DIG: “Villa of the Antonines”

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I’d like to add to a previous announcement about the Montclair State University archaeological field school at the "Villa of the Antonines" in Genzano di Roma, Italy, directed by Deborah Chatr Aryamontri and myself. The generosity of a private donor has enabled us to offer two $1,000 scholarships to help defray the cost to students. The site, an Antonine-era villa complex once decorated with luxurious marbles and multi-colored mosaics, is located in ancient Lanuvium and is close to Rome as well as to places in the Alban Hills that traditionally have been of central interest to classicists: The sanctuary of Diana at Aricia, the Museum of the Ships of Caligula at Nemi, and the Alban Lake.
Dates: July 1-28, 2012. Cost: $3,500 plus tuition (variable according to undergraduate/graduate status and residency inside or outside of New Jersey) plus airfare. Previous field experience not required. Includes introduction to excavation, artifact analysis, basic surveying, and drawing. Weekend field trips to Rome, Ostia, Alban Hills.

Details at: https://montclair.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=26632
or http://chss.montclair.edu/archaeology/

ED: Cambridge Epigraphic Saturday

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For many year Cambridge has devoted one Saturday each spring to the study of inscriptions. This year that will be on March 31st.
Proceedings will take place in Room G 21, Faculty of Classics, starting at 11 a.m. with a paper by Jean-Louis Ferrary on "Aphrodisias and Claros".
The afternoon, beginning at 2.15 p.m., will be an ‘epigraphic workshop’. This is an opportunity for graduate students, in particular, to get expert assistance with puzzles that they may have about epigraphic texts.

Anyone wishing to attend should let Robin Osborne know: (ro225 @ cam.ac.uk).

Anyone wishing to present an epigraphic problem or issue in the workshop session (giving a presentation of up to 10 minutes) should indicate the text or the problem to allow sensible scheduling.

Robin Osborne

CONF: Thucydides our Contemporary? 28th-29th June 2012

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University of Bristol
Thursday 28th – Friday 29th June 2012
Thucydides our Contemporary?

A major international conference on the reception and influence of Thucydides in the modern world

Including a public lecture on Friday 29th by: Hunter R. Rawlings III, President of the Association of American Universities: "A Possession for All Time: why Thucydides matters so much"

The Athenian historian Thucydides (c.460-c.395 BCE) claimed that his account of the Peloponnesian War would be ‘a possession for ever’, valued by posterity more than by his contemporaries. The history of his text’s reception since the Renaissance has proved him entirely correct; not only has his work continued to be read, by historians, political thinkers, philosophers, international relations theorists and many others, but Thucydides himself has been seen as ever more prescient and modern. This international conference, part of the work of the AHRC-funded research project on ‘Thucydides: reception, reinterpretation and influence’, will explore the way his work has shaped ideas about how to understand the world, and his continuing role as an authority on history, politics and war.

Keynote Speakers: Clifford Orwin (Toronto); Arlene Saxonhouse (Michigan)

Key Themes: Translation and Education; History and Historiography; International Relations; Politics and Political Theory

Speakers: Greg Crane, Jon Hesk, Edward Keene, Christine Lee, Aleka Lianeri, Gerry Mara, Jeremy Mynott, Claudia Rammelt, Liz Sawyer, Oliver Schelske, James Sullivan, Thom Workman.

Numbers on the conference are strictly limited: please contact Neville Morley (n.d.g.morley AT bris.ac.uk) as soon as possible to reserve a place.

There will be a conference fee of £25 (£10 for graduate students) to cover lunch and refreshments.

The public lecture is free to attend, but we do ask that you let us know if you are intending to come.

Further information will be available at: http://www.bris.ac.uk/classics/thucydides/events/

Supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Bristol Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition

CFP: Bodily Functions: the Corpus and Corpora in Ancient Literature

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AMPAL 2012 ‘Bodily Functions: the Corpus and Corpora in Ancient Literature’

Ioannou Centre for Research in Classical and Byzantine Studies
University of Oxford, 8th-9th September 2012

1) Poster Competition

In addition to the call for papers previously circulated, AMPAL 2012 is
pleased to invite proposals for a research poster competition, on the theme
‘Bodily Functions: the corpus and corpora in ancient literature’. Research
posters are becoming increasingly popular in the humanities and social
sciences as a creative and interactive way for researchers to present their
work and gain constructive feedback. They are a very immediate and succinct
way to communicate ideas and themes in a creative and visual format.

