/ architecture in Jason and the Argonauts (1960) and Clash of the Titans (1981)
* classical engagement in less-obvious/ less well-known Harryhausen outputs
* the influence of Harryhausen’s classical animations on subsequent visualisations of the classical world in (sub-) culture, esp. art, film, video/computer games
* the ‘remake’ of Clash of the Titans (2010)

Papers should last 20-25 minutes; abstracts should be no more than 300 words. Please send abstracts to both Steve Green (s.j.green AT leeds.ac.ukp.j.goodman AT leeds.ac.uk by Friday 29 April 2011. If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact the co-organisers.

A dedicated webpage for the conference will be constructed shortly.

and Penny Goodman (

CONF: 6th Rethymnon International Conference on the Ancient Novel

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6th Rethymnon International Conference on the Ancient Novel

30-31 May 2011, Student Cultural Center ‘Xenia’

The Department of Philology (Division of Classics), University of Crete, is pleased to announce the organization and hosting of the 6th Rethymnon International Conference on the Ancient Novel on 30 and 31 May 2011 at the Student Cultural Center ‘Xenia’ (16 Sofokli Venizelou Street) in Rethymnon. The topic of RICAN 6 is:

‘Holy Μen/Women and Charlatans in the Ancient Novel’


Monday 30 May 6:00 p.m.

Maaike Zimmerman (Groningen), Chair

Ken Dowden (Birmingham): “The Lies of Tiresias: Authority and its Enemies”
Gareth Schmeling (Florida): “The Small World of the Holy Man: To Travel (work the lecture circuit) and To Tell Stories (act the part of someone who knows). A Beginning in the Satyrica”
Costas Panayotakis (Glasgow): “Encolpius and the Charlatans”
Ian Repath (Swansea): “Cleitophon the Charlatan”

Tuesday 31 May 10:00 a.m.

Patrizia Liviabella-Furiani (Perugia), Chair

Ewen Bowie (Oxford): “A Land without Priests? The Religious Roles of Philetas and Dionysophanes in Longus, Daphnis and Chloe”
Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser (Göttingen): “Fickle Coloured Religion: Priests or Performers in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses?”
Ilaria Ramelli (Milano): “Lucian’s Peregrinus as Holy Man and Charlatan, and the Construction of the Contrast between Holy Men and Charlatans in the Acts of Mari”
Alain Billault (Paris-Sorbonne): “Holy Man or Charlatan? The Case of Calasiris in Heliodorus’ Aithiopika”

Tuesday 31 May 6:00 p.m.

Silvia Montiglio (Johns Hopkins), Chair

Michael Paschalis (Crete): “The Philostratean Sophist as Proteus: Holy Man and Master of Deceit?”
Mario Andreassi (Bari): “Portrait of a Holy Man: Aesop in The Life”
John Morgan (Swansea): “The Monk’s Story: The Narrationes of Pseudo-Nilus of Ancyra”

Summation and Closing Remarks
by Silvia Montiglio

For further information please contact:
Michael Paschalis, michael.paschalis ATgmail.com
Stelios Panayotakis, panayotakis AT phl.uoc.gr

All welcome

CONF: Seneca Philosophus

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An international conference hosted by the American University of Paris and GANPH Gesellschaft für Antike Philosophie

16 and 17 May 2011

The American University of Paris
31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris
Grand Salon, 9:00‐19:00

Program: http://aupcomplit.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/senphil-poster-with-program1.pdf

Contact: Jula Wildberger (jwildberger AT aup.fr)

CONF: Colloquium on the Ancient Novel

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MAY 26, 2011, Room 201A, 11AM

The Department of Classics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is pleased to announce the organization of a colloquium on the Ancient Novel to be held on Thursday, May 26 2011, in Room 201A, at 10.00 am. The topic of this colloquium will be:

Greek and Roman Novel: Narrative Tensions, Plot and Themes


Genre, Ideology and Motifs, Chair: Prof. Antonios Rengakos

Prof. David Konstan (Brown, Emeritus; New York University): “Erôs and Oikos.”

Prof. Marí­lia P. Futre Pinheiro (University of Lisbon): “Satire and Philosophy in Lucian.”

Prof. Silvia Montiglio (Johns Hopkins University): “The Call of Blood: Greek Origins of a Motif, from Euripides to Heliodorus.”

Ass. Prof. Maria Plastira Valkanou (Aristotle University): “Lampon’s Episode in Xenophon’s Ephesiaca.”


Petronius and Apuleius, Chair: Prof. Katharina Volk

Prof. John Hilton (University of KwaZulu-Natal): “The Theme of Shipwreck on (In)hospitable Shores in Acts, the Satyricon, Leucippe and Clitophon and the Aethiopica.”

Prof. Gareth Schmeling (University of Florida): “Size Matters: It is the Little Things that Count in Petronius’ Satyrica.”

Prof. Stephen J. Harrison (Corpus Christi, Oxford): “Interpreting the anteludia: Apuleius Met.11.8.”

