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The NEH has recently released its updated list of grant recepients for 2016. Included are six projects on Classical themes that focus on various aspects of ancient history and material culture from Rome to the Middle East. They are:
- Work on "Facing Death in Ancient Greek Tragedy," directed by Karen Bassi at the University of California, Santa Cruz
- The project "Aristotle's Soul: Essays on the Classical Scientific Treatise, De Anima" directed by Sean Kelsey at the University of Notre Dame
- A project on "Object Memory: Souvenirs, Memorabilia, and the Construction of Knowledge in the Roman Empire," directed by Maggie Popkin from Case Western Reserve University
- Support for "Evaluating Digital Platforms for an Immersive Ancient Egyptian Experience," directed by Erin Peters from the Carnegie Institute
Congratulations to all grantees, and best of luck on the projects ahead!
Dear SCS Members:
The Program committee hopes that those of you who attended the 2017 SCS Meeting in Toronto found it stimulating and enjoyable. We want to thank our Toronto hosts for their help. Attendees will get a survey, and we encourage responses to help with future meetings. For those of you who missed them, we have filmed two of the sessions, the Presidential Panel on Communicating Classical Scholarship and the Panel on Digital Classics and the Changing Profession. These will be available soon.
This workshop aims at fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas on how to edit Late-Antique and Early-Medieval texts. By presenting case-studies, participants will be encouraged to share the editorial problems and methodological challenges that they had to face in order to fulfil their research or critical editions. Troublesome issues will be addressed like how to edit, for instance,
- an ‘open’ text or a ‘fluid’ one (as in the case of some glossaries, grammatical texts, chronicles or scientific treatises),
- a Latin text translated from another language, like Greek, or bilingual texts (like some hagiographic texts, hermeneumata, Latin translations of Greek medical treatises, etc.),
- a text with variants by the author or in double recensions,
- a text with linguistic instability,
- a collection of extracts,
- a lost text recoverable from scanty remnants or fragments,
- a text transmitted by a codex unicus or a text transmitted by a huge number of manuscripts,
- a text with a relevant indirect tradition,
- homiliaries and passionaries as collections of selected texts.
Attention will be devoted to different aspects of editorial practice and textual criticism.
Carmen Codoñer (Univ. Salamanca), Paolo Chiesa (Univ. Milano), Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute).
Teaching Leaders and Leadership through Classics
A Virtual Conference
Sunoikisis Ancient Leadership
May 8-22, 2017
This conference aims at exploring and developing the ways that the study of classical antiquity has been, can be, and should be used as a platform for leadership education in the 21st century. As universities place greater and greater emphasis on their mission to develop students as future leaders, the field of classical studies can become central to the study of leadership and the education of leaders. The primary texts and artifacts we study are often about, for, or by the leaders of their times. Our discipline’s emphasis on textual and visual analysis, narrative, and cultural history aids students in developing the skills of empathy, contextual intelligence, and critical thinking that are the most essential for the success of leaders. We hope that this conference will lead to the development of a new discipline of humanistic leadership studies, with classics leading the vanguard.
VALERIUS MAXIMUS: 25 YEARS AFTER BLOOMER
We are pleased to announce Valerius Maximus: 25 Years after Bloomer, a conference on Valerius Maximus, to be held at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), from Monday the 23rd of October to Wednesday the 25th of October 2017. The conference will be convened by Dr Jeffrey Murray and Professor David Wardle in the School of Languages and Literatures.
A quarter of a century after W. Martin Bloomer’s land-mark monograph (Valerius Maximus and the Rhetoric of the New Nobility), if Valerius is cited at all, he is usually in the footnotes of works on Roman history. Rarely do scholars study the Facta et dicta memorabilia for its own sake, or the way in which Valerius has shaped and edited material from previous sources into his chosen genre of exemplary literature. Furthermore, the influence of the intellectual climate of Tiberian Rome on Valerius’ work has merited slight comment by scholars.
This conference aims to discuss new perspectives on Valerius Maximus. We invite, therefore, 300 word abstracts for 30 minute papers on the conference theme. Topics for papers could address any of the following questions, and potentially many more:
What did battle look like at the chest to chest range on the ancient battlefields of Europe and the Near East? The sheer brutality, shock, and visceral nature of Classical Warfare has intrigued classicists, historians, and military officers alike for centuries. I am among those both inspired and intrigued by the idea of battle within the phalanx and legions; I teach “The History of the Military Art (Western Warfare)” as well as lead a thesis colloquium on Greek and Roman Warfare at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Classical warfare encapsulates some of the most important lessons a cadet will study at West Point. My students study the strategic, operational, and tactical facets of this time period. Throughout our studies, we march alongside our ancient officer counterparts through the pages of works such as Xenophon’s Anabasis, Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander, and Julius Caesar’s Gallic War. We stand with them in their phalanxes or maniples and wait. We gaze across the plains at our enemy—an enemy that we cannot dispatch with a projectile fueled by gunpowder; rather, we must end our enemy with our spears and swords, or crush their bones with shield upon shield during the othismos.
The University of Cambridge, Durham University, and the University of Oxford are hosting a reception on Thursday January 5, 2017 from 9:00-11:00PM in the Pine Room of the Sheraton Toronto Centre hotel at the AIA-SCS Annual Meeting. This reception is not listed in the print program but will be advertised in the Annual Meeting app once the complete schedule is uploaded to the app.
In June of 2016, the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) launched a redesigned interface through which to access its ever-expanding corpus of Greek texts beginning with Homer and ending with the fall of Byzantium. Subscription users get access to the full corpus—currently comprised of roughly 10,000 works associated with 4,000 authors. An abridged database is open to the public free of charge, as are digital versions of the LSJ, Cunliffe’s Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect, Powell’s Lexicon to Herodotus, and the Austrian Academy of Science’s Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität. The TLG allows users to search and browse texts, consult lexica, explore N-grams, and generate statistics and vocabulary tools for selected texts. All users, even those accessing through an institution, must create a personal account to access any part of the TLG.
Users can perform text searches by word index, by lemma, or by text. Users can look for a single word, lemma, or phrase, or for up to three words, lemmata, or phrases in proximity to each other. Any search can also be performed upon single texts or authors, or any combination of texts or authors.
If you’ve studied or taught Latin in the last decade or so, you’ve probably used or at least encountered The Latin Library, administered by William L. Carey, Adjunct Professor of Latin and Roman Law at George Mason University. It’s a simple, free, HTML-based site with a huge collection of Latin texts spanning the longue durée of Latin literature. The purpose of the site is to offer digital texts “for ease of on-line reading or for downloading for personal or educational use” ( see “About These Texts”). You won’t find critical texts, apparatus, commentary, or grammatical reading aids; epigraphers, papyrologists and those wishing to dive deep into late antique, mediaeval, or Renaissance Latin will not find everything they need here—but otherwise, pretty much every text a student of classical Latin literature could want is available here in some form.