d.m. Ernst Badian

From the Harvard Gazette:

Professor Ernst Badian, John Moors Cabot Professor of History Emeritus, died on Feb. 1.

After teaching in the universities of Sheffield, Durham, and Leeds in Britain, and at the State University of New York, Buffalo, he was appointed to Harvard’s Department of History in 1971, and was cross-appointed to the Department of the Classics in 1973. He became emeritus in 1998.

Badian was one of the great historians of Greece and Rome of the 20th century. He was born in Vienna in 1925. In 1938, in view of the growing persecution of Jews in Austria and Germany, he moved with his parents to New Zealand. There he attended Canterbury University College, Christchurch, and received a B.A. with first-class honors in 1945, and an M.A. in 1946. He then transferred to Oxford University, in England, where he received another B.A., again with first-class honors, and went on to write his doctoral dissertation under Sir Ronald Syme; he later edited two of the seven volumes of Syme’s “Roman Papers.” His dissertation formed the basis of his first book, which remains his magnum opus, his “Foreign Clientelae” of 1958. This fundamental study of Roman imperialism in a period of crucial growth and transformation is still an unreplaced classic. Roman imperialism continued to be one of Badian’s major interests, and “Foreign Clientelae” was followed by “Roman Imperialism in the Late Republic” and “Publicans and Sinners.”

Unusually for someone whose main field was Roman history, Badian was also a major force in Greek history. In particular, beginning with an article on the city of Alexandria published in 1960, he brought about a revolution in modern understanding of one of the main figures in the tapestry of ancient history: Alexander III of Macedon, often called “the Great.” Reacting against the hero worship that was still offered to Alexander in the mid-20th century, Badian forced historians to look again at the contradictory and confusing texts on which most knowledge rests, and to realize that Alexander was as ruthless as any of the Roman generals that march through the pages of “Foreign Clientelae.” Allied to Badian’s deep historical sense was an acute philological ear, especially in his mastery of Latin, and he was a superb stylist in his second language of English.

Badian’s large output comprises well over 200 items, including six books and many notices for a basic tool of classical scholarship, the Oxford Classical Dictionary. He was also a formidable and sometimes devastating reviewer. Active in the historical profession in both the United Kingdom and the United States, he helped found the Association of Ancient Historians (1974) and the American Journal of Ancient History (1978). In 1999 he received the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art.

Badian leaves behind a wife, Nathlie; two children, Hugh and Rosemary; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on March 22, at 1 p.m., at Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn St.


CFP: Teaching Roman Comedy (APA Panel)

Seen on the Classicists list (the date has past on this one; folsk might want to be aware of it though):

Sponsored by the American Classical League and organized by Timothy Moore,
University of Texas, Austin and Mary C. English, Montclair State University

The American Classical League invites scholars and teachers of Roman Comedy to submit abstracts for its panel session at the Philadelphia Meeting of the American Philological Association in 2012. We are particularly interested in papers that address how instructors at all levels have taught the plays of Plautus and Terence in Latin classes and Roman Civilization courses and how they have addressed the perceived difficulty of language and meter in these scripts. We are also interested in papers that explore the reception of Plautus and Terence and how more contemporary productions and/or interpretations of Roman comedy engage today’s students.

Abstracts should be submitted to Mary C. English, Dept. of Classics, Montclair State University, Montclair NJ 07043, (englishm AT mail.montclair.edu) and should be only one page in length. Please follow the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear in the APA Program Guide. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Feb. 28, 2011.

DIG: “Villa degli Antonini” archaeological field school near Rome, July 2011

Seen on the Classics list:

We invite undergraduate and graduate students to take part in an archaeological fieldschool focusing on the remains of a large, 2nd century CE, probably imperial Roman villa in Genzano di Roma, about 20 miles south of the center of Rome next to the ancient Via Appia in the modern town of Genzano and the ancient territory of Lanuvium, during July 3-29. The 2011 season, which is our second campaign of investigation at the site, will further explore a large curving structure that is rich in multicolored glass mosaic fragments and in fragments of expensive floor and wall marble covering, as well as following up on results of geophysical surveying we conducted in 2011. No previous archaeological experience is required. Students will experience all aspects of archaeological fieldwork and will receive 6 semester hours of credit through the Department of Classics & General Humanities at Montclair State University. Cost is $3,500 plus airfare and tuition, which varies depending on in-state or out-of-state status.

People who are interested may contact Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, aryamontrid AT mail.montyclair.edu, or me, rennert AT mail.montclair.edu

Further information is available at

JOB: Latinist @ Temple (non-tenure)

Seen on Aegeanet:

The Department of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University invites
applications from candidates for a possible (pending final budgetary
authorization) non-tenure-track, full-time position for 2011-12. This
position will appear in the March Positions for Classicists.

The department has particular needs in Latin language and Roman culture.
Evidence of successful teaching experience, especially in first-year
language and civilization courses, is essential. Some of the teaching
will be in Temple’s foundational General Education course, Mosaic
This position has the possibility of renewal, pending continued funding
and satisfactory performance. Candidates should send *ONLY* a cover
letter, by e-mail, with curriculum vitae (as attachments, preferably in
PDF format), indicating ability and experience for teaching Greek, Latin
and classical culture courses at all undergraduate levels.

*Candidates should only send dossiers if requested.*

Address applications to Professor Robin Mitchell-Boyask,
robin AT temple.edu. Our mail address
is: Department of Greek and Roman Classics, 321 Anderson Hall, 1114 W.
Berks St., Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 19122. Review of
applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the
position is filled. To receive full consideration initial applications
should arrive by 31 March 2011.

Questions and informal inquiries are welcome. More details about this
search are available at http://www.temple.edu/classics/jobs, and
candidates are urged to consult this page before sending their applications.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
and encourages applications from women and minorities.

CFP: Staging Death (AIA Panel)

Seen on Aegeanet:


113th Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, JAN 5-8, 2012

Colloquium organizer: Anastasia Dakouri-Hild (University of Virginia)

The performance of funerary rituals reinforces a sense of community, being a means to revive social memory and legitimize links with an ancestral past. Such rituals tend to be highly formalized and performed in specific contexts, times and places which set them apart from everyday life. They require a ‘stage’ (such as the cemetery and the site of a grave), a performer (such as a priest or priestess) and an audience (e.g. the attending members of a funeral). Funerary performance is highly communicative, a form of enacted, symbolic language articulated through material culture. The study of performance casts light on how social relations and mortuary beliefs were conceived and communicated within a society on the occasion of a particular event.

In the Aegean, the concept of funerary performance has been explored primarily through the study of cultic implements and artifacts employed in ceremonial processions, libations, feasting, the treatment, adornment and purification of bodies, offerings to the deceased etc. This session is meant to further explore the performative aspects of mortuary space, landscape and architecture in particular. We invite contributions on the semiotics of landscape, choice of burial areas, cemetery arrangement, interrelationship of mortuary and residential space, relationship of cemeteries or particular graves with prominent natural (hills, rivers) or other features (e.g. roads); the monumentality of tombs as a factor contributing to their theatricality; the architectural design and ‘domesticity’ of chamber tombs (doors, thresholds, benches, platforms, wall paintings); the arrangement and usage of associated structures and features, both interior and exterior; iconographical representation o

f funerary architecture etc.

Please send a 200-word abstract toad9h AT virginia.edu by Friday, March 25th.