Kennedy on Strauss on Plato

Jay Kennedy — who some might remember as the man behind the so-called ‘Plato Code’ — has penned an interesting item in The Philosophers Magazine:

… I’m not sufficiently well-versed in Strauss (or Plato) to comment on this one …

On the ‘Plato Code’, our previous posts:

Varia

I seem to have accumulated a number of links of late:

JOB: Classical Archaeology @ Stanford

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The Department of Classics at Stanford University invites applications for a faculty position in classical archaeology. We seek candidates whose research areas would complement the department’s existing strengths and who show promise of excellence.

The successful candidate will teach four courses per year, from large undergraduate lecture classes to specialized graduate seminars. The candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and to participate fully in departmental activities through committee service, student advising, collaboration in joint research and teaching initiatives, and so forth.

The appointment will be at the tenure-track rank of Assistant Professor (Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment) and will begin September 1, 2012. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2011. Send cover letter, c.v., a writing sample the length of a typical research article or book chapter (maximum 40 pages), and three confidential letters of reference by email to archsearch AT stanford.edu.

Candidates who cannot apply by email may post hard copy materials to Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Classics, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Building 110, Stanford, CA 94305-2145. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.

JOB: Latin Lit @ Stanford

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The Department of Classics at Stanford University invites applications for a faculty position in Latin literature. We seek candidates whose research areas would complement the department’s existing strengths and who show promise of excellence; a focus on poetry or historiography is especially welcome.

The successful candidate will teach four courses per year in Latin and Greek language and literature as well as courses in translation at all levels, from large undergraduate lecture classes to specialized graduate seminars. Further, the candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and to participate fully in departmental activities through committee service, student advising, collaboration in joint research and teaching initiatives, and so forth.

The appointment will be at the tenure-track rank of Assistant Professor (Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment) and will begin September 1, 2012. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2011. Send cover letter, c.v., a writing sample the length of a typical research article or book chapter (maximum 40 pages), and three confidential letters of reference by email to latinsearch AT stanford.edu.

Candidates who cannot apply by email may post hard copy materials to Latin Search Committee, Department of Classics, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Building 110, Stanford, CA 94305-2145. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.

JOB: Augustan Poetry+ @ Oberlin (tenure track)

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CLASSICS

The Classics Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a
full-time tenure-track faculty position in the College of Arts and
Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four
years, beginning first semester of 2012-13, and will carry the rank of
Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate must be capable of teaching courses in Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels, as well as general-interest courses in which all material is taught in translation. In particular, we seek a specialist in Augustan or post-Augustan Latin poetry to balance the teaching and research areas of existing members of the department. As a member of a small department of generalists, however, the successful candidate also should be prepared to teach outside of her/his area of research expertise; especially desirable is the ability to teach Roman History. Additional areas of interest to the department include cultural theory and/or the study of women in antiquity.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2012. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable.

The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising, service on committees, and sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position.

The Department of Classics has four full-time faculty and teaches the wide range of courses in Classical Civilization, including Greek and Roman literature, ancient history, archaeology, and culture, as well as four years each of Latin and Greek. For more information about the Department of Classics at Oberlin, please consult our website,
new.oberlin.edu/classics. Phone: 440-775-8390; Fax: 440-775-8084.

To be assured of consideration, letters of application, including a
curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least three
letters of reference should be sent to the department by November 1, 2011. We prefer electronic submission of application materials and letters of recommendation: please email materials (if possible) to
Classics.Jobsearch AT oberlin.edu. Materials that cannot be sent
electronically should be mailed to: Kirk Ormand, Chair, Department of Classics, Oberlin College, 10 N. Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074. Application materials received after November 1 may be considered until the position is filled. Please do not send writing samples or packets of teaching evaluations at this time; we may ask finalists for these materials at a later date.

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
committed to creating an institutional environment free from
discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and expression.

JOB: Greek Lit @ Brown

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Brown University
Department of Classics
Faculty Position Announcement
Ancient Greek Literature

The Department of Classics at Brown University has been authorized to announce a search for a specialist in ancient Greek literature at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or tenured Associate Professor. The successful candidate will teach primarily Greek language and literature, as well as courses in translation. Prerequisites for consideration include distinction in scholarship and teaching in any aspect of ancient Greek language and literature. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a brief writing sample (no more than thirty pages), and, if applying for a position at the rank of Assistant Professor, three letters of recommendation; Ph.D. by the time of employment is required. Applicants for a tenured Associate Professor position should send the names of five referees, who will be contacted directly by the Search Committee.

Applications should be sent to:
Chair of the Greek Search Committee
Department of Classics
Box 1856
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912, USA

Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. The department intends to conduct interviews of short-list candidates at the annual meetings of the American Philological Association in Philadelphia in January 2012. Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Stratis Papaioannou (sp AT brown.edu).

Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

CONF (sort of): Light Night Leeds 7th October 2011 – Hercules and Classics Research with Impact

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As part of the city-wide arts festival Leeds Light Night 2011
(http://lightnightleeds.co.uk/about/), the Classics Department, University of Leeds, are delighted to be presenting two events which link classical research with the art, architecture and history of Leeds by combining story-telling and performance with a "factasy" walking tour of Leeds. Featuring research into the character Heracles/Hercules (in advance of Emma Stafford’s forthcoming book), the reception of ancient drama and ancient costume these events are:

1) TALES OF HERCULES

Location: In the Classics Departmental Library, first floor, Parkinson
Building, University of Leeds

Date: Friday 7th October
Time: 5.30-10.00pm

Description: Hercules’ twin brother tells his famous brother’s 12 Labours and about growing up with a hero, while Hercules’ official biographer (Dr. Emma Stafford) is on hand to answer questions. An accompanying poster exhibition shows tales of Hercules, in several different media, from the ancient and modern worlds.

For more information, see the <project website> [
http://herculeeds.blogspot.com/p/university-event.html ].

2) IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HERCULES
Character locations: Leeds City Museum, Mandela Gardens, Town Hall, Bond Court, City Square.

Date: Friday 7th October
Time: 5.00-10.00pm

Description:
Become a hero by stepping into Hercules’ size 14½ shoes – complete his 12 Labours and discover why he belongs in Leeds. Meet monsters and costumed characters from ancient mythology, including Hercules’ mother in Leeds City Museum and Hercules’ nephew, the Amazon Queen, Nemean Lion and Horses

of Diomedes elsewhere. For more information, see the <project website> [
http://herculeeds.blogspot.com/p/city-centre.html ] and the <Leeds City Council website> [ http://lightnightleeds.co.uk/events/in-the-footsteps-of-

hercules/
]

CONF: Memoria Romana

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The Max-Planck Award Project "Memoria Romana" and the American Academy in Rome are sponsoring a conference on "Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory" Oct. 14-16, 2011. Speakers include Richard Jenkyns, Harriet Flower, T.P. Wiseman, K.-J. Hölkeskamp, Diane Favro, Bernard Frischer, and Gianpiero Rosati. The concluding address will be given by Daniel Libeskind. The conference is open to the public.

For full information see
http://www.utexas.edu/research/memoria/AARconf_program.html

CONF: Classics and Ancient History Seminars at Newcastle

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Colleagues may be interested in the Classics and Ancient History seminars taking place this Semester at the School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University.

All seminars take place in the PG meeting room, on the second floor of the Armstrong Building, at 5pm (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf).

Wed 12 Oct: Malcolm Heath (Leeds), Lobsters’ claws, hairy chests, edible animals: Aristotle and the meaning of everything

Wed 26 Oct: Thilo Rising (Newcastle), Barbatuli iuvenes: Cicero and the gilded youth of Rome

Wed 09 Nov: Paola Ceccarelli (Durham), Athenaeus, the ‘walking library’? On the meaning of the Deipnosophistai

Wed 23 Nov: Andrew Erskine (Edinburgh), Polybius and the Hellenistic world

Wed 07 Dec: Hallie Marshall (UBC Vancouver), Poet, architect, sculptor: three case studies in classical reception

Wed 14 Dec: Jean-Sébastien Balzat (Oxford), Ancient and modern views on the distribution of the Roman citizenship

Note also a special event: Professor Jaap Wisse’s inaugural lecture, ‘Lest we forget: Tacitus on history-writing under a tyranny’, which takes place on Thurs 10 Nov at 5.30pm in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University.

For further information, please contact Dr Claire Taylor (claire.taylor AT ncl.ac.uk). All welcome.

CONF: Fra Giocondo 1511-2011

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The Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition, Durham University

presents the workshop

Fra Giovanni Giocondo 1511-2011: Celebrating 500 years of the first
illustrated edition of Vitruvius’s Ten Books on Architecture, the man
and his legacy

on Saturday 12 November 2011

at the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University,
Windmill Hill, Durham DH1 3LJ

Programme:

11.00 Welcome and coffee

11.10 Introduction (Dr Edmund Thomas, Durham University)

Session 1: Fra Giocondo, architect

11.15 Prof Pier Nicola Pagliara (University of Rome III), Editions of
Fra’ Giocondo’s Vitruvius (in Italian, English translation provided)
12.00 Prof Ian Campbell (University of Edinburgh /Herziana Institute,
Rome), ‘Fra’ Giocondo and his understanding of Vitruvius’ temple types’
12.45 Prof Werner Oechslin (Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich),
Title TBA

