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)

Seen on the Classicists list (the date has past on this one; folsk might want to be aware of it though):

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)

Seen on Aegeanet:

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”

Seen on the Classics list (sorry for the short notice on this one)

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

Seen in the Canadian Classical Bulletin:

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

Seen in the Canadian Classical Bulletin:

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?