Selected posters will be on display in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and
Byzantine Studies during the conference, and there will be the opportunity
to discuss and present the posters. A prize will be offered for the winning
poster.

Postgraduates at any stage of their research are encouraged to submit a
title and brief abstract (no more than 200 words) for a poster on the
conference theme to ampal.oxford.2012 @ gmail.com with ‘Poster’ in the
subject-line; please include your name, level of study, and institution. The
deadline for the poster competition is 1 May 2012. Delegates are welcome to
submit abstracts for both the poster competition and a conference paper;
these will be considered separately.

For more information on presenting academic research in posters, please see:

http://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/training_and_support/programme/humanities_division_poster_competition
http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/presentations_poster.html
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/undergrad/cgibin/drupal_ual/OO_research_opps_SURPSResources.html

2) Call for Papers

‘Bodily Functions: The Corpus and Corpora in Ancient Literature’

The AMPAL is a two day residential conference which brings together
post-graduates from across the international classical community. The event
offers a unique opportunity for graduates to present their work, to meet
other researchers and academics from across the discipline and to engage in
lively and stimulating discussion on a significant critical theme. In
particular, the AMPAL offers an encouraging environment for post-graduates
to present their first paper and for speakers and chairs to receive peer
review. Previous conferences have also included the opportunity for publication.

Our keynote speaker for the event will be Prof. Matthew Leigh of St Anne’s
College, Oxford.

Proposals are invited for papers of 20 minutes on the theme of the corpus
and corpora in ancient literature. Papers should discuss the body and its
functions in the Greek and Latin languages, literature (including both
poetry and prose, historiography, philosophy, oratory, etc.), and in the
modern reception of classical texts.

Suggestions are set out below; however, other interpretations of the theme
are very welcome:

- medical literature
– food, hunger and eating
– the dichotomy between the body and the mind
– textual representations of the human form
– the role of bodily movements in the performance of drama and oratory
– scatology
– transformation and metamorphosis
– physical appearance as characterisation
– the grotesque
– beauty and aesthetic ideals
– absence and presence
– the anthropomorphisation of places and landscapes
– bodily language and imagery

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are to be submitted, by 1st May 2012,
via email to: ampal.oxford.2012 @ gmail.com
When submitting abstracts, please include your name, academic institution
and level of study. Proposals for panels of up to three co-ordinated papers
are very welcome.

Conference organisors:
Eleanor Reeve, Simone Finkmann, Helen Todd, Jane Burkowski & Lucy Van
Essen-Fishman

Contact: ampal.oxford.2012 @ gmail.com

CFP, the Legacy of the Roman Republican Senate

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A reminder that the deadline for submission of abstracts for this call is
March 31st 2012.

September 6th – 8th, 2012, University of Glasgow, UK: ‘The Legacy of the
Roman Republican Senate’

Republican Rome has been a powerful and contested constitutional model in
the western political tradition. But the Senate is a relatively neglected
element in the model. This symposium, supported financially by the British
Academy, will explore the roles that the Senate has played in the
development of politics, political culture and constitutional theory since
the end of the Roman Republic.

Papers on any aspect of the use, abuse and analysis of the Republican Senate
from the Roman Empire onwards are welcome. Particular areas of interest may
include the role of the Republican Senate in early modern and modern
political theory; the emergence of distinctive thinking regarding
two-chamber legislatures and the extent to which these reflected awareness
of Roman precendents; reference to Roman ideals in the responses to both the
American and the French Revolutions; the use in these Revolutions of visual
symbolism derived from the Roman Senate; and the development of new
vernacular vocabularies to re-evaluate and apply political concepts derived
from the classical Latin of the Roman Senate.

Keynote speakers include Dean Hammer (Franklin and Marshall College), Thomas
Munck (University of Glasgow), Carl Richard (University of Louisiana at
Lafayette) and Matthew Roller (Johns Hopkins University).

Abstracts (350 words max) for 30 minute papers should be sent to the
organiser, Catherine Steel (catherine.steel @ glasgow.ac.uk) by March 31st 2012.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xv kalendas apriles

ante diem xv kalendas apriles

  • Festival of Mars (Day 19)
  • Quinquatrus (Day 1) — a festival celebrating Minerva’s birthday (maybe)
  • rites in honour of Minerva (obviously connected to the above)
  • 11 B.C.E. — Herod dedicates his renovated Temple in Jerusalem
  • 303 A.D. — Martyrdom of Pancharius of Nicomedia
  • 363 A.D. — fire destroys the Temple of Apollo on the Palatine