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

seen on various lists:

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

seen on the Classicists list:

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

Seen on the Classicists list:

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).