Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin canadien des études anciennes    (ISSN 1198-9149)
Volume 10.6 (2004 02 17)
Editors/Redacteurs: J. W. Geyssen & J. S. Murray   (University of New Brunswick)    <

Published by the Classical Association of Canada/ Publié par la société canadienne des études classiques

President: Catherine Rubincam (University of Toronto at Mississauga) <>
Secretary/Secretaire: Patrick Baker (Université Laval) <>
Treasurer/Tresorier: Craig Cooper (University of Winnipeg) <>
  Contents of CCB/BCEA 10.6 (2004 02 17)                                           Return to CCB Archive   /   BCÉA Archives
        1. Association Announcements

                   (Conacher Scholarship)
        2. Positions Available
        3. Conferences
        4. Calls for Papers
                     (Waterloo, APA)
        5. Summer Study
                 (American Academy in Rome)
        6. Varia
                     (APA Teaching Awards, Trent Drama Group, Cork Diploma in Greek or Latin)

Association Announcements
From: Martin Cropp

Just a reminder that the deadline for applications for The Desmond Conacher Scholarship is 31 March. For information, visit

Positions Available
From: M. Catherine Bolton
  Concordia University - Faculty of Arts and Science
Limited-term appointment in the area of Classical Archaeology

Our Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics invites applications for one limited-term appointment in the area of Classical Archaeology. Applicants must have a PhD in Classical Archaeology or ABD status. Demonstrated excellence in research and teaching is required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a wide range of undergraduate courses in classical civilization and archaeology. Expertise in Bronze Age archaeology will be considered an asset, as will the ability to teach an undergraduate course in ancient Greek.

The above position is a full-time, limited-term appointment, beginning August 15, 2004. Hiring is subject to budgetary approval. This position is normally at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications should consist of a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of teaching and research interests, and three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2004 and continue until the position is filled.  Contact: Dr. Catherine Vallejo, Chair, Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics <>.

From: Padraig O'Cleirigh

A Symposium on Myth and History: From oral epic to medieval versions.

Registration $5.00 (includes lunch).

Symposium in the Classics: Myth and History
Saturday, 28th February, 2004
University of Guelph
MacKinnon 120

9:45 - 10:30 Peter Loptson --  Tradition, History, and Oral Memory Early Greek Epic
10:30 - 11:15 Doug Al-Maini --  Truth in Myth vs. History: Some Platonic Concerns
11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:15 Andy Sherwood --  Virgil's Marble Temple Georgics 3.10-39: Poetic Inspiration or Historical Reality?
12:15 - 12:45 Carolyn Willekes --  The Alexander Romance: A Revisionist History?
12:45 - 2:15 Lunch
2:15 - 2:45 Aaron Kelsh --  Myth for the Common Man in the Metropolis
2:45 - 3:15 Tamara Jones --  Scenes of Dionysus and his Thiasos on Late Roman Silverware
3:15 - 3:45 Jay Gearey --  The Cynic and the Saint: Echoes of Hipparchia in the Acta Pauli et Theclae
3:45 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 4:45 Pádraig Ó Cléirigh -- History in Origen's Universal Restoration
4:45 - 5:15 Hartwig Mayer -- Cassandra in the Novels of Troy by Benoît de Sainte-Maure and Herbort von Fritzlar

Calls for Papers
From: Anne Dvorachek

"From Myth to Magus: Hermes in the Western Tradition"
16-17 October 2004

Call or papers - Deadline: 20 March
An international conference on the heritage and influence of the figure of Hermes in Western culture. Papers in any discipline (e.g., history, art history, classics, religion, literature, philosophy, esoterica) are welcome.  Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.  Hosted by the Department of Classical Studies, University of Waterloo.

Please submit 300-word abstracts for 30-35 minute papers electronically to: David Porreca ( and Arlene Allan <>.

Further information will be available on the University of Waterloo's Classical Studies website:

From: Jerise Fogel
Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature
(Affiliated Group of the American Philological Association)
Call for Papers (2005 Meetings of the APA, Boston, Mass.)
Panel Organizers: Jerise Fogel, Marshall University, WV and Elizabeth Scharffenberger, Columbia Univ., NY

What Sounds Good?: The Aesthetic and the "Authentic" in the Pronunciation of Ancient Greek and Latin

The pronunciation and recitation of Greek and Latin, both in and out of the classroom, has varied widely over centuries and geographical regions. The work of W. S. Allen (Vox Graeca3 [Cambridge 1987] and Vox Latina2 [Cambridge 1978]) has enabled modern philologists to assess with precision certain linguistic phenomena (e.g., duration and coloration of vowels, differentiation of consonants, pitch accent in Greek) described in ancient treatises that analyze the sounds created by native speakers of both languages in their classical periods. But Allen's opus does not cover all the factors that might contribute to the "authentic" oral reproduction of the sounds of Greek and Latin (e.g. timbre, dynamics, tempo, tone), nor does it attempt to explore exhaustively the phenomena that might make reproductions of either language aesthetically appealing to audiences of particular cultural backgrounds, both today and in the past.

Moreover, the very understanding of what constitutes "authenticity" in the vocal-musical reproductions of ancient texts - and of the relationship between aesthetic appeal and "authenticity" - is broadened and complicated  by recent studies of contemporary performances of Renaissance music (e.g., Nicholas Kenyon, ed., Authenticity and Early Music [Oxford 1988]; R. Taruskin, Text and Act: Essays on Performance and Music [Oxford 1995]), which argue that a host of factors in addition to the actual sounds produced by the performers contribute to "authentic" reproduction: e.g. audience appreciation, performance conditions, and the "conviction" and investment of performers. Even the utility and appropriateness of the concept of "authenticity" are hotly disputed, with some preferring to speak of "historically informed" performances, while others maintain that there is no such thing as a performance that recreates all the important aesthetic components of a non-continuous spoken tradition. It is no surprise to find, both before and after Allen, a great range of scholars, writers, instructors, and performers (from Cicero, Sallust, Quintilian and Tacitus, and the Attic revivalists of the Second Sophistic, to Augustine in De musica and elsewhere, to Erasmus, to our contemporaries Jan Novak, Annie Bélis, Gregorio Paniagua, Stephen Daitz, Tuomo Pekkanen, Carsten Hreg, Petros Tabouris, Luigi Miraglia, Reginald Foster, Wilfried Stroh, and many others) who have taken seriously the goal of "authentically" reproducing for some aesthetic or even moral purpose Latin and Greek sounds, yet have differed widely in the weight they attach to individual linguistic elements and (where relevant) particular conditions of performance/reception. Those decisions about weight are one subject of this panel.

In recognition of the rich diversity of methodologies that have developed over the centuries and in different parts of the world, this panel seeks papers that examine from any vantage point (e.g., ancient or modern, theoretical or practical, pedagogical, etc.) the pursuits of and/or approaches to "authenticity" and aesthetic appeal in the pronunciation and performance of ancient Greek and/or Latin. Panelists are requested to include in their presentations Greek and/or Latin oral reading, live or recorded, that demonstrates the elements of their papers. Abstracts should be submitted by February 1, 2004, as follows: please send four copies of an abstract (500-800 words in length) that includes indications of time and a/v equipment needed for presentation, to Jerise Fogel, Classics Dept., Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25755. For further information, contact either of the panel co-organizers< Jerise Fogel <>; Elizabeth Scharffenberger <>. All submissions will be refereed anonymously.
Summer Study
From: Erin Upton
The American Academy in Rome announces its Summer Program in Archaeology:
Summer Program in Archaeology
7 June - 23 July 2004

The Summer Program in Archaeology was conceived in 1991 to give graduate students in all areas of Classical studies an overview of current developments in archaeological method and theory, focusing on ancient Italy and the ancient Mediterranean world.

The seven-week course teaches selected participants the objectives and methods of archaeology through instruction and hands-on experience in active archaeological research.

The program is divided into two parts: three weeks in residence at the American Academy for lectures and the opportunity to study the monuments and sources offered by Rome itself, and four weeks on-site at an archaeological excavation.

The program is open to graduate students in archaeology, Classics, and art history, though qualified advanced undergraduate students may also be considered.

A fee of $2,500, which covers tuition, partial room and board, and travel within Italy, must be paid to the Academy's office in New York by 15 May 2004. This amount does not cover the cost of transportation to and from Italy. Participants should be prepared to pay for additional meals, any travel not directly related to the program and other personal expenses such as laundry.

Participants will be accommodated in the newly renovated building at Via Masina 5b adjoining the main Academy building, with multi-room apartments. Participants will be housed in double rooms with shared baths. Applicants should note that there is no air conditioning either at the Academy or in most public buildings in Rome. Lunch and dinner are provided at the Academy Monday through Saturday. Each participant will receive a bill itemizing charges for phone calls and other incidental expenses.

Students are encouraged to obtain support from their university or department. Additional financial assistance from the Academy is available to qualified participants in the program. If such assistance is requested, please submit copies of any financial award letters for the most recent academic year. In determining scholarship amounts, preference will be given to those students enrolled at colleges and universities that are Institutional Members of the American Academy in Rome.

A complete application consists of a cover letter explaining why the program is of interest, a curriculum vitae and two sealed letters of recommendation.

15 March 2004

Prof. Nicola Terrenato
American Academy in Rome
7 East 60 Street
New York, NY 10022

All applicants will be notified by mid-April.

For questions and information, please contact Prof. Nicola Terrenato <>

From: Richard A. LaFleur

Call for Nominations:
2004 APA Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level

The Joint Committee on Classics in American Education invites nominations for the 2004 APA Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level. The two winners will be honored with $300 cash awards at the APA meeting in Boston in January 2005. Eligibility is open to teachers, full- or part-time, of grades K-12 in schools in the United States and Canada who at the time of the application teach at least one class of Latin, Greek, or classics at the K-12 level. Membership in the APA is not required. Nominations may be made by a colleague, administrator, or former student who is thoroughly familiar with the teacher's work. (Additional guidelines for nominators are offered below.) Current guidelines call for a nomination packet that consists of four components and that should be submitted in quadruplicate under one cover. The components are 1) a letter of nomination; 2) the candidate's current curriculum vitae; 3) a personal essay of 250-500 words providing the candidate's philosophy of teaching, views on the importance of study of the classics, and views of qualities of successful teaching and of professional development; and 4) four sealed letters of recommendation (250-500 words each), of which two should come from administrators or from colleagues at any level of the classics discipline and two from current students or their parents. On the basis of these dossiers a group of finalists will be chosen who will be invited to submit additional supporting materials. (A list of topics for these supporting materials is available below.)  Precollegiate winners are selected by a subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Classics in American Education, whose membership is selected equally from both the APA and the American Classical League. May 3, 2004 is the deadline for the postmark of nominations.

Applications should be submitted to the ACL/APA Joint Committee on Classics in American Education, c/o The American Philological Association, 292 Logan Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104-6304, to which questions about the competition may be directed. <>.

Additional Guidelines for Nominators: The key to a successful nomination is detailed information about the nominee's teaching practices and results. The nominator plays a crucial role in gathering and presenting this information. The additional letters of support should be from students, colleagues, administrators, parents, etc. who can also speak in detail about the nominee. Due to the fact that all of the nominees are usually highly qualified, letters of nomination must move far beyond general statements that the nominee is an excellent teacher.

Supporting Materials for the Second Round: Finalists in the competition will be invited to submit additional supporting materials such as innovative teaching units, Latin publicity items, additional testimonials and recommendations, etc. The materials may include computer programs, video tapes, CDs, photographs, etc., but please be sure that the materials submitted are copies, as they cannot be returned except under special circumstances. Every application should address at least four of the following criteria: Success, size, and growth of the classics program in the context of the candidate's school; Outreach and promotion of the classics; Innovative and creative classroom activity; Evidence of improved student learning; Student success in contests and competitions; Movement of significant numbers of students to the next level of study; Student travel and field trips ranging from study of local architecture to study abroad; The teacher's professional service and professional development including workshops (both taken and given), papers presented, offices held, awards received, etc.

From: Kathy Axcell
The Classics Drama Group at Trent University presents
by Euripides

Performed by the Conacher Players
March 2 - 5, 2004 at 8:00pm; and Saturday, March 6 at 2:30
The Pit, Lady Eaton College
Tickets are only $5.00
For tickets, please see: Kathy Axcell, Department of Ancient History & Classics, Lady Eaton College, Suite S118
or to reserve tickets: email: <>  phone: 705-748-1011, 1814

From: Vicky Janssens
University College Cork, Ireland

The Department of Ancient Classics is offering, in conjunction with its intensive 8-week Summer School in Latin and Greek, the chance for students to acquire Ancient Greek or Latin from scratch to the level of a Bachelor's degree in just one year. The course is aimed primarily at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum.

The course starts in July and consists of two parts. Part A requires completion of the Summer School programme (25 ECTS credits). Part B consists of a total of 9 second and third year courses worth a total of 50 ECTS credits which would be completed over the Autumn and Winter semesters here in Cork. The courses cover a variety of authors as well as a more detailed examination of grammar. One course running over both semesters is devoted to reading tailored to each student's need.

Further information on the Summer School can be found on our website: with details about the Diploma programme forthcoming.

Further enquiries about the Diploma programme should be directed to:
Dr. Noreen Humble
Department of Ancient Classics
University College Cork
Tel. +353-21-4902564, Fax +353-21-4903277

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