This Day in Ancient History

pridie nonas februarias

211 — death of Septimius Severus at York; his son Caracalla assumed the title of pontifex maximus at this time


CONF: Hibernian Hellenists

The 2009 meeting of the Hibernian Hellenists will take place at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, on 13/14 March.  The programme of papers is as follows:

Friday 13 March

20:00  Professor Michael Silk (King’s College, London), ‘The Greek Dramatic Genres: Theoretical Perspectives’.

Saturday 14 March

09:30  Professor Hans van Wees (University College London), ‘Perfect Oligarchs?  Birth, Merit and Wealth in Homer’.

11:15    Mrs Carmel McCallum-Barry (University College Cork), ‘Early Modern Versions of Greek Tragedy’.

14:00  Dr Donncha O’Rourke (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), ‘Our First Virgil Reader: Propertius Book 4’.

All are welcome.  There is a registration fee of €10; accommodation can be arranged.  For further details contact Breege Lynch,  Department of Ancient Classics, NUI Maynooth, at classics AT or +353 1 708 3316.

CONF: Workshop on Latin Poetic Commentary

Workshop on Latin Poetic Commentary

This is a joint enterprise between the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool, and the Corpus Christi College Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity, University of Oxford, convened by Profs. Bruce Gibson and Stephen Harrison, and inspired by the U.S. commentary workshops at Georgetown and Minneapolis. This is the first session of a continuing programme; the next session will be on Latin Prose Commentary and will take place in Liverpool in 2010.

The first session will take place at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on Saturday 14th March 2009. Five participants will present work in progress from commentaries, as follows:

Stephen Heyworth (Oxford)     Propertius 3

Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham)     Ovid Tristia 2

Ruth Parkes (Oxford)               Statius Thebaid 4

Richard Thomas (Harvard)       Horace Odes 4

Gail Trimble (Oxford)               Catullus 64

Draft commentaries will be pre-circulated to registered participants. Each presenter will have one hour, most of which will be discussion (10-15 minutes presentation). The workshop will run c.11.00-6.00.

Those who wish to attend should contact Professor Stephen Harrison at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, OX1 4JF (stephen.harrison AT There will be a fee of £15 which will cover tea, coffee and lunch (Oxford graduate students will not be charged, though they must register); others please send Stephen a cheque for £15.00 payable to ‘Corpus Christi College, Oxford’ to register (those without a UK bank account can pay in cash on the day).

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.