CONF: Reception and the Gift of Beauty 8-9 July 2010

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Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, University of
8-9 July 2010

Keynote Speaker: Professor William Desmond, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

This conference brings together two theories of interpretation, one now
well-established in literary studies–reception theory– and one still to
be developed in literary theory although being familiar in social science
and philosophy – gift theory.
We believe that the dialogue between reception theory and gift theory will
create openings for a recognition of the problem of beauty. Since beauty is
among the most contested concepts in literary studies, we encourage
dialogue and debate between the papers and amongst the participants.

In Cicero’s skeptical consideration of divination, the perception and
reception of natural beauty involves the compulsion to respond which is
characteristic of gift-exchange: ‘…the order of celestial things and the
beauty of the universe compel me to confess that there is some excellent
and eternal Being which deserves the respect and homage of the human race.’
As well as the compulsion to reciprocate, gift-theory offers other ideas
important to the perception and creation of beauty in texts.

Proposals for papers for this conference are warmly welcomed.
Topics could include:

– gift-exchange dramatized in discourses of sacrifice or friendship
-translation or allusion as modes of exchanging beauty
– excess, decadence, and hyperbole: rhetorical copia and responses to
-vision, illumination as the gift of knowledge, and appearances as seeing
and being
seen in Plato and the Platonic tradition
– the sublime, ancient and modern
-the perception and construction of ‘decus’ as both beauty and glory in
evocations of
patronage situations or monuments
– l’écriture féminine, composition as gift, and beauty and the body

This conference is part of the ‘Thinking Reciprocity’ series and will be
followed immediately by the conference ‘Desiring the Text, Touching the
Past: Towards an Erotics of Reception’ (Bristol, 10 July 2010). Reduced
fees will be offered to people attending both conferences.

Papers should be no more than 30 minutes in length. Abstracts should be
submitted by 1 February 2010 and should be 300 words long. If you have any
queries or wish to submit an abstract, please contact Stephen D’Evelyn at:
giftofbeautyconference AT

CONF: University of Exeter Research Seminars in Classics and Ancient History

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University of Exeter Classics and Ancient History Department Research Seminars – Autumn Term 2009.

Seminars are held on Thursdays at 4 pm (to 6pm) in Amory 417, followed by drinks in the Leventis Room (Amory 271), and dinner in the case of visiting speakers. All are welcome to come to the seminars, and also to drinks and dinner. Also included here are two Classical Association lectures, held on Thursdays at 5 pm in Amory 417, also followed by drinks in the Leventis room, to which all are welcome.

Seminar programme for this term: all speakers are staff or postgraduate students in the Department except as indicated.

Those coming from outside Exeter are advised to contact C.J.Gill AT Classics beforehand to make sure the seminar is taking place as scheduled.

Oct 8 2009: Eleanor Dickey: ‘Teaching Elementary Latin in Antiquity’

Oct 15 2009: Matthew Wright: ‘The Tragedian as Critic’.

Oct 22 2009: Matthew Nicholls (University of Reading): ‘Roman Libraries’.

Oct 29 2009: Classical Association Lecture (5 pm): John Wilkins: ‘Aristophanes, Clouds, and Global Warming’.

Nov. 5 2009: Chris Gill: ‘Galen on the Therapy of Emotions’.

Nov. 12 2009: Barbara Borg: ‘Athenian Identity in the First Century BC – Who Cares?’

Nov. 19 2009: Valeria Cinaglia: ‘Emotions, Perception and Understanding: Aristotle and Menander’.

Nov 26 2009: Classical Association Lecture (5 pm): Peter Wiseman:
‘The Fall of the Roman Republic – Was it Cicero’s Fault?’

Dec. 3 2009: ‘Rowan Fraser: The Tragedian and the Art of Supplication’.

Dec 10 2009: Martin Pitts (University of Exeter) and Rebecca Griffin (University of Liverpool):
‘The Impact of Inequality in Late Roman Britain: Connectivity, Materiality and Health Status’

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: Scottish Hellenic Society of Edinburgh 2009/2010

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Scottish Hellenic Society of Edinburgh

Lecture series 2009-2010

All lectures take place in David Hume Tower (DHT), University of
Edinburgh. Meetings start at 7.00 pm. Open doors and drinks from 6.30 pm.
All welcome.

Monday 5th October 2009 (DHT, Faculty Room South)
DR RICHARD RAWLES, University of Edinburgh
Simonides and Aristophanes

Monday 2nd November 2009 (DHT, Faculty Room South)
DR CHRIS HAYWARD, University of Edinburgh
Construction stone supply and building in the Corinthia

Monday 7th December 2009 (DHT, Conference Room)
The West meets Byzantium: Unexpected outcomes of the Ferrara-Florence
Council in 1438-39

Monday 11th January 2010 (DHT, Faculty Room South)
MS MARGARET STEWART, Edinburgh College of Art
Athenian connections in the Edinburgh Cast Collection in the early
nineteenth century

Monday 1st February 2010 (DHT, Faculty Room South)
DR KEVIN DAWE, University of Leeds
Cretan music and identity in the 1990s

Monday 1st March 2010 (DHT, Faculty Room South)
DR GINA MUSKETT, World Liverpool Museum
The Graeco-Roman collections at World Museum Liverpool: past, present and

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JOB: Hellenist @ Brown

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The Department of Classics at Brown University has been authorized to
announce a search for a Hellenist (open rank). The area of specialization is
open, as is the rank (Assistant Professor to Full Professor). The successful
candidate will teach Greek language and literature as well as courses in
translation; courses in Greek history are also a possibility, depending on
the candidate’s specialty. Prerequisites for consideration include
distinction in scholarship and teaching in any aspect of Greek language,
literature, or history.

Candidates should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vitae,
including the names and contact information of at least five references for
tenured candidates, and three letters of recommendation for tenure-track

Applications should be sent to: Chair of the Hellenist Search Committee,
Department of Classics, Brown University, Box 1856, Providence, RI 02912,
USA. Review of applications will begin on November 1. The department will be
conducting interviews of candidates at the annual meeting of the American
Philological in Anaheim, in early January 2010. Inquiries may be directed to
David_Konstan At

Brown University is committed to diversity in its faculty and encourages
applications from qualified women and under-represented minority candidates.