Promoting Latin Internets Style:The Series I

About a month ago we first caught wind of and shared a summer Latin course ad created by Serena Witzke and Ted Gellar-Goad … in subsequent conversations, it turns out the ad was part of a series, so for the next few days we’ll be featuring a couple of them a day for your enjoyment and inspiration. This one was the original (click for larger versions):

credit: @serenawitzke and @thmggphd

… and here’s another:

credit: @serenawitzke and @thmggphd

… more tomorrow …

CONF: Structure and scale of Roman urban economies: the case of Pompeii

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Registration is now open for the conference ‘Structure and scale of Roman urban economies: the case of Pompeii’ that will take place in Oxford on 29-30 June, co-organized by the Oxford Roman Economy Project and the Network on Structural Determinants of Economic Performance in the Roman World (Flandres).

The conference brings together Pompeii specialists and leading economic historians of the Roman world to explore what Pompeii’s unique remains have to offer to the larger debates about structure and scale in the Roman economy. The topic will be approached from a variety of angles, with papers addressing issues of commerce, manufacturing, trade, transport, agriculture, finance and living standards. A wide array of evidence will be covered, including shops, workshops, the street network, villas, coins, wax-tablets, and archaeobotanical remains.

Confirmed speakers include: Wim Broeckaert (Gent), Philippe Borgard (Aix), Steven Ellis (Cincinnati), Miko Flohr (Oxford), Richard Hobbs (British Museum), Willem Jongman (Groningen), Estelle Lazer (Sydney), Nicolas Monteix (Rouen), Eric Poehler (UMass Amherst), Nick Ray (Leicester), Damian Robinson (Oxford), Erica Rowan (Oxford), Ferdinando de Simone (Oxford), Koen Verboven (Gent), and Andrew Wilson (Oxford). You can download the complete conference program on our website:

Attendance of the conference is free, but in order for us to plan numbers please register through miko.flohr AT before June 15th.

CFP: Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern

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The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics

at the University of Queensland

A Conference on Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern

Date: (Friday-Sunday) 6-8 July 2012
Place: University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia.

Speakers include: Prof. Mark Golden (Winnipeg), Prof. Christoph Ulf (Innsbruck), Prof. Matthew
Trundle (Auckland)

Second Call for Papers

Papers are invited for a conference on ‘Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern’, which will be held
at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, from 6-8 July 2012.

The theme can be interpreted fairly broadly, but there is a particular desire to assemble papers
which analyse the Olympic experience of athletes from the ancient and the modern games. What
was / is special about Olympic competition and Olympic athletes? Who were / are the great
Olympic athletes? Why?

All speaking slots will be 30 minutes in duration (20 for paper, 10 for questions). Please send
offers of papers, plus a 100-word abstract, to Dr. Tom Stevenson (t.stevenson AT by
Friday 22 June 2012 (note extended deadline).

Full details on the conference, including the online registration form, are available at:

Enquiries about the conference should be directed to Dr. Tom Stevenson (t.stevenson AT
for the organizers.

CONF: Thucydides our Contemporary? Bristol, 28th-29th June

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Thucydides our Contemporary?

An international and interdisciplinary conference, Burwalls, University of Bristol, 28th-29th June

The full programme is now available at

There are still a few places available for colleagues or postgraduate students to attend; please contact Neville Morley (n.d.g.morley AT as soon as possible, and certainly by 15th June.

There is also a public lecture on Friday 29th by Hunter R. Rawlings, President of the American Universities Association, on ‘A Possession for All Time? How and why Thucydides still matters’. Attendance is free to all, but you are requested to let us know if you’re coming at

Philology and Empire: Network on Ancient & Modern Imperialisms

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"Philology and Empire, 1700-1900".

University of Reading
27 June 2012

The years from 1700 to 1900 are a crucial period for the development of scholarly philology and imperial expansion. This relationship between philology and empire was studied anew in the last quarter of the twentieth century, and the time seems ripe to build on these developments. We explore the findings of such scholars as Martin Bernal, Pascale Casanova, Maurice Olender, Sheldon Pollock, and Edward Said. Our focus is on the study of ancient languages, whether Greek or Sanskrit, Hebrew or Latin. We construe philology broadly: we take it to encompass more than linguistic analysis and think of philology as the study of ancient languages in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. A central feature of the conference will be its comparative framework, bringing together scholars who work on a variety of languages, literatures, and histories.

The conference is organized in conjunction with the Department of Classics (Reading) and the Network on Ancient and Modern Imperialisms.

1700 to 1900

10.30 am

10.45 am
Phiroze Vasunia (Reading)

11 am
“Philology for God and Country”
Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)
Chair: Katherine Harloe (Reading)

12 noon
“William Gladstone and the Parrot: Latin in Nineteenth Century British West Africa”
Barbara Goff (Reading)
Chair: Esther Mijers (Reading)

1 pm to 2.15 pm

2.15 pm
“Women, Sanskrit, and the Memories of Empire: Gender and Classical Language in the Freedom Movement of India”
Laurie Patton (Duke University)
Chair: Edith Hall (King’s College London)

3.15 pm
“The Question of Philology in Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India”
Javed Majeed (King’s College London)
Chair: Alison Donnell (Reading)

4.15 pm to 4.45 pm
Tea & coffee

4.45 pm to 5.45 pm
“Making the Grade: Classical Philology and the Totally Administered Society”
Daniel L. Selden (UC Santa Cruz)
Chair: Johannes Haubold (Durham)

5.45 pm to 6.15 pm
Response & discussion
Pedro López Barja de Quiroga (Santiago de Compostela)
and Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford)

6.15 pm

Conference Location: Palmer Building, Room 105

There is no fee. If you would like to attend, please register your interest by writing to the organizer, Phiroze Vasunia, at p.vasunia AT

An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Department of Classics; the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science; the Network on Ancient and Modern Imperialisms, at the University of Reading; and the Jowett Copyright Trust (Oxford).