CONF: Reception within Antiquity, University of Nottingham

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One-Day Colloquium on Reception within Antiquity
University of Nottingham
31 October 2009

The colloquium is under the auspices of the Classical Reception Studies Network, the Department of Classics, University of Nottingham and the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception. It will take place at the Staff club conference rooms.

Arrival, registration and coffee: 10h00 – 10h30
Opening: 10h30

Keynote address: Prof Pat Easterling: Greek Tragedy and its Transformations

11h30-12h15: Dr Barbara Graziosi: The encounter between Hector and Andromache: ancient and modern receptions

12h15-13h00: Dr Susanna Phillippo: Andromache’s ‘vel umbra satis es’; Seneca (and Virgil) and the recreation of Greek tragedy

13h00-14h15 LUNCH

14H15-15H00: Dr Sarah Miles: Comic Quotations: The Reception of Euripidean Drama in [Plato’s] Theages

15h00-15h45: Nick Wilshere: Lucian’s Achilles: melancholy shade, vainglorious soldier and cross-dressing lesbian.

15h45-16h30: Dr Tim Rood: ‘Polybius, Thucydides and the First Punic War’

Tea and Departure

The conference fee is £30, (£15 for students).

The Classical Association has kindly sponsored a limited number of travel bursaries for postgraduate students wishing to attend. To apply for these or to register for the conference, please contact the organiser, Betine van Zyl Smit at the Department of Classics, University of Nottingham (Tel. 0115-8467249; email:abzbv

CFP: Syllecta Classica

Syllecta Classica is a journal published annually by the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa. We specialize in long substantial articles, and have excellent facilities for reproducing maps, plans, and illustrations. Refereeing is double-blind, and every effort is made to reach a decision on a submission within two months. More details concerning Syllecta Classica can be found on the website

Questions may be addressed to the co-editors, Peter Green (peter-green-1 AT and Craig A. Gibson (craig-gibson AT

CONF: Bristol Research Seminar, Autumn 2009

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Department of Classics & Ancient History Research Seminar

Seminars are held in the Classics Seminar Room, G37, 11 Woodland Road, and start at 4.10 p.m. except where noted. All welcome, especially postgraduate students; any queries, please contact n.d.g.morley.

6th October: Neville Morley (Bristol): ‘Thucydides and the Idea of History’

13th October: Mercedes Aguirre (Complutense, Madrid): ‘The Greek Flood Myth: Deucalion and Pyrrha’

20th October: Ellen O’Gorman (Bristol): ‘Myth, History and Vergil’s Dido’

3rd November: Emily Pillinger (Institute Fellow): ‘Prophetic voices in mythic narratives: making sense of "hindsight as foresight".’

17th November: 4.30pm: Charles Martindale (Bristol): ‘Performance, Reception, Aesthetics’

25th November: 4 pm: half-day conference on ‘Hildegard of Bingen: music, poetry, and medieval monastic tradition’, organised by Steve D’Evelyn. Victoria Rooms.

1st December: John Sellars (UWE): ‘The Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius’

8th December: Peter France (Edinburgh) on Translation. Event organised by the Penguin Archive project, time and venue tbc.

9th December: half-day conference on Translation, organised by the Penguin Archive project.

12th January: Bella Sandwell (Bristol): ‘A cognitive approach to John Chrysostom’s homilies on Genesis’

27th January: 2 pm: half-day conference on Myths and their Variants, organised by Richard Buxton; featuring Emma Aston (Reading), Daniel Ogden (Exeter), Alberto Bernabe (Madrid), Ken Dowden (Birmingham)

CONF: Classics, Reception and Social Class, July 1-2, 2010

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Classics, Reception, and Social Class

A Workshop, July 1st – 2nd 2010, Royal Holloway at The Boardroom, 2, Gower
Street, London

The Centre for the Reception of Greece & Rome at Royal Holloway
( will be holding a research
workshop to explore the methodological challenges involved in researching
the relationship between social class and the way that ancient Greek and
Roman civilisation have been ‘received’, especially since the late 18th
century, and especially (but not exclusively) in the UK and Ireland. Issues
that will be explored are the contestation of the validity of ‘class’ as an
analytical category, the identification of archives and other data relating
to working-class education and self-education, and the use of classical
material in self-consciously class-conscious organisations such as Trade
Unions and political parties. Confirmed speakers include Chris Stray
(Swansea), Ed Richardson (Princeton) and Paula James (The Open University).
Expressions of interest, comments, suggestions, and offers of papers and
interventions are all equally welcome. Please email edith.hall4 AT

CFP: Professionalism in the Ancient World: a graduate student conference at Harvard

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Pros and Cons: Professionalism and Expertise in the Ancient World

Harvard University, April 10th 2010
Keynote Speaker: Dirk Obbink, Christ Church, Oxford/University of Michigan

Excellence was a concept well known to the ancient world. From Homeric heroes to triumphant Roman generals, superlative achievement was recognized and admired as valuable and worthy of emulation. But what of excellence or competence in everyday life? Quality was clearly desirable, but how was it evaluated and how did it operate within society?

This conference seeks to address the concept of professionalism in the ancient world – to examine specific constructions of professionalism across ancient societies and the limits of the applicability of the term to ancient culture. People were interested in acquiring proper technique: how closely was skill linked to success? What is the relationship between professionals and quality of production? What about fake credentials (e.g. charlatans, quacks and impostors)? Do freedmen and slaves complicate the picture? Does audience or market have a role to play? How does the concept of professionalism and technique work with aristocratic codes of behavior (e.g. Roman Republican taboos against commerce and trade)?

The Department of the Classics, Harvard University invites submissions from graduate students for its fifth biannual graduate student conference on topics related to the professional including, but not limited to:

The Texts of Professionalism: Technical manuals, treatise and texts of advice (e.g. medical writings, rhetorical handbooks, literary criticism and advice to poets, Frontinus on Aqueducts, Columella on Farming, strategemata)

The Social Nature of Production: Craftsmanship, production and trade (e.g guilds, collegia, workshops, patrons and interior design). The place of the professional in society (e.g. social rank and gender).
Professionals in specifically defined spheres: Religion (priests and ritual personnel); Performance (rhapsodes and bards, playwrights, actors and entertainers, chorus leaders/ producers/ members, the Roman arena); Sports (e.g. Olympic chariot racing and the different status of owner and driver)

The Theories of Professionalism: The moral status of professionalism (e.g. the imperial bureaucracy, citizen government, aristocratic amateurs). The problematic use of modern ideas in study of the ancient world (eg. Max Weber) and modern appropriation of ancient examples.

For further information please contact us at harvardclassicsconference AT Abstracts should be e-mailed to this address, so that they are received by January 5th 2010.

We welcome submissions from graduate students working in Classics, Egyptology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures approaching the subject from literary, archaeological or historical perspectives. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Abstracts should be of no more than 300 words, and should be submitted anonymously. Please provide a cover letter with your paper title, name, address, phone number, e-mail address, institutional affiliation and status. Please also specify any additional technical needs.