Classics Confidential: Jenny Strauss Clay on Homer, Mapping, and Mnemonics

The intro:

Jenny Strauss Clay is famous for her work on Homer, the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod, with a focus on how these archaic Greek hexameter poems maps out an epic cosmos. But today she will talk about a different kind of mapping, based on what has been labelled the “spatial turn” in Classical studies. Her recent book, Homer’s Trojan Theater, exploits digital technology, cognitive mapping and mnemonics to analyse visualization in Homer, especially in relation to the Homeric battlefield.

DIG: Excavations at Carsulae, Italy, June 16 – July 27, 2013

Seen on the Classics list:

June 16 – July 27, 2013

We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae.

Project and Location
Carsulae was a Roman city that developed in the late third century BCE along the Via Flaminia, approximately 100 kilometers north of Rome in modern Umbria. The major public buildings of Carsulae were excavated from 1950to 1970, but most of the ancient city still lies undisturbed in what is now a beautiful archaeological park. The current excavation of the public baths a tCarsulae began in 2004. We plan to dedicate the 2013 season to excavating the remainder of the areas beneath the protective roof, and also to developing a longterm plan for the conservation and partial restoration of the bath complex.

The field program welcomes both students and volunteers. No experience is necessary, only an enthusiasm for archaeology and the ability to work hard in rigorous conditions. Participants are instructed in excavation strategies, techniques and recording, handling and conservation of artifacts, drafting of site plans and analytical rendering.

The program cost is $850.00 per week. This includes a shared roomas well as breakfast daily, lunch and dinner five days a week. All equipment is provided. We ask all students and volunteers to participate for a minimum of three weeks.

Our field school has recently been given accreditation by Columbia University. Students interested in receiving undergraduate credit for their fieldwork should contact Ellen Stewartat the below email address for further information. Please bear in mind that tuition and any related fees are not included in our weekly program cost, and that a minimum number of weeks of participation will be required.

Accommodations and Meals
We stay at the Albergo Duomo (three or four people to a room) in the charming hill town of San Gemini, just three kilometers from Carsulae. All rooms have private baths and air conditioning, and the hotel is equipped with free wireless internet. Meals are eaten in the elegant dining room o fthe hotel.

Participants work in the field Monday through Friday from 5 am tonoon. After lunch and a well-earned siesta, afternoons are spent in the lab processing each day’s finds and sometimes attending classes, expert lectures,or working with our conservators. Weekends are open for travel or relaxation.Group trips to nearby sites of interest are often available.

For further details and to apply:

Inquiries may be sent to ebarc2013 AT

Related Programs
Our colleagues at the San Gemini Preservation Studies offer a numberof programs that also take place during the summer in San Gemini. We encourage you to look at their website and consider taking one of their courses before or after your time spent working with us.

Of particular relevance to our project is the Archaeological Ceramics Program, running from May 26 to June 22. This course provides a excellent background in conservation and restoration which may later be applied in the field and lab at Carsulae.

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

  • 2013.03.45:  Maria Wyke, Caesar in the USA. bmcr2
  • 2013.03.44:  Emmanuelle Raymond, Vox poetae: manifestations auctoriales dans l’épopée gréco-latine. Actes du colloque organisé les 13 et 14 novembre 2008 par l’Université Lyon 3. Collection du Centre d’études et de recherches sur l’Occident romain – CEROR, 39.
  • 2013.03.43:  Kay Ehling, Gregor Weber, Konstantin der Grosse zwischen Sol und Christus. Zaberns Bildbände zur Archäologie.
  • 2013.03.42:  Pierluigi Leone Gatti, Nina Mindt, Undique mutabant atque undique mutabantur. Beiträge zur augusteischen Literatur und ihren Transformationen. Vertumnus, Bd 8.
  • 2013.03.41:  Elise A. Friedland, The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel). American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Reports No. 17.
  • 2013.03.40:  Sandrine Dubel, Sophie Gotteland, Estelle Oudot, Éclats de littérature grecque d’Homère à Pascal Quignard : mélanges offerts à Suzanne Saïd.
  • 2013.03.39:  Daniel J. Geagan, Inscriptions: The Dedicatory Monumnts. The Athenian Agora 18.
  • 2013.03.38:  Roger Scott, Byzantine Chronicles and the Sixth Century. Variorum collected studies series, CS 1004.
  • 2013.03.37:  Ergün Lafli, Eva Christof, Michael Metcalfe, Hadrianopolis I: Inschriften aus Paphlagonia. BAR international series, 2366.
  • 2013.03.36:  Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, The Black Sea, Greece, Anatolia and Europe in the First Millennium BC. Colloquia antiqua, 1.
  • 2013.03.35:  Beatrice Lietz, La dea di Erice e la sua diffusione nel Mediterraneo: un culto tra Fenici, Greci e Romani. Tesi. Classe di lettere, 8.
  • 2013.03.34:  Eugene Afonasin, John Dillon, John F. Finamore, Iamblichus and the Foundations of Late Platonism. Ancient Mediterranean and medieval texts and contexts; Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic tradition, 13.
  • 2013.03.33:  Roslyn Weiss, Philosophers in the ‘Republic’: Plato’s Two Paradigms. Ithaca;
  • 2013.03.32:  Stanley Ireland, Menander: the Shield (Aspis) and the Arbitration (Epitrepontes). Aris and Phillips classical texts.