Archive for June, 2011

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My Talk at ALA 2011

June 30, 2011

I attended the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans this past weekend, after being invited to speak at the meeting of the discussion group for Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Librarians, a sub-group (WESS-CMR) of the Western European Studies Section (WESS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). (Got all that? Phew!) I was able to attend thanks in part to some funding from the UGA Department of Classics as well as my own employers, and Colin McCaffrey of Yale University, who convenes the discussion group, did the inviting – I am grateful to them all!

I had a wonderful time meeting other librarians who work closely with Classics departments.  That aspect of my work is not shared with many of my existing librarian friends, so it was exciting to make connections with those who know exactly what it’s like to be the only person at your library who really kinda actually does understand L’Annee Philologique.

My talk, on the Ancient World Open Bibliographies project, has been put online; I’ve put up my slides, alternating with slides incorporating the text I spoke from.  Our other speaker was Elizabeth Hahn of the American Numismatic Society library, who showed off their new online catalog (which includes offprints as well as books and so can be a very useful bibliographic resource for numismatics) and various other open-access publications of theirs.

And also, I can report that New Orleans has a large number of streets with classical names in the Garden District – I saw Erato and Melpomene, and I stood at the corner of Polymnia and Prytania, and I’d bet that all the muses are included, plus more!

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Kindles in Greek Class and Anki Flashcards

June 22, 2011

We’re halfway through the INTENSIVE introductory Greek class I am working with this summer, using Kindles as a supplement to the textbook and as a little experiment to see what resources work on them.  I did a big background round-up of digital texts for Greek in a post a bit ago, and more recently I wrote a little guide to using the Kindles for the students as well.

We decided to ask them to purchase a koine Bible from Amazon, for $2, and we’re doing daily sight-reading from John as a warm-up.  We chose this version because it has an accurate text, with breathing marks and accents (many digital koine texts omit these), and as a bonus it includes the Septuagint and Apocrypha as well.  The professor has also made her personal supplementary notes to the textbook (UGA uses Athenaze) available to the students in .pdf, and has placed additional readings in the course management system (UGA uses eLearning Commons) .pdf as well.

I learned a little more about the nexus of file types, the Kindle, and Greek fonts as we got the class started.  There are two ways to read a .pdf or .doc file on the Kindle. You can read the text in its native format, as a .pdf or .doc, in which case you see the text just as it looks on your computer screen, but it’s tiny, because it fills the Kindle screen which is quite small.  Or you can convert the text to a Kindle format, by emailing it through the Kindle email account and using the word “convert” in the title of your email.  Unfortunately this messes with the formatting a bit, especially if there are tables in the original document, and for this class the documents did contain tables – very natural, when setting out paradigms!  We also had troubles with the Greek coming through okay, especially if we converted .pdf files.  The Kindle v. 3 (small grey one) fully supports Unicode, unlike previous Kindles, but it seems like .pdfs do not necessarily support Unicode Greek.  So, the students in our experiment have straight .pdf files on their Kindles, with very small type, but they are young and hardy – they’ll survive!

A great digital tool for flash cards that unfortunately doesn’t work on the Kindle is Anki software.  It’s free to download to yous computer, and there is an iPod app but it apparently costs $25, and so far none of the students has seemed willing to pay that much.  Once I had the software installed in the computer, I searched for Athenaze in the set of existing flashcard decks and found a deck of cards for the first 6 chapters.  The program gives you a vocab flash card, and you can show yourself the answer when you’re ready and then rate how soon you need to see this card again – from “immediately” for things you don’t know at all, to “never” for stuff that’s deeply in your brain.

Anyone know of other good flashcard programs for smartphones that support Greek (and are inexpensive)?  One of the points of using the Kindle in this class is to give the students a lightweight tool to carry with them at all times, so they can study in odd moments (waiting for the bus, etc.)  It would be great to have a flashcard program for the Kindle, but Kindles are so locked down that it’s unlikely that will be possible.  But most students seem to have smartphones these days…

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Open Access Journal Projects at Duke and UGA

June 9, 2011

This morning I learned from my former Duke colleague, Digital Strategist Paolo Mangiafico (@paoloman) that the Duke Libraries and the editors of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies have taken that journal open-access, using the Open Journal Systems software.  A couple of hours later, along came notice from current colleague Andy Carter (@cartandy) that the first open-access issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement is live. This is a journal (although obviously not one about Classics!) hosted by the UGA  Library, also using Open Journal Systems.

I first learned about OJS in a session on open-access journals at THATCamp SE in Atlanta in March. It’s great to see scholarly journals, especially a fairly prominent journal in Classics, moving to open-access in general, and especially heartening for me to see the fruitful collaborations between university libraries and the editors of scholarly journals on campus.  At Duke, the close relationship between Classics and the Libraries is longstanding (all those papyri!).  A press release on the new open-access journals at Duke closes with a heartening quote from Joshua D. Sosin:

The Duke Libraries and the Department of Classical Studies have long collaborated to provide free, web-based access to some of the University’s most ancient materials. We are thrilled to be able to extend that partnership to scholarly research. Socrates famously did not accept fees; this piece of critical infrastructure allows us to do the same!

Do you work on a scholarly journal? If you’re thinking at all about open-access journal publishing, do talk to your university library – they may be the partner who can make it work.

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UGA Libraries Classics-Related Acquisitions: May 2011

June 7, 2011

In the five weeks since my last post on this topic, the UGA Libraries added 5788 items to the Main Library collection. Works of interest to those in Classics and related fields include the following (in LC call number order):

  • Cambridge history of philosophy in late antiquity
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B111 .C37 2010
  • Place, commonality and judgement : continental philosophy and the ancient Greeks, Benjamin, Andrew E.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B171 .B46 2010
  • Soul of the Greeks : an inquiry, Davis, Michael, 1947-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B187.S6 D38 2011
  • Texts of early Greek philosophy: the complete fragments and selected testimonies of the major presocratics
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B187.5 .T49 2010
  • Meno; and, Phaedo, Plato.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B377.A5 L55 2011
    Plato versus Parmenides: the debate over coming-into-being in Greek philosophy, Roecklein, Robert J., 1960-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B398.K7 R64 2011
  • Interpreting Aristotle’s Posterior analytics in late antiquity and beyond
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B441 .I58 2010
  • Contingency, time, and possibility: an essay on Aristotle and Duns Scotus, Massie, Pascal, 1960-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B491.P66 M377 2011
  • Iamblichus of Chalcis: the letters, Iamblichus, ca. 250-ca. 330.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B669.Z7 A4 2009
  • Ancient angels: conceptualizing angeloi in the Roman Empire, Cline, Rangar.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL477 .C55 2011
  • Pilgrimage and household in the ancient Near East, McCorriston, Joy, 1961-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL619.P5 M43 2011
  • Religion and material culture: the matter of belief
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL624 .R425 2010
  • Quest for a common humanity: human dignity and otherness in the religious traditions of the Mediterranean
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL687 .Q47 2011
  • On Greek religion, Parker, Robert, 1950-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL790 .P37 2011
  • Brill’s companion to Aphrodite
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL820.V5 B74 2010
    Religions of the ancient Near East, Snell, Daniel C.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL1060 .S64 2011
  • Early Christian manuscripts: examples of applied method and approach
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BR60 .E27 2010
  • Augustine’s Confessions: a biography, Wills, Garry, 1934-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BR65.A62 W55 2011
  • Alienation: the experience of the Eastern Mediterranean (50-600 A.D.), Samellas, Antigone, 1966-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BR162.3 .S26 2010
  • Reinventing history: the enlightenment origins of ancient history
    Location: Main Library 4th floor D56 .R45 2008
  • Artefacts in Roman Britain: their purpose and use
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DA145 .A78 2011
  • Opuscula: annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DE1 .O6
  • Tree-rings, kings, and Old World archaeology and environment: papers presented in honor of Peter Ian Kuniholm
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DE60 .T74 2009
  • Continuite et polyvalence: un atout pour l’hellenisme, Breuillot, Martine.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF77 .B74 2010
  • Cite et ses elites: pratiques et representation des formes de domination et de controle social dans les cites grecques: actes du colloque de Poitiers, 19-20 octobre 2006
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF78 .C57 2010
  • Greek slogan of freedom and early Roman politics in Greece, Dmitriev, Sviatoslav.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF82 .D56 2011
  • Espace civil, espace religieux en Egee durant la periode Mycenienne : approches epigraphique, linguistique et archeologique : actes des journees d’archeologie et de philologie myceniennes tenues a la Maison de l’Orient et de la Mediter…
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DF220.5 .E86 2010
  • Pseira X: the excavation of Block AF, Betancourt, Philip P., 1936-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF221.C8 B567 2009
  • Necropole de Dreros, Effenterre, Henri van, 1912-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF221.C8 E34 2009
  • Philip II of Macedonia: greater than Alexander 1st ed., Gabriel, Richard A.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF233.8.P59 G33 2010
  • From Alexander to Jesus, Amitay, Ory.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF234.2 .A48 2010
  • Boeotian landscapes: a GIS-based study for the reconstruction and interpretation of the archaeological datasets of ancient Boeotia, Farinetti, Emeri, 1973-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DF261.B5 F37 2011
  • Samothracian connections : essays in honor of James R. McCredie
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF261.S3 S26 2010
  • Archaeologiae Atticae libri septem = Seaven [sic] books of the Attick antiquities : Containing, the description of the citties glory, government, division of the people, and townes within the Athenian territories, their religion, superstition, sacrifices, The third edition much enlarged. Rous, Francis, b. 1615.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor Hargrett Rare Books Rare Bk DF275 .R86 1649
  • Archaeologiae Atticae libri septem = Seven books of the Attick antiquities : Containing the discription of the cities glory, government, division of the people, and townes within the Athenian territories, their religion, superstition, sacrifices, account The eigth edition corrected and enlarged, with a twofold index, rerum & vocabulorum. Rous, Francis, b. 1615.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor Hargrett Rare Books Rare Bk DF275 .R86 1675
  • Ionian Islands and Epirus: a cultural history, Potts, Jim.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF901.I64 P68 2010
  • Histoire provinciale: la Gaule narbonnaise de la fin du IIe siecle av. J.-C. au IIIe siecle ap. J.-C. : scripta varia, Christol, Michel.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG59.N37 C47 2010
  • Fori imperiali e i Mercati di Traiano: storia e descrizione dei monumenti alla luce degli studi e degli scavi recenti, Meneghini, Roberto.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG69 .M36 2009
  • Lucca: le metamorfosi di una citta€ romana: lo scavo dell’area Banca del Monte di Lucca in Via del Molinetto
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DG70.L83 L83 2009
  • Ara della Regina di Tarquinia, aree sacre, santuari mediterranei: giornata di studio, Milano, 13 giugno 2007
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG70.T35 A73 2009
  • Maxima debetur magistro reverentia: essays on Rome and the Roman tradition in honor of Russel T. Scott
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG77 .M389 2009
  • Consul at Rome: the civil functions of the consuls in the Roman Republic, Pina Polo, Francisco.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG83.5.C7 P56 2011
  • Soldati e veterani nella vita cittadina dell’Italia imperiale, Ricci, Cecilia.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG89 .R527 2010
  • Catiline’s conspiracy; The Jugurthine War; Histories, Sallust, 86-34 B.C.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG207.S4 B37 2010
  • Neue Forschungen zu den Etruskern: Beitrage der Tagung vom 07. bis 09. November 2008 am Archaologischen Institut der Universitat Bonn
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DG223 .N47 2010
  • Necropoli di Campovalano: tombe orientalizzanti e arcaiche, II
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DG223.7.T6 N432 2010
  • Romverja saga
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG259 .R66 2010
  • Politics and society in imperial Rome, Winterling, Aloys.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG276.5 .W56 2009
  • Tardo antico e alto Medioevo: filologia, storia, archeologia, arte
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG312 .T37 2009
  • Constantine and the Christian empire 2nd ed., Odahl, Charles M. (Charles Matson), 1944-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG315 .O33 2010
  • Evolution of the ancient city: urban theory and the archaeology of the Fertile Crescent, Thomas, Alexander R., 1969-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DS56 .T446 2010
  • Des rois au prince: pratiques du pouvoir monarchique dans l’Orient hellenistique et romain (IVe siecle avant J.-C.-IIe siecle apres J.-C.)
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DS62.23 .D47 2010
  • Flavius Josephus: interpretation and history
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DS115.9.J6 F54 2011
  • Emperors’ needles: Egyptian obelisks and Rome, Sorek, Susan.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DT62.O2 S67 2010
  • Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC 1st ed.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DT73.D44 S43 2009
  • Alexandria: a cultural and religious melting pot
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DT154.A4 A449 2009
  • Archaic state interaction: the eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age 1st ed.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor GN778.25 .A73 2009
  • Gentlemen and Amazons: the myth of matriarchal prehistory, 1861-1900, Eller, Cynthia, 1958-
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor GN799.W66 E487 2011
  • Terre dans le monde romain: anthropologie, droit, geographie, Chouquer, Gerard.
    Location: Main Library 5th floor HD137 .C493 2010
  • Roman monetary system: the Eastern provinces from the first to the third century AD, Katsari, Constantina.
    Location: Main Library 5th floor HG237 .K38 2011
  • Globalizations and the ancient world, Jennings, Justin.
    Location: Main Library 5th floor HT111 .J46 2011
  • Lure of the arena: social psychology and the crowd at the Roman games, Fagan, Garrett G., 1963-
    Location: Main Library 5th floor HV8551 .F34 2011
  • Plato’s Republic: a critical guide
    Location: Main Library 6th floor JC71.P6 P54 2010
  • Looking at Greek art, Stansbury-O’Donnell, Mark, 1956-
    Location: Main Library 7th floor N5630 .S735 2011
  • Edilizia pubblica nell’impero romano all’epoca dell’anarchia militare, 235-284 d.C, Rambaldi, Simone.
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NA310 .R36 2009
  • Basilica ritrovata: i restauri dei mosaici antichi di San Severo a Classe, Ravenna
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NA3780 .B355 2010
  • Marmorari magistri romani, Del Bufalo, Dario.
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NA3790 .D44 2010
  • Roman sculpture in Asia Minor: proceedings of the International conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Italian excavations at Hierapolis in Phrygia, held on May 24-26, 2007, in Cavallino (Lecce)
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NB118.T9 R65 2011
  • Shapes and uses of Greek vases (7th-4th centuries B.C.): proceedings of the symposium held at the Universite libre de Bruxelles, 27-29 April 2006
    Location: Main Library 7th floor Folio NK4645 .S53 2009
  • PATABS I: production and trade of amphorae in the Black Sea; actes de la table ronde internationale de Batoumi et Trabzon, 27-29 avril 2006
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NK4650.A6 P383 2010
  • Plato and the poets
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA9 .M686 Suppl. no. 328
  • Poetry as window and mirror: positioning the poet in Hellenistic poetry, Klooster, Jacqueline.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA9 .M686 Suppl. no. 330
  • Musa pedestris: metre and meaning in Roman verse, Morgan, Llewelyn.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA2329 .M67 2010
  • Stimmen der Geschichte: Funktionen von Reden in der antiken Historiographie
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3038 .S75 2010
  • Choral identity and the chorus of elders in Greek tragedy, Dhuga, U. S., 1978-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3136 .D48 2011
  • New perspectives on postclassical comedy
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3161 .N49 2010
  • Spettacolo nel mondo greco, Cavalli, Marina.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3201 .C38 2008
  • Lysistrata; The women’s festival; and, Frogs, Aristophanes.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3877 .A2 2010
  • Asclepiades of Samos: epigrams and fragments, Asclepiades, of Samos.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3936 .A6 2011
  • Euripides “Hekabe” : Edition und Kommentar, Euripides.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3973 .H3 2010
  • Narrative, intertext, and space in Euripides’ Phoenissae, Lamari, Anna A.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3973.P6 L36 2010
  • Scoli al Reso euripideo, Merro, Grazia, 1978-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3973.R53 M47 2008
  • Imagery of Euripides: a study in the dramatic use of pictorial language 3rd ed. / foreword by Froma I. Zeitlin. Barlow, Shirley A. (Shirley Ann)
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3992 .B3 2009
  • Homer’s Trojan theater: space, vision, and memory in the Iliad, Clay, Jenny Strauss.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4037 .C498 2011
  • Mimes des courtisanes = Dialogues of the courtesans, Lucian, of Samosata.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor Hargrett Rare Books JDBR Coll PA4232 .F83 1973
  • Seferis and Elytis as translators, Loulakaki-Moore, Irene.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA5610.S36 Z795 2010
  • Reflections of Romanity: discourses of subjectivity in Imperial Rome, Alston, Richard, 1965-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6003 .A45 2011
  • Imago maiorum: profili e voci di autori latini
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6008 .I43 2010
  • Eliten und Kultur: eine Geschichte der romischen Literaturszene (240 v. Chr.-117 n. Chr.), Sanchez Vendramini, Dario N.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6035 .S26 2010
  • Springing from Catullus, Catullus, Gaius Valerius.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6275.E5 P55 2009
  • Catullan mediations and other essays, Eisenhauer, Robert G., 1946-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6276 .E37 2011
  • Lucan’s Bellum civile: between epic tradition and aesthetic innovation
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6480 .L776 2010
  • Essai sur la societe des epigrammes de Martial, Balland, Andre.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6507 .B35 2010
  • Ovid’s Amores, Book one: a commentary, Ryan, Maureen B., 1951-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6519.A73 R93 2011
  • Frammenti plautini dalle commedie extravarroniane 1. ed., Aragosti, Andrea.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6568 .Z5 2009
  • Commentary on Propertius, Book 3, Propertius, Sextus.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6645.E5 H49 2010
  • Oedipus, Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, ca. 4 B.C.-65 A.D.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6666.O5 B69 2011
  • Classics and comics
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PN6725 .C57 2011
  • A.E. Housman: classical scholar
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PR4809.H15 A86 2009