My erstwhile colleague Dr. Yvette Hunt has a blog post on the relationships between St. Valentine’s Day, Lupercalia, Carnivale and Spring, which you should find most interesting reading.
Of course this was going to happen. sigh
Reports from Syrian archeologists and from Western specialists in bronze age and Roman cities tell of an Assyrian temple destroyed at Tell Sheikh Hamad, massive destruction to the wall and towers of the citadel of al-Madiq castle – one of the most forward Crusader fortresses in the Levant which originally fell to Bohemond of Antioch in 1106 – and looting of the magnificent Roman mosaics of Apamea, where thieves have used bulldozers to rip up Roman floors and transport them from the site. Incredibly, they have managed to take two giant capitols from atop the colonnade of the “decumanus”, the main east-west Roman road in the city.
Brace yourselves for a outpouring of antiquities from these sites appearing on the market. Apparently there is a flood of objects already appearing in Turkey and Jordan.
-----Original Message----- From: phil.muni.cz [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:11 To: xxxx Subject: Call for papers: International PhD Student Conference Laetae segetes III
The Department of Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic would like to formally announce International PhD Student Conference Laetae segetes III, at which beginning researchers can present the fruits of their work. This event is a continuation of similar colloquiums held in 2005 and 2007 ; on these occasions, young scholars from Central European universities submitted their contributions, the majority of which were published in the conference proceedings – an online version of the proceedings is available on the website http://www.phil.muni.cz/wuks/home/publikace
CONFERENCE DATE AND PLACE: November 13–16, 2012, Brno, Czech Republic.
Abstracts of papers to be presented in English, German, Italian, or French are invited for consideration by the Conference Academic Committee. Please submit your abstract (up to 200 words) in the attached submission form until August 31, 2012 via e-mail to the following address: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptance notification will be sent to you till September 13, 2012.
Individual 15–20-minute paper presentations will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion.2
Parallel sessions and panel discussions will be scheduled over four days; papers will be grouped by sessions (Ancient Greek and Latin literature; Classical languages; Latin Middle Ages and Byzantology; Neo-Latin and Modern Greek studies). The conference programme will be available on the website http://www.phil.muni.cz/wuks/
Standard registration fee is 45 EUR/1 100 CZK.
Payment should be made by bank transfer until October 13, 2012. Registration can be done via University Shopping Centre, where you get a confirmation of your registration: https://is.muni.cz/obchod/baleni/58520?lang=en
The participation fee includes: conference proceedings, reception meal (as will be specified in the conference programme) and refreshment during coffee breaks.
Participation fee does NOT include: hotel booking and payment, and excursion. The organizing committee will book rooms for the conference participants only at the University Hotel (Garni); single room: ca 33 EUR per night; double room: ca 40 EUR per night (two persons) – the stated prices are valid from 1 January, 2012.
All papers will be considered for publication in refereed conference proceedings that will be launched in 2013.
On behalf of the conference organizing committee, with kind regards, Irena Radová and Marie Okáčová Conference Coordinators
Department of Classical Studies Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Arna Nováka 1 602 00 Brno Czech Republic Tel.: 00420 549 49 3850 Fax : 00420 549 49 37 41 website: http://www.phil.muni.cz/wuks/
1st Call for Papers
Second Workshop of the NeDiMAH Space and Time Working Group:
Here and There, Then and Now – Modelling Space and Time in the Humanities
A Satellite Workshop of Digital Humanities 2012, Hamburg, Germany.
Tuesday 17th July
Spatio-temporal concepts are so ubiquitous that it is easy for us to
forget that they are essential to everything we do. All cultural
expressions are related to the dimensions of space and time in the
manner of their production and consumption, the nature of their medium
and the way in which they express these concepts themselves. This
workshop seeks to identify innovative practices among the Digital
Humanities community that explore, critique and re-present these
spatial and temporal aspects.
Although space and time are closely related, there are significant
differences between them which may be exploited when theorizing and
researching the Humanities. Among these are the different natures of
their dimensionality (three dimensions vs. one), the seemingly static
nature of space but enforced ‘flow’ of time, and the different methods
we use to make the communicative leap across spatial and temporal
distance. Every medium, whether textual, tactile, illustrative or
audible (or some combination of them), exploits space and time
differently in order to convey its message. The changes required to
express the same concepts in different media (between written and
performed music, for example), are often driven by different
spatio-temporal requirements. Last of all, the impossibility (and
perhaps undesirability) of fully representing a four-dimensional
reality (whether real or fictional) mean that authors and artists must
decide how to collapse this reality into the spatio-temporal
limitations of a chosen medium. The nature of those choices can be as
interesting as the expression itself.
We invite those working with digital tools and techniques that manage,
analyse and exploit spatial and temporal concepts in the Humanities to
present a position paper at this workshop. Position papers should
discuss a generalized theme related to use of spatio-temporal methods
in the Digital Humanities with specific reference to one or more
concrete applications or examples. Position papers will be separated
into multiple panel sessions according to emergent themes. Those not
wishing to present a paper are warmly encouraged to attend the
workshop and take part in the extended discussion which will follow
the presentations. This workshop is part of the ESF-funded NEDIMAH
Network and organised by its Working Group on Space and Time (STWG).
Papers are invited on any topic that furthers these objectives. Topics
could be, but are not limited to:
- Spatial History
- Temporal analysis of ephemera
- Online contextualization of resources with data from related eras or regions
- Augmented reality applications
- Non-linear representations of space and time
- Digital analyses of fictional or mythical spaces or eras
- Modelling cultural dynamics and diffusion
- Comparisons between narrative, observer and ‘real’ times
Papers that are accepted will have their workshop fees covered.
Separate NeDiMAH STWG workshops cover GIS, Webmapping and ontological
approaches to representing space and time and the Humanities. While
these may naturally be an aspect of accepted submissions they should
therefore not form the main focus of the paper. Papers should be
submitted before 21st March 2012. We will endeavour to decide on the
final workshop programme by the end of March.
Please address submissions and queries to: email@example.com
STWG WG Committee are:
Digital Classicist 2012: Call for Papers
The annual Digital Classicist London seminar series on the subject of
research into the ancient world that has an innovative digital component
will run again in Summer 2012.
We warmly welcome contributions from students as well as from
established researchers and practitioners. Themes could include digital
text, linguistics technology, imaging and visualization, linked data,
open access, geographic analysis, serious gaming and any other digital
or quantitative methods. While we welcome high-quality application
papers discussing individual projects, the series also hopes to
accommodate broader theoretical consideration of the use of digital
technology in Classical studies. The content should be of interest both
to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, and to information
scientists or digital humanists, and have an academic research agenda
relevant to at least one of those fields.
The seminars will run on Friday afternoons (16:30-18:00) from June to
mid-July in Senate House, London, hosted by the Institute of Classical
Studies (ending early this year to avoid clashing with the Olympic
Games). In previous years collected papers from the seminars have been
published in a special issue of Digital Medievalist; a printed volume
from Ashgate Press; a BICS supplement (in production). The last few
years’ papers have been released as audio podcasts. We have had
expressions of interest in further print volumes from more than one
There is a budget to assist with travel to London (usually from within
the UK, but we have occasionally been able to assist international
presenters to attend, so please enquire).
To submit a paper for consideration for the Digital Classicist London
Seminars, please email an abstract of 300-500 words to
firstname.lastname@example.org, by midnight UTC on April 1st, 2012.
More information will be found at
Want to buy the Theatre of Marcellus?! Wish I had the money. ;-(
The building, with a garden full of fountains and orange trees, is built on top of the stone and marble shell of the Theatre of Marcellus, which resembles a mini-Colosseum that could seat 20,000 and was begun by Julius Caesar in the 1st century BC.
(Via Sydney Morning Herald.)
From the CLASSICISTS mailing list.
BODIES OF EVIDENCE: RE-DEFINING APPROACHES TO THE ANATOMICAL VOTIVE
A conference to be held at the British School at Rome, 5th June 2012
Organised by: Dr Jane Draycott (BSR, University of Nottingham), Dr Emma-
Jayne Graham (University of Leicester)
From Pharaonic Egypt to Roman Italy and from Classical Greece to the
Byzantine world, anatomical votives have performed a continuous, if poorly
understood, role in ritual and votive practice. Modern scholarship has
categorised as ‘anatomical’ a range of ex-votos, made largely but not
exclusively from terracotta, which depict parts of the body. These arms,
legs, eyes, fingers, hands, feet, uteri, genitals, internal organs and
other recognisable parts of the internal and external body have attracted
much attention from scholars exploring both past religion and health
alike. Nevertheless, the category of ‘anatomical offering’ remains
noticeably ill-defined and remains to be integrated fully into the study
of ritual, artefacts and the body. This conference will ask how we should
define and interpret the ‘anatomical’ votive. Is a veiled portrait plaque
an anatomical votive? Is a foot or a hand a distinct anatomical votive if
it was constructed in such a way as to allow it to be connected to another
part of the body? Indeed, to what extent can we consider a model of the
whole body an anatomical votive if it was used to request general healing
of a non-specific illness? Whilst feet and ears appear to fall easily into
this class should we perhaps also consider other offerings, such as
statuettes of the entire body and swaddled babies from a similar
perspective? This workshop will bring together scholars working upon the
anatomical offering in its broadest sense from across prehistoric, ancient
and medieval contexts in order to explore and refine our understanding of
this phenomenon. What were anatomical votives for, what did they represent
to those who dedicated, encountered or made them, and what factors
influenced the selection of a particular item? In particular we will be
concerned with what these offerings reveal, not only about past religious
and medical contexts and practices, but also about identity, society,
politics and concepts or constructions of the human body.
We invite papers which address these issues from the standpoint of
archaeology, ancient history, classics and history of medicine, as well as
medieval history and welcome contributions focused upon Italic, Greek,
Near Eastern, Egyptian and other European or Mediterranean contexts.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- What is an anatomical votive? Are whole bodies anatomical or only
fragments? Can they also be a work of art, an ornament, a keepsake or a
substitute for something else? How might the anatomical be conceived as an
item with multiple levels of meaning?
- The fragmentation, reconstitution or realignment of the body: the
anatomical offering as a proxy for the body or its constituent parts;
miniaturisation; the intact body as an anatomical votive; (re)creating a
body from individual pieces; the relationship between concepts of the body
as expressed by anatomical offerings and the treatment of the component
parts of the cult statue, other representations of the human or divine
form, or the living body.
- Standard forms and individuality: evidence for individualism or artistic
embellishment and its consequences; the process of commissioning an ex-
voto and the potential for customisation; the anatomical votive as a work
of art as well as a religious/medical object; the role of the manufacturer.
- Change through time and space: developing attitudes, practices and
medical concerns; can we treat objects recovered from diverse cultural and
historical contexts as a standard an expression of the same phenomenon?
- Medicine, pathology and retrospective diagnosis: distinguishing between
concerns for general health and specific complaints; when did scholars
begin to use these items to facilitate diagnosis and how has that
influenced academic discourse on the subject and the definition of this
category of object?
- The anatomical offering and the divine: connections with specific
deities; defining the sanctuary through its votives; when is a healing
sanctuary a healing sanctuary and not simply a shrine? How do more nuanced
interpretations of ‘anatomical’ affect these issues?
- The interpretation of discrete collections of material: deposits that
contain restricted forms of anatomical offering; the juxtaposition of
terracotta and metal ex-votos in discrete contexts.
- Reception of the anatomical votive: the impact of modern academic
discourse on their classification and interpretation; have scholars been
too focused on the detail of the traditional anatomical offering at the
expense of the broader picture? Links with the development of other areas
of study such as magic, gender, women, medicine; discovery, publication
Diverse methodologies are encouraged, although proposals should be written
to appeal to a wide range of disciplines.
Dr Ralph Jackson (British Museum)
Prof. Olivier de Cazanove (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Dr. Jessica Hughes (Open University)
Papers should be of 20 minutes’ length, and should not have been
previously published or delivered at a major conference. Abstracts of
approximately 250 words should be submitted by Monday 13th February.
Successful contributions may be considered for publication in a peer-
reviewed conference volume.
Jane Draycott (email@example.com)
Emma-Jayne Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Capitoline Museums’ statue of the legendary she-wolf, which was said to have nourished Rome’s founders, Romulus and Remus on the banks of the River Tiber, was not crafted by the city’s ancestors, the Etruscans, but was made at least 1,000 years later in the Middle Ages, some experts now insist.
According to the museum’s website, the bronze she-wolf was made in the 5th or 6th century BC, with the figures of the twin brothers added separately in the early 1500s. But studies of the statue’s construction suggest otherwise. And if seeing the iconic work’s provenance thrown into doubt weren’t bad enough, the museum’s authorities have, with red faces, had to emend the statue’s description after complaints by German newspapers.
(Via The Independent.)
A review of Bob Hughes’ new book on Rome. Looks fascinating; I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Fatal Shore’ and who could forget ‘The Shock Of The New’ or his quite open, right-to-his-face mocking of Jeff Koons in ‘American Visions’. His writing is muscular, vigorous, and interesting, never dull. So it will be worth a read I think.
As readers of Mr. Hughes’s earlier books well know, he is highly opinionated, especially on all matters aesthetic, and never pulls his punches. “We cannot make the mistake with Romans of supposing that they were refined, like the Greeks they envied and imitated,” he writes near the end of this volume. “They tended to be brutes, arrivistes, nouveaux-riches. Naturally, that is why they continue to fascinate us — we imagine being like them, as we cannot imagine being like the ancient Greeks. And we know that what they liked best to do was astonish people — with spectacle, expense, violence, or a fusion of all three.”
(Via New York Times.)
A really illuminating (boom, tish) article about an exhibition of illuminated manuscripts and the English kings at the British Library in the Times Literary Supplement’s blog.
Among other things, Royal Manuscripts: The genius of illumination, a new exhibition that opened at the British Library last week, reveals how fond medieval monarchs were of seeing themselves illuminated.
(Via The TLS Blog.)