Letter from the Chair
At the beginning of Fall Semester two new students swelled our ranks: Eric Driscoll (Chicago), winner of a Berkeley Fellowship, and Rhawn Friedlander (Berkeley and Penn), winner of our Pritchett Fellowship. Next fall two more will appear on deck: Melissa Cradic (George Washington), admitted last year on a Pritchett Fellowship, had been allowed to defer for a year to attend classes at Cambridge, and now has won a Regents intern fellowship, so we’ll look forward eagerly to greeting both her and our second Regents’ fellow, Caroline Cheung (Florida State) in August.
Among our continuing students, Noah Kaye took up the prestigious Heinrich Schliemann fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in the fall, and David DeVore spent the fall on a Jacobi Foundation Fellowship at the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik in Munich. Now a pro at grant writing, David has secured Stanford’s Maybelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship for next year.
Our special congratulations go to Laura Pfuntner for passing her PhD oral exams, and to Tim Doran, Jeff Pearson, and Amy Russell for filing their dissertations. Tim has explored demographic fluctuation and institutional response in Sparta; Jeff has devoted himself to contextualizing the Nabataeans, producing a critical reassessment of their history and material culture; and Amy has examined the definition of public space in republican Rome. We congratulate Jeff for securing a one-year visiting assistant professorship in Classics at Macalester College in Minnesota and Amy for her assistant professorship at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (“the Centro”) in Rome, and wish them all our very best in their future endeavors.
To turn to this year’s activities, we’ve been ultra-busy once again. On October 25th, the Twenty-first Annual W.K. Pritchett Lecture was given by R.R.R. (Bert) Smith of Lincoln College, Oxford. A brilliant and innovative scholar of Roman art, director of excavations at Aphrodisias in Turkey, and the principal investigator in a British Academy-funded effort to rethink the late Roman empire and its sculptural production, Professor Smith presented a paper entitled “Defacing the Gods at Aphrodisias: The Julio-Claudian Sebasteion in Late Antiquity”—a fascinating re-examination of iconoclasm both sacred and secular in the transition from paganism to Christianity in Asia Minor. In April, we co-hosted Rachel Kousser, Professor at Brooklyn College and at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Getty Villa Fellow, who spoke to us on “The Aesthetics and facture of ‘Voodoo Dolls’ in Classical Athens.” Tactfully reminding us of the similarities and differences between ancient and modern sympathetic magical practice, she deftly piloted us through the complexities of the ancient written and archaeological evidence on this fascinating topic, and to its implications for ancient concepts of representation, substitution, and control.
Our Noon Colloquia continued unabated, thanks to the unquenchable enthusiasm and extraordinary organizational skills of Lisa Eberle. In addition to speakers from Berkeley, Stockton, Stanford, Santa Cruz, Chicago, Oklahoma, and Arizona, we heard from colleagues from Paris, Switzerland, and Heidelberg on topics as diverse as Akhenaten the “heretic” pharaoh, how saints and sophists dealt with Roman law courts, scientia in Roman stone and concrete construction, Levantine ivories, Cicero and the American Republic, and Caius Verres’ Sicilian empire! And the Aleshire Center has treated us to an excellent series of speakers and events as well.
Finally, even as I write, three AHMA faculty and their teams are gearing up for a busy summer in the field: Ben Porter at Dihiban; Carol Redmount at El Hibeh; and Kim Shelton at Nemea and Mycenae. They each take with them our very best wishes for a successful season ahead.
1. Spotlight on Nemea Excavations
The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology of the University of California, Berkeley, began the first of three field seasons of excavation at Nemea in 2010.
Plans for the excavation project are to undertake a systematic excavation of targeted areas of the Sanctuary (such as E/F/G-19) that indicate a strong potential for prehistoric and early historic architecture and ceramics, in order to investigate the early historic and prehistoric levels of the site, as well as possible well-stratified Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic remains (D/E-11/12) that will aid in continuing study and publication of the material from these periods. Geophysical survey and subsurface investigation also helped us determine potential for future excavation.
