Useful Site: The Classics Library

The Classics Library is a site which is a lot more than it seems on first glance.  If you visit the main page, it looks like a blog of some sort, with news of interest to Classics and Latin/Greek teachers. But if you register (link to do so is in the lower left corner of the page) you will gain access to a pile of resources for teaching Latin, Greek, and Classics. It is primarily aimed at teachers in the UK and those mysterious A-Levels, GSCE things etc., but teachers on this side of the pond will surely find something of use and/or inspiration (especially teachers in the early stage of their careers). It’s been around for a few years, but has recently moved to this new locations, just in case you were looking for it …

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

CFP: The Many Faces of a Hellenistic King

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“The Many Faces of a Hellenistic King”

A Multi-disciplinary Conference on Hellenistic Kingship
Department of Archaeology, Durham University

11th-12th November 2011

In association with the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean
and the Near East and the Institute of Advanced Studies
“Hellenistic Kingship” is one of these notions that are diverse and have
more than one side of interpretation. Hellenistic kingdoms were of a
unique nature; they were constructed of mixed cultures and beliefs. The
Hellenistic King embodied two different kingships: the Hellenistic,
personal kingship as Basileus and the national kingship of the state he
ruled over. The two kingships of the Hellenistic rulers were designed to
address the Greeks and the native populations. Thus, it is important when
interpreting Hellenistic royal ideology to link the new administration to
the previously existing government, placing both the Greek and the local
perspective within the same framework.

How did the Hellenistic rulers present themselves or wish to be seen? How
far did accommodating to local traditions affect the original identity of
the Hellenistic king? Could a single formula of the various aspects of
Hellenistic kingship be developed from existing ideologies?
This conference aims to offer a re-interpretation of the notion of
Hellenistic Kingship through a cross-disciplinary dialogue.

First Call for Papers
Established academics, early career researchers and postgraduate students
across disciplines: archaeology, classics, ancient history, papyrology,
theology and religion or any other relevant field are cordially invited to
submit abstracts (max. 200 words) for a 30 minute paper to
hellenistic.kingship on any research topic related to
Hellenistic kingship in its various kingdoms within Alexander’s empire.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15th of September 2011.
Suggested themes may include but not restricted to:
– King or Emperor?
– Cultural interaction
– Deification
– Representations
– Parallels
– Archaism / Innovations
– Foreign Affairs
– Commerce and Economy
Conference Organisers:
Dr. Penelope Wilson
Heba Abd El Gawad

For further information please contact us on
hellenistic.kingship AT

CFP: Ancient and Medieval Interpretations of Aristotle’s Categories

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Ancient and Medieval Interpretations of Aristotle’s Categories
Keynote Speaker: Lloyd Gerson, University of Toronto

We are pleased to invite proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop on Ancient
and Medieval interpretations of Aristotle’s Categories hosted by the Franciscan
University of Steubenville. To be held April 12-14, 2012.

The purpose of this workshop is bring together scholars interested in sharing
their work on the ancient and medieval traditions of ontological interpretations
of Aristotle’s Categories. Possible classical and medieval figure may include:
Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Dexippus, Simplicius, Olympiodorus, Syrianus,
Proclus, Boethius, Avicenna & Al-Fārābī, Albertus Magnus, William of Ockham,
John Duns Scotus, Henry of Ghent, John Buridan, Francisco Suarez, Radulphus
Brito, Thomas of Erfurt, Martin of Dacia, Simon of Faversham & Peter of Auverne,
Thomas a Vio, etc.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* How categories or other topics in the Categories are to be understood in
relation to other metaphysical notions such as being, form, universals,
etc., and other ontological topics;
* Ways in which philosophers sought to reconcile Aristotle both with
himself (viz., his other works) and with a Platonic philosophy;
* Techniques or arguments for establishing the list of Aristotle’s
* The nature of particular categories such as quantity, quality, relation,
* How categories relate to the disciplines of logic, grammar and

Papers can pertain explicitly to commentaries on the Categories or to the use
of, and reference to, the ten categories in other works.

Please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words electronically by September
1st, 2011 to Paul Symington (psymington AT or Sarah Klitenic Wear
(swear AT

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xiii kalendas sextilias

ante diem xiii kalendas sextilias

  • ludi Victoriae Caesaris (day 1)
  • 1262 B.C. — based on the ‘Canicular Cycle’ (a.k.a. the Sothic cycle) of the Egyptians, this day is suggested for the foundation of the Pythian Games and the embarkation of Jason and the Argonauts (!)
  • 356 B.C. — birth of Alexander the Great (one suggested date)
  • 64 A.D. — the Great Fire of Rome (day 3)
  • 1304 — birth of Petrarch