An interesting read. Everything you ever wanted to know about Goths (includes late antique sources of information as well as the Germania): Mike Anderson’s Ancient History Blog: Goths – The Greatest of the German Tribes.
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.
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:
Slate drags out the Commentariolum Petitionis and applies it the US Presidential election. No mention of its dubious nature though. Looks like its generated from promotional material for the book.
Now Princeton University Press has published Freeman’s translation with a catchier yet somehow less dignified title: How to Win an Election. Would you believe it? The advice holds up. These candidates must have classics scholars on staff, because a close read of Cicero reveals they’re following his counsel.
Also, Google turns up an article in the L.A. Times from January, written by the translator. Still no mention of the controversy that the text may not be what it claims to be, however.
I’m not sure if Theodore Mommsen can fully replace Feminist Ryan Gosling or Film Theory Ryan Gosling (‘Hey girl, Establishing shot: my apartment’) or whatever Ryan Gosling (the ladies tell me, ‘sploosh!’) but it sure will give Classicists a giggle. (Hat tip to my fellow UQ Classicist Meg Cridland for locating and sharing this on Facecook).
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.
Why is it called “Australia” Day? The 26th of January 1788, is the foundation date of New South Wales, not Australia.
Included below are some pictures of one of my most favourite public sculptures in Sydney (apart from the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park); The Governor Philip Fountain in the south-west corner of the Royal Botanic Garden, Woolloomooloo (in effect, at the top of Bridge and Macquarie Sts in the CBD opposite the State Library). In it you can see the Governor, representative of the Empire, surmounting the Virtues, accompanied by the classical Gods, and of course, underneath it all, the Dispossessed Natives as the Noble Savages.
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
(AGI) Tripoli – In his first visit outside of Europe, the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti brought back to Tripoli an ancient roman sculpture, the so-called “Domitilla’s head”, in a bid to show that relations with Libya have now changed.
Domitilla was Emperor Vespasian’s daughter. The sculpture dates back from the first century b.C and it was stolen in Sabrata in 1990. “Domitilla’s head” was taken away from the body of the statue and ended up in an auction at Christie’s in London. It was then bought by an art collector from Rome, to be eventually found by the Cultural Heritage Division of the Italian Carabinieri.
So … how long before some 2nd assistant grip chisels a chunk off a column so they can get their 35mm Arri rig on the dolly shot fixed right? Any takers on that?
The ministry says the move is a common-sense way of helping “facilitate” access to the country’s ancient Greek ruins, and money generated would fund the upkeep and monitoring of sites. The first site to be opened would be the Acropolis.
Archaeologists, however, have for decades slammed such an initiative as sacrilege.
(Via Brisbane Times.)