From June 1st until July 8th, four teams made up of two or three undergraduate students spent three days in each of the excavation trenches where, under supervision of the trench supervisor, they recorded the excavation process in notebooks, labeled and packaged finds, participated in the recording of finds with the total station, and excavated alongside our local workmen. The teams also rotated through the museum workroom where they participated in the cleaning, conservation and cataloging of finds, and everyone had the opportunity to try ‘walk the walk’ of the geophysical survey.
In Section F19, excavation in Trench 1, in the center north of square F19 east of the Heröon wall (partially excavated in 1979, 1980, and 1983), was intended to investigate early periods of use, as well as to clarify the stratigraphy of the Heröon itself. Initial evidence suggests three major phases in this trench so far: pre-Archaic (Geometric?), Archaic (sixth century?), and Hellenistic-Roman.
Two semi-coarse vessels found just below the current surface date to the Hellenistic-Roman phase. The Archaic phase is represented by yellow soils with whole vessels, as found this season in G19 Trench 1 (see below), although few were found here. The Archaic wall of rounded stones associated with this phase lies in one course on top of a thin layer of fill and a mass of stone. Cut into the upper levels of the Archaic phase was a pit of amorphous hard reddish-yellow soil, large pieces of carbon, and hunks of burned clay/soil. The pattern of burning on some of the carbon suggests a textile, while post holes around the pit may suggest some type of small tent structure.
The pre-Archaic phase contained very little pottery, but more bone than elsewhere in the trench, clumps of yellow ochre, and a dump of burned stones without carbon. The bottom of this phase contained increasing amounts of pottery with an increasing proportion of Bronze Age and Neolithic pieces. In the western part of the trench, under the two later walls, was a wide swath of limestone “rubble” tightly packed with clean soil and clay. Based on the small number of sherds recovered so far, a Geometric date is suggested for this phase.
Trench 2 was opened towards the end of this season to further explore the stones, visible on the surface since the 1980 excavation, and their relationship with the stones in Trench 1 and the later enclosure walls. The exact function of this stone packing is still unclear, but it may have been intended to support a mound or to buttress against erosion. Also as yet unclear, due to the almost total absence of pottery, is the date of the feature.
Excavations in Section G19 investigated early periods of use and further exposed a wall uncovered in 1998. So far, three phases of use were recognized here: pre-Archaic, Archaic, and Late Archaic/Early Classical.
The latest phase is represented by a small amount of pottery consisting of mostly fineware fragments of kotylai and a number of whole pots. These vases were deposited whole together with the deposition of the clean soil matrix that surrounded them. This careful and systematic action can be characterized as ritual and repeated; one of the kotylai was found with carbon clearly inside of it, while two nearby stones likely had been placed inside other examples. The pottery from this phase dates primarily to the later Archaic period, with none later than the first half of the fifth century B.C.
Further exposure of the previously excavated wall yielded a preliminary interpretation of its function as a retaining wall. The layer on which it sits contained no diagnostic pottery, nor were any dateable sherds found within the wall stones; the layers around and over the feature date to the Archaic period while the levels under the feature are of Geometric and prehistoric date.
The overall purpose of excavations in the area known as D/E-11/12 is to investigate the use of the area in different periods of the site’s history, specifically if this is the location of the hippodrome. Trench E12, originally opened as a 5 x 7-m trench, was soon reduced to 2.5 x 3.5 m to enable an investigation of the thick and relatively clean layers at depth. At least two alluvial events were identified in the stratigraphy alternating with periods of human action, primarily cultivation, dating to the Early Christian and Hellenistic periods. The search for the hippodrome in this trench was inconclusive. Trench E11 was investigated to just below the surface layers and produced mixed Byzantine and Early Modern material.
