Roman Goose March

I was just grumbling on Facebook because I couldn’t access this via the BBC archive … it does reside on Youtube, as it turns out. From a  1966 edition of BBC Chronicle (the volume seems rather low on this):

100 days’ march… as Pliny says (NH 10.27 … via Lacus Curtius): mirum in hac alite a Morinis usque Romam pedibus venire.( fessi proferentur ad primos; ita ceteri stipatione naturali propellunt eos. ) Mirum indeed!

Claudius: Boy of Ancient Rome

This one’s kind of interesting … I’m poking around the Internet Archive and came across this short film put out by Encyclopedia Britannica back in 1964. It is an interesting look at daily life in ancient Rome and could very well be used in a classroom — it’ll definitely get giggles at some points — you sometimes wish that someone would step out and say “Hi, I’m Troy McClure”. Outside of giving a nice overview of slavery, education, etc. through the eyes of a young boy named Claudius and his friend/slave Vistus, there is actually some Latin dialogue scattered throughout (with subtitles). Even better, much of it is shot on the set of Fall of the Roman Empire. Worth a look …

CFP: Ancient Carthage-Models of Cultural Contact

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Friday 5 – Saturday 6 August 2011

The aim of this networking project is to address the Carthaginian-Phoenician
nexus in the wider Mediterranean context from the 9th century BCE to the
fall of Carthage to Rome in 146 BCE, as well as the rediscovery and
reception of Carthage and her Phoenician motherland from the 18th century.

This international conference, building on workshops already held at Durham,
will adopt a cross-disciplinary approach going beyond word-based evidence
(whether archival, epigraphic or literary) to gain a clearer picture of this
complex and significant culture, drawing upon current archaeological work
and upon the findings of epigraphy and linguistics. As well as in Tunisia
itself, archaeology and a range of relevant disciplines are practised
throughout the Mediterranean world, from Italy, Spain and Greece, via Cyprus
and the North African lands, to the Middle East and beyond.

Topics to be examined include materiality, migration, colonial encounters,
and connectivity, and their important contribution to the understanding of
the social, cultural and political identity of the Punic-Phoenician diaspora.

Equally important is the study of the engagement with Phoenician and
Carthaginian culture in the modern colonial period through to the present
day on the part both of the inhabitants of the successor lands and of
incomers of all kinds (travellers, settlers and scholars).

Papers will be welcomed from scholars working within the field of
Punic-Phoenician studies from all relevant disciplines, such as ancient
history, classics, archaeology, art history, reception, and Old Testament

The following scholars have agreed to participate:

Edward Bragg (Havant College)
Robert Kerr (Wilfrid Laurier)
Richard Miles (Sydney)
Luke Pitcher (Oxford)
Louis Rawlings (Cardiff)
Mark Woolmer (Durham).

Papers should be either 20 or 40 minutes long (please state)
carthage-conference AT

CFP: Stereotyped Thinking in Classics: Literary Ages and Genres Re-Considered

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Philologisches Schubladendenken: Epochen und Gattungen auf dem Prüfstand

Stereotyped Thinking in Classics: Literary Ages and Genres Re-Considered

University of Vienna
Wed., May 30 – Fri., June 1, 2012
Organizers: Farouk F. Grewing (Vienna) and Christine Walde (Mainz)

Call for Papers This conference is supposed to be the first of a series of conferences or workshops (and publications) on the present, 21st century, condition and self-conception of Classical Philology. ‘Stereotyped Thinking in Classics: Literary Ages and Genres Re-Considered’ is primarily meant to critically examine the long-lasting problem(s) of categorizing literature according to ‘ages’, ‘genres’, etc. At first sight, the advantage of such classifications in various categories seems to be evident, for they purport to lend stability and clarity to otherwise chaotic forms. This includes purely temporal classifications by historical and literary ages, systematic ones by ‘genres’ or ‘types of texts’. Often enough, such simplistic concepts result in aesthetic judgments, such as ‘high/low’, ‘good/bad’, etc., which entail the development of canons or lists (e.g., ‘must-reads’ vs. ‘don’t-reads’). The standard companions to, and histories of, Greek and Latin Literature are full of classifications and simplifications that are for the most part handed over from one generation to another. It is the aim of this conference to critically re-assess the pros and cons of such categorizations and to bridge the undeniable gap between traditional philology and modern literary theory. Conference languages: German and English.

Individual talks: 30 minutes plus ca. 15 minutes of discussion each.

Those who wish to contribute a paper should send an e-mail to Farouk F. Grewing (farouk.grewing AT and/or Christine Walde (waldec AT Please include a brief abstract in your mail.

CONF: Eighth Annual Seminar on Ancient Greek Music

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Eighth annual seminar on ancient Greek music

The Ionian University, Corfu, 4-9 July 2011 (with preliminaries on July 3)

Every summer since 2004, the Music Department at the Ionian University has
held a week-long seminar on ancient Greek music. The programme follows a
regular pattern: the mornings are devoted to the study of the particular
text or topic chosen for that year, and in the evenings there are lectures
on other topics of interest to students of the subject. This year there
will also be a preliminary session, on Sunday July 3, introducing
participants who are not specialists in Greek musicology to some of the
basics of the subject, especially those relevant to the chosen text; and
each evening there will be classes designed specifically for Greek
students, taking them through the next day’s passage of text and helping
them to translate it. This year the text for the morning seminars is Book
8 of Aristotle’s Politics; the seminars will be led by Dr Eleonora Rocconi
(University of Pavia), Prof. Andrew Barker (University of Birmingham) and
Prof. Egert Pöhlmann (University of Erlangen).
The afternoons (when it is sometimes too hot for serious work) are free
for swimming, sight-seeing, sleeping or what you will. The sessions take
place in the magnificent settings of the Mon Repos palace (the former
summer residence of the Greek royal family) and the main university
building (the Ionian Academy).

Sunday July 3, Ionian Academy 10.00: Introduction to Greek music and
musicology (Andrew Barker)

Sunday July 3 to Friday July 8, Ionian Academy 18.00: translation classes
for Greek students (Petros Andriotis and Andromache Batziou)

Monday July 4 to Saturday July 9, Mon Repos 10.00: seminars on Aristotle,
Politics Book 8 (July 4-5 Eleonora Rocconi, 6-7 Andrew Barker, 8-9 Egert

Monday July 4 to Saturday July 9, Ionian Academy 19.00: lectures. The
speakers and topics are as follows (provisionally in this order, but it
may change).
Monday July 4: Massimo Raffa, University of Calabria, ‘Porphyry on voice
and perception’.
Tuesday July 5: Christos Terzis, University of Athens, a discussion of
Dionysius’ Technē mousikēs.
Wednesday July 6: Tosca Lynch, University of St Andrews, ‘A sophist “in
disguise”: a reconstruction of Damon of Oa and his role in Plato’s
Thursday July 7: Andomache Batziou, Ionian University, ‘Some
notes on the educational role of the aulos in the first half of the fifth
century BCE’.
Friday July 8: Martin Carle, Humboldt University,
Berlin, ‘Harmony to the power of melody: epistemology and computation in
Aristoxenian theory’.
Saturday July 9: Stelios Psaroudakis, University of Athens, ‘How complex
can a complex rhythm be?’
Stefan Hagel, University of
Vienna, ‘From metre to rhythm: searching for traces of a path’.

In the past we have had participants from about a dozen different
countries in Europe and the Americas; for the seminars and lectures, and
for the introductory session, we obviously have to choose a language which
is more or less common property, and the language we use is English. The
translation classes will be conducted in modern Greek…

The fee for participation is 200 euros. Accommodation for students (both
undergraduates and post-graduates) can be provided in the university
dormitories at very low cost, but the number of places is limited, and it
is essential to book in advance to ensure a place. Students who want to
take advantage of this facility should contact one of the organizers (see
below) as soon as possible, certainly by the end of May and preferably
well before that. Other participants should let the organizers know that
they intend to come; it would be helpful if they could get in touch soon,
though there is no deadline for doing so. They will need to arrange their
own accommodation, but the organizers will be happy to offer advice.

For all other information, please get in touch with one of the organizers,
Dr Petros Andriotis (pandriot AT and Prof. Panos Vlagopoulos
(pvlag AT