JOB: Classical Languages Pedagogy @ UGa (tenure track)

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The DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS at the UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA is seeking to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Classics, with special interest in the pedagogy of classical languages.

We seek a broadly-trained classicist who, in addition to supervising the elementary Latin program, can teach across the classics curriculum at all levels, including courses in translation. The teaching load is six courses over two semesters: two of the courses are in pedagogy. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and publish on pedagogy and student engagement and to participate fully in departmental activities.

The Ph.D. in Classics or any related field is required at the time of appointment (1 August 2012).

Interested candidates should send a letter of application and a complete dossier, including CV, a writing sample (maximum 40 pages), and three letters of reference by email to classrch AT All documents should be in PDF format if possible.

Candidates who cannot apply by email may post hard copy materials to:

Chair, Classics Search Committee
Department of Classics
Park Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-6203

Applications received by November 15th are assured of consideration (receipt of email or postmark for regular or express mail); however, dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews of selected candidates will be conducted at the APA/AIA meeting in Philadelphia in January.

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia, about an hour and a half northeast of Atlanta.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Woman, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University is an EEO/AA institution.

ED: Roman Pottery Summer School at the American Academy in Rome 2012

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The American Academy’s Howard Comfort FAAR ’29 Summer School in Roman Pottery is accepting applications for its seventh session, to be held from 11 June to 8 July 2012.

The program’s aim is to introduce the participants to the study of Roman pottery and then for them to apply their knowledge under the director’s guidance to a context, which they may elaborate for publication.

It is assumed that the participants will have a basic grounding in archaeology but not specifically in pottery studies. Typically the participants are graduate students who have realized the importance of pottery while working on an excavation or with a museum collection and wish to incorporate ceramological data into their research programs. Qualified undergraduates and practising archaeologists will also be considered. The program is open to all nationalities.

For further information:

Sarcophagus of the Moment

It’s from a flickr set, so I can’t put it here, but it is worth a look … very nice:

Beirut, National Museum, sarcophagus with scenes from legend of Achilles, Tyre, 2nd cent.

… there are four or five views of it; very high relief. Interesting front panel is very crowded, so it looks like Hector is being dragged through a shopping mall …

CFP: Classics Goes Green (Grad)

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University of Cincinnati Classics Graduate Student Conference
April 21, 2012

Classics Goes Green:
Interactions With the Environment in the Ancient World

Keynote speaker: Prof. Jeremy McInerney
University of Pennsylvania

The relationship between mankind and the environment has long been a rich and intriguing aspect in the study of
history. Environmental changes and natural disasters have prompted cultural change and innovation. Humans have, in turn,
left their mark on the environment, altering their landscapes physically and mentally, purposely and inadvertently. From the
locations of successful cities and the effects of terracing and water engineering on the Greek landscape to Virgil’s creation of
an idealized, if not idyllic, Italy, the environment often shaped and was shaped by economic, cultural, and religious practice in

Landscapes and the environment have left a physical manifestation that can be directly studied through archaeological
examination. The cultural effects of the environment are also preserved in many ancient texts: for instance, ancient historians
were aware of the impact that environment, climate, or landscape might have on human events, while poets and agricultural
writers reflected on the dual nature of the environment as both hostile and life-giving, and philosophers investigated the
interrelation of man and nature. In modern scholarship, this integral connection between humans and the environment has
long been a point of discussion, and is experiencing a new surge in popularity with the increasing connection of environmental
research into classical studies.

This conference will explore how mankind conceived of and expressed its relationship with the environment, and
how this relationship can be tracked in the archaeological, documentary, or literary record. We invite submissions from all
Classics sub-fields and related disciplines, including ancient history, literature, material and visual culture, Greco-Roman and
Near Eastern religions, anthropology, and philosophy. Possible topics for presentation could include, but are not limited to,
the following:

The role of weather in shaping historical events
Landscape in archaeology, including cultural heritage management
Trash in antiquity: reuse, recycling, and rubbish
The effects of agriculture development on the landscape
Imitation (or not) of nature in architecture, material culture, and art
Cartography: controlling and organizing the “known world”
Experiences of the natural world in epic poetry
Cultural responses to local, regional, or global environmental changes

Graduate students wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit a titled abstract of 300 words or less to
classicsgoesgreen AT by December 2nd. Please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of
your abstract in the body of the email. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. Notifications will be sent by
mid-November. Questions about the conference can be directed to Emilia Oddo at the same email address.


Linear A Seal from Vrysinas Redux

From the Greek Reporter:

A four-sided red jasper sealstone is among the finds unearthed during this season’s excavation of the Minoan peak sanctuary at Vrysinas, located south of the city of Rethymnon.  The whole area was officially announced and included in the archaeological sites list by the Central Archaeological Council of Greece.

The sealstone, which is carved on all four surfaces with characters of the Minoan Hieroglyphic script, constitutes the sole evidence to date for the presence of this earliest Minoan style of writing in Western Crete.

The excavation, which began in 2004, is conducted by the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities under the supervision of the archaeologist Helena Papadopoulou in collaboration with Prof. Iris Tzachili from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete.

A preliminary study of the artefacts recovered thus far – including some 800 clay votive statuettes and a significant number of ceramic vessels  – indicates that the peak sanctuary was in use throughout the First Palace period (1900-1700 BC) and continued until at least the beginning of the New Palace phase, after which time it was relocated to a lower part of the plateau.

The Vrysinas sanctuary is believed to have been the most sacred peak in Western Crete. The site’s undeniable ritual context puts it on a par with other important Minoan peak sanctuaries like those at Iouktas, Petsofas and Traostalos Kofinas in central and eastern Crete.

… this appears to be the one we first had hints about back in August: Linear A Seal from Vrysinas

CFP: Women and the Reception of the Classical World (CAC Panel)

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CALL FOR PAPERS for the Women’s Network/Réseau des Femmes Panel Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, May 8-10, 2012 The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, CANADA.

Women and the Reception of the Classical World

The Women’s Network/Réseau des Femmes of the CAC/SCÉC invites submissions for this year’s panel themed “Women and the Reception of the Classical World”. We seek to explore women’s engagement with the Classics and are particularly interested in understanding how women artists, scholars and intellectuals of the modern era have constructed their vision(s) of the ancient world through the use of the visual arts, literature, popular culture, theatre and film, scholarship, education and pedagogy. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
women (authors, artists, playwrights, etc.) and their works,
intertextuality and the “female voice”, issues facing women who deal with classical topics and themes, and the role of women in shaping Classical Reception Studies.

This call for papers is meant to be suggestive rather than exclusive; papers are solicited on all areas exploring women and the reception of the Classical world. We hope to bring together contributors from a wide variety of disciplines, including English Literature, Art History, Fine Arts, Drama, Women and Gender Studies, Philosophy, and Religious
Studies. We warmly welcome submissions from individuals outside of Canada and North America.

Please submit abstracts of 350-500 words (with relevant bibliography) by *Friday, January 20th, 2012* directly to Prof. Kelly Olson (kolson2 AT and indicate that the abstract is for the Women’s Network/Réseau des Femmes. Further enquiries can be directed to Prof. Judith Fletcher (jfletcher AT or Dr. Lisa Trentin (ltrentin AT

Watching: Togate Sculpture of Augustus Found?

From H24 comes news (in Italian) of the discovery of togate, but headless statue of Augustus. It seems to be more an ‘identification’ than a ‘discovery’ (i.e. the statue has been around for a while, but, being headless, was not identified) … apparently the full details will be out today some time, so we’ll keep our eye open on this one: