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"In a scene out of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, John Cleese’s character asked: “Apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” Turns out the plebeians and freemen of ancient Rome had it pretty good, at least compared to today’s “working” class in the United States. A pair of historians recently concluded that the richest 1% of the population in the Roman Empire controlled about 16% of the wealth. Here in America, that deep-pocketed sliver of society owns some 40% of it."
Read more at Marketwatch.
The Academy Vivarium Novum is offering four full tuition scholarships for high school students of the European Union (16-18 years old) and five full tuition scholarships for University students (18-24 years old) of any part of the world. The scholarships will cover all of the costs of room, board, teaching and didactic materials for courses to be held from January 10, 2011 until June 16, 2012 on the grounds of the Academy’s campus at Rome (Via Corrado Barbagallo, 20).
Application letters must be sent to email@example.com by January 5th in order to receive consideration.
A good knowledge of the fundamental of Latin and Greek is required (students must have covered at least the contents of the first 20 chapters of Ørberg’s Familia Romana and of the first 7 chapters of Balme’s and Lawall’s Athenaze).
The courses will be as follows:
Following is the schedule for the APA Office for the next few weeks. Our regular hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
December 23, 2011 Office Open
December 24-26, 2011 Office Closed
December 27-29, 2011 Office Open (see Note A)
December 30, 2011-January 2, 2012 Office Closed
January 3, 2012 Office Open
January 4-8, 2012 Office Closed (see Note B)
January 9-13, 2012 Office Open (see Note C)
January 14-16, 2012 Office Closed
January 17, 2012 Normal Office Operations Resume
Note A: The building where our offices are located at the University of Pennsylvania (220 S. 40th Street) will be locked, and the University will not be delivering mail during this period. Courier services may be able to make deliveries, but the best ways of communicating with us will be via telephone and e-mail.
Note B: All staff will be at the annual meeting in Philadelphia
October 11, 2011 was a remarkably beautiful afternoon to celebrate a remarkably beautiful soul at the Community Arts Auditorium at Wayne State University in Detroit. And I was honored to be there to speak, not only on behalf of Wayne State University and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures, but also on behalf of the American Classical League, the American Philological Association, the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, the Classical Association of New England, the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome, the Michigan Classical Conference and the classics honor fraternity, Eta Sigma Phi: each of which asked me to present their condolences.
A limited number of rooms are still available at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel at the convention rate. Click here for information about the Hotel.
The American Philological Association (APA) will present the following awards at the Plenary Session of its 143rd Annual Meeting.
Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit (for an outstanding contribution to classical scholarship published by a member of the Association within the preceding three years)
Lawrence Kim, Trinity University, Homer between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature (Cambridge University Press)
William C. Stull, Colgate University
Anna Andresian, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colorado
Sherwin Little, Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Pennsylvania Classical Association has kindly agreed to offer Pennsylvania Act 48 credits for primary and secondary school teachers attending the APA and AIA annual meetings. Complete this form during the meeting and submit it (postmarked no later than January 11, 2012) to the address listed at the bottom. Copies of the form will also be available in the registration area. If regulations in their states permit it, teachers from outside of Pennsylvania may also be able to use this form to obtain credits.
The American Philological Association is pleased to present this special event sponsored by the Gatekeeper to Gateway Campaign for Classics at the upcoming APA Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Grand Ballroom H (fifth floor), Philadelphia Marriott Hotel
According to U.S. News and World Report, "Med school officials say it's all Greek to them that classical language skills help aspiring doctors." Read the article, which quotes Cynthia Bannon and Charles McNelis, online.
Many thanks to Chuck Jones for pointing out that back issues of Illinois Classical Studies are available in open access. See his entry on the subject at AWOL—The Ancient World Online.