ED: Webinar with Helena Dettmer on Catullus’ Lesbia poems, June 17

… seen on Latinteach:

This is a reminder that Dr. Helena Dettmer of the University of Iowa will be leading a webinar on June 17, 6 – 8 PM Eastern, entitled, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Catullus’ Love Affair with Lesbia".

This webinar will focus largely on Catullus’ poems about Lesbia.  Part I will show how, with the exception of Poem 36, all the Lesbia poems in the second half of the polymetra can be viewed as negative or unflattering portrayals of Lesbia.  Part II will demonstrate how, conversely, the Lesbia poems in the second half of the elegiac epigrams build up to and culminate in the reconciliation of Catullus and Lesbia.  Part III of the webinar will focus on the Ariadne and Theseus episode in Poem 64 and will show how Catullus exploits Ariadne’s bitter feelings of betrayal and abandonment to reflect his own similar feelings with respect to his treatment by Lesbia.

This webinar is part of Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers’ summer webinar series for teacher development. To register online (and to see the rest of the summer line-up), please visit http://www.bolchazy.com/webinars.html. As with last year’s series, there is a $99.00 fee to attend. As all schools/districts handle professional development in different ways, so check with your school or district to see if this webinar will count towards your professional development units.

Please email me off-list at areinhard AT bolchazy.com if you have any questions.

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CONF: The Romance Between Greece and the East

… seen on the Classicists list:

Programme for workshop 4 in the series:
The Romance Between Greece and the  East

June 23rd, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (seminar room)

10.30-11.00 coffee (in hall)
11.00-12.00 Martin Goodman, ‘The story of Izates (Josephus, AJ 20.17-96)’
12.00-1.00 Simon Goldhill, ‘Genre as Greco-Jewish contact zone’
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-2.30 Discussion, The testament of Joseph (= Testaments of the 12
patriarchs no. 11)
2.30-3.30 Eva Mussio, ‘Commentary in Fiction: Joseph & Aseneth between
Ancient Novel and biblical Exegesis’
3.30-3.45 tea
3.45-4.45 Erich Gruen, ‘Jews and Greeks as philosophers’
4.45-5.15 concluding discussion

To book your place please contact tim.whitmarsh AT ccc.ox.ac.uk

This Day in Ancient History

kalendas junias

  • rites in honour of Carna, a nymph who was somehow associated with the health of bodily organs
  • Saecular Games (day 1) — celebrating Rome’s thousand-year anniversary
  • 388 B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Mars (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 259 B.C. — dedication of a Temple of the Tempests near the porta Capena (and associated rites thereafter?)