Professor Mossman is going to be lecturing to the Classical Association next March (see 'Coming Events below). Here's a foretaste of what she might say.
MARS is a seminar series that brings together the wealth of research conducted on the ancient and medieval worlds within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This year’s programme (2017/18), the ninth in the series, covers topics ranging from medieval Japanese poetry to ancient baking techniques.
Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held at the Humanities Research Institute, Wednesdays at 5:30 pm – with refreshments from 5 pm. All welcome.
Term 1, 2017/18
4 Oct (week 2) Heather O’Donoghoe (Oxford), ‘The Icelandic Family Saga: Fact or Fiction?’
11 Oct (week 3) Sandra Wheeler (University of Central Florida), ‘Birth, Life and Death in the Desert: Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Infants and Children from a Romano-Christian Cemetery, Egypt’, Jessop West, G.03
25 Oct (week 5) 4:30pm Hella Eckardt (Reading), ‘Writing and power: the material culture of Roman literacy’
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1 Nov (week 6) Emily Reed (Eng), ‘Swearing in late-medieval Anglo French textbooks’ / Veronica Testolini (Arch), ‘Accentuating the Ordinary: Early Islamic ceramics from Sicily’
15 Nov (week 8) Hugh Willmott (Arch), ‘Recent Research at Little Carlton, a Middle Saxon ecclesiastical site in the Lincolnshire fens’
29 Nov (week 10) Paul Halstead (Arch), ‘Bread and gruel in ancient and modern Greece’
13 Dec (week 12) Eliza Hartrich (History), ‘The Politics of Record-Keeping in Medieval English and Irish Towns’
Term 2, 2017/18
7 Feb (week 1) James Cook (Music), ‘The Strange Disappearance of English Music in the Late Fifteenth Century’.
21 Feb (week 3) Heather Ellis (Education), ‘The Ancient Origins of Modern Science? Classical Knowledge in Literary and Philosophical Societies, 1780-1840’
7 March (week 5) Judith Mossman (Nottingham), ‘Plutarch and the Roman Triumph’
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21 March (week 7) Rob Heffron (Hist), ‘Ladies on show: the visibility of urban women in late antique sources’ / Mauro Rizzetto (Arch), ‘Animal economies in late Roman and early Anglo-Saxon Britain: changes in husbandry practices between the 4th and 7th centuries AD’
18 April (week 8) Maaike Groot (Arch), ‘The role of animals in rituals in the northwestern Roman provinces’
Co-Sponsored with the Hunter Archaeology Society
2 May (week 10) Thomas McAuley (East Asian Studies), “The peasants tell me this is true!”: The Role of Primary Research in Medieval Japanese Poetics”
The pictures speak for themselves: from a 1736 map of Sheffield in the City Library Archives. It shows that Latin has been taught in this city for ever! Long may that continue.
After some research this morning on her 'Google machine', Rosemary Hulse has discovered this comment, in answer to a query about Campo Lane:
In Gosling's map of Sheffield, 1736, it is called 'Camper Lane.' The same map shows the position of the old 'Latin School,' or Grammar School, and the 'Writing School.' These schools were at a very short distance from Campo Lane, and it seems probable that here the game of football was played. The Grammar School was founded in 1603. The Prompt. Parv. has Campar or pleyar at footballe, pedipilusor.' In Brinsley's Grammar Schoole: 'By this meanes also the schollars may be kept euer in their places, and hard to their labours without that running out to the Campo (as they tearme it) at school times, and the manifolde disorders thereof; as watching and striuing for the clubbe, and loytering then in the fields.'
This very long email (click on Read More below to find out many things, including why the graphic is in French!) is from an individual who likes to be known as Avitus Gratius. He is a leading exponent of not only, reading and writing Latin but actually speaking like a real Roman! There's lots of useful information here. I'm very grateful to Mr. Nigel Coulton (who taught me Latin and Greek at school and who is now well-known as a skilled palaeographer) for passing it on. He says he's going to enrol in the classes and keep us updated. That would be very interesting to follow.
Following the success of the England women's cricket team, I wondered whether the ancient Greeks might have fielded a similarly talented side. Evidence (above) suggests that they did. Here are my selections for the team:
1. Penthesilea. A famously fast runner, but likely to fall without scoring.
2.Timycha of Sparta. Wife of Leonidas, and famous for showing courage in the face of adversity.
3. Artemisia of Caria. Secretly on the opposition's side, but an extremely talented and idiosyncratic player.
4. Sappho of Lesbos. Poet and teacher, a good solid player.
5. Aglaonike of Athens. An astronomer, she will understand how swing bowling works and thus is the wicket-keeper.
6. Cleopatra of Egypt. A drama queen, and brilliant manipulator of the new ball. Can be stung by adverse players' comments.
7. Zenobia of Palmyra. A wily, yet powerful, all-rounder. Slow left-arm.
8. Arete of Cyrene. A hedonistic philosopher; selected as captain for her cheerful optimism.
9. Aspasia of Athens. A steady all-rounder.
10. Anyte of Tegea. A poet; unlikely to score highly, but a canny spinner.
11. Hydra of Scione. Coached by her father, a brilliant swimmer. She will entertain the crowds during rain stoppages.
Gorgo of Sparta. A queen noted also as a fast runner.
Phryne of Thespiae. A courtesan who won a famous court-case by baring her breasts.
Hipparchia of Marneia. An austere philosopher who will not be swayed by loud appeals.
Hypatia of Alexandria. A famous mathematician.
Agnodice of Athens, the first known female doctor.
Theano of Croton, a mathematician to rival only Hypatia.
Thargelia of Miletus, famous for being married 14 times and a great cake-eater and pigeon-and-red-bus- fancier (I made that bit up).
Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, founded in 1920