Professor Walter Scheidel and Professor Peter Turchin (University of Connecticut) have published a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in which they analyze Roman coin hoards to explain population changes in the Roman Republic during the first century B.C.E. A good summary of the report and its implications is available on Stanford's Human Experience website, and the findings have been cited by ScienceNOW, published online by Science magazine here, as well as The New York Times.
Reviel Netz's 2009 book, The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist (co-authored with William Noel) has been awarded the inaugural Neumann Prize of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly of the University of Warwick, who chaired the judging panel for the Neumann Prize, said that “although the panel was faced with a strong shortlist of books The Archimedes Codex, with its readable combination of history and modern scientific sleuthing, emerged as a clear winner.” Read more at HistoryToday.com or the BSHM's own website. Congratulations to Professor Netz!
A PDF showing scheduled events in Stanford Classics and the Stanford Archaeology Center can be viewed or downloaded here. This bulletin will be updated as additional details become available for each event, and look for a new Events announcement tool coming to the website soon.
Adrienne Mayor's The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton UP) was among five finalists for the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction by the National Book Foundation.
Professor of Classics and Drama Rush Rehm coordinated Stanford Summer Theater's "Electra Festival" with resounding success. The ambitious Festival included a full production of Sophocles' Electra, which Rehm directed, along with stagings of Aeschylus' Libation Bearers and Euripides' Electra, which were followed by post-show discussions led by Classics Professor Emeritus Marsh McCall. The Festival also featured a film series, "Tragic Heroines," and a daylong Continuing Studies symposium, "The Trojan War and Electra."
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The Spring 2009 departmental newsletter includes an address from the department chair and two years' worth of faculty updates, along with student and alumni updates, featured research projects, and more. To download the full newsletter as a PDF--just click here. Design: Macworks Graphics Studio, Menlo Park, CA. Printing: Shoreline Printing and Graphics, Mountain View, CA.
Congratulations to Elaine Breeden, who has just been awarded an NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship. After competing in the 2010 Olympics, Elaine hopes to pursue a degree in ancient art and archaeology at Cambridge.
The Director of Educational Affairs at the NCAA writes:
Recent Classics post-doc and noted Chinese archaeologist Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu is slated to host a new documentary series on China's early feats of engineering. "Ancient Man Made Marvels" is a co-production of the Science Channel, the China Intercontinental Communication Center, and Discovery Networks Asia. Dr. Hsu spent 2007-2008 on a postdoctoral fellowship in Stanford Classics, working with Ian Morris and Walter Scheidel on a project sponsored by the Mellon Foundation.