ED: BES Practical Epigraphy Workshop 24-26 June 2014

Seen on the Classicists list:

British Epigraphy Society

Practical Epigraphy Workshop


24 – 26 June 2014

The British Epigraphy Society will hold its sixth Practical Epigraphy

Workshop this summer from 24 to 26 June at Corbridge, Northumberland.

The workshop is aimed primarily at graduates wishing to develop hands-on

skills in working with epigraphic material, though we also welcome

applications from those at any stage in their career who would like to

acquire a greater sensitivity to the gathering of epigraphic evidence.

With expert tuition, participants will gain direct experience of the practical

elements of how to record and study inscriptions.

The programme will include the making of squeezes,

photographing and measuring inscribed stones,

and the production of transcriptions, translations and commentaries.

Participants may choose to work on Latin or Greek texts, and the workshop

will be open to those either with or without epigraphic training.

The course fee will be £90 for this three-day event.

Please direct enquiries about the workshop to Peter Haarer:

peter.haarer AT classics.ox.ac.uk

Application Forms can be obtained from Maggy Sasanow:

margaret.sasanow AT classics.ox.ac.uk.


ED: Free MOOC from the Portus Project

Peter Campbell alerts us to this very interesting looking online course … some excerpts:

The ‘Archaeology of Portus MOOC’ will enable anyone to study online, for free, wherever they are in the world – while benefitting from the decades of research carried out by the University’s Portus Project at this historic site located around 30 miles from Italy’s capital city. The MOOC requires no previous experience, there is no admission interview and no need to have ever studied online or even in higher education.

Director of the Portus Project, Professor Simon Keay comments: “This course will focus on how we work at Portus and what it tells us about imperial Rome. The port was Rome’s gateway to the Mediterranean –playing a key role in trade across Europe and beyond. It was vital to the survival of the Roman Empire.”


Portus was the maritime port of ancient Rome and together with the neighbouring river port at Ostia, was the focus of a network of ports serving imperial Rome between the mid-1st century AD and the 6th century AD.

The MOOC will provide access to Portus Project research data, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British School at Rome and the University of Southampton, with the support of the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma. It also provides an insight into the wide range of digital technologies employed to record, analyse and present the site. [...]

More details:

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Online Latin Prose Composition Over the Holidays

John Alvares posted this to the Latinteach list:

Montclair State University is offering an online seminar in Latin
Composition during the winter break (December 20-January 17). Montclair
State University welcomes visiting students. Below is a basic course

Latin Composition: In this seminar students will practice composing
sentences (and hopefully short paragraphs) in Latin. In doing so, we
will review advanced Latin constructions (subjunctive clauses,
conditions, ablative absolutes, future passive periphrastics, etc) and
learn about the prose style of such famous Latin authors as Caesar,
Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus. This course is recommended for students who
have had between 3-5 semesters of college Latin. Current and prospective
Latin teachers are encouraged to enroll. Upon special arrangement with
the instructor, this course can be taken for graduate credit.

For further information about this course, please contact Dr. Mary C.
English at englishm AT mail.montclair.edu. MSU welcomes students visiting
from other institutions and has special programs for high school
students who wish to take college classes as well senior citizens who
wish to return to school (either at the undergraduate or graduate
level). Registration information for visiting students can be found at


ED: 2013 Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome

seen on the Classics list:

The Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome is now taking applications for the 2013 program. The six-week, intensive program in the history, archaeology, and topography of Ancient Rome is open to graduate students of classics, ancient history, and art history, secondary school teachers of Latin and related subjects, and advanced undergraduate students. More information on the program (and available scholarships) can be found on the AAR’s website, http://aarome.org/apply/summer-programs-0.

Please note that this year the application is online. Instructions and link are provided on the AAR website. The deadline for applying to the Classical Summer School is January 18, 2013. However, some scholarship deadlines are earlier.

For any further questions, contact Prof. Susann Lusnia, Director of the Classical Summer School, (lusnia.aarcss AT gmail.com), or slusnia AT tulane.edu

Ed: Summer Intensive Greek at Baylor

Not just classical, but early Christian and Byzantine Greek are immensely alive and productive fields in the modern academic world. This program is specially designed to open possibilities for you in all these areas. With dedication, you can follow these avenues as far as you like in almost any period and style of Greek, Classical or Christian, at an undergraduate and eventually professional level.

Crowdsourcing Akrotiri Fresco Reconstruction Postdoc

I don’t usually mention postdocs in these pages, but one that was mentioned over on AegeaNet sounds too interesting to not mention. Here’s the description of a postdoc for a Research Associate for Computer Graphics at UCL:

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (i.e. postdoc) post on an EPSRC-funded grant in the Computer Graphics group at UCL. We seek a candidate with a track record of expertise in some combination of computer graphics, machine learning, computer vision and human-computer interaction. The post is for someone who is interested in computer graphics and crowdsourcing applications, with primary focus on and responsibility for the funded project “Laymen To The Help Of Experts: Crowdsourcing To Aid The Reassembly Of Ancient Frescoes” (EPSRC EP/J014338/1). The project aims at developing a game-like, mobile-phone-based crowdsourcing application that will enable unskilled volunteers to contribute to the reassembly of the shattered Late-Bronze-Age wallpaintings of Akrotiri, Greece. The post involves the design and implementation of an (iOS-based) client-server infrastructure to collect and analyse data from users’ mobile devices, as they playfully engage with the “Akrotiri Jigsaw”. The research associate will also conduct a field study, closely interacting with the site on Santorini, Greece. Funding for this appointment is for 9 months in the first instance, to start before March 2013.

… full ad here: Research Associate in Computer Graphics

iTunes U for Classicists and Those Who Aspire to Be

I’ve been meaning to blog about some of the online, free courses (I’m not concentrating here on individual lectures, although there are a couple below; I might do more individual lectures some other time … I’m trying to figure out the best way to present them) which are proliferating at iTunes U which should be of interest to readers of rogueclassicism … here’s a few that I’ve come across lately:

LaTrobe University offers:




University of Warwick:

… and not so much a course as a conference which was held at the Yale Divinity School (wish we had more conferences on iTunes … the technology isn’t that difficult!):

… and a lecture from UCL that did catch my eye:

… just a taste, perhaps. After all these years iTunes still hasn’t created a facility to alert you to things you might be interested in this sort of area (as opposed to alerting you when the latest Lady Gaga release is out)

ED: Vesuvian Archaeology Courses

I’ve seen this one in various places (this particular text is via the Classicists list):

New courses for university students: Discover the ancient Romans in the shadow of Vesuvius!

The Herculaneum Centre www.herculaneumcentre.org  is very pleased to announce the launch of a new series of university-level courses related to Vesuvian archaeology that will take place in September 2012 and March 2013, with learning mostly taking place at the sites themselves.

The Vesuvian Archaeology Study Programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of university students. The programme content is suitable for students of Roman history, archaeology, architecture, history of art and material culture. Students of heritage management and conservation will find the programme offers stimulating case studies that explore the role archaeological sites play in the modern world and the challenges of conserving them.

Participants will visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, lesser known sites such as Villa Sora, as well as exploring the Vesuvius National Park and the National Archaeology Museum in Naples. This rich programme will be led by Dr Joanne Berry, scholar and author of The Complete Pompeii (Thames and Hudson, 2007) and founder of Blogging Pompeii, with input from a range of other scholars and practitioners active in the field.

We bring together the best of our three partners: the Comune di Ercolano (the town council) offers us a network of local partners and resources, the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei (the local heritage authority) ties us to the archaeological site which is used as an open-air classroom, and the British School at Rome offers connections to international and research communities.

Details of the courses can be found at www.herculaneumcentre.org, and a leaflet and application form are available to be downloaded on the British School at Rome website http://www.bsr.ac.uk/courses-for-university-students-shadow-of-vesuvius.

Please forward this information to your students!

Webinar Today: Classical Ideas in the Hispanic New World

Rose Williams is hosting a free webinar today … as described at the Bolchazy Carducci site:

This webinar examines the central position of the Latin language and classical ideas in the Hispanic New World. Historical, architectural, and cultural Roman contributions, as well as Latin literature written in and about the New World, will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to comment on the material offered and its application to Latin, History and Civilization studies.

It runs from 6:00-7:00 (Eastern) … register at the bottom of B-C’s Webinar page.

Latin Summer with Ascanius Youth Classics

I think we need to give the Ascanius Youth Classics people some props (I’ve left the links live in this one for folks who want to follow up … from the Magic City Post:

LatinSummer Birmingham is a 10-day summer program that exposes kids to the world of the ancient Romans through hands on activities. The program is for 2nd to 7thgraders from July 16 to July 27 at Samford University. The goal of the program is to spark interest in the classical world in children, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Students from all over the southeast are invited to enroll.

“Roman history and Latin, and the Classics, have a reputation for being taught in a dull way or being really difficult.  Instead, we want to bring the Romans to young students in a way that’s exciting and sparks their interest,” said Lisa Yeager, Director of LatinSummer Birmingham.

The program is designed to provide fun activities that meet the goals of a liberal arts education. The program focuses on three parts: ancient Roman culture, Greco-Roman mythology, and classical and conversational Latin. Students are encouraged to make connections between what they learn and their own lives.

“Students are going to study the Romans and Greeks at various points in school, so we want them to have a positive experience like LatinSummer to build on as a framework for really understanding the ancient world when they get to World History class or Literature class later on,” Yeager said.

Ascanius Youth Classics Institute, a nonprofit organization, has conducted the LatinSummer program in cities throughout the eastern United States, but LatinSummer Birmingham will be the first to take place in the southeast. The program in Birmingham is a partnership with the Samford University Department of Classics.

“LatinSummer benefits students because they make these beautiful connections between the past and the present,” said Yeager.

For more information on Ascanuis Youth Classics Institute check out their website and Facebook. For more information on LatinSummer Birmingham, including how to enroll a child, check out their website and Facebook.

via: LatinSummer Birmingham Introduces Kids to the Ancient World (Magic City Post)

Also seen: Conventiculum Dickinsonienseis

The Conventiculum Dickinsonienseis a new total immersion seminar in active Latin. It is specifically designed for all cultivators of Latin who wish to gain some ability to express themselves ex-tempore in correct Latin. A wide range of people can benefit from the seminar: professors in universities, teachers in secondary schools, graduate students, undergraduates and other lovers of Latin, provided that anyone who considers applying has a solid understanding of the grammatical essentials of the Latin language. A minimum requirement is knowledge of Latin grammar and the ability to read a Latin text of average complexity, even if using a dictionary often. No previous experience in speaking Latin is necessary. Sessions will be aimed exclusively at developing ability in speaking, understanding others speaking, reading and discussing texts in the target language. After the first evening, Latin will be the exclusive language used in the seminar. Participants will be involved in intensive activity each day from morning until early evening (with breaks for lunch, etc., of course), and will discuss themes ranging from topics in books, literature and art to the routines and activities of daily life. The seminar will illustrate not only how active Latin can be useful for teachers, but also how cultivating an active facility in Latin can benefit any cultivator of Latin who wishes to acquire a more instinctive command of the language and a more intimate relationship with Latin writings.

via Dickinson College – Teacher Workshops. (also with info about the Summer Latin Workshop)

ED: Iris Festival

The Iris Festival for inner London schools
17-19th June, 2009
The Scoop at More London

The Iris Festival is a free three-day festival of Classics, run by educational charity The Iris Project (www.irismagazine.org), including plays and performances of Greek drama by London state schools from London’s most deprived boroughs, as well as activities, workshops and talks on Latin and ancient Greek.

Hundreds of pupils from London state schools will be acting on stage. The festival is a culmination of a year’s work with schools, introducing Greek and Roman civilisation and culture in the form of classes and workshops that aim both to teach about ancient languages and culture as well as working into the school’s social curriculum: Greek drama is inextricably linked with themes such as civic and social responsibility. These themes will be brought out both in the plays and in the workshops through discussion and role play.

The festival is an opportunity for children of all ages in inner London state schools to perform in public to a wide audience in an exciting professional venue and a chance for members of the public and schools to enjoy a three-day festival of Classics and Classical drama.

For more information, please contact us using the details below.

Dr Lorna Robinson
Director, The Iris Project
Registered Charity No. 1121868

8 Pond Close

tel: (01865) 308698
mob: 07988 819158

ED: Ancient Languages Summer School


Our one and two week intensive courses in Ancient Languages, taught by our own subject specialists, are now being planned for Summer 2009.

Suitable for students aged 14+, the summer schools will provide those new to Classics and the Ancient World with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language of their choice, Greek, Latin, or Egyptian at Beginners level, while those with some linguistic experience will have the chance to consolidate their skills at Intermediate level (Greek and Latin only).  Prospective Undergraduates and Postgraduates are also specifically catered for with intensive courses in either Greek or Latin from Beginners through to Intermediate level, and Egyptian (Beginners level only).  These course are intended to provide students with valuable experience and a head-start in their chosen area of study at University.

All Greek and Latin programmes are available as a one week course (inc. 3 days tuition, 2 days private study time or optional excursions/themed lectures & activities) or an extended two week course (inc. 6 days tuition, 4 days private study or optional excursions/themed lectures & activities).  Beginners Egyptian is available as a one week course only.

Full residential facilities, including accommodation, meals and refreshments are also available on request (students must be aged 17 or over).

We are also offering a range of themed lectures and cultural activities including a chance to visit the region’s best collection of neo-classical art, the Lady Lever Gallery in Port Sunlight, and an artefact handling session in the Garstang Archaeology museum.

A small number of bursaries to help students with the costs of attending may be available. Please contact us for more information.

For more information and booking details contact:

Dr Eugenie Fernandes, School of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology, 12-14 Abercromby Square,University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L697WZ.
Email: Info AT classics08.co.uk

NOTE: Students wishing to attend as residential students must be aged 17yrs+ or accompanied by an adult.

Application forms are now available under DOWNLOADS at www.classics08.co.uk

ED: Epidauros Summer School

Intensive Course on the Study and Performance of Ancient Greek Drama, 2009

The seventh Summer School, organised under the auspices of the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama, will be held at Epidauros from the 6th to the 19th July 2009. The theme will be “Exploring European Identities/Ideologies by means of Media”.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduate students to attend this unique course, which centres academic and theatrical activities around the performances taking place in the ancient theatre of Epidauros at the time.

Participants also attend lectures by well-known European scholars, rehearsals, and meetings with artists.

The British members of the European Network are Oxford University and the Open University, but applications are invited from all British universities. Since it is likely that at most five places on the Intensive Course will be allocated to applicants from Britain, there are some criteria for selection which will be seriously taken into account:

1. Applicants should be engaged on a postgraduate degree.

2. They should have a special interest in ancient Greek drama and its performance.

3. They should explain why they think that this course will be of particular interest to them.

4. They should ask their supervisor to send an academic reference under separate cover.

The fee for the course is 500 euros, which (thanks to subsidies) will cover accommodation, meals, ticket for performances, and archaeological visits. Travel to and from Epidauros has to be at the expense of the student. Please would applicants also indicate how likely it is that they will be able to raise sufficient funding to attend the course.

Please address applications to:
Professor Oliver Taplin
Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama,
Stelios Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies,
66 St Giles’
Oxford  OX1 2RL.

Applications must be received by Monday 23rd February 2009 at the latest.

ED: AAiR – Classical Summer School

American Academy in Rome – Classical Summer School

The Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome has extended its application deadline to 1 February 2009 and invites applications from High School teachers of Latin.  Program details, eligibility, and the application, which is joint with an application for scholarships administered by the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome, can be found by following the links for summer programs at http://www.aarome.org.  For questions contact the director, Prof. Gregory S. Bucher, bucher AT creighton.edu.

ED: Tytus Summer Residency Program


Department of Classics


The University of Cincinnati Classics Department is pleased to announce the Margo Tytus Summer Residency Program. Summer Residents, in the fields of philology, history and archaeology will come to Cincinnati for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three during the summer. Applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application. Apart from residence in Cincinnati during term, the only obligation of Summer Residents is to pursue their own research. They will receive free university housing. They will also receive office space and enjoy the use of the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College Libraries.

The University of Cincinnati Burnam Classics Library (http://www.libraries.uc.edu/libraries/classics/index.html) is one of the world’s premier collections in the field of Classical Studies. Comprising 235,000 volumes and other research materials, the library covers all aspects of the Classics: the languages and literatures, history, civilization, art, and archaeology. Of special value for scholars is both the richness of the collection and its accessibility — almost any avenue of research in the classics can be pursued deeply and broadly under a single roof. The unusually comprehensive core collection, which is maintained by three professional classicist librarians, is augmented by several special collections such as 15,000 nineteenth century German Programmschriften, extensive holdings in Palaeography, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. At neighboring Hebrew Union College, the Klau Library (http://library.cn.huc.edu/), with holdings in excess of 450,000 volumes and other research materials, is rich in Judaica and Near Eastern Studies.

Application Deadline: February 15.

A description of the Tytus Summer Residency Program is available online at http://classics.uc.edu/resources/tytus2.html. There is an online application at http://classics.uc.edu/resources/tytussummerap.lasso. Questions can be directed to secretary AT classics.uc.edu.