Bloody Peasant! Oh What a Giveaway!

OK … so we erstwhile colonists are sitting here enjoying our lattes and watching the strangest bit of class(ical) name-calling going on in the motherland. It seems that one Andrew Mitchell MP took umbrage at a policeman and referred to him as a ‘pleb’! Here’s a timeline of how what is being branded a ‘scandal’ unfolded:

More interesting from our point of view is that all the newspapers feel a need to explain what a plebeian is and there is much handwringing over whether it’s a bad word or not. Mary Beard has written a couple of items:

Edith Hall also pondered the question:

Possibly connected is a column by Harry Mount:

… and so the BBC decided to interview Edith Hall and Harry Mount on the subject:

… and of course, in all this I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my favourite scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

JOB: Ancient History at UMaryland BC

Seen on Aegeanet:

The Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin, Fall, 2013. The position requires a PhD in Classics, Ancient History, or in a closely related field at the time of appointment.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the promise of excellence as both a scholar and a teacher. The ability to teach courses in Greek and Roman history, Classical civilization and culture and Greek and Latin language is a requirement. While the field of specialization is open, the successful applicant will possess a broad expertise in Greek and Roman history and culture.

Please send (in pdf format) a letter of interest, writing or publication samples (20 pp. maximum), sample syllabi, a list of references and a C.V. to Professor Marilyn Y. Goldberg at goldberg AT umbc.edu. Email is preferred, but hard copies may be sent to Prof. Goldberg at the Department of Ancient Studies, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland, 21250. To learn more about our Department, visit our website at www.umbc.edu/ancs.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012. Preliminary interviews will be held at the American Philological Association Annual Meeting in Seattle in January, 2013, although it is not necessary to attend the Annual Meeting to receive interview consideration.

Located between Baltimore and Washington, DC, UMBC is a Carnegie Research University (RU/H) widely recognized for its commitment to diversity and excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education. UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its students and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. We have a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity.

UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Bibliography of Ancient Slavery Online

Johannes Deissler sent this one along:

This is just a quick email to inform you that a beta of the ‘Bibliographie zur antiken Sklaverei Online (BASO) / Bibliography Ancient Slavery Online (BASO)’ database is now online for personal research.

The database can be accessed at www.sklaven.adwmainz.de – menu "Bibliographie" or http://www.sklaven.adwmainz.de/index.php?id=1584

BASO contains all monographs, essays and encyclopaedia articles for the academic study of ancient slavery, which became known to the Mainz Academy project "Forschungen zur antiken Sklaverei". It combines all titles already included in the last printed edition of 2003 (http://www.steiner-verlag.de/titel/53901.html), and some 4,000 newly collected data.

In the coming weeks, the database will be refined (including English interface) and additional bibliographic information will be implemented.

Your comments, questions and critiques are welcome.

A circulation of this information among colleagues is requested.

With best wishes

The Ancient Slavery Team at Mainz Academy (Germany)

antike.sklaverei AT adwmainz.de

JOB: Roman Visual and Material Culture @ Brock

seen on various lists:

Job Summary

The Department of Classics at Brock University invites applications for a probationary tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin 1 July 2013. The Department seeks a specialist in the visual and material culture of the Roman world.

Qualifications

The successful candidate should be actively involved in archaeological fieldwork and will be expected to coordinate and teach the Brock University Archaeological Practicum. Responsibilities will include teaching courses in Roman art and archaeology, senior and graduate level specialty seminars, and may include classical civilization and Latin and/or Greek courses. The successful applicant is also expected to supervise M.A. students. Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment and provide evidence of excellence in teaching and potential for scholarly achievement.

Notes

Classics at Brock is currently a department of nine permanent faculty, and over 100 majors, teaching on a 2:2 load a variety of courses towards majors and honours degrees in Classical Studies, Classical Languages, and Ancient Art and Archaeology. In addition to these programs, we offer large introductory courses in mythology and civilization to satisfy a general university requirement. The department offers an M.A. degree in Classics with special fields in Art and Archaeology and Text and Culture, and is active in Brock’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies program and the Women’s and Gender Studies program. The department also houses a teaching collection of Cypriote antiquities and an archaeology lab.