A geophysical survey that employed several different techniques was conducted by the Laboratory of Geophysical-Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas – F.O.R.T.H.) under the guidance of Dr. Apostolos Sarris and Dr. Nikos Papadopoulos. The total area covered with at least one geophysical technique was 25,000 square meters and pinpointed a few regions that deserve more attention. The survey did not identify any specific leveling of the subsurface on the west side of the archaeological site where the hippodrome was expected; thus the different subsurface strata do not provide supporting evidence for the existence of the hippodrome in this area. The area around the temple, however, seems to have a number of anomalies that may be indicative of architectural remains.
In summary, site work in 2010 demonstrated, through excavation and geophysical survey, that within the sanctuary there remain areas for continuing investigation and indications (architectural and ceramic) of use in the pre-Archaic (early historic and prehistoric) periods. Both of these research avenues also provide strong indications that the hippodrome is unlikely to be located in the northwest part of the site. We look forward to the upcoming season this summer.
Director of Nemea Excavations
2. Introducing Incoming Students
Caroline Cheung reports, “The academic year 2010-2011 has been demanding, yet rewarding. After my first year at Florida State University, I worked at Cetamura del Chianti as the field assistant during the first season. During the second season, I continued to supervise a unit and, with the financial support of the Etruscan Foundation Conservation Fellowship, I was able to research and implement conservation treatments on black-gloss pottery excavated in the early 1970’s. Upon my return to FSU, I passed my MA exams, completed my thesis (‘Size Matters: Reconsidering the Marble Supply from Imperial Portraiture’), presented my thesis at a graduate colloquium, and taught my own course (‘Ancient Mythology’) for the first time. I recently graduated with my MA and will drive back to California before I return to Cetamura to continue working in the unit I supervised last year. I look forward to returning to California and joining the Group in the fall!”
Melissa Cradic says, “I am currently working on completing a one-year MPhil in Archaeology (Mesopotamia option) at the University of Cambridge. I have had a great year in Cambridge, but I can't wait to get started at Berkeley in the fall. Before then, I will have a busy few months: in July, I will be returning to excavate at the Jezreel Valley Regional Project in Israel. In August, I plan to submit my MPhil thesis, which investigates mortuary practices in the Middle Bronze Age Levant, before making a quick transition from Cambridge to Berkeley. I am very much looking forward to joining AHMA in a few months!”
3. News from Returning Students
Ryan Boehm sums it up: “I will complete the program this year, graduating in May. After returning to Ashkelon to continue supervising the excavation of city's bouleuterion, I will come back to the Bay Area just in time to pack up and get ready to move to the East Coast. Beginning in July I take up a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University, where I will be teaching courses on Greek history. Before moving to Providence, Meghan Keen and I will be getting married in Southern California in early August. Just to make the summer even crazier, we will then drive across country to New England. This year I have had articles accepted by the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists and the Encyclopedia of Ancient History. I hope to come out with articles on the bouleuterion at Ashkelon and the unpublished Metroon at Kolophon before the end of the year.”
This past year, Chris Bravo has been working on course requirements and language exams. But with only one more language exam and a couple of course requirements to go, the year has ultimately been success! In the summer, he will be studying as much Greek as he can muster before his August exam, as well as developing a couple of papers on two widely disparate topics: archaic Spartan cults, and the social history of Hellenistic Uruk.
David DeVore spent the Fall in Munich and the spring at Berkeley, mostly knocking out his dissertation, but enjoying the occasional beer in both settings. He presented his research at both Munich’s Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik in October and at Radboud University Nijmegen at the OIKOS/Impact of Empire Work in Progress meeting in December. This spring, he enjoyed teaching as a GSI for History 185A (“Christianity to 800”) and submitted his first book chapter, an article on the genre of Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, for a volume on Eusebius of Caesarea to be published by the Center for Hellenic Studies. The summer, after five weeks teaching for the summer Greek workshop, will bring him to Israel to do research and, he hopes, to Oxford to present it. In the fall, it's finally off to the job market, his colleagues’ successes having given him some hope. He has again enjoyed editing the newsletter, this year definitely his last.
Timothy Doran is in the late stages of editing his dissertation, PopulationFluctuation and Institutional Response in Sparta, and his wife is pregnant with their second child, a boy, whose name has not been decided but will be Severian, Hektor, Florian, Damian, Julian, Roman, or something interesting.
Eric Driscoll reminisces, “I started the year by passing my French exam, and look set to end it with a real-life version when I spend two weeks on Delos with the EFA this summer. In between, I have been exploring, and trying to refine, my academic interests while adjusting to the differences between Chicago and Berkeley (what are these “semesters,” anyway?) and attempting to construct an apartment entirely out of empty book bags from Moe's. Next year I look forward to preparing for the Greek exam, starting my QP, and figuring out what to do with myself!”
Lisa Eberle spent the year teaching and taking field exams. She has become increasingly interested in ideas of property and practices of resource allocation as powerful ways of tracing and understanding historical change. This interest has led to several side projects (Roman law in C16/17 Holland and the history of the commodification of thought) and hopefully will yield a (dissertation) question in the context of the Ancient Mediterranean to be puzzled over for the next few years. In the summer she will be teaching in the Latin workshop at Berkeley and shall spend two weeks on Delos as part of a seminar on the Delian economy which is organized through the French School at Athens.
Rhawn Friedlander says, “I am happy to have survived my first year back at Berkeley, and will be spending the summer studying for Latin and French exams and developing a qualifying paper.”
Brendan Haug discloses, “I'm currently working on a dissertation on the Egyptian Fayyum. It covers environmental conditions, irrigation, cropping patterns and settlement shift, all with an eye to the very end of the ‘ancient’ period, i.e. the 6th-8th centuries CE. I hope that it will serve as a prolegomenon to a fuller environmental history of the region in antiquity. I’ll be here this summer teaching Latin 1 and assisting Todd Hickey at the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri in August, when we will receive a several-week visit from a group of Egyptian papyrology students and NYU papyrologist (and 2005 Sather Professor) Roger Bagnall.”
Noah Kaye reflects, “I spent 2010-11 at the ASCSA as a Regular Member, touring sites in Greece with Mellon Prof. Margaret Miles and in Ionia and Caria with John Camp. I learned an immense amount from this experience, but I am looking forward to returning to Berkeley. In 2011-12, I plan to write the bulk of my dissertation on the Attalids and Asia Minor, 188-133, in residence as a fellow of the Aleshire Center. I am excited to be planning a trip to Delos for two weeks this summer along with two other AHMA students, Lisa Eberle and Eric Driscoll. We will be attending the EFA's summer seminar on the epigraphy and archaeology of the economy of Delos.”
From Lindsay McCandless: “In the summer of 2010, courtesy of a generous travel grant from AHMA, I spent two weeks researching in Crete before heading to Bulgaria to excavate. My academic year has been spent finishing up the last of my coursework requirements and passing my ancient Egyptian language exam. This summer I will stay in Berkeley to study for my main subject field exam scheduled for September, 2011. I will also be making good use of my National Parks Pass as well as fitting in as many climbing trips as possible to preserve my sanity.”
Jeff Pearson relates, “I am pleased to report that I will be receiving my PhD this May and that I have accepted a position at Macalester College in St. Paul for the upcoming academic year. I am already busy preparing for this new role, in which I will be putting my AHMA experience to good use teaching a range of courses in history, language, and archaeology, but I do plan to find some time this summer for working on a few musical projects, catching (and of course releasing) some fish, and enjoying life in San Francisco.”
Erin Pitt informs us, “After a first year filled with courses and a successful French exam, I spent the summer of 2010 working my third season as a staff member of the Via Consolare Project in Pompeii. My second year has been equally eventful. I conquered the German exam and continued taking courses and studying for language exams. I plan to spend the summer of 2011 reading as much Latin and Greek possible to pass my upcoming language exams and looking forward to finishing up my final course requirements during my third year.”
