JOB: Classical Reception at Oxford

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Director Of The Archive Of Performances Of Greek And Roman Drama And University Lecturer

Reception of Greek and Latin Literature

Faculty Of Classics In Association With St Hilda’s College

(Non-Tutorial Fellow)

Grade 10a: Salary £42,351 – £56,917 p.a.

Applications are invited for the above permanent post, tenable from 1 January 2010.

The person appointed, as well as being responsible for organising and managing the activities and staff of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, will also organise and undertake teaching and research in the field of the Reception of Greek and/or Latin Literature.

The further particulars are located on the faculty website under:

Applicants are asked to send eight copies of their application, including a covering letter, a curriculum vitae, a personal details form (available from the website), a statement of research interests and publications, as well as teaching and administrative experience, to Mrs Anne Smith, Classics Faculty Administrator, Ioannou School for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU, for receipt no later than 12.00 noon on 3 July 2009.

Applications should not be by email. Applicants should ask referees to write directly to Mrs Smith without further prompting.

Candidates are also asked to identify in their covering letter two pieces of research, each of maximum 8000 words, which they would provide in support of their application if shortlisted. These two pieces of research should be ready for despatch, ideally in electronic form, on or soon after 7 July 2009.

Interviews are scheduled for 20 July 2009.

JOB: Assistant Director: Oxford Roman Economy Project

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Faculty of Classics and Wolfson College, University of Oxford

The Oxford Roman Economy Project

Assistant Director

ACADEMIC-RELATED RESEARCH STAFF GRADE 07S 1-4: Salary £28,839.00 – £31,513.00

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates of postdoctoral status for a fixed-term post in Roman Economic History or Archaeology for three years with effect from 1 October 2009. This is separately funded from, but complementary to, the AHRC-funded project (The Economy of the Roman Empire: Integration, Growth and Decline c100 BC to AD 350, Principal Investigators Professor Alan Bowman and Professor Andrew Wilson, should have completed a doctorate in a relevant area of Roman Economic History or Archaeology by 1 October 2009 (‘relevant areas’ to be understood as including Italy and the provinces and any or all categories of literary, documentary and archaeological evidence). The salary will be in the range £28,839 – £31,513 per annum, according to experience. The successful candidate will be appointed to a Supernumerary Fellowship at Wolfson College.

Applications should be sent to Erica Clarke, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU (recruitment AT to reach her no later than 12 noon on Friday 3 July 2009. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a covering letter explaining the applicant’s suitability for the post, the personal details form, and the names of three referees who must be asked to send their references directly to Erica Clarke by the closing date. The personal details form and the further particulars are available for download from It is expected that interviews will be held on 13 July.

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

CONF: Episcopal Elections in Late Antiquity

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The Faculty of Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is pleased to
announce an international conference on ‘Episcopal Elections in Late
Antiquity’, 26-28 October 2009. The conference programme will include
fourteen keynote lectures and eleven short paper sessions. Registration,
travel and accommodation information is available on the conference website,
and further information can be requested from the conference secretary.

Scientific Committee
Pauline Allen (ACU Brisbane), Jean-Marie Auwers (Louvain-la-neuve),
Boudewijn Dehandschutter (Leuven), David Engels (Bruxelles), Hans Hauben
(Leuven), Mathijs Lamberigts (Leuven), Johan Leemans (Leuven), Hartmut
Leppin (Frankfurt), Peter Van Nuffelen (Exeter), Andrea Schmidt
(Louvain-la-neuve), Stefan Schorn (Leuven), Ewa Wipszycka (Warsaw)

Organising Committee
Boudewijn Dehandschutter (Leuven), Shawn Keough (Leuven), Johan Leemans
(Leuven), Carla Nicolaye (Leuven-Aachen), Peter Van Nuffelen (Exeter)

Secretary: shawn.keough AT

It is well known that episcopal elections in the later Roman Empire were
often a complicated and complicating event, as the controversy (and even
violence) attendant upon the elections and successions of many bishops
indicates. This conference will approach the phenomenon of episcopal
elections and succession from the broadest possible perspective, examining
the varied combination of factors, personalities, rules and habits that
played a role in the process that eventually resulted in one specific
candidate becoming the new bishop, and not another. The many diverse and
even conflicting aspects of this phenomenon will be addressed: the influence
of doctrinal conflicts, the relationship between Church and State,
patronage, local habits and regional differences, chronological
developments, ethnic identity. Also relevant is the development of images of
the ideal bishop, especially the manner in which such idealized
representations shaped the outcome of contested elections and affected the
character and exercise of episcopal authority in late antique society.

