A Journal of Ancient Literature and History

Within the few next months, Arachne, a new journal for classical studies, will appear on the World Wide Web. Arachne intends especially to act as an electronic voice for European classical scholarship, but editors hope to have this supplemented by a vigorous international input. We welcome and encourage contributions from scholars throughout the world.


For further information and complete guidelines please contact:

Emanuele Narducci
c/o Dipartimento di Scienze dell'antichita,
via Alfani 31,
50121 Firenze,


Maurizio Lana,
via Varallo 14,
10153 Torino,


Saturday April 22, 1995
Annual Meeting of the
Classical Association of the Middle West and South
Omaha, Nebraska

The Open Mike is an informal gathering for actors, bards, sophists, translators, and all classicists who are interested in reading aloud. This year we are planning to follow a format similar to last year's, for which see Stan Lombardo's report on 'Modern-Day Rhapsodes' in Didaskalia 1.2 (May 1994). Participants are welcome to present short pieces on an 'open mike' basis, or to apply in advance by sending in a proposal. Texts may be in Latin or Greek, or in original translation. Spectators are also welcome.

For more information please contact
Professor Pam Gordon
Department of Classics
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-2139
Telephone: (913) 864-3153


Brothers is the innaugural production of the Terence Project, an initiative by a Vassar College professor and alumnus in association with Hudson Valley Film and Video that hopes to respond to the need for high quality productions of classical drama on video: professional production values informed by scholarship on broadcast quality video.

Brothers will be a fully realized production in a new English translation, to be shot in digitially edited enhanced Beta video and made available in VHS format. The recording will be distributed with a booklet of introductory and reference materials.

The pre-production price is $29.95 + $3.50 shipping and handling (regular price $59.95). Please send checks payable to the Terence Project, co/ Charles Mercier, Box 219, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601.

Tapes will be available in November, 1995.

For further information please contact:

The Terence Project

Charles Mercier..........................Alex Gombach
Department of Classics...................39 Gloria Drive
Vassar College...........................Allendale, NJ 07401
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 ........................


Music of the Ancient Greeks
Featuring the ensemble De Organographia
(Gayle Stuwe Neuman, Philip Neuman, and William Gavin)

Most of the extant ancient Greek music known at this time is recorded on copies of period instruments including voices, lyra, kithara, aulos parthenios, aulos paidikos, aulos teleios, syrinx, syrinx monokalamos, photinx, pandoura, trichordon, salpinx, psithyra, seistron, echeia, kymbala, and tympanon, which were built by the performers after extant instruments and period iconography.

Salpinx call, the Sappho painter, 5thc BC
Hymn to the Sun, Mesomedes, 1stc AD
Dramatic speech, Anon.,c.100 AD, Oslo papyrus
Song, Seikilos, 1stc AD
Invocation of the muse, Anon. 2ndc AD
Invocation of Calliope and Apollo, Mesomedes, 1stc AD
Delphic paean, Athenaeus, 127 BC
Dramatic fragment, Anon. 3rdc AD, Oxyrhynchus papyrus
Dramatic fragment, Anon. 3rdc AD, Oxyrhynchus papyrus
Dramatic fragment, Anon. c. 200 BC, Vienna papyrus
Choral ode from "Orestes", Euripides, c. 408 BC, Vienna papyrus
Choral ode from "Iphigeneia at Aulis", Euripides, c. 404 Bc, Leiden papyrus
Piece from a Satyr play, Anon. 2ndc AD, Oxyrhynchus papyrus
Instrumental piece, Anon. 2ndc AD, Berlin papyrus
Dramatic lament on Ajax's suicide, Anon. late 2ndc AD, Berlin papyrus
Piece mentioning Erinyes, Anon. 2ndc AD, Oxyrhynchus papyrus
Christian hymn, Anon. 3rdc AD, Oxyrhynchus papyrus
Dramatic recitative, Anon. c. 100 AD, Oslo papyrus
Instrumental exercises, Anon. 2ndc AD, Anonymous Bellermann
Hymn to Nemesis, Mesomedes, 1stc AD
Tragic dialogue on Orestes, Anon. 2ndc AD, Michigan papyrus
Instrumental piece, Anon. 2ndc AD, Berlin papyrus
Paean, Anon. late 2ndc AD, Berlin papyrus
Paean and Processional, Limenius, 127 BC

Photographs and descriptions of the instruments and notes on the music are included in the accompanying booklet.

For more information contact:

Pandourion Records
709 5th Place
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
In re: Pandourion CD1001


Nineteenth-Century Appropriations of Ancient Greece in Britain Department of Classics
University of Reading

July 8th, 1995

In connection with their Research Project on Greek drama in performance in Britain, 1700-1900, Edith Hall (Lecturer) and Fiona Macintosh (Research Fellow) invite you to attend an informal one- day conference on 19th-century appropriations of ancient Greece in British culture. It will be held in the Department of Classics, at the University of Reading, on Saturday July 8th 1995, starting at 10:00 AM.

The intention is to bring together academics with an interest in the reception of ancient Greece, especially drama, in order to stimulate further co-operation and contact.

There will be between six and eight 30-minute papers, and a discussion session.

Speakers will include Pat Easterling (Cambridge) on the Cambridge Greek play, Lorna Hardwick (Open University) on 19th-century women, translation, and power, Chris Stray (Swansea) on the Cambridge tripos, Fiona Macintosh (Reading) on burlesques of Greek tragedy and Edith Hall (Reading) on the Myth of Salamis.

Further offers of papers are welcomed, especially on Greek themes in 19th-century opera, political rhetoric, and the visual arts. The transport costs of speakers will be reimbursed.

There is no registration fee: coffee, lunch, tea, and drinks will be provided.

To register for the conference please contact:
Edith Hall
Dept. of Classics
Faculty of Letters
University of Reading


Wednesday, July 26
9:30-11:00 AM
St. John's College Auditorium
Oxford University

As part of the Triennial Meeting of the Joint Committee of Greek and Roman Societies in Oxford, M. L. West will be giving a presentation on 'The Sound of Greek Tragedy,' including an introductory lecture, a dialogue scene in performance, a demonstration of the aulos, and a choral number with aulos accompaniment.

Conference fee: UK40 (full), UK20 (concessions)
One-day registration: UK10 (full) UK5 (concessions)

For enquiries or to register and book accomodation, please contact Mrs. P. Catling, Secretary to the Triennial Meeting
Classics Office
37 Wellington Square
Oxford OX1 2JF
Tel. (01865) 270549
Fax (01865) 278548


The Hydra Workshop of Ancient Greek Theatre In the summer of 1995 the Hydra Workshop of Ancient Greek Theatre, in collaboration with Georgia Southwestern College, will offer a unique theatre workshop, lasting six weeks, on the Greek island of Hydra. The island, an artist's colony where cars are prohibited, is two hours away from the summer theatre festivals of Epidavros and Athens.

The program will consist of two parallel comprehensive courses: one in the origins, development, and historical background of ancient Greek Drama; and one on practical theatre, involving acting and method group work along with mask-making and movement. In addition, Friday seminars on 'Ancient Greek Theatre in Modern Dress' and a series of lectures from European and American professors will be offered.

The Workshop starts on July 3rd and ends August 12th 1995. The program is fully accredited: complete instruction for 12 credit hours (or 8 semester hours). The Workshop's language is English.

The climax of the whole program will be a small-scale production of an ancient play involving all students in either acting or technical roles.

For information, write or call:
Duke Jackson, Chairman
Department of Fine Arts
Georgia Southwestern College
800 Wheatley Street
Americus, GA 31709-4693
Tel. (912) 931-2204

Or contact the Workshop's main office:
George Christodoulakis, Director
Hydra Workshop of Ancient Greek Theatre
Postal Box One
Hydra 18040
Tel. and Fax: (0298) 52054


Classicist holding doctorate wanted to teach 40 contact hours of classical dramatic theory from 3 July to 12 August. Instructors from major American universities preferred.

Interested parties should contact
Duke Jackson, Chairman
Department of Fine Arts
Georgia Southwestern College
800 Wheatley Street
Americus, GA 31709-4693
Tel. (912) 931-2204


'Re-imagining History: The Politics of Adapting the Classics'
Saturday, May 6, 1995
3:00 pm

Classics Stage Company
136 East 13th Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues)
New York, N.Y. 10003
Tel. 212-677-4210

List of Participants:

Playwrights- Migdalia Cruz, Elizabeth Egloff, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eric Overmyer.

Directors- David Esbjornson and Brian Kulick.

Scholars- Charles Beye, Classics, Graduate School CUNY; Helene Foley, Classics, Barnard College, Columbia University, and David Roman, Women Studies, Yale.

Excerpts will be read from Egloff's Phaedra and Hippolytus, McLaughlin's Iphigeneia and Other Daughters, and Overmyer's Amphitryon.


'Euripides and the future of theater'

14-17 September

Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico
Corso Matteotti, 29
(39) 0931/67415
Fax: (39) 931-21424

Speakers and participants will include scholars, directors, critics, and actors.