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The Department of Classics at UC is co-sponsoring a two day conference on Mycenaean wall paintings to be held at the National Research Foundation in Athens.

This conference is organized by our own Shari Stocker and Jack Davis as well as Hariclia Brecoulaki of the Institute of Greek and Roman Antiquity. One of our graduate students, Emily Egan, will also be participating.

The organizers of the conference have described it as follows:

Despite the obvious fragmentation and scarcity of Mycenaean wall-paintings, newly excavated finds and new restorations of old fragments are gradually changing the landscape of Mycenaean iconography by expanding the range of known subject matters.

The aim of the present workshop is to bring together scholars who are actively engaged in the study of Mycenaean murals, both those excavated long ago and those only recently discovered, at the major Greek mainland sites of Thebes, Orchomenos, Gla, Mycenae, Tiryns, Argos, Sparta, and Pylos.

Their research presents an unparalleled opportunity for us to explore more systematically relationships between the pictorial themes of particular paintings and the specific contexts in which they have been found.

The conference runs the weekend of February 11, 2011.

The full program is also available.

Natalie Abell won the graduate student paper award in a unanimous vote at this year's Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) meetings. 

Natalie won the Pomerance Fellowship from last year's AIA.

This is the second time in three years that the graduate student paper award went to a UC Classics student. Marcie Handler won the same award in 2009.

Each year the University Research Council (URC) awards grants to faculty for research projects. This year three Classics faculty received grants:

  • Peter van Minnen for the publication of the Keos series of excavation monographs
  • Susan Prince for a new history of ancient cynicism
  • Kathleen Lynch for her research at the archaeological site of Gordion

Two of our faculty members are featured in the Arts & Sciences McMicken Monthly web magazine for their work that will be presented at the 2011 annual AIA/APA meetings this month.

gutzwillermenanderKathryn Gutzwiller is an invited speaker at the APA (American Philological Association) Presidential panel where she will present her research on newly discovered mosaics in Antioch which display portions of lost works of the playwright Menander.


Kathleen Lynch will be presenting at the Gold Medal Session of the AIA (Archaeological Institute of America). There she will outline how the changes in the design of drinking vessels in ancient Greece are an indicator of changing political, social, and economic shifts.

The 107th meeting of CAMWS (The Classical Association of the Middle West and South) will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in early April 2011. Four of our graduate students will be delivering papers at that conference.

Andrew Connor
"Loave's Labors Lost: Loving the Dead in Herodotus' Histories" 

UC Classics Will be Well Represented at the Annual AIA/APA Conference in January
The annual Archaeological Institute of America/American Philological Association meeting will have nine speakers from UC Classics. The following papers will be presented:

Natalie Abell
"The Beginning of the Late Bronze Age at Ayia Irini, Kea: A Ceramic Perspective from House B"

During Period VI, the first part of the LBA at Ayia Irini, the population expanded and construction began on several important buildings, including Houses A, B, and F. The influence of Minoan culture -- evident in architectural features of House A, ceramics, and other objects -- is apparent. Yet, the period is not comprehensively defined, and phasing within it is vague. A firm chronology and an analysis of ceramic consumption patterns, of Minoan as well as other imports, is required in order to elucidate the role of Ayia Irini in Aegean exchange patterns.

Defined on the basis of ceramic imports, Period VI begins with the appearance of LM IA and LH I styles, and ends with the arrival of LM IB/LH II pottery. This definition has been expanded only slightly since it first was put forward by Jack L. Caskey in 1972 (Hesperia 41.3, 391-93, fig. 13, pls. 92-3). Analysis of finds from House B, which preserved several well-stratified deposits of Period VI, thus provides a welcome opportunity to re-examine the nature of Period VI assemblages. Since pottery from many different parts of the Aegean – Crete, mainland Greece, Aegina, and other Aegean islands – has been identified at Ayia Irini, new information from House B will encourage and facilitate reinterpretation of ceramic assemblages and sequences at many other sites as well. It will also document more concretely the far-flung exchange networks in which the residents of Ayia Irini participated.

The 2011 edition of the Blegen Bulletin is hot off the press.


The adventurous wouldn’t dare miss an opportunity to experience Kamenica, a mysterious and diverse burial mound in Albania that carries nearly seven centuries of history. But the site itself was in jeopardy of dying until University of Cincinnati Classics alum Ols Lafe came to the rescue.

Thanks to Lafe the U.S. State Department is now aiding the preservation of this late Bronze Age treasure in Kamenica through its Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. 

As the director for cultural heritage at the Albanian Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Lafe helped secure funding to preserve the Tumulus of Kamenica, a rare and important piece of Albanian heritage.


Read the rest of the profile in the McMicken monthly here.