Book launch: Maureen Carroll (Archaeology) and Daniele Miano (Ancient History) will be launching their new books (Fortuna; Infancy and Earliest Childhood in the Roman World) at Blackwells University Bookstore on Thursday, 3rd May, at 6pm
And on the same evening at 7.30pm at the Grayson Lecture Theatre at Birkdale School, Ed Bispham (Brasenose College, Oxford), will give the joint lecture of the CA and the HA on "Reconsidering the Goddess Mefitis".
No apologies for returning to a favourite topic. If everybody still communicated through Latin in Europe, we would a lot better off! End of rant-click below to see and learn more about a fascinating new project.
If you can read Latin hexameters to a reasonable standard, this is an unmissable opportunity. Emma Kirkby is undoubtably the greatest singing English Classicists ever. I've got all her records! From vinyl LPs to the present day. The performance referred in the following communication (through email) would take place in Gloucester Cathedral. If anybody is interested, I can put you in contact:
George Sharpley writes (The LATIN QVARTER)
'I am producing a presentation of Virgil's Aeneid (abridged to about 90 minutes), telling the story of the Aeneid from start to finish, if selectively.
I have a very urgent problem (!). For the first presentation (Saturday 9th June) one of my female readers has had to stand down, and as the project is in its infancy we do not yet have a pool of seasoned performers.
Can you pass this message on to anyone who might be able to help? A winner of a schools' reading competition - or similar - would be an obvious candidate. As possibly their teachers!
There will be four Latin readers and an English narrator linking the pieces. The new reader will team up with Emma Kirkby (soprano singer and classicist), Matthew Hargreaves and Steve Wright.
We hope to have a piper adding musical accompaniment.
There is a sample of a previous reading here:
If you can help or have a suggestion please let me know!
Vagnari Roman Imperial Estate:The Settlement and itsMaterial CultureA Workshop on Friday 1 June 2018
University of Sheffield
Jessop West G03
Since 2012, excavations by the University of Sheffield have been ongoing at Vagnari, the site of a Roman village (vicus) in south-east Italy and the core administrative and distributive centre of a rural estate acquired in the early first century A.D. by the emperor. Fieldwork here has significantly contributed to an understanding of the profit-driven Roman exploitation of the environment in ancient Apulia. Revenues were generated, in part by the emperors’ slaves, through cereal crop cultivation and viniculture, the metal industries, and the production of tile and brick. In the most recent excavation seasons, new evidence reveals that an older settlement of at least the second century B.C. was acquired and transformed into the imperial vicus, prompting us to rethink the history and development of the region following the Roman conquest of Apulia in the third century B.C. The vicus and the imperial estate flourished in the first and second centuries A.D., but by the fourth century, the settlement was no longer inhabited, and its structures were quarried for building materials for a new, smaller village that was established nearby.
For more information, visit the project website
The workshop aims to present the archaeological research at Vagnari in its wider context and to discuss the impact of Roman expansion in south-east Italy on the culture and economy of the region. Speakers include Alastair Small who, together with Carola Small, discovered the site of Vagnari and conducted the first phase of fieldwork at the site from 2000, and Maureen Carroll, the director of excavations at Vagnari since 2012. A key and important part of the workshop is the presentation by the relevant project specialists of the artefacts and assemblages recovered in the Sheffield excavations. The workshop brings together these specialists to foster discussion of the artefacts themselves and their significance, and to engage participants at the event in this discussion.
There will be coffee/tea in the afternoon break and light refreshments at the end of the workshop. Participation in the workshop is subject to a fee of £15; Roman Society members pay a discounted fee of £10. If you wish to attend the conference, please complete the registration form on the Online Store.
University of Sheffield Online Store
Queries can be directed to Maureen Carroll (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday 18 April 2018
4:30pm, Seminar Room, Humanities Research Institute
34 Gell Street, S3 7QY
For Sheffield CA Members
(If you would like to join the Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, please contact Peter Hulse)
Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, founded in 1920