Bryn Mawr Classical Review ~ Catching up a bit …

[n.b. I’m resuming including these … they might be a daily thing so I don’t fall behind]

  • 2014.05.16:  Sandrine Dubel, Alain Montandon, Mythes sacrificiels et ragoûts d’enfants. Mythographies et sociétés.
  • 2014.05.15:  John Nicols, Civic Patronage in the Roman Empire. Mnemosyne supplements. History and archaeology of classical antiquity, 365.
  • 2014.05.14:  Gudrun Klebinder-Gauß, Keramik aus klassischen Kontexten im Apollon-Heiligtum von Ägina-Kolonna. Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 70; Contributions to the chronology of the eastern Mediterranean, 30.
  • 2014.05.13:  Nathan Rosenstein, Rome and the Mediterranean 290 to 146 BC: The Imperial Republic. The Edinburgh history of ancient Rome.
  • 2014.05.12:  Francesca Murano, Le tabellae defixionum osche. Ricerche sulle lingue di frammentaria attestazione, 8.
  • 2014.05.11:  Valéry Berlincourt, Commenter la Thébaïde (16e-19e s.): Caspar von Barth et la tradition exégétique de Stace. Mnemosyne supplements. Monographs on Greek and Latin language and literature, 354.
  • 2014.05.10:  Michael C. Hoff, Rhys F. Townsend, Rough Cilicia: New Historical and Archaeological Approaches. Proceedings of an international conference held at Lincoln, Nebraska, October 2007.
  • 2014.05.09:  Richard Stoneman, Tristano Gargiulo, Il Romanzo di Alessandro, Volume II. Scrittori greci e latini.
  • 2014.05.08:  Gregory Recco, Eric Sanday, Plato’s ‘Laws’: Force and Truth in Politics. Studies in continental thought.
  • 2014.05.07:  Walter Burkert, La religion grecque à l’époque archaïque et classique. Traduction et mise à jour bibliographique par Pierre Bonnechere. Antiquité/Synthèses 13.
  • 2014.05.06:  Anthony Kaldellis, Ethnography after Antiquity: Foreign Lands and Peoples in Byzantine Literature. Empire and after.
  • 2014.05.05:  Carlos R. Galvão-Sobrinho, Doctrine and Power: Theological Controversy and Christian Leadership in the Later Roman Empire. Transformation of the classical heritage, 51.
  • 2014.05.04:  Ludwig Koenen, Jorma Kaimio, Maarit Kaimio, Robert W. Daniel, The Petra Papyri II. American Center of Oriental Research Publications, 7.
  • 2014.05.03:  Carl Deroux, Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, XVI. Collection Latomus, 338.
  • 2014.05.02:  J. van der Vliet, J. L. Hagen, Qasr Ibrim, Between Egypt and Africa: Studies in Cultural Exchange. (NINO symposium, Leiden, 11-12 December 2009). Egyptologische uitgaven, 26.
  • 2014.04.60:  Richard Sorabji, Perception, Conscience and Will in Ancient Philosophy. Variorum collected studies series, CS 1030.
  • 2014.04.59:  David L. Kennedy, Settlement and Soldiers in the Roman Near East. Variorum collected studies series, CS 1032.
  • 2014.04.58:  Alain Blanchard, Ménandre, tome II: Le Héros; L’Arbitrage; La Tondue; La Fabula incerta du Caire. Collection des Universités de France. Série grecque, 495.
  • 2014.04.57:  Caroline Vout, Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome.

CFP | Homer and the Good Ruler: The Reception of Homeric Epic as Princes’ Mirror

Seen on various lists:

Call for Papers for an International Conference at the University of Ghent, Belgium
Deadline for Abstracts (max 350 words): July 1st 2014 (Jacqueline.Klooster AT

Dear Colleagues,
We have the pleasure to invite contributions to an international conference organized by the Classics Department at Ghent University (Belgium) on

Homer and the Good Ruler: The Reception of Homeric Epic as Princes’ Mirror

Confirmed participants:

William Desmond (Maynooth), Irene de Jong (Amsterdam), Barbara Graziosi (Durham), Lawrence Kim (Trinity University), Damien Nelis (Geneva), Filippomaria Pontani (Ca’ Foscari)

One of the main themes of Homer’s Iliad, as the ancient Greeks already recognized, is good government and its opposite. But ‘theOdyssey as well has much to do with the theme of kingship, more than is usually acknowledged. We must bear in mind Odysseus’ kingly status in order to appreciate the full resonances of the portions of the poem in which he plays the beggar,’ as Richard Martin observes (1984: 43). Agamemnon, Achilles, Nestor, Odysseus, Hector and Priam: all of the Homeric heroes could serve as examples in bonam and in malam partem for the ideal behavior of a ruler in different societies and at different times. Homer was revered in antiquity as the ultimate authority on all things ethical and the great mirror of the condition humaine, and was thus a fixture in the elite education of antiquity. Moreover, the great poetic riches of Homeric epic ensured that Homer always remained on the curriculum of the political orator, and hence statesman, since he provided examples of each rhetorical style.

Indeed, throughout the whole period of classical civilization and beyond, the Homeric epics are drawn upon time and again when the education of the wise ruler is discussed. From Solon, who appropriates the Homeric Catalogue of ships, through Plato’s Socrates, who, reluctantly, banishes the divine bard from his projected ideal state and the curriculum of its guardians. And from Alexander, who strove to be an alter Achilles, and slept with a copy of the Iliad under his pillow through to Philodemus’ epicurean treatise On the Good King according to Homer and Dio Chrysostom’s Kingship Orations. The Homeric heritage as Fürstenspiegel knows a long and rich reception, which stretches even beyond the Greek world. We may think of Cicero, Quintilian and the Augustan poets in the Roman world, and of Mediaeval and Renaissance reception of the epics as ideal reading for the ideal ruler. How did the Byzantines use the Homeric epics, for instance, in rhetorical education and imperial oratory? And how did Homer fare under the Christians, in Byzantium and beyond?
This conference aims to bring together an international array of senior and junior scholars of Homer and his reception in poetry, philosophy and rhetoric of antiquity and beyond, to study the use and abuse of Homeric epic as Princes’  Mirror and ideal reading for the wise ruler. Up to date, a study of this topic has not been undertaken in this form.

Suggested topics within this theme include but are not limited to:

-Educating the ideal ruler in Homeric epic
-Problems of reading Homer as manual for the ideal ruler (philosophical or otherwise)
-Specific heroes as problematic or ideal (Achilles, Agamemnon, Diomedes, Odysseus)
-Roman adaptations of Homer as Princes’ Mirror
-The ethics of Homeric statesmanship
-Synthesizing Plato and Homer in the second sophistic
-Democratic readings of Homer
-The scholiasts’ theories of Homeric statesmanship and their Alexandrian context
-Homer as Mirror for the Christian Ruler (Byzantium, Middle Ages)
-Homer and Renaissance Princes’ manuals.
-Homer and modern statesmen

Organizing Committee: Dr. Jacqueline Klooster (UGent), Prof. dr. Koen de Temmerman (UGent), Baukje van den Berg, MA (UvA), Prof. dr. Kristoffel Demoen (UGent), Prof. dr. Luc Van der Stockt (KULeuven)

Scientific Committee: Prof. dr. Irene de Jong (UvA), Prof. dr. Danny Praet (UGent), Prof. dr. Jürgen Pieters (UGent), Prof. dr Wim Verbaal (UGent), dr. Lieve Van Hoof (UGent)

Papers will be considered for publication with an academic press.

Please send abstracts (350 words max) for papers of ca. 30-35 minutes to Jacqueline.Klooster AT before July 1st 2014. Any enquiries about the conference may also be addressed to this e-mail address.

ED | Summer Latin at Tufts

Seen on the LatinTeach list:

 If you’re going to be in the Boston area this summer, you may want to
know about my annual graduate course on the reception of a classical
author.  This year’s topic is Caesar — we’ll read all of Caesar’s own
works (Gallic War, Civil War, and fragments) and works by other authors
who have responded to, argued with, or written about Caesar, from Cicero
to Muret and beyond, including biographies of Caesar by Suetonius and
Petrarch.  All readings will be in Latin.

Although this is not an AP workshop, participants will gain useful
background for teaching Caesar in that context and will be introduced to
related texts that their own students might read in the previous year or
in the weeks between the exam and the end of the school year.

You will write several short papers;  there will be no final exam.

Pre-requisite is at least four semesters of college Latin, preferably
rather more.  Previous experience with Caesar — as a student, a
teacher, or a scholar — is useful, but not required.  The course is
open to teachers, graduate students, and advanced undergrads.

Tuition is $2275 for credit, $730 for auditors;  Tufts offers a discount
to full-time teachers.  To register, or for more information, see — and see for information about the

Registration is open now and continues through the first day of classes
(1 July)

Dig |Grumentum 2014: Archaeological field school organised by the University of Edinburgh

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Grumentum 2014: Archaeological field school organised by the University of Edinburgh
26th July – 16th August 2014

The field school at Grumentum is intended to introduce students to the key methodologies of excavation, which still remains one of the principal methods by which new archaeological data are acquired. Grumentum is a Lucanian-Roman site in South Italy, which in the course of the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD was equipped with all standard Roman monuments. The University of Edinburgh, under the direction of Dr. Ine Jacobs, excavates a street portico and a row of shops located to the southeast of the forum. In the past years mainly the later levels of occupation have been dug. This year’s aim is to excavate older occupation levels and draw up a phase plan of the area.

Participation in the Grumentum field school will provide students with training in the following areas: grid establishment, excavation techniques, interpretation of stratigraphy, taking levels and using a total station, documentation, plan and section drawing, artefact recovery and recording, sampling methodology, and photography. Students will also learn about post-excavation management, including the drawing and study of artefacts, under the supervision of finds specialists.

The field school is therefore intended for both undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to acquire or strengthen vital archaeological skills. The fee of £750 includes transport from Rome airport to the modern village of Grumento Nova, full board on each field project day, transport to and from the site on each field project day as well as accommodation for the duration of the field project. Students are recommended to apply to their universities for assistance with the fees. Places are limited to 15 participants. For further information and application contact Dr. Ine Jacobs (Ine.Jacobs AT