* JOB: Roman History @ Yale (tenure track)

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The Department of Classics at Yale University invites applications for a
tenure-track Assistant Professor position with research interests in any
field of Roman history, beginning July 1, 2012. Applicants should expect to
have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of the appointment, and should show
accomplishment and promise in teaching and research appropriate to their
experience. Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and
especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minority

Applications, including a c.v., a writing sample of approximately 20 pages,
and three letters of reference should be sent online at
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/Yale/Classics. The review of applications
will begin November 15, 2011.

* JOB: Raoul Bertrand Chair in Classics @ SFSU

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The Department of Classics seeks to fill its Raoul Bertrand Chair in Classics, an approved tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, to begin Fall 2012. Area of specialization open, but preference will be given to candidates with interdisciplinary research interests that do not duplicate those covered by current faculty. Ph.D. must be in hand by the time of appointment.

Applicants must submit, by November 1, 2011, a letter of application, CV, three current letters of recommendation (which may be sent separately, but must arrive via post, not e-mail), and evidence of successful teaching (including complete list of courses taught) to Hiring Committee, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco CA 94132. Candidates who applied for this position last year may reactivate their previous application by sending a letter requesting reactivation and an updated CV, but they are free to send additional
materials as well. First interviews will take place in Philadelphia at the APA/AIA annual meeting. This search will be conducted in compliance with all APA/AIA fair hiring procedures.

*CONF: Animating Antiquity – Harryhausen and the Classical Tradition

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Classics at Leeds, in association with the National Media Museum at Bradford, is proud to announce final details for its forthcoming conference:


Wednesday 9th November 2011, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
National Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ
Co-organised by Steve Green and Penny Goodman (Leeds)

The conference takes a ‘Janus-like’ approach to the relationship between Ray Harryhausen’s films and the classical world of myth by exploring not only the influence of the ancient world on Harryhausen but also the ways in which Harryhausen in his turn has shaped popular imaginings of the classical world in more recent times and media.

Further details about the event, in terms of speakers, paper abstracts and conference schedule, are available from a dedicated website: http://enduringcreatures.blogspot.com/.

We are now inviting delegates to book a place at this conference by using the University of Leeds online payment service. You can access this by going to store.leeds.ac.uk and then choosing ‘Product Catalogue’, followed by ‘Faculty of Arts’ and then ‘Classics Harryhausen Conference’. The direct link seems to be:


If anyone has any further questions, please feel free to contact either Steve Green (s.j.green AT leeds.ac.uk) or Penny Goodman (p.j.goodman AT leeds.ac.uk)

* JOB: Hellenist @ UTennessee Knoxville (tenure track)

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The Department of Classics has been authorized to make an appointment in
Greek philology at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor. Ph.D.
required. The expertise sought is Greek poetry with emphasis on the Archaic
period (8th through 6th centuries BCE), including Homer, Hesiod and Greek
lyric, and a concomitant interest in pre-classical/classical history,
culture, and material culture. An ability to integrate with the departmentšs
strength in Aegean prehistoric archaeology is desirable. Also desirable is
an active interest in classical (5th century) Greek poetry, especially
tragedy. The successful candidate will show strong promise of scholarly
achievement, and demonstrated excellence in teaching the classical
languages. Salary competitive. We will begin screening applications on
November 15, 2011, and will continue reviewing them until the position is
filled. Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three
letters of reference to Aleydis Van de Moortel, Chair of the Search
Committee, Department of Classics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
37996-0413. Please address inquiries to avdm AT tennessee.edu. The Knoxville
campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the
ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural
goals of the University.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section
504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment
programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin,
religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender
identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

* CFP: Classics and the Beat Generation

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"Go! Classics Go! The Beat Generation, the avant garde and the roots of counterculture"

Research workshops at the University of St Andrews and the University of Pennsylvania.

The School of Classics, University of St Andrews and the Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania will host joint research workshops that will explore the relationship between the discipline of Classics and the Beat Generation writers of the 1950s and early 60s. The workshops will examine the topic through a range of disciplines and consequently contributors from Classics, American Literature, Comparative Literature, Cultural History, Political Science, Gender Studies, and Music are welcome. There will be two research workshops, one in Philadelphia and one in St Andrews. The joint nature of the project is to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary discussions and exchange of ideas in two discrete locales. It is hoped that speakers will be able to attend both workshops.

