Announced on Classicists-list:

May 6th and 7th, 2011
Institute of Classical Studies
University of Warsaw

The term technopaegnia is now commonly applied to ancient Greek
pattern poems, but in his 1630 monumental Encyclopaedia Johann
Heinrich Alsted used it in a wider sense, in reference to various
riddling jeux de mots (he managed to list sixty types). Alsted’s
unrestrictive approach is apparently close to the ancient
understanding of what the riddle is, as the Peripatetic philosopher
Clearchus of Soli discussed in his treatise On Riddles (Peri griphon)
Castorion’s Hymn to Pan, a metrical experiment, which is not otherwise
a riddle.
We invite scholars of ancient literature, as well as those interested
in its reception (limited to the classical languages), to engage in a
discussion of poetic and para-poetic riddles, acrostichs, anagrams,
figure-poems, metrical tours de force, literary puns, alliterative
artefacts, etc. – the Alstedian technopaegnia and Clearchian griphoi –
that can be traced in Greek and Roman literature. It is our conviction
that although such eccentricities lack the depth that one often seeks
in ancient literature, serious scholarship must no longer neglect the
effect they have had on contemporary and later poetry, or their role
as documents of the poets’ and grammarians’ tastes and ingenuity. We
wish to focus primarily on the forms that emerged in antiquity, but we
are also interested in what their fates were in the hands of later
poets, scribes, editors, and scholars.
We do not encourage searching for unnoticed puns, acrostichs,
anagrams, and other mirages. Our intention is to provoke an
unorthodox, multidimensional reflection on a relatively neglected
field of ancient literature. Possible topics include the following:
– ancient and modern theoretical approaches to Greek and Latin
riddles, technopaegnia etc.;
– jeux de mots: tradition and innovation (from the archaic riddling
devices and alliteration to the Alexandrian and Roman poetic
– ancient riddles in the Indo-European context (e.g. ancient griphoi
vs. Old English riddles);
– riddles and technopaegnia in the light of the orality/literacy debate;
– riddles and riddling devices at the symposium;
– the epigraphic and papyrological evidence for ancient jeux de mots;
– in and around Book 14 of the Greek Anthology;
– the Alexandrianism of the technopaegnia of Laevius, Iulius Vestinus,
and Optatian Porfyry;
– the Byzantine, Renaissance, and 17th-century readers and scholars of
the Greek technopaegnia;
– continuity and change in the history of figure-poems since Simias;
– a matter of taste: critical attitudes toward jeux des mots (e.g. the
Greek technopaegnia).

If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250-300 word abstract
including the title to the email address given below (.pdf, .doc,
.docx, or .rtf). If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to
provide a full manuscript of a 25-minute paper shortly before the
conference, so that copies can be distributed to the participants. At
the conference, each presentation will be followed by a 20-minute
discussion (that will give a period of 45 minutes for each paper). We
plan to record the discussion and include an edited selection of it in
the conference proceedings.
We invite papers in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish, but
the working language of the conference will be English.
The registration fee for participants is 150 €; this includes
accommodation (three nights), meals and conference materials.

The conference will be held on May 6th and 7th, 2011.
Please submit abstracts by September 30th, 2010.
Authors will be notified of the result by October 31st, 2010.
Finished papers will have to reach us before March 31th, 2011.
If you wish to respond to one of papers or otherwise participate in
the conference, please express your interest by January 31st, 2011.

The University of Warsaw is located in the heart of the city,
surrounded by historical places of interest, parks, walks, cafes, and
restaurants. It can be easily reached from the airport, which is just
15 kilometres (9 miles) from the conference site. Further information
will be given upon arrival.
For payment details, enquiries and expression of interest please
contact Jan Kwapisz (preferably by email:
Institute of Classical Studies
University of Warsaw
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 1
00-927 Warsaw
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Greek and Latin Summer School


From the Classicists list:

Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School (28th June – 16th July

The Department of Classics ( ) of Bologna
University welcomes applications to its Greek and Latin Summer School.

The teaching will be focused both on language and on literature; further
classes will touch on moments of classical history and history of art,
supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and

The course will be held in Bologna from 28th June to 16th July 2009 for a
total of 60 hours.

The Greek course will be for beginners only, whereas classes of different
levels (at least beginners and intermediate) are scheduled for Latin.

Participants must be aged 18 or over.
All tuition will be in English.

For further information and to enrol, please visit:

Conference – Texts of the Medical Profession


Call for papers

Workshop: The texts of the medical profession in antiquity – genres and purposes to be held at the University of Oslo, 16th-18th September 2010
Organisers: Isabella Andorlini (University of Parma); David Leith (University College London) and Anastasia Maravela-Solbakk (University of Oslo)
Confirmed speakers: Heinrich Von Staden (Princeton), Vivian Nutton (UCL), Philip van der Eijk (Newcastle), Laurence Totelin (Cardiff), Rebecca
Flemming (Cambridge), Ann Ellis Hanson (Yale).
We are inviting the submission of abstracts for papers (duration: 20-30 min.) to be presented at the workshop “The texts of the medical
profession in antiquity: genres and purposes” (16-18 September 2010 in Oslo). David Leith

Practical Epigraphy Workshop


From the Classicists list:


Practical Epigraphy Workshop

22-24 June 2010, Great North Museum, Newcastle

A Practical Epigraphy Workshop is taking place for those who are interested
in developing hands-on skills in working with epigraphic material.  The
workshop is aimed at graduate students, but other interested parties are
welcome to apply, whether or not they have previous experience.  With expert
tuition, participants will learn the practical aspects of how to record and
study inscriptions. The programme will include the making of squeezes;
photographing and measuring inscribed stones; and the production of
transcriptions, translations and commentaries. Participants may choose to
work on Latin or Greek texts.

The course fee is £100 but we hope to be able to provide bursaries to
participants to assist with the cost. Accommodation will be extra, but we
are arranging B&B nearby for around £30-40.

Places on the workshop are limited and applications will be accepted until
31st March.  For further details please contact Dr. Charlotte Tupman:

The Practical Epigraphy Workshop is sponsored by The British Epigraphy
Society, an independent ‘chapter’ of the Association Internationale
d’Epigraphie Grecque et Latine:

Lecture: Decoding Pasts, Building Futures


Inaugural Lecture “Decoding Pasts, Building Futures”

by Richard Beacham, Charlotte Roueché, and Harold Short

Friday 23 October 2009

17.30, Edmond J Safra Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

London workshop on Teaching Ancient Languages


From the Classicists-list:

CSC is proud to announce the fifth annual London workshop on Teaching Ancient Languages 10.45-16.30 on 23 September 2009, South Block, Ground Floor G22/26, Senate House, Malet Street, LONDON

This no-charge event (including lunch) will focus on beginning to teach languages and teaching beginners’ languages. It has a range of speakers on topics from electronic resources to classroom management. This year the workshop features a student perspective on learning beginners ancient languages and an interactive session on teaching with text books.

Further information, including a full programme and booking and bursary instructions please see

Ancient Linguistics Conference at Athens


The Finnish Institute at Athens hosts a conference ‘Variation and Change in Greek and Latin. Problems and Methods’ (17-20 September 2009). The programme can be downloaded here (pdf).