This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xi kalendas maias

ante diem xi kalendas maias

  • Parilia (a.k.a. Palilia) — originally a festival in honour of Pales (who protected shepherds and their flock), it eventually evolved — in the city of Rome, at least — into a ‘birthday of Rome’ celebration
  • 753 B.C. — traditional date for the foundation of Rome
  • 43 B.C. — pro-Caesarian forces “under” Octavian defeat the forces of Marcus Antonius at Mutina
  • 47 A.D. – Claudius celebrates the ludi Saeculares (?)
  • 148 A.D. – Antoninus Pius celebrates the 900th anniversary of Rome
  • 248 A.D. – Philip Arabus celebrates the 1000th anniversary of Rome

Statue of Demeter Found/Recovered

Brief item from Greek Reporter:

A statue, believed to be the ancient Greek goddess Demeter, has been unearthed at an illegal excavation in Simav, western Turkey. The statue, weighing in at 610kg and standing 2.8 meters tall, was discovered by two Turks, Ramazan C. And Ismail G, 26 and 62 years old respectively, who are alleged to have been conducting illegal excavations in the wider area where the statue was found. The two men were taken into custody by the Turkish police and sent to court.

The head of the statue and the altar, missing during the raid, were later found in a house in the city centre.

In Greek mythology, Demeter, one of Zeus’ sisters, so the story goes, was the goddess of agriculture, nature, abundance and seasons, and mother of Persephone, wife of Hades.

The original article is accompanied by a photo of a statue; it isn’t clear whether this is the statue they found or not …

ED: Reading Cicero With Father Foster!

Tip o’ the pileus to Daniel McCarthy for alerting us to this one … here’s a bit of a tease:

Early in his Latin education Reginald fell in love with the letters of Cicero for their synthesis of the whole language in daily speech. Reginald is writing a commentary on 51 of these letters with Daniel McCarthy in order to introduce people to Cicero and his lasting linguistic impression.

Daily Schedule:

8:00-9:00 A.M. reading Cicero’s letters, discussion
10:30-11:30 A.M. reading Gregory’s letters, discussion
1:00-2:00 P.M. reading Gregory’s letters, discussion
3:30-5:00 P.M. reading Cicero’s letters, discussion
7:00-9:00 P. M. free discussion of any Latin texts

… more info at:

CONF: Popular Medicine in the Graeco-Roman World

Seen on the Agade list (apologies for lateness with this one):

On Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19, the Center for the Ancient
Mediterranean will host a conference on Popular Medicine in the
Graeco-Roman World. All sessions will take place in 501 Schermerhorn
Hall. The conference is free and open to the public, and is
co-sponsored by the Columbia University History Department, the
Program in Classical Studies, and the Stanwood Cockey Lodge Foundation
of the Classics Department. We hope to see you there!

The conference schedule is as follows:

Friday April 18th

9:15-9:30  Opening Remarks. William Harris

Session chair: Francesco de Angelis

9:30-10:15: Patricia Baker, “Conceptions of a Salubrious Environment:
Construction and Design of Greco-Roman Healing Sanctuaries”

10:15-11:00: Olympia Panagiotidou, “Asklepian Therapy as an
alternative healing choice: A case of placebo effect”

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

Session chair: Katja Vogt

11:30-12:15: Chiara Thumiger, “Prometheus’ gift: healing and hope in
popular and technical reflections on medicine”

12:15-13:00: Rebecca Flemming, “Anatomical votives in
Republican/Hellenistic Italy: How popular and how medical?”

13:00-14:15: Lunch break

Session chair: Deborah Steiner

14:15-15:00: Isabella Andorlini, “Crossing the Borders between
Egyptian and Greek medical practice: papyri and related archaeological

15:00-15:45: Julie Laskaris, “Metals in Medicine:  from Telephus to
the Greek Magical Papyri.”

15:45-16:15: Refreshment break

16:15-17:00: Laurence Totelin, “Pharmakopolai: a re-evaluation of the sources”

17:00-17:45: Arsenio Ferraces Rodriguez, “Medical recipes from
Antiquity to the early Middle Ages: who made them, how, and for whom
they were made”

17:45-19:00: Reception

Saturday April 19th

Session chair: Rebecca Flemming

9:30-10:15: Heinrich von Staden, “The relationship between ‘popular’
and ‘scientific’ medicine in Celsus’ Medicina”.

10:15-11:00: Danielle Gourevitch, “Popular Medicines and Practices in Galen”

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:15: Vivian Nutton, “Popular medicine in the Galenic Corpus”

12:15-13:00: Ann Ellis Hanson, “The barnyard and the bedroom, the
Geoponika and Hippocrates’ women”

13:00-14:15: Lunch break

Session chair: William Harris

14:15-15:00: Liz Irwin, ‘Imperial ambitions and the popularization of
medical theory at Athens’

15:00-15:45: Catherine Hezser,  ” ‘Honor Your Physician Even Before
You Have Need of Him’ (y. Taan. 3:6, 66d): Representations of the
Physician in Jewish Literature from Hellenistic and Roman Times

15:45-16:15: Refreshment break

16:15-17:00: David Leith, “How Popular Were the Medical Sects?”

17:00-17:45: Ido Israelowitch, “Medicine in the Roman Army”

17:45-19:00: Reception