ED: SALVI Rusticatio: 2009 Scholarship Application

seen on Latinteach:

SALVI is pleased to announce the availability of three need-based
scholarships, funded by the Amy High Foundation, for Rusticatio Omnibus
2009.  Applications for scholarships to Rusticatio Omnibus will be
accepted through June 10, 2009.  The SALVI Scholarship Committee chair
will notify applicants of the Committee’s decision via email on June 15.
Please note that scholarships cover only the Rusticatio Omnibus program
fees, and do not include support for travel expenses.

To compete for a scholarship, please do the following:

1.  Download an application for Rusticatio Omnibus from
www.latin.org/rusticatio.html.  Send the completed application to SALVI,
c/o Jacquelyn Myers, 1252 11th Street, #107, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.
(Disregard this step if you have already submitted your Rusticatio

2.  provide a personal statement of no more than 250 words in which you:
*  Briefly describe your present occupation (e.g., high school Latin
teacher, professor).
*  Explain why you believe attending Rusticatio Omnibus will help you in
developing your skills as a Latinist.
*  Explain how your attendance at Rusticatio Omnibus will enable you to
bring living Latin to a wider audience.
*  Explain why receiving this scholarship is necessary for you.  If you
are currently employed, please explain the likelihood of receiving
institutional support for program fees, travel, etc., or the
circumstances which might preclude such support.

Please send your personal statement by email to the Scholarship
Committee chair, Jacquelyn Myers, atiacoba AT latin.org

Liburnian ‘Sewn’ Ship Found

Interesting item from Javno:

In the Caska Bay on the Island of Pag, near Novalja, an ancient sewn ship over 2,000 years old was found. This is the result of research done by the city of Novalja and the Zadar University, in cooperation with the French institute for scientific research (CNRS-CCJ University in Marseille) and numerous other foreign associates.

Archaeologists have found a ancient sewn ship more than 2000 years old in Pag’s Caska Bay, reports ezadar.hr.

The research, which was organized by the City of Novalja in cooperation with the Zadar University in cooperation with the French national institute for scientific research, was led by professor Zdenko Brusic from the Zadar University.

“In Roman times, Novalja was known for its port accommodation and was located on the old sea route from Greece to northern Italy and central Europe. The ships would wait in Novalja for suitable winds and because of that a town developed there that had various suitable servces. Today there are numerous remains of Roman architecture under the whole region, like water supply lines, well equipped basilicas, graves” said Brusic for ezadar.hr.

At the bottom of the bay there is the sunken Roman town named “Kissa” (Cissa), whose remains are being researched, and the discovery of the sewn ancient ship was the result of the joint work of around 20 Croatian and French archaeologists, added the professor.

“That ship was literally sewn with the help of rope that was pulled through holes, and was used by the people of Liburnia” said Irena Radic Rossi from the Croatian restoration institute. She added that the exact age of the ship will be determined in the research, even though it is already known that it is over 2,000 years old.

Possibly apropos, Aulus Gellius (17.3.4) quotes Varro on the method of these Liburnian boats’ manufacture:

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Auli Gellii Noctes Atticae. Ed. stereotypa By Aulus Gellius

… although I’m not sure whether this refers to the construction of the boat or the tying up of the boat to a pier or whatever.

Nutty Professors

The National Post has a lengthy feature on the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the eccentricities of the participants (sort of) which includes this:

Not all professors are strange, but Brian Little admits that enough of his peers and colleagues are quirky, eccentric and flighty to hold up the profession as representative of the oddities of the human species.

He recalls one professor who posted a "keep off the grass" sign on his lawn, written in ancient Greek. To this day, no one from ancient Greece has laid their strapped sandals on his property, the professor insisted.

Sounds like something a Classicist would do … anyone care to venture a guess? I’m willing to bet there is more than one candidate …

CONF: Jews, Christians, Greeks, Romans

from the Classicists list:

A few places are still available for the symposium below.  For information on registration and for other details about the symposium, please visit the website at:

A symposium in honour of Professor Tessa Rajak
University of Reading
Thursday, 25 June 2009
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The symposium is to mark the long and distinguished career of our colleague, Professor Tessa Rajak, and her many years of research, teaching, and service to the global academic community.


PHILIP ALEXANDER, Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester.  “Did the Rabbinic movement lose the West? Reflections on the fate of Greek-speaking Judaism after 70 CE”.
E. GILLIAN CLARK, Professor of Ancient History and Head of Subject (Classics & Ancient History), University of Bristol.  “Augustine and the Septuagint”.
HANNAH M. COTTON, Shalom Horowitz Professor of Classics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  “The Conception of Jesus and the Documents from the Judaean Desert”.
MARTIN D. GOODMAN, Professor of Jewish Studies and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford.  “Tolerance of Variety within Judaism in the Early Roman empire”.
ERICH S. GRUEN, Wood Professor of History Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley.  “Perseus as a Multi-Culturalist”.
FERGUS G. B. MILLAR, Camden Professor of Ancient History Emeritus, University of Oxford.  “Jews and Christians in Late Antique Mesopotamia”.
JOHN NORTH, Professor of History Emeritus, UCL, University of London.  “Pagan Orthopraxy”.
TESSA RAJAK, Professor of Ancient History Emeritus, University of Reading.  Moderator of final panel discussion.
For some time now, scholars have sought to undermine rigid distinctions between Jews, Christians, and other religious communities in Greco-Roman antiquity.  Researchers have progressed far in understanding the complex religious and cultural interactions that flourished in the Hellenistic and Roman periods and in exploring the social and cultural milieux inhabited by different religious groups.

In bringing together distinguished international experts in the field, this conference aims to evaluate and interrogate long-established positions and to move discussion to the next level.  We seek to build on the current understanding of religious interaction in the Roman Empire, and on the broader question of hybrid identities, and develop critical perspectives for future study.  The primary focus is Jewish-Christian interaction, but within the context of a broader framework that includes other religious communities.  What does religious multiculturalism mean in an ancient context?  What becomes of categories such as “Jew” and “Christian” (or “Diaspora Jew” and “Judaean Jew”, or “Pharisee”, “Sadducee”, and “Essene”) in a scenario where religious and cultural identities appear to be fluid?  How does the interpretation of sacred texts proceed in such a situation?  How exemplary is the case of the Empire’s Jewish communities?  What are the politics of religious contact and boundary-manipulation in the Roman Empire? What is the role of collective memory?  These are the questions we hope to address in our papers and discussions.

The symposium is sponsored by the Estate of Marilyn Dorothy Payne, the Jowett Copyright Trust, Oxford, and the School of Humanities and the Department of Classics at the University of Reading.

For further information, please contact Phiroze Vasunia at p.vasunia  AT reading.ac.uk or 0118 378 8410, or write to him at the Department of Classics, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA, U.K.


Phaistos Disk Musings

Interesting item in the Examiner in regards to the Phaistos Disk and questions of its authenticity. Here’s a bit in medias res:

Since there’s only one disk, the scholar Jerome Eisenberg suggests it’s nothing but a fake. He published a long article spelling out why he thought this, concluding that the thing ought to be tested via thermoluminescence, to see how old it is. If it turns out to be only 100 years old, dating to the time of its own excavation, it’s definitely a fake. If it turns out to be about 3,200 years old, maybe it’s authentic, since it would go back to the Bronze Age. It seems pretty cut and dried.
But there happens to be a certain bronze wolf, a she-wolf to be precise, who was always proclaimed to be Etruscan by a certain museum in Italy, and this wolf was recently tested and found to be medieval and so not Etruscan at all. How embarrassing! After this fiasco, the Heraklion Museum, the one showing off the famous disk, isn’t taking any chances. They’re not letting anybody test their disk!
But it may not be a fake, just because of a few other facts wandering out there, seldom noted. There’s supposedly an axe (possibly from an island next door to Turkey unless I have that confused with Etruscan) that has two or three symbols on it that are reminiscent of some that are on this here disk, so maybe it’s not entirely unique and therefore authentic after all. This is the so-called axe of Arkhalokouri, which I have yet to see, so I can’t really vouch for its similarity to the disk. I’ve only heard about it.
More exciting is another disk that showed up in, of all places, the Caucasus. It’s known as the Disk of Vladikavkaz because it turned up in Vladikavkaz. Yes, I figured you would have figured that out! You’re very clever.  Unfortunately, this “new” disk is incomplete, but what there is of it resembles the Phaistos Disk quite closely in the signs on its surface. Well, that is, the newly found disk looks like an untalented amateur drew its signs, whereas the old Greek one has very neat and tidy and clever stamped signs. But the signs are recognizable anyhow. The disk of Vladikavkaz has the little pagoda-like building that some say is a beehive, the little jogging man, and the circle with dots that some call a warrior’s shield but that looks more like a chocolate chip cookie to me. It has the Mohawk that’s probably the head of a warrior with a feathered helmet. Plus, there’s the flying bird, although apparently without those little eggs falling under her. Maybe those were her feet and weren’t considered important in Ossetia, where this was found. There is a symbol that looks like the hide of some animal on the Phaistos Disk, a hide that I always figured was a bull’s hide for some reason that I no longer recall. On the Vladikavkaz fragment, it looks much less like a hide and more like a cartoon of a stuffed toy or a doll with an eensy-weensy head. But I suppose it’s meant to be the same symbol. Then there are those two bunny ears and the wiggly horn as well. I have no earthly idea what any of this really represents and I suspect that no one else actually does either. But it’s fun to speculate.

FWIW, I’m still not convinced about the dating of the Capioline She-Wolf; I’m also skeptical of most anything ‘controversial’ found in the USSR.