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Ut silicis venis abstrusum excdueret ignem: A pipeline of open access tools to create student editions of Latin from scanned pdfs

By Hugh McElroy (Independent Scholar)

Rather than presenting a standalone project, I would like to demonstrate a workflow for integrating independently-developed open-access resources to rapidly create annotated editions of lesser-known Latin texts for student use. There is a rich vein to be mined of early modern Latin editions on Google Books, the Internet Archive, and the websites of libraries around the world. One may find a natural history of dragons, a 16th century play based on Heliodorus’ Aethiopica, and a scientific treatise on the exploration of underground volcanic passages.

All About the Ancient World

By Emily Prosch (University of Missouri-Columbia)

All About the Ancient World (AATAW) is a continual online lecture series featuring early career researchers (who we define as graduate students and those who have graduated within the last two years) who discuss any aspect of the ancient world.

Investigating Myth in Iliad Scholia: New Computational Approaches

By Mary Rose Kaczmarek (College of the Holy Cross)

In this project I analyze ancient scholarly discussions of Trojan War myth in Byzantine Iliad manuscripts. These stories are central to Greek and Roman culture, but ancient critical works (by grammarians such as Aristarchus of Samothrace and Zenodotus of Ephesus) discussing them have been lost.

Digital Periegesis

By Elton Barker (Open University / Pelagios)

In this presentation, I want to sketch out two ways in which the Digital Periegesis project is bringing to the fore spatial patterns underpinning Pausanias’s text, using Book 1 as a case study, while also developing digital tools and methods for research into textual geographies more broadly.

An Early Saivite Pigramage Landscape: The Persistence of Pampa and Bhairava in the Hemakuta Hill Sacred Space 800-1325 CE

By Candis Haak (SUNY Oswego)

This paper presents an analysis of the spatial organization for the early medieval (800 to 1325 CE) saivite pilgrimage landscape in the Hemakuta Hill area of Hampi, Bellary District, Karnataka. The Pampa tirtha (pilgrimage), prior to the foundation of the Vijayanagara Empire (c.1336), is generallly presented as a relatively homogenous, albeit sacred space. Subsequently, the early medieval period is understudied period at Hampi.

Swords in Early and Mid-Republican Italy

By Jeremy Armstrong (University of Auckland)

Described by Polybius (6.23) and Livy (22.46) as a short, double-edged, thrusting sword, and made famous by Hollywood films, the gladius Hispaniensis has become synonymous with the Roman army.

The Toga in Military Context

By Michael Taylor (University at Albany, SUNY)

This paper synthesizes literary reports of Republican-era Roman soldiers being issued togas with visual representations of what these garments might have looked like. It follows the recent suggestion of Ursula Rothe that the toga of the Early and Middle Republic was an outdoor wrap that was worn in many contexts, including military ones, as well as by unmarried women and children (Rothe 2021).

The Sieges of Veii and Rome: city boundaries and military trauma

By Sally Mubarak (University of St Andrews)

Livy’s narratives of the siege and sack of the two cities in close succession at the turn of the fourth century BCE, Veii by the Romans (5.1-5.23) and Rome by the Gauls (5.32-50), provide insight into how Romans may have conceptualised space, ‘the city’, and trauma in a military context. The sack of Veii is depicted as a traumatic defeat for the Veientines, after an epic 10 year siege, from which the city never fully recovered. Conversely, the sack of Rome by the Gauls is far more indefinite.

Racing Roman Republican Warfare

By Dominic Machado (College of the Holy Cross)

Despite the efforts of a few scholars in the early 2000s (Dee 2003; Isaac 2005; McCoskey 2012), applications of critical approaches to race to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity have been few and far between. Recent work has drawn attention to the significance of this absence. Medievalist have shown that race does, in fact, offer a valuable heuristic of historical analysis for premodern periods (Heng 2018).