Amy Russell reports, “2010-11 has been a very busy year: I finished my dissertation (‘The Definition of Public Space in Republican Rome’) and will be graduating in May. Another highlight was the conference ‘Oratory and Politics in the Roman Republic’ in Oxford, which allowed me to return to my roots in political history. I will be contributing a chapter on ‘Speech, competition, and collaboration: tribunician politics and the development of popular ideology’ to the conference volume. I am looking forward to returning to Rome as Assistant Professor at the ICCS ('the Centro') for 2011-12. Now I just have to say goodbye to Berkeley and pack for my fourth transatlantic move in five years!”
Randy Souza spent this year avoiding death by CO poisoning, working on field exams (the Roman Emperor in the Empire, Classical/Hellenistic Sicily) and will take orals in May. He plans to finish a dissertation prospectus over the summer, and will excavate at Morgantina in Sicily for part of July and August.
4. Faculty Reports
Diliana Angelova had a busy and stimulating year. She was welcomed as faculty member for the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology group at UC Berkeley. She taught History of Art 10, the first part of the art history survey, for the first time, as well as a lecture class on late antique art and an undergraduate seminar dedicated to ideas about love in literature (from Sappho to Tristan and Iseult) and in art (from kouroi to medieval ivory boxes). In October, she gave a lecture on the urban development of Constantinople and the contradictory presentation of the city in the literary sources and in extant archaeological evidence. She completed two book reviews, one for Speculum and another for Jahrbuch der ősterreichischen Byzantinistik.And in her spare moments Diliana continued working on her book on the presentation of gender and power in the Roman Empire. Last year, this project opened to her the world of early Christian writers. This May it took her to Rome, to explore the fascinating monuments of the Augustan era.
Aaron Brody calls his latest project, “Transjordanian Commerce with Northern Judah in the Iron IIC- early Persian period: Ceramic Indicators, Interregional Interaction, and Marketing at Tell en-Nasbeh.” In it, he correlates ceramic evidence of Transjordanian trade with previous metallurgical evidence to corroborate a model of local market exchange as a facet of the Judean economy. Aaron’s other big news is that his youngest son, Nathaniel Alan Brody, just had his first birthday.
The word from Marian Feldman is: “I am now completing my second year as AHMA graduate advisor, which has provided me with the rewarding opportunity of getting to know better our diverse and talented cohort of graduate students. In fall, Andy Stewart and I co-taught a seminar on Greece and the Near East that doubled (or maybe tripled) as the AHMA interdisciplinary seminar. The experience proved so rich that I decided to reprise it with my NES colleague Ben Porter for fall 2011 when we will co-teach the AHMA interdisciplinary seminar on ‘Making Things in the Iron Age Levant.’ Over the course of the year, I presented different aspects of my current research on campus twice, first in November at the History of Art faculty lecture series and then at an AHMA noon colloquium in March. Away from campus, I gave lectures at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, the University of Chicago, UCLA and LACMA. This spring, I was the fortunate recipient of a Townsend Center fellowship for associate professors, which has allowed me to concentrate on writing my current book on ivories and metalworking in the early first millennium BCE. I have also been a co-organizer for a UCHRI-sponsored working group exploring the topic of the material world in social life, pairing with my colleague Chandra Mukerji in the Communications Department at UCSD. Fall saw the publication of my article, ‘Object Agency? Spatial Perspective, Social Relations, and the Stele of Hammurabi,’ in Agency and Identity in the Ancient Near East: New Paths Forward, ed. [AHMA alumna] S. Steadman and J. Ross (Equinox, 2010).”
