ClassiCarnival 03-20-11

I’ve been delinquent in posting this, I think … here’s a huge list of items from my blogroll which caught my eye over the past month or so (in no particular order); as can be seen, it’s been a very busy month in the Classical Blogosphere:

From Roger Pearse:

From Rufus @ The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:

From Mary Beard:

From Juliette Harrison @ Pop Classics:

From Dr Beachcombing:

From Mike Anderson:


CFP: Menander in Contexts

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July 23-25, 2012

University of Nottingham, UK

It is now over a century since Menander made his first great step back from the shades with the publication of the Cairo codex, and over half a century since we were first able to read one of his plays virtually complete; since that time our knowledge of his work has been continually enhanced by further papyrus discoveries. This international conference is designed to examine and explore the Menander we know today in the light of the various literary, intellectual and social contexts in which they can be viewed – for example (this is not an exhaustive listing) in relation to

• the society, culture and politics of the post-Alexander decades

• the intellectual currents of the period

• literary precursors and intertexts, dramatic and other

• the reception of Menander, from his own time to ours

Papers (of no more than 30 minutes) are invited on any aspect of this theme.

The conference will be held at Derby Hall, on the University’s parkland campus just outside the historic city of Nottingham, a few days before the Olympic Games open in London.

Enquiries or abstracts (300-400 words; please state your institutional affiliation) should be sent, preferably by email, not later than 30 June 2011, to:

Prof. Alan H. Sommerstein

Department of Classics

University of Nottingham

University Park

Nottingham, UK


alan.sommerstein AT

Please feel free to pass this message on to other mailing lists.

CFP: The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identities

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The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual
Call for Papers

An international conference to be held at Durham University, 17th-18th
April 2012, under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of the
Classical Tradition.

Confirmed speakers include: David Halperin (U Michigan), Ralph J. Hexter
(University of California), Caroline Vout (Cambridge), Craig Williams
(Brooklyn, CUNY).

This conference will analyse the importance of ancient Rome in
constructing Western homosexual identities. Much scholarship exists on
the contribution of ancient Greek culture and literature to discourses
of homosexuality, but the originary contribution of Rome has been
overlooked. It matters, however, not least because of its impact and
presence during the ‘Latin Middle Ages’ and beyond. Latin literature
provides the best known versions of homosexual myths such as Orpheus,
Narcissus, Iphis and Ianthe (collected in that mythological compendium,
Ovid’s Metamorphoses) and explores distinctively Roman homosexual
relationships (for instance, Virgil’s Nisus and Euryalus), to which a
multitude of later artists have responded. Conversely, authors such as
Juvenal and Martia censure homosexual behaviour. There have also been
many influential instances of homosexuality from Roman history, from
allegations that the youthful Julius Caesar was the ‘queen of Bithynia’
to the celebrated relationship between the emperor Hadrian and Antinous.

This one-off international conference aims to bring together scholars
working in a range of fields (Classics, Reception Studies, Queer
Studies, Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, Art History) to
assess the broad impact of Roman culture on the construction of Western
homosexual identities. Exploring this previously neglected area will
afford scholarship a better understanding of the ways in which the
reception of Roman and Greek culture are different and the importance of
Rome as a model for later artists with homosexual leanings and,
conversely, the attempted erasure of Roman homosexuality in societies
where Rome is idealised. It is hoped that a wide variety of media,
approaches, and research interests will be represented, particularly
from those working outside the discipline of Classics, and that
contributions will result in a substantial publication.

Proposals for papers of 30 minutes should include a title and an
abstract of no more than 500 words, and should be received by 20 May
2011; submissions from postgraduate students are particularly welcome.

Proposals for papers and further enquiries should be sent to Dr Jennifer
Ingleheart (jennifer.ingleheart AT, Department of Classics
and Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, Durham University, Durham, UNITED

CONF: Land and natural resources in the Roman World

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Land and natural resources in the Roman World
Brussels, 2011, Thu. 26th – Sat. 28th May (The Royal Flemish Academy of
Belgium & Free University of Brussels)

For details on the program, registration, locations and accommodations see
our website: or contact Paul
Erdkamp (perdkamp AT

Koen Verboven (UGent) & Paul Erkamp (VUBrussel)

Speakers include:
* Paul Erdkamp: Agriculture and the various paths to economic growth
* Annalisa Marzano: The varieties of villa exploitation, from agriculture to
* Colin Adams, Moving Natural Resources
* Jordan Pickett, Construction and the Roman Economy: Five Logistical Case
Studies from Roman and Late Antique Cappadocia in Comparison
* Ray Laurence, State and Road Building in the Roman Empire
* Daniel Hoyer, Diverse crop harvesting and the Maghrebi agrarian economy
* Hilali Arbia, Rome et l’agriculture en Afrique. L’aménagement de l’espace
et la gestion des ressources naturelles
* Julia Hoffmann-Salz, The local economy of Palmyra – Organizing agriculture
in an oasis environment
* Tony King: Regional factors in production and consumption of
animal-derived food in the Roman Empire
* Michael McKinnon, Changes in animal husbandry as a consequence of changing
social and economic patterns
* Kyle Harper, Patterns of Landed Wealth in the Long Term
* Elio Lo Cascio, The development of imperial property
* Rens Tacoma, Imperial wealth in Roman Egypt. The Julio-Claudian ousiai
* Christer Bruun, Ownership and legislation concerning water resources
* Adam Rogers, Controlling waterscapes. A study of towns and water in Roman
* Toni Naco del Hoyo & Dario Nappo, When the waters recede. Economic
recovery and public policies after the AD 365 tsunami and some earlier
* Yuri Marano, Management of water resources in Ostrogothic Italy (end of
the 5th – first half of the 6th century A.D.)
* Shawn Graham, Areas of logging and agent-based models of resource
* Isabella Tsigarida, Salz in der Provinz Asia. Eine Untersuchung
staatlicher Interessen an der Ressource
* Alfred Hirt, The Roman Army, Imperial Quarries and the Emperor
* Fernando Lopez Sanchez, The mining, coining and obtaining of gold in the
Roman Empire
* Saskia Roselaar: The role of Italians in local economies of the late Roman
* Sophia Zoumbaki: The exploitation of local resources of Western Greece by
Romans and Italiote Greeks