CFP: Classics Goes Green (Grad)

Seen on AegeaNet:

University of Cincinnati Classics Graduate Student Conference
April 21, 2012

Classics Goes Green:
Interactions With the Environment in the Ancient World

Keynote speaker: Prof. Jeremy McInerney
University of Pennsylvania

The relationship between mankind and the environment has long been a rich and intriguing aspect in the study of
history. Environmental changes and natural disasters have prompted cultural change and innovation. Humans have, in turn,
left their mark on the environment, altering their landscapes physically and mentally, purposely and inadvertently. From the
locations of successful cities and the effects of terracing and water engineering on the Greek landscape to Virgil’s creation of
an idealized, if not idyllic, Italy, the environment often shaped and was shaped by economic, cultural, and religious practice in

Landscapes and the environment have left a physical manifestation that can be directly studied through archaeological
examination. The cultural effects of the environment are also preserved in many ancient texts: for instance, ancient historians
were aware of the impact that environment, climate, or landscape might have on human events, while poets and agricultural
writers reflected on the dual nature of the environment as both hostile and life-giving, and philosophers investigated the
interrelation of man and nature. In modern scholarship, this integral connection between humans and the environment has
long been a point of discussion, and is experiencing a new surge in popularity with the increasing connection of environmental
research into classical studies.

This conference will explore how mankind conceived of and expressed its relationship with the environment, and
how this relationship can be tracked in the archaeological, documentary, or literary record. We invite submissions from all
Classics sub-fields and related disciplines, including ancient history, literature, material and visual culture, Greco-Roman and
Near Eastern religions, anthropology, and philosophy. Possible topics for presentation could include, but are not limited to,
the following:

The role of weather in shaping historical events
Landscape in archaeology, including cultural heritage management
Trash in antiquity: reuse, recycling, and rubbish
The effects of agriculture development on the landscape
Imitation (or not) of nature in architecture, material culture, and art
Cartography: controlling and organizing the “known world”
Experiences of the natural world in epic poetry
Cultural responses to local, regional, or global environmental changes

Graduate students wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit a titled abstract of 300 words or less to
classicsgoesgreen AT by December 2nd. Please include your name, institution, contact information, and the title of
your abstract in the body of the email. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. Notifications will be sent by
mid-November. Questions about the conference can be directed to Emilia Oddo at the same email address.


Linear A Seal from Vrysinas Redux

From the Greek Reporter:

A four-sided red jasper sealstone is among the finds unearthed during this season’s excavation of the Minoan peak sanctuary at Vrysinas, located south of the city of Rethymnon.  The whole area was officially announced and included in the archaeological sites list by the Central Archaeological Council of Greece.

The sealstone, which is carved on all four surfaces with characters of the Minoan Hieroglyphic script, constitutes the sole evidence to date for the presence of this earliest Minoan style of writing in Western Crete.

The excavation, which began in 2004, is conducted by the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities under the supervision of the archaeologist Helena Papadopoulou in collaboration with Prof. Iris Tzachili from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete.

A preliminary study of the artefacts recovered thus far – including some 800 clay votive statuettes and a significant number of ceramic vessels  – indicates that the peak sanctuary was in use throughout the First Palace period (1900-1700 BC) and continued until at least the beginning of the New Palace phase, after which time it was relocated to a lower part of the plateau.

The Vrysinas sanctuary is believed to have been the most sacred peak in Western Crete. The site’s undeniable ritual context puts it on a par with other important Minoan peak sanctuaries like those at Iouktas, Petsofas and Traostalos Kofinas in central and eastern Crete.

… this appears to be the one we first had hints about back in August: Linear A Seal from Vrysinas

CFP: Women and the Reception of the Classical World (CAC Panel)

Seen on various lists:

CALL FOR PAPERS for the Women’s Network/Réseau des Femmes Panel Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, May 8-10, 2012 The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, CANADA.

Women and the Reception of the Classical World

The Women’s Network/Réseau des Femmes of the CAC/SCÉC invites submissions for this year’s panel themed “Women and the Reception of the Classical World”. We seek to explore women’s engagement with the Classics and are particularly interested in understanding how women artists, scholars and intellectuals of the modern era have constructed their vision(s) of the ancient world through the use of the visual arts, literature, popular culture, theatre and film, scholarship, education and pedagogy. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
women (authors, artists, playwrights, etc.) and their works,
intertextuality and the “female voice”, issues facing women who deal with classical topics and themes, and the role of women in shaping Classical Reception Studies.

This call for papers is meant to be suggestive rather than exclusive; papers are solicited on all areas exploring women and the reception of the Classical world. We hope to bring together contributors from a wide variety of disciplines, including English Literature, Art History, Fine Arts, Drama, Women and Gender Studies, Philosophy, and Religious
Studies. We warmly welcome submissions from individuals outside of Canada and North America.

Please submit abstracts of 350-500 words (with relevant bibliography) by *Friday, January 20th, 2012* directly to Prof. Kelly Olson (kolson2 AT and indicate that the abstract is for the Women’s Network/Réseau des Femmes. Further enquiries can be directed to Prof. Judith Fletcher (jfletcher AT or Dr. Lisa Trentin (ltrentin AT

Watching: Togate Sculpture of Augustus Found?

From H24 comes news (in Italian) of the discovery of togate, but headless statue of Augustus. It seems to be more an ‘identification’ than a ‘discovery’ (i.e. the statue has been around for a while, but, being headless, was not identified) … apparently the full details will be out today some time, so we’ll keep our eye open on this one: