The Twelfth Annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on the Ancient World

April 22, 2017

The Classical Studies Program at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, is hosting a one-day undergraduate conference. We envision this conference as an opportunity for talented undergraduates to present their work, for example a BA thesis or outstanding seminar paper, in a 15-minute talk to an audience of undergraduates and their faculty mentors. Papers are welcome in any area of ancient studies, including language and literature, religion, history, philosophy, and material culture.

A catered buffet breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants, and audio-visual facilities will be available.

ABSTRACT deadline is Monday, March 20, 2017.

Interested students should send an abstract of their paper electronically to the conference organizer, Prof. Mary R. Bachvarova ( The abstract should provide the following information: name, email address, name and email of the supporting faculty member, any audio-visual needs (PowerPoint, video, slide projector), title of the talk, and 300-word description of the talk. Conference acceptances will be emailed within a few days after the deadline.

Further information will be posted on the website of the Willamette University Classical Studies Program (, or you may contact the conference organizer, Prof. Mary R. Bachvarova.

Filed Under (Classics) by rhdell on 16-03-2017

Interested in learning about computer coding, especially as relevant for classics? Check out this new course offered by Paideia.

The Paideia Institute is thrilled to announce an additional special course offering, Coding for Classicists, to its spring semester of Telepaideia, our series of online courses. Paul Hudson, inventor of the well-known Latin app, “SPQR,” will be the course instructor.

Course Description:

This unique course is designed to bring together two very different disciplines in one place, with the goal of helping you get a working confidence with coding in as short a time as possible. As a classicist, you will already be familiar with both close reading of texts and the need to correlate data across many sources, but without the aid of computers it’s difficult to do both well. In this course you’ll be taught simple techniques for reading, parsing, analyzing, and filtering large amounts of classical text using code, then slowly expanding your skills to add a user interface. No coding knowledge is required to begin — you’ll be taught everything you need.

Classes begin on March 19th, and take place on Sundays at 3 pm EST.

See our website for more information or click the button below to enroll. Professional development credit and Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available.

Filed Under (Classics, Latin) by rhdell on 07-03-2017

Join us for an afternoon of celebration and catharsis over this turning point in Roman history. There will be themed food (such as pizza, salad, and cupcakes), sanguine drinks, and games involving effigies of Caesar!

The event will be held form 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, March 17th in Ford 101. All are welcome to drop by during that time frame!

Please join us this Thursday afternoon!

As usual, this lecture is free and open to the public!

CASA Research Colloquium
The Battle of Alarcos (1195): Musealization Of a Medieval Battlefield

Dr. Mario Ramírez Galán (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain)

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Eaton 412, Willamette University, 900 Winter
Street, Salem, Oregon

The medieval battle of Alarcos (1195) was the last great victory of Moslem against Christian troops in Spain. Having received information that the Almohad caliph Yaqub al-Mansur was gravely ill in Marrakesh, King Alphonso VIII of Castile decided to attack the Almohad possessions in Spain. Spanish and Moorish troops clashed at the castle of Alarcos, which marked the southernmost extension of Alphonso’s realm. The battle ended in a decisive, yet ultimately short-lived victory for the Moors.

Today, the ruins of the Castle of Alarcos and the surrounding battle field are well known. The castle has been excavated, but the battle field has not yet been surveyed, and little has been done to attract visitors. Dr. Ramírez Galán will present the results of the castle’s excavations, suggest a reconstruction of the different stages of the battle, and discuss how the battle field could be preserved so that modern visitors could walk through the site and experience the battle as it evolved.

Alarcos (Ciudad Real), Julio 2003.- Imagen aérea del Parque Arqueológico de Alarcos en Ciudad Real.

Note to AIA members: This is an afternoon research talk in Eaton Hall 412, not in the Law School.