Pending Excavations at Maryport

A sort of catch up/latest news post … back in February (and still in my mailbox!) we read at PhysOrg (inter alia):

Led by Professor Ian Haynes, the team is focusing its attention on the site of a major discovery of Roman altars 140 years ago.

The site where the altars were found now forms part of the Roman Maryport site at Camp Farm, which is owned by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage.

“The Maryport altars have been at the centre of international debate about the nature of religion in the Roman army for decades,” said Professor Haynes, who is currently waiting for Scheduled Monument Consent from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to carry out the work.

“However, we still know very little about the context in which they were originally deposited and this project represents a marvellous opportunity to further our understanding.”

Last year, the University worked with Southampton University on an extensive geophysical survey led by Alan Biggins, a Newcastle PhD student from TimeScape Surveys. This gave archaeologists a better overview of the site, but further excavation is required to help answer many more questions about the altars’ origins.  It is hoped work will begin at the end of May 2011.

Peter Greggains is chairman of the Senhouse Museum Trust, which is commissioning and funding the excavation. “The altars found by Humphrey Senhouse in 1870 are part of the internationally important collection of Roman sculpture and inscriptions from the Maryport site which is now displayed in our museum,” he said.

“It is very exciting that we can now revisit the site where the altars were found and, with modern methods, learn more about their burial and other activity in this area more than 1,800 years ago.” [...]

… and today, the BBC gives us the latest:

Experts from Newcastle University are to begin excavating an internationally important Roman site in Cumbria.

The archaeological team is focusing on the site of a major discovery of Roman altars 141 years ago.

The site where the 17 altars were found now forms part of the Roman Maryport site at Camp Farm, which is owned by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage.

It is hoped the dig, which will continue into July, will shed light on the nature of religion at the time.

Project leader, Prof Ian Haynes said: “The Maryport altars have been at the centre of international debate about the nature of religion in the Roman army for decades.

“However, we still know very little about the context in which they were originally deposited and this project represents a marvellous opportunity to further our understanding.”

The altars are housed at the Senhouse Museum Trust in Maryport which commissioned the excavation.

They were found by landowner Humphrey Senhouse in 1870 and form part of a significant collection of Roman sculpture and inscriptions at the museum.

Trust chairman Peter Greggains said: “It is very exciting that we can now revisit the site where the altars were found and, with modern methods, learn more about their burial and other activity in this area more than 1,800 years ago.”

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage, said the work was a key element in understanding the development of Roman activities in Maryport

The Senhouse Museum has a nice webpage devoted to the altar collection …

CONF: Solinus in the Twenty-First Century

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Some of us who are fascinated by Solinus’ astonishingly influential and amazingly neglected Collectanea Rerum Memorabilum are gathering to talk about him and it in Craigard 26, School of Classics at St Andrews on Monday 13th June. Participants will include Eran Almagor (Ben Gurion), Kai Brodersen (Erfurt) and Andy Merrills (Leicester).

There will be no formal papers but we aim to talk about the following themes, each led by one of us.


9.15 Text and Context (Kai Brodersen)

10.00 Reading Some Solinus. (One or more passages will be circulated to participants in advance)

11.00 COFFEE

11.15 Solinus the Ethnographer (Eran Almagor & Greg Woolf)

12.30 LUNCH

14.00 Solinus and His Literary Context (Joseph Howley)

15.00 Solinus and His Readers (Felix Racine)

16.00 TEA

16.30 Solinus, where next? (General Discussion)

Everyone is very welcome to attend. There is no fee, but it would be helpful to know numbers so we can organize catering, and send out materials in advance.

Please would anyone interested contact Greg Woolf (gdw2 AT

CONF: Beyond Self-Sufficiency – Households, City-States, and Markets in the Ancient Greek World

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Beyond Self-Sufficiency

Households, City-States and Markets in the Ancient Greek World
Durham, 2nd-5th July 2011

We are rapidly filling up our spaces for the ‘Beyond Self-Sufficiency’
conference, but if you wish to attend there are several spaces left;
please contact the organisers if you hope to come along:

Mark Woolmer ( mark.woolmer AT )
David Lewis ( d.m.lewis AT )

We will not be able to take any further names after 11th June; however, it
is recommended that prospective attendees let us know well before that
date as there may be no further spaces available by that point.


Saturday 2nd July

(1) 5pm-6pm E.M. Harris (Durham University)
Markets in the Ancient Greek World: A Typology

(2) 6pm-7pm J.K. Davies (Liverpool University)
Markets and Market-places in Ancient Greece

Sunday 3rd July

(3) 9am-10am C. Pébarthe (University of Bordeaux)
Beyond The Ancient Economy, ancient economics

(4) 10am-11am P. Acton (independent scholar)
The Household Mode of Production: Political Ideology or Economic

(5) 11:30-12:30 B. Ault (SUNY Buffalo)
Households and Self-Sufficiency

(6) 12:30-1:30 B. Tsakirgis (Vanderbilt University)
Whole Cloth: Exploring the Question of Self-Sufficiency through the
evidence for Textile Manufacture and Purchase in Greek Houses

(7) 3-4pm J.H. Kroll (Oxford University)
Changes in Athenian Weights Standards and Their Implications for Athenian

(8) 4-5pm S. Psoma (University of Athens)
Weight-Standards in Coinage outside Athens and Trade between Poleis

Monday 4th July

(9) 9-10am M. Lawall (University of Manitoba)
Transport Amphoras as Evidence for Motivation and Market Behaviour in the
Economies of Classical and Hellenistic Greece

(10) 10-11am C. Tzochev (independent scholar)
The Export of Thasian Amphoras and Markets in the Black Sea Region

(11) 11:30-12:30 T. Panagou (University of Athens)
Patterns of Amphora Stamp Distribution. Tracking Down Export Tendencies

(12) 12:30-1:30 M. Woolmer (Durham University)
Honours and Rewards for Merchants

(13) 3-4pm D. Lewis (Durham University)
The market for slaves from the Persian Empire in the fifth and fourth
century Aegean

(14) 4-5pm G. Kron (University of Victoria)
Classical Athenian Trade in comparative perspective: Literary and
archaeological evidence, demand and infrastructure

Tuesday 5th July

(15) 9am-10am A. Bresson (University of Chicago)
Markets and the Role of the State

(16) 10-11am P. Van Alfen (American Numismatic Society)
An Overview of Commodities in Long-Distance Trade c. 500-300 BCE

CONF: Colloquium in honour of Niall Rudd

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Monday, 13 June 2011, 1.15 pm – 6.15 pm

Bosanquet Seminar Room, School of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology,
12 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool

The Department of Philosophy and the School of Archaeology, Classics,
and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool are delighted to announce
a colloquium in honour of Emeritus Professor Niall Rudd, who
successively held the Chairs of Latin at Liverpool and then at Bristol.

The programme for the afternoon is as follows:

1.15 Arrival and welcome

1.30 Fred Jones (Liverpool): ‘The Garden of Anthologies: The Roman
garden, poetry, and cognitive development’

2.20 Tony Woodman (Virginia): ‘On not writing history: Cicero and Pliny’

3.10 Richard Gaskin (Liverpool): ‘Horace and A. E. Housman’

4.00 Tea

4.30 Stephen Harrison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): ‘George
Buchanan (1506-82) – the Scottish Horace’

5.20 Niall Rudd (Liverpool): ‘Johnson’s Latin Poems’

All welcome! There is no charge for attendance, but it would be very
helpful if those intending to come could please contact Bruce Gibson
(bjgibson AT

Elefsina Looting Followup

About a month ago we mentioned a vague item about some looting at the site of Elefsina; we now learn that arrests have been made. From ANA:

Attica prefecture security police announced late Thursday that they have solved in cooperation with Culture Ministry the April 15, 2011 case of a major theft of antiquities from the archaeological site of Elefsina.

Police located and arrested two Roma who possessed the stolen antiquities.

The perpetrators, on the night of 15 April, sneaked into the archaeological site and museum of Elefsina without being noticed by the guard and took over 50 antiquities of great value.

