Augustus from a Distance
A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus at the University of Sydney
29 September to 2 October 2014
Conveners: Eleanor Cowan, Geraldine Herbert-Brown, Andrew Pettinger and Kathryn Welch.
Caesar Augustus died at Nola on 19 August, 14. On conventional dating, 2014 marks 2000 years since his death and offers a chance to reflect on the man, his history, the culture named after him and the different ways that scholarship studies and has studied him.
The organisers invite papers of about 30 minutes in length (followed by 15 minutes for discussion) on a range of topics, including developments in law, religion and society; other significant individuals such as Marcus Antonius, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Livia and Octavia; the nature of Augustus’ rise to power; the question of what was to happen after his death; the presence or absence of opposition to Augustus; the nature of the Augustan res publica; the physical development of the Augustan city. We hope for panels which place literature and numismatics in their contemporary contexts and, as scholars of res Romanae based in the Antipodes, on provincial responses to the social and political upheavals of Italy in the first century BCE.
Other specific themes might include:
· ‘Augustan culture’: how useful is the term?
· The Hellenistic World and the coming of the Principate
· What is ‘Augustus’? Then and Now.
· Who fashioned the Augustus we think we know? Contemporary appraisals and their impact.
· A long-lived family: how did Augustus, Livia and Tiberius survive for so long?
· The Augustan elite: how they are presented and how they might have represented themselves.
· ‘Augustan Italy’; the ‘Augustan’ empire
· The Res Gestae. What is in it, what is not? Language, tone, genre, evasions, translation
Confirmed speakers include Professor Dr Maria Dettenhofer, Dr Barbara Levick and Professor Nicholas Purcell.
Professor Karl Galinsky will deliver the 21st Todd Memorial Lecture during the conference.
More information can be found on our website http://classics.org.au/augustus/.
Intending participants should send abstracts of about 200 words by email to the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Kathryn Welch, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia.
Closing date for abstracts is 30 April 2014.
Children and Education in the Ancient World
AAH Affiliate Session at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting 2015 (January 2-5, 2015), New York City
In recent years, scholarship has considered the role of children and adolescents through literature and art in the Ancient Mediterranean (Golden 1993, Neils and Oakley 2003, McDougall 2008, Evans Grubbs et al. 2013). It is famously known that Alexander the Great was tutored by Aristotle. Considering the contentious debates about education in our society (e.g. charter schools, assessment, segregation, health and eating habits) how did the ancient world wrestle with such topics?
This panel seeks to examine how the development and role of education shaped the ancient world. Papers that seek to address the following issues will be considered:
Teachers as role models
Boys versus girls, rich versus poor in the educating of young minds
What subjects were taught?
What types of assessment existed in the ancient world?
Training of a warrior and/or a leader
The changing role of education over time and in different cultures
Please submit a 150 word abstract with bibliography and a C.V. to email@example.com by May 10, 2014
Ancient and Medieval Papers for Regional Conferences.
Lately, Ancient History has been virtually invisible at some of the small local conferences. I would like to change that. Would any Ancient or Medieval historians who are members of the Ohio Academy of History or who might like to join the Ohio Academy of History and present a paper at the Spring Conference (maybe this year, more likely next year) please contact Pamela Sayre firstname.lastname@example.org with a paper proposal and CV. I will arrange the panel or panels.
Would any Ancient or Medieval historians interested in presenting a paper at next year's Great Lakes History Conference at Grand Valley State University sometime in the Fall please contact Pamela Sayre email@example.com with a paper proposal and CV. I will arrange the panel or panels.
The papers do not have to be on Western or Classical history. Papers on the ancient and medieval histories of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as Western and Classical history, are encouraged
These regional conferences are ideal places for young scholars to present papers and network. They are friendly and not so big that you get lost. They aren't too expensive either. Please consider participating.
Professor of History and World Religions
Henry Ford Community College
Dearborn MI 48128
Request for Proposals: Scott R. Jacobs Fund.
The purpose of the fund is to support Studies on Alexander the Great in North America. Subjects of the proposals must concentrate on Alexander, his context (Macedonia or the Fourth Century B.C.E) or his legacy in the Ancient World. Grants will be made to support research, research travel, as well as travel for the presentation of papers at recognized scholarly conferences or occasionally whole sessions at recognized scholarly conferences. Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualifications: Applications will be taken from doctoral students and junior faculty, with exceptions made based on the quality of the proposal, fund requests and overall number of qualified applicants.
Applications: Applications will be reviewed twice, annually, and are due April 1st or November 1st. Applications must include a Curriculum Vitae, Proposal with bibliography, and a Budget for the requested funds. Only applications that are complete by the due dates will be considered. A particular project will be considered only once by the Committee, and candidates may make only one application in any given year.
Applications will be distributed to the Committee members electronically. Committee members will deliberate and rate the applications on their own and communicate decisions to one another by e-mail. All decisions will be by simple majority. In the event of a tie, the proposal shall not be funded. All decisions made by the Committee will be final. The Committee is not required to explain or justify its decision to candidates.
Grants: The grants will vary in size depending on the project proposal and need. However, consideration of all grants is made on the basis of quality.
Announcements: The call for proposals will be made in the Association of Ancient Historians Newsletter and on the AAH announcement e-mail list. Notification of the grants themselves will be made to the applicants no later than April 15th or November 15th, depending on the cycle in which the proposals were made. Announcement of the recipients will be made in the AAH Newsletter and on the AAH electronic announcements.
Every year the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) offers up to 15 projects/courses in the field of Archeology and History of South-Eastern Europe, Documentation, Conservation and Restoration of Historic Artifacts and Monuments – all of them are affiliated with ongoing excavation, heritage conservation and documentation projects and listed among the academic courses of New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria (so all participants can obtain academic credits upon request). Since 2003 the BHFS has implemented 52 field school projects attended by more than 900 students from 48 countries.
Projects from the Balkan Heritage Field School Program enable: high school, graduate and postgraduate students, heritage specialists and scholars as well as people who have Archaeology and/or Heritage Conservation as a hobby:
• to gain/expand their hands-on experience in Archaeology, Documentation and Conservation of Monuments and Artifacts;
• to enhance their knowledge and skills in various aspects of European and Field Archaeology, Documentation and Conservation of Monuments and Artifacts;
• to broaden their intercultural experience and establish new contacts worldwide;
• to experience authentic Balkan hospitality and face the History of the Old World.
Project countries: Bulgaria, Macedonia.
Projects’ language: English.
Historical periods in focus of the BHFS projects: Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6000-5400 BC); Balkan Chalcolithic (5000 - 4000 BC), Archaic Greek (seventh-sixth century BC), Classical Greek (fifth to fourth century BC), Classical Thracian (fifth to fourth century BC), Hellenistic (fourth to first century BC), Roman (first to fourth century AD), Early Byzantine (fourth to sixth century AD), Early Medieval and Late Migration Period (seventh to ninth century AD) and Late Medieval (fourteenth to seventeenth century AD).
For a list of BHFS projects in 2014, see the BHFS website
More detailed information on all the Balkan Heritage Field School Projects in 2014 as well as our special discounts is available for viewing on our website at: http://www.bhfieldschool.org.
On-line applications can be submitted at: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/apply.php
Discounts off the admission fees are available in case of:
1) Early Registration in any BHFS Project - by JANUARY 31st, 2014
2) Membership in the Archaeological Institute of America.
3) Small Groups (two or three people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2014)
4) Larger Groups (four or more people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2014)
5) Participation in any BHFS project/s in the past.
6) Participation in more than 1 BH project or project session in 2014
Athens: Heritage and Modernity
Exploration of the coexistence between historic and modern Athens
This program is a 13 day exploration of the history, preservation and conservation issues facing the city, including lectures and visits lead by some of the world’s foremost archaeologists, architects, historians, conservators and planners who have been dealing with the problem of surveying, planning, and preserving monuments and cultural heritage in the midst of a growing modern city. Please visit our website and syllabus to see a complete list of faculty, lectures and visits.
There are two opportunities to participate in this trip:
Spring (March 16 - March 27, 2014) (Deadline approaching: February 1st)
Summer (June 29 - July 10, 2014)
New Medieval and Classical Field Archaeology Opportunities in Transylvania, Romania
Sitting at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Transylvania (Romania) plays a fundamental role in the development of the European world. By its geographic location, it is situated on the main communication and technological axes in and out of Europe and, as a result, became a very dynamic zone of culture synthesis. At the same time, not only it has the largest salt concentration in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, but it also provides easy access to massive deposits of copper, tin, iron, gold and coal. Since the earliest moments of tribal and then state formation and development, Transylvania has been at the core of all power struggles in Eastern-Southeastern Europe. Our programs invite students and volunteers to explore, excavate and experience the genesis of European culture from the Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. Our participants can register to more than one ArchaeoTek project to expand their horizons in field archaeology, funerary archaeology, bioarchaeology and osteology (for more details, see www.archaeotek.org):
There are three projects available:
1. Excavation: Roman Provincial - Life by the Imperial Road
Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County (Southern Transylvania), Romania
Period: Imperial Roman - Provincial
Excavation dates: June 1 - July 5, 2014
More information: http://archaeotek.org/roman_provincial_settlement_excavation
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
Description: Our research area is situated between the richest gold deposits in Europe, the Dacian Kingdom’s political and religious capital and its fortified satellites in the Carpathian Mountains, and Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, the Roman capital of the Dacian provinces and the first Roman city North of the Danube, southwestern Transylvania was a highly integrated military, political, and economic region. During the Roman colonial occupation, 102-271AD, our target area around Simeria and Rapolt shows a very dynamic and intensive synthesis of Roman provincial life, where a multitude of processes of colonization and creolization take place side by side. Our project seeks to explore and understand the integration of all these structural provincial elements along the main Roman axes of communication and transport. Our excavations will aim at evaluating the importance and impact of the proximity of the main axis of movement, communication and commerce on the Roman provincial rural life, and its evolution through time.
2. Excavation - Roman Imperial - Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, Capital of the Dacian Provinces
Location: Sarmizegetusa, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: July 6 – August 9, 2014
More information: http://archaeotek.org/roman_capital_of_the_dacian_provinces_excavation
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: In the plains at the foot of the majestic Retezat Mountains in Southern Transylvania, rose the first Roman metropolis north on the Danube: Colonia Ulpia Traiana Augusta Dacica Sarmizegea. Located less than 50km from the former capital of the mighty Dacians finally defeated in 106 by Trajan’s legions, it was built on a strategic point where a battle between the Roman legions and the Dacian troops took place. Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana quickly became the largest city in Roman Dacia and the capital of the Dacian Provinces. With an area of over 30ha, it was a very imposing cosmopolitan center, featuring four Palmyrene temples (among many others), a large forum with associated buildings, an amphitheater, gladiator schools, imposing fortifications and several necropoles. At the present time, less than 15% of the site has been exposed, revealing a cosmopolitan and rich metropolis. Our excavation will continue the exploration of the Forum and associated temples as well as identifying domestic living structures outside the public plazzas. We will also survey the city necropolises and possibly start work on a funeral household enclosure.
3. Excavation: Medieval Funerary - Lost Churches Project: Living and Dying on the Edge of Europe
Location: Valeni, Harghita County (Central Transylvania), Romania
Period: Imperial Roman - Provincial
Session 1: June 8 - July 5, 2014
Session 2: July 6 - July 26, 2014
More information: http://archaeotek.org/medieval_funerary_excavation
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Description: As the 15th century ends, the battle for Europe continues! The heroes (and their legend) that held back the Ottoman East have died: Vlad Dracula the Impaler in 1476; Holy Stephan the Great in 1504; Skanderberg in 1468. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the European defeat at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526 opened the way for the Ottoman expansion into Europe, all the way to the gates of Vienna. The Saxon fortresses and the Szekely armies managed to hold the Ottomans at bay as the Principality of Transylvania was born in 1570. Turkish pressure combined with the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism has generated an extraordinary environment that impacted the local populations in a variety of ways, both physiologically and socio-culturally. During the 2014 season, we will continue to excavate the churches – and very well preserved associated cemeteries – that dramatically closed down at the end of the 17th century, to the point where they were erased from local collective memory. Our aim is to explore how major, global historical events are experienced at the local and personal (hence physiological) level, by the communities and individuals themselves.
Our projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs and, as such, are open for both credit student and non-credit participants. For more information on this program, visit www.archaeotek.org.
Italy Archaeology Field School
Etruria Nova announces its 2014 field school, the Lower Bussento Valley Archaeological Project, now in its 4th year, which is dedicated to the excavation and preservation of cultural heritage of Policastro Bussentino and offers students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. Since 2011, the Policastro's site has been the focus of a research and development project under the scientific supervision of the Superintendency for Archaeological Heritage of Salerno, Avellino and Benevento, in partnership with the City of Santa Marina and the Association of Archaeologists of Etruria Nova, a private non-profit organization. Between 2011 and 2013 a series of archaeological surveys were carried out with the aim of defining the pattern, manner and timetable in which humans populated the territory. The first two excavation areas to be opened investigated the ancient urban neighbourhood preserved in the Notaio Pinto Archaeological Park and the Roman necropolis outside the ancient city walls.
The excavations offered are listed below:
IV International Archaeological Research Season (April 27th - June 29th)
The season will include the continuation of the excavation in a urban settlement of the roman – post medieval age discovered in the modern town.
V International Archaeological Research Season (August 31th - October 12th)
The season will include the continuation of the excavation in a urban settlement of the roman – post medieval age discovered in the modern town.
To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our website.
Our digs are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.
Got Latin? Got Greek?
Linguistic preparation is crucial for success in many fields of graduate study. Students must command the languages of their primary sources in order to pursue valid research. But the opportunity to establish the competence in Ancient Greek or Latin needed for graduate work in Classics or related fields doesn’t always open up early enough within undergraduate programs. The Department of Classical Studies of Loyola University Chicago now offers a Post-Baccalaureate program so that students who have completed bachelor’s degrees may build the proficiency their further careers demand. Coursework at the post-baccalaureate level also introduces some of the scholarship of Classical texts in which graduate study engages. Post-Baccalaureate students become able to clarify their professional goals while they sharpen their technical skills and become better qualified to advance on the path they choose.
Loyola’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Classical Studies is shaped in terms of competence attained, rather than a fixed period of study. The Certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete two semesters totaling 18 “target” credit-hours at the 300-level in both Classical languages with a GPA of 3.0 in the program. “Target” study in these two semesters should include at least 6 credit-hours in 300-level ancient Greek author-courses and at least 6 credit-hours in 300-level Latin author-courses. We recognize some students will have attained intermediate or advanced competence in both languages before their post-baccalaureate study and will need only two semesters of target-level work; some may have had the opportunity to become proficient in one Classical language but have weaker preparation in the other; some may need to begin their study of both languages and will need additional coursework to complete the Certificate. Our program will meet you where you are in your own career of study, and work with you to bring your skills and knowledge up to the next stage.
Faculty in the Department hold Ph.D.s in Classical Studies from top-ranked North American and British universities. Their research specialties include Greek and Roman literature, history, religion, and archaeology; papyrology; textual criticism; feminist approaches to the Classics; and literary theory. Individual students’ curriculums will be determined in collaboration with the Department’s Post-Baccalaureate Program Director. To learn more, please visit our web-pages at www.luc.edu/classicalstudies. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Greg Dobrov, the Post-Baccalaureate Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Candidates for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Classical Studies should have:
Bachelor’s degree in hand at the time of matriculation in the program and, normally, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
They should submit in their applications:
official transcripts for all undergraduate-level study pursued to date
a well-thought-out statement of purpose explaining how the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate fits in their projected career of study
a list of courses taken at the undergraduate level in Classical Studies or related fields, forming a basis for their projected career of study
two letters of recommendation from instructors in Classical Studies or related fields who have worked with them
in the case of candidates for whom English is not a first language, TOEFL results
On-line applications can be submitted at www.luc.edu/gpem; inquiries GradApp@luc.edu.
The newly launched Journal of Ancient History is now accepting submissions.
Aims and Scope:
The Journal of Ancient History aims to provide a forum for scholarship covering all aspects of ancient history and culture from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity (roughly the ninth century BCE through the sixth century CE). The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles concerning the history and historiography (ancient and modern) of the ancient Mediterranean world and of neighboring civilizations in their relations with it. The journal is open to submissions in disciplines closely related to ancient history, including epigraphy, numismatics, religion and law.
Please see our website for submission information:
De Gruyter is pleased to announce the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History. Please visit our website: www.degruyter.com/janeh/
JANEH is an international, double blind peer reviewed journal that will be published by De Gruyter twice a year beginning in 2014. The first issue will be freely available online for 6 months after its publication.
Aims and scope:
The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History seeks to encourage and stimulate the study of the history of the ancient Near East, which is broadly defined to include areas from Iran to the western Anatolian coast and the Black Sea to Southern Arabia from its prehistoric foundations to the Late Antique period. The journal is also interested in interactions with other regions and cultures, such as Ancient Egypt, the Mediterranean World, the Indian Ocean and Central Asia. Articles may focus on any aspect of history (political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, etc.) and of modern historiography. The journal seeks to integrate the study of the ancient Near East firmly in the historical discipline in general and encourages its authors to take into account current methodological debates and approaches.
Founding Editor: Marc Van De Mieroop, Columbia University
Editor: Steven J. Garfinkle, Western Washington University
Lucinda Dirven, Universiteit Amsterdam
Michael Kozuh, Auburn University
Jacob Lauinger, Johns Hopkins University
Karen Radner, University College London
Francesca Rochberg, University of California, Berkeley
The editors are pleased to invite submissions. Submissions are accepted in English, French, and German. Information for authors is included on our website.
In addition to the aims and scope above, JANEH seeks to provide a timely venue for scholarly publication in the history of the ancient Near East. In most cases, the time from submission to final editorial decision will not exceed 70 days.
JANEH will be published online and in print. For submissions following the inaugural issue, articles will be published online immediately after final acceptance and the editorial process is complete, and they will enter the queue for print publication.
We look forward to your participation!
Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites essays on topics related to any and all aspects of human values, including aesthetic, moral, political, economic, scientific, or religious values. We welcome essays on a wide variety of topics. Additionally, we are interested in submissions related to plans for two special issues: one on themes related to debt, indebtedness, or more generally, financial difficulties; and another focused on the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War I. For these issues, as more generally, we welcome work from a variety of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches, including the arts, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, and religion, among others. To submit an essay, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/soundings. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
2013 Committee on Ancient History Report (by Georgia Tsouvala)
The APA Committee on Ancient History (William Bubelis, Denise Demetriou, Emily Mackil, Saundra Schwartz, and Georgia Tsouvala) held its annual meeting on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the 2013 APA/AIA meetings. The Committee continues to work toward making ancient history and historians visible within the APA, as well as creating links with other organizations. In the last three years, the Committee has approached and worked with the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH), American Historical Association (AHA), World History Association (WHA), and Economic History Association (EHA) with different levels of success. The CoAH will persist in its efforts in opening discussions with the AHA and its current president, Kenneth Pomeranz, as well as in further strengthening its relationship with the AAH and building on the efforts of its current president, Lindsay Adams.
The Committee on Ancient History continues to organize and support successful panels at the APA/AIA annual meetings. This year, Georgia Tsouvala is pleased to report that the panel on “Teaching History and Classics with Inscriptions” was well attended on Sunday morning, and a good discussion ensued. The panel focused on the ways inscriptions and epigraphy can be incorporated into the classroom and into one’s projects and research. The panelists (John Bodel, Glen Bugh, Joseph Day, Tom Elliott, and Robert Pitt) will publish expanded versions of their papers in a forthcoming volume, titled Epigraphy and History (Publications of the Association of Ancient Historians 2014). As a result, this panel’s papers will not be published on the APA website, but the abstracts and related web links will be made available there. Advanced interest in this panel was such that discussion regarding the incorporation of technology (such as podcasts, webinars, etc.) ensued at the CoAH’s meeting and it was determined to approach the APA and the Program Committee with these suggestions.
Furthermore, the CoAH supported a joint APA/AIA panel, “Reacting to Athens, 403 BC: Historical Simulation,” successfully organized by Saundra Schwartz (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and Paula K. Lazarus (St. John’s University). This workshop focused on a nationally recognized, award winning pedagogical method “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP), featuring elaborate simulation games set in pivotal historical moments. This year’s workshop focused on Athens, 403 BCE.
Looking to the future, the CoAH is planning to propose a panel on “History in Classics and Classics in History” that will deal with curricular and professional matters for the 2014 meetings in Chicago, as well as a panel on comparative history for the 2015 APA/AIA meetings in New Orleans. As always, we encourage every member of the APA, AAH, and AIA to consider suggesting a topic or a panel that deals with professional and pedagogical matters as they relate to Ancient History to the CoAH.
Finally, the Committee would like to thank the departing members Emily Mackil (2010-2013), and Georgia Tsouvala (2010-2013) for their services, as well as welcome two new members, Margaret Erwin Butler (2013-2016), and Andrew Gallia (2013-2016). William Bubelis has been appointed chair of the Committee of Ancient History for 2013-2014.