Tip o’ the pileus to Ian Spoor for alerting me to this one which is coming up on BBC4:
Episode Six of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.
In 1933, a young classics scholar called Milman Parry made a journey through the hill villages of the Balkans to record poets and singers. He captured an oral tradition that has all but died out – peasant performers who recited epic tales over days without any form of prompt.
Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explains how ancient tales were remembered and passed down, and travels to the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece to find out what the audience would have made of it all up in the ‘gods’.
Featuring archive extracts of traditional stories from the Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, West Africa, and India.
Audio for this one will be available “soon” … here’s the Noise: A Human History home page.
seen on the Classics list:
2013 "Villa of the Antonines" Archaeological Field School in Genzano di Roma, Italy, June 30-July 27, 2013
Sponsored by the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies and the Department of Classics & General Humanities at Montclair State University, this field project, now entering its fourth season of work, will continue to explore the remains of a Roman imperial villa complex located close to the 18th mile of the ancient Via Appia in the Alban Hills. Ancient literary sources combined with the discovery of fine marble busts of the Antonine imperial family first led to the identification, early in the 18th century, of the site as the family villa of the Antonines located in ancient Lanuvium. The 2010-2012 excavations brought to light a curving structure that has been identified as an amphitheatre (perhaps that in which Commodus is reported to have fought wild animals, thereby earning the title "Roman Hercules") as well as much scattered evidence for luxurious interior decoration in the form of colored glass mosaics, imported marble floor covering (opus sectile), and marble wall covering. The 2013 campaign will concentrate on studying the amphitheatre and its surroundings in greater detail. Participants are rotated among all main aspects of archaeological fieldwork, including artifact processing, recording, and assisting with geophysical survey as well as excavating.
Total cost (minus airfare to Rome, but including six undergraduate credits in Classical archaeology): $5,000.
Housing in a 3-star hotel on the rim of scenic Lago di Nemi and overlooking the Sanctuary of Diana Nemorensis (of J.G. Fraser "Golden Bough" fame), just outside the picturesque town of Genzano. Some scholarship moneys are available. Graduate students welcome; they should consult the co-directors for details.
For further information contact the project co-directors: Dr. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri (aryamontrid @ mail.montclair.edu) and Dr. Timothy Renner (rennert @ mail.montclair.edu).
Website: http://www.montclair.edu/chss/center-heritage-archaeological-studies/and click on "Villa of the Antonine