Reflectance Transformation Imaging

Tip o’ the pileus to Laval Hunsucker on the Classics list for this one … a potentially useful bit of technology for reading/photographing inscriptions (although I would have liked to see what it did with the wooden example at the beginning):

RTI has been around for a while (there are actual tutorials at Youtube on how to do it), we should note … what seems to be new here is the device …

CONF: Musical Reception of Classical Texts

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Re-Creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity
October 27-30, 2011
At the University of Iowa

*Preliminary program*

THURSDAY October 27

Late afternoon public lecture on contexts of Peri’s Euridice by Wendy Heller (Princeton University) Sponsored by Opera Studies Forum.
8 pm. evening concert by the Center for New Music at the Old Capitol.
Opening night reception at the Old Capitol


8:30-10:30 Musical Theater/Music in Theater
Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa), moderator

Evan MacCarthy (Harvard University): “Translating Oedipus Tyrannus: John Knowles Paine and America’s First Greek Tragedy.”
Simone Beta (University of Siena): “It’s the Same Old Story: Oath of Greek Women in Musical Versions of Lysistrata.”
David Oosterhuis (Gonzaga University): “Orpheus, the Original Penniless Poet Plutus/Pluto in Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown.”
Thomas Jenkins (Trinity University, San Antonio): “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Whitehouse.”

10:45-12:15 Theoretical and Philosophical Issues
Michael Eckert (University of Iowa), moderator

James Lowe (John Burroughs School, St. Louis): “From Plato’s Athens to the Holy City—Inspiration, Spirituality and Ralph Vaughan Williams.”
Richard Dcamp (UW Oshkosh): “Carl Orff and Aeschylus’ Prometheus Desmotes.”
Theodor Ulieriu-Rostás (University of Bucharest): “Authenticity and Aural Prejudice: Recordings of Ancient Greek Music.”

Lunch break


2:00-4:00 19th and 20th Century Opera
Carin Green, moderator

Peter Burian (Duke University): “Death and Transfiguration: Orpheus’ Fate on the Operatic Stage.”
Dana Munteanu (Ohio State University): “Parody of Greco-Myth in Jacques Offenbach’s Orfée aux enfers and La Belle Hélène.”
Lissa Crofton-Sleigh (University of Washington): “Helen with a Blue Dress on: Strauss’ Aegyptische Helen.”
William Gibbons (Texas Christian University): “Reweaving Penelope: Faure’s Penelope, Symbolism and Morality.”

4:30 Public lecture by Simon Goldhill (King’s College, Cambridge): “The Ideal Chorus: Opera, Philosophy and Tragedy.” Sponsored by Eighteenth/Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Studies.

EVENING performance of Peri’s Euridice (The UI Opera Studio). Riverside Recital Hall.


8:30-11:00 Early opera
Christine Getz (University of Iowa), moderator

Timothy McKinney (Baylor University): “Ancient Musical Theory and Musical Affect in the prima prattica.”
Wendy Heller (Princeton University): “Rescuing Ariadne.”
Carlo Lanfossi (Università degli Studi di Pavia): “Crafting Drama: rethinking history: Agrippina between 17th-Century Venice and Milan.”
Bruno Forment (Ghent University): “’Sono in Roma? O in Aulide’: Classical templates as musical cues in Cajo Mario.”
Reinhard Strohm (Wadham College, Oxford): title TBA

11:15-1:15 Stage practice
Andrew Simpson (Catholic University of America), moderator

Mary Kay Gamel (UC Santa Cruz): title TBA on stage music for Greek tragedy
Jane Shaw (Brooklyn, NY): “Many are the shapes of things divine: music and sound design in staging Greek drama.”
Marcus Mota (Universidade de Brasília) and Cinthia Nepomuceno (Federal Institute of Education, Brazil): “Hearing and Dancing Beats An Interartistic Appropriation of Meters in Greek tragedy.”

Lunch break


2:30-5:00 Film
Judith Hallett (University of Maryland), moderator

Murray Dahm (Opera Australia): “Reimagining the Scourge of God in Verdi’s Atilla.”
Mark Brill (University of Texas-San Antonio): “Music and Myth in Orfeu Negro.”
Chris Ann Matteo (Stone Bridge High School, VA): “Dissecting Orpheus in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!”
Jon Solomon (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana): title TBA on early Ben Hur films.

5:30-7:30 CONFERENCE DINNER by subscription with registration.

8:00 Evening showing of silent films with live music by Andrew Simpson (Catholic University of America). Englert Theater. Films include: La caduta di Troia, Cupid and Psyche (1897), Ben Hur (1907), Ben Hur (1925), “A Roman Scandal” (Mutt and Jeff cartoon).


10:00-12:30 The 20th Century
John Finamore (University of Iowa), moderator

Susanne Kogler (Kunstuniversität Graz): “Prometheus and the Muses: Myth, Gender and Creativity in 20th Century Music.”
Michael Eckert (University of Iowa): “Luigi Dallapiccola’s Song Cycle ‘Liriche Greche’ (1942-45).”
Osman Umurhan (Rutgers University): “Heavy Metal and the Classics.”
Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Stanford University): “Bringing Swords of Damocles: Classical Legend in Contemporary Rap.”
Anastasia Bakogianni (The Open University, UK): “Haunting melodies of an ancient past: classical themes in the works of the modern Greek composer Eugenia Manolidou.”

Sunday afternoon performance of Peri’s Euridice (Riverside Recital Hall).

CFP Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History

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Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History Conference

University of Exeter, 27th April 2012

Keynote Speakers

Dr Stefano-Maria Evangelista (University of Oxford)
Dr Ian Jenkins (British Museum)

Statuary has offered a privileged site for the articulation of sexual
experience and ideas, and the formation of sexual knowledge. From
prehistoric phallic stones, mythological representations of statues and
sculptors, e.g. Medusa or Pygmalion, to the Romantic aesthetics and erotics
of statuary and the recurrent references to sculpture in nineteenth- and
twentieth-century sexology and other new debates on sexuality, the discourse
of the statue intersects with constructions of gender, sex and sexuality in
multiple ways.

As historical objects, statues give insight into changing perceptions of the
sexed body and its representation; they tell stories of ownership and
appropriation of sexualities across diverse cultural locations and
historical moments. As an imaginary site, statues can serve to trouble the
distinction between subject and object, reality and unreality, presence and
absence, and present and past, thereby offering rich possibilities for
thinking about the relation between individual and communal identities,
sexuality and the past.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate how statues
facilitate this interplay of sexuality and history. It explores the numerous
different ways in which statues – as historical and/or imagined artefacts –
allow us to think about the past and its relation to sex, gender and sexuality.

The conference brings together contributors from a wide variety of
disciplines, including history, gender and sexuality studies, literary and
cultural studies, art history, classics, archaeology and philosophy.
Contributions from postgraduate research students are very welcome.

Papers should explore how statuary intersects with questions of sexuality
and gender, and temporality, specifically history. Possible topics include,
but are not limited to:

• Uses of Statuary in Sexual Science
• Statues in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts
• Representations of Statues and Sculptors (in Literature, Visual
Arts, New Media)
• Sculptures and the Construction of Gender, Racial and National Identity
• Use of Statuary in Sexual Reform Movements
• Psychoanalytic Uses of Statuary
• Statues, Gender and Sexuality in Myths, Legends and Their Adaptations
• Sculpture and Figurations of Desire
• Statuary Representations of the Gendered Body
• Reception Histories of Individual Statues

The conference is organised by Dr Jana Funke (j.funke AT and
Jennifer Grove (jeg208 AT as part of the interdisciplinary Sexual
History, Sexual Knowledge project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and led by
Drs Kate Fisher and Rebecca Langlands.

Please send 300-500 words abstracts to j.funke AT and
jeg208 AT The deadline for abstract submissions is 1st October 2011.

CONF: Seleucid Study Day

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The Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society (Exeter)
and the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies invite you to a

Seleucid Study Day

University of Exeter, 15 August 2011
Amory Building, Room 219


9:00 Tea, Opening
9:20-12:40 Session I: Queens, Princesses, and Dynastic Issues of the Seleucids (chaired by Altay Coskun, Waterloo, ON)
(1) Monica d’ Agostino (PhD candidate Milan)
Seleucids and Mithridatids: the Origin of Their Dynastic Ties
(2) Marie Widmer (PhD candidate Lausanne)
The Repudiation of Laodice III
10:40 Tea Break
11:00 (3) Gillian Ramsey (Leicester)
Seleucid Dunasteia, Royal Land and Cities
(4) Alex McAuley (MA Edinburgh)
Towards a Seleucid Dynastic Model
12:20 Lunch Break (Streatham Court Cafeteria)
14:00-16:00 Session II: Construction of Seleucid Royalty: Studies in the Politics and Propaganda of Antiochus I (chaired by Stephen Mitchell, Exeter)
(5) Altay Coskun (Waterloo, ON)
The Soter Cults of Seleucus I and Antiochus I Preceding the So-Called Elephant Victory of ca. 275 BC
(6) Kyle Erickson (Lampeter)
Babylonian Religion and Seleucid Propaganda
(7) David Engels (UL Brussels)
Antiochus I and the Early Seleucids’ Iranian Heritage
16:00-16:20 Tea/Coffee Break
16:20-18:20 Session III: Further Seleucid Studies (chaired by Lynette Mitchell, Exeter)
(8) Franca Landucci (Milan)
Seleucus versus Antigonus
(9) Federico Russo (Konstanz)
The Syrian War: a Rerun of the Persian Wars?
(10) Michael Sommer (Liverpool)
Kings of Glory. Charismatic Authority in the Seleucid Monarchy
18:20/30 Closing, Departure to the restaurant

Papers will be of up to 20 min length, followed by up to 20 min discussion. Abstracts will be circulated among all participants early in August.

To find Exeter, the Streatham Campus, and the Amory Building, please follow this link:

If you need accommodation, we recommend the very attractive offers by event exeter. Before you book, please make sure you chose a residence located on Streatham Campus:

There is no conference fee. But please notify us, if you want to attend.

Contact: acoskun AT or s.mitchell AT

CONF: Ancient Carthage: Models of Cultural Contact

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St John’s College, Durham UK
5th – 6th 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 these complex and significant cultures, drawing upon current
archaeological work and upon the findings of epigraphy and linguistics.
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

The booking form will shortly be available on:
If you have any queries, please contact the conference organisers (Dr
Clemence Schultze or Dr Mark Woolmer) using the following e-mail address:
carthage-conference AT


Dr Marianne Bergeron (Reading / British Museum): Protocorinthian drinking
vessels in western Phoenician burials

Mr Philip Boyes (Cambridge): Culture contact and the shaping of Phoenician
élite identity

Dr Amelia Dowler (British Museum): Patterns of dispersal: Carthaginian
coins and the economy

Professor Dexter Hoyos (Sydney) [by Skype]: The myth of Carthaginian naval
dominance pre 264 BCE

Professor Robert Kerr (Wilfrid Laurier): Carthaginian child sacrifice: an

Mr Carl Mazurek (Cambridge): Fides Punica, fides Iberica: Models of
diplomatic interaction in Barcid Spain

Mr Farès Moussa (ENS Paris / Edinburgh): ‘Phoeniciomania’, ‘culture
history’ and ‘regime change’: situating models of Phoenicio-Punic culture

Dr Matthew Peacock (Durham):

Dr Luke Pitcher (Oxford): Appian

Dr Louis Rawlings (Cardiff): Polybius’ miscellaneous Greeks: mercenaries
and small communities in Carthage

Dr Philippa Steele (Cambridge): Stepping-stone to the Mediterranean:
Phoenicians in Cyprus

Dr Mark Woolmer (Durham): ‘Ornamental’ horns on Phoenician warships

Dr Efrem Zambon (Venice): Carthaginian coinage in Sicily and its meanings:
Siculo-Punic interactions and cultural contacts through coins

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Classics at Durham
University and is kindly supported by the two research centres: Centre for
the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East, and Centre for
the Study of the Classical Tradition. The academic session on Friday will
be at Elvet Hill House and will include a visit to the adjacent Oriental
Museum; and the Saturday sessions will be at St John’s College, which is
also the venue for residential accommodation and meals. Accommodation will
be provided in single rooms with shared bathrooms.