Erich Gruen’s tidings are: “The biggest event of my past year, by a wide margin, was my marriage to Ann Hasse in August of 2010, at a site familiar to almost all readers of the Newsletter: the back garden of my home. We look forward to many years together – and to many AHMA parties in that location. Among lesser events, two books appeared in December, Rethinking the Other in Antiquity, and an edited collection of essays, Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean. Neither has yet made it onto the NY Times bestseller lists. My articles these days seem to appear mostly in conference volumes, Festschriften, and Companions. I spent last spring as Sackler Visiting Scholar at Tel Aviv University, allowing me the opportunity to have time with old friends and former students (including former groupie Ory Amitay), and to enjoy dwelling two blocks from the beach on the Mediterranean. I sang a bit for my supper: lectures at Tel Aviv, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Haifa, and Bar-Ilan. A small price to pay. In the fall and winter, I managed to wangle a few invitations to speak at the University of Wisconsin, Stanford, Trinity College, Dublin, and University of Edinburgh.
Emily Mackil writes, “In the summer of 2010 I presented papers at two conferences: one on the taxation practices of Greek poleis at a conference on Fiscal Regimes in Early States at Stanford; and the other on the governance of local sanctuaries as a point of tension and overlap in the separate powers of member states and federal government in the Greek koinon, at a conference on Religion and Politics in Greek Federal States in Münster. I have now completed my book Creating a Common Polity: Religion, Economy, and Politics in the Making of the Greek Koinon, and hope that it will be out within a year or so. The high point of my teaching this year was a graduate seminar on ‘Religion & Politics in the Greek World.’”
Stephen Miller has just finished a short article entitled “Ancient Nemea: Wine and the Games” for a book due to appear next December. The book is a collaborative effort by several scholars: archaeologists (including AHMA Ph.D. Yannis Lolos), historians of various periods, agriculturists, chemists, and oinologists. It is tentatively entitled Phliasian Nemea: Wine through the Ages in the Corinthian Interior. Miller's contribution is an attempt to reconstruct the role played by wine at the Nemean Games, and especially in religious liturgies as revealed by discoveries in the excavations.
Benjamin Porter spent the past year writing. Altogether, nine new publications appeared in print, ranging from a co-authored article in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research on early Iron Age Levantine animal economies, to chapters in books such as Cooperation in Economy and Society, The World Archaeological Congress handbook on postcolonialism and archaeology, and Controlling the past, owning the future: The political uses of archaeology in the Middle East. He also taught a graduate seminar on the archaeology of imperialism and colonialism in the Near East and Mediterranean Basin, in which a number of AHMA students participated. He also had an opportunity to teach a new undergraduate course on the disciplinary history of archaeology, called “Disciplining Near Eastern archaeology: Explorers, archaeologists, and tourists in the contemporary Middle East.” Research continues on his Dhiban Excavation and Development Project in Jordan, and his Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project, based on materials from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia accessioned in the Hearst Museum. Several publications on both projects will be appearing next year.
Francesca Rochberg relates, “Last year, through the cooperation between the University of California, Berkeley and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich for research in the humanities, I spent spring semester as Research Professor at the Institut für Assyriologie und Hethitologie, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, and was a Fellow at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies. While in Munich I made progress on an edition of texts: The Solar Eclipses of Enūma Anu Enlil: Šamaš Tablets 31-36 (to be published by the Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, Leiden). I was honored to be made a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU for 2010-2013, and also to give the Leon Levy Lecture at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU in November of 2010. I published a collection of papers, In the Path of the Moon: Babylonian Celestial Divination and Its Legacy, Studies in Ancient Magic and Divination (Brill, 2010), as well as the following articles in journals and Festschriften: “Inference, Conditionals, and Possibility in Ancient Mesopotamian Science,” Science in Context 22 (2009); “Sheep and Cattle, Cows and Calves: The Sumero-Akkadian Astral Gods as Livestock,” in S. Melville and A. Slotsky, eds., Opening the Tablet Box: Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Benjamin R. Foster (Brill, 2010); “If P, then Q: Form, Reasoning and Truth in Babylonian Divination,” in A. Annus ed. Divination and Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World (Oriental Institute Publications, 2010); “Beyond Binarism in Babylon,” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 35.3-4 (2010); “God-talk and Star-talk in Cuneiform and its Legacy in Later Antiquity,” in Jeffrey Stackert, Barbara Nevling Porter, and David P. Wright eds., Gazing on the Deep: Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Jewish Studies in Honor of Tzvi Abusch (CDL Press, 2010), pp.189-200. I also gave lectures in Copenhagen, Cambridge, and at ASOR in Atlanta.”
Some articles of Martin Schwartz which have appeared recently or are about to appear are
(listing those of interest for AHMA first): (1) “On Rashnu's Scales and the Chinvant's Bridge,with etymological appendices,” in Studia Asiatica XI (2010); (2) “A Pahlavi Plant,” in Mirza Birth Centenary Memorial Volume, (Udvada/Mumbai 2010); (3) “The Snake-Man as non-Aryan outsider, from Indo-Iranian times to Ferdowsi,” in press for Iranian Studies; and (4) “Lexical Cruces of Yasna 29 and the Serial Cross-Textual Composition of the Gathas,” in Ancient and Middle Iranian Studies, ed. M. Macuch et al. (Wiesbaden, 2010). In addition, I have presented, at various venues, a lecture showing that the secret speech of Iranian Jews, of which Aramaic and Iranian elements demonstrably date from early Achaemenid times, and is still spoken in various modern forms by Iranian Jews, became the basis of a gentile argot of gentile beggars and rogues in Iran and Central Asia in the 10th century CE, and its massive Jewish Aramaic vocabulary is still used by Persian speaking Gypsies groups in Tajikistan. I first presented this lecture last August in Hamburg, and have developed it since then, with lectures in Israel (via Skype), UCLA, Berkeley, and the American Oriental Society meeting in Chicago.
Andy Stewart continued work in the Athenian Agora in summer of 2010 and his massive article on Aphrodite in Hellenistic Athens, including publication of two dozen statues and statuettes of the goddess from the Agora, is now in press for Hesperia.A second article, on the Capitoline Aphrodite type andthe sculptor Kephisodotos II, son of Praxiteles, has now been published in the Australasian classics journal Antichthon. A third and fourth, on the fragments of a colossal cult group of Demeter and Kore in the Agora tentatively attributed to the Athenian City Eleusinion and the sculptor Polykles of Thorikos, and on sculptors’ models, sketches, and doodles from the Agora, are under consideration for Hesperia. He was the Classics Department Annual Lecturer at U.C. Santa Barbara and a speaker in the Getty Villa’s public lecture series in Fall 2010, and gave the Biggs Lectures at the University of Washington in St. Louis in April 2011. Never satisfied, he returned to Athens and the Agora in June 2011 to continue work on its sculptures and to speak at a symposium in honor of his friend and colleague in the Agora Museum, Susan Rotroff. He devotes what little free time he has to sailing his 38-foot sloop “Obsession” on San Francisco Bay; playing with his twin granddaughters Giselle and Sofia; and ministering to his wife Darlis’s menagerie of cats.
David Stronach “can report the appearance of several articles in the past few months. These include: ‘Erebuni 2008-2010’ (co-authored with Henrik Thrane, Clare Goff and Alan Farahani) in Aramazd 2 (2010); ‘The Silver Rhyta from Erebuni Revisited’ in The Historical-Philological Journal 3 (2010, in Armenian); ‘Urartu's Impact on Achaemenid and Pre-Achaemenid Architecture in Iran’ in Acta Iranica 51 (2010); the ‘Introduction’ (with J. Alvarez-Mon and M.B. Garrison) to Elam and Persia (Eisenbrauns, 2011); and ‘Court Dress and Riding Dress at Persepolis: New Approaches to Old Questions’ in the same volume. In the meantime my younger daughter, Tami, whom some of you may perhaps remember for her thespian abilities, has joined the ranks of acadème as an Assistant Professor of Choreography at Marymount Manhattan.”
5. Alumni News
Dan Caner will be a Visiting Scholar at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World next year.
Jack Cargill assures us, “I am REALLY retired now, having taught a summer class at Rutgers 2008-2010, after retiring from regular teaching at the end of Spring 2007. Since then I have lived in Texas, where I'm always delighted to hear from old Groupies, and would welcome visits from any who might be passing through. I still attend AAH conventions, but all my current "research" is non-scholarly.”
Merilyn Copland reports, “I am currently (and happily) professor in the history and archaeology department of William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. I also teach courses in Hebrew Bible and take student groups to Greece, Italy, Egypt and Turkey. In the summers I also enjoy teaching for the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem in their Israel and Jordan courses as well as their program in Greece and Turkey. I will be digging with some of my students this summer at Magdala in Israel. My current research interests include ancient caravanserai in Israel and Jordan as well as the Jewish community in Rome in the first and second centuries C.E. I continue to recommend AHMA to my students considering graduate schools.”
Brady Kiesling has the scoop: “I'm still living in Athens with partner Regina Tassitano, watching the slow-motion Greek economic meltdown (coming soon to a theater near Berkeley). I am correcting the Greek translation of Deadly November, my bulky history of Greek far-left violence 1970-2010 (publication slipping to the fall) – it looks like I’ll have to cut the English version substantially to find a publisher. I’m also editing older, safer history projects for the Greek Foreign Ministry archives. I attend talks at ASCSA and other archaeological institutes, and lecture occasionally. My daughter Lydia is flourishing at University of Chicago, doing an MA in Turkic studies.”
From Barbara McLauchlin: “I continue to enjoy my retirement – or, as I have come to think of it – my second life. I have very little contact with the ancient Mediterranean world these days, even going so far as to resign from the board of officers of the AIA-San Francisco Society (gasp!!). After some 30 years or so of service, I decided that perhaps it was time for me to move on. I am still a docent at the California Academy of Sciences and for the East Bay Regional Park District, volunteering mostly in the ‘bird butterfly garden’ at Coyote Hills in Fremont. More recently, I have completed training to work as a volunteer at the Oakland Zoo. To those of you who know me, it may not surprise you to learn that most of my volunteer time at the zoo is spent with the goats….Visit on a Friday afternoon, and I’ll introduce you to my flock. Birding has become a minor passion and a great excuse for traveling in unusual (for me, at least) places. I was in Costa Rica in early February, where howler monkeys and tree sloths competed for my attention with an amazing array of bird species, including the aptly named Magnificent Quetzal. I am happy to say that I am very content with my life as it is today. And so, I hope, are all of you.”
Sharon Steadman continues to teach anthropology and archaeology at SUNY Cortland and her husband Girish Bhat (History '94) has thankfully (for both of us!) stepped down as chair of his department. Sharon had a co-edited book (with Jenni Ross, NES '97 or thereabouts) come out last year from Equinox, titled Agency and Identity in the Ancient Near East (in which appeared a contribution from AHMA faculty member Marian Feldman). Sharon is currently in the final (proof) stages of co-editing (with her colleague Greg McMahon, University of New Hampshire) a Handbook of Anatolian Studiesfor Oxford, which has turned out to be a 1200-page monster with 52 chapters. If you see her, ask her what she was thinking when she said yes to this project. Sharon and Girish will continue their "hiking vacations" this May with a trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas, which follows Glacier National Park and Iceland (cold!) last summer Sharon's archaeological/anthropological project in Turkey may take a break this summer, or have only a short season, allowing Sharon to spend the majority of the summer in Ithaca with Girish for the first time since 1996! Sharon reports all is well with the world (except for the local, state, and federal budget), and she looks forward to hearing about other Groupies.