CFP: Approaches to Ancient Medicine 2012

Seen on the Classicists list:

Call for Papers


Continuing the annual series held at Newcastle, Reading, Cardiff and Exeter since 2000, the 2012 "Approaches to Ancient Medicine" conference will be held at the University of Cardiff on Monday and Tuesday 20-21 August 2012, hosted by the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

If you are interested in giving a paper at the conference, please send an abstract of up to 200 words to Dr. Laurence Totelin (TotelinLM AT by 20 February 2012 at the latest. Papers should be of 20 minutes duration. In addition to papers relating to the classical Greek and Roman period we welcome proposals relating to medicine in late antiquity, to the transmission of classical medicine including via the Syriac/Arabic traditions and to its reception at all periods up to the early modern.

It is hoped that the programme will be finalised in late March 2012.

ED: Paros Project 2012

Seen on the Classicists list:

The Paros Project 2012
Call for Students and Volunteers for research and study on the island of Paros, Greece

June 18-29, 2012


The Paros and Cyclades Institute of Archaeology offers students and other volunteers a class-and-field summer program in the Art and Civilization of Ancient Paros for two weeks in summer 2012. Volunteers must be 18 or older.

The island of Paros lies at the center of the Cyclades in the Aegean sea. The Paros Project is managed by The Paros and Cyclades Institute of Archaeology, a non-profit scientific institution registered under Greek law (Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President;, see Paros project).


The Paros Project will accept students and volunteers for a period of two weeks between June 18-29, 2012. The main focus of studies will be archaeological including courses on (a) the Archaeology of Paros from Prehistoric times to the Hellenistic Period (b) the ancient Art of Paros focusing on famous Parian sculptors of the Archaic through Hellenistic periods and Sculpture Workshops (c) the Civilization of the Archaic period and one of the most famous poets of ancient times, Archilochos of Paros. The program combines class teaching with visits to all important archaeological sites on the island including the famous ancient marble quarries and the Archaeological Museum in Paroikia, the modern capital of Paros.
The Paros Project will issue certificates of participation for students and volunteers on request.


Archaeology of Paros: From Prehistoric Times to the Hellenistic Age.
The course offers a survey of the archaeology of Paros from prehistoric times to the end of the Hellenistic period. With the help of primary sources (sites and monuments), students will be introduced to the ancient civilization of the Aegean and particularly the civilization of the most important of the Cycladic islands, the marble island of Paros. Teaching will be coordinated with visits to the ancient marble quarries, the ancient sites of Paros’ capital and environs, and the Mycenaean acropolis near Naoussa bay on the northeastern part of the island.
Instructor: Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, The Paros and Cyclades Institute of Archaeology

Sculptors and Sculpture Workshops of Paros.
As well as producing the highest quality statuary marble in the Aegean, Paros was a leading producer and exporter of marble sculpture for much of the first millennium BC. This class will focus upon the spectacular collection of Parian sculpture in the Paroikia Museum, concentrating on its three most creative periods: the Archaic (ca. 600-500 BC), the Early and High Classical (ca. 480-400 BC), and the Late Classical and Early Hellenistic (ca. 350-200 BC). In addition to discussing the function, subject matter, style, and date of the sculptures, we shall pay particular attention to what the ancient Greeks called technê or facture: the intersection of material, technique, style, and skill-at-hand.
Instructor: Prof. Andrew Stewart, University of Berkeley

An introduction to the viper poet and hero of Paros, Archilochos.
An overview of the Archaic period in the Greek world, when Archilochos, the master of ‘blame poetry’ lived. The course will discuss representative specimens of his work, including the ‘Cologne Epode’ (the publication of which in 1974 scandalized many scholars) and the newly published ‘Telephos Elegy’ (2005), a mythological poem that bears telling comparison and contrast to epic narrative. One of the abiding concerns throughout the course will be the connections between traditional genre and personal experience. Students will be encouraged to consider the insistent ‘I’ in Archilochos’ poems, the powerful first person rooted in a local community and often at odds with it. A reading of the poems themselves, with close attention to the original, will be also be conducted in class.
Instructor: Prof. Ioannis (J.C.B.) Petropoulos, Democritean University of Thrace & Center for Hellenic Studies-Greece, Harvard University

COSTS. Each participant will contribute ¤650 per week for standard double occupancy or ¤800 per week for single occupancy. This donation to The Paros Project is tax-deductible and covers hotel room, two meals a day for a seven-day week, instruction costs plus miscellaneous Paros Project expenses. Payment will be accepted in advance or on arrival in Greece. Should the study season be canceled, the Project will refund the full contribution.

Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, Project Director
Athens:++30-210-3845658 (Tel. & Fax)
Mobile phone: 6937026588


Bust in Turkey

From Today’s Zaman:

Police have found a statue of Aphrodite that has been missing for years and dates back to the third century B.C. in Kırşehir.

When Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Bureau teams stopped a car on the Ankara-Kayseri Highway on Wednesday to check the identity cards of the two passengers, H.Ş. and O.T., they found a statue that had been wrapped in a bag. According to police reports, the two suspects were allegedly trying to smuggle the statue out of the country. Police also found an unregistered pistol in the vehicle. The two suspects were detained.

Experts at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism discovered that the statue was the figure of Aphrodite, the daughter of Zeus and the goddess of love and beauty in Greek mythology. The priceless statue, which the experts also learned had been missing for many years, was taken to the Museum Directorate.

I’m going to include the photo that accompanied the piece … this is possibly the ugliest ‘Aphrodite’ I’ve seen in a long time … perhaps no one was really ‘missing’ it? Rather vague on the length of time it’s been ‘missing’ …:

From Today's Zaman

Temple of Zeus (Agrigento) Not For Sale

From ANSA comes a story that’s probably not surprising, given what’s going on in Italy:

The mayor of the Sicilian city of Agrigento said Thursday that he would not sell one of Italy’s prime archaeological treasures even for 40 billion euros after it reportedly attracted the interest of Russian industrialist Mikhail Prokhorov.

The precious-metals billionaire, who plans to run in this year’s presidential elections in Russia as an independent candidate, has set his sights on buying the ruins of the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento’s famed Valley of the Temples, according to media reports.

But Agrigento Mayor Marco Zambuto has moved to nip the notion in the bud.

”I wouldn’t sell the Temple of Zeus even for 40 billion euros, the figure Premier Mario Monti had to find to save Italy’s finances,” Zambuto said referring to the government’s austerity package, which was actually nearer to 30 billion.

”It’s simply unthinkable that a billionaire could buy our historical wonders and take them to their own country”.

Zambuto said, however, that the city was interested in attracting foreign investment in the UNESCO World Heritage site.

”It’s a different matter if we are talking about turning over management (of sites) for events or initiatives, or even the sponsorship of renovations and maintenance of the temples and sanctuaries in the valley,” he said. ”I don’t rule out this option”. The seven Doric temples at Agrigento, most of which probably date from the fifth century BC, are one of the glories of Magna Graecia, a swathe of southern Italy which was once dotted with wealthy and culturally lavish Greek cities.

The name Valley of the Temples is misleading as the site is located on a ridge on the edge of Agrigento.

”The history of the Valley of the Temples goes back thousands of years and the site is one of the few historic remains of Magna Graecia,” added Zambuto.

”If a private sponsor intends to finance a restoration, it’s welcome. Our door is always open to this type of proposal”

Hopefully some useful debate arises from this …

Reviews from BMCR

  • 2012.01.06:  Casper C. de Jonge, Between Grammar and Rhetoric: Dionysius of Halicarnassus on Language, Linguistics and Literature. Mnemosyne, Supplements 301.
  • 2012.01.05:  Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age.
  • 2012.01.04:  Dana LaCourse Munteanu, Emotion, Genre and Gender in Classical Antiquity.
  • 2012.01.03:  Lara Nicolini, Ad (L)usum lectoris: etimologia e giochi di parole in Apuleio. Testi e manuali per l’insegnamento universitario del latino, 117.
  • 2012.01.02:  Richard Alston, Efrossini Spentzou, Reflections of Romanity: Discourses of Subjectivity in Imperial Rome. Classical Memories/Modern Identities.