1.30-2.30 Lunch

Session 2: Fra Giocondo, universal man

2.30 Prof Marco Ceccarelli (University of Cassino), ‘Fra’ Giocondo and
machine designs during Renaissance’
3.15 Prof James Mosley (University of Reading), ‘Giovanni Giocondo and
making letters with geometry’

4.15 Tea

5.00-6.30 Visit to Durham Cathedral and exhibition in Palace Green
Library

7. 00 for 7.30 Dinner (Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College)

There is no registration fee, but those interested in attending should
contact Edmund Thomas (e.v.thomas AT durham.ac.uk) by Thursday 27th
October, so that numbers for tea and coffee and lunch can be calculated.

Further queries to:
Dr Edmund Thomas
Department of Classics & Ancient History
Durham University
38 North Bailey
Durham DH1 3EU
0191 3341676
e.v.thomas AT durham.ac.uk

JOB: Latinist @ UNC-Chapel Hill (tenure track)

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The Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks an assistant professor in Latin prose for a tenure-track appointment. The area of specialization is open, but we especially welcome candidates working on prose of the Republican or Augustan periods, and those with an ability to teach Latin epigraphy at the graduate level. Teaching duties will include graduate courses in Latin prose, as well as undergraduate courses in Latin and classical civilization. Applicants should demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and a serious commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Preference will be given to those with Ph.D. in hand or those who can provide assurances of completing the degree by July 1, 2012. UNC Chapel Hill is an EOE employer. Women and minority scholars are encouraged to apply. Applicants apply online at http://jobs.unc.edu/2501758 and attach a letter of application and Curriculum Vitae. Four letters of recommendation should be sent directly to: Professor Robert Babcock, Chair, Latin Prose Search Committee, Department of Classics, CB #3145, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145. Applications must be completed by Nov. 15, 2011 for consideration. Email inquiries should be addressed to: rbabcock AT email.unc.edu.

The Department’s website is at www.classics.unc.edu.

CONF: St Andrews Research Seminars

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St Andrews School of Classics Research Seminar
2011-12

Semester 1

Friday 30 September 2011: Katharine Earnshaw (St John’s College, Oxford) Ghosts of Epic Past

Friday 7 October: Emmanuela Bakola (UCL) The Oikos in the Oresteia and the Origins of Eco-logical
Discourse

Friday 14 October: Nicolas Wiater (St Andrews) Parahistory: Literary Criticism and Historical
Consciousness

Friday 21 October: Konstantinos Spanoudakis (Rethymno) Christian Eyes for ‘Pagan’ Images:
Nonnus’ Dionysiaca on the Edge

Friday 28 October: Barbara Borg (Exeter) In search of senators deceased: Context matters

Friday 4 November: Annemaré Kotzé (Stellenbosch) Moral exhortation in Augustine’s Confessions?

READING WEEK

Friday 18 November: Jenny Bryan (UCL) Likely Rhetoric and the Phaedrus

Friday 25 November: Alexandra Parvan (St Andrews) Norms of judgment and harmless error in
Augustine

Friday 2 December: Christopher Whitton (Cambridge) Cicero and Tacitean epigram

Friday 9 December: Jon Coulston (St Andrews) Trajan’s Column and the Art of Imperial Display in
Rome

Friday 16 December: Hans van Wees (UCL) Perfect oligarchs: birth, wealth and merit in Homer

Papers are followed by discussion. All are very welcome. All seminars take place on Fridays,
starting at 4.05 p.m., in Swallowgate 11.

Enquiries should be directed to: Jason König, School of Classics, University of St Andrews, St
Andrews KY16 9AL. Tel.: 01334-462600. E-mail: jpk3 AT st-andrews.ac.uk

JOB: Assistant Director ASCSA

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POSITION AVAILABLE (Pending Funding)
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL
POSITION IN ATHENS

Term: A full-time (12 months) position beginning July 1, 2012 for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a final fourth year.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include room and board at the School.

Qualifications: Candidates must have earned the PhD from a North American university no more than three years prior to the application, must have spent a minimum of a year as a Member of the ASCSA, should have an active agenda for research and publication, should have knowledge of Greece and Modern Greek, and should have some teaching experience.

Duties:
• To help the Director in the administration of School business and to stand in for the Director when needed. Reports to the Director of the School.
• To assist with the academic program under the direction of the Mellon Professor by lecturing, leading short trips or offering mini-seminars/workshops on area(s) of expertise.
• To serve as a contact and resource person for all members of the School and to live in Loring Hall.
• To help with the planning of the Summer Session by suggesting itineraries, speakers, and generally offering support to the Summer Session Directors, but not making actual arrangements.
• To be a visible presence in the Athenian social and academic scene by attending functions as an official of the School.
• Pursue research on a project.
Application: The Assistant Director will be appointed by the ASCSA Managing Committee (through the Personnel Committee) in consultation with the Director of the School and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research project description (up to three pages in length), and arrange for three letters of recommendation. Application materials should be sent to application AT ascsa.org.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2011.

The appointment will be announced by January 15, 2012.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment

CONF: Edinburgh Classics Research Seminars

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Edinburgh Classics Research Seminar: Semester 1 Programme

Seminars take place on Wednesdays, 5.10 pm, in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, Teviot Place, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, with drinks and dinner to follow.
ALL WELCOME!

The programme for Semester 1 can also be found here:
http://www.shc.ed.ac.uk/classics/ClassicsResearchSeminars.htm

Programme:

Theme: Out of Africa

28/09/11
Dr Josephine Crawley Quinn (Worcester College, Oxford)
‘Capitolia in Italy and Africa’

05/10/11
Dr Orietta Cordovana (Freie Universität Berlin)
‘Limes Africae’

Theme: Reading Homer

12/10/11
Prof. Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh)
‘ate in the Homeric poems’

19/10/11 (joint with CAS; 7 pm start)
Prof. Ruth Scodel (Michigan)
‘Mindreading in Odysseys’

Theme: Writing (ancient) history

02/11/11
Prof. Neville Morley (Bristol)
‘Thucydides and the modern idea of history’

09/11/11
Dr Timothy Duff (Reading)
‘Rethinking Plutarch’s Lives’

Theme: Death and burial

16/11/11
Dr Markus Scholz (RGZM)
‘Beyond death: funeral monuments as new status symbols in the northern provinces of the Imperium Romanum (c. 1-3 c. AD)’

23/11/11
Dr Maureen Carroll (Sheffield)
‘Too young for the funeral pyre! Infant death and society in Roman Italy’

CFP: Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest

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The 41st Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific
Northwest (CAPN) will take place at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon on March 9 – 10, 2012.

*Call for Papers* : We invite papers on any aspect of Graeco-Roman
antiquity, and we especially seek those that are likely to be of broad
interest and make connections among the different elements of the ancient world. Such connections can be between Greek society and Roman society, between different disciplines such as archaeology, literature and history, or between different genres of literature. We also welcome pedagogical papers, especially those that address the instruction of Latin and Greek at primary, secondary and university levels. Teachers and students of the Classics at any level of instruction (K-12, college, or university) may submit abstracts; all papers will be judged anonymously by the Program
Committee, chaired by CAPN President Ann M. Nicgorski.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words may be submitted by email to this address: anicgors AT willamette.edu. The deadline for submissions is *January 6, 2012*. You should receive a response by the end of January.

The keynote address for the meeting will be delivered on Friday evening by British classicist and noted food historian Andrew Dalby. Dalby’s talk is entitled "Dining with Augustus: The Roman Princeps as Host and Guest." It will focus on the creative manner in which Augustus, consummate politician that he was, played the roles of host and patron. Andrew Dalby (Ph.D. Birkbeck College, London) is the author of 18 books, including *Siren Feasts: A history of Food and Gastronomy in Greece* (1996); *Empire of Pleasures: Luxury and Indulgence in the Roman World* (2000); *Dangerous
Tastes: The Story of Spices* (2000); *Flavours of Byzantium* (2003); *Food in the Ancient World from A to Z* (2003); *Rediscovering Homer* (2006); *Cheese: A Global History* (2009).

Further details about the conference schedule, keynote address, and practicalities will be sent out as soon as they are available, and will be accessible on the CAPN webpage ( http://www.historyforkids.org/CAPN/capn.htm).
For additional inquiries, contact Ann M. Nicgorski at Willamette University (anicgors AT willamette.edu).

Recent Book Reviews ~ 10/5/11

From BMCR:

Ancient Drama Reviews ~ 10/5/11

From our Twitterfeed, natch:

Circumundique ~ 10/5/11

Yesterday’s interesting stuff:

This Day in Ancient History: pridie nonas octobres

pridie nonas octobres

  • ludi Augustales scaenici (day 2 — from 11-19 A.D. and post 23 A.D.) — – festival in honour of Augustus involving primarily mime and pantomime theatrical displays
  • ludi Augustales scaenici (day 4 — from 19-23 A.D.)
  • 105 B.C. — the Cimbri inflict a massive defeat on Roman legions at Arausio
  • 68 B.C. — Romans under Lucullus defeat the Armenians under Tigranes II at Artaxata (according to one reckoning) …
  • 175 A.D. — martyrdom of Sagar in Phrygia