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Here in Europe, one of the expectations that come with a university position is that one will apply for big-money research grants. This is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because there genuinely is extra money on offer: if you want to run a complex collaborative project with postdoctoral researchers and extra PhD students, you can. It’s a curse because universities, which are (traditionally) almost all publicly funded and minimally endowed, are increasingly reliant on that extra income to keep afloat. As a result, there is pressure on the professors to bring in research money, sometimes against their own better judgment. At best, it’s a virtuous circle: the academic wants to do the research, and the grant enables it. At worst, the tail of the research grant wags the academic dog: the professor designs the application just to satisfy the university’s demand for income-generation, and ends up either rejected or (worse) running a project ineptly and unhappily.
Overall, though, I do think it is a good thing: it does mean that there are rich opportunities for collaboration between individuals, disciplines and institutions. I like to think of myself, however naively, as one of those classicists who can flourish in the new world order. I like working with other people and other universities, I like the energy, inventiveness and drive of early-career researchers, and I’m not too troubled by the organizational side of things.
We are launching a new feature on our website, "Guest Blogs," and we invite you to check it out and see what you think. Our field is amazingly varied, and there are new developments on the move in all parts of that variety, so that it seemed a good idea to have a forum where members can be kept up to date, informed, and--ideally-entertained in the process. We have invited a dozen Classicists to contribute regular columns (to keep an archaic print term that seems to have survived into the new medium). We have tried to cover as much of the range of our subject as we can, and a geographical span as well, to capture at least some of the range of perspectives and expertises under the umbrella of our organization.
If you are a teacher at the pre-collegiate level and have student loans, please read carefully through everything at the following link. You may be eligible for forgiveness and/or cancellation.
APA VP for Education
From the iTunes App Store:
Use one app to look up any Greek or Latin word: Logeion was developed at the University of Chicago to provide simultaneous lookup of entries in the many reference works that make up the Perseus Classical collection. Most reference works represented in this app are based on digitized texts from the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University.
- Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon (1940)
- Liddell and Scott's Intermediate Greek Lexicon (1889)
- Autenrieth's Homeric Dictionary
- Slater's Lexicon to Pindar (1969)
- Lewis's Elementary Latin Dictionary (1890)
- Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
- Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
- Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography
- Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities
- Perseus Encyclopedia
The app draws data from the following Greek and Latin textbooks.
In recognition of Open Access Week, the "Profhacker" blog at The Chronicle for Higher Education has posted an instructional video about open access. Although it deals exclusively with open access as it applies to research in the sciences, it is relevant for scholars in the humanities, too.
California Classical Studies is pleased to announce as No. 2 in its series the publication of a digital edition of Edward Courtney, A Commentary on the Satires of Juvenal, a reprint with corrections of the edition of 1980. The 555-page book may be read in page view at the open-access eScholarship repository operated by the California Digital Library of the University of California. It is also available as a Print on Demand paperback ($49.95) or in ePub format ($29.95). After an embargo period of 2 years, the open-access site will provide a free download of the full print-quality PDF.
Open-access page for A Commentary on the Satires of Juvenal:
Site for purchase of POD paperback or ePub version of California Classical Studies books:
Information for potential contributors to the series:
(CNN) -- Clusters of Roman skulls have been discovered deep below London's Liverpool Street by construction workers digging a new rail route through England's capital.
Tunnelers working on the Crossrail project found about 20 skulls, deep beneath the 16th century Bedlam burial ground in the center of the city, Crossrail said in a statement.
Sorbonne, Paris 13th and 14th February 2014
We have now placed the program and the abstracts for the final session of our series on
Roman Declamation - Calpurnius Flaccus - on the conference website.
The event will take place 13th and 14th February 2014 in the Sorbonne's Maison de la
Recherche, 28 Rue Serpente, 75006 Paris (map on the website).
Michael Winterbottom (Oxford)
Christopher van den Berg (Amherst)
Catherine Schneider (Strasbourg)
Lydia Spielberg (University of Pennsylvania)
Biagio Santorelli (Pisa)
Alessandra Rolle (Lausanne)
Julien Pingoud (Lausanne)
Jonathan Mannering (Loyola, Chicago)
Alfredo Casamento (Palermo)
Lauren Cadwell (Wesleyan University)
Andrea Balbo (Turin)
Jean Michel David (Pantheon-Sorbonne)
Sylvie Franchet d'Esperey (Sorbonne)
Danielle van Mal Mader (Lausanne)
Martin Dinter (KCL/FAPESP-USP)
Charles Guerin (Montpellier and Institut universitaire de France)
Marcos Martinho (University of Sao Paulo)
Sebastien Morlet (Paris IV - Sorbonne)
I am happy to report that we have just received the message below from Dr. Martin Brady, Chair of the Central Council of the Classical Association of Ireland.
I have just received news that proposals to close the Department of Classics in Cork and transfer its staff to the Department of History have been withdrawn. Classics maintains an independent identity at University College Cork - for now, at least. Sincere thanks for all of you who signed the petition, and for all of you who wrote to the President of UCC to make your feelings on this matter known.
best & regards,
Dr Martin Brady