Filed Under (Classics, Greek, Latin) by nshevche on 28-11-2011

« (…) we ask UNESCO to invite European Governments to engage in the protection of Latin and Greek languages, as the highest expression of the cultural substance of Europe and to declare them “intangible patrimony of humanity” (…) »

This is an appeal to UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to protect the Ancient Latin and Greek languages. This petition argues that the preservation of Ancient Greek and Latin is essential to higher education world wide, and I think this is a great organization to throw our weight behind as a community.

Click here to get to the petition. All it takes to sign is a name and email address.


This is an article forwarded to the Classics Blog by one of Willamette’s Classics professors. It is a fantastic read about people who are in a position of power, and how they are perceived by the people they rule. The link is below for your reading pleasure 🙂

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SALEM, Ore. —Alison Futrell, associate professor of Roman history at University of Arizona, will explore a number of representations of Boudica, from Roman to modern times on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall at the College of Law at Willamette University. Sponsored by the university’s Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and the Archaeological Institute of America, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Futrell’s lecture, “Remembering Boudica, Monuments of a Barbarian Queen”, will examine how the tribal queen Boudica, pushed beyond her limits by the excesses of the Roman colonizers, rose up to lead her people against the Roman Empire in A.D. 60. This revolt resulted in horrifying retributions that included the deaths of tens of thousands as multiple cities were burned to the ground (including what is now present day London). In the post-Roman period, Boudica became a key element in constructing British national identity.

Futrell’s research is guided by her interest in the symbols and rituals of power in the Roman Empire, with particular focus on the deployment of gender and material culture in imperial politics. She is the author of “Blood in the Arena: The Spectacle of Roman Power” and The Roman Games: Historical Sources in Translation”. She has appeared in a number of documentaries for the History Channel and A & E, including “Hannibal”, “The True Story of Gladiators”, “Cleopatra’s World: Alexandria Revealed,” and, most recently, “Boudica: Warrior Queen”.

Books will be available for sale, and the lecture will be followed by a book signing. For more information, contact Andrea Foust at (503) 370-6654.

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by nshevche on 02-11-2011
Grant and Award Opportunities for Students


The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology would like to let you know about our 2011-2012 student grant and award opportunities. Application forms, review procedures, and examples of previously funded projects are available on our web site at or by clicking on the links below. Please note that we have a brand new Study Abroad Grant opportunity with a quickly approaching deadline of November 15.

Student Opportunities Include:

Please contact Ortwin Knorr (CASA Director) at if you have any questions.

Student Study Abroad Grant
Application Due Date: November 15, 2011

The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette offers up to two annual grants that are meant to enable Willamette University undergraduate students to participate in a study abroad program focusing on the study of ancient history, languages, and civilizations by participating in a suitable study abroad program. The grants provide funding (up to $3000) toward the cost of travel to and from the site and tuition and program expenses. Support may be used to attend both Willamette-sponsored and non-WU study abroad programs.

Student Internship in Museology at the
Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Application Due Date: March 5, 2012

Established in 2007 by the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology, this eight-week internship is awarded every summer to Willamette University juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who have not yet entered graduate school. The internship provides students (especially those with an interest in museum careers) with a unique, hands-on introduction to the curatorial, educational, operational, and preparatory structure of a small university art museum. Interns will work on a variety of projects depending on the museum’s needs, give gallery talks, and conduct original research on a specific object(s) in the museum’s collection with the guidance of a faculty advisor. This research will culminate in a paper, educational materials and exhibition labels as needed by the museum, and, if possible, a public presentation on campus during the following academic year.

This internship represents a full-time commitment – 40/hours per week for 6 weeks. It involves working at the museum on a variety of projects as well as undertaking an independent research project with a specific outcome. The intern will be paid an hourly wage (total student payment will not exceed $2500 per internship). Faculty Advisor Stipend: $500.

Student Field School Grants
Application Due Date: March 5, 2012

The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette offers several annual grants to help enable Willamette University undergraduate participation in archaeological field schools, excavation or survey projects by providing funding (up to $3000) toward tuition, travel and living expenses. Support may be used both to attend Willamette’s own field school and non-Willamette field schools.

Student Grant for Advanced Training in
Ancient Languages or Ancillary Disciplines
Application Due Date: March 5, 2012

The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette University offers one grant each year to enable a qualified and motivated student to acquire more advanced or specialized training in ancient languages or ancillary disciplines related to the study of the ancient world, such as epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, or palaeography. This grant is intended to encourage students to enroll, for example, in an intensive summer course offered through another accredited institution of higher education or under the auspices of a recognized learned society (e.g., the American Society of Papyrologists or the American Numismatic Society). In particular, the grant supports summer course work in ancient Hebrew, Greek, or Latin whose completion would enable students to advance more quickly in their study of these languages. It is also meant to support students who wish to study another ancient language that is not offered at Willamette (e.g., Egyptian hieroglyphics, Celtic languages, or an Ancient Near Eastern language such as Hittite). Finally, this grant intended to support students with research interests in the ancient world that would be enriched by their study of an ancillary discipline, such as epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, or palaeography.

All currently enrolled Willamette students are eligible, including seniors. Funding (up to $2,500) is provided toward tuition, travel, and living expenses. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of three CASA core faculty members appointed by the CASA director.

The Carl S. Knopf Award for the
Best Student Paper on the Ancient World

Application Due Date: April 2, 2011

The Carl S. Knopf award is bestowed annually on the Willamette undergraduate student who has written the best term paper or senior thesis dealing directly with the ancient world or with the reception of ancient cultures worldwide in later time periods. The award carries a monetary prize in the amount of $500.