Academia Homerica

Seen on the Classicists list (this sounds awesome!!!)



6-15/16 July 2012

The 15th Academia Homerica will take place 6-15 July 2012, in Athens and on the island of Chios.

The student programme will include:

· In Athens on 7 July a visit to the Acropolis, the new Acropolis Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum

· On Chios, 8-15 July, sessions most days on the Greek text of Iliad 6 and a programme of lectures on Homer, Mycenaean archaeology, and Troy. All sessions will be in English

· Visits on the island of Chios, including the Chios Archaeological Museum, the Mycenaean and Iron Age site of Emporios, the medieval monastery of Nea Moni, and the island of Oinousses.


Please register your application before May 10, 2012 on the following > (Activities) > Academiae > Academia Homerica > Registration.


The cost of the conference is 500 EUROS (this covers full board in Athens and Chios in mostly double rooms, ferry tickets, and all excursions). Flight tickets to and from Athens are not included.

Students should have their University or school identity card for free entrance to the museums, the Acropolis and the Archaeological sites.

All participants should also have valid travel and health insurance for their stay in Greece.

Final information about the programme, bus, metros and the hotel in Athens will be sent to participants in June.

Director of the Conference: Dr Maria-Eleftheria Giatrakou

Director of the Student Programme: Prof John Thorley, assisted by Dr Antony Makrinos

For further information, please contact Prof John Thorley on jt275 AT

Another Chunk Falls at Pompeii

I saw this earlier in an Italian piece and wasn’t sure if I was reading it right … alas, I was … via ANSA we learn that a chunk from the Temple of Jupiter:

A yard-long piece of plaster fell off the ancient Temple of Jupiter in Pompeii on Wednesday, the archaeological superintendency said. The portion broke off from the external face of the east wall of the cell of the temple in an area without frescoes.

Supervisors at the site said they had already collected the fragments and would reattach them on site. In late December a pillar collapsed in the garden of the House of Loreius Tiburtinus, famous for its extensive gardens and outdoor ornamentation, in particular its Euripi, fountains that feature many frescoes and statuettes.

At the end of November the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO and the Italian government agreed to join forces to restore rain-damaged Pompeii after several recent collapses.

UNESCO said it would work with Italy over a nine-month period to rebuild villas and other parts of the famed Roman site that have collapsed over the last year.

Under the deal, UNESCO said it would provide expert advice to the Italian government on how to upgrade conservation.

In November 2010 there was a collapse in the House of the Gladiators which drew criticism from UNESCO and the European Union.

It was followed soon after by a collapse at the famed House of the Moralist, spurring further criticism from international conservation groups.

In October there were another three minor cave-ins, including one at the House of Diomedes, after a fresh bout of heavy rain and an outcry when an eight-square metre section of a wall fell near the Nola Gate. […]

cf: Pompei, si sgretola il tempio di Giove(Corriere del Mezzogiorno)

Reviews from BMCR

  • 2012.02.43:  Vishwa Adluri, Parmenides, Plato, and Mortal Philosophy: Return from Transcendence. Continuum studies in ancient philosophy.
  • 2012.02.42:  Mark Woolmer, Ancient Phoenicia: An Introduction. Classical world series.
  • 2012.02.41:  Anna Maria Wasyl, Genres Rediscovered: Studies in Latin Miniature Epic, Love Elegy, and Epigram of the Romano-Barbaric Age.
  • 2012.02.40:  W. V. Harris, Rome’s Imperial Economy: Twelve Essays. Oxford; New York: 2011. Pp. xiv, 370. $150.00. ISBN 9780199595167.
    Reviewed by Miko Flohr.
  • 2012.02.39:  Kristi Upson-Saia, Early Christian Dress: Gender, Virtue, and Authority. Routledge Studies in Ancient History, 3.
  • 2012.02.38:  Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vii kalendas martias

ante diem vii kalendas martias

  • Traditional end of the Roman year (followed by a period of intercalation)
  • Terminalia — a festival in honour of Terminus, the divinity who presided over boundaries. In Rome itself, Terminus had a shrine within the Temple of Jupiter beneath an opening in the roof because, it is said, when they were building the Temple of Jupiter, Terminus refused to move. What happened in the city is unclear, but the rustic version of the festival involved the following: at boundary stones, farmer families would gather and build a turf altar; a fire would be built and one of the younger members of the family would throw grain in the fire three times. Others offered other things like honeycombs and wine, then a sheep or pig would be sacrificed and a feast would follow.
  • 155 A.D. — martyrdom of Polycarp at Smyrna
  • 303 A.D. — “Great Persecution” of Diocletian begins in Nicomedia
  • 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Serenus the Gardener at Sirmium