JOB: PhD position (Heroic space in Attic drama) Universiteit van Amsterdam

… seen on the Classicists list

PhD position (m/f)
Noord-Holland), 38 hours per week
University of Amsterdam

For the offical announcement see

Job description
The Institute of Culture and History (ICG) of the UvA has a vacant PhD
position (Heroic space in Attic drama) per 1 September 2009, as part of the
NWO funded project Space in Ancient Greek Literature.

The candidate is expected to research and complete a PhD dissertation within  a period of three years and three months, and to participate in the graduate curriculum of the national research school of classics OIKOS.

MA in Classics, obtained no longer than five years ago. An MA in a research  Master and/ or an MSt, MPhil or some other form of postdoctoral research training is a definite pre. The Master thesis preferably deals with a topic from Greek literature.

Additional information about the job:

Project desciption: The project here advertised, Heroic space in Attic
drama, forms part of a larger NWO program Space in Ancient Greek Literature,  which in its turn forms part of a larger project, a multi-volume
narratological history of Classical Greek literature. So far two volumes
have appeared: I.J.F. de Jong, R. Nünlist, A. Bowie (eds.) Narrators,
Narratees, and Narratives in Ancient Greek Literature, Studies in Ancient
Greek Narrative 1, Leiden, Brill 2004; I.J.F. de Jong, R. Nünlist, (eds.)
Time in Ancient Greek Literature, Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative 2,
Leiden, Brill 2007.

The third volume will deal with space, discussing issues such as the amount  of attention paid to space, the distribution of the space descriptions over  the text; the presentation of space (is the information provided by the narrator, representing his own focalization or that of an anonymous viewer, or is it one of the characters who is focalizing or speaking?), its thematic  function (when it becomes a factor of importance in the plot, e.g. when its central hero is traveling), symbolic function (e.g. city versus country, inside versus outside, public versus private, etc.), or characterizing function (when the description of objects or housing tells us something about a character).

By way of elaboration on the chapters on drama, the PhD project Heroic space  in Attic drama will discuss in detail aspects of space in one or more plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides, taking its cue from studies such as  Issacharoff 1981, Kuntz 1993, and Rehm 2002. It will deal with the setting and the relationship between the onstage space and the offstage space. But  the main aspect to be discussed concerns the fact that ancient drama while treating contemporary issues always is situated in the heroic past: how is the physical outlook of this heroic past (re)constructed? In view of the paramount importance of the Homeric epics in fifth century Athens the heroic  space of drama is likely to have been modeled after that of epic, but as some – small scale – investigations of anachronism in tragedy have shown, the contemporary world may intrude; see Easterling 1985 and Dunn 2006. While  the seventh century Homeric (re)construction of the heroic world is a matter  of intense discussion and debate since more than a century, the (re)construction of the heroic world in fifth century Athens so far is still largely to be explored.

University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally
acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a
world center for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and
media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of
European Research Universities.

The Faculty of Humanities undertakes teaching and research with a strong
international orientation in a large number of disciplines within the field
of language and culture. The faculty is situated in the center of Amsterdam
and maintains close contacts with many cultural institutions in the city. It
employs almost a thousand staff members and its courses are attended by
approximately 6,500 students.

Conditions of employment
Duration of the contract: 3 years and 3 months
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
The PhD candidate will be appointed for a period of three years and three
months, starting from September 2009 or later (but not after 31 December
2009) at the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA under the terms of employment
currently valid for the Faculty. A contract will be given in the first
instance for one year, with an extension for the following three years on
the basis of an evaluation of, amongst other things, a written piece of
work. The salary (on a full time base) will be Euro 2.042 during the first
year(gross per month) and will reach EUro 2.612 during the fourth year, in
accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

   * About the organization
   * About the department
   * About the function

A full text of the NWO program of which this PhD project forms a part can be
found in the attachment below or required from drs. Paul Koopman
(icg-fgw AT Further information can be obtained from Professor Irene
J.F. de Jong (i.j.f.dejong AT or 0031-20-5252559).

You can apply for this job before 02-06-2009 by sending your application to:

Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam

E-mail address: icg-fgw AT
Applications for this position, preferably in pdf format, should be sent to
drs. P.J. Koopman, Instituut voor Cultuur en Geschiedenis, Spuistraat 134,
1012 VB Amsterdam (icg-fgw AT They should consist of 1) a letter of
application; 2) a copy of recent work, preferably a MA thesis; 3) a sketch
(1500-2000 words) of how the applicant intends to fill in the rough project
proposal summarized above and described in more detail in the NWO program ‘Space in Ancient Greek Literature’. The deadline for submission is 1 June 2009 at the latest. Please state the vacancy number. Applications received after this date or those that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT 09-3018.

The short URL code for this job opening is: 00361-1811.
You can use this as a direct link to the job by adding the code to the URL

Temple of Isis Found at Florence?

Brief item from ANSA:

Workmen inside Florence’s courthouse have stumbled across a spiral column and hundreds of multicoloured fragments that experts believe may have belonged to a Roman temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis.

Dating to the second century AD, the remains were discovered as the men dug a five by three metre hole, barely four metres deep, for a new water cistern for the courthouse’s anti-incendiary system.

”These finds are of extraordinary importance,” said Alessandro Palchetti, the archaeologist charged with overseeing the works in the courthouse by Florence’s archaeology superintendency, who suspected something interesting might be uncovered because of the area’s historic relevance.

Palchetti said the remains were ”comparable” to others found over the last three centuries in the immediate area that have also been attributed to the temple of Isis, the Egyptian goddess of motherhood and fertility who was later adopted by the Greeks and Romans.

The location of the temple is unknown, Palchetti said, but it is believed to have been built just outside the Roman part of the city, near the current courthouse building.

Meanwhile, Florence’s Culture Councillor Eugenio Giani said ongoing excavations of an ancient Roman theatre under the city’s Palazzo Vecchio will mean members of the public will be able to visit the site in two years’ time.

Archaeologists have already uncovered the area where spectators sat and a portion of the orchestra as well as revealed the story of the theatre and its fall into disuse.

Constructed at the end of the first century AD, it was in use until the end of the fourth century before remaining structures were used as a burial place, stalls for animals and a prison during Medieval times.

”We’ll continue to work on the central corridor which will give us a direct link with the Cortile della Dogana of Palazzo Vecchio from where people will be able to make the descent,” said Giani.

… I see more of this sort of thing in the Italian press; I might have more this weekend.

LIMC ‘Complete’

From a UBristol press release:

A scholarly project to document and analyse all known images of mythology from the Greek, Roman and Etruscan civilisations, has reached it culmination with the appearance of the last two volumes of the 20-volume series. The project, known as LIMC (Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae), was begun in the early 1970s.

The two volumes (‘Supplementum 2009’) picture many new and hitherto-unpublished representations of myths, and bring up to date the entire forty-year project – which has been described as the boldest venture in classical scholarship in the past 70 years.  The non-profit-making LIMC Foundation is based in Basel, with branches in Athens, Heidelberg, Paris and Würzburg; the Council which administers it is drawn from more than 30 countries in five continents.  At the head of LIMC is Richard Buxton, Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Bristol who has been one of the editors of LIMC since 2003, and since 2006, its President. 

The work of the LIMC Foundation is far from over.  It has two major ongoing projects.  The first, ‘ThesCRA’ (‘Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum’), documents ancient cults and rites; five volumes are out so far (published by the J. Paul Getty Museum), with more on the way.  The second project involves digitizing the whole LIMC archive, so as to put it online – and free to the user.

“This can’t be done overnight,” explains Professor Buxton, “because before putting the images on the web we need to gain the explicit permission of the hundreds of museums and private collections which house the objects illustrated.”

In spite of this, and in spite of the increasingly challenging task of raising funds, Professor Buxton estimates that both ThesCRA and the digitization will be completed within three years.

All this proves, if proof were needed, that classical myths are alive and well, and as meaningful and vibrant now as at any time in their rich and complex history.

… interesting; I was just mentioning LIMC on Facebook t’other day. Of course, a work like this really isn’t ever complete. I’m sure we’ll have another supplement in a decade or so …