Following an investigation, police located the two suspects in a Roma camp in Zefyri, western Attica, and, posing as buyers, they came into contact with the two Roma suspects. A meeting was arranged, during which the two suspects were arrested and all the antiquities were retrieved.

The two detainees are currently being examined by the local prosecutor.

The Next (Il)logical Step in the Lost Crassus Army Saga

I’ve really got to start doing some serious stretching before I start reading email these days; I think I just injured myself shaking my head for the umpteenth time … from China Daily:

Construction has begun on a 200 million yuan ($30 million) project to restore the ancient town of Liqian from its ruins in Yongchang county, Northwest China’s Gansu province, local paper the Lanzhou Morning Post reported Friday.

City invests 200m yuan to restore Roman flavor

The project involves restoring the remains of an ancient fortification, strikingly similar to Roman defense structures and covering about one square kilometer. The project will bring the town back to life, with Roman-style residential buildings, a temple, a street and a square all being rebuilt.

As previously reported by the China Daily, today Liqian is a village of fewer than 100 households in Northwest China’s Gansu province with a historic link to the Roman Empire.

The remote village on the edge of the Gobi Desert captured international attention in the 1980s when media became aware some of the mainly Han residents had several unexpected physical features — wavy blond hair, hooked noses, and blue or green eyes. In other words, European features, suggesting a Roman settlement in the area at some point.

The project is expected to finish in 2013.

Of course, projects like this are only encouraged by journalistic coverage such as we’ve already mentioned:

… and by now, we ancient blogger types are used to being routinely ignored by the journalistic set:

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vi kalendas junias

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This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vii kalendas junias


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ante diem vii kalendas junias

  • 17 A.D. — Germanicus celebrates a triumph for his victories in Germany
  • 106 A.D. — martyrdom of Zachary in Gaul
  • 107 A.D. — Trajan arrives in Rome and celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Dacians
  • 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Felicissimus, Heraclius, and others at what is now Todi (Umbria)

CFP: Poetic Language and Religion in Greece and Rome

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We welcome paper proposals for the Conference on «Poetic Language and
Religion in Greece and Rome», organized by the Research Group on Classical
Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela. A maximum of 20
proposals will be included in the Conference programme.

Studies on the ‘Indogermanische Dichtersprache’ (‘Indo-European poetic
language’) have proved fruitful thanks to the successful combined
application of philological and linguistic methods when researching the
spiritual background of ancient peoples, especially in Greece and Rome.
This Conference intends to benefit from this methodological tradition to
incorporate the new approaches to the analysis and exegesis of poetic
texts, as privileged bearers of the religious thought of Greece and Rome.

Our aim is to join researchers in the fields of classical studies and
linguistics to discuss key issues such as:
– The Indo-European poetic language and its reflection in the Greek and
Roman context.
– Phonic, rhythmic and lexical elements in Greek and Latin poetry: its
religious character.
– Greek and Latin poetic genres: religious origins and developments.
– The interrelation of literary expression, religion and thought.
– Overlapping of related areas: elements of poetry in the Greco-Roman magic.

Keynote speakers [provisional titles]:
-José Luis García Ramón (University of Cologne): «Religious Onomastics in
Greece and Italy and Indoeuropean Poetic Language»
-Manuel Garcia Teijeiro (University of Valladolid): «The Language of the
Gods and of the Ghosts»
-Alex Hardie (University of Edinborough): «Eastern Muses»
-Emilio Suárez de la Torre (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona): «Poetic
Language or Religious Language? On the Interplay of Poetry and Ritual in
Ancient Greece»

Communications should not exceed 25-30 min. We welcome abstracts
addressing, among other topics:
– Survival of formulas of the Indo-European poetic language
– Poetic language and religious language
– The language of magic and the language of poetry
– Poetic and prophetic language
– Characterization of Greek and Roman cultic poetry
– Greek and Roman poetry on religious antiques
– The possibility of secular poetry in Greece and Rome

Titles and abstracts (about 200 words) should be sent to J. V. García
Trabazo [josevirgilio.garcia AT] or A. Ruiz Pérez [angel.ruiz AT]
before 27 November 2011. Answers on the acceptance of paper proposals
before 01.20.2012. The fee will be €40 (€20 for undergraduates)

PostaI address and Conference Venue: Departamento de Latin y Griego,
Facultad de Filología, Universidad de Santiago, E-15782 Santiago de
Compostela, SPAIN.

