CfP for electronic journal Rursus

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RURSUS, a peer-reviewed electronic journal on « poetics, reception and rewriting of
ancient texts” with an international editorial board, issues a call for papers for its two
next volumes, on the topics “Latin translation of (ancient) greek texts” (n°9) and ”Ancient
parodies and pastiches” (n°10). The first deadline is very close (07/15), and publication is
expected before december. Feel free to submit and encourage advanced PhD students
to do so. All information is available here :


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by Eric H. Cline

Princeton (2014) h/b 237pp £19.95 (ISBN 9780691140986)

In 1177 BC, according to Egyptian records on the walls of the mortuary temple of Ramses III near the Valley of the Kings, a collective that we (not Egyptians) call ‘Sea peoples’ moved down from Syria to attack the Nile Delta, and were duly thrashed. It is this date that C., a distinguished American archaeologist, has chosen to stand for a whole period, around 1200 BC, when the Late Bronze Age world collapsed—a world that from c. 1500 BC had linked Minoans, Mycenaeans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Mitannians (northern Mesopotamia and Syria), Canaanites, Cypriots and Egyptians in what C. calls a ‘globalized, international, vibrant, intersocietal network’.

That surely requires some explanation of what one means by a ‘society’. Even for the palace world of those states, with their extensive diplomatic reach and demand for luxury goods, that seems slightly over-cooked…

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by Paul Chrystal

Amberley (2014) p/b 288pp £9.99 (ISBN 9781445643762)

C. provides a wide ranging and detailed survey of his subject. In dealing with the lives of the women of Rome, he covers material from the foundation of Rome to the end of the Empire. In addition the range of his topics is equally extensive. The chapters cover women in the Familia, in the Public Eye, and Religion. Further chapters deal with marriage, education, medicine and health, sex and sexuality and, finally, the Dark Arts! Throughout, the discussion of these aspects is based upon the vast array of evidence which C. has examined. The 38 illustrations are equally diverse and interesting; there are examples of funerary reliefs, mosaics, wall-paintings busts of hairstyles, and representations of Roman women by artists from the 17th to the 20th century. The notes provide precise references to the evidence used—always helpful for those…

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by Vasily Rudich

Routledge Monographs (2015) h/b 350pp £100 (ISBN 9780415161060)

As R. says himself in his preface, this is not strictly a history of the Jewish War; it is specifically a discursive exploration of the part probably played by religious dissent in the development of the revolt of AD 66 to 70. One says ‘probably’ because, as R. makes very clear, not only are the sources full of gaps but the main one, Josephus, deliberately plays down or hushes up this aspect so as to appeal more to his Greek and Roman readers. Religious extremism sets its adherents not only against the cultural enemy (Rome) but also against the majority of co-religionists who, for a quiet life, are happy to coexist with the Romans provided they leave them alone to practise their faith, which mostly they do; the fanatics, on the other hand, will murder their own people with…

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Herodotus: narrator, scientist historian: Delphi Friday 3 – Sunday 6 July 2015

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The European Cultural Centre of Delphi will host a conference entitled ‘Herodotus: narrator, scientist historian’ at Delphi on Friday 3 – Sunday 6 July 2015. The programme is as below. All are welcome to attend, especially graduate students, to up to 20 of whom the ECCD offers a bursary which will provide them with meals (lunch and dinner) from the evening of 3rd to the evening of 5 July and transport from Athens on the morning of the 2nd and back to Athens on the morning of the 6th for a payment of 35 euros. Arrangements have also been made for special rates at some local hotels. For registration, an application form for a student bursary and information about these hotels please contact ewen.bowie​AT

Friday 3 July

John Marincola Ὁμηρικώτατος? Battle narratives in Herodotus Anthony Kaldellis What can we learn about Herodotus from his fifteenth-century imitator Laonikos Chalkokondyles of Athens?

Saturday 4 July

Angus Bowie Herodotus the story-teller; Melina Tamiolaki Friendship narratives in Herodotus;

Ioannis Konstantakos Time, thy Pyramids: the family novella of Mycerinus (Hdt. 2.129–134); Patrick Finglass

Periander and Oedipus: a reconsideration; Reinhold Bichler Herodotus the geographer; Vasiliki Zali

Herodotus mapping out his genre: the interaction of myth and geography in the Libyan logos; Antonis Tsakmakis Cyprus’ one year of freedom and the economy of Herodotus’ narrative; Stephanie West Agariste’s marriage (Hdt. 6.126-130) Tim Rood Cyrus the ethnographer: Herodotus 9.122 and the meaning of the histories

Sunday 5 July

Greg Nagy Herodotus and the courtesans of Naucratis’; Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis Material and sensory approaches to Herodotus; Maria Xanthou Herodotus and his signs: artifacts, mind-mapping and historiography; Smaro Nikolaidou Ἱστορέειν και θωμάζειν: Όροι επιστημονικότητας (και ενότητας) στο έργο του Ηροδότου; Nikolay Grintser Herodotus and the intellectual discussions of the fifth century on literature and language; Scarlett Kingsley Herodotus on truthful historiē: Parmenidean epistemology and historical narrative; Rosalind Thomas Truth and authority in Herodotus’ narrative: false stories and true stories; Paul Demont Herodotus on health and disease; Elizabeth Irwin Herodotus on medicine and empire

21.30 Aristophanes Acharnians in the ΦΡΥΝΙΧΟΣ Theatre, directed by Yiannis Kakleas

BMCR 2015.04.06 Lambrecht on Power, Gibson, Suetonius, the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.06

Tristan Power, Roy K. Gibson (ed.), Suetonius, the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xii, 338. ISBN 9780199697106. $150.00.

Reviewed by Ulrich Lambrecht, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz (lambre)

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In der Sueton-Forschung der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts findet man ganz überwiegend negative Urteile über die Leistung des Biographen: Die Inhalte der Caesaren-Viten wurden gern an der Historiographie des Tacitus, die biographische Form an den Lebensbeschreibungen Plutarchs gemessen. Unter derart normativen Prämissen galt Suetons Vorgehensweise als die eines grammaticus, der nur fragmentarisches Stückwerk biete.1 (#n1) Das hat sich unter dem Eindruck der Monographie W. Steidles, die Sueton als Schriftsteller in seinem Eigenwert erstmals wirklich anerkennt,2 (#n2) seit der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts gründlich geändert. Die Ansichten der Forschung vervielfältigten sich in der Folgezeit, so dass seitdem zwischen den positiven und den negativen Urteilen über Sueton auch vielfache Abschattierungen vertreten sind. Die englischsprachige Altertumswissenschaft beteiligt sich seit den 1980er Jahren wieder aktiver an der Auseinandersetzung mit Sueton;3 (#n3) danach wurd​e​
es, was monographische Studien betrifft, ruhiger um den Biographen, wenn auch nicht wirklich still, wie weiterhin erschienene Kommentarwerke und insgesamt doch recht zahlreiche Aufsatzpublikationen erkennen lassen.​ […]

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BMCR 2015.04.07 Zetzel on Arrighetti, Canfora, Guida, Bossina, De Martino, Giorgio Pasquali sessant’anni dopo

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.07

Graziano Arrighetti, Luciano Canfora, Augusto Guida, Luciano Bossina, Domenico De Martino, Giorgio Pasquali sessant’anni dopo. Atti della Giornata di studio (Firenze, 1° ottobre 2012). Margaritae, 2. Firenze: Accademia Fiorentina di Papirologia e di Studi sul Mondo Antico, 2014. Pp. 127. ISBN 9788890875212. €25.00 (pb).

Reviewed by James E. G. Zetzel, Columbia University (zetzel​AT​

[The Table of Contents is listed below.]

Giorgio Pasquali was killed at the age of 67 in a road accident in July 1952; a commemorative issue of the periodical Atene e Roma appeared later that year. To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his death, Lanfranco Caretti edited Per Giorgio Pasquali (Pisa, 1972) including reminiscences and some substantial essays on his writing and scholarship by such scholars as Antonio La Penna, Alessandro Ronconi, Sebestiano Timpanaro, and Caretti himself, together with bibliographies of Pasquali’s writings and of important works about him. In 2012, for the sixtieth anniversary of his death, the Accademia Fiorentina di Papirologia e di Studi sul Mondo Antico sponsored a conference about Pasquali; the papers delivered then make up the contents of this volume.

While these three collections are only a small part of what has been written about Pasquali since 1952—the footnotes in the various essays in the volume under review make that evident—there are links among them: some of the contributions in 1972 were reprinted from the 1952 collection or are by the same authors, and Pasquali’s relationship with Lanfranco Caretti, the editor of the 1972 volume, is the subject of Domenico de Martino’s essay in this one. All three—and I am sure other publications as well—are also joined together by the presence in each of the same memorable photograph of Pasquali in animated conversation, taken on the Via Tornabuoni in Florence in May of 1951.​ […]​

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BMCR 2015.04.08 Devecka on Marshall, Coluccio Salutati: On the World and Religious Life

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.08

Tina Marshall (trans.), Coluccio Salutati: On the World and Religious Life. The I Tatti Renaissance Library, 62. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press, 2014. Pp. xix, 391. ISBN 9780674055148. $29.95.

Reviewed by Martin Devecka, Yale University (martin.devecka​AT​

Coluccio Salutati was an outstanding figure in the generation that came between Petrarch and the full flowering—with Lorenzo Valla, Poggio Bracciolini, and others—of what has conventionally been known as Renaissance humanism. As an independent scholar, he reassembled and circulated Cicero’s Epistulae ad familiares; as chancellor of Florence, he wrote a tract, De tyranno, which constitutes one of the first explicit defenses of civil or republican government. His treatise On the World and Religious Life (De seculo et religione), with its thoroughgoing rejection, not just of political, but of all worldly activity, is difficult to fit with this career. Hans Baron, in his classic Crisis of the Early Italian Renaissance, called this text a “challenge for the student of Salutati:” something of an apparently medieval outlook, embedded in the matrix of early humanism.1 (#n1)​ […]

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Keynote/abstracts: Gender, Identity, and Intersectionality work shop

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Keynote announcement: We are very pleased to announce that Professor Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz will deliver the keynote lecture at the University of Auckland’s workshop on ‘Gender, identity, and intersectionality in antiquity: models of oppression and privilege’. The keynote lecture will be titled ‘Intersectional analysis in Classics: Defining rape and race in Aeschylus’ Suppliants.’

Abstract deadline: The deadline for submitting an abstract for the workshop is June 15th (full CFP below). Papers may be 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or 40 minutes duration (all with extra time for questions). Please indicate your preferred length in your abstract, and send abstracts (max. 350 words) and any questions to maxine.lewis AT


Gender, identity, and intersectionality in antiquity: models of oppression and privilege

August 31 – September 1, 2015

Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 15th

Classics and Ancient History at The University of Auckland is pleased to invite abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference on gender and identity in the ancient world. We are seeking papers that focus on how gender intersected with aspects of identity including (but not limited to) ethnicity, class, and social status. We welcome submissions from researchers working on texts and/or material evidence from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, the Roman Empire, and the late antique world.

We invite speakers to situate their research on gender in antiquity within the framework of intersectionality, which is currently influential in the social sciences and in feminist writing outside the academy. The intersectional model holds that people with multiple marginalized identities experience discrimination based on the particular intersections of their identities. We seek to investigate how the evidence of antiquity might validate or complicate the intersectional model.

We are particularly interested in papers that examine evidence of gender and identity in antiquity with a view to big picture questions, such as:

  • Is there evidence of intersectionality in antiquity?
  • If so, how did intersectionality in antiquity manifest?
  • If not, what might that signify for the current model of intersectionality in other disciplines, feminisms, and the LGBTQI world?
  • How might the nature of our sources (fragmentary, often derived from the elite) affect our attempts to apply the intersectional model to antiquity?
  • Since intersectionality is a model that responds to modern concepts of race (and thus racism) and modern sexual orientation (and thus homophobia), how might it be problematic (or conversely productive) to apply this model to antiquity?

This conference is organized in conjunction with the Auckland chapter of Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS), an organization that aims to foster gender equality in our fields ( ). Our objective in organizing the conference is to further this aim, and to engage people who have an active or nascent interest in ancient identity with modern political issues and the theoretical models currently being used to describe them.

BMCR 2015.05.40 Bonnet on Rutherford, State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.05.40

Ian Rutherford, State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece: A Study of Theôriâ and Theôroi. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xxvii, 534. ISBN 9781107038226. $120.00.

Reviewed by Corinne Bonnet, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès (cbonnet​ AT

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En 21 chapitres suivis d’un Appendice regroupant une très utile sélection de documents répartis en sept sections chronologiques (p. 361-442), Ian Rutherford, dont les travaux sur les pèlerinages et les voyages dans le monde grec sont connus et appréciés, propose ici une remarquable synthèse sur la théorie et les théores. Le sujet, comme il le souligne d’emblée dans la Préface, méritait assurément plus d’attention qu’il n’en avait reçu jusque-là, dans la mesure où il engage les relations diplomatiques de la polis, les activités religieuses, la gestion du territoire et la représentation de l’espace, les mobilités et leurs réseaux, ainsi que les pratiques symboliques qui s’y rapportent, bref un large éventail de pratiques, plus ou moins codifiées, et un ensemble de représentations et d’imaginaires liés à la relation des cités avec les dieux et des cités entre elles. En traitant systématiquement le sujet, en le décomposant en une série de facettes, toutes
analysées avec clarté et érudition, Ian Rutherford offre un volume précieux et stimulant qui est destiné à devenir une référence. […]

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