This project will consider how the diverse talents of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg , William S. Burroughs , Gregory Corso and later those such as Bob Dylan drew on ideas and themes from Classics, as well as each other, for inspiration. There are many others who are part of this movement and John Clellon Holmes ; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Gary Snyder are the most well known but there are many other names that warrant inclusion. The Black Mountain poets are just one such example.

In Beat poetry and literature Classics is juxtaposed with the avant-garde, and part of literary experimentation, so what some may see as a conservative discipline is a central plank of a counterculture that rejected the post-war norms of the Eisenhower era. Does this show Classics to be an orthodox discipline insensitively appropriated by the Beats, or is it part of a meticulously crafted intellectual view of the mid twentieth century? How and why did the Beat writers explore, utilize and ultimately remould Classics? The workshops will provide an opportunity to explore many aspects of the topic. There is a longer exposition of the research context for debate on the workshop website:

There will be two interdisciplinary research workshops:

10th October 2012 at the University of St Andrews

17th November 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Proposals are invited for papers on any aspect of the Beat Generation writers’ (novelists, poets, musicians) ‘utilization’ of Classics. The format allows for papers to be no more than 30 minutes’ duration, and there will be 10 minutes of questions following each paper. An collected volume of papers from the workshops is planned, and the aim is to submit a manuscript to the publishers in the summer 2013.

Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words, and should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address. Please send your submission in either Word or pdf format to Alisdair Gibson aggg AT st-andrews.ac.uk, before the 6th January 2012.

* CFP: Flavian Epic and a World of Ideas

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„Flavian Epic and a World of Ideas” – An international conference at the
University of Warsaw, May 24-25 2012.

After a series of Flavian Epic Network conferences culminating in the
Flavian Epic Interactions conference in London, we would like to invite
all interested in Flavian poetry to participate in the first FEN
conference to be held in Warsaw on May 24-25, 2012 under the
title “Flavian Epic and the World of Ideas”. We would like to concentrate
on relationships between Flavian epic and a bright spectre of what is
called the history of ideas. Therefore we welcome particularly papers
discussing such topics as: ethics and morality, justice, state and
society, education, gender, nature of things etc. positioning the epic
poetry in a broader cultural, philosophical as well as anthropological
context. This includes also the reception of Flavian epic in culture up to
modern times.

Titles of papers (20-30 min.) should be submitted with abstracts of about
300 words by November the 30th so that participants could be notified by
the end of December. The conference fee of 150 Euro will cover the
accommodation (from 23 to 25 May) as well as lunches, dinners and coffee
breaks during the conference.

Please feel free to contact the organiser with any questions or requests:

Mariusz Zagórski
University of Warsaw
Institute of Classical Studies
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 1
00-927 Warszawa
mzagorski AT uw.edu.pl

* CFP: ‘HOMO PATIENS: Approaches to the patient in the ancient world’

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International Conference: ‘HOMO PATIENS: Approaches to the patient in the
ancient world’
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 29.06.2012-01.07.2012

This meeting aims at bringing together not only classicists and historians
of medicine but also medical anthropologists and medical practitioners to
discuss the figure of the ‘patient’ in ancient medicine. In particular,
this meeting aims at shifting the focus from the ancient doctors’
authoritative discourses about their profession, knowledge, theories and
practices to reconstruct, to whatever extent this is possible, the role,
position and experience of the patient.
The focus of this meeting is primarily the classical and post-classical
medical texts and artifacts of Greece and Rome. However, we would also
like to receive papers on comparative aspects of the role and the position
of the patient in the classical and post-classical worlds with reference
to, for instance, Chinese or Near Eastern medical texts and artifacts
(although always with Greece and Rome as comparandum). Our definition of
medical text and artifact is a broad one: any piece of text (to include
papyri and inscriptions) or pieces of material culture which can throw
light on the underrated part of the patient in the healing experience is
of relevance here. We welcome contributions (ca. 30 minutes) primarily
(but not exclusively) on the following issues:

1. The role of the patient in ancient medical texts and artifacts
2. The role of consolation (paramythía) in ancient medicine
3. The patient’s responsibility for choosing the best physician and
the criteria for this choice
4. Case histories and “characters”: patients in Hippocratic and
Galenic texts, their similarities and differences
5. The patient as ‘argument’: patients and their illnesses in the
Hippocratic and Galenic corpus
6. Ready obedience (eupeítheia-hypakoê) and the patient’s admiration
for the doctor as factors of (un)successful treatment
7. Ancient ‘autopathographies’
8. Ethics, etiquette and bed-side manners and their role in the
therapeutic process
9. The emotions of the patient about their own illnesses: depression,
hope and despair, shame and embarrassment, guilt, etc.
10. Material aspects of the patient-doctor relationship: the fees of
the doctor and his professional accountability
11. Gender issues and social status in the patient-doctor relationship
12. Empathy with the patient in the medical writers
13. The patient’s self-image (e.g. the ‘hypochondriac’ patient, and so

Our confirmed keynote speakers are Prof. Manfred Horstmanshoff
(Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, University of Cologne, DE), Prof.
Helen King (Open University, UK), Prof. Susan Mattern (University of
Georgia, USA), and Prof. John M. Wilkins (University of Exeter, UK).

We welcome titles and abstracts of 300 words maximum on any of the listed
topic (or other related subjects). The deadline is 1st November 2011 at
the latest. Please send your abstracts or enquiries, along with a short
bio, to the organizers:

Chiara Thumiger (chiara.thumiger AT hu-berlin.de)
Georgia Petridou (georgia.petridou AT hu-berlin.de)

* CONF: Ancient Greek Narrative

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The seventh A. G. Leventis Conference in Greek will be held in the Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh from 27-30 October 2011. The conference is held in conjunction with Professor Ruth Scodel’s tenure of the Edinburgh Leventis Chair in Greek, and generously supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

A draft programme is available at http://www.shc.ed.ac.uk/classics/TheSeventhA.G.LeventisConference.htm. Booking forms for registration and accommodation will shortly go live on the same page. All are welcome.

Speakers and titles are as follows:
Lucia Athanassaki, Greek Occasions, Greek Sung Narratives

Douglas Cairns, Exemplarity and Narrative in the Greek Tradition

Erwin Cook, Structure as Interpretation in the Homeric Odyssey

Pat Easterling, Narrative on the Tragic Stage

Stephen Halliwell, Narrative, Contingency, and the Limits of Understanding

Lisa Hau, Stock-events and Set-pieces: Greek Historiography as Variations on a Set of Themes

Johannes Haubold, Beyond Auerbach: the Poetics of Visualisation in the Gilgamesh Epic and Homer

Simon Hornblower, Herodotean Narrative

Richard Hunter, ‘Where do I begin?’ An Odyssean Strategy and its Afterlife

Irene de Jong, ‘If on a winter’s night a traveller’: Greek Heritage or Narrative Universal?

Adrian Kelly, Homeric Battle Narrative and the Ancient Near East

Nick Lowe, In Search of Narrative Universals

John Morgan, Heliodorus the Hellene

Andrew Morrison, Pamela and Plato: Ancient and Modern Epistolary Narratives

Damien Nelis, Untrodden Paths? Catullus 64, the Labyrinth and Hellenistic Narrative Forms

René Nünlist, Greek Scholia on Plot

Dennis Pausch, Livy Reading Polybius: Adapting Greek Narrative to Roman History

Alex Purves, Sappho: Narrative in Short Form

Patricia Rosenmeyer, Personal Narratives, Public Spaces: Autobiographical Inscriptions on the Memnon Colossus

Ruth Scodel, Narrative Focus and Elusive Thought in Homer

Meir Sternberg, Reticence and Redundancy in Ancient Narrative

Tim Whitmarsh, What’s Greek about the Greek novel?

* Ancient Drama Reviews ~ 10/02/11

Trying this one for the umpteenth time (I wonder how you’d say that in Latin)… there’s something about it that WordPress doesn’t seem to like … some recent reviews of Classical Drama performances: