CFP: Transport infrastructure and economic development in the Roman World

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Call for Papers: The XVIth World Economic History Congress (8-13 July 2012,

Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Ancient History Session
Panel Title:
“Transport infrastructure and economic development in the Roman World (1st
c. BC – 6th c. AD)”

We are organising a panel at the XVIth World Economic History Congress
(Ancient History session)

According to the analyses of modern scholars, the Roman Empire developed one
of the most successful pre-industrial economies. This said, in what ways and
to what extent could the Roman economy perform better than previous (and
indeed later) economies? Factors of economic development such as the
favourable conditions offered by internal peace and the unification of the
Mediterranean World in one empire have often been explored.
However, much less attention has been paid to understand what impact the
Roman network of infrastructures had on economic growth. Doubtless, the
establishment of a network of land, river and sea routes greatly fostered
communication between the different areas of the Empire. Yet, what was its
bearing on the development of the Roman economy?
In the wake of the main theme of the congress, "Exploring the Roots of
Development", this panel aims to demonstrate how the infrastructure built by
the Romans helped the economy and especially trade to develop. More
significantly, this session will attempt to reconstruct the official policy
conceived by Roman rulers and administrators in order to create and
constantly improve this network.
By combining theoretical and case-study papers with a specific focus on the
Eastern part of the Empire, this panel will explore the possibility that an
integrated transport system existed in the Roman World and that its
establishment and improvement represented major factors of economic
development and growth.
We welcome papers that meet either of the following criteria:
a) Theoretical studies. These papers should investigate how public
initiative (whether driven by imperial action or promoted by local
administrators) aimed to develop a coherent and Empire-wide system of
communication and transport which triggered economic growth.
b) Regional studies. Ideally, papers that qualify for this criterion will
concentrate on a region within the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. Such
papers should aim to bring out the economic effects that the development of
a network of infrastructures had on the region studied and show how the
newly established links contributed to connecting this and other areas thus
creating a global economy, albeit in an embryonic stage.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Dario Nappo
dario.nappo TA or to Andrea Zerbini
andrea.zerbini.2008 TA by 31 May 2011.

CFP: Ancient Carthage – Models of Cultural Contact

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Call for papers (deadline Tuesday 31 May 2011)

for an international conference at Durham
(Apologies for cross-posting)


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)
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CONF: Cinema and Antiquity: 2000-2011

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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for:

Cinema and Antiquity: 2000-2011
The 1st J.P. Postgate Colloquium, University of Liverpool
12-14 July 2011

The resurgence of cinema’s interest in antiquity that was triggered by the release of Gladiator in 2000 shows no signs of abating. In 2010-11, many more ancient world films have been appearing on our screens (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Clash of the Titans; Agora; Centurion; The Eagle; not to mention the TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand). The public appetite for films that deal with ancient history and mythology apparently remains strong, and ‘classics and film’ courses have established themselves in universities worldwide, leading the way in the increasing prominence of reception studies within classics and ancient history. The time is ripe for reflection on these developments. This major international conference seeks to explore the directions that have been taken in a decade of moviemaking and scholarship, and to advance the field by concentrating on issues too often overlooked.

All registration and payment details are available online at The deadline for registration is 30 June 2011.

Please contact the conference organisers, Joanna Paul (Joanna.Paul TA or Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (L.Llewellyn-Jones TA for further information.

Conference Programme

TUESDAY 12 JULY Registration from 11

1.00 Welcome

1.15-2.45 Panel A: Screening Ancient Violence
1. Hunter Gardner (University of South Carolina), ‘“Are You Not Entertained?”: Screening Ancient Violence in the New Millennium’
2. Juliette Harrisson (University of Birmingham/Open University), ‘Using ultra-violence to mark the ancient world as Self or Other’
3. Amanda Potter (Open University), ‘Blood and Boobies: Viewer reactions to Spartacus: Blood and Sand’

2.45-3.05 Break

3.10-4.40 Panel B: Documenting Antiquity
1. Fiona Hobden (University of Liverpool), ‘Making history: authority and authenticity in ancient world documentary’
2. Lisa Maurice (Bar Ilan University), ‘Sine ira et studio in the 21st century: ancient history and the modern documentary’
3. Salvador Bartera (University of Tennessee) and Claire Stocks (University of Cambridge), ‘HBO’s Rome and its Audience Reception in America, England and Italy’
4.45-5.45 Keynote: Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol) and Maria Wyke (University College London), ‘Antiquity in Silent Cinema’


9.30-11.00 Panel C: The Aesthetics of Antiquity
1. Robert Burgoyne (University of St Andrews), ‘Alexander and the Phantasmagoria of History’
2. Michael Williams (University of Southampton), ‘‘Remember Me’: Nostalgia and Digital Patination in the Contemporary Classical Epic’
3. Joanna Paul (University of Liverpool), ‘The Vanished Library? The End of the Classical World in Alejandro Amenabar’s Agora’

11.00-11.20 Break

11.20-12.50 Panel D: Audience Receptions
1. Corinne Pache (Trinity University), ‘Don’t Mess with Myth – Percy Jackson’s “Epic Fail”’
2. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Edinburgh), ‘Trouble in the Tehran Multiplex: 300 and its Iranian Critics’
3. Clare Foster (University of Cambridge), ‘Constructed Pasts: Ancient History Films in Theory and in Practice’

12.50-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.30 Panel E: Changing Contexts: Animation, Games, Museums
1. Sarah Miles (University of Durham), ‘‘Jack and the Spartans’: Samurai Jack meets Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s 300’’
2. Mark Kirby-Hirst (University of South Africa) and Beschara Karam (University of South Africa), ‘“Where to from here?”: The Transformation of Classics from Film to Video Game’
3. Debbie Challis (Petrie Museum) and John Johnston (University College London), ‘The Case of the Petrie Museum: Resurrecting Hammer’s Mummies in the Twenty-first Century’

3.30-3.50 Break

3.50-4.50 Keynote: Professor Martin Winkler (George Mason University), ‘Fascinating Ur-Fascism: The Case of 300’

5.30-7.00 Wine reception (venue tbc)


9.00-11.00 Panel F: National contexts
1. Erato Basea (University of Oxford), ‘“I am (not) the Acropolis”: Filmmaking, national culture and the anxiety of heritage’
2. Katie Billotte (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Asi es la vida: Medea as a “Wise Latina”’
3. Ewa Skwara (Adam Mickiewicz University), ‘“Where are you going, antiquity?” – the Polish version of Quo Vadis’
4. Martin Lindner (University of Göttingen), ‘Germania Nova – Moving Pictures and the Reinvention of Ancient Germany’

11.00-11.20 Break

11.20-12.50 Panel G: Icons of Antiquity
1. Daniel O’Brien (University of Southampton), ‘White Supremacy? Difference as Degeneracy in 300’
2. Penelope Goodman (University of Leeds), ‘“I am master of nothing”: Augustus in television drama in the early 21st century’
3. Trevor Fear (Open University), ‘Cleopatra in the New Millennium: the changing dynamics of a historical icon’

12.50-1.40 Lunch

1.40-3.40 Panel H: Screening Late Antiquity
1. Ingo Stelte (Mainz University), ‘From the Front Line to the Home Front – Mira’s Development from a Warrior to a Mother in Doug Lefler’s The Last Legion’
2. Tony Keen (Open University), ‘On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot: situating the ‘historical Arthur’ through casting in King Arthur and The Last Legion’
3. Mary McHugh (Gustavus Adolphus College), ‘Pre-Cinema in Antiquity: Forgetting and Remembering a Hero(ine) of Alexandria’
4. Nicholas Kalospyros (University of Athens), ‘Vulgar Entertainment vs Austere Scholarship: The Case of Amenábar’s Agora as a Future Tension for Cinematic Text Adaptation of Cultural Readings’

3.40-4.00 Break

4.00-5.00 Keynote: Monica Cyrino (University of New Mexico), ‘I Was Colin Farrell’s Latin Teacher’

CFP: Crossing the Divide: Ancient History and Archaeology 10 Years After ‘Breaking Boundaries’

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Crossing the Divide: Ancient History and Archaeology 10 Years After
‘Breaking Boundaries’.

Workshop: School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester
November 19, 2011

The relationship between ancient sources, material culture and
contemporary scholarship is an uneasy one. The Classical world is
typically studied either through the lens of ancient text or material
culture; when they are brought together it is usually as a
complementary or subsidiary source of information. Historians use
material culture to either amend or support ancient texts, and
archaeologists use text to aid in the interpretation of remains, or to
dispute the assertions of historians. But the role of texts and
objects in contemporary conceptions of the ancient world cannot be
understated – rarely are the divisions between the two as clear cut as
we would like. Ten years ago, these ideas were examined in a
Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) session (published as Sauer (ed)
2004. Archaeology and Ancient History: Breaking Down the Boundaries.
London: Routledge). What, if anything, has changed in the last decade?

This workshop will examine a range of approaches to dealing with these
complex and frequently contradictory relationships. Placing emphasis
on how the relationship between people and things changes over the
long term, and how we present that relationship, the workshop
participants will critically question the importance of places,
artefacts and texts in our understanding of the ancient world.

Potential topics might include: the ‘ruin’ in text and material
remains; notions of monumentality in the ancient world; the use of the
past in the past; reception of text in classical archaeology; or,
specific case studies incorporating author(s) and archaeology.

Keynote speaker: Prof Eberhard Sauer, School of History, Classics and
Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

Potential speakers, including postgraduates, are encouraged to submit
abstract of c.300 words by email to the organiser by July 1st, 2011.

For more information, contact:
Dr Daniel Stewart, School of Archaeology and Ancient History,
University of Leicester
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VotD: Spartacus – Behind the Myth

My kid is currently trying to work a paper he did on Spartacus into a presentation for his high school class and we were looking for video clips of gladiator training last night. More interesting, however, was coming across a documentary on Spartacus — online, and free at Top Documentary Films — with Barry Strauss as the academic. It is really well done:

… for the record, I have had the Top Documentary Films site ‘in the queue’ for quite a while now, but didn’t know about this particular video. I’ll be posting other documentaries from time to time (I do like to preview them).