Sagalassos Dig Resumes

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This season’s excavations of the ancient city of Sagalassos, located in south-western Turkey, have begun, the head of archeological research project Dr. Inge Uytterhoeven announced recently.

This year’s excavations will involve 51 workers and 75 Turkish and foreign technical personnel, Dr. Uytterhoeven, who is also a lecturer at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, told media. In addition to local professionals, the site will also benefit from the expertise of people from Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, the United States, Bulgarian and Germany.

This year, the arcaheological team’s focus will be the restoration of the Fountain of Antoninus.

Dr. Inge Uytterhoeven started working on the excavations at Sagalassos in 1997, the World Bulletin reported. She began supervising the excavations of the late antique urban mansion in the eastern domestic area of Sagalassos in 1998, after she worked on the Upper Agora North and Bouleuterion sites. Since 2002, Dr. Uytterhoeven she has been fully involved with the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project as a post-doctoral researcher.

The ancient city of Sagalassos was first discovered by the French traveller Paul Lucas in 1706, but it would be another hundred years before its name was understood to be Sagalassos. The realization that it was one of the leading settlements of the Western Taurus came only with the discovery of the city’s name from inscriptions in 1824.

Research in the region commenced with the arrival here of an English-Belgian team for the first time in 1985, among them Marc Waelkens from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Exactly four years after this surface investigation, the same team was given the go-ahead to undertake excavations.

Since then work at the ancient city of Sagalassos has been under way by experts from a wide range of disciplines. Thanks to the efforts of a large team consisting not only of archaeologists, but of architects, engineers, restorers, landscape architects, geologists, geomorphologists, and soil engineers, a major part of the city has been brought to the light of day in the last twenty years.

The settlement’s history goes back more than 12,000 years. Sagalassos became Pisidia’s second most important city in the Hellenistic period (333-325 BC) and the city’s power was further enhanced when hegemony passed to the Roman Empire in 25 BC.

via Archaeologists Restart Excavations of Ancient City of Sagalassos | Balkan Travellers.

If you’d like to follow the dig, the CUL has a nice website … not sure if the interactive dig at Archaeology Magazine will resume soon as well …

Citanda: New Voices Journal – Issue 5

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Issue 5 of the journal New Voices has now been published and is accessible from
The Reception of the Ichneutai in the Modern Arabic World

Mohammad Almohanna, University of Nottingham
Myself, Split Open: Ovid, Rukeyser, and the Poetics of Orphic Re-Membering

Shawna Benston, University of St. Andrews
Staging Violence in Katie Mitchell’s Trojan Women

Elpida Christianiki, Simon Langton Girl’s Grammar School, Kent.
The Domestication of Classical Mythology in the Chronicles of Narnia

Juliette Harrison
Robert Bridges’ Masque Demeter and Oxford’s Persephones

Amanda Wrigley, Northwestern University
New Voices is a refereed electronic journal. Most of the ‘new voices’ are early career researchers such as recent post-docs and advanced graduate students or people who have changed research direction and are starting to publish their work in areas relevant to classical reception.
We now invite further submissions for the Issue 6 (to be published July 2011). Further details of how to submit are given on the New Voices website.

d.m. Herbert and Eve Howe

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Herbert M. Howe, emeritus professor and former chair of both Classics and Integrated Liberal Studies (ILS), passed away on Tuesday, June 29 in Fort Atkinson. He was 98. His spouse and colleague in ILS, Evelyn Mitchell (Eve) Howe, passed away two days later, at age 94.

A memorial service commemorating the Howes’ lives will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 16 at the St. Francis House, 1001 University Ave. The Howes had met there 70 years ago.

Raised in Rhode Island, Herb Howe received his AB from Harvard in 1934 and came to UW-Madison for his graduate studies. Upon receiving his Ph.D in 1948, he taught for 34 years, officially retiring from teaching in 1982. According to his obituary, he had taught approximately 26,000 students – “more, he believed, than any other faculty member in the history of UW-Madison.” In large part, this came from his mastery of the 400-student lecture he led on myth.

In 1952, the UW Press published his “Classics in Translation,” a two-volume set of Greek and Roman literature written with colleague Paul McKendrick for an ILS course on Greek and Roman culture. Together, the two volumes became the Press’s all-time top selling title; the paperback edition remains in print today. He also provided the translations for colleague Barry Powell’s book “Classical Myth,” itself still the top textbook in its field.

