In Memoriam: John C. Traupman

(Posted, with permission, from Meaningful Funerals)

Dr. John C. Traupman, of Penn Valley / Narberth, PA., a World War II veteran, University Professor, author of translation dictionaries of languages in Latin and German to English, and a prolific author of may Latin related subjects, died on February 18, 2019 at the Bryn Mawr Hospital. He was 96. His wife Pauline Temmel Traupman, whom he was married to for 70 years, died on December 7, 2018.

Dr. Traupman was born in Nazareth, PA., attended Geneva Seminary in Ohio, and enlisted in the US Army after graduating from high school. Although fluent in German, he was sent to Japan where he became fluent in that language while rising to the rank of Sgt. Major. After the war he enrolled and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in Latin and the Classics. He went on to earn a doctorate from Princeton University.  He joined the St. Joseph's College (now University) faculty where he enjoyed a 38 year career as a University professor, the last 30 years as head of the classical department. John was also instrumental in the growth of the Philadelphia Classical Society where he was president for 8 years. He also found time to teach night school at Villanova University form many years. He published numerous books and was highly sought after as a public speaker at universities and public events. He covered subjects such as Roman, Greek, Egyptian history and archaeology.  John received numerous awards and was known world wide for his publications that are still being used in Universities to this day.

He is survived by his sister Rose Yost, his daughter Diane Phillips, grandson Colin Phillips, son-in-law Nick Phillips and many nieces and nephews. There will be a prvate family gathering in Nazareth, PA.

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The Department of Greek Studies and the Institute of Classical studies at the John Paul II Catholic University are hosting the international conference “Colloquia Orphica VII” on November 7-10, 2015 in Nieborów, Poland. This symposium is devoted to the problems related to Orphic religion, along with the aspects and manifestations of Orphism in many areas of ancient culture, especially in light of the recent findings in the field of papyrology. Papers concerning every aspect of Orphism are welcome. The conference fee is 650 PLN (180 €) and should be paid during the conference. The fee includes full accommodation in the area of the Palace complex in Nieborow. Please send your applications and papers to Dr. Katarzyna Kolakowska (kulig@kul.pl) by June 15, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:35pm by Adam Blistein.

Phoenix, a journal of the Classical Association of Canada, welcomes submissions of original, high quality scholarly research in all areas of Classical Studies, including:  Greek and Latin literature, language, history, philosophy, religion, mythology, and material culture. For further information, please consult our website, which contains links to our ‘Notes for Contributors’ and a ToC of our most recent issue: http://phoenix.utoronto.ca/

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:34pm by Adam Blistein.

Brown University is hosting the 2015 CANE Summer Institute, Exegi Monumentum: Creating the Everlasting in the Ancient World, on July 13-18, 2015. Whether you are a middle school, high school or college teacher of Latin, Greek, English, History, or related disciplines, an undergraduate, graduate student, or a devoted lifelong learner, you will enjoy an enriching educational experience that includes a wide variety of mini courses, lectures, workshops, and special events celebrating the ancient Greek and Roman achievements of monumenta, while also offering ample opportunity for collegial interaction between participants.

The deadline for registration is May 15, 2015. A $100 deposit (non-refundable) is due with the registration. For any inquiries, please contact the CSI Director, C. Emil Peñarubia: CANE.Summer.Institute.2015@gmail.com

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:32pm by Adam Blistein.

The Société d'Etudes Platoniciennes (SEP) will hold the SEP WORKSHOP 2015 on June, 25th and 26th at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. This event, open to the public, is dedicated to the presentation of ongoing research, unpublished, on Plato and the platonic tradition, before the members of the Société d'Etudes Platoniciennes. The Workshop is open to confirmed scholars as well as PHD students, for contributions in French, Italian, Spanish, German and English.

UPDATE (April 8, 2015): A technical accident has occurred : the address contact@etudesplatoniciennes.fr did not safely record all submissions sent for the SEP WORKSHOP 2015. Would all applicants please accept our apologies and resend their abstracts to etudesplatoniciennes@gmail.com ? The deadline is now April 22

 
View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:29pm by Adam Blistein.

The UCLA Department of Classics is delighted to announce the award of a $700,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Division of the Humanities to support the preparation and training of young scholars in post-classical Latin for graduate programs in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The program has been funded for three years and will have a post-baccalaureate and graduate fellowship component. The administrative Director of the UCLA Mellon Program in Post-Classical Latin will be Professor Robert Gurval.

The post-baccalaureate program in post-classical Latin is intended for students who have completed B.A. degrees and who seek to pursue Ph.D. programs requiring study and proficiency in late Latin texts and documents. A cohort of up to four students will be chosen each year by a faculty subcommittee. All university fees and a stipend of $18,000 will be provided to allow the admitted students to spend a year at UCLA participating in  the post-classical Latin curriculum as well as taking existing courses in Classical Latin and, more broadly, in undergraduate and graduate courses in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Participating departments include English, History, Art History, Italian, Philosophy, French and Francophone Studies, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. The program offers a pro-seminar in the Fall Quarter to introduce students to UCLA faculty and to prepare them for successful applications to top-ranked Ph.D. programs.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:51pm by Adam Blistein.

I have noticed a troubling pattern in some recent English-language cinematic and television productions that adapt written texts.  In these adaptations, the movie or TV show changes its source material in order to heighten the violence against women depicted in the original or to add in such violence not previously present.  In my view, each of the works that fit this pattern (including Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and 300: Rise of an Empire — spoiler alert!) do so not for the purposes of genuine social critique or commentary but for mere sensationalism and enhanced titillation for certain viewers.  And so I term it “sinister adaptation.”  These sinister adaptations stand in marked contrast to some ancient Roman adaptations of Greek drama, including Terence’s Hecyra and Eunuchus and Seneca’s Hercules Furens, whose heightened violence against women highlights the adaptors’ criticisms of their societies.

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You are invited to participate in a study into the research practices of humanities scholars in North American and European research libraries, and how you find and retrieve resources in both open and closed stack libraries.  This survey is intended for faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or other researchers in the Humanities, who have done research in both open and closed stacks research libraries.

To be a part of this study, please complete a 10-minute web-based survey. On any computer that can access the Internet, please click on this link to enter the study website:

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:23am by Adam Blistein.

The Society for Classical Studies (SCS), founded in 1869 as the American Philological Association, seeks proposals from academic institutions interested in hosting a six-week seminar in the Summer of 2017 during which ten graduate students enrolled in programs in classical philology or ancient history will increase and improve their ability to use the art and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world in their scholarship and teaching.  This seminar has been funded by generous grants from the Samuel H. Kress and Henry Luce Foundations and will take place over dates to be selected by the host institution in the summer of 2017.  SCS will also sponsor a seminar of this nature in the Summers of 2016 and 2018.  The 2016 seminar will be funded by the Getty Foundation and will take place at the Getty Villa.  In 2016 the SCS will issue another call for proposals to organize the 2018 seminar, which will be supported by the Leon Levy Foundation.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:02pm by Adam Blistein.

As described here, the SCS Board asked Past President Jenny Strauss Clay to represent the Society at a meeting convened by several French classics organizations.  Prof. Clay has now submitted her report on this meeting.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:07pm by Adam Blistein.

On November 6-7, 2015 the Department of Classics at Florida State University, Tallahassee, will host a Langford Conference on the topic:

NARRATING LIVES: BIOGRAPHY AND IDENTITY IN ANTIQUITY

Participants and topics covered will include:

  • Prof. Cynthia Damon (University of Pennsylvania): Suetonius
  • Dr Flore Kimmel-Clauzet (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3): Greek poetic biography
  • Prof. Federicomaria Muccioli (Università di Bologna): Ruler cult and ancient biography
  • Prof. Stefan Schorn (KU Leuven): Nicolaus of Damascus
  • Prof. Rex Stem (University of California, Davis): Cornelius Nepos
  • Dr Alexei V. Zadorozhnyi (University of Liverpool): Plutarch

We invite junior faculty to submit brief proposals (300 words) for 20 minute supplementary papers. The department will be able to provide two nights of hotel accommodation and meals for those whose proposals are accepted.

The Langford Seminars and Conferences have been regular events at Florida State University for over two decades. Among the contents of PLLS volumes 11-15 are revised papers first presented at these events.

Papers presented at the Langford Conference of November 2015 will (after revision) be considered for inclusion in PLLS 17.

For further information about previous Langford events, go to:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:21am by Information Architect.

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