Assorted Finds from Turkey

From Today’s Zaman:

Archaeological excavations at three locations in Turkey have revealed numerous artifacts from three ancient cities.

The excavations of the area, which have been ongoing for seven years, have also revealed an amphitheater, the first hospital in the historical Lycian region and the stoa of the ancient city. Assistant Professor from Akdeniz University İsa Turgut stated that they have cleared the area carefully from debris and plan to reveal the façade of the mausoleum next year.

Meanwhile, excavations being carried out at Enez Castle in the northwestern province of Edirne have resulted in the discovery of a 2,500-year-old urn, a 2,350-year-old bronze wine goblet and cultural ruins dating back to the fourth century B.C.

The mayor of Enez, Ahmet Çayır, stated that five houses around the area had been expropriated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Under the scope of nationalization, the ministry compensated the owners of the houses and demolished them to continue with the excavations.

A team of 40 started restorations in Hadrianopolis in Eskipazar, a district of the Black Sea province of Karabük, where illegal excavations had damaged the historic artifacts. The town was reportedly built by Roman Emperor Hadrian.

Assistant professor Vedat Keleş of Atatürk University told reporters that they are working to prevent further damage to the churches in the city and that the team has cleaned nearly 1 million mosaic tiles in two months.

CONF: The Sounds of Latin

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THE SOUNDS OF LATIN

Venue: Jesus College, Oxford: Ship Street Conference Centre

Date: Thursday 8 November, 2.15-6.00 p.m.

Open to all, entrance free; but please register your intention to attend by emailing armand.dangour AT jesus.ox.ac.uk.

Talks will be around 20 minutes each. There will be time for 5 minutes of questions after each, and a 20-minute Q&A session at the end of the conference.

2.15 Introduction: James Morwood

2.20-2.40 Armand D’Angour, Jesus College, Oxford: ‘Phonemic variations in Latin verse’.

2.45-3.05 Wolfgang de Melo, Wolfson College, Oxford: ‘Laws of early Latin versification and why Plautus abides by them’.

3.10-3.30 Roland Mayer, King’s College, London: ‘Ictus and Accent: To beat or not to beat’.

3.35 TEA

4.00 Ian McAuslan, former Head of Classics, Eton College will read Horace Odes 4.3 (followed by discussion).

4.15-4.35 James Morwood, Wadham College, Oxford: ‘Hidden Quantities in Latin: how to recognize them and why they matter’.

4.40-5.00 John Penney, Wolfson College, Oxford: ‘Spoken Latin and Latin Verse’.

5.05-5.25 Philomen Probert, Wolfson College, Oxford: ‘liminaque laurusque dei: where to put the stress when there’s an enclitic’.

5.30 Drinks

5.40-6.00 General discussion.

JOB: Greek and Latin Lit. @ Reed

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Reed College invites applications for a one-year visiting appointment in
Classics and Humanities beginning August 2013. We are seeking a
classicist with a strong background in Greek and Latin literature. The
successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching
excellence at the undergraduate level. The appointee will teach Greek
and Latin language and literature courses, advise senior theses, and may
teach in Reed’s first-year Humanities course, which focuses primarily on
Greco-Roman civilization. Candidates should have the Ph.D. in hand or
near completion by fall 2013. Applications should include a cover letter
describing teaching and scholarly interests, CV, and three letters of
recommendation. Reed College is a community that believes that cultural
diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. In
your letter of application, please address how your scholarship,
teaching, mentoring, and/or community service might support Reed
College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the
College’s diversity statement (http://www.reed.edu/diversity/). The
Classics Department is using Interfolio to collect applications; for
more information and application instructions, see
https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/17008. All application materials
must be received by November 16, 2012. For further information about
this position, please contact Professor Nigel Nicholson
(nigel.nicholson AT reed.edu). An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed values
diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

CONF: Oxford Philological Society

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The Oxford Philological Society is pleased to announce its program for Michaelmas Term 2012. All lectures begin at 5.30 pm.

2nd week (19 October), LR XXIII, Balliol College: Dr Federico Russo (University of Konstanz): ‘The Concept of Regnum Between the 3rd and the 2nd Century BC: the evidence of Fabius Pictor and
Ennius’

4th week (2 November), Mure Room, Merton College: Dr Patrick Finglass (University of Nottingham):
‘Demophon in Egypt’

6th week (16 November), LR XXIII, Balliol College: Dr Matthew Wright (University of Exeter): ‘Thirty- seven types of ambiguity in Euripides’

All are welcome, and wine and soft drinks will be served. Those wishing to dine with the speaker, atan affordable local eatery, must contact the secretary by 5 pm of the previous day.

Classical Words of the Day

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This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iv nonas octobres

ante diem iv nonas octobres

fast in honour of Ceres — in 191 B.C., consultation of the Sybilline books ordered a fast to be held every five years in honour of the Roman goddess Ceres, who presided over grain and harvesting. By Augustus’ day, the fast was an annual event which curiously coincides fairly closely with the Athenian Thesmophoria.

ludi Augustales scaenici (day 2 — from 19-23 A.D.) — a festival in honour of Augustus involving primarily mime and pantomime theatrical displays

1909 — birth of James. B. Pritchard (“Biblical” archaeologist and author of The Ancient Near East, among other things)