The deadline for applications is 16 November 2012. Applicants should submit in hard copy format a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae, evidence of successful teaching, a statement of research and a sample of scholarly writing, and should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to: Dr Allison Glazebrook, Chair, Department of Classics, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Ave., St Catharines, Ontario, CANADA. L2S 3A1.

Members of the department will meet with applicants at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle.

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form available at http://www.brocku.ca/webfm_send/1095 and include the completed form with their application.

For inquiries on the position email: aglazebrook AT brocku.ca. More information on the Department of Classics can be found at www.brocku.ca/classics. Information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website at www.brocku.ca.

The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

CONF: Leeds Research and Outreach Events

seen on the Classicists list:

We are pleased to announce this session’s schedule of research and
outreach events at Leeds. It includes both one-off research seminars and
colloquia, as well as local CA talks and the continuation of last year’s
successful ‘Classics in Our Lunchtime’ series at Leeds City Museum.

Enquiries may be directed by email to me or by phone to the Department
Office (0113-343-3537). All welcome!

Dr E.J. Stafford
Senior Lecturer and Director of Research,
Department of Classics, University of Leeds

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SEMESTER 1

SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER Classics in Our Lunchtime series by Leeds Classics
Last Thursday of the month, 1.15-1.45pm Leeds City Museum
(see http://classicstalks.wordpress.com/museum/ for details, and podcasts
of previous talks)
*September 27th Eleanor OKell and Tim McConnell: Finding Justice in Leeds
*October 25th Rick Jones: Seeing Pompeii: from royal playground to mass
tourism
*November 29th Edmund Richardson: A Classical Con in Old New York:
classics and spiritualism

Wednesday 26th SEPTEMBER
3pm Michael Sadler 101
Prof. Ruurd Nauta (Groningen): The Identity of ‘Meliboeus’ and the date of
Calpurnius Siculus

Thursday 27th SEPTEMBER’ (Harrogate Astronomical Society)
7.30pm Harlow Community Centre, Harrogate
Prof. Malcolm Heath (Leeds): Greek astronomy, Ptolemy and the ‘Leeds
Almagest’

Friday 5th OCTOBER 2011: LIGHT NIGHT: DEAD OF NIGHT
5pm-close Ancient Worlds Gallery, Leeds City Museum
Classical Stories Live in Leeds event, featuring staff and students from
Leeds Classics Department: all ages welcome!
For details, see http://www.classicalstoriesliveinleeds.wordpress.com

Wednesday 24th OCTOBER
3pm Michael Sadler 101
Prof. Angie Hobbs (Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy,
Sheffield): Transformations: the Daimonic Power of Eros in
Plato’s ‘Symposium’

Friday 2nd NOVEMBER (Leeds Classical Association lecture)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Dr Felix Budelmann (Magdalen College, Oxford): Greek lyric

Friday 16th NOVEMBER CLASSICAL THEMES IN MUSIC
10am-3.30pm Michael Sadler 101 (coffee, lunch and tea in Parkinson 119)
Dr Roger Brock (Leeds, Classics): Dido’s lament: classical Latin poetry in
Renaissance music
Anastasia Belina (Leeds, School of Music): TBC
Jonathan Tobutt (Leeds, School of Music): Britten’s 6 metamorphoses
after Ovid

Tuesday 4th December (Leeds Classical Association lecture)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Dr Steve Green (Leeds): Roman Responses to the Ending of the Aeneid

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SEMESTER 2

JANUARY-AUGUST Classics in Our Lunchtime series by Leeds Classics
Last Thursday of the month, 1.15-1.45pm Leeds City Museum
(see http://classicstalks.wordpress.com/museum/ for details, and podcasts
of previous talks)
*January 31st Penny Goodman: 2000 years of Augustus: the view from Leeds
*February 28th Malcolm Heath: Ptolemy’s compost: a history of piracy,
marketing, and fraud
*March 28th TBC
*April 25th Eleanor OKell/Sue Hamstead: Sophocles’ Antigone in the
twentieth century
*May 30th Emma Stafford: Hercules’ Choice: from ancient Greece to Temple
Newsam
*June-August title TBC

Wednesday 30th JANUARY 3pm Michael Sadler 101
ὁι ἀνάριθμοι: Subordinates and subordination in the ancient Greek world
The first in a three-part series running January to March, with speakers
including Dr Konstantinos Vlassopoulos (Nottingham) Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-
Jones (Edinburgh).

