CONF: The Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from Ancient Rome to Salvador Dalí (Mellon Lectures)

Richard Campbell sent this one along; really a series of lectures rather than a conference per se … from a page at the National Gallery of Art:


The Sixtieth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were established by the National Gallery of Art’s Board of Trustees in 1949 “to bring to the people of the United States the results of the best contemporary thought and scholarship bearing upon the subject of the Fine Arts.”

The Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from Ancient Rome to Salvador Dalí
Mary Beard, professor and chair of the faculty board of classics, University of Cambridge

Julius Caesar: Inventing an Image
March 27 at 2:00PM

Heroes and Villains: In Miniatures, Marble, and Movies
April 3 at 2:00PM

Warts and All? Emperors Come Down to Earth
April 10 at 2:00PM

Caesar’s Wife: Above Suspicion?

April 17 at 2:00PM

Dynasty: Collecting, Classifying, and Connoisseurship
May 1 at 2:00PM

Rough Work? Emperors Defaced and Destroyed
May 8 at 2:00PM

CFP: Burial and social change in ancient Italy

Seen on the Classicists list:

We invite offers of papers for the forthcoming workshop: “Burial and social

change in ancient Italy, 9th-5th century BC: approaching social agents”. The
workshop will be held at the British School at Rome on June 7th 2011.

With its great regional diversity and variety of community forms and
networks, Italy offers a unique context for exploring how and why
communities developed towards socio-political complexity from the Iron Age
(9th century BC) to the Archaic period (6th-5th century BC). By analysing
the rich funerary evidence from this period, the aim of this workshop is to
investigate the role people had in promoting and directing social change as
well as the impact that major historical phenomena (e.g. ‘urbanisation’) had
on individuals or specific groups of individuals. We are especially
interested in how the social role of women, children, the elderly and
non-elite individuals can be reconstructed from the way in which these roles
are expressed/negotiated through mortuary ritual. We wish to maintain a
broad geographical scope, and are especially keen to have contributions on
less ‘mainstream’ regions (such as the Veneto and Samnium), preferably
addressing the following questions:
– Does the presence of women, sub-adults, elderly and non-elite people vary
through time and/or in different regions of Italy? Can these fluctuations
indicate changing definitions of community based on access to formal burial?
– What is the relationship between social status and gender/age identities?
When does gender/age become more/less important in ritual expressions of
status and social structure?
– How do we interpret the involvement of women and sub-adults in empowering
activities such as ritual drinking? How does the ritual use of alcohol/food
in the funerary sphere function as a means to negotiate the role and status
of the dead and the mourners?
– Is the placement of the dead in the landscape indicative of issues of
territoriality, and when is the use of cemeteries suggestive of communal
commitment to specific places?
The deadline for abstracts is April 15th. Later submissions may be
considered but we advise potential speakers to contact us by the deadline
above. There will be flexibility regarding the length of papers (20-45 min).
Titles and abstracts (around 200 words) should be sent to the workshop
convenors: Elisa Perego (elisaperego78 AT and Rafael Scopacasa
(rs236 AT The deadline for registration is April 30th, but we
strongly advise those interested in accommodation at the BSR to contact
Rafael Scopacasa before that date.

Sunday Funnies

Over the past while I’ve accumulated a few doorworthy comics … some will embed and some won’t, so I’ll just provide links … enjoy:

Via Elizabeth H on Twitter and Dan Diffendale … SMBC on the ‘Paradox of the Court’:

Via Liz Gloyn on Twitter … Plato gets a rejection letter (blogpost, not a comic):

Posted to the Classics list … note the name of the prof:

xkcd reinterprets Archimedes Reinterpreted (thanks again to DD):

Dinosaur Comics does Greek mythology (ditto):

Pearls Before Swine considers the chorus (this was on the Classics list at some point):

CFP: Tattoos and Body Modification in Antiquity II

Seen on the Classicists list:

Deadline approaches: March 25

European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting
Oslo, Norway — September 14-18, 2011 —

Tattoos and Body Modification in Antiquity – Part II
Philippe Della Casa & Constanze Witt
Session Abstract:

From Oetzi the Iceman to today’s full-sleeved and pierced urbanite, it seems
that body modification has always formed an integral part of the human
animal’s relationship to its body. Some adornments are temporary or purely
situational, such as particular body paints, jewelry or hair treatments,
while others are quite permanent and, when we are very lucky, preserved in
the archaeological record.

The archaeologist’s arsenal in studying preserved tattoos and other body
modifications has expanded in recent years. At the same time,
anthropological interest in "the body" and embodiment has greatly increased
theoretical interest in practices that "inscribe" upon the body. Few still
see tattooing simply as a display of art; they look instead for distinctions
of status, rank, age or gender, for medicinal uses, for punitive or
laudatory uses, for manifestos or other propagandistic uses, as marks of
belonging or exclusion, as marks of transition or transformation… As the
body arts of, e.g., Oceania Asia, are better understood, the ideas have
cross-pollenated with European archaeology. In fact, the serious and
scientific attention accorded to body modification today contrasts starkly
with earlier dismissal by Europeans of tattooed "barbarians." We feel that,
in the current atmosphere of acceptance, it is time for a multidisciplinary
session on the archaeology
of body modification.

After the great success of the “tattoos and body modification” session at
last year’s EAA meeting in The Hague, Netherlands, the session organizers
have decided to enlarge and deepen the argument in Oslo, with a particular –
but not exclusive – focus on northern Europe.

We invite papers from all relevant disciplines, but particularly welcome
bioarchaeologists who work with the detection and analysis of ancient
archaeologists who work with preserved tattoos and/or modifications; and all
whose reconsiderations of ancient tattooing practices promise to expand our
field and contribute to richer understanding of the ancient body and mind.

Please contact:
Philippe Della Casa UZH – phildc AT

CONF: Conventiculum Buffaloniense

Seen on the LatinTeach list:

Summer is in sight, and summer means conversational Latin conventicula! On
June 27-29, Neil Coffee and I will be hosting the Conventiculum
Buffaloniense at the University of Buffalo, SUNY campus. More information
about the conventiculum is available at On this website, you will
find a description<>of
this year’s Underworld-themed conventiculum as well as the
program <> that we have
planned. Please submit registration
forms<>by May 20.

The mission of this conventiculum is to further the awareness and
appreciation of spoken Latin both as a teaching tool and as a source of
personal enjoyment. The program is appropriate both for beginning and
experienced Latin speakers. Please feel free to e mail me on list or off
list as you deem fit with questions!

Anna Andresian
anna1978 AT