CFP: Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII

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Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII


The Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values were established as a biennial venue in which scholars could investigate the diverse aspects of Greek and Roman values. Each colloquium focuses on a single theme, which participants explore from a diversity of perspectives and disciplines. A collection of papers from the first colloquium, held at Leiden in 2000, was published in 2003 under the title ‘Andreia’— Manliness and Courage in Classical Antiquity, edd. Ralph M. Rosen and Ineke Sluiter. This was followed by Free Speech in Classical Antiquity, (2005), City, Countryside, and the Spatial Organization of Value in Classical Antiquity (2006), KAKOS: Badness and Anti-Values in Classical Antiquity (2008), Valuing Others in Classical Antiquity (2010), and Aesthetic Value in Classical Antiquity (in preparation).

The topic of the seventh colloquium, to be held at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, June 15-16, 2012, will be:

Valuing Antiquity in Antiquity

The ‘classical tradition’ is no invention of modernity. Already in ancient Greece and Rome, the privileging of the ancient over the present and future played an integral role in social and cultural discourses of every period. In this colloquium we want to examine this temporal organization of value and the mechanisms by which it was produced and sustained—in other words, ancient valuations of antiquity as expressions of lived value-systems. How did specific Greek and Roman communities use notions of antiquity to define themselves or others? What models from the past proved most acceptable or desirable (or not) for political practice or for self-fashioning? What groups were the main agents, or audiences, of such discourses on the value of antiquity, and what were their priorities and their motivations? What were the differences between Roman and Greek approaches, or between antiquarianism, genealogy, classicism, nostalgia, canonization and their opposites? How did temporal systems for ascribing value intersect with the organization of space, the production of narrative, or the espousal and application of aesthetic criteria?

For the seventh Penn-Leiden colloquium, we invite abstracts for papers (30 minutes) that address ‘the past in the past’ along these lines. We hope to bring together researchers in all areas of classical studies, including literature, philosophy, linguistics, history, and visual and material culture, and hope to discover the significant points of intersection and difference between these areas of focus.

Selected papers will be considered for publication by Brill Publishers. Those interested in presenting a paper are requested to submit a 1-page abstract, by email (preferable) or regular mail, by Friday November 18th, 2011.

Contact (please copy both with email correspondence):

Dr. Christoph Pieper
Classics Department
University of Leiden
P.O.Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
Email: c.pieper AT
Phone: +31 (71) 527 2673

Prof. James Ker
Department of Classical Studies
University of Pennsylvania
201 Cohen Hall
Philadelphia PA 19104-6304
Email: jker AT
Phone: +1 (215) 898 3027

CFP: Classical Association 2012

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In 2012 the annual meeting of the Classical Associa­tion will be hosted by the Department of Classics & Ancient His­tory at the University of Exeter. The dates for the conference are 11th-14th April 2012. The plenary lectures and panels will be held on campus in the Peter Chalk Centre. Accom­modation and meals will also be pro­vided on campus in Holland Hall and Mardon Hall, with the possibility for those who should wish it of individual bookings in nearby hotels. Excursions will be arranged to places of interest in Exeter and in the surrounding area.

We welcome proposals for papers (20 minutes long followed by discussion) and coordinated panels (comprising either 3 or 4 papers) from graduate students, school teachers, academic staff, and others interested in the ancient world on the topics suggested below, or on any other aspect of the clas­sical world. We are keen to encourage papers from a broad range of perspectives.

Suggested topics: Hellenistic and Roman culture; globalisation and cosmopolitanism; impact of Greek culture; use of language in antiquity; the Black Sea;Galen and ancient medicine; the ancient book/material text; reading in antiquity;modern receptions of ancient erotica and sex; concepts of authenticity and the fake; ancient ideas and their reception; sport, spectacle and festival; gift-giving; food, culture and the environment; politics, religion and ideology.

