CONF: Bones, Behaviour and Belief

Seen on Aegeanet quite a while ago:

The Swedish Institute at Athens is organizing a conference entitled
“Bones, behaviour and belief. The osteological evidence as a source for
Greek ritual practice”. The event will take place in Athens, on the
10th-12th of September 2009.

The purpose of the conference is to highlight the role and contribution of
the osteological evidence for our understanding of Greek sacrificial
ritual, especially from a methodological perspective. It also aims at a
discussion of the relation of the bone material to other source categories
– texts, inscriptions, images and archaeological remains other than bones.
Of central interest are issues approachable from osteological evidence
only and instances where the bone material presents a picture different
from that derived from the written or pictorial sources. A group of
prominent osteologists working on evidence from sanctuaries and cult
places will present papers addressing questions of ritual practices. To
stimulate an increased integration of osteology in the study of Greek cult
in the future and to highlight the relation of various categories of
sources to each other, a panel of leading scholars working on Greek
religion mainly thought the use of non-osteological material will
participate in the discussions as well as in the concluding table ronde.

Confirmed speakers include Gerhard Forstenpointner (Wien), Gunnel Ekroth
(Stockholm), Valasia Isaakidou (Sheffield), Paul Halstead (Sheffield),
Maria Vretemark (Museum of Västergötland), Armelle Gardeisen (Latte),
Michel MacKinnon (Winnipeg), Dimitra Mylona (Rethymnon), François Poplin
(Paris), Ola Magnell (Lund), Martine Leguilloux (Var), Hélène Siard
(Paris), Sabine Sten (Gotland), Emmanulle Vila (Lyon).

Invited discussants: Robin Hägg (Göteborg), Stella Georgoudi (Paris),
Scott Scullion (Oxford), Francis Prost (Paris), Véronique Mehl (Rennes).

The conference will be held at the Italian School, Athens and all
interested listeners are welcome to attend.

For further information, please contact gunnel.ekroth AT or
jenny.wallensten AT

d.m. Douglas Little

From the Otago Daily Times:

Dr Douglas Little, an influential classics teacher who retired from the University of Otago classics department as an associate professor in 1987, has died in Dunedin after a long illness.

He was in his mid-70s.

Dr Little, who at one stage was the department’s only New Zealand-born staff member, had earlier graduated from Otago University with an MA(Hons) in Latin and German and an honours degree in Greek, before gaining a PhD in classics at the University of Texas, in Austin.

Having earlier served as an assistant lecturer, he returned to the Otago classics staff as a senior lecturer in 1975, after completing his doctorate.

[n.b. the ODT promised a proper obituary ‘to follow’, but it doesn’t seem to have made it to the web ~ dm]

CFP: Cross-cultural Influence in the Roman World

Seen in the Canadian Classical Bulletin:

Call for Papers
Cross-cultural Influence in the Roman World, McMaster University
3 October 2009
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emma Dench, Harvard University
Abstracts for papers on cross-cultural influence in the Roman world are sought for the Classics Graduate Conference at McMaster University on Saturday, 3 October 2009. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, to be submitted to the address provided below. We encourage papers exploring both the acclimatization of foreign peoples to Roman culture and the impact of those indigenous cultures on the Romans themselves. A wide range of subjects are acceptable, including, but not limited to, material culture, religion, linguistics, dress, warfare, and political practices.
Papers delivered at the conference should be 15-20 minutes in length.
Submit abstracts electronically to Patricia White at whitepl At

Deadline for abstracts: 15 July 2009

Announcement of acceptances of abstracts: 15 August 2009

Siren Song

In case you missed it, Paris Hilton’s latest ‘scent’ has a potentially Classical bent. Here’s a photo (via People):

from People Magazine
from People Magazine

Sez the heiress:

Siren is all about being sexy in a playful way. I feel irresistible as a mermaid,What girl doesn’t want to have fun being a fantasy creature that men can’t resist?

What many folks might not realize is that the Sirens of the area of our purview (i.e. the ones which tried to lure Odysseus et al) were half-bird/half-woman … not the ‘mermaid’ of popular culture (not sure when they ‘mermaid’ portrayal began):

from Wikimedia Commons
from Wikimedia Commons

The Wikipedia article on sirens is useful …