Rufus’ latest at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen (I might be a bit late with this one):
Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):
Conference on ‘Integrity and Corruption in Antiquity’
Unisa Classics Colloquium, 21-22 October 2010)
Proposals for papers are hereby solicited on topics related to the
conference theme that might contribute to a multi-faceted discussion. Of
concern is not merely proving corruption to be common to ancient and modern
societies, but rather to elucidate both notions in the theme from a
historical distance and to grapple with the real issues (social,
historical, personal) involved. The organizing committee will be interested
in papers dealing with definitions of corruption, philological analyses of
the Greek and Roman terms within the field, to what extent the two notions
were juxtaposed, philosophical discussions of personal morality and power
abuse, root causes, responses, remedies and counter-measures. Scholars
working on historical, literary, oratorical, religious, philosophical,
epigraphical and other material are welcome to contribute.
The Unisa Classics Colloquium is hosted by the Department of Classics and
World Languages at the University of South Africa. We have invited two
quest speakers to this year’s conference: Proff. Clifford Ando of the
University of Chicago and Emily Greenwood from Yale.
Papers will be limited to 45 minutes. Please submit abstracts of appr. 200
words via e-mail attachment to bosmapr AT unisa.ac.za by the end of June 2010.
More on the conference
The Unisa Classics Colloquium is a pleasant and intimate conference in a
relaxed atmosphere with ample opportunity for discussion. Over two (and a
half days), approximately 14 papers from scholars around the world are
presented.We try to avoid parallel sessions to promote unity and focus in
the conference, and delegates get to know each another properly. We also
try to show guests from abroad a little of the country during the
The colloquium takes place on the Muckleneuk Campus of the University of
South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria.
The conference is to be held on 22-23 October, to which another half day
might be added, depending on interest. We start on Thursday morning,
meaning that participants should arrive in Pretoria on the 21st at the
latest, and only book a flight out from the afternoon of the 23rd.
A preliminary programme will be compiled from the received proposals and
will be published on the Departmental website after the final date for
submissions. Previous conference programmes may be viewed at
More detail on the conference fee will follow at a later stage. As an
indication, the 2009 conference fee was $150 for overseas visitors,
inclusive of transport (from and to the airport and during the conference)
and meals during the conference.
Postgraduates, other students and interested parties not able to claim
their conference fees back from their institutions should please contact
the organizers for a discount.
We will provide more information on accommodation in due course. Pretoria
offers a variety in this regard. During past conferences, guests stayed at
the Brooklyn Guest Houses (http://www.brooklynguesthouses.co.za/ ) situated
in a safe and attractive neighbourhood close to Unisa, the University of
Pretoria, and the Brooklyn and Hatfield shopping centres. A group booking
with discount for delegates is planned.
We plan a trip for Sunday 24 October to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a 1½
hours drive west of Pretoria. Transport will be provided.
Depending on interest and quality, the possibility exists of publishing the
colloquium papers in an edited volume on the theme. Submitted papers are
subject to a refereeing process. If you would consider submitting your
paper for publication, please indicate that to us via return mail for
further guidelines on style.
Seen on Aegeanet (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):
Assistant Teaching Professor
The Department of Art History and Archaeology seeks an assistant teaching professor to teach courses in Roman art and archaeology. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position from August 2010 to May 2011. The position is responsible for six courses (three each semester), including an introductory survey of Roman art and archaeology, and undergraduate and graduate-level Roman courses in a variety of topics. A PhD is required for appointment at this rank, but advanced ABD applicants also will be considered at a different rank. Teaching experience is preferred.
The department offers the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in classical archaeology and art history. There are normally about 80 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate students. Graduate degrees in art history and archaeology can be combined with interdisciplinary minors in Ancient Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The University of Missouri-Columbia is the main campus of the state university system and offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs.
Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:
Anne Rudloff Stanton, Chair
Department of Art History and Archaeology
109 Pickard Hall
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Application review starts March 15, 2010.
For more information see the department website at http://aha.missouri.edu.
The University of Missouri-Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA employer.
Brief AP item making the rounds … here’s the incipit from the Daily Herald:
A collection of ancient Greek silverware dating to the third century B.C. is going on display in Rome after being returned by the Metropolitan Museum in New York, officials said Friday.
The 16 pieces of silverware with gold detail were returned as part of Italy’s aggressive campaign against illegal trafficking in antiquities. They include two large bowls, a cup with two handles, plates and drinking utensils.
Italian art officials said the pieces form one of the most important Hellenistic silverware collections to have survived from Sicily. The pieces are known as “The Morgantina Treasure” after the name of the ancient Greek settlement where they were excavated, near what is now the Italian city of Aidone.
Angelo Bottini, the archaeology superintendent in Rome, said the objects were likely crafted by different artists and served different functions. Some, like the large bowls with mask-shaped feet, were likely used to mix wine with water during meals; others, like the plates, were likely used during ceremonies, officials said.
The pieces came back as part of a deal with the Met that also led to the return of the Euphronios Krater, a 6th-century B.C. painted vase that is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of its kind.
They will go on display at the Museo Nazionale Romano in the Italian capital from Saturday through May 23. The show then moves to Sicily.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, a lengthy article in Newsweek: