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

Trajan

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  • 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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*CALL FOR PAPERS*
«POETIC LANGUAGE AND RELIGION IN GREECE AND ROME»
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, MAY, 31 MAY / 1 JUNE, 2012

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 usc.es] or A. Ruiz Pérez [angel.ruiz AT usc.es]
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

CALL FOR PAPERS

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 hum.leidenuniv.nl
Phone: +31 (71) 527 2673

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

CFP: Classical Association 2012

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ANNOUNCING CA 2012, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
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:

cah-ca2012 TA ex.ac.uk

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 gmail.com 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
(http://www.temple.edu/provost/gened/courses/MosaicHumanitiesSeminar.html),
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 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 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
interest.

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

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