Sheffield Classical Association
Your Latin & Greek should be kept up assiduously by reading at spare hours: and, discontinuing the desultory reading of the schools. I would advise you to undertake a regular course of history & poetry in both languages, in Greek, go first thro’ the Cyropaedia, and then read Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon’s Hellenies & Anabasis, Arrian’s Alexander, & Plutarch’s lives,, for prose reading: Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey, Euripides, Sophocles in poetry, & Demosthenes in Oratory; alternating prose & verse as most agreeable to yourself. in Latin read Livy, Caesar, Sallust Tacitus, Cicero’s Philosophies, and some of his Orations, in prose; and Virgil, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Horace, Terence & Juvenal for poetry. After all these, you will find still many of secondary grade to employ future years, and especially those of old age and retirement. Click here for more. This post is more controversial than you think! More more like this at the excellent Sententiae Antiquae
Growing up in the Roman Empire:
A multidisciplinary approach to Roman childhood
An evening event held in the beautiful World Heritage site of Durham Castle. Two talks by leading experts in Roman childhood bring together a wide range of archaeological, skeletal and historical evidence for understanding the experience, perceptions and care of children in the Roman World.
Professor Maureen Carroll (University of Sheffield)
Dr Rebecca Gowland (Durham University)
Location: The Senate Suite, University College (The Castle), Durham
Date/Time: 5.00-7.30pm, Friday 19th May
Drinks and Canapes included
For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application form available here.
This summer, the 6th season of the Vagnari Vicus Archaeological Fieldwork Project will take place from July 1-August 2, 2017. The site is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Puglia (ancient Apulia) in south-east Italy. The field school is open to students and to non-students interested in Roman archaeology.
The aim of the project is to explore the central village (vicus) of a rural estate belonging to the Roman emperors in the first to third centuries A.D. in order to retrieve archaeological evidence for a range of agricultural and industrial activities. It also explores the evidence for slave and free manpower in rural Roman Italy, contributing to an understanding of elite involvement in the exploitation of the environment.
This year we will be targeting the remains of a Roman building in which wine was made and stored in large ceramic vats, and we will be exploring the new structural and artefactual evidence for a Hellenistic settlement of the second century B.C. which became the core of the Roman imperial village. An in-depth study of Hellenistic and Roman ceramic assemblages also will be conducted.
The field school runs for 4 weeks under the direction of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Puglia and the British School at Rome.
Application deadline is 15th April 2017. The participation fee is £2200 and includes supervision and training, instruction in finds and artefact processing, daily transport to and from the site, meals during the working week, and shared accommodations in the lovely medieval town of Gravina in Puglia. Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Italy.
To find out more about the project and to apply, please go to the project website at:
or contact Prof. Maureen Carroll (email@example.com).
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If you want to play a part in this important excavation over part of this Summer, click here for more information and the application form. It looks very exciting!
On Friday 10 March Prof Tim Cornell will give a talk on Hannibal’s invasion of Italy in 218 BC, and he will discuss the reasons for Hannibal’s failure and the long term repercussions of his enterprise for the history of ancient Rome and Italy. This will take place in Jessop West building, room G03, at 4 pm. The programme can be downloaded here.
On Saturday 11 March there will be a workshop on the historian and rhetorician Dionysius of Halicarnassus, who wrote a history of early Rome, and a number of rhetorical treatises, in the Augustan period. Dionysius argued that the Romans were actually Greeks in origin, and he used a great number of myths and supernatural stories in his narrative. We will discuss the way in which Dionysius of Halicarnassus wrote about myths and how he conceptualised the distinction between myth and history, by analysing Dionysius' writings using different categories, such as aetiology, narrative elaboration, rationality, the marvellous, religion, and memory. The event will take place at the Humanities Research Institute, from 10.15 am. The full programme is available on the MARCUS website. If you plan to attend please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
This spring the Sheffield Classical Association/Clerical Exile film club will be showing three films that explore the theme of travel, forced mobility, and Christianity in the Roman empire.
Our first film in this series will be Quo Vadis on 28 February, in the Diamond Lecture Theatre 1 at 6pm.
Quo Vadis follows the love story between Roman general Marcus Vinicius and Barbarian hostage-turned-Christian Lygia against the background of the great fire of Rome in 64AD.
The film will be followed by a Question and Answer session with Dr Meredith Warren from the Department of English. Meredith specialises in early Christian literature.
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Our film club is accompanied by a book club. The first book we will be reading is Emmanuel Carrere, The Kingdom:
We'll be meeting on 23 March in the Bath Hotel. If you'd like to join us for the book club please let me know.
Eleanor Dickey in conversation with Dan Gallagher on leaning Latin and speaking it. Pure Gold! Here's the transcript.
For more information about the JACT Latin Summer School, click here
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