CFP: Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies

The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies is pleased to announce its 42nd annual conference to be held at Tel-Aviv University, Wed.-Thurs., 12-13 June, 2013.

The conference is the annual meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies. Papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to history, philology, philosophy, literature and archaeology of Greece and Rome and neighboring countries are welcome.

The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes. The official languages of the conference are Hebrew and English. Sessions where Israeli scholars present their papers are held in Hebrew; sessions where foreign scholars deliver their lectures are held in English.

Accommodation at reduced prices will be available at local hotels. Registration forms with a list of prices will be sent to participants in due course.

Registration fee for participation in the conference is $50 or NIS 200.

Please forward proposals, abstracts and other correspondence to:

Dr. Ory Amitay, Secretary of the ISPCS

email: ory.amitay AT ; or (by regular mail): The Secretary, ISPCS – Dr. Ory Amitay, Department of History, University of Haifa, 31905 Mt. Carmel, Haifa ISRAEL (office telephone: +972-4-8249481).

All proposals should be accompanied by a one page abstract (about 250-300 words). Proposals in Hebrew should also be accompanied by a one-page abstract in English to appear in the conference brochure. All proposals should reach the secretary by 18th December, 2012. Decisions will be made after the organizing committee has duly considered all the proposals. If a decision is required prior to late January, please indicate this in your letter and we will try to accommodate your needs.

CFP: Beauty, Bravery, Blood and Glory: Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture

Beauty, Bravery, Blood and Glory:
Ancient Virtues and Vices in Modern Popular Culture

Bar Ilan University/Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
10-11 June, 2013.

Ancient Greece and Rome are rarely depicted objectively in modern popular culture. Sometimes these ancient cultures, epitomised by smooth white marble and classical beauty, are idealised and glorified.  More commonly, they are depicted as wicked and corrupt, decadent and licentious, characterised by excessive drinking, the violence and bloodlust of the arena, sexual deviance and a lust for world domination.  Intertwined with these characterisations are other groups, notably Jews and Christians, who may be depicted as foils to the pagan population.  Portrayals of ancient Judaism and Christianity also often present exaggerated ideals of heroism and virtue in popular culture.  This conference aims to explore the way particular virtues and vices are considered to be particularly representative of the ancient world, and to reflect upon how these virtues and vices are portrayed in twentieth and twenty-first century popular culture, in all its forms and media, including cinema, television, radio, literature, comics, advertising, the internet and video games.

We invite proposals for papers (20 minutes plus discussion) exploring the many ways that the vice and virtues of the ancient world are popularly represented in the modern world. Possibilities of subjects include, but are not limited to, depictions of the following aspects of ancient Greece and Rome:

v  Modern Representations of the Ancient Body
v  Greek, Roman or Christian virtues
v  Male and Female Sexuality
v  Imperialism and Democracy
v  Rhetorical virtues
v  Ancient Heroism
v  FreedomFighters
v  Slaves and Slave-owners
v  Love, Sex, Orgies and Debauchery
v  Ancient Religion in a Modern World

Keynote speakers: Monica Cyrino (New Mexico) and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Edinburgh).

Please send proposals to arrive by 30 November 2012.  Paper pro­posals should be no more than 300 words, and should be accompanied by contact details.

For further information please contact Eran Almagor almagore AT or Lisa Maurice mauril68 AT

Sports Complex at Aydin/Magnesia

This seems to be a long-running dig which we’ve never mentioned before … from Hurriyet:

During excavation in the ancient city of Magnesia, located in the Ortaklar district of Germencik in the Aegean province of Aydın, the best preserved stadium in Anatolia has been unearthed. Excavations and restoration works have continued for 28 years under the leadership of the head of the Ankara University Archaeology Department Professor Orhan Bingöl.
“It took 35 days to clean the semicircular ‘Sphendona’ part [of the stadium], which was 70-meters underground the stadium,” Bingöl said.

He said that the ancient city of Magnesia, which lies within the borders of the village Tekinköy continued for an additional three months this season thanks to the increase in financial support provided by the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

“During the excavation and restoration works, the best preserved stadium of Anatolia has been unearthed. It is completely made of marble and the capacity of the stadium is 40,000 people. The works have been carried out with a 20-person scientific team from Turkish universities as well as a seven-person team from Germany’s Nurnberg-Erlangen University,” Bingöl said.

Bingöl said the find showed that sports had been given importance throughout history. “We have so far focused on five important structural complexes. These structures have been cleared and made visible. Two of them are gymnasiums, where physical activities along with cultural educations like philosophy and literature were given. These places are equal to today’s physical education schools. The other is the sacred space of Artemis, which includes the fourth biggest temple of Anatolia.

Excavations still continue in this area. Another structure is the Theatron. It was planned as a theater but its construction was left half finished maybe because of bad natural conditions or the earth sliding. Excavations in this area have been finished. And the last structure [unearthed] is the city’s stadium,” Bingöl said.

He said that this season’s works had been finished in Magnesia’s stadium, which was completely underground and some part of which was unearthed during excavations between 2008 and 2011.

“Diggings will continue in this structure in the next years if we can find allocation. When all these works are done, the whole stadium will be unearthed after nearly 700 years. It will return to its magnificent days during which Olympics-like plays were organized and 40,000 people attended as viewers,” Bingöl said.

The assistant head of the excavations, Dr. Görkem Kökdemir said that they had also unearthed a toilet, which served 32 people at the same time in the Magnesia. “It used to work with a similar system like today’s toilets. We have found out that people living here were very civilized when seeing the motifs on the wall and the developed system.”

… the original article includes an aerial photo of the incomplete theatre. I’m somewhat confused on the names given here … I’m assuming this is the ancient Magnesia on the Meander