Lecture: Ritual bathing in the private houses? Evidence of stepped pools in Galilee, c. 100 BC–AD 70

Dr. Rick Bonnie (University of Helsinki) will give a lecture on “Ritual bathing in the private houses? Evidence of stepped pools in Galilee, c. 100 BC–AD 70″. Dr. Bonnie is a post-doctoral researcher in the Centre of Excellence in “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions”, Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Helsinki. The lecture is held in the seminar room of Classical Philology (A215) in Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40, A-wing, 2nd floor. Entrance through the 3rd floor) on Wednesday April the 15th, 2015, at 6.15 pm. Welcome!

Abstract:
From the wide distribution of stepped pools at sites across Israel/Palestine, it is usually argued that by the first century BC the Jewish population in general observed the practice of ritual bathing. This argument is, however, primarily supported by a weak contextualization of the archaeological evidence. As will be argued through a case study from the region of Galilee (northern Israel), the observance of ritual bathing was not evenly spread across the Jewish population. Moreover, by focusing on the context of these pools in Galilean private houses, this research aims to better understand the role and significance of these features within a Jewish household in particular and society in general.

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Kuulumisia PPRH:n Rooman-konferenssista

Kuulumisia PPRH:n viime marraskuisesta Rooman-konferenssista voi lukea Villa Lanten Fenestra Finnorum -blogista.

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Esitelmätilaisuus: tieteellisten aikakauslehtien rankingeista

Maanantaina 24.11. klo 16.15 TSV:n asiantuntija Janne Pölönen puhuu tieteellisten aikakauslehtien eli journaalien luokittelusta eli rankingeista. Hän pyrkii avaamaan viime aikoina Julkaisufoorumin myötä paljon huomiota saanutta keskustelua julkaisujen arvostuksista ja niiden mittaamisesta, ja siitä mitä lisääntynyt bibliometriikka tarkoittaa ihmistieteissä (kuten oikeushistoriassa, antiikintutkimuksessa ja eurooppatutkimuksessa). Tilaisuus pidetään valtiotieteellisen tiedekunnan kokoushuoneessa (Unioninkatu 37, 1. krs).

Mr. Janne Pölönen from the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies will speak about the much-discussed process of ranking scientific journals and what that will mean for the humanities and social sciences, using legal history, classics and European studies as examples. The location is the faculty room of Social Sciences (Unioninkatu 37, 1st floor) on Monday November 24