CFP: The Ancient Lives of Virgil. History and Myth, Sources and Reception

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‘The Ancient Lives of Virgil. History and Myth, Sources and Reception’
Cambridge, 5-7 September 2013
Call for papers

The tradition of ancient lives of poets (and other intellectuals) has attracted considerable attention in recent years, and the reception of Virgil has been studied over an increasing range of literary-historical, cultural-historical, and political perspectives. This conference in September 2013,organized by Philip Hardie and Anton Powell, will aim to bring into dialogue philological and historical scholarship on the Lives of Virgil together with more recent approaches to ancient
biographical traditions and to legends about poets. There will also be papers on the reception and elaboration of the Lives in the post-classical world, and on the relationship of the Lives to portraits of Virgil.

The provisional list of speakers includes Marco Fernandelli, Barbara Graziosi, Philip Hardie, Stephen Harrison, Andrew Laird, Irene Peirano, Anton Powell, Hans-Peter Stahl, Fabio Stok, David Scott Wilson-Okamura.

This is a call for short papers of c. 20 minutes, on any aspect of the topic. Please direct
expressions of interest to Philip Hardie: prh1004 AT

CONF: Gendered Perspectives on Reading and Reception of Classical Texts

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International Interdisciplinary Conference on Classical Greek and Roman Literature: Gendered Perspectives in Reading and Reception
April 1, 2012

Sponsored by the Department of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park
Organized by Judith P. Hallett (Classics); Jane Donawerth (English); Caroline Eades (French: School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Honoring the scholarship and teaching of Barbara McManus, Professor Emerita of Classics, College of New Rochelle

The conference features a series of presentations by distinguished classical scholars from North America and abroad whose work has provided gendered perspectives on both ancient Greek and Roman literary texts and later responses to these texts. It also highlights the work of UMCP faculty members engaged in classical reception research from the vantage point of many other disciplines, spotlighting the arts and in particular film.

Speakers will include Izumi Azikawa (Theatre, Dance and Performance, UMCP), Joan Burton (Classics and Undergraduate Studies, UMCP), Silvia Carlorosi (Italian-SLLC UMCP), Theresa Coletti (English, UMCP), Michael Collier (English, UMCP), Sandra Cypess, Spanish-SLLC, UMCP) , Lillian Doherty (Classics, UMCP), Caroline Eades, Arthur Eckstein (History UMCP), Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (Lille), Barbara Gold (Hamilton), Edith Hall (Royal Holloway, London), Henriette Harich (Basel), filmmaker Judith Dwan Hallet, Madeleine Henry (Iowa State), Alison Keith (Toronto), Melanie Kill (English, UMCP), Helen King (Open University), Julie Koser (Germanic Studies-SLLC, UMCP), Rose-Marie Oster (Germanic Studies-SLLC, UMCP), Nancy Rabinowitz (Hamilton), Amy Richlin (UCLA), Martha Nell Smith (English, UMCP), Christopher Stray (Wales and Institute for Advanced Study), Francoise Letoublon (Grenoble).

This conference has been made possible by funding from the UMCP ADVANCE Project for Women (itself funded by the National Science Foundation), a Presidential Initiative Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and the Departments of Classics and English, the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the College of Arts and Humanities at UMCP. It is being held in conjunction with the new seminar series for Classics faculty affiliates as well as with a series of workshops on women and gender in Latin and classics pedagogy held during the spring 2012 semester.

For further information, please contact Judith P Hallett at jeph AT

CFP:The Classical Urban Plan: Monumentality, Continuity and Change

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Call for papers: European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Conference
Brussels: 31 May-3 June, 2012

Conference Session:
The Classical Urban Plan: Monumentality, Continuity and Change

Greek and Roman monuments have been disappearing from the collective psyche
for millennia; as soon as a new Roman emperor assumed power, for example,
the architectural landscape was reshaped and adapted to suit the new rule.
More recently, the rapid acceleration in the loss of collective memory
through the obliteration of monuments has made clear that ancient
architecture as we have come to know it, is moving away from the physical
realm, to the imaginary psyche. One aspect of it, however, remains: the
urban grid. Even where ancient architecture has been decimated to make room
for new urban and at times, rural spaces, substantial portions of an earlier
ancient grid can be retraced and the wider plan can, to varying extents, be
recovered. This session will shed light on these ‘lost’ urban and rural plans.

We know that individual monuments as well as monumental architectural
ensembles can today be harnessed in the service of memory scripting, just as
it was – as Paul Zanker so brilliantly showed – in Roman Republican times.
Can the same approach be extended to the planning grid? Does meaning change
as the plan is altered? Does memory change? Can an ancient plan reflect a
new cultural, political or social order?

Whether intentional or not, each Classical plan has the capacity embody
specific messages linked to such notions as ‘heritage’ and ‘identity’. While
this is arguably most significant when considering the formal orthogonal
grid, the weight that this infrastructure can bear in terms of cultural
meaning has been underappreciated by current scholia. As such, this session
invites papers focussing on Greek and Roman grid traces – both literal and
figurative. Proposals are particularly welcome which consider ways through
which the collective memory of cities and smaller settlements is altered, if
at all, with the introduction of newly constructed monuments within an
ancient plan. Participants might also address the reciprocity between the
institutional and architectural order of cities; or explore how an entire
city can be monumentalised by virtue of ‘inheriting’ a Classical plan.
Overall, this session will inform theoretical frameworks, thereby broadening
as well as reassessing the existing discourse on ancient urban plans.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent directly to both the
session chairs (details below) no later than *September 30, 2011*. Abstracts
are to be headed with the applicant’s name, professional affiliation
[graduate students in brackets], and title of paper. Submit with the
abstract, a short curriculum vitae, home and work addresses, email
addresses, telephone and fax numbers.

Session co-chairs:
Dr. Daniel Millette
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
University of British Columbia
E: millette.daniel AT
T: 001-604-642-2436


Dr. Samantha Martin-McAuliffe
School of Architecture
University College Dublin
Richview, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14
Republic of Ireland
E: samantha.martinmcauliffe AT
F: +353.1.283.7778
T: +353.1.716.2757

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Also Seen: What That ‘Ides of March’ Coin Fetched at Auction

The incipit of an item at Numismaster:

One of the most sought-after of all coins was included in the September Long Beach sale of Heritage Auction Galleries: an EID MAR (“Ides of March”) denarius struck by Marcus Junius Brutus, assassin of Julius Caesar. In a 2008 vote of leading numismatists to find the 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, this coin was chosen by as #1. At hammer-fall the Heritage offering had found a new home for $546,250 including premium, making it by far and away the most valuable ancient coin ever sold by Heritage. […]

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