Annonce d’une nouvelle série de monographies – Oxford University Press

New Monograph Series Announcement

Cultures of Reading in the Ancient Mediterranean

 Oxford University Press

The “Cultures of Reading in the Ancient Mediterranean” monograph series is focused both narrowly and broadly.  In terms of topic, it will narrowly focus upon ancient book cultures, from (generally) sociological perspectives and media criticism.  In terms of chronology and academic disciplines, it will broadly focus upon cultures from the historical era of ancient Greece up through late antiquity and dwell at the intersection of Classics, papyrology, Jewish Studies, early Christian studies, and ancient media culture. In light of its interdisciplinary focus, however, it will also include the capacity to include studies on other periods and areas of study (such as the ancient Near East or early Islam) that are central to the theme of the series.

The series will feature single-author and multi-author monographs of typically 60,000 to 80,000 words.  We envision a limited program of ten or twelve studies for the monograph series that will be published over the next ten years.  The geographical focus is on the cultures around the Mediterranean basin and the chronological focus will range from the Greek archaic period through late antiquity.  With a topical focus on ancient book and media culture, this series will ride a surge in interest in these topics across various disciplines in the Humanities.  Building upon works in the 1980s and 1990s in ancient literacy (William Harris, Rosalind Thomas) and sociological approaches to textual cultures (Brian Stock, Brian Street, Ruth Finnegan), among others, for the past two decades scholars across Classical Studies, Jewish Studies, and early Christian studies in particular have carved out an interdisciplinary and overlapping discourse related to ancient book cultures.  It is our intention that “Cultures of Reading in the Ancient Mediterranean” be the premier publication venue for the next wave of studies in this productive interdisciplinary space.


William A. Johnson, Duke University

Chris Keith, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London

Kindly contact the editors if you have a project to propose for inclusion.

Appel à candidatures – DAI-ANAMED Post-doctoral Fellowships

Call for Applications: DAI-ANAMED Post-doctoral Fellowships

The Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Istanbul (DAI) and Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) invite applications for newly established DAI-ANAMED Joint Fellowships in Environmental Archaeology to support. The fellowships will support research on the environmental archaeology of Anatolia using approaches such as archaeobotany, anthracology, environmental modelling, and related specializations. The primary responsibility of fellowship holders will be to conduct work relating to a longitudinal research project titled “Humidity & Society: 8.500 Years of Climate History in Western Anatolia.” Using Neolithic through Classical period materials from excavations associated with the DAI and Koç University (e.g., Barcın Höyük, Kaymakçı, Pergamon), the project aims to conduct high-resolution stable isotope carbon analyses of ancient wood and seed samples to estimate past relative humidity and water availability and thus to understand past climatic conditions for agricultural and pastoral activities.

ANAMED, located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul is dedicated to fostering research on the archaeology, art, heritage, and history of Anatolia through fellowships, exhibitions, symposia, publications, and library collections and services. Selected post-doctoral fellows will work in ANAMED’s environmental archaeology laboratory, help develop reference collections therein, and run hands-on workshops related to the fellowship. Fellows must be resident in Istanbul but might spend up to two months elsewhere in Turkey carrying out field work or on-site research related to the fellowship.


Successful applicants will have a strong combination of the following qualifications:

·         PhD in a related specialization (e.g., archaeology, anthropology, ancient history and/or related social sciences and humanities fields) granted after 15 September 2015;

·         Demonstrated expertise in archaeobotany, anthracology, environmental modelling, isotope analyses in archaeology, and/or related specializations;

·         Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative skills for working within teams;

Ability to work independently and to prioritize multiple, simultaneous projects;

·         Ability to communicate effectively (written and spoken) in English with project-related researchers as well as Koç University faculty, administration, staff, and students; Turkish and/or German is preferred as well;

·         Flexibility in work schedule, as needed; and

·         No military obligations.


The successful applicant will be provided a fellowship stipend commensurate with experience, health benefits, a research account, and assorted other benefits.


The successful applicant will be ready to start the one-year fellowship on 21 September 2020. Renewal thereafter is contingent on project progress and available funding.


Required application materials include;

(1) an application letter detailing the applicant’s relevant experience and motivation to win a fellowship;

(2) a Curriculum Vitae; and

(3) the names and emails of two referees familiar with the applicant’s experience. Up to two relevant publications or writing samples are welcome, also. Applicant materials must be submitted via email to Application files should be saved as MSWord or PDF files, with filenames containing the applicant’s last name. Questions should also be addressed to

 Application review will commence on 15 July 2020 and continue until the position is filled, with an estimated fellowship start date of 21 September 2020.

Prolepsis’ 5th International Conference – 17th-18th December 2020 Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”

« Prolepsis: Predicting, Anticipating, Foretelling from Antiquity to the Renaissance »

Keynote speaker: Prof. Patrick Finglass (University of Bristol)

17th-18th December 2020 Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”.

Τὴν πρόληψιν λέγουσιν οἱονεὶ κατάληψιν
ἢ δόξαν ὀρθὴν ἢ ἔννοιαν ἢ καθολικὴν νόησιν ἐναποκειμένην.
(D.L. X 33)
“By preconception they mean a sort of apprehension
or a right opinion or notion, or universal idea stored in the mind”.
(Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, ed. R.D. Hicks, Cambridge 1925).

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its fifth international conference whose theme will be the concept of prolepsis itself: we chose this theme as an ideal conclusion to the five-year work of the present boarding committee. We would like to use Diogenes Laertius’ quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues related to predicting, anticipating, and foretelling throughout a period that goes from Classical antiquity to the Renaissance. This year the conference will be particularly keen on – but not limited to – the following topics:

●    Apocalyptic and visionary literature, oracles;
●    Divination arts;
●    Prophecies and prophetic characters in various literary genres;
●    Spoiler and its perception;
●    Modern attributions of foreshadows to ancient authors;
●    The literary technique of prolepsis;
●    Proleptic pronouns and their special uses, rhetorical figures (hysteron proteron, anastrophe, figures dealing     with word order);
●    Premonitory dreams;
●    Prequel;
●    Political foreshadowing, politicians claiming to be ahead of times, historical     figures who were actually ahead of their times;
●    Anacyclosis (especially regimes preparing following governments);
●    Misplaced fascicles, reclamantes;
●    Transpositions, accidental shifts forward (e. g. books in a work, or works in a corpus);
●    Unveiling alleged literary foreshadowing;
●    Preparatory works (notes, drafts, hypomnemata, proekdoseis);
●    Prolepsis as philosophical concept.

The organising committee:
Roberta Berardi (University of Oxford)
Nicoletta Bruno (LMU München)
Giulia Dovico (Universität zu Köln)
Martina Filosa (Universität zu Köln)
Luisa Fizzarotti (SISMEL – Firenze)
Olivia Montepaone (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Appel à candidatures (postes de chercheurs) – Université de Hambourg

The University of Hamburg is offering three fixed term research positions in a new project under the auspices of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg on (Ancient and Byzantine) Greek etymological lexica. May I draw your kind attention to the official job offers:

full-time researcher (Greek studies), fixed term until 2022-12-31

(German version:

part-time (65%) researcher (Greek studies), fixed term until 2022-12-31

(German version:

   full-time software developer, fixed term until 2025-12-31

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Bourse post-doctorale – VH Galbraith Junior Research Fellow (Oxford)

St Hilda’s College Oxford intends to elect a full-time Stipendiary VH Galbraith Junior Research Fellow for a period of three years from 1 October 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The person appointed will be expected to undertake advanced research in Medieval Studies and the Fellowship is open to those who will have completed a PhD/DPhil or who will be near completion at the time of taking up the post.

Applicants may be working on literature of any language in the area of Medieval Studies. The primary duty of the post is to carry out research; in addition to the potential supervision within the Department, the JRF will receive additional academic mentoring by a College Fellow (see

The primary criterion for appointment to the Junior Research Fellowship will be research excellence.

The stipend will start at Grade 7, point 1, which is £32,817 per annum and is pensionable under the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

The Fellow will be provided with use of a shared office in College. Fellows are entitled to free meals, are members of the Senior Common Room, and may apply for research expenses (currently up to £1,800 per annum). They will also be eligible to apply for small project and event grants through the College’s Research Committee.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 10 January 2020. Further details, including information on how to apply, may be downloaded from the College website at, or obtained from the Academic Registrar, St Hilda’s College, Oxford OX4 1DY (