Well That’s Just Ducky

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Tip’ o the pileus to Tim Parkin for passing this one along … very little ClassCon actually, but the accompanying text notes, inter alia:

Roger Olver, from the Cornish Duck Company in St Austell, said it was very rare for two ducks born from the same egg to thrive.

He said the ducks, dubbed Romulus and Remus, will be spared the table and become pets.

CONF: Leeds Seminars (revised)

seen on the Classicists list:

Classics Department Research Seminar

Wednesdays at 3pm
Room 101, Parkinson Building
University of Leeds

Semester 1

October 21st
Andreas Willi Worcester College, Oxford
The Rise of "Classical" Attic

October 28th
Bruce Gibson University of Liverpool
History Written in Water: Frontinus on Aqueducts

November 11th
P.J. Cherian Director of the Kerala Council for Historical Research
Muziris and the Trade between India and Rome:
Archaeological Evidence from Pattanam, Kerala, India

November 18th
Peter Kruschwitz University of Reading
Just Look at this Mess!?
Linguistic Aspects of Latin Stone Inscriptions from Roman Britain

November 25th (note changed date!)
Roger Brock University of Leeds
Greek Political Imagery in the Fourth Century BC

For more information, please contact Drs. Emma Stafford (e.j.stafford AT leeds.ac.uk) or Regine May (r.may AT leeds.ac.uk). Everybody welcome!

CONF: What’s in a Variant?

seen on the Classicists list:

‘What’s in a Variant?’
Half-day conference on Greek and Roman myths
University of Bristol Jan 27, 2.00-7.00

The aim will be to discuss the practice and utility of investigating myths by comparing their ‘variants’. What are variants? What do we do with them? Each speaker will have 35 minutes, consisting of 20 for the paper and 15 for questions, with a plenary discussion session after all four papers. The plenary session will be followed by a reading/performance of a modern ‘variant’ of an ancient myth – a translation of Mercedes Aguirre’s short story Cosas de hermanos, taken from her collection of tales entitled Nuestros Mitos de Cada Día (Madrid, 2007). This is a striking modern reworking of one of the more grim and unsettling Greek myths. The performer/reader will be Sam Callis (aka ‘Sgt Callum Stone’ from ITV’s The Bill).

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Arts Faculty, 3-5 Woodland Road, Bristol

2.00 Introduction (Prof. Richard Buxton, Bristol)
2.10-2.45 ‘Laocoon’ (Prof. Daniel Ogden, Exeter)
2.45-3.20 ‘Thetis and the immortalisation of Achilles’ (Dr Emma Aston, Reading)
3.20-3.40 Tea
3.40-4.15 ‘Dionysus and the daughters of Minyas’ (Prof. Alberto Bernabé, Madrid)
4.15-4.50 ‘The Proetids: location, location, location’ (Prof. Ken Dowden, Birmingham)
4.50-5.25 Plenary discussion
5.30 The Two Brothers. Reader/performer: Sam Callis.
6.15 Refreshments

Admission will be by ticket. If you’d like to attend, please email the conference organiser Richard.G.A.Buxton AT bris.ac.uk, giving the address to which you would like the ticket(s) posting.

d.m. Roger Hornsby

From the Press-Citizen:

Roger Allen Hornsby, emeritus professor of Classics at the University of Iowa, died Tuesday morning at his home in Iowa City. He was 83. Cremation has taken place. The remains will be interred in Toronto with those of his wife Jessie. A memorial service will take place in Iowa City, with time and location to be announced.

Professor Hornsby was born at Nye, Wisconsin on August 8, 1926. He received his B.A. at Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in 1949. He attended Princeton University to receive his A.M. in 1951 and Ph.D. in 1952. Between 1952 and 1954 he served in the U.S. Army. He taught at the University of Iowa from 1954 until his retirement in 1991. On June 8, 1960 he married Jessie Lynn Gillespie, professor of French at the University of Iowa.

He served as chairman of the department of Classics from 1966 to 1981. During his career he was also active in numerous regional and national professional organizations. He was president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in 1968-69, and on the board of directors of the American Philological Association from 1974-1977. He was a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a trustee of the Virgilian Society, and served on the council of the American Numismatic Society. After his retirement he was the Whichard Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University in 1997-98.

Professor Hornsby had wide interests in the study of the ancient world and the teaching of the languages it spoke. His publications focused on Latin poetry and included Reading Latin Poetry (1967), Patterns of Action in the Aeneid (1970) and numerous articles and reviews in professional journals.

Roger’s friends and students–two groups that frequently overlapped–will remember fondly his passionate devotion to the life of the mind, his power as a teacher, and his mordant judgements that were aimed at holding us all to high intellectual and social standards. Roger was a generous host and we will always remember the Hornsby parties, given in the grand style, that enlivened the Iowa academic scene and produced so many new and lasting friendships. In perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

Roger Hornsby, 83