CONF: Ancient Greek Myth and Modern Conflict in World Fiction

Seen on the Classicists list:

Ancient Greek Myth and Modern Conflict in World Fiction since 1989

This conference kindly funded by and hosted at the British Academy, July 5th
and 6th 2012, is co-organised by Edith Hall (soon to be in the Classics
Department, King’s College London) and Katie Billotte (the Centre for the
Reception of Greece and Rome at Royal Holloway). This unprecedented
conference will bring together a global team of writers and scholars to
discuss the importance of ancient Greek myths in the recent fictional
narration of war. Novels from every continent will be discussed, including
works by Maori, Chinese, African, Brazilian and Japanese authors. The
conference will ask whether it is the very difficulties involved in
addressing large-scale trauma that have elicited this new ‘mythical turn’ in
the medium; it will also explore the tensions involved in the use of
canonical ancient Greek texts central to the western ‘colonial’ curriculum
in self-consciously anticolonial and postcolonial writing. Speakers will
include Aleksandar Gatalica, Yan Lianke,Anna Ljunggren, Tom Holland, Fiona
Macintosh, Patrice Rankine, Efie Spentzou, Adam Ganz, Girgio Amitrano,
Justine McConnell and Ferial Ghazoul. Further information about registration
will be available soon; meanwhile, please put it in your diaries if you are
interested and address any enquiries to edith.hall4 AT

CFP: Bodies of Evidence: Re-defining Approaches to the Anatomical Votive

Bodies of evidence: re-defining approaches to the anatomical votive

A conference at the British School at Rome

5th June 2012

Organisers: Dr Jane Draycott (BSR and University of Nottingham), Dr Emma-Jayne Graham (University of Leicester)

From Pharaonic Egypt to Roman Italy and from Classical Greece to the Byzantine world, anatomical votives have performed a continuous, if poorly understood, role in ritual and votive practice. Modern scholarship has categorised as ‘anatomical’ a range of ex-votos, made largely but not exclusively from terracotta, which depict parts of the body. These arms, legs, eyes, fingers, hands, feet, uteri, genitals, internal organs and other recognisable parts of the internal and external body have attracted much attention from scholars exploring both past religion and health alike. Nevertheless, the category of ‘anatomical offering’ remains noticeably ill-defined and remains to be integrated fully into the study of ritual, artefacts and the body. This conference will ask how we should define and interpret the ‘anatomical’ votive. Is a veiled portrait plaque an anatomical votive? Is a foot or a hand a distinct anatomical votive if it was constructed in such a way as to allow it to be connected to another part of the body? Indeed, to what extent can we consider a model of the whole body an anatomical votive if it was used to request general healing of a non-specific illness? Whilst feet and ears appear to fall easily into this class should we perhaps also consider other offerings, such as statuettes of the entire body and swaddled babies from a similar perspective? This workshop will bring together scholars working upon the anatomical offering in its broadest sense from across prehistoric, ancient and medieval contexts in order to explore and refine our understanding of this phenomenon. What were anatomical votives for, what did they represent to those who dedicated, encountered or made them, and what factors influenced the selection of a particular item? In particular we will be concerned with what these offerings reveal, not only about past religious and medical contexts and practices, but also about identity, society, politics and concepts or constructions of the human body.

We invite papers which address these issues from the standpoint of archaeology, ancient history, classics and history of medicine, and welcome contributions focused upon Italic, Greek, Near Eastern, Egyptian and other European or Mediterranean contexts. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • What is an anatomical votive? Are whole bodies anatomical or only fragments? Can they also be a work of art, an ornament, a keepsake or a substitute for something else? How might the anatomical be conceived as an item with multiple levels of meaning?

  • The fragmentation, reconstitution or realignment of the body: the anatomical offering as a proxy for the body or its constituent parts; miniaturisation; the intact body as an anatomical votive; (re)creating a body from individual pieces; the relationship between concepts of the body as expressed by anatomical offerings and the treatment of the component parts of the cult statue, other representations of the human or divine form, or the living body.

  • Standard forms and individuality: evidence for individualism or artistic embellishment and its consequences; the process of commissioning an ex-voto and the potential for customisation; the anatomical votive as a work of art as well as a religious/medical object; the role of the manufacturer.

  • Change through time and space: developing attitudes, practices and medical concerns; can we treat objects recovered from diverse cultural and historical contexts as a standard an expression of the same phenomenon?

  • Medicine, pathology and retrospective diagnosis: distinguishing between concerns for general health and specific complaints; when did scholars begin to use these items to facilitate diagnosis and how has that influenced academic discourse on the subject and the definition of this category of object?

  • The anatomical offering and the divine: connections with specific deities; defining the sanctuary through its votives; when is a healing sanctuary a healing sanctuary and not simply a shrine? How do more nuanced interpretations of ‘anatomical’ affect these issues?

  • The interpretation of discrete collections of material: deposits that contain restricted forms of anatomical offering; the juxtaposition of terracotta and metal ex-votos in discrete contexts.

  • Reception of the anatomical votive: the impact of modern academic discourse on their classification and interpretation; have scholars been too focused on the detail of the traditional anatomical offering at the expense of the broader picture? Links with the development of other areas of study such as magic, gender, women, medicine; discovery, publication and exhibition

Diverse methodologies are encouraged, although proposals should be written to appeal to a wide range of disciplines.

Confirmed Speakers:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ralph Jackson (British Museum)

Prof. Olivier de Cazanove (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Dr. Jessica Hughes (Open University)

Papers should be of 20 minutes’ length, and should not have been previously published or delivered at a major conference. Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be submitted by 13th February 2012. Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed conference volume.

Jane Draycott (j.draycott AT

Emma-Jayne Graham (eg153 AT

CFP: Ancient Literary and Visual Representations of the Roman Civil Wars of the 40s and 30s BCE

Seen on the Classicists list:

Call for papers: Ancient Literary and Visual Representations of the Roman Civil Wars of the 40s and 30s BCE

Margherita di Savoia, 21-23 September 2012

Over recent years there has been a gradual renewal of interest in the events that led to the fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Principate. This interest has involved not only the traditional study of the course of events, but also the literary representations of this political and socio-economic revolution. There has been a fundamental re-evaluation of the literary production of Virgil and his contemporaries, the rediscovery of Caesar as both author and statesman, and a new appreciation of the evidence offered by Appian.

An international workshop will take place in Margherita di Savoia on 21-23 September 2012. Situated upon the Adriatic coastline of Puglia, the venue offers the chance to consider and discuss the events that happened 2,000 years ago as they were reflected by the ancients themselves. At this very spot large armies continuously crossed, or attempted to cross, from the Italian peninsula to Greece or vice versa. Three days of round-table discussions will be accompanied by public gatherings in the evening and excursions to nearby archaeological sites. The workshop aims to appeal to relatively young, emerging scholars, specialising in Classics and Ancient History, and be internationally representative.

Key-note speakers will include Ida Östenberg (Gothenburg), Anton Powell (Swansea), Jonathan Price (Tel Aviv), Christopher Smith (Rome) and Kathryn Welch (Sydney).

Topics on any ancient literary or visual representation of the Roman civil wars of the 40s and 30s BCE are welcome.

Some suggestions of topics to consider are the following:

1) The Civil Wars in Latin poetry, as a theme and in implicit allusions.

2) Representation of battle-scenes across genres and media.

3) Employment of special images and unique vocabulary in descriptions of the Civil Wars.

4) The Civil Wars in the world of Greek Imperial authors.

5) Analogies between the transitional period from Republic to Principate and other periods in Greek and Roman history.

Colleagues are invited to submit an abstract of 300-400 words and a one-page CV by 31 March 2012.
Please send your abstracts to the organizers, Eran Almagor (almagore AT and Richard Westall (westall AT