CONF: Oikos Familia Gothenburg Nov 09

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Below is a the programme for OIKOS FAMILIA The Family in Antiquity: Framing the discipline in the 21st Century.

For more information and registration forms please contact: arachne AT

You can also contact us directly: Mary Harlow m.e.harlow AT Ray Laurence r.laurence AT Lena Larsson Loven lena.larsson AT


14.00 Registration opens
15.00 Opening of the conference and Welcome

Opening keynote lecture Mark Golden (Winnipeg): The future of the Ancient Greek Family

15.45 – 16.15: Coffee

Session I: The construction of kinship: Methods and Texts

Saskia Hin Building States, Building Families:
Birgitta Leppänen Sjöberg: Classical oikos as site for intersectionality
Ann-Cathrin Harders: Beyond domus and oikos: kinship studies
Emily Varto: The Classical Prototypes of Kinship

Session II: Marriage and Children – a family’s hope for the future or a disappointment

Keynote address: Christian Laes: Disabled children in Gregory of Tours

Maria Constantinou: The Dissolution of Marriage: evidence from marriage contracts and divorce documents in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
Jayne Draycott: Healthcare at home in Roman Egypt
Rebecca Gowland & Rebecca Redfern: Childhood Health at the core and periphery of Roman world


Session III: Visualising the Ancient Family

Amalia Avramidou: Depictions of women and children pre-classical Corinth
Sandra Karlsson: Family images in Hellenistic funerary art
Jason Manders: Mors Immatura. Portraits of Children on Roman Funerary monuments
Margherita Carucci: Visualising daughters in the Roman Family
Jeannine Uzzi Ethnicity and Sexuality: the non-Roman family and the Roman gaze

Session VI: Religion and the Family

William Bubelis: Not the Oikos: Priesthoods and Succession in Classical Athens
Nicholas Kalospyros: Towards the Allegory of the Oikos: The family and cognates in Philo Judaeus
Katariina Mustakallio:The Sacred Couple in the Roman Context
Outi Sihvonen Vestal Virgins – Members of Two Different Families?
K.B. Neutal: Importance of Familia to Paul and his audience

Session V Commemoration of Family Members in the Roman West

Key note address: Maureen Carroll:“No part in earthly things”. The death, burial and commemoration of newborns and infants in Roman Italy

Linnéa Johansson:The Cult of the Genius as a Way of Commemoration
Francesco Trifilò: Vixit Annis: Regional Patterns and Commemoration
Sabine Armani Nieces and Nephews in Inscriptions from the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire

12.00 -13.30 LUNCH

Session VI The Greek Family

Florence Gherchanoc :Birth festivals in classical Athens
Elke Hartmann: The Concept of the Kyreia in Classical Athens
Agnieszka Kotlińska-Toma: Woman as the Pillar of the Family in Greek Funerary Epigrams
Sara Saba: Family and City Policy
Brenda Griffiths-Williams: Continuity and Conflict in Athenian Inheritance disputes

Session VII Female roles in the Roman family

Marja-Leena Hänninen: Gender, age and status in the Roman wedding
Karen Hersch: Not on the guest list: changing conceptions of the Roman family nuptial riutal
Dimitrios Mantzilas: Laudationes Mulierum as a source for the Roman Family
Pamela Johnston: Family Advisory Councils in the Roman Republic
Hanne Sigismund Nielsen: Who invented the univira?

Session VIII Greek and Roman childhood and adolescence

Mark Golden: Other People’s Children
Evrydiki Tasopoulou When Animals Show the Way: parenting and the emotional development of children in Classical Greece
Judit Pásztókai-Szeöke: Mother shrinks and child grows
Janette McWilliam : Aesthetics of Violence and Representations of Roman Children
Claude-Emanuell Challet Centlivres: Youth in Pliny the Younger: Traditional Gender Roles and Beyond

17.15 Keynote lecture Natalie Kampen (New York): Pompeian Painting and Domestic Emotions

18.00 Wine reception

SATURDAY 7th November

Session IX Roman and Early Medieval Family: across the generations

Liz Gloyn: Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House: The Family as a Philosophical Ideal in Seneca
Ville Vuolanto: Grandmothers and familial power in late antiquity
Emma Southon: Fatherhood in Late Antique Gaul
Photis Vasilou: The Brother-father and sister-mother: biological and constructed relationships in the works of Gregory of Nyssa
Eve Davies: The Life Course and the Family in the Byzantine Empire
Chris Callow: The family from late antiquity to early medieval west 300-600

Session X Agency, economics and domesticity

Justin Walsh: Artefact assemblages and human agency in ancient house
Lindsay Penner: Female workers in aristocratic Roman Columbaria
Lovisa Brännstedt: Familia urbana of Livilla Drusilla
John Starks: Actresses and the Roman family
Anna Sparreboom: Wet-Nursing in the Roman Empire
April Pudsey: Widows and familial networks in Roman Egypt

Session XI Dynastic, powerful Hellenistic and Roman families

Omar Coloru Family dynamics in Seleucid dynasty
Agneta Fulinska: Family Ties in Dynastic Propaganda of the Ptolemies
Jesper Carlsen: The Ahenobarbi and Calvini in Late Republican and Augustan Rome
David Salvo: The use of betrothals, marriages, divorces in the making on an imperial dynasty: the case of the Julio- Claudian dynasty
Gwyneath McIntyre: The creation of a dynasty: Adoption and deification in the Antonine family
Shaun Tougher: Imperial blood: Family relationships in the dynasty of Constantine the Great

12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH

Session XII Etruscan and Pre-Roman Family

Key note addres: Marjatta Neilsen: Etruscan familes – the deand and the living
Jenny Högström Berntson: Women, Children and Votives in Magna Graecia
Elisa Perego: Iron Age and early Roman Veneto
Rafael Scopacasa: Familial Segregation and Communal Drinking in Ancient Appenine Italy

Session XIII Families in Greek literature and drama

Tom Garvey: The House of Nestor
James O’Maley: Homosphrosyne in the Odyssey
Aspasia Skouroumoni: Inside and Out: The Dynamics of Domestic Space in Euripides’ Andromache
Dimitira Kokkini: Euripides Heracles Mainomeons: Domesticating the litmate hero

Session XIV Family members and politics in ancient texts

Sophia Panaretou: Who was Brauro?
Bryan Natali: Infelix Dido, nun te facta impía tangunt? Putting Dido in her political Context
Ida Östenberg: Killing Fathers: The title Pater Patriae and the deaths of Cicero and Caesar
Nani Moro: Violence and Maltreatment in the Roman Family: The Case of Tiberius Claudius

16.30. – 17.00 Concluding summary: Framing the discipline in the 21st century.

18.30 Concluding Dinner

CONF: Lampeter Seminars

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Details below of this term’s Classics research seminars, including KYKNOS seminars ( All welcome.

KYKNOS seminars begin at 6pm; all others at 5.15pm. All seminars are in the Roderick Bowen seminar room.

15/10 Prof. Judith Mossman (Nottingham) : ‘Plutarch and the Philosophy of Language: The Case of Naming.’ KYKNOS

22/10 Prof. Christopher Pelling (Christ Church, Oxford) : ‘Learning from that violent schoolmaster….: Thucydidean intertextuality and some Greek accounts of Roman civil war.’ KYKNOS

29/10 Dr Marta Garcia Morcillo (Leicester/Lampeter) : ‘The Roman Estate Market: Economic Strategies between Politics and Morality.’

05/11 Evelien Bracke (Maynooth/Lampeter) : ‘Male Power, Treason, and Plot: Argonautic metis in Euripides’ Medea 1-48.’ KYKNOS

12/11 Estelle Strazdins (Balliol, Oxford) : ‘Arrian as self-commentator.’

19/11 Dr Tony Keen (Open University) : ‘From Constantine to Palpatine: Classics, Science Fiction and Reception.’

26/11 Glenn Lacki (St Hugh’s, Oxford) : ‘Exile and the Double Heroides.’

03/12 Philippa Bather (Manchester) : ‘Ancestry as Literary Tradition in Horace and Ovid.’

10/12 Dr Steven Green (Leeds) : ‘Astrological Discretion in Augustan Literature.’

CONF: Xenophon in a New Voice (at NYU)

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The NYU Center for Ancient Studies presents the annual Rose-Marie
Lewent Conference on Ancient Studies, “XENOPHON IN A NEW VOICE,”
Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 5:30PM.

The conference will take place in Hemmerdinger Hall, Room 102, Silver
Center for Arts and Science, 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place
(wheelchair accessible), New York, NY.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, and seating is by
general admission.

MATTHEW S. SANTIROCCO, Seryl Kushner Dean, College of Arts and
Science, and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies, New York

Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and
Theory of Democracy, NYU

Independent Scholar, Contributor, “The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika”

Independent Scholar, Editor, “The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika”

Chief Executive Office, Creative Good; Founder, Reading Odyssey

For more information about the event, please see details below, visit, or contact the College

Dean’s Office at 212.998.8100;
kenkidd AT

JOB: Generalist @ Macalester College (tenure track)

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Macalester College invites applications for a tenure-track position in the
Department of Classics at the level of Assistant Professor. Candidates must
be able to teach Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels.
Areas of research and pedagogical interest should add to a thriving and
interdisciplinary undergraduate Classics department. Our foremost interest
is in Greek literature and literary studies, but attractive additional
strengths include the geographic areas of Anatolia or Egypt, late antiquity,
Byzantine studies, other languages of the ancient Near East, material
culture, and/or issues of ethnicity and identity in the ancient

We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in both
teaching and research in a liberal arts setting and committed to working
with students of diverse backgrounds. The Classics Department sponsors
multiple study and research opportunities abroad and is deeply committed to
the College’s distinctive mission of educational excellence with a special
emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Macalester College is a selective, private liberal arts college in the
Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, whose vital and diverse urban
communities offer multiple opportunities for faculty and student engagement.
The College enrolls over 1800 students from all 50 states plus the District
of Columbia and almost 80 countries. As an Equal Opportunity employer
supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve a diverse workforce, the
College strongly encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented minority groups. For further information about the
position, contact the department chair Beth Severy-Hoven (
severy AT or visit the College Web site (

To apply, go to and electronically submit
a letter of application, a C.V., a graduate school transcript, and a
statement of teaching philosophy and interests. Also, arrange for three
references to upload letters to accompany the application. If you or your
references prefer to mail your application, please send them to: Classics
Department Search, Macalester College, Classics Department, 1600 Grand
Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105. Applications should be received by October 15 to
receive fullest consideration, but will be accepted until the position is

CFP: Engendering Reception: From Penelope to Atwood’s Penelopiad

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Call For Papers: Engendering Reception: From Penelope to Atwood’s Penelopiad

University of Toronto, April 24-25 2010

The Classics Graduate Student Association of the University of Toronto
invites abstracts for a graduate conference on the theme Engendering
Reception, to be held in Toronto on April 24-25, 2010. Our keynote
speaker will be Susanna Braund, Canada Research Chair in Latin Poetry
and its Reception, University of British Columbia.

This conference aims to consider the role gender plays in reception
both within antiquity and beyond. What does it mean when Catullus and
Horace imitate Sappho? How are epic heroines and villains portrayed in
other genres? How is gender played out in later imitations of Greek
and Roman literature (e.g. Racine’s Phèdre)? What are the issues
facing contemporary women writers (such as Margaret Atwood or Anne
Carson) who deal with classical topics? Our conference hopes to
explore these questions, as well as more broadly theoretical issues.

Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Intertextual heroines in antiquity
• The reception of female authors in the ancient world
• The use of a “female voice” by male authors
• The interaction of historical and literary female characters
• Women and the history of classical scholarship
• Women and the acquisition of Classical education in the 19th
and early 20th centuries
• Gender and the contemporary reception of the classics
• Masculinity and reception

Papers should last between 15-20 minutes. Abstracts of c.200-300 words
(excluding bibliography) should be sent as attachments (in .doc or
.pdf form) to engenderingreception AT As all abstracts will be
reviewed anonymously, no identifying information should appear on the
abstract itself.

We welcome submissions from students of all areas of classical
studies, as well as students from other disciplines, including art
history, history, archaeology, philosophy, comparative literature,
religious studies, women’s and gender studies, drama, and politics.

The deadline for submissions is 8 JANUARY 2010. Please note that
submission of an abstract carries with it a commitment to attend.
Accepted presenters will be notified by email by 29 January.

Interested students are invited to join the conference’s Facebook
group: Queries and
indications of interest should be directed to the conference
Cillian O’Hogan, cillian.ohogan AT
Melanie Racette-Campbell, melanie.racette.campbell AT