Thursday, December 20, 2007


The Index of Christian Art, Princeton University
Presents a two day art historical and historical conference

Looking Beyond:
Visions, Dreams and Insights in Medieval Art and History

Friday and Saturday March 14th and 15th 2008

Speakers will include:

Alison Beach,
Lisa Bitel,
Hans Belting,
William Christian Jr.,
Luis Corteguera,
Richard Emmerson,
Georgia Frank,
Peter Jeffery,
Jacqueline Jung,
Peter Klein,
David Morgan,
Eric Palazzo,
Glenn Peers,
Pamela Sheingorn,
Anne Marie Yasin,
Nino Zchomelidse

The full program is available on the Index website

There is no conference fee but all intending delegates are requested
to register before March 7th 2008. Admission is by registration only
and attendance is limited. To register please write, or email Robin
Dunham, Index of Christian Art, A8 McCormick Hall, Princeton
University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (email – rdunham@Princeton.Edu)
giving name(s), institutional affiliation if any and contact
telephone numbers and day(s) of attendance.

Summer Course

From Holy War to Peaceful Co-habitation. Diversity of Crusading and the
Military Orders / July 14 - 25, 2008

New WVU book

The WVU Press is proud to announce that “Cædmon’s Hymn” and Material
Culture in the World of Bede, edited by Allen J. Frantzen and John
Hines, has appeared and is available to be ordered from our website at
) or by calling 1-866-WVU-PRES. This is volume ten in our Medieval
European Studies Series.

In addition to a 13-page preface by the editors, the book contains the
following essays (plus bibliography and index):

Daniel P. O'Donnell, "Convention, Context, and Transformation: Sources,
and Parallels for Cædmon's Hymn and Story

Scott DeGregorio, "Literary Contexts: Cædmon’s Hymn as a Center of
Bede’s World"

Faith Wallis, "Cædmon's Created World and the Monastic Encyclopedia"

Allen J. Frantzen, "All Created Things: Material Contexts for Bede's
Story of Cædmon"

Christopher Loveluck, "Cædmon’s World: Secular and Monastic Lifestyles
and Estate Organization in Northern England, A.D. 650-900"

John Hines, "Bede’s World: Changes, Exchanges, and Cædmon’s"

Like other books in our Medieval European Studies series, this book is
priced at $45.00.

Cross and Culture in Anglo Saxon England: Studies in Honor of George
Hardin Brown, edited by Karen Louise Jolly, Catherine E. Karkov, and
Sarah Larratt Keefer, is in its final production phase and will be
available in the next few weeks. It may be pre-ordered now at , or to go directly to its webpage,
) This book is volume nine in the aforementioned series

--Pat Conner
--Director/Editor, West Virginia University Press.
anuary 8-10, 2008
Archaeology and the Cities in Asia Minor in Late Antiquity
University of Michigan,
Hussey Room, Michigan League
Preliminary Program

Tuesday, January 8

3:30 – 3:45 PM
Prof. Christopher Ratté (University of Michigan)
PD Dr. Ortwin Dally (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)
Session 1: Opening Session
3:45 - 4:30 PM
PD Dr. Ortwin Dally (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)
Pagan Sculptures in Late Antique Asia Minor: Between Destruction and
4:30 – 5:15 PM
Prof. C. Brian Rose (University of Pennsylvania; President,
Archaeological Institute of America)
Troy and the Granicus River Basin
Reception and Public lecture
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Public lecture
Prof. Marcus Rautman (University of Missouri)
Sardis in Late Antiquity

Wednesday, January 9
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

Session 2: Constantinople

8:30 - 9:15 AM
Prof. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania)
Constantinople in Transition
9:15 - 10:00 AM
Prof. Sarah Bassett (Wayne State University)
Sculpture and the Rhetorical Imagination in Late Antique Constantinople
10:00 – 10:45 AM
Ms. Örgü Dalgýç (New York University)
Mosaics of Constantinople: Paving the Way to the Great Palace
10:45 - 11:00 PM Coffee Break
Session 3: Miletus
11:00 – 11:45 AM
Dr. Martin Maischberger (Collection of Classical Antiquities, National
Museums of Berlin)
Faustina Baths and Market Gate. The Town Center of Miletus from Roman
Imperial Times to Late Antiquity
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Dr. Philipp Niewöhner (German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul)
The Riddle of the Market Gate. Miletus and the Character and Date of
the Earlier Byzantine Fortifications of Anatolia
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
Session 4: Central Anatolia
1:30 – 2:15 PM
Dr. Axel Filges (University of Frankfurt am Main)
Walls and People at the Lydo-Phrygian Border Town of Blaundos
2:15 – 3:00 PM
Prof. Elaine Gazda (University of Michigan)
Pisidian Antioch Revisited: Continuities and Transformations in
Imperial and Christian Topographies
3:00 – 3:45 PM
Dr. Christopher Lightfoot (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Amorium in the Dark Ages
3:45 – 4:00 PM Coffee Break
Session 5: Historical Perspectives
4:00 – 4 :45 PM
Prof. Ray Van Dam (University of Michigan)
Latin Inscriptions in Fourth-Century Asia Minor
4:45 – 5:30 PM
Prof. David Potter (University of Michigan)
Urban Spectacles in Late Antiquity

Thursday, January 10
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

Session 6: Ephesus – History, Architecture, and Sculpture

8:30 – 9 :15 AM
Dr. Maria Aurenhammer (Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna)
Roman Imperial Portrait Statuary in Late Antique Ephesus
9:15 – 10:00 AM
PD Dr. Sabine Ladstätter (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Trade and Consumption in Late Antique Ephesus
10:15 – 10:45 AM
Dr. Johanna Auinger (Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna)
Sculptural Decoration of Ephesian Bath Buildings in Late Antiquity
10:45 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break
Session 7: Town and Country
11:00 – 11:45 PM
Prof. Christopher Ratté (University of Michigan)
The Countryside of Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity
11:45 – 12:30 PM
Ms. Günder Varýnlýoðlu (University of Pennsylvania)
Town and Countryside in Southeastern Isauria
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
Session 8: Eastern Asia Minor - I
1:30 – 2:15 PM
Prof. James Russell (University of British Columbia)
2:15 – 3:00 PM
Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)
Akören: Two Late Antique Villages in Cicilia
3:00 – 3:15 PM Coffee Break
Session 9: Eastern Asia Minor - II
3:15 – 4:00 PM
Dr. Richard Posamentir (German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul)
Anazarbos in Late Antiquity
4:00 – 4:45 PM
Dr. Peter Baumeister (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)
Aspects of the Development of Osrhoene in Early Christian and Late
AntiquityFor further information, please contact:Christopher Ratté at or Leah Long at

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Catherine Conybeare is organizing a panel under the aegis of the
Medieval Latin Studies Group at the 2009 meetings of
the American Philological Association in

The title of the panel is _Lusus et Ludibria_: Late
Latin Laughter. The description is below.

If you are interested in presenting, please send an
abstract (500-800 words) by *February 1, 2008*, to
Andrew Cain, MLSG Secretary-Treasurer,
Dept. of Classics, 248 UCB, University of Colorado,
Boulder, CO 80309 USA, or via email to

If not, but you know others who might be, please
circulate this announcement as widely as you like!

Panel description: Lusus et Ludibria: Late Latin

A recent efflorescence of works explores emotion,
gesture, and performance. But what of an elusive
phenomenon that betrays emotion, that must be
performed, but which falls into no easy category?
Fundamentally involuntary and unpredictable, laughter
may challenge or confirm the possibilities of
communication. It is heard in the triumph of the
tyrant and the resistance of the martyr. Restrained
hilaritas is saintly; rampant risus is devilish. What
people may laugh at, and why, offers a vivid and
unconventional glimpse of an age or a moment.

We welcome submissions for this panel across a wide
textual and methodological range, engaging genres that
provoke laughter, laughter textually embedded,
typologies of laughter, and more theoretical
discussions of the conceptual parameters that laughter
simultaneously proposes and undermines.

-- Catherine Conybeare Associate Professor of Classics Director of
the Graduate Group Senior Editor, BMCR Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr PA
19010 +1 610 526 5036

mancass conference

Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies

Easter Conference

26�28 March 2008


Leaders of the Anglo-Saxon church

This residential conference will focus on the individual and collective contribution of particular bishops, abbots and abbesses (e.g. Hild, �thelthryth, Aldhelm, Mildthryth, Eorcenweald, W�rferth, �thelwold, Dunstan, Oswold, �lfric, Wulfstan, �lfheah, Stigand) to the achievement of the Anglo-Saxon church from the seventh to the eleventh centuries.�

Speakers include Joyce Hill, Nicholas Brooks, Debby Banham, David Hill, Alex Burghart, Francisco Alvarez Lopez, Stephen Matthews, Christopher Grocock and Allan McKinley. The programme is not yet completely full however and further papers of� 30 minutes are invited on any aspect of this topic, including the role of individuals in the establishment, government, scholarship, architecture and art of the church and in furthering (or harming) the reputation and power of specific communities within it.

Abstracts (500 words) should be sent without delay to

Dr Alexander Rumble,
Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies,
School of Arts Histories and Cultures,
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
or by email to

For further information and bookings contact:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Historian: First English Bible Fueled First Fundamentalists

Medieval Justice Not So Medieval

French jails to be converted into swish hotels to cut State’s debts

Church takes first step to redundancy

Medieval pendant found in village

Germans Take Pride in the Wurst

Ancient Roman road map linking Spain to India unveiled

Obituary of Richard Hogg, from The Independent on 10 Dec 2007

Professor Richard Hogg: Historian of the English language
Published: 10 December 2007

Richard Milne Hogg, historian of the English language: born Edinburgh 20 May
1944; Lecturer in English Language, University of Amsterdam 1969-73;
Lecturer in English Language, Lancaster University 1973-80; Smith Professor
of English Language and Medieval Literature, Manchester University
1980-2007; General Editor, Cambridge History of the English Language
1992-2001; FBA 1994; married 1969 Margaret White (two sons); died Manchester
6 September 2007.

Richard Hogg, a world-renowned specialist in the linguistic history of
English, died suddenly midway through the sabbatical year which should have
allowed him to bring important projects on dialectology and on Old English
to completion. His best-known achievement is the six-volume Cambridge
History of the English Language (CHEL, 1992-2001), of which he was General

Hogg's roots were in Edinburgh, where he was born, in 1944, grew up and
studied. After nearly 40 years away, he was still wholly a Scot in speech
and sympathies. His postgraduate career in Edinburgh had begun with two
contrasting academic preoccupations: the Chomskyan analysis of present-day
English syntax on the one hand (his PhD topic), and Middle English dialects
on the other (his research post). In their very different ways, both
represented state-of-the-art linguistics of the time.

At 26 he took up a lectureship in Amsterdam, and four years later he moved
to Lancaster University. In 1980 he arrived at Manchester University as the
surprisingly young Smith Professor of English Language and Medieval
Literature. Not that I recall him ever teaching literature: it was rarely
possible to get him to do anything that he didn't want to.

His early publications are mostly on the syntax of words like "both" and
"none", including the book (English Quantifier Systems, 1977) derived from
his PhD. Increasingly he started to focus on the sounds and forms of
historical English, especially Old English, the period up to about 1100, on
which he became an authority. He tackled linguistic change generally, and an
interest in analogy led to one paper called simply "Snuck" ­ an explanation
for that common variant of "sneaked". He also worked in phonological theory,
publishing the influential textbook Metrical Phonology (1987) with his
colleague and former student, Chris McCully.

The historical strand led to the multi-author Cambridge History of the
English Language (CHEL), a big project which took many years of planning and
good management to bring to successful completion. It has become a standard
work in the field. Hogg himself edited the first volume on the earliest
period of English and wrote the chapter on phonology and morphology. Last
year, we jointly edited a new one-volume History of the English Language,
and Hogg was still working on his own Grammar of Old English (volume 1
published in 1992, volume 2 nearly complete at his death).

He ranged widely. Interests included English dialectology ­ both the facts
of variation in historical and present-day English and the ways in which
scholars have approached these facts. Likewise he followed the history of
English grammar writing and attitudes to language. His main current project,
three-quarters finished, was a history of English dialectology that combined
those themes of language variation and of intellectual and cultural history.
He was planning a joint monograph with his newest colleague, Nuria
Yáñez-Bouza, on the history of prescriptivism in England.

In the mid-1990s Hogg became one of the founding editors (together with Bas
Aarts and me) of a new academic journal published by Cambridge University
Press, English Language and Linguistics. It would look for the best in
English language scholarship, but with a constant eye to its relation with
linguistic theory. In addition to his scholarly expertise, Richard Hogg
brought to the project a shrewd understanding of the academic world and of
academic publishing. Throughout his career he strongly promoted the
importance of English Language studies. Philologists pay close attention to
textual evidence; linguists build theories. Hogg did both.

Although he wore it lightly, Hogg was always a thinker, and time and again
his judgement was proved sound. He came up with imaginative, often
ingenious, suggestions both as a theorist and as an organiser. In meetings
he could talk his way through the twists and turns of a complicated sequence
of ideas with a body language to match. He had acted as Dean of the Faculty
of Arts in Manchester (1990-93), and was influential nationally and
internationally, often called on as adviser or consultant. In 1994 he was
elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and a decade later of the Royal
Society of Edinburgh.

Hogg was fun to have around, always ready for conversation and gossip. His
enthusiasm for the English language was infectious, and in breaks he could
chat with students about football, film or country music. Indeed, the
lectures themselves were often studded with anecdotes. He started a blog in
2006 in an "attempt to expose some of the many fallacies about English".
Church takes first step to redundancy

Monday, December 10, 2007

Patristics Carnival VI

I missed this being up last week. But here it is:

Patristics Carnival VI