Bloody Peasant! Oh What a Giveaway!

OK … so we erstwhile colonists are sitting here enjoying our lattes and watching the strangest bit of class(ical) name-calling going on in the motherland. It seems that one Andrew Mitchell MP took umbrage at a policeman and referred to him as a ‘pleb’! Here’s a timeline of how what is being branded a ‘scandal’ unfolded:

More interesting from our point of view is that all the newspapers feel a need to explain what a plebeian is and there is much handwringing over whether it’s a bad word or not. Mary Beard has written a couple of items:

Edith Hall also pondered the question:

Possibly connected is a column by Harry Mount:

… and so the BBC decided to interview Edith Hall and Harry Mount on the subject:

… and of course, in all this I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my favourite scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

JOB: Ancient History at UMaryland BC

Seen on Aegeanet:

The Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin, Fall, 2013. The position requires a PhD in Classics, Ancient History, or in a closely related field at the time of appointment.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the promise of excellence as both a scholar and a teacher. The ability to teach courses in Greek and Roman history, Classical civilization and culture and Greek and Latin language is a requirement. While the field of specialization is open, the successful applicant will possess a broad expertise in Greek and Roman history and culture.

Please send (in pdf format) a letter of interest, writing or publication samples (20 pp. maximum), sample syllabi, a list of references and a C.V. to Professor Marilyn Y. Goldberg at goldberg AT Email is preferred, but hard copies may be sent to Prof. Goldberg at the Department of Ancient Studies, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland, 21250. To learn more about our Department, visit our website at

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012. Preliminary interviews will be held at the American Philological Association Annual Meeting in Seattle in January, 2013, although it is not necessary to attend the Annual Meeting to receive interview consideration.

Located between Baltimore and Washington, DC, UMBC is a Carnegie Research University (RU/H) widely recognized for its commitment to diversity and excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education. UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its students and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. We have a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity.

UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Bibliography of Ancient Slavery Online

Johannes Deissler sent this one along:

This is just a quick email to inform you that a beta of the ‘Bibliographie zur antiken Sklaverei Online (BASO) / Bibliography Ancient Slavery Online (BASO)’ database is now online for personal research.

The database can be accessed at – menu "Bibliographie" or

BASO contains all monographs, essays and encyclopaedia articles for the academic study of ancient slavery, which became known to the Mainz Academy project "Forschungen zur antiken Sklaverei". It combines all titles already included in the last printed edition of 2003 (, and some 4,000 newly collected data.

In the coming weeks, the database will be refined (including English interface) and additional bibliographic information will be implemented.

Your comments, questions and critiques are welcome.

A circulation of this information among colleagues is requested.

With best wishes

The Ancient Slavery Team at Mainz Academy (Germany)

antike.sklaverei AT

JOB: Roman Visual and Material Culture @ Brock

seen on various lists:

Job Summary

The Department of Classics at Brock University invites applications for a probationary tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin 1 July 2013. The Department seeks a specialist in the visual and material culture of the Roman world.


The successful candidate should be actively involved in archaeological fieldwork and will be expected to coordinate and teach the Brock University Archaeological Practicum. Responsibilities will include teaching courses in Roman art and archaeology, senior and graduate level specialty seminars, and may include classical civilization and Latin and/or Greek courses. The successful applicant is also expected to supervise M.A. students. Applicants should have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment and provide evidence of excellence in teaching and potential for scholarly achievement.


Classics at Brock is currently a department of nine permanent faculty, and over 100 majors, teaching on a 2:2 load a variety of courses towards majors and honours degrees in Classical Studies, Classical Languages, and Ancient Art and Archaeology. In addition to these programs, we offer large introductory courses in mythology and civilization to satisfy a general university requirement. The department offers an M.A. degree in Classics with special fields in Art and Archaeology and Text and Culture, and is active in Brock’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies program and the Women’s and Gender Studies program. The department also houses a teaching collection of Cypriote antiquities and an archaeology lab.

The deadline for applications is 16 November 2012. Applicants should submit in hard copy format a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae, evidence of successful teaching, a statement of research and a sample of scholarly writing, and should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to: Dr Allison Glazebrook, Chair, Department of Classics, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Ave., St Catharines, Ontario, CANADA. L2S 3A1.

Members of the department will meet with applicants at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle.

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form available at and include the completed form with their application.

For inquiries on the position email: aglazebrook AT More information on the Department of Classics can be found at Information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website at

The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

CONF: Leeds Research and Outreach Events

seen on the Classicists list:

We are pleased to announce this session’s schedule of research and
outreach events at Leeds. It includes both one-off research seminars and
colloquia, as well as local CA talks and the continuation of last year’s
successful ‘Classics in Our Lunchtime’ series at Leeds City Museum.

Enquiries may be directed by email to me or by phone to the Department
Office (0113-343-3537). All welcome!

Dr E.J. Stafford
Senior Lecturer and Director of Research,
Department of Classics, University of Leeds


SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER Classics in Our Lunchtime series by Leeds Classics
Last Thursday of the month, 1.15-1.45pm Leeds City Museum
(see for details, and podcasts
of previous talks)
*September 27th Eleanor OKell and Tim McConnell: Finding Justice in Leeds
*October 25th Rick Jones: Seeing Pompeii: from royal playground to mass
*November 29th Edmund Richardson: A Classical Con in Old New York:
classics and spiritualism

Wednesday 26th SEPTEMBER
3pm Michael Sadler 101
Prof. Ruurd Nauta (Groningen): The Identity of ‘Meliboeus’ and the date of
Calpurnius Siculus

Thursday 27th SEPTEMBER’ (Harrogate Astronomical Society)
7.30pm Harlow Community Centre, Harrogate
Prof. Malcolm Heath (Leeds): Greek astronomy, Ptolemy and the ‘Leeds

5pm-close Ancient Worlds Gallery, Leeds City Museum
Classical Stories Live in Leeds event, featuring staff and students from
Leeds Classics Department: all ages welcome!
For details, see

Wednesday 24th OCTOBER
3pm Michael Sadler 101
Prof. Angie Hobbs (Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy,
Sheffield): Transformations: the Daimonic Power of Eros in
Plato’s ‘Symposium’

Friday 2nd NOVEMBER (Leeds Classical Association lecture)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Dr Felix Budelmann (Magdalen College, Oxford): Greek lyric

10am-3.30pm Michael Sadler 101 (coffee, lunch and tea in Parkinson 119)
Dr Roger Brock (Leeds, Classics): Dido’s lament: classical Latin poetry in
Renaissance music
Anastasia Belina (Leeds, School of Music): TBC
Jonathan Tobutt (Leeds, School of Music): Britten’s 6 metamorphoses
after Ovid

Tuesday 4th December (Leeds Classical Association lecture)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Dr Steve Green (Leeds): Roman Responses to the Ending of the Aeneid


JANUARY-AUGUST Classics in Our Lunchtime series by Leeds Classics
Last Thursday of the month, 1.15-1.45pm Leeds City Museum
(see for details, and podcasts
of previous talks)
*January 31st Penny Goodman: 2000 years of Augustus: the view from Leeds
*February 28th Malcolm Heath: Ptolemy’s compost: a history of piracy,
marketing, and fraud
*March 28th TBC
*April 25th Eleanor OKell/Sue Hamstead: Sophocles’ Antigone in the
twentieth century
*May 30th Emma Stafford: Hercules’ Choice: from ancient Greece to Temple
*June-August title TBC

Wednesday 30th JANUARY 3pm Michael Sadler 101
ὁι ἀνάριθμοι: Subordinates and subordination in the ancient Greek world
The first in a three-part series running January to March, with speakers
including Dr Konstantinos Vlassopoulos (Nottingham) Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-
Jones (Edinburgh).

Wednesday 6th FEBRUARY (Leeds Classical Association lecture)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Mark Bradley (Nottingham): Obesity, corpulence and emaciation in Roman art

Wednesday 27th FEBRUARY (Leeds Classical Association lecture)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Michael Fulford (Reading): Silchester: Iron Age to Roman. The making of
the town in the light of continuing excavations

Wednesday 6th MARCH Joint PCI/ Classics Schools Day
9:30-15:30, Centenary Gallery, Parkinson Building
Interpreting Sophocles’ Antigone in modern, theatrical and Athenian

Wednesday 6th MARCH 3pm Michael Sadler 101
Dr Andrew Morrison (Manchester) Clio and Calliope: Apollonius, Herodotus
and Historiography

10am-3.30pm MS 101 (coffee, lunch and tea in Parkinson 119)
Including papers by Owen Hodkinsonand Ed Richardson (details TBC).

8th-11th MAY 7pm stage@Leeds
A series of pre-performance talks on Sophocles’ Antigone by Classics staff
(details TBC).

Monday 13th MAY (Leeds Classical Association presidential address)
5.30pm Michael Sadler 101/Parkinson 116 (tea from 5pm in Parkinson 119)
Malcolm Heath (Leeds): Aristotle’s chimpanzees

Monday 24th-Wednesday 26th JUNE
HERCULES: A HERO FOR ALL AGES: international conference, details to follow.