We also warmly encourage submissions for non-research presentations such as dramatic performances of ancient texts, introductory workshops on technical disciplines such as papyrology and palaeography, spoken Latin conversation sessions, oral reading workshops, etc.

Please send your title, abstract (no more than 300 words), and any enquiries (preferably by e-mail) not later than 31 August 2011, to:

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CFP: Ancient Aitia (Grad)

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New York University Classics Graduate Student Conference
December 3, 2011
Keynote Speaker: TBA

Ancient Aitia: Explaining Matter between Belief and Knowledge

Why does a shepherd’s song echo in the mountains? What causes epilepsy? Why does the priest of Herakles on Kos wear women’s clothes? Graeco-Roman sources abound in myths of origins, and they are equally prominent in Near Eastern wisdom literature, apocalyptic texts, and biblical narratives. These texts tell aitia in order to explain names, religious rituals, civic institutions, crafts, natural phenomena or medical conditions. Aitia are a form of collective knowledge, created through tradition and living memory rather than through systematic inquiry. Because they treat topics also covered by ancient sciences such as history, medicine or natural philosophy, aitia sit at the juncture of divine and research-based accounts. Such causation narratives differ also from historical accounts, insofar as the aition replaces the complexities of diachronic evolution with a single, transcending moment of creation.

Aetiology, therefore, is an important locus for examining the intersection of religion and mythology with the various forms of ancient scientific thought and models. How this intersection is defined, where it lies, and what tensions (if any) it gives rise to is culturally dependent. Since many aitia occur in poetry, a literary approach to aetiology has traditionally prevailed. However, the organizers of this conference maintain that aetiology is a subject that explicitly invites a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. The exchange between students of mythology, literature, and intellectual history, with those of ancient sciences, anthropology and material culture can significantly enhance our understanding of ancient aitia. We invite submissions from all subfields and related disciplines (Graeco-Roman, Near Eastern and Judeo-Christian religion, ancient literatures, the study of material culture etc.) investigating topics such as, but not limited to, the following:

- conflict and co-existence between scientific and divine explanation; the modern question of the relation between science, religion and the natural world
– aetiological time vs. historical time
– socio-cultural and political functions of aitia; transmitting aitia; the significance of sharing explanations of origins; ancient critiques of aetiology
– cult-aetiology; the religious significance of origins; material remains of cults and their local aitia
– artistic representations of aitia; aitia about art; aitia of skills
– the origins of aetiology; what questions invite aitia; the believability of aitia
– the organization of knowledge through aitia in oral and highly illiterate societies

Graduate students wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit a titled abstract of 300 words or less to ancientaitia TA by August 17, 2011. Please write your name, institution, contact information, and the title of your abstract in the body of the email. Notifications will be sent in the first half of September. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length, and NYU and other local students will prepare 5 minute responses. Questions about the conference can be directed to Inger Kuin and Katia Kosova at the same email address.

JOB: Generalist @ TempleU (non-tenure)

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The Department of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University invites
applications from candidates for a definite non-tenure-track, full-time
position for 2011-12. This position has been authorized consequent to
the appointment of Associate Professor Daniel Berman as Director of
Intellectual Heritage/Mosaic for 2011-12. Since Professor Berman will in
2012-13 be the Professor in charge of the ICCS, this position *might* be
re-authorized for that year as well.

Evidence of successful teaching experience, especially in first-year
language and civilization courses, is essential. Some of the teaching
(possibly three of the six courses) will be in Temple零 foundational
General Education course, Mosaic
so applications from candidates with experience teaching such courses
and/or writing will be particularly welcome. Candidates should
send *ONLY *a cover letter, by e-mail, with curriculum vitae (as
attachments, preferably in PDF format), indicating ability and
experience in teaching Greek, Latin and classical culture courses at all
undergraduate levels. *Candidates should only send dossiers if requested. *

**Ideally, we will hire someone with research interests that are
different from the current faculty.

Address applications to Professor Robin
Mitchell-Boyask, robin AT . 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 initial applications should
arrive by 1 June 2011 to receive fullest consideration.

Questions and informal inquiries are welcome. Candidates who applied for
our earlier aborted search may simply send a note indicating continuing

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

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CFP: Transport infrastructure and economic development in the Roman World

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Call for Papers: The XVIth World Economic History Congress (8-13 July 2012,

Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Ancient History Session
Panel Title:
“Transport infrastructure and economic development in the Roman World (1st
c. BC – 6th c. AD)”

We are organising a panel at the XVIth World Economic History Congress
(Ancient History session)

According to the analyses of modern scholars, the Roman Empire developed one
of the most successful pre-industrial economies. This said, in what ways and
to what extent could the Roman economy perform better than previous (and
indeed later) economies? Factors of economic development such as the
favourable conditions offered by internal peace and the unification of the
Mediterranean World in one empire have often been explored.
However, much less attention has been paid to understand what impact the
Roman network of infrastructures had on economic growth. Doubtless, the
establishment of a network of land, river and sea routes greatly fostered
communication between the different areas of the Empire. Yet, what was its
bearing on the development of the Roman economy?
In the wake of the main theme of the congress, "Exploring the Roots of
Development", this panel aims to demonstrate how the infrastructure built by
the Romans helped the economy and especially trade to develop. More
significantly, this session will attempt to reconstruct the official policy
conceived by Roman rulers and administrators in order to create and
constantly improve this network.
By combining theoretical and case-study papers with a specific focus on the
Eastern part of the Empire, this panel will explore the possibility that an
integrated transport system existed in the Roman World and that its
establishment and improvement represented major factors of economic
development and growth.
We welcome papers that meet either of the following criteria:
a) Theoretical studies. These papers should investigate how public
initiative (whether driven by imperial action or promoted by local
administrators) aimed to develop a coherent and Empire-wide system of
communication and transport which triggered economic growth.
b) Regional studies. Ideally, papers that qualify for this criterion will
concentrate on a region within the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. Such
papers should aim to bring out the economic effects that the development of
a network of infrastructures had on the region studied and show how the
newly established links contributed to connecting this and other areas thus
creating a global economy, albeit in an embryonic stage.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Dario Nappo
dario.nappo TA or to Andrea Zerbini
andrea.zerbini.2008 TA by 31 May 2011.

CFP: Ancient Carthage – Models of Cultural Contact

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Call for papers (deadline Tuesday 31 May 2011)

for an international conference at Durham
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Friday 5 – Saturday 6 August 2011

The aim of this networking project is to address the Carthaginian-Phoenician
nexus in the wider Mediterranean context from the 9th century BCE to the
fall of Carthage to Rome in 146 BCE, as well as the rediscovery and
reception of Carthage and her Phoenician motherland from the 18th century.

This international conference, building on workshops already held at Durham,
will adopt a cross-disciplinary approach going beyond word-based evidence
(whether archival, epigraphic or literary) to gain a clearer picture of this
complex and significant culture, drawing upon current archaeological work
and upon the findings of epigraphy and linguistics. As well as in Tunisia
itself, archaeology and a range of relevant disciplines are practised
throughout the Mediterranean world, from Italy, Spain and Greece, via Cyprus
and the North African lands, to the Middle East and beyond.

Topics to be examined include materiality, migration, colonial encounters,
and connectivity, and their important contribution to the understanding of
the social, cultural and political identity of the Punic-Phoenician diaspora.

Equally important is the study of the engagement with Phoenician and
Carthaginian culture in the modern colonial period through to the present
day on the part both of the inhabitants of the successor lands and of
incomers of all kinds (travellers, settlers and scholars).

Papers will be welcomed from scholars working within the field of
Punic-Phoenician studies from all relevant disciplines, such as ancient
history, classics, archaeology, art history, reception, and Old Testament

The following scholars have agreed to participate:

Edward Bragg (Havant College)
Robert Kerr (Wilfrid Laurier)
Richard Miles (Sydney)
Luke Pitcher (Oxford)
Louis Rawlings (Cardiff)
Mark Woolmer (Durham).

Papers should be either 20 or 40 minutes long (please state)
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CONF: Cinema and Antiquity: 2000-2011

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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for:

Cinema and Antiquity: 2000-2011
The 1st J.P. Postgate Colloquium, University of Liverpool
12-14 July 2011

The resurgence of cinema’s interest in antiquity that was triggered by the release of Gladiator in 2000 shows no signs of abating. In 2010-11, many more ancient world films have been appearing on our screens (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Clash of the Titans; Agora; Centurion; The Eagle; not to mention the TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand). The public appetite for films that deal with ancient history and mythology apparently remains strong, and ‘classics and film’ courses have established themselves in universities worldwide, leading the way in the increasing prominence of reception studies within classics and ancient history. The time is ripe for reflection on these developments. This major international conference seeks to explore the directions that have been taken in a decade of moviemaking and scholarship, and to advance the field by concentrating on issues too often overlooked.

All registration and payment details are available online at The deadline for registration is 30 June 2011.

Please contact the conference organisers, Joanna Paul (Joanna.Paul TA or Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (L.Llewellyn-Jones TA for further information.

Conference Programme

TUESDAY 12 JULY Registration from 11

1.00 Welcome

1.15-2.45 Panel A: Screening Ancient Violence
1. Hunter Gardner (University of South Carolina), ‘“Are You Not Entertained?”: Screening Ancient Violence in the New Millennium’
2. Juliette Harrisson (University of Birmingham/Open University), ‘Using ultra-violence to mark the ancient world as Self or Other’
3. Amanda Potter (Open University), ‘Blood and Boobies: Viewer reactions to Spartacus: Blood and Sand’

2.45-3.05 Break

3.10-4.40 Panel B: Documenting Antiquity
1. Fiona Hobden (University of Liverpool), ‘Making history: authority and authenticity in ancient world documentary’
2. Lisa Maurice (Bar Ilan University), ‘Sine ira et studio in the 21st century: ancient history and the modern documentary’
3. Salvador Bartera (University of Tennessee) and Claire Stocks (University of Cambridge), ‘HBO’s Rome and its Audience Reception in America, England and Italy’
4.45-5.45 Keynote: Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol) and Maria Wyke (University College London), ‘Antiquity in Silent Cinema’


9.30-11.00 Panel C: The Aesthetics of Antiquity
1. Robert Burgoyne (University of St Andrews), ‘Alexander and the Phantasmagoria of History’
2. Michael Williams (University of Southampton), ‘‘Remember Me’: Nostalgia and Digital Patination in the Contemporary Classical Epic’
3. Joanna Paul (University of Liverpool), ‘The Vanished Library? The End of the Classical World in Alejandro Amenabar’s Agora’

11.00-11.20 Break

11.20-12.50 Panel D: Audience Receptions
1. Corinne Pache (Trinity University), ‘Don’t Mess with Myth – Percy Jackson’s “Epic Fail”’
2. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Edinburgh), ‘Trouble in the Tehran Multiplex: 300 and its Iranian Critics’
3. Clare Foster (University of Cambridge), ‘Constructed Pasts: Ancient History Films in Theory and in Practice’

12.50-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.30 Panel E: Changing Contexts: Animation, Games, Museums
1. Sarah Miles (University of Durham), ‘‘Jack and the Spartans’: Samurai Jack meets Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s 300’’
2. Mark Kirby-Hirst (University of South Africa) and Beschara Karam (University of South Africa), ‘“Where to from here?”: The Transformation of Classics from Film to Video Game’
3. Debbie Challis (Petrie Museum) and John Johnston (University College London), ‘The Case of the Petrie Museum: Resurrecting Hammer’s Mummies in the Twenty-first Century’

3.30-3.50 Break

3.50-4.50 Keynote: Professor Martin Winkler (George Mason University), ‘Fascinating Ur-Fascism: The Case of 300’

5.30-7.00 Wine reception (venue tbc)


9.00-11.00 Panel F: National contexts
1. Erato Basea (University of Oxford), ‘“I am (not) the Acropolis”: Filmmaking, national culture and the anxiety of heritage’
2. Katie Billotte (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Asi es la vida: Medea as a “Wise Latina”’
3. Ewa Skwara (Adam Mickiewicz University), ‘“Where are you going, antiquity?” – the Polish version of Quo Vadis’
4. Martin Lindner (University of Göttingen), ‘Germania Nova – Moving Pictures and the Reinvention of Ancient Germany’

11.00-11.20 Break

11.20-12.50 Panel G: Icons of Antiquity
1. Daniel O’Brien (University of Southampton), ‘White Supremacy? Difference as Degeneracy in 300’
2. Penelope Goodman (University of Leeds), ‘“I am master of nothing”: Augustus in television drama in the early 21st century’
3. Trevor Fear (Open University), ‘Cleopatra in the New Millennium: the changing dynamics of a historical icon’

12.50-1.40 Lunch

1.40-3.40 Panel H: Screening Late Antiquity
1. Ingo Stelte (Mainz University), ‘From the Front Line to the Home Front – Mira’s Development from a Warrior to a Mother in Doug Lefler’s The Last Legion’
2. Tony Keen (Open University), ‘On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot: situating the ‘historical Arthur’ through casting in King Arthur and The Last Legion’
3. Mary McHugh (Gustavus Adolphus College), ‘Pre-Cinema in Antiquity: Forgetting and Remembering a Hero(ine) of Alexandria’
4. Nicholas Kalospyros (University of Athens), ‘Vulgar Entertainment vs Austere Scholarship: The Case of Amenábar’s Agora as a Future Tension for Cinematic Text Adaptation of Cultural Readings’

3.40-4.00 Break

4.00-5.00 Keynote: Monica Cyrino (University of New Mexico), ‘I Was Colin Farrell’s Latin Teacher’

CFP: Crossing the Divide: Ancient History and Archaeology 10 Years After ‘Breaking Boundaries’

Seen on the Classicists list:

Crossing the Divide: Ancient History and Archaeology 10 Years After
‘Breaking Boundaries’.

Workshop: School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester
November 19, 2011

The relationship between ancient sources, material culture and
contemporary scholarship is an uneasy one. The Classical world is
typically studied either through the lens of ancient text or material
culture; when they are brought together it is usually as a
complementary or subsidiary source of information. Historians use
material culture to either amend or support ancient texts, and
archaeologists use text to aid in the interpretation of remains, or to
dispute the assertions of historians. But the role of texts and
objects in contemporary conceptions of the ancient world cannot be
understated – rarely are the divisions between the two as clear cut as
we would like. Ten years ago, these ideas were examined in a
Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) session (published as Sauer (ed)
2004. Archaeology and Ancient History: Breaking Down the Boundaries.
London: Routledge). What, if anything, has changed in the last decade?

This workshop will examine a range of approaches to dealing with these
complex and frequently contradictory relationships. Placing emphasis
on how the relationship between people and things changes over the
long term, and how we present that relationship, the workshop
participants will critically question the importance of places,
artefacts and texts in our understanding of the ancient world.

Potential topics might include: the ‘ruin’ in text and material
remains; notions of monumentality in the ancient world; the use of the
past in the past; reception of text in classical archaeology; or,
specific case studies incorporating author(s) and archaeology.

Keynote speaker: Prof Eberhard Sauer, School of History, Classics and
Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

Potential speakers, including postgraduates, are encouraged to submit
abstract of c.300 words by email to the organiser by July 1st, 2011.

For more information, contact:
Dr Daniel Stewart, School of Archaeology and Ancient History,
University of Leicester
ds120 TA

VotD: Spartacus – Behind the Myth

My kid is currently trying to work a paper he did on Spartacus into a presentation for his high school class and we were looking for video clips of gladiator training last night. More interesting, however, was coming across a documentary on Spartacus — online, and free at Top Documentary Films — with Barry Strauss as the academic. It is really well done:

… for the record, I have had the Top Documentary Films site ‘in the queue’ for quite a while now, but didn’t know about this particular video. I’ll be posting other documentaries from time to time (I do like to preview them).