Wednesday 6th FEBRUARY (Leeds Classical Association lecture)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Mark Bradley (Nottingham): Obesity, corpulence and emaciation in Roman art

Wednesday 27th FEBRUARY (Leeds Classical Association lecture)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Michael Fulford (Reading): Silchester: Iron Age to Roman. The making of
the town in the light of continuing excavations

Wednesday 6th MARCH Joint PCI/ Classics Schools Day
9:30-15:30, Centenary Gallery, Parkinson Building
Interpreting Sophocles’ Antigone in modern, theatrical and Athenian
contexts

Wednesday 6th MARCH 3pm Michael Sadler 101
Dr Andrew Morrison (Manchester) Clio and Calliope: Apollonius, Herodotus
and Historiography

Friday 15th MARCH CURRENT RESEARCH IN CLASSICS AT LEEDS
10am-3.30pm MS 101 (coffee, lunch and tea in Parkinson 119)
Including papers by Owen Hodkinsonand Ed Richardson (details TBC).

8th-11th MAY 7pm stage@Leeds
A series of pre-performance talks on Sophocles’ Antigone by Classics staff
(details TBC).

Monday 13th MAY (Leeds Classical Association presidential address)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Malcolm Heath (Leeds): Aristotle’s chimpanzees

Monday 24th-Wednesday 26th JUNE
HERCULES: A HERO FOR ALL AGES: international conference, details to follow.
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Past Preservers is Looking for Talking Heads

A US based production company is seeking help in the following areas-

- They are looking for a presenter, probably an architectural historian or similar who can research and bring to life the history of a building, historical property or home.

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Tell us your stories; we are waiting to hear from you.

If you are not currently on our expert database, please remember that we are always on the lookout for new talent for our projects; essentially we are looking for individuals who can energetically share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.

If you are interested in working on documentaries as a presenter or as a expert contributor we need you to do the following- please complete the online registration form and send your CV and two photographs of you (one face shot, one full body) and a brief audition video to casting AT pastpreservers.com.

JOB: Greek History/Literature at UTexas Austin

seen on the Classicists list:


The Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin invites
applications for a tenure-track position in Greek history and/or literature
at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a colleague whose interests and
approaches will enhance existing faculty strengths and who will contribute
to our program at all levels. The successful candidate will be expected to
maintain a strong and productive program of research, to demonstrate
excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching, to supervise graduate
research, and to participate actively in service to the department, college,
and university. Applicants should at a minimum have a PhD in Classics or a
related field (in hand or expected by August 2013), commitment to teaching
excellence, and a clearly defined research agenda.
To apply, submit a letter of interest, a CV, a sample of recent scholarship,
and three letters of recommendation to: utclassics AT austin.utexas.edu
(subject heading: Search Committee); or by post to: Search Committee,
Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin, 2210 Speedway, C3400,
Austin, TX 78712-1738. To receive full consideration, complete applications
must be received by November 15, 2012. Inquiries may be sent to the Search
Committee at either address. The University of Texas at Austin is an AA/EEO
employer. Appointment is subject to budgetary approval; and a background
check on the appointee is a state requirement. Further information about the
Department is available on our website:
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/classics/.

JOB: Roman Archaeology at UNC Chapel Hill

seen on various lists:

Roman Archaeology:

The Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Roman archaeology at the rank of assistant professor. Preference will be given to applicants with a developed research plan based on primary fieldwork. Applicants should have the Ph.D. in hand at time of application; indicate teaching and research interests that are complementary to existing strengths in the archaeology program (http://classics.unc.edu/); and demonstrate excellence in research and a commitment to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. UNC Chapel Hill is an EOE employer. Women and minority scholars are encouraged to apply. Applicants apply online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/8475 and attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names of four people who will write letters of recommendation. Applications must be received by November 15, 2012 for consideration. The four letters of recommendation should be sent directly to: Donald C. Haggis, Chair, Roman Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Classics, CB# 3145, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145. E-mail inquiries should be addressed to: dchaggis AT email.unc.edu.

CONF: Care in the Past Conference

seen on the Classicists list (note that the registration date has passed)

Full information on the day, including registration forms, can be found at:

http://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/research_environment/research_dialogues/care/

‘Care in the Past: Archaeological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives’

One of the major social challenges faced today is the provision of care for the elderly, the disabled and the young within society, with contemporary debates dominating local, national and global agendas. The importance of the study of care has been recognised by all research councils, resulting in the formation of the cross-council programme on Lifelong Health and Well-Being. Until recently the study of care has been shied away from in archaeological thought. However, cutting-edge research in both archaeology and bioarchaeology has begun generating questions that implicate care, particularly with regards to the social identity of those who required it. Such research, whilst promising, is still incipient, and the ways in which archaeology can contribute to and interact with other disciplines studying historical care have yet to be realised. This one day multidisciplinary conference aims to further this agenda and will cover perspectives on:childhood care, attitudes towards the disabled and elderly, and methods of treatment from across prehistoric and historical contexts.

Sessions will include keynote speeches by:

Session 1 – Childhood – Dr. Mary Lewis (University of Reading)

Session 2 – Disability– Dr. Irina Metzler (Independent Researcher)

Session 3 – Treatment and Care – Dr. Rebecca Gowland (Durham University)

CONF: Kent Research Seminars

seen on the Classicists list:

This term, Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent
offers another exciting and varied research events programme: details below.

The programme includes our own research seminar at 4pm on Monday afternoons,
as well as other lectures on classical antiquity taking place in the
university. All interested parties are very welcome to attend.

Best wishes,

Dunstan Lowe (d.m.lowe AT kent.ac.uk)

(Abbreviations:
SECL = School of European Culture and Languages
KIASH = Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities)

CLASSICAL & ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINARS, AUTUMN 2012:

Monday, September 24th, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Dr. Tony Keen, Open University
‘Two Graphic Interpretations of the Matter of Troy: Eric Shanower’s Age of
Bronze and Marvel Illustrated: The Odyssey’

Monday, October 1st, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Staff work-in-progress seminar:
Dr. Patty Baker, University of Kent
‘Greco-Roman Images of Doctors and Cupping Vessels: A Reciprocal Visual
Dialogue Between the Patient and Healer’

Monday, October 8th, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Dr. Kelli Rudolph, University of Oxford
‘The Science of Flavour in Ancient Greek Philosophy’

Wednesday, October 10th, 5-6pm, Grimond Lecture Theatre 1
SECL Popular Lecture:
Dr. Luke Lavan, University of Kent
‘Ostia, Port of Rome, in Late Antiquity: Excavations by the University of
Kent 2008-2011′

Monday, October 22nd, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Dr. Patrick James, Cambridge University
‘Town and Countryside: An Introduction to the Linguistic Landscape of
Athens, Attica, and Atticism’

Monday, October 29th, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Student work-in-progress seminar:
Jo Stoner & Joe Williams, University of Kent
‘Papyri as an Archaeological Source: Household Objects in Private Letters
and Inventories of Late Antiquity’

Thursday, November 8th, 6pm [for venue, check SECL Events Calendar]
KIASH Professorial Inaugural Lecture:
Prof. Ray Laurence, University of Kent
‘Pompeii, Roads and the Spatial Turn: Was the Roman Empire an Early Form of
Globalisation?’

Monday, November 12th, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Dr. Clare Coombe, University of Bristol
‘Monstrous Regiments: Gigantomachy and the Poetry of Claudian’

Monday, November 19th, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Student work-in-progress seminar:
Signe Barfoed, University of Kent
‘From Mainland Greece to South Italy: Miniature Pottery as Evidence for
Religious Practice in the Archaic-Hellenistic Period’
Celine Murphy, University of Kent
‘Miniaturism, Three-Dimensionality and Tactility: A Study of Minoan Peak
Sanctuary Anthropomorphic Figurines’

Monday, November 26th, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Dr. Lacey Wallace, Independent Scholar
‘Planning, Power, and Building Londinium’

Monday, December 3rd, 4-5pm, Maths Lecture Theatre
Prof. William Fitzgerald, King’s College London
‘Variety: Scenes from the Life of a Roman Concept’

Wednesday, December 5th, 5:15pm [for venue, check SECL Events Calendar]
SECL Distinguished Lecture:
Prof. Christopher Carey, University College London

CJ Online Review: Bizer, Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France

posted with permission:

Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France. By Marc Bizer. Classical Presences. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. xii + 245. Hardcover, $85.00/£55.00. ISBN 978-0-19-973156-5.

Reviewed by Timothy Wutrich, Case Western Reserve University

Marc Bizer presents a compelling argument regarding the reception of Homer in sixteenth-century France in his book Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France. However, Classicists and others who are not well-read in French literature and who lack a firm command of sixteenth-century France’s complex history may find this book difficult. Bizer’s book makes an important contribution to the field of Classical reception studies as part of a dialogue with specialists, but it is not the best point of entry for someone casually interested in the topic or interested in an introduction.

Bizer writes well: his prose is clear and jargon-free. His book has two main parts. Part I, “Making Homer French, 1530–1560” describes in three chapters how French Renaissance humanists like Guillaume Budé and Jean Dorat helped promulgate Homeric studies in France, especially as a means of instructing French monarchs. Bizer begins by revealing the long tradition of Neoplatonic allegorical interpretation of Homer. Then he considers Pseudo-Plutarch’s Essay on the Life and Poetry of Homer, which presented Homer as a polymath with special authority in politics, and shows that the essay had a strong impact on Budé. Finally, Bizer recounts the persistent sixteenth-century myth that France’s royalty could trace its roots to the Trojan royal family. Bizer goes on to argue that Budé’s interpretation of Homer for François I was designed to instruct the French king in philology and statesmanship while simultaneously presenting the work of the humanists as essential for the monarchy. Bizer surveys three of Budé’s treatises which “illustrate the important connections between Greek learning, humanism, and royal power” (33).

From Budé, Bizer turns to Jean Dorat, a remarkable figure, who, although he did not publish a book, is known from his lectures on Homer and his influence on members of the group of French Renaissance poets known as the Pléiade. The Dorat chapter also features an excursus on the influence exerted by both Budé and Dorat on artists working for the French court, particularly in the Château of Fontainebleau’s “Ulysses Gallery.”

In Part I’s final chapter, Bizer offers a contrasting view of Homeric exegesis, showing that in the 1550s both the poet Joachim Du Bellay and the essayist Etienne de la Boétie used Homeric poetry to challenge the French Trojan myth. Bizer compares Du Bellay’s work with the court-sanctioned poetry of Ronsard who continued to celebrate the French monarchy. Bizer then turns to La Boétie’s essay De la servitude volontaire as the first example of a text that challenged Homeric authority in politics, particularly Homer’s apparent approval of monarchy in Iliad 2.204–5. However, the Wars of Religion and the ensuing chaos caused La Boétie to refine his views in the essay Memoire sur le pacification des troubles, which, Bizer asserts, while lacking specific Homeric reference, “constructs a pragmatic argument for one religion by insisting on the real dangers of two” (108).

Part II, “Homer and the Problem of Authority During the Wars of Religion (1560–1592),” includes four chapters that explore the ways in which Catholic and Protestant writers used Homer in polemical works. In Chapter 4 Bizer examines texts by Catholic and Huguenot writers to argue that in the 1560s “Homer continued to be invaluable in authorizing discourses on sovereignty, if ultimately he could no longer authorize sovereignty itself” (154). In Chapter 5 Bizer reveals that as the crisis in France worsened the use of Homer by both Catholic and Huguenot polemicists began to change. He observes that a writer like Jean de Sponde, who began by hoping that Henri IV would be like the Homeric heroes, ultimately wondered whether Homer should or could be used in discourse about the monarchy. In Chapter 6 Bizer turns from his study of polemical tracts to offer a reading of Garnier’s tragedy La Troade (1579) which, while indebted to Homer, Euripides, and Seneca, nevertheless draws didactic historical and political parallels with the religious wars in France. Chapter 7 argues that Montaigne felt obliged to react to the chaos in French society and politics since La Boétie’s death, especially to the extent that his friend’s writings were thought to have incited conflict. Bizer argues that while Montaigne acknowledged the authority of Homer, he questioned “the unconditional authority … [of] ancient authors, finding that they contradict themselves” (209). Bizer states that Montaigne’s assertion was that “Homer’s exegetes use Homer merely to ventriloquize themselves” and that “an end to the religious wars can only come from a monarchy whose authority is absolute, derived from itself and from no other source” (212–3). In the Conclusion Bizer asserts that he has recounted “the story of a political hermeneutics” in which Homeric exegesis “became inseparable from engaging in a politics of authority, of debating the nature of that sovereignty and eventually questioning that sovereignty itself” (215).

Scholars working on the Classical Tradition and Classical Reception will find Bizer’s arguments engaging and his methodology attractive. However, much material will be new to non-specialists in French literary or political history; the fact that Bizer does not translate everything will be an obstacle to those unused to sixteenth-century French. He also assumes that his readers know the succession of sixteenth-century French monarchs and the background of events like the Placard Affair and the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. Yet overall the book is informative and offers a thought-provoking take on the capacity of Homer to exert influence on political action in sixteenth-century France.

CONF: Ancient Greece and Ancient Israel: Interactions and Parallels (10th-4th Centuries BCE)

Seen on the Agade list:

Ancient Greece and Ancient Israel: Interactions and Parallels
(10th-4th Centuries BCE)
October 28-30, 2012
Room 496, Gilman Building, Tel Aviv University

Collaboration between the European Network for the Study of Ancient
Greek History and Tel Aviv University

Conference Organizers: Irad Malkin, History Department, Tel Aviv
University and a member of the European Network
(malkin.irad AT gmail.com); Alexander Fantalkin, Department of
Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University
(fantalk AT post.tau.ac.il)

The world of the Hebrew Bible, or the Old Testament, has often been
studied against the background of Near Eastern civilizations. Yet,
aside from the enormous hinterlands of the Near East, the ancient land
of Israel also neighbored the Mediterranean. As a collaborative
conference between the European Network for the Study of Ancient Greek
History and Tel Aviv University, we wish to concentrate on
interactions and parallels between the ancient Greek world and the
Eastern Mediterranean, with an emphasis on the period before the
Hellenistic and Roman periods.

How do we, at the start of the third millennium CE, perceive and
interpret the almost simultaneous arrival of the two cultures whose
self-definitions still mark out the meaning of western civilization?
We wish to discuss the key concepts of "parallels, similarities, and
influences" in the context of the Eastern Mediterranean. Are they due
to general human reaction to comparable historical situations or do
they depend on actual contacts and influences, directly or via third
parties? Drawing on specific case-studies we will discuss the
usefulness of these key terms and analyze the likely contexts for
interaction and/or the evidence of actual contacts.

The question of what is comparable as such and what is owed to actual
influence is often debated. Whereas former approaches tended to regard
the issue of influence literally, "in-fluence," "flowing into," as if
cultural contacts are necessarily uni-directional; their "source,"
therefore, needed to be identified and located in a hierarchy that is
either temporal ("who was first?") or spatial ("first from where?").
Such approaches may indeed be valid at times. Today the cutting edge
of the discourse of civilizational parallels and contacts seems rather
to consist in a multi-directional, non-hierarchical perspective, which
may hopefully find its expression in the conference.

Program

October 28th

09:45 Coffee & Gathering

10:00-10:15 Greetings

Eyal Zisser (Dean, Faculty of Humanities, TAU)
Irad Malkin (European Network/TAU)

Constitutive Narratives and Comparative World-views

Session I Chair: Israel Finkelstein (TAU)

10:15-11:15

Oswyn Murray (Balliol College, Oxford): The Western Tradition of Ancient History

Hans-Joachim Gehrke (University of Freiburg): Between ‘Clash of
Civilisations’ and Hybridity: Conceptualizing Historical Comparison

11:15-11:30: Pause

11:30-12:30

Irad Malkin (TAU): Foreign Founders: Greek and Hebrew Colonization

Alexander Fantalkin (TAU): Comparable Chronologies: The Contexts of Interaction

12:30-13:45: Discussion Panel: Shlomo Bunimovitz (TAU), Bernard M.
Levinson (University of Minnesota), Doron Mendels (Hebrew
University of Jerusalem)

13:45-15:15: LUNCH

Session II Chair: Jonathan Price (TAU)

15:15-16:15

Kurt Raaflaub (Brown University): The Despotic Template: Authority,
Politics and Religion in Early Greek and Hebrew Thought

Josine Blok (Utrecht University): The Greek and Hebrew Concepts of the
Covenant: A Comparative View

16:15-16:30: Pause

16:30-17:00

François de Polignac (EPHE/ANHIMA, Paris): Did the Greeks Feel at the
Margins of the Ancient Near East?

17:00-18:00: Discussion Panel: Maurizio Giangiulio (University of
Trento), Konrad Schmid (University of Zurich)

October 29th

Session III Chair: Oded Lipschits (TAU)

10:00-11:00

Amir Gilan (TAU): A Bridge or a Blind Alley? Hittites and Neo Hittites
as Cultural Mediators

Marek Wecowski (Warsaw University): The Greek Symposion and the
Biblical Marzeah: Contrasts and Parallels

11:00-11:15: Pause

11:15-12:15

Jacob L. Wright (Emory University): Aegean War Commemoration and the
Composition of Biblical Writings

Martti Nissinen (University of Helsinki): Prophets and Kings: A
Comparison between Greece and Mesopotamia

12:15-13:15: Discussion Panel: Nadav Na’aman (TAU), Thomas Römer
(Collège de France/University of Lausanne)

13:15-14:45: LUNCH

Session IV Chair: Sylvie Honigman (TAU)

14:45-15:45

Christian Mann (University of Mannheim): Body and Sports in Israel and
Greece: A Comparative View

Bruce Louden (University of Texas at El Paso): Jason, Medea, and
Aietes: Jacob, Rachel, and Laban: Argonautic Myth and Genesis 27-32

15:45-16:00: Pause

16:00-17:00

Thomas Römer (Collège de France/University of Lausanne): Hebrew Bible
and Greek Mythology: Some Case Studies

Robin Lane Fox (New College, Oxford): Mixed Marriages: Nehemiah,
Pericles and Others….

17:00-18:00: Discussion Panel: Margalit Finkelberg (TAU), Israel
Finkelstein (TAU)

October 30th

Session V The Phoenicians between Greeks and Hebrews

Chair: Moshe Fischer (TAU)

10:00-11:00

Benjamin Sass (TAU): The First Adaptations of the Semitic Alphabet to
Indo-European Languages: Some New Evidence for Phrygian and Greek
Writing ca. 800 BCE

Rosalind Thomas (Balliol College, Oxford): Phoenicians in the Old
Testament and in Greek Writers: A World Apart?

11:00-11:15: Pause

11:15-12:15

Assaf Yasur-Landau (University of Haifa): From Canaanites to
Israelites and Phoenicians: Cultural Trajectories in Mediterranean
Settings

Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol): Mediation and Multi-Directional
Exchanges: The Phoenicians

12:15-13:15: Discussion Panel: Ayelet Gilboa (University of Haifa),
Gunnar Lehmann (Ben- Gurion University)

13:15-14:45: LUNCH

Session VI Human Connectors

Chair: Oren Tal (TAU)

14:45-15:45

James D. Muhly (University of Pennsylvania/ASCSA): Traveling Craftsmen?

Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck/University of Helsinki):
Craftsmen and Specialists between East and West

15:45-16:00: Pause

16:00-16:30

Nino Luraghi (Princeton University): Fighting for the Other:
Mercenaries, Culture Contact, and Ethnicity

16:30-17:30: Discussion Panel: Maurizio Giangiulio (University of
Trento), Ran Zadok (TAU)

17:30-17:45: Pause

Envoi & Reflections: Margalit Finkelberg (TAU), Irad Malkin (TAU)

Final Discussion

Classical Words of the Day

sententious (Dictionary.com)
crepitate (Wordsmith)
thurification (Worthless Word)
stichometry (Wordnik)

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