All those interested in conference registration and other information are
encouraged to contact the conference secretary, Dr. Shawn Keough
shawn.keough AT

CONF:Political Communication and Public Opinion in the Ancient World

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Hengstberger Symposium 2009

Political Communication and Public Opinion in the Ancient World

Dates: Friday, 10 July — Sunday, 12 July 2009

Venue: Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg, University of Heidelberg (

Numbers are restricted. There are only a few places left. If you would like to attend, please register by email to christina.kuhn AT


Friday, 10 July 2009

09.15: Welcome: Dr. Klaus-Georg HENGSTBERGER and Dr. Christina KUHN

09.30: Dr. Christina KUHN (Classics Department, University of Oxford): "Einfuehrung: Politische Kommunikation und Oeffentliche Meinung in der Antike"

Section I: Theories and Concepts
Chair: Prof. Dr. Tonio HOELSCHER (Department of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg)

10.00: Prof. Dr. Kurt IMHOF (Department of Sociology, University of Zuerich): "Oeffentlichkeitssoziologische Konzepte fuer das Altertum?"

10.45: Coffee

11.15: Dr. Thomas PETERSEN (Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research): "Die moralische Komponente oeffentlicher Meinung — Was Historiker und Sozialwissenschaftler voneinander lernen koennen"

Section II: Classical and Hellenistic Greece
Chair: Prof. Dr. Angelos CHANIOTIS (Classics Department, University of Oxford)

12.00: PD Dr. Christian MANN (Department of Ancient History, University of Freiburg): "Imagekonstruktionen und oeffentliche Meinung im demokratischen Athen"

12.45: Lunch

14.15: Dr. Gunther MARTIN (Classics Department, University of Oxford):
"Demokratiekritik vor der athenischen Oeffentlichkeit?"

15.00: Prof. Dr. Eftychia STAVRIANOPOULOU (Department of Ancient History, University of Heidelberg): "Tou dikaiou tuchein, oder: Die Macht der Bitte"

15.45: Coffee

16.15: Peter KATO (Department of Ancient History, University of Heidelberg): "Heftige Winde ueber das stille Meer: Aeusserungsformen und Beeinflussung der oeffentlichen Meinung in den hellenistischen Staedten"

17.00: Dr. Ruth BIELFELDT (Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University): "Oeffentlichkeit als Offensichtlichkeit: Zur Kultur des Erscheinens in der hellenistischen Stadt"

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Section III: Republican and Imperial Rome
Chair: Dr. Christina KUHN (Classics Department, University of Oxford)

09.15: Dr. Nikolaus JACKOB (Department of Communication Studies, University of Mainz): "Cicero’s Perception of the Nature, Role and Power of Public Opinion in the Late Roman Republic"

10.00: Prof. Dr. Gert UEDING (Rhetoric Department, University of Tuebingen): "Das Konzept des Redners als Meinungsfuehrer in der roemischen Rhetorik"

10.45: Coffee

11.15: Prof. Dr. Robert MORSTEIN-MARX (Classics Department, University of California, Santa Barbara): "Political Communication, Public Opinion and the Power of the ‘Populus’ in the Late Roman Republic"

12.00: Christian BECHTOLD, M.A. (Department of Ancient History, University of Frankfurt): "Die Versetzung unter die Sterne in der politischen Kommunikation der roemischen Kaiserzeit"

12.45: Lunch

Chair: Prof. Dr. Christian WITSCHEL (Department of Ancient History, University of Heidelberg)

14.15: Prof. Dr. Clifford ANDO (Classics Department, University of Chicago): "Empire, State, and Communicative Action"

15.00: Prof. Dr. Aloys WINTERLING (History Department, Humboldt University Berlin): "Oeffentliche Geheimnisse: Die Doppelboedigkeit der Kommunikation zwischen Kaiser und Aristokratie im Rom des 1. und 2. Jahrhunderts"

15.45: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan STENGER (Free University of Berlin): "Libanios und die oeffentliche Meinung in Antiochia"

16.30: Coffee

17.00: Public Lecture: Prof. Dr. Juergen WILKE (Department of Communication Studies, University of Mainz): "Die Kommunikationswissenschaft und die Antike"

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Section IV: Ancient Egypt, China and Israel
Chair: Prof. Dr. Andrea JOERDENS (Institute of Papyrology, University of Heidelberg)

09.15: Dr. Thomas ROESSING (Department of Communication Studies, University of Mainz): "Oeffentliche Meinung in der Philosophie des Alten China aus sozialwissenschaftlicher Sicht"

10.00: Prof. Dr. Joachim Friedrich QUACK (Department of Egyptology, University of Heidelberg): "Pharao und Hofstaat, Palast und Tempel. Entscheidungsfindung, Oeffentlichkeit und Entscheidungsveroeffentlichung im Alten Aegypten"

10.45: Coffee

11.15: PD Dr. Erich LAMP (Department of Communication Studies, University of Mainz): "Oeffentliche Meinung im Alten Testament"

12.00: Final Discussion