Mice Casts from Pompeii!?

Tim Parkin posted (on Facebook) this potentially very interesting snippet of a documentary featuring casts of mice who were caught at Pompeii:

… but I’m trying to figure out how genuine this is … if you follow the link at the end, it takes you to an artist’s site which has these same mice in bronze … anyone know?

Today’s Bust in Italy

from corriere di gela

Operazione ‘Kore’, as it’s been dubbed, has recovered a number of votive figures of the goddess (among other things) in Caltanissetta.  Here’s the beginning of a list of same from Corriere di Gela:

La Squadra Mobile della Questura di Caltanissetta, nell’ambito di mirate indagini su un vasto traffico di reperti archeologici, iniziate su input del Questore dr. Guido Marino, ha effettuato nei giorni scorsi un importantissimo sequestro di statue e vasi di altissimo valore. In particolare sono state sequestrate:

a) 1 statuetta fittile di Kore con attributo del fiore nella mano destra – età arcaica – rotta in 3 pezzi.

b) 1 statuetta fittile di Kore con attributo verosimilmente del melograno nella mano destra, ricomposta e scheggiata sul diadema – età arcaica.

c) 1 statuetta fittile di Kore con attributo verosimilmente del melograno (o del fiore) tra le mani, integra, età arcaica.

d) 1 statuetta fittile di Kore con attributo del volatile nella mano destra, ricomposta.

… more follows:  Operazione “Kore” della Polizia: sequestrati importanti reperti archeologici | Corriere di Gela .

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ED: SACE Ancient Worlds Summer School 2010

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

SACE Ancient Worlds Summer School 2010: 26th July – 6th August

Summer Schools Programme

The School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology (SACE) is pleased to announce its Summer School Programme for 2010. This year, summer school courses will be available in two subject areas: Classics and Egyptology.

Classics Summer School (Latin and Greek Language)

The Classics summer school will provide participants with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language of their choice (Greek or Latin).

The summer school will be run over two weeks: the first week’s teaching will be at Beginner level, and the second week at Intermediate level. Attendees who are new to Classics may wish to take advantage of both weeks to establish a firm grounding in the language, while those with some linguistic experience can consolidate their skills by attending the second week of the course. These intensive programmes are open to anyone (aged 14+) wishing to improve their knowledge of the ancient languages, but would be particularly useful in providing prospective Undergraduates and Postgraduates with valuable experience and a head-start in Latin or Greek ahead of their studies. The courses will be taught by experts in the Latin/Greek languages.

Egyptology Summer School

The Egyptology Summer School will comprise two parts, focussing on the language and culture of ancient Egypt, with particular emphasis on Ramesside Egypt. In the first week, participants will learn about the art, history and religion under the rule of the Ramesses Pharaohs through a series of lectures and interactive seminars. The second week’s teaching will be language based: the course will introduce the hieroglyphic script and the ancient Egyptian language at Beginner level and will allow participants to read from a fascinating selection of ancient Egyptian funerary texts. Participants are welcome to sign up for either or both parts of the course. The Summer School will be taught throughout by expert scholars at the cutting of research on Ramesside Egypt.

Both the Classics and the Egyptology SACE Summer School programmes are available as a one week course (inc. 3 days tuition, 2 days private study time or optional excursions/themed lectures & activities) or an extended two week course (inc. 6 days tuition, 4 days private study or optional excursions/themed lectures & activities). Full residential facilities, including accommodation, meals and refreshments are also available on request (students must be aged 17 or over).

We are also offering a range of themed lectures and cultural activities including a chance to visit the region’s best collection of neo-classical art, the Lady Lever Gallery in Port Sunlight, and an artefact handling session in the Garstang Archaeology museum. All excursions and activities are included free of charge for residential students whilst non-residential students are warmly invited to attend for a small surcharge per event (details below).

For more information and booking details contact:

Dr Eugénie Fernandes (‘Classics for Schools’ Director) Tel: 0151 794 2312

Email: eugenie.fernandes AT liv.ac.uk

Dr Glenn Godenho (Egyptology Outreach Officer) Tel. 0151 794 2475

Email: glenn.godenho AT liv.ac.uk

Dr Katharine Earnshaw (School Outreach Officer) Tel. 0151 794 3061

Email: k.m.earnshaw AT liv.ac.uk

ED: Ovid Study Tour at His Birthplace near Sulmona

Seen on Classicists … this looks fun (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

*At Home with Ovid: A Study Tour*

The most scandalous of Roman poets, Ovid was born in Sulmo, modern Sulmona, in 43 BC and died in exile on the Black Sea in 17 AD, banished by the Emperor Augustus for an unknown crime.

As well as his famous Metamorphoses he produced a large body of elegiac love poetry, which we will study in the perfect setting, the historic village of Pacentro, overlooking Sulmona and the mountain streams of Ovid’s birthplace. In this week-long course, we will read (in translation) across the range of Ovid’s poetry, examining his politics, poetics and erotics. The course is designed for anyone with a passion for the classics, whether or not you have read any Ovid before.

Full details at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mary.zajicek/Ovid.html or contact Mary Zajicek at mzajicek AT brookes.ac.uk

CONF: Ancient Greek Drama: contemporary approaches & education

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):


«Ancient Greek Drama: contemporary approaches & education»
International Conference
Athens, 26-30 March 2010

Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network, in collaboration with the
European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient
Greek Drama (Arc-Net), Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Goethe Institute in
Athens, Swedish Institute in Athens, The Embassy of Sweden, Department of
Early Childhood Education-National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, the
Embassy of Cyprus, the Dutch Institute in Athens, the Hellenic Centre of the
International Theatre Institute, the Educational Television, the British
Council in Greece, and other arts and educational organizations organizes
international symposium entitled

«Ancient Greek Drama: contemporary approaches & education»

on the 26th-30th of March 2010 in Athens.

A number of prominent international researchers and theatre practitioners
are taking part with lectures, discussions, practical workshops, and master
classes. These include
• Tasos Apostolidis, comics script writer, mathematician, director of the
Secondary Program of the American Farm School of Thessaloniki, Greece
• Dr Anastasia Bakogianni, Post-doctoral research associate in classical
studies, The Open University, U.K.
• George Biniaris, actor-director, Greece
• Dr Chronopoulou Giouli, Classics teacher, Educational Television, Greece
• Antigone Gyra, choreographer – artistic director of Kinitiras Dance
Spectacle and Kinitiras studio Artistic Residency Centre, Greece
• Lorna Hardwick, Professor, Dept. of Classics, The Open University, U.K.
• Hans Günther Heyme, art director, Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen am
Rhein, Germany
• Damianos Konstantinides, theatre director, theatrologist, Assistant
Professor, Theatre Studies Dept., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
Greece Greece
• Dimitris Lignadis, actor, theatre director, Greece
• Matina Lyssikatou, theatrologist, Educational Television, Greece
• Margarita Mandaka, choreographer, performer, Greece
• Michael Marmarinos, theatre director, Hellenic Centre of the International
Theatre Institute, Greece
• Platon Mavromoustakos, Professor, Theatre Studies Dept., National &
Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
• Michael Meschke, Emeritus Professor in Puppet Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden
• Helen Nicholson, Professor, Dept. of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway
University of London, U.K.
• Eleni Papazoglou, Assistant Professor, Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki, Greece
• Tina Parali, sculptor, scenery maker, Greece
• Dr Ioanna Remediaki, philologist, director, Athens, Greece
• Henri Schoenmakers, Professor, Theatre & Media Studies, Roosevelt Academy,
International Honors College of Utrecht University, Holland
• Dmitry Trubotchkin, Professor, Department of Theatre Studies, Russian
Academy of Theatre Arts GITIS, theatre director, State Institute for Art
Studies, Moscow, Russia
• Stavros Tsakiris, theatre director, Greece
• Philippos Tsalahouris, composer, music teacher at the Drama School of
Athens Odeon, Greece
• David Wiles, Professor, Dept. of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway
University of London, U.K.
• Giorgos Zamboulakis, theatre director, Greece
• Dr Maria Zannetou-Papacosta, drama/theatre educator, Primary School
Principal, Cyprus

The aim of the Symposium is to accommodate and foster dialogue concerning
contemporary research and professional practice related to ancient drama and
education (formal and non-formal).

It can be attended by teachers, artists, theatrologists, students of theatre
and of education, and anyone who is interested in ancient Greek drama and

Symposium languages: Greek & English

Submission of applications begins: 1st of February 2010

Places are limited. (Strict) order of priority will be observed

On Tuesday, 30 March 2010, two master classes will take place in Athens.
1. Michael Meschke, Emeritus Professor in Puppet Theatre, Stockholm,
2. Dr Maria Zannetou-Papacosta,drama/theatre educator, Primary School
Principal, Cyprus
More information soon at www.Theatroedu.gr