Powell, who retired in 2006, considers Howe a great teacher, raconteur and something of an eccentric. He served as the third member of an ILS team that included both Herb and Eve Howe for 10 years.

“Eve kept track of Herb, in a way,” says Powell. “They had this old sort of Charles Addams house, over in University Heights. They had a room downstairs that was almost a cubbyhole, completely filled with books and artifacts. Herb would sit in one corner and Eve would sit in the other, and they’d both read.”

Eve Howe, originally from London, received her Ph.D from UW-Madison in 1946. She began teaching at a time when few universities, including UW-Madison, offered positions to faculty spouses. Nevertheless, she served as a lecturer and faculty advisor in ILS until her retirement, also in 1982. She taught frequent seminars on 18th and 19th century literature and art, as well as classical art and archaeology and children’s literature.

Together, the Howes took an active role in campus life. In addition to championing ILS, they were perhaps best known for mentoring Ford Scholars in the 1950s — and the legacy of their assistance. The program allowed 15- and 16-year-olds to study at the university, no small feat for young students labeled “Percival Suckthumb” by the humor magazine of one participating school. The Howes not only shepherded the scholars through their classes but held dinners in their home and arranged home housing for women, out-of-staters and those too young for the dorms.

In 2006, several former scholars endowed the Herbert and Evelyn Howe Bascom Professorship, given every other year to individuals who make ongoing contributions to ILS and who have enhanced student learning. A UW Foundation article about the gift described the Howes as a “slightly daunting, very proper, always available and endlessly encouraging couple who cheered on their transitions from kids to collegians.”

Both remained vigorous until a few years ago, when they moved near a daughter to a Fort Atkinson retirement home. Herb Howe, a competitive Masters swimmer who held national and international records in his age group, was named Badger State Athlete of the Year in 2000, at age 88. He rose early for workouts at the Red Gym or SERF pool. Always conscious of the earth, the Howes never owned a car, preferring to bike and walk everywhere.

“You always saw them walking together on the sidewalk; you got used to seeing them on the street,” says Powell. “It was impossible to think of Herb without Eve.”

Survivors include children Evelyn Payson, Herbert M. Howe, Jr., and Emily Howe Wilson, as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to UW Foundation, US Bank Lockbox #78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278; to Friends of the Madison Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., 53703; or to Rainbow Hospice Care, 147 West Rockwell, Jefferson, WI 53549.

Massive Roman Coin Find from Wiltshire

What will likely be a pile of coverage just starting on this one … here’s  the incipit what the Telegraph says:

David Crisp, a 63-year-old hospital chef, located the 52,503 coins in a single earthenware pot in a field near Frome, Somerset.

Mr Crisp, from Devizes in Wiltshire, said his detector gave a “funny signal” prompting him to dig down and have a look.

What he found was an astonishing collection of coins from the 3rd century AD, a period barely touched in most history books on Roman Britain.

“The joy of metal detecting is that you never know what you will find,” said Mr Crisp, who has been sweeping the fields for 20 years.

“I always live in hope but didn’t expect to find something like this.”

All the coins had been left in a single two-foot-high pot. At 160kg – just over 25 stone – the haul weighs as much as two fully grown men.

It is slightly smaller than the largest ever British Roman coin hoard, of 54,912 pieces, found in two pots near Marlborough, Wilts, in 1978.

A selection of the Frome coins, found in April, is to go on display at the British Museum from July 22 until mid-August.

Roger Bland, its head of portable antiquities and treasure, said 766 coins were from the reign of the “lost” British emperor Carausius, who ruled the province from 286 to 293 without the authority of Rome.

Carausius fell out of favour with the Roman Emperor Maximian after he used his Channel fleet to amass enormous wealth by capturing pirate ships.

Maximian ordered his execution but the rebel refused to submit and ruled Britain and northern Gaul in defiance of Rome.

He became the first emperor to strike coins in Britain, which he did to affirm his legitimacy. Five of the Carausius coins are solid silver, the first such pure coins minted anywhere in the Roman empire in over 150 years.

Despite the Frome haul’s quantity, most are a relatively common denomination known as ‘radiates’, made of debased silver and bronze. The haul is likely to be worth around £250,000, given prices for individual coins. […]

The BBC has a nice little video interview with the finder, which includes some good shots of what was found and which also causes one to think that we really need to start using a word other than ‘hoard’ to describe these things ….

Daniel Pett (of Portable Antiquities fame) has an excellent/extensive photoset of coins from the hoard at Flickr

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