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Conference Program

Association of Ancient Historians Annual Meeting 2012


Meeting sponsors:

Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation

Department of Classical Studies, Duke University

Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina Press

Brill Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands

Thursday, 3 May

Location: Durham Marriott City Center Hotel and Convention Center

3.00-6.00pm: Registration packets available, Convention Center Junior Ballroom D.  The Book Exhibit is also in this Ballroom today.


6.00-7.30pm: Opening Reception at Durham downtown residence of James Rives and John Johnston, 113 East Main St. (very short walk from Durham Marriott City Center Hotel – follow the map in your registration packet; wear your name tag, please!) 

Friday, 4 May

Location: Durham Marriott City Center Hotel and Convention Center

7.15-7.45am: Registration packets available for collection, Convention Center Meeting Room 1.  The Book Exhibit is now also in this room.

Location: UNC’s Louis Round Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room


8.00am: Buses leave Durham Marriott for UNC Chapel Hill


9.00-9.15am: Meeting Welcome

Welcome by Chairs of History (Lloyd Kramer) and Classics (Cecil Wooten) UNC, and Chair of Classical Studies (Carla Antonaccio) Duke University


Session 1, 9.15-10.45am: Civil Wars 

Chair: Tolly Boatwright (Duke University)


Michael Snowdon (York University, Ontario), The First Mithridatic War as a Civil War

Andrew Wolpert (University of Florida), Athens Under the Shadow of the Thirty

Anise Strong (Western Michigan University), Cicero, the Common Man, and Civil War in Late Republican Rhetoric

Respondent: Wayne Lee (UNC, Chapel Hill)

10.45-11.15am: Break with refreshments


Session 2, 11.15am-12.45pm: HGIS (Historical Geographic Information Systems): Questions, Applications

Chair: Sandra Blakely (Emory University)


Walter Scheidel (Stanford University), The Shape of the Roman World

Sorin Matei and Nicholas Rauh (Purdue University), A New Approach to Reporting Archaeological Surveys: Rough Cilicia, Visible Past and Open Context

Adam Rabinowitz (University of Texas, Austin), Maps, Mashups and Metadata: Geotemporal Visualization and the Ancient Mediterranean

Respondent: Brian Turner (Portland State University, Oregon)


12.45pm: Box lunch


12.45-1.45pm  Ancient World Mapping Center (Davis Library 5010*) open to visitors (Jeffrey A. Becker and Ryan Horne)

*Enter Davis Library and take an elevator to 5th floor. Proceed to the stack, immediately turn left, and walk straight on until you find a room with an open door – the Center.


Session 3, 1.45-2.40pm: Reflectance Transformation Imaging for Ancient Historians

Chair: Richard Talbert (UNC, Chapel Hill)

Daryn Lehoux (Queen’s University, Kingston)


2.40-3.00pm: Break with refreshments


Session 4, 3.00-4.30pm: Ernst Badian and the History of the Roman Republic

Chair: Richard Talbert (UNC, Chapel Hill)


Corey Brennan (Rutgers University and American Academy in Rome), Badian’s Methodological Maxims [filmed on DVD]

Jerzy Linderski (UNC, Chapel Hill), Ink and Blood: Ernst Badian and the Art of History


5.00pm: Buses leave UNC Chapel Hill for Durham Marriott


Dinner on your own

Saturday, 5 May

Book Exhibit in Convention Center Meeting Room 1


Location: Morning and afternoon at Duke East Campus, Richard White Lecture Hall, Room 107 (easy walking distance from Durham Marriott – follow the map in your registration packet; free shuttle van there and back also available at the hotel on first-come-first-served basis)


Session 5, 9.15-10.45am: Religious Change in the Roman Empire

Chair: Joshua Sosin (Duke University)


Ryan Wei (York University, Ontario), Towards a Concept of the Popular: A Comparative Approach to Syncretism and Religiosity in the Roman World

Jeffrey Stevens (UCLA), The Cult of Nemesis: From a Goddess of Wrath to a Guardian of Civic Virtue

Roberta Stewart (Dartmouth College), Continuity, Change, and Roman Imperial Coins

Respondent: James Rives (UNC, Chapel Hill)


10.45-11.15am: Break with refreshments


Session 6, 11.15am-12.45pm: The History of ‘Books’ and Reading in Greco Roman Antiquity

Chair: Clare Woods (Duke University)


Judson Herrman (Allegheny College), Demosthenes’ Philippics: A Fourth-Century Book?

Daniel Sarefield (Fitchburg State University), The Roman Origins of Book Burning

Duane Roller (The Ohio State University), Books Not Read: The Loss of Strabo’s Geography

Respondent: William Johnson (Duke University)


12.45-2.00pm: Lunch on your own (BigCity Sandwich truck right outside! Marketplace cafeteria and Trinity Café in Duke’s East Union, four buildings north; other possibilities too)


Session 7, 2.00-3.30pm: Moses Finley (Born 1912) in America: The Making of an Ancient Historian

Chair: Carol Thomas (University of Washington, Seattle)


Daniel Tompkins (Temple University), Moses Finley’s Early Development, 1927-1947

Fred Naiden (UNC, Chapel Hill), Finley’s War Years

Edward Harris (Durham University, U.K.), Finley and the Horoi: Revisiting ‘Studies in Land and Credit,’ Finley’s First Book

Respondent: Brent Shaw (Princeton University)


3.30-4.00pm: Break with refreshments


4.00-5.00pm: Association Business Meeting


7.00pm: Banquet in Convention Center Junior Ballroom A  

Speaker: Charlotte Roueché (King’s College, London), The American Society for Archaeological Research in Asia Minor 

Sunday, 6 May

Location: Durham Marriott City Center Hotel and Convention Center


Book Exhibit in Convention Center Meeting Room 1


8.00-9.00am: Breakfast for all registered participants in Convention Center Junior Ballroom A  


Session 8, 9.30-11.00am, Convention Center Meeting Rooms 2-4: Greek Historiography and Attic Comedy

Chair: Edith Foster (Ashland University) 

Donald Lateiner (Ohio Wesleyan University), Strategic Insults in Fifth-Century Comedy and Historiography

Mark Mash (Independent scholar), Herodotus and the Ethiopian King: Humor, Ethnography, and Empire

Jeffrey Rusten (Cornell University), Historical Interests in the Ancient Commentaries on Old Comedy

Respondent: Emily Baragwanath (UNC, Chapel Hill)

A .pdf version of this program may be downloaded by clicking below.

Richard Talbert,
Apr 25, 2012, 4:04 PM