CFP: Sarkophage

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1. International Symposium
Call for papers

From Oct. 2 – 8, 2010 (with papers to be read Oct. 3 – 7) we are
planning to hold the first symposium of the International Association
"Roman Sarcophagi", to be founded here in Marburg. Papers on
iconography, chronology, style, commerce, meaning of the
representations, afterlife, new finds etc. from the following regions
are welcome:
– Rome and the Provinces in the West
– Athens and the Provinces on the Balkan
– The Provinces in Asia Minor and the Near East
Please inform us by March 31, 2010, if you would like to
– participate with a paper (25-30 min; please give the preliminary title)
– participate without paper.
We would be grateful if you would distribute this information to
colleagues who would also be interested in this symposium.
Any suggestions would be very welcome.
The organizers
Prof. Dr. Rita Amedick Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Guntram Koch

amedick AT

CFP: What Became of Lily Ross Taylor?

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What Became of Lily Ross Taylor?

Women and Ancient History in North America*

organized by Celia E. Schultz and Michele R. Salzman

The APA’s Committee for Ancient History and the Women’s Classical Caucus together invite proposals for a panel session on the status of women in the field of Ancient History to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association at San Antonio in 2011.

As the number of women in the Academy has increased over the last forty years, so has the number of female professional classicists grown. Yet the relative proportion of women scholars has not increased at an equal pace across the various subfields that make up the field of Classics, with ancient history lagging behind. Although some female ancient historians have had long distinguished careers as researchers and teachers, and now larger numbers are coming up through the ranks, the proportion of female ancient historians (approximately 20% of the field, based on Scheidel 1999) is smaller than the proportion of women in Classics more generally.

The purpose of this panel is to provide an opportunity to take stock of the state of the study and teaching of ancient history in North America and to contemplate where the field is going. We are particularly interested in papers that address the following questions: What has changed since the 1970s that has encouraged more women to enter the field? Why has the female presence in ancient history not been as robust as it is in literary studies? What does it mean that the proportion of women in ancient history is in keeping with the representation of women in the wider field of History, but is not in pace with the wider field of Classics? Is there a difference in the circumstances faced by women educated in (and hired by) departments of History, departments of Classics, and independent graduate groups? How can the APA and the WCC assist in attracting more women to this endeavor?

Abstracts of 500 to 800 words, suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation, should be sent as an email attachment (Word doc or pdf) to Celia Schultz at celia.schultz AT, or to her by regular mail at the Department of Classics, Yale University, P.O. Box. 208266, New Haven CT 06520-8266. Since all abstracts will be judged anonymously, please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract itself. All proposals must be received by February 1, 2010.

Source of the Aqua Traiana Found?

A very interesting find by some clumsy amateurs, apparently (when will the media stop having folks ‘stumble’ on things???) … this seems to be hype for a documentary, but that’s not a bad thing. Here’s the incipit of the Telegraph coverage:

The underground spring lies behind a concealed door beneath an abandoned 13th century church on the shores of Lake Bracciano, 35 miles north of Rome.

Exploration of the site has shown that water percolating through volcanic bedrock was collected in underground grottoes and chambers and fed into a subterranean aqueduct, the Aqua Traiana, which took it all the way to the imperial capital.

Centuries later, it provided water for the very first Vatican, after Rome began to convert to Christianity under the Emperor Constantine.

The underground complex, which is entangled with the roots of huge fig trees, was discovered by father and son documentary makers Edward and Michael O’Neill, who stumbled on it while researching the history of Rome’s ancient aqueducts.

They recruited a leading authority on Roman hydro-engineering, Prof Lorenzo Quilici from Bologna University, who confirmed that the structure was Roman, rather than medieval as had long been believed.

Using long iron ladders to descend into the bowels of the sophisticated system, they found that the bricks comprising the aqueduct’s walls are laid in a diamond shape known as “opus reticulatum” – a distinctive Roman style of engineering.

“A lot of the stone work bears the original Roman tool marks,” Edward O’Neill said.

The underground labyrinth of galleries has remained almost unknown to archaeologists because for hundreds of years it was full of water.

It was only when modern bore pumps started directing the supply to the nearby town of Bracciano that the water level dropped dramatically and the subterranean complex became accessible.

The vaulted ceiling was decorated with a rare type of paint known as Egyptian Blue, which led the O’Neills to speculate that the grotto was a Roman nymphaeum – a sacred place believed to be inhabited by water gods.

“The paint was very expensive to make, but it was painted all over the walls, which suggests an imperial link,” said Mr O’Neill.

via Two thousand year old Roman aqueduct discovered | Telegraph

The brothers further say they want to raise funds for the site to be professionally excavated. Nice!

More coverage:

On the web (prior to the discovery, of course):

CONF: APA 2011 Panel on Greek Prosody

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A New Look at Greek Prosody

Organized by David Goldstein (University of California, Berkeley) and Dieter
Gunkel (University of California, Los Angeles)

With the 1994 publication of The Prosody of Greek Speech, Devine and
Stephens achieved insights into Greek that many would have hardly thought
possible. The study of prosody, that is, the study of phenomena such as
syllable structure, accentual rhythm, pitch, and intonational phrasing, is
an extremely delicate and difficult endeavor when it comes to a corpus
language. Devine and Stephens combined detailed philological investigation
of texts (literary, grammatical, and musical) with linguistic theory, a
broad range of cross-linguistic typological comparisons, and evidence from
experimental linguistics and psychology, to offer the most extensive and
detailed portrait of Greek prosody to date.

Despite these impressive results, the pervasive role that prosody plays in
Greek language and literature has generally not been appreciated. Simply
put, prosody pervades practically every aspect of language, including
syntax, semantics, pragmatics, word formation, and accentual patterns, not
to mention other facets such as performance, gesture, and metrics. As
prosodic studies have been given only marginal treatment, the opportunities
for new discovery in this area are abundant.

The time has come for two things. The first is to look afresh at Greek
prosody from both an empirical and a theoretical standpoint. More is known
now than was in 1994, and the panel should showcase recent advances as well as identify and explore new frontiers. Second, the forum aims to bring
prosodic studies and their implications into the purview of a wider range of
classical scholars.

We are interested in questions of prosody at every level, from the syllable
to the rhetorical period, and particularly welcome presentations that
demonstrate the implications of prosodic studies for Hellenic scholarship at
large. Questions that papers may address include the following:

1. What is the relationship between everyday colloquial speech rhythms and the dossier of Greek meters? What do metrical phenomena reveal about the prosody of the colloquial language?

2. How does prosody affect the formation of words (e.g., compounds,
hypocoristics) at the various stages of Greek?

3. How are we to understand the prosodic patterns found in prose texts, such as the clausulae of the Greek orators? What basis underlies these patterns, how do we account for their distribution, and what functional roles did they play in the sentence or the performance?

This panel will be held at the 2011 meeting of the American Philological
Association, which will run from 6-9 January in San Antonio, Texas.

A one-page abstract (suitable for a 15-20 minute presentation) must be
received by the APA office by 1 FEBRUARY 2010. Please send an anonymous abstract as a PDF attachment to apameetings AT, and be sure to provide complete contact information and any AV requests in the body of your email. Submissions will be reviewed anonymously.

Further information can be found on the APA web page at the following
address: Please contact David Goldstein at dmgold AT or Dieter Gunkel at
dcgunkel AT with any questions.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem viii kalendas februarias

ante diem viii kalendas februarias

  • Sementivae or Paganalia (day 2) — Sementivae was a festival of sowing which was actually a moveable feast (although I’m not sure of the moveability criteria; I’m guessing that the first day falls between January 24 and 26). By Ovid’s time it appears to have been coincident with Paganalia, which also obviously has some rural aspect to it. It appears to have been a two-day festival with an interval of seven days between (corrections on this welcome … my sources seem muddled on this one)
  • 41 A.D. — recognition of Claudius as emperor by the senate
  • 98 A.D. — death of Nerva (?)