For further information please contact: Stavros Frangoulidis (frangoulidis AT gmail.com)

JOB: Lecturer in Anc. Med. Studies, La Trobe, (Melbourne, Australia)

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Lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies
La Trobe University

Melbourne, Australia

Full-time, continuing dual position in the Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Research Centre for Greek Studies.

La Trobe University is an internationally recognised leader in tertiary education and training, with strong research and teaching programs and student exchange networks across more than 40 countries. We are committed to providing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of the highest quality, supported by an outstanding research profile.

An exciting new opportunity has been created for a level B academic, with excellent teaching, research, and administrative skills, in the field of Ancient Mediterranean Studies. The position will be responsible for the ongoing administration of the Trendall Research Centre and will also make a major contribution to teaching and research within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Candidates with the relevant teaching and research expertise in the ancient Greek world of South Italy and Sicily are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will be available from 1 January 2012.
Remuneration: Aus$ 73,444 – $87,212 (plus 17% super)
Position Reference no: 50033267
Closing date: Sunday 1 May, 2011

Position Enquiries: Professor Chris Mackie, Director, Research Centre for Greek Studies,
t: +61 3 9479 2418, e: c.mackie@latrobe.edu.au<mailto:c.mackie ATlatrobe.edu.au>.

For further information, see


La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



The Lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies will be a joint appointment that is co-funded by the Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Research Centre for Greek Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The position will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Trendall Centre and will also contribute to teaching and research within the Faculty.

The A. D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies was established in 1998 from the Estate of the late Professor A. D. Trendall with the aim of contributing to our understanding of the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, particularly the material culture of the Greeks colonists and native populations in South Italy and Sicily. The Trendall Centre, located at present in Trendall’s former apartment at Menzies College on the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus, includes among its resources a large library of books and periodicals in the general area of Greek and Roman culture, and an outstanding archive of some 40,000 photographs of South Italian red-figure vases of the Classical period.

The Lectureship is located within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and will be supervised by the Director of the Research Centre for Greek Studies. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research programs. It is guided by the core values identified by the University in the operation of its research, scholarship, teaching and organisational practices. The Research Centre for Greek Studies is closely connected with the School of Historical and European Studies, which includes the discipline programs of Art History, Archaeology, European Studies, French Studies, Greek Studies, History, Italian and Spanish, across five campuses of the University.

CONF: Paratextuality and the Reader in Latin Collections

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March 19, 2011 – School of Classics, University of St Andrews

Organiser: Laura Jansen (lij AT st-andrews.ac.uk)

This workshop explores the interplay between paratextuality and reception in
Latin verse and prose collections. Amongst critical and methodological
issues, it will probe the role indices, book numbers, inscriptions, titles,
false prefaces, and editorial postscripts have in our reading of collected
letters and poems, works of historiography and the commentary tradition.
Discussion aims to develop a new direction in the criticism of the structure
of Latin collections, and a new understanding of how this literature signals
the construction of its own readers through the lens of the paratext.

Speakers and papers:

Duncan Kennedy, University of Bristol
"’The ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of paratextuality: theoretical reflections"

Laura Jansen, University of St Andrews
"Ovidian Paratexts: Editorial Postscript and Readers in ex Ponto 1-3"

Roy Gibson, University of Manchester
"Starting with the index in the Letters of Pliny the Younger"

Roger Rees, University of St Andrews
"Texts and Paratexts as deliberate misinformation in Ammianus"

Monica Gale, University of Dublin, Trinity College
" ‘aliquid putare nugas': literary filiation, critical communities and
reader-response in the Catullan paratext"

Donncha O’Rourke, University of Oxford
"Paratext and Intertext in Propertius"

Bruce Gibson, University of Liverpool
"Commentary as Paratext: Spenser’s Shepheardes Calender and the Eclogues of

For more details, please see:


For further information, please contact:

Dr Laura Jansen(lij AT standrews.ac.uk)

CFP: Ancient Ideas in the Modern World: Reinventing the Legacy of Greece

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Call for papers – Postgraduate Conference

Ancient Ideas in the Modern World: Reinventing the Legacy of Greece
Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, Friday 8th July 2011

This postgraduate conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary
forum for those working on the reception of classical Greek thought,
specifically vis-à-vis the conceptual life of the polis in modern
theory and practice.

Why does Greek political thought continue to fascinate western
political theorists from wildly divergent ideological traditions?
Why have the ideas behind the Athenian paideia and Spartan agoge had
so strong an influence across so many different societies?
How significantly have our own perceptions of the ancient world been
coloured by the interpretations of 19th century Classicists?
Why are classical foundations so important in the work of post-modern
critics such as Derrida and Kristeva?

We welcome contributions in any of these areas, both from Classicists,
and from those working in other relevant humanities disciplines.
Interested students are invited to submit titles and abstracts (c. 300
words) for 20 minute papers to Helen Roche (hber2) and Carol
Atack (cwa24 AT cam.ac.uk) by Friday March 25th 2011.

We envisage there being two panels – one more focused on theory and
theorists, the other on political actors and cultural history. In
addition, there will be a keynote address given by Professor Paul
Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, Faculty of
Classics, Cambridge University.

For further information please contact the organisers: Carol Atack
(cwa24) or Helen Roche (hber2 AT cam.ac.uk).