Roman Glass-Making ‘District’ from Pozzuoli

The incipit of a piece from ANSA:

An ancient road on which glass-making workshops of artisans renowned for their skill in the first century A.D. of the Roman Empire has been found near Naples. The road, Clivius Vitrarius, recently surfaced in Pozzuoli during excavations for maintenance work on a modern road. The unexpected discovery occurred when the road sunk after heavy rain. In repairing it, workers came across archaeological finds and called the experts in from the Naples superintendent’s office, who in turn brought to light ancient structures near the area which housed Roman baths, as reported by the newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno. The latest excavations have added interesting historical information on Clivius Vitrarious, the road of the glass-making artisans famous throughout the Roman Empire, alongside their artisan counterparts north of modern-day Milan. […]

… the article goes on to talk about Pompeii and the upcoming ‘restoration’ for some reason …

Nuntii Latini (YLE)

From the fine folks at Radio Finland:

Timbuctum expugnatum est

Timbuctum, urbs Maliae septentrionalis, a copiis regiminis et Francogalliae cum magno incolarum gaudio expugnatum est. Victoria iis omnino incruenta erat, nam islamistae, qui urbem antea in potestate tenebant, inde aliquot diebus ante effugerant. Etiam Britanni copias in Maliam missuri sunt, quarum erit indigenas artem bellicam docere.

(Reijo Pitkäranta)

Et cetera: Incendium in Brasilia funestum … Beatrix coronam deponet … Portugalli peregre emigrant …  Aer in Europa inquinatus … Valetudo studentium Finniae … Leopardulis nomina data

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

  • 2013.01.63:  Robin Osborne, The History Written on the Classical Greek Body. bmcr2
  • 2013.01.62:  Tamiolaki on Maffi on Tamiolaki, Liberté et esclavage​.
    Response by Melina Tamiolaki.
  • 2013.01.61:  Emeri Farinetti, Boeotian Landscapes: A GIS-based study for the reconstruction and interpretation of the archaeological datasets of ancient Boeotia. BAR international series, S2195.
  • 2013.01.60:  Tomas Hägg, The Art of Biography in Antiquity.
  • 2013.01.59:  Andrew B. Gallia, Remembering the Roman Republic: Culture, Politics and History under the Principate.
  • 2013.01.58:  Thomas J. Heffernan, The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity.
  • 2013.01.57:  Javier Andreu, David Espinosa, Simone Pastor, Mors omnibus instat: aspectos arqueológicos, epigráficos y rituales de la muerte en el Occidente Romano. Colección Estudios.
  • 2013.01.56:  Matthew S. Rindge, Jesus’ Parable of the Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-34 among Ancient Conversations on Death and Possessions. Early Christianity and its literature, 6.
  • 2013.01.55:  Alberto Bernabé, Platón y el orfismo: diálogos entre religión y filosofía. Referencias de religión.

Dig: Dig at the Villa of the Antonines this July —

Seen on the Classics list:

*Dig at "Villa of the Antonines" this July!

The Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies at Montclair State University in collaboration with the MSU Global Education Center is pleased to announce our fourth summer archaeological fieldschool in Genzano di Roma, Italy (June 30 – July 27, 2013).**
**Our project explores the archaeological site of the "Villa of the Antonines", a 2nd century CE imperial residence only 18 miles from the center of Rome. This season we will continue to investigate what appears to be the amphitheater where the emperor Commodus used to exercise his gladiatorial talents.
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**The program cost (approximately $ 4,900) includes 6 undergraduate credit hours plus room and board accomodations at a three-star hotel (airfare to Italy not included).**
**The program offers also a number of scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students. We also allow volunteers.

Further information:
Contact: Project co-directors Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri (aryamontrid AT and Dr. Timothy Renner (rennert AT, or Global Education Programs Coordinator Ms. Wendy Gilbert-Simon (simonw AT

See also the AIA listing at

CFP: Exploring the Production of … Dress in the Ancient and Classical Near East” (ASOR Baltimore 2013)

Seen on the Agade list:

session at the annual meeting of ASOR, November 20-23, 2013 in

In the past two years at the ASOR meetings, (2011-12), the
member-organized sessions on Dress in the Ancient and Classical Near
East were broadly conceived allowing exploration of clothing and
textiles as well as objects related to adornment. As such, they have
included many interesting papers from a wide variety of geographic and
chronological contexts. The session for 2013 aims to both continue
and push beyond the broad category of dress and ask presenters to
consider how their findings relate to the PRODUCTION of objects
related to dress. Scholars could approach questions such as (but not
limited to) what are the archaeological markers for textile production
at sites? Or, what social and cultural factors affect the production
of dress items? I encourage submission of abstracts that explore a
variety of objects and a broad arena of geographic and chronological
contexts within the Near East.

Please direct questions to the session organizer: Allison Thomason,
Professor of History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,

Submissions via the ASOR website. Deadline is February 15, 2013.

CFP: The Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia

seen on the Classicists list (extended deadline)

Conference: Call for Papers
The Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia:
Texts & Artefacts, Institutions & Practices
Thursday, 4 July 2013 – Saturday, 6 July 2013
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin

Over the past decade, scholars have examined the reception of the ancient
Greek and Roman cultures around the globe. This has been done by analyzing
the role of ancient Mediterranean culture in a variety of cultural
instances; for example post-antique texts and images, ideology and
institutions, as well as rituals and practices. The research has been
wide-ranging, including examinations, for instance, of Greek tragedy in
20th-century African theatre and Latin poetry in colonial Mexico. Still
there has not yet been a project dedicated solely to the reception of Greece
and Rome in East Asia, despite tantalizing clues concerning the wealth of
material available for investigation: from the Isopo Monogatari (伊曾保物
語), a 16th-century Japanese edition of Aesop’s Fables, to a theatrical
season in Beijing in July 2012 directed by the famed Li Liuyi that included
both Sophocles’ Antigone (安提戈涅) and the Tibetan epic King Gesar (格萨尔王).

This conference will explore the reception(s) of Greek and Roman culture in
East Asia from antiquity to the present. In particular, we are interested in
the question of how and why ancient Greek and Roman texts, images, and
material cultures and the knowledge and ideas contained within them have
been adapted and refigured in East Asian texts, imagery, and cultural
artefacts. We are also, however, eager for papers on the teaching of Greek
and Latin in schools and the history of ancient studies at universities as
well as other institutions. In addition, we welcome papers on historical
examples of intercultural contact from the early precursors of the Silk Road
to the arrival of Jesuit missionaries; as well as on the impact of ancient
beliefs and ideas on cultural practices in East Asia including, for example,
religious communities of recent origin which incorporate ancient gods and
heroes. The conference will seek to further the dialogue of Reception
Studies to include not only past and present but also “East” and “West.”

The ever-growing complexity of the relationship (economically, politically,
and culturally) between East Asia and the “West” makes the study of the
reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in East Asian cultures particularly
relevant and timely. Since “Western” culture’s self-conception begins in
Europe with ancient Greece and ancient Rome, the reception of ancient
Greco-Roman cultures in East Asia provides an excellent point of reference
for current intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogues in an increasingly
globalizing world. This conference aims to explore this point of reference
by bringing together an international and interdisciplinary group of
scholars and practitioners (performing artists, writers, visual artists, and
those working in theatres and museums) to analyze the many diverse aspects
of the reception of Greek and Roman culture in East Asia.
We invite papers from a variety of disciplines, especially: • Ancient and
Modern History and Philology; • Literary Studies, Cultural Studies,
Religious Studies; • Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Art History; •
Philosophy, Theology, and Political Science.

In addition to papers from scholars, we welcome contributions by those
working in the arts and cultural sector. Papers are expected to be 20-25
minutes in length with 5-10 minutes for questions immediately following. The
conference will be held in English. We aim to publish selected papers from
the conference in an anthology.

To be considered, please submit a proposal of no more than 300 words and a
biography of no more than 50 words to the below email address by 15 February
2013 (Please note extended deadline). Please note that text in non-Latin
script should be accompanied by a transliteration alongside in the body of
the proposal. Any further questions can be directed to the following email
address: greeceandromeinasia AT

We are looking forward to an inspiring conference and lively discussion!

Almut-Barbara Renger (Freie Universität Berlin) & Katie Billotte