Category: Classics




with the generous support of Dickinson College

October 21–22, 2016

Literature in Late Antiquity

The fourth annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene on the campuses of Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College on October 21–22, 2016. The organizers for this year’s conference, in despair of capturing under a single rubric all the exciting new work being done in late antique literary studies, issue an open call for all papers on late antique literature qua literature. Close analyses of a single textual moment in poetry or prose; sweeping surveys of author, genre, image, or trope; precise detective work on a long nettlesome crux; and paradigm-shifting theoretical diatribe are all encouraged. 


Jupiter Over Ephesus

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day provides a little Classical Content:

Jupiter Rising Over Ephesus

Library Envy Alert!


This is not strictly classical, but I have a serious case of invidia bibliothecae for internet entrepreneur Jay Walker’s personal library:

Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects—on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor—the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.)

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Un-planted Olympia

I wish I could say I was surprised, but the laudable efforts to replant fire-ravaged Olympia are well behind schedule.

“ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s Olympic Committee said Thursday that work to replant fire-ravaged woods at the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games was far behind schedule, and urged “drastic improvement” before the flame-lighting ceremony for the Beijing Olympics…” [more]

The story includes a photograph of the ceremonial planting of an olive tree in November on the Kronion Hill (Petros Giannakouris / AP file)


I don’t have a picture from the same angle, but this shot of the Temple of Hera shows well the dense, beautiful forest that so recently covered Kronion.


As sorrowful as the ecological and cultural damage are, we should never forget that the fires last summer were a true tragedy, with dozens of deaths and countless more losing homes and property.

Nuntii Latini: Gold! Pirates! Stoning! Vitamin D?

For those who like their news the same way they like their classes (Latine scilicet), Nuntii Latini has posted its weekly round-up of world news:

Forum argentarium fluctuat

Facinora piratarum aucta

Lapidationem in Irania finiendam

Beneficia vitamini D

You say Aptonym; and I say Aptronym. Or Maybe Just Coincidence.

Readers of the Iliad or the Odyssey will remember Nestor as the oldest man in the Trojan War–a lovable, loquacious councilor (or ancient, rambling codger–depending on your taste).

While perusing YLE Radio 1’s Nuntii Latini, I came across a story about the word’s oldest man, a 116-year-old Ukrainian shepherd by the name Gregory Nestor.

Gregori Nestor, pastor Ucrainus, qui vir in orbe terrarum veterrimus habebatur, centum sedecim annos natus in urbe Stari Jaritshiv Ucrainae occidentalis nuper (15.12.) diem obiit supremum.

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