JOB: Generalist @ Wayne State (one year)

Seen on the Classics list …

We finally have full approval to fill a one-year position at Wayne State in Detroit. The official posting follows; please note the very short deadline for applications.

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of Wayne State University seeks a classicist for a one-year lectureship beginning August 2009. This is a full-time, non tenure-track position with benefits. We specifically seek a candidate who can teach Classical Civilization, Greek Mythology, and/or Etymology. The teaching load is three courses each semester. Preference will be given to candidates with independent undergraduate teaching experience and a Ph.D. in Classics or a related field; candidates must have at least the M.A. Salary, to be determined, will depend on qualifications and experience.

The application consists of a letter of interest and a C.V., both to be posted online at under position number 036389. Applications will be reviewed starting August 1st. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Margaret E. Winters, Chair, mewinters AT, (CMLLC, 487 Manoogian, Wayne State University, Detroit MI 48202.) Questions should be addressed to Dr. Winters.

Wayne State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment
Opportunity employer, which complies with all applicable federal and
state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Wayne
State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal
opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion,
national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by applicable law.

Cleopatra Tomb Update

There’s a lengthy Global Arab Network (and other sites) story kicking around about the dig at Tabusiris Magna … nothing really new other than we get the name of the site director: Dr Said Altalhawy. Perhaps more importantly, we also get (in the concluding paragraph) this:

The site is now closed for the summer, and the team will have to wait until at least January before they can continue the search for the resting place of Alexandria’s most venerated daughter.

… hmmm … that seems inordinately long, no?

Ulus Theatre to be Restored

From Balkan Travellers:

The remains of an ancient Roman theatre, which are partly buried underneath a building, will be unearthed in Turkey’s capital to become a spot for cultural events.

As a result of the initiative of Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, a building constructed 15 years ago atop the remains of the Roman theatre will be torn down, the television channel CNN Türk reported today.

The ancient remains were discovered in 1982 in the Ulus quarter of the capital, which used to be the heart of old Ankara.

Half of the theatre’s remains were unearthed during archaeological excavations, while the other half remained underneath the building, the media reported. With the ministry’s decision, the modern building will be torn down and the ancient site will be restored.

After restoration, the theatre will serve a similar purpose to the one it had in Antiquity – it will house cultural festivals and events.

CONF: ‘The gods of SMALL THINGS’

Seen on the Classicists list:

21-22 September 2009 the Ure Museum, Department of Classics,
University of Reading, will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference
entitled ‘The gods of SMALL THINGS’. This two-day interdisciplinary
conference, which seeks to investigate the cumulative value of non-
prestige ex votos, will include a public lecture by Jean-Marc Luce
(Toulouse), "From miniature objects to giant ones: the process of
defunctionalisation in sanctuaries and graves in Iron Age Greece".
Full details of the conference, including programme, abstracts, and
booking forms, as well as our poster, may be obtained from the
conference website,

To register to attend the conference, preferably before 15 August,
please send the booking form to Nina Aitken
<n.l.aitken AT>. The booking form is available at

Thanks to generous funding from the Classical Association and the
Hellenic Society we are able to provide grants to assist eligible
students who wish to attend this conference. Interested students
should contact Marianne Bergeron <m.e.bergeron AT> no later
than 15 August.

We would be grateful if you could print out and post the conference
poster, which is available at

Any further enquiries may be addressed to one of the conference

Katerina Volioti <k.volioti AT>
Amy C. Smith <a.c.smith AT>
Marianne Bergeron <m.e.bergeron AT>