A Dump Next to Hadrian’s Villa? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

This one’s slowly making its way to the English press … here’s the Adnkronos version:

The noble descendant of a 17th century pope is fighting a battle against government plans to dump Rome’s garbage at a site near one of the western world’s most celebrated archeological sites – Hadrian’s Villa.

Prince Urbano Barberini, whose bloodline is traced to some of Italy’s most storied nobles families and individuals – including Maffeo Barberini, who became Pope Urban VIII in 1623 – says disposing of the capital’s trash in a quarry near Hardian’s Villa in Tivola could keep tourists at bay when the wind passes over the tons of garbage in the direction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Barberini has joined forces with Italian actress Franca Valeri and wants local farmers to join the battle. Valeri on Friday took out a full page add in Italy’s biggest daily Corriere della Sera where in an open letter she pleaded for the Rome regional government to scrap its plan for a dump or risking ”damaging a portion of our territory that is full of history, natural beauty and culture.”

Hadrian ruled over the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 AD. to escape the sweltering summer he constructed a sprawling 250-acre complex consisting of at least 30 buildings, a Greek-style garden and a pond.

Most of the site’s marble and statues were plundered largely to construct the 16th century Villa d’Este in Tivoli – also a UNESCO Heritage Site – but what remains is more than enough to give testimony to Hadrian’s palatial tastes.

Barberini, whose title is Prince Urbano Riario Sforza Barberini Colonna di Sciarra and has made a career out of acting, says an ancient aqueduct dating from Roman times that still carries water to Rome runs under the proposed site and risks contamination should the dump open.

Rome’s garbage problem has not yet reached crisis proportions like Naples to the south. The collection of Naple’s waste is periodically interrupted by protesters who take to the streets in the city’s suburbs to keep the stinky waste from being dumped in overflowing sites in their neighbourhoods.

Rome’s regional government intends to use emergency powers to open the old quarry to dumping, but Barberini – a prominent landholder in the area – has told media he hopes to keep the plan from reaching fruition by rallying farmers and other locals to his cause.

“It’s like building a dump next to Egypt’s pyramids,” Barberini told Corriere della Sera.

… sometimes I seriously wonder what goes through the heads of some of these political types in regards to things like ‘heritage’ and ‘patrimony’ … or even just ‘tourist dollars’.

NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance

Saw this on the CAMWS site … figured someone might be interested:

NEH Summer Institute – “Roman Comedy in Performance”

An NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty, “Roman Comedy
in Performance,” will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from June 24th
through July 20th, 2012. Co-directed by Professors Sharon L. James (University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Timothy J. Moore (University of Texas
at Austin), the NEH Summer Institute will give NEH Summer Scholars (twenty-two
university or college faculty members and three graduate students) the opportunity
to learn about the performance practice and social significance of Roman
Comedy from leading experts in the field and to practice scholarship through
performance, producing their own performances of scenes from the plays of
Plautus and Terence.

The NEH Summer Scholars for this Institute will include non-classicists
as well as classicists. Applications are due by March 1, 2012. For more
information, consult http://nehsummer2012romancomedy.web.unc.edu/ or write
to either co-director: sljames AT email.unc.edu or timmoore AT mail.utexas.edu.

CFP: Re-evaluating Horace’s Epodes

Seen on the Classicists list:

Ego primos iambos ostendi Latio: Re-evaluating Horace’s Epodes

Horace proclaims his Epodes an innovative triumph (ego primos iambos/ ostendi Latio, Ep. 1.19.23f.) yet until very recently they have remained in the gutter of the Augustan canon; this unashamedly low poetry collection has suffered an equally low status in scholarship. For some Horace’s uncompromising iambic persona seems too unsavoury for ‘serious’ study; for others the Epodes pale in comparison with his Odes and are dismissed as the product of Horace’s poetic early years (the B-Side to the Satires). Contemporary scholarship, however, is beginning to readdress the balance: three commentaries on the collection (Cavarzere, Mankin, Watson), in addition to important studies on the collection’s unity, representations of the Horatian persona(e), and consideration of the Epodes’ relationship to the Greek iambic tradition have helped to revive critical interest in Horace’s Epodes.

This conference seeks to build on this work with the aim of rehabilitating the Epodes as poems with a complex literary texture. In particular, it seeks to address the relationship of the Epodes to Horace’s other generically ‘lowly’ poetry, the Satires 1-2 and his Epistles 1-2, and also to re-evaluate the collection’s relationship to Horace’s poetic contemporaries and near-contemporaries. As such, this conference will situate itself in relation to the flourishing contemporary critical interest in Horace’s hexameter works (Sat. 1-2; Ep. 1-2), and the predominant intertextual reading practices of Augustan literary scholarship.

Call for Papers:

Papers on any aspect of the Epodes are invited, but particularly welcome are those papers which relate the Epodes to Horace’s Satires and Epistles, and which consider aspects of intertextuality with Republican and Augustan poetry. This conference will take place on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of July 2012.

Keynote speakers are Emily Gowers and Ellen Oliensis.

Topics may include but are by no means limited to:
• Epodes and Horace’s Satires 1-2
• Epodes and Horace’s Epistles 1-2
• Epodes and Lucilius
• Epodes and Catullus
• Epodes and the Roman Love Elegists
• Epodes and Phaedrus
• Epodes and Augustan Rome
• Horace’s relationship with literary tradition
• Horace’s career trajectory

Please submit a title and abstract of 300 words to Dr Philippa Bather (philippa.bather AT manchester.ac.uk) 30th December 2011.