Dr. David Pritchard, Senior Lecturer in Greek History in my department at the University of Queensland, talks to Dr Anastasia Bakogianni of Open University about his research dealing with the Athenian Democracy and its relationship with Athenian war-making, for Classics Confidential’s very worthwhile video series. Visit Classics Confidential – The Dark Side of Democracy, with David Pritchard
I reviewed the Getty Villa on Yelp. Although I have given it 4 out of 5 stars it I have two critiques of its collection from a professional standpoint, namely:
I think the Villa itself could be put to better use than as a merely beautiful container for the objects. The villa, being a replica Roman villa, could be better used to explained Roman social customs. The first thing to point out is the owner of the original villa was the Roman equivalent of J. Paul Getty: a very rich man. The structure of the Roman familia could be discussed; the roles of the paterfamilias, his wife and children, and the household slaves. It could go into the daily routine of the Roman household, etc. It could also be used to explain how Greek models of cultured life penetrated Roman life, for example, in the form of the peristyle garden. It also could at least have one interior room with the actual interior decoration of a Roman villa; rather than the heavily Georgian-period block colour models that it follows.
Last, I am not sure of the layout of the collection. Museum studies isn’t my area of expertise, on reflection I am sure that the thematic grouping of the objects could be improved. For example, in amongst the portraits (divided into men and women) there are a jumble of portrait heads and funerary monuments, Greek and Roman, with no explanation of the difference between burial practices and their evolution over time, and the social role of the portrait busts and monumental statues. I also had minor issues with some inscription translations put onto the cards.
Does anyone think these are unfair criticisms?
I just got back from Amphorae VI which this year was held at Auckland University, three days of excellent postgraduate papers. Big kudos to organisers Lawrence Xu and Nicola Wright and their team of volunteers! As well as hearing some excellent presentations I got good feedback from several people on my own paper Treachery Worse Than Punic: Livy’s Landscape and Hannibal’s Invasion of Italy, which I will use to hopefully improve it further. Also met and hung out with friends new and old, its great to discuss research in informal settings like this. Its maintained a consistently good quality of papers for six years now! Next year Amphorae VII will be at Sydney University.
Very sad to read the following. This is why austerity measures are self-defeating; the profit of banks is placed above all other considerations including the common heritage of all European culture!
In a dry riverbed one late April morning on the island of Kythira, Aris Tsaravopoulos, a former government archaeologist who was pushed out of his job in November, pointed out a site where a section of riverbank had collapsed during a rainstorm a few months earlier. Scattered all along the bed as it stretched toward the Mediterranean were hundreds of pieces of Minoan pottery, most likely dating to the second millennium B.C., some of them painted with floral patterns that were still a vivid red.
Mr. Tsaravopoulos, who directed archaeological projects and supervised foreign digs on the island for more than 15 years, said he believed the site might be part of a tomb or an ancient dumping ground. (Extensive digs in the mid-1960s by British archaeologists helped establish that the island was a longtime colony of Minoan Crete.) The collapse of the bank had already caused some of the artifacts to wash out to sea. Filling the pockets of his khaki vest with larger pieces of pottery to date and place in storage, Mr. Tsaravopoulos said, “The next big rain will carry away more, and before long it will all be gone.
‘Continuity and Change: Identity in the Ancient World’
Wednesday, 11 July-Friday, 13 July, 2012
University of Auckland New Zealand
Abstract submissions are invited for the second Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic Or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology (AMPHORAE), to be held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, from Wednesday, 11 July until Friday, 13 July, 2012. This conference has run successfully for the last five years as AMPHORA I, II, III, IV; and in 2011 as AMPHORAE V. AMPHORAE is a conference designed for Postgraduate and Honours students from Australia and New Zealand to interact and share their current work among peers in a friendly and stimulating environment. We also invite graduate students worldwide to submit an abstract.
The theme of this year’s conference, “Continuity and Change: Identity in the Ancient World”, is intended to accommodate research from (but not limited to) all of the fields of Classical Philology, Classical Art and Literature, Ancient History, Archaeology, Late Antique Studies, and all other areas of Ancient World Studies. Abstracts addressing any interpretation of the topic are welcome.
Abstract submissions of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes duration are requested. Please send your submissions and a brief biography by Friday, 1 June to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to attend the conference, but will not be presenting a paper, please inform us of your attendance, as well as any dietary requirements, by Monday, June 11.
Conference registration is free but there will be a fee to attend the conference dinner on the Friday evening. If you are interested in attending the dinner, more details will be available shortly on our website. Small bursaries will also be available (upon application) for students who will be travelling from Australia.
For more information contact AMPHORAE VI at email@example.com
Brought to you by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (http://www.ascs.org.au/) and the Department of Classical Studies and Ancient History, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
University of Queensland, Australia
A Conference on Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern
Date: (Friday-Sunday) 6-8 July 2012
Place: University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD. Australia. 4072.
Call for Papers
Papers are invited for a conference on ‘Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern’, which will be held at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, from 6-8 July 2012.
The theme can be interpreted fairly broadly, but there is a particular desire to assemble papers which analyse the Olympic experience of athletes from the ancient and the modern games. What was / is special about Olympic competition and Olympic athletes? Who were / are the great Olympic athletes? Why?
All speaking slots will be 30 minutes in duration (20 for paper, 10 for questions). Please send offers of papers, plus a 100-word abstract, to the organizers by Friday 1 June 2012.
Further details will be available soon at http://www.uq.edu.au/hprc. In the meantime, anyone who would like to offer a paper or attend the conference should contact Tom Stevenson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the organizers.
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list:
Call for papers: The Materiality of Texts. Conference at Durham University
September 24-26, 2012
Organizers: Dr Edmund Thomas, Dr Andrej Petrovic, Dr Ivana Petrovic
In recent years, the study of ancient texts has gained from a focus on the physicality of text. Epigraphists are interested more than ever in issues of context, reading and performance. Furthermore, studies of architecture have fed on literary approaches to take account of displays of writing and their implications.
The project ‘The Materiality of Text’ brings together these cross-disciplinary approaches to focus on material aspects of the written word. We invite scholars from a range of disciplines, including philology, epigraphy, ancient history, archaeology and art history, to join us in discussing the physical aspects of inscribed texts in the Greek and Roman world, in Greek, Latin and other scripts, and their relation to literature, art, cultural history, and aesthetics.
Papers are invited on both theoretical approaches and individual case-studies which seek to address questions such as: the visualization of text in a physical context, whether monumental or miniature; the relationship of inscriptions to their support, including steles and statue bases; the appearance of inscribed text in buildings and their impact on the perception of architectural space; the form and varieties of lettering, the aesthetics of writing, and its implications for the reading of a text; issues of visibility and legibility; the role of inscribed dedications or commemorative texts in the perception of buildings sacred or secular; the placement and arrangement of inscriptions in public, religious or private space; the aesthetics of particular genres of text such as building contracts, epigrams and sacred laws; specific techniques in the display of prose and verse texts, ritual or magical use and performative aspects of inscribed texts; re-dedication and re-use of inscribed texts; and the use and contribution of specialized media of support from monumental bronze letters to miniature gold plaques and precious metals.
- Professor Joseph W. Day (Wabash College),
- Professor John Mitchell (University of East Anglia),
- Professor Joannis Mylonopoulos (Columbia University),
- Professor em. Peter J. Rhodes (Durham University).
Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Ivana Petrovic
(email@example.com) by 31st May 2012.
Armed robbers have stolen dozens of artefacts from a Greek museum dedicated to the history of the early Olympics.
Two masked men smashed display cabinets and took more than 60 objects after overpowering a guard at the museum in Olympia, officials said.
If you read a little further into the article you’ll see that Greek museums are short 1500 guards because of government budget cuts. This is what “austerity” does – it doesn’t solve problems, it creates them. Germany and France are forcing the Greeks “to take their medicine” for their former profligacy. However Germany in particular — as an export-driven economy — has benefitted from the low Euro value that the Greek crisis precipitated. They weren’t asking questions when they were still selling BMWs in Greece. Not every economy can be like Germany’s. If the Europeans really want a properly federated Euro zone, they have to face the fact that the richer regions have to subsidise the poorer regions. It’s what happens in Australia – Tasmania and South Australia get far more money back than they put in. It’s a necessity to have a functional federation.