CFP: Theatrum Mundi: Latin Drama in Renaissance Europe

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12-14 September 2013

Magdalen College, University of Oxford

Organized by the Society for Neo-Latin Studies in tandem with the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Oxford, the conference will bring together scholars to discuss early modern Latin drama, a form pivotal to the development of educational practice and literary composition across Europe. Culturally conspicuous, often ideologically engaged, original Latin plays were the pedagogical lifeblood of Renaissance schools, colleges, academies and universities. Scholars of Renaissance drama tend to focus on vernacular plays while overlooking the fact that many dramatists honed their talents at, for instance, institutional theatres constructed at the Elizabethan universities or nurtured at the French Jesuit colleges by the ancien régime. Our conference aims both to remedy such oversight and to stimulate new thought about this pan-European dramatic phenomenon.

Confirmed speakers include Thomas Earle (Oxford), Alison Shell (UCL), and Stefan Tilg (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Innsbruck). Proposals are sought for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of early modern Latin drama, which might discuss but are not limited to the following topics:
Student life – Religious conformity and dissent – Philosophical engagement – Relationships between Latin and vernacular plays – Pedagogy and rhetorical training ? Patronage and support

Please send your proposal and any questions about the conference to Sarah Knight, University of Leicester (sk218) by December 31, 2012. Proposals should include a provisional title, approx. 150-200 words outlining your paper, and contact details.

Postgraduate and post-doctoral bursaries may be available, and some accommodation has been pre-booked at Worcester College, Oxford: if you would like to be considered either for a bursary or for college accommodation, please indicate this when you submit your proposal.

CFP: Aeneid Six and its Cultural Reception

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Aeneid Six and its Cultural Reception

The Villa Vergiliana in Cumae, Italy

June 25-27 2013

Outside of the Bible, no text has had as profound an impact on Western Culture as the Aeneid, and within the Aeneid, no book has been as influential as Aeneid Six. Ovid was perceptive enough to recognize its profound novelty, when his Sibyl refers to Vergil’s underworld as novissma regna mundi (Met. 14.111). By the time of Servius the novissima regna had been arranged according various intellectual disciplines such as historia, philosophia, and theology with numerous scholiasts commenting on the many cruces posed by the text. The novelty and intellectual expansiveness of the Book allowed the text to have a number of reincarnations and afterlives. As Aeneas moves through the underworld Vergil constructs a literary space that has spawned countless literary and artistic responses. The ecphrastic program of the journey offered to later generations a storehouse of images, which could be articulated in painting, relief and literature. The philosophical and theological incorporation of Orphism, Pythagoreanism, Platonism, and Stoicism raises important considerations about the ontology of the soul and the poetics of eschatology, which could be harnessed by Christian Theologians for their own ends. The blurring of genres in Aeneid Six—of Epic, Tragedy, Comedy, Ethnography—along with the movement from fabula to historia during Aeneas’ journey inaugurated a new poetic aesthetic. It changed how cultures evaluated and understood poetic inspiration. Its ambition and scope changed what literature was and what it would become. Vergil responds to the entirety of Greek and Roman literary and intellectual achievement as he circumscribes it within the domain of the Aeneid and in so doing he provides a roadmap for later artists, poets and thinkers to achieve similar ends, but for different purposes. It is not an overstatement to suggest that Western Culture and significant aspects of its development hinge and pivot along the literary, religious, and philosophical lines of Aeneid Six.

The central problem of the text is how do researches confront the scale of this work and its various iterations? It is a humble truth to recognize that Aeneid Six as an act of cultural reception is beyond the knowledge and scholarly skill of a single individual. Its reception necessitates scholarly conversation and investigation in an interdisciplinary and international context. From this perspective Aeneid Six is a perfect test case for theoretical and practical applications of reception, and it allows scholars to think about the underlying causes for the rise of reception studies over the last two decades. It is the primary aim of the conference to come to a new understanding of reception as a process of continuity and change from the Classical era to the present. How does conceiving of Aeneid Six as a product of reception as well as a catalyst for other receptions illuminate receptions studies? How does Vergil channel the vast complex of prior literature, philosophy and religion into his poem and how does this contribute to the meaning of the Aeneid? Does Vergil create a coherent eschatology or does the polyphony of traditions result in contradictory stances? How do later thinkers and artists respond to Vergil’s artistic vision? How and why was Aeneid Six established as a central text for reception, and just as importantly why has it been displaced within the last few generations?

Participants include: Alessandro Barchiesi (keynote speaker), Philip Hardie, Joseph Farrell, Alison Keith, David Quint, Alessandro Schiesaro, Damien Nelis, Maggie Kilgour, Miguel Herrero, Renaud Gagné, and Sarah Spence.

Under the auspices of the Vergilian Society scholars and students are invited to submit abstracts of 300-500 words on Aeneid Six and its reception. In particular, abstracts on following issues will be especially welcome:

*The reception of prior Greco-Roman art and thought.
*The meaning of Aeneid Six within Vergil’s poetic output and its immediate impact on Roman literature and culture.
*Studies on the scholastic tradition from Servius to Norden.
*The reception of Aeneid Six from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period.
*Papers on the place of Aeneid Six in religious, philosophical and intellectual history.
*Analyses of Aeneid Six in light of archaeological findings, material culture and art history.
*Discussions on the theoretical underpinnings which inform reception studies.

Papers should aim to be no more than 30 minutes in length. Papers in languages other than English are more than welcome. Abstracts should be submitted no later than November 30th 2012. Notification of acceptance will follow soon after. Please send abstracts as a PdF attachment to charles.gladhill AT

JOB: Hellenist/Greek History @ Brown

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Brown University
Department of Classics
Associate or Full Professor Position Announcement
Ancient Greek History

The Department of Classics at Brown University has been authorized to
announce a search for a senior Hellenist (Associate or Full Professor)
with a specialization in ancient Greek History. The successful
candidate will teach Greek history as well as Classical Greek language
and literature. Prerequisites for consideration include distinction in
scholarship and teaching in any aspect of Greek history.

Candidates should submit a letter of application and a curriculum
vitae, including the names and contact information of at least five

Please submit application materials online at

Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2012. Members of the
department will meet with select candidates at the annual meeting of
the American Philological Association in Seattle, WA, January 3-6,
2013. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, John
Bodel (John_Bodel AT

Brown University is committed to diversity in its faculty and
encourages applications from qualified women and under-represented
minority candidates.

JOB: Ancient Greek at UMelbourne

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The University of Melbourne
LECTURER IN CLASSICS (US equivalent of Assistant Professor, Tenure Track)
Position no.: 0029717
Campus: Parkville
Faculty of Arts
School of Historical & Philosophical Studies

Salary: $85,203 – $101,175 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne is a leading program for the study of the ancient world. The only program of its kind in Australia, it is home to cutting edge research and field study undertaken by its staff, researchers and fellows. The program is affiliated with institutions such as The Classical Association of Victoria (CAV) with whom we regularly collaborate on a variety of lectures and events.

The discipline of Classics, part of the Classics and Archaeology program, in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies teaches a suite of undergraduate subjects, has a strong research higher degree culture, and an internationally recognised research profile. The discipline has strengths in ancient Greek and Latin language and literature, and Near Eastern, Aegean and Classical archaeology. The School now seeks to appoint a Lecturer (US equivalent of Assistant Professor) in the field of Classics, with a specialisation in ancient Greek language and literature.

To be successful in this role you will have an established research specialisation as above, and demonstrate potential to achieve a high level of research performance through the steady production of refereed publications and success in obtaining research grants, as well as the demonstrated potential to attain academic promotion. You will have a proven capability to make a significant contribution to research and engagement in Classics and Ancient World Studies, and will aspire to cultivate research links and networks with other groups on campus, as well as nationally and internationally.

Close date: 3 November 2012

To download the complete position description and selection criteria, go to:

HOW TO APPLY: Online applications are preferred. Go to and use the Job Search screen to find the position by title or number.
Professor Trevor Burnard
Tel +61 3 8344 6686
Email tburnard AT