Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

  • 2012.04.41:  Gabriele Marasco, Political Autobiographies and Memoirs in Antiquity: a Brill Companion.
  • 2012.04.40:  Claude Rambaux, La genèse du judaïsme et du christianisme: les faits et les problèmes dans leur contexte historique. Collection Latomus, 332.
  • 2012.04.39:  Roger Pearse, Eusebius of Caesarea. Gospel Problems and Solutions: Quaestiones ad Stephanum et Marinum (CPG 3470). Ancient texts in translation, 1.
  • 2012.04.38:  Sharon R. Steadman, Gregory McMahon, The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia, 10,000-323 B.C.E.
  • 2012.04.37:  Philip Freeman, Oh My Gods: a Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths.
  • 2012.04.36:  Anne Wiseman, Peter Wiseman, Ovid: Times and Reasons. A New Translation of Fasti.
  • 2012.04.35:  Barbara Feichtinger, Gender studies in den Altertumswissenschaften: Aspekte von Macht und Erotik in der Antike. IPHIS – Beiträge zur altertumswissenschaftlichen Genderforschung, Bd 4.
  • 2012.04.34:  Perrine Galand, Gino Ruozzi, Sabine Verhulst, Jean Vignes, Tradition et créativité dans les formes gnomiques en Italie et en Europe du Nord (XIVe-XVIIe siècles). Latinitates, 4.
  • 2012.04.33:  Claudio De Stefani, Paulus Silentiarus. Descriptio Sanctae Sophiae; Descriptio Ambonis. Bibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana 2009.
  • 2012.04.32:  Santiago Montero, María Cruz Cardete, Naturaleza y religión en el mundo clásico: usos y abusos del medio natural. Thema mundi, 3.
  • 2012.04.31:  José Luís Lopes Brandão, Plutarco. Vidas de Galba e Otão. Colecção Autores Gregos e Latinos. Série Textos Gregos, 14.
  • 2012.04.30:  Winfried Schröder, Athen und Jerusalem: die philosophische Kritik am Christentum in Spätantike und Neuzeit. Quaestiones,
  • 2012.04.29:  Antonia Giannouli, Elisabeth Schiffer, From manuscripts to books / Vom Codex zur Edition. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Textual Criticism and Editorial Practice for Byzantine Texts (Vienna, 10-11 December 2009). Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse, Bd. 431. Veröffentlichungen zur Byzanzforschung, Bd. 29.
  • 2012.04.28:  Nathalie Barrandon, De la pacification à l’intégration des Hispaniques (133-27 a.C.): les mutations des sociétés indigènes d’Hispanie centrale et septentrionale sous domination romaine. Scripta antiqua, 35.

CFP: Greek Myths on the Map

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Greek Myths on the Map

The Sixth Bristol Myth Conference
31st July – 2nd August, 2013

Greek myths were inextricably connected to the physical
environments in which they were set. This connection is
strikingly evident in the use of myths to explain and
communicate the significance of physical and human geography.
Polybius boldly asserts that "in the present day, now that all
places have become accessible by land or sea, it is no longer
appropriate to use poets and writers of myth as witnesses of the
unknown" (4.40.2). Yet mythology was never entirely banished:
myths were incorporated into geographical descriptions
throughout antiquity and across a broad spectrum of genres,
even as activities such as exploration, conquest and scientific
endeavour altered how the world was understood and perceived.
This conference will examine the various practical and
conceptual roles Greek mythology played in attempts to
describe, represent and explain the physical and human
geography of the ancient world.

We invite proposals for papers on topics related to this theme.
Questions that papers might address include: What motivates
writers to incorporate mythical narratives into geographical
descriptions? What can myths communicate about the
environment that purely geographical description cannot? Do
diverse and changing perceptions of the physical world affect the
ways in which stories about the mythological past are told? How
do mythical geographies relate to physical and conceptual
geographies? In what ways do political, religious or social forces
impact on the interplay between mythical and geographical

Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) for proposed 25-minute
papers to clasmyth-conference AT by Monday, 17th
September, 2012. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the
conference organizers, Jessica Priestley and Greta Hawes, at the same address.


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In the week 3-7 September 2012 will take place in Urbino a Summer School in Greek Metrics and
Rhythmic organized by the C.I.S.G.A. (Centro Internazionale di Studi sulla Cultura Greca), the
Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia dell’Università di Urbino “Carlo Bo”, The Dipartimento di Scienze del
Testo e del Patrimonio Culturale, in cooperation with the Ente Regionale per il diritto allo Studio
Universitario di Urbino (E.R.S.U) and the Ministero per I Beni e le Attività Culturali (Soprintendenza
per i Beni Storici, Artistici ed Etnoantropologici delle Marche).

The courses are intended to provide a scholarly introduction to the study of metrics and rhythmics,
musical culture in the ancient world, the principal issues connecting metrics to editing and textual
criticism as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for confronting independently and critically
the metrical and rhythmical interpretation of any text of ancient Greek poetry.

The course will consist of a number of traditional lessons, evening lectures, workshops with written
test, and a final panel discussion, amounting to 36 hoursdistributed into 5 days. Italian and English
will be the official languages spoken during the course.
The lessons will deal with the following themes:
– general principles and history of the discipline
– basic concepts of prosody
– meters of recited poetry and recitative
– lyric meters
– structures of versification
– transmission and critical tradition of poetic texts
– basic concepts of ancient music
Workshops will apply and investigate in depth themes dealt with in the lessons. The evening
lectures, particularly concerned with archaeology (musical iconography) and history of ancient
music, are intended to implement the topics dealt with in the lessons.
The final panel discussion will confront specific themes chosen and proposed to the participants
by the scholarly experts.

For further information please contact to:
Segreteria Organizzativa ( Mercede Amaranti; dr. Stefania Rocco)
Summer School di Metrica e Ritmica Greca
Dipartimento di Scienze del Testo e del Patrimonio Culturale
Via S. Andrea, 34 61029 Urbino Italy
Telephone number: +39 0722 303567; +39 0722 303550
E-mail: dipscienzetesto1 AT, liana.lomiento AT

CONF: UK Ancient Historians Annual Meeting 2012

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The UK Ancient Historians’ Annual Meeting (the ‘Norman Baynes’ meeting) will be held from May 12/13 in Stevenage, Herts. Featuring:

Ø Research projects and how to design them
Ø Tony Spawforth on Greece, the Augustan cultural revolution, and its wider significance
Ø Lisa Kallet on Thucydides on explaining the inexplicable

Bookings must be made by 9 a.m. on Thursday May 3rd. Full details below

The ‘Baynes meeting’ is the annual opportunity for all UK ancient historians, whatever their specialism, and whether in post or retired, to meet for both formal and informal discussion. Early-career ancient historians have particularly appreciated the chance to get to know other members of the profession and to exchange ideas, and are particularly encouraged to attend.

The event is open both to those with university posts and to others at post-doctoral level. As well as an opportunity to hear and discuss two papers, the meeting provides an excellent opportunity to learn about research projects, forthcoming publications and publishing initiatives, and to discuss other developments and concerns in teaching and research.

The cost (Dinner, bed and breakfast, lunch) will be £96.25. The cost for non-residents (i.e. only Saturday or only Sunday) will be £30.00. There will be a £5 registration charge. No advance payment is required.

Please let me have the earliest possible indications of interest (to ro225 AT; firm booking (to me) MUST BE MADE by 9 a.m. on Thursday May 3rd.

PROGRAMME Saturday 12 May 3.00 to 4.30 p.m. Research Projects: how to design one, get a research grant, and carry it out Research funding is getting ever tighter, but the array of research funding schemes ever larger and more complex. A team of scholars who have been successful in getting large research grants – including Greg Woolf, Catherine Steel, Neville Morley and Robin Osborne – will talk about their projects and the lessons they have learnt about what goes wrong and how to get it right, from design to signing off.

4.30 pm Tea 5.00-6.30 pm Professor Tony Spawforth ‘Greece, the Augustan cultural revolution, and its wider significance’.

7.30 pm Dinner

Sunday 13 May 9.30-11.00 am Dr. Lisa Kallet ‘The Historian’s Dilemma: Thucydides on Explaining the Inexplicable’ 11.00 am Coffee 11.30 -12.30 Information exchange/business meeting 12.30 pm 3-course lunch

The meeting will be held (NB new location) at the Novotel Stevenage, Knebworth Park, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2AX. This is not far from the railway station (on the East Coast mainline), and readily accessible from junction 7 of the A1(M). For directions see:

Robin Osborne

ED: Summer and Fall 2012 online classes at Montclair State University.

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In Summer/Fall 2012 there are various online courses being offered at Montclair State University which both undergraduates and even high school students, though the High Jump program, can enroll in. I give more information below. If you have any questions, please email me (alvaresj AT And pass the word around, if you can!

For the High Jump program see

In the Summer, we offer online:

GNHU 115-91 TROY AND THE TROJAN WAR Meets 7-2 to 8-9
GNHU-182-92 ENGL VOCAB-CLASSICAL ROOTS Meets 8-6 to 8-23
GNHU 201-91 GENERAL HUMANITIES I Meets 7-2 to 8-9
GNHU 281-91 GREEK CIVILIZATION Meets 6-11 to 8-2
GNHU 282-91 ROMAN CIVILIZATION Meets 6-11 to 7-3
GNHU-285-91 MYTHOLOGY Meets 5-14 to 5-31
GNHU-285-92 MYTHOLOGY Meets 6-11 to 7-3
GNHU-285-93 MYTHOLOGY Meets 8-6 to 8-23

LATN-101-91 BEGINNING LATIN I Meets 5-14 to 5-31 (online too)


GREK 101-03 Beginning Greek 1 (New Testament)

See our course guide at

Or go to

Check out our YouTube video on the General Humanities Major at


And also our YouTube video on the Classics Major and Minor at

Again, please contact us if there are any questions.

CONF: War as Spectacle

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The Open University
Department of Classical Studies
Milton Keynes Campus
Michael Young Building, Meeting Rooms 1-4

War as Spectacle colloquium
15 June 2012


10:00-10:30 Morning coffee
10:30-10:45 Introduction

10:45-11:45 Panel 1: Homeric Spectacles of War
Chair: Chris Emlyn-Jones (Open University)

Tobias Myers (Columbia University): Spectatum Veniunt…: Iliadic Enargeia and the First Spectacular Duel

Jon Hesk (University of St. Andrews): Homeric Spectacles of War in Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line

11:45-12:45 Panel 2: Ancient War Spectacles in Modern Greece
Chair: Lorna Hardwick

Gonda Van Steen (University of Florida): Parading War and Victory under the Greek Military Dictatorship (1967-1974)

Anastasia Bakogianni (Open University): The Anti-War Spectacle: the
Condemnation of War in Michael Cacoyannis’ Euripidean Trilogy

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-3:15 Panel 3: Spectacles of War in Material Culture

Chair: Jessica Hughes (OU)

Sara Chiarini (Freie Universität Berlin): The Spectacle of War on Herakles’Shield

Andrew Fear (University of Manchester): An Unwinding Story: the Influence of Trajan’s Column on the Depiction of Warfare

Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (City University of New York): Triumphal New York:the ‘Roman’ Arches of New York City

3:15-3:30 Afternoon refreshments

3:30-5:00 Panel 4: Modern Perspectives on Ancient Warfare

Chair: Anastasia Bakogianni

Claire Jamset (University of Cambridge) and Jeff Malone (Australian
Department of Infrastructure and Transport): Spectacular Atrocities and
Victory in War: the Long (?) Road to Post-Heroic Warfare

Helen Lovatt (University of Nottingham) Dead Bodies on Display: the
Spectacle of the Death-Scene and the Epic Gaze

Emma Bridges (The Open University) The Greatest Runway Show in History: Paul Violi’s House of Xerxes and the Spectacle of War

Registration fee: £10 which includes a sandwich lunch and refreshments

A limited number of student travel bursaries are available.

With grateful thanks to the Faculty of Arts of the Open University for
supporting this event.

To register and for all other information please email Anastasia Bakogianni:
a.bakogianni AT

Please send all payments to Yvonne Bartley: y.s.bartley
Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Open University’ and sent to:
Yvonne Bartley, Department of Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA