New Mailing List: PUNIC-UK

making the rounds … this one’s from the Classicists list:

Dear Colleagues,

We write to call attention to a mailing list designed to share information of interest to those interested in Phoenician and Punic Studies, especially but of course not only in the UK. This initiative is a collaboration between graduate students, post-docs and postholders at Leicester, Glasgow and Oxford, under the aegis of the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies (

The list is based at:

Following this link will take you to the mail-list’s homepage, and you can join the list by clicking on the ‘Subscribe or Unsubscribe’ option and following the simple instructions.
Anyone may post to the list, by sending a message to: PUNIC-UK AT JISCMAIL.AC.UK
All posts are checked by a moderator, so you can be assured that you will not receive ‘spam’.
The list does not support attachments.

… interesting that the ‘list’ is still alive and well enough that folks start new ones …

The World of Ancient Papyri

Long-time blogger Ben Witherington has been running an interesting little series summarizing William Johnson’s Bookrolls and Scribes in Oxyrhynchus which folks might want to spend some time with:

EuGeStA 2 Online

This has been lingering in my mailbox for a while … from the Classicists list::

The second edition of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal EuGeStA is now online at:

The contents of the 2012 issue are as follows:

Claude Calame
La poésie de Sappho aux prises avec le genre: polyphonie, pragmatique et rituel (à propos du fr. 58 b)

Giulia Sissa
Agathon and Agathon. Male Sensuality in Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae and Plato’s Symposium

Holt N. Parker
Aristotle’s Unanswered Questions: Women and Slaves in Politics 1252a-1260b

Mairéad McAuley
Matermorphoses: Motherhood and the Ovidian Epic Subject

Tara Welch
Perspectives On and Of Livy’s Tarpeia

Emily A. Hemelrijk
Fictive Motherhood and Female Authority in Roman Cities

Charilaos N. Michalopoulos
Tiresias between texts and sex

Florence Klein
Les bouclettes d’Encolpe (Sat. 109.9): une critique pétronienne du néo-alexandrinisme ovidien?

Paul Allen Miller
Hadrian’s Practice of Freedom: Yourcenar, Beauvoir, and Foucault

CFP: Journal of Ancient HIstory

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The newly launched Journal of Ancient History is now accepting submissions.

Aims and Scope
The Journal of Ancient History aims to provide a forum for scholarship
covering all aspects of ancient history and culture from the Archaic
Period to Late Antiquity (roughly the ninth century BCE through the sixth
century CE). The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles concerning the
history and historiography (ancient and modern) of the ancient
Mediterranean world and of neighboring civilizations in their relations
with it. The journal is open to submissions in disciplines closely related
to ancient history, including epigraphy, numismatics, religion and law.

Please see our website for submission information:

CFP: Religion & Belief: A Moral Landscape

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Religion & Belief: a moral landscape

4th Annual Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

The Department of Classics at the University of Leeds is pleased to announce the 4rd Annual Postgraduate Conference to be held on the 5th June 2012, Leeds.

Religion & Belief have been a central part of human history, playing a fundamental role in forming and shaping human society. They are at the root of many of humankind’s activities and achievements, from great works of art to social and political institutions. In the context of 21st century multiculturalism, where negotiation between differing religious and social beliefs is a daily reality in many societies, the nature, role and effect of religion and belief are still important issues to be discussed. The ?New Atheist? movement, that wishes to firmly separate the moral landscape from Religious institutions, asks important questions regarding the relationship between morality and religion. Can ancient or contemporary religion be seen as amoral? Within a culture where religion is so often portrayed as a personal, individual experience, is it right for individual beliefs to influence and shape society? The conference aims to reflect such discussions.

The issue of Religion & Belief from the ancient world and beyond is a major issue that attracts substantial research in Classics, and also throughout the Humanities. This Conference aims to initiate a discussion on the nuances and multifaceted concepts of Religion & Belief. Possible aspects include, but are not limited to:

? The Comparative Religious Experience
? The Interplay between Religion & Belief
? What is it to be Moral?
? The Contrast between Religious Power & Social Belief
? The Reception of Religion
? Philosophy vs Religion
? The Sexualisation of Religion

Postgraduate scholars of Classics and the Humanities are invited to send an abstract of 250-300 words to leeds.classicsconference AT by the 28th March 2012. Presentations will be 20 minutes long. The conference aims at an Interdisciplinary approach, allowing for conversation across departmental and institutional lines. Travel bursaries may be available for those travelling from overseas, please enquire through email. Keynote Speakers TBA.

For further information please e-mail leeds.classicsconference ST
On behalf of the Organising Committee,
Christopher T. Green.
Department of Classics,
University of Leeds.

CFP: Representions of Space and Place

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Domesticating Reality: Representations of Space and Place in Antiquity

Graduate Student Conference
Department of Classics
University of Toronto
20-21 April, 2013

Keynote speakers: Lisa Nevett, University of Michigan
Gábor Betegh, Central European University

The interplay between culture and space in ancient thought is
manifested in many ways. Not only are artistic and literary features
envisioned and understood in spatial terms, but physical spaces are
also imagined and explored through cultural expression. This
interaction is found in all forms of the representation of spaces –
textual, verbal, pictoral, architectural. Alex Purves’ recent study of
space and narrative highlights this approach: "Plot’s spatial legacy
is pervasive in ancient Greek thought, where songs might be conceived
as pathways, logoi as routes, writing as the movement of oxen turning
back and forth across a field with a plough…, narratives as pictures
or landscapes, and plots even as living creatures that take up set
areas of space."

As scholars of Classical antiquity, we find ourselves at the mercy of
representation to shape and inform our understanding of spaces –
landscapes, buildings, voyages, rooms – which are no longer knowable
by any other means. At the same time, our understanding of cultural
expression is often enriched by our ability to comprehend it in
spatial terms.

We invite graduate students working in any area of Classical studies
(such as literary criticism, history, archaeology, science,
philosophy, social history, and philology) to submit papers exploring
the various means by which space was represented in antiquity. How was
space conceived, constructed, and defined in the Greek and Roman
worlds? How were differences in spaces and places articulated? How was
their use represented?

Some further possible themes to explore include:

-Abstraction: How is space conceptualised in ancient sciences such as
geometry, astronomy, geography, and astrology?
-Scale: How do cartographic or proto-cartographic representations
negotiate issues related to the size of the subject? (The microcosm
and the miniature.)
-Rhetoric: How do the spaces and places invoked function in discourse?
How do particular ritually, historically, or mythologically relevant
places resonate in various genres?
-Mobility: What is the effect of movement through space? How do travel
and representations of real or imagined journeys articulate
differences and universalities? (Ethnography, alterity, regional
-Polarities: What frequently appearing dichotomies are built on
spatial concepts? (Public & private, home & away, liminal &
-Formalities: What formal techniques do poets, painters, and other
ancient artists employ to represent and construct space and places?
(Ekphrasis, pastoral, space as literary trope.)

We ask that abstracts of no more than 300 words be submitted as email attachments (.doc/.pdf) to utoronto.grad.classics AT gmail.c
om no later than January 28th, 2013. Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Conference funding provided by the University of Toronto?s Department of Classics and the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP).

CFP: Framing Classical Reception Studies

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Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands 6th – 8th June 2013

Confirmed keynote speakers: Marcello Barbanera (Roma) – Constanze Güthenke (Princeton) – Philip Hardie (Cambridge) – Lorna Hardwick (Open University, UK) – Miriam Leonard (UCL) – Joep Leerssen (Amsterdam) – Charles Martindale (Bristol) – Daniela Müller (Nijmegen)

Overview: The field of classical reception studies examines the different ways in which antiquity or a particular aspect of it, such as texts, concepts, material culture, images or names, has been adopted into later contexts, including antiquity itself. The function and scope of classical reception studies has radically changed in the last decades. From their rather marginal role in the 20th century, they appear now to have been granted centre stage in many leading academic communities. This development is to be welcomed: reception studies provide an excellent way for classicists to make themselves more visible, not only to other disciplines within the humanities, but also to a larger audience, through seeking to explain the role that classical civilisations have played in many cultures and cultural discourses, also beyond the Western world. So too, the discipline of classics itself is forcefully reinvigorated by this process, through the self-examination which the study of reception implies.

Yet this proliferation of classical reception studies also entails what could be seen as a drawback. As the field develops and widens, approaches, methods and theoretical stances are proportionally multiplied. The result has been that the field has become highly diverse, accommodating a spectrum of methods, themes and stances as polymorphous as the academy itself. And, inevitably, considerable scholarly energy is spent on the discussion of matters of principle: what exactly do classical reception studies study, from which presuppositions do they work, and how does the theoretical framework from which a given scholar operates affect the outcome of his or her work, and the function of the field as a whole?

Main goal of the conference: To honour this diversity and to seek not only what divides but also what may unite, we are organizing a conference under the title of ‘Framing Classical Reception Studies’. The notion of ‘framing’ here refers to the care and caution with which scholars need to approach the manifold cases of classical receptions, and the field as a whole. In a stricter sense, framing stands for the influence of concepts, figural speech, methods and other ways of phrasing and mapping, and for how we formulate research questions, position our research and address audiences. The main goal of this conference is to gain further insight into how the ‘discipline’ of classical reception studies is functioning today, to define it more clearly and to organise its increasingly widening scope.

Call for Papers: We therefore launch a call for papers that specifically address the theme of ‘framing’, that is, papers that take as their focal point the framework itself from which reception is, or may be, studied. These frames are not necessarily of the same category. They may concern a given approach or method, for instance, by interrogating the models of ‘source texts’ or ‘cultural memory’. A frame may also consist of notions such as ‘paganism’, and the way in which these notions, often handled unconsciously, inform the scope and result of the research. Also, frames may consist of competitive models, such as scholarly discourse versus popular culture, and the different ways in which these mutually affect, contradict and exclude each other. Whatever form of ‘framing’ is chosen, we would like contributions not only to state explicitly from which perspective the contributor operates, but also to address questions that pertain to the functioning of these frameworks in classical reception studies.

We would particularly like to encourage junior scholars (Phd students and postdocs) from different disciplines and countries to apply. Abstracts in English of 500 words should be sent by email by 30th of January 2013 to framingcrs AT Please visit also our conference website:

Convenors: Maarten De Pourcq (Nijmegen, Cultural Studies and Classics) – Nathalie de Haan (Nijmegen, Ancient History) – David Rijser (Amsterdam, Classics)

Scientific committee: Piet Gerbrandy (Amsterdam, Classics) – André Lardinois (Nijmegen, Greek Language and Literature) – Sophie Levie (Nijmegen, Cultural and Literary Studies) – Eric Moormann (Nijmegen, Classical Archaeology) – Marc van der Poel (Nijmegen, Latin Language and Literature)

Financially supported by: – The Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) – The Institute of Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS) and The Radboud University Internationalisation Fund, Radboud University Nijmegen – The Faculty of Arts, University of Amsterdam – The Chairs of Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Cultural and Literary Studies, Greek Language and Literature, Latin Language and Literature of the Radboud University Nijmegen – The Dutch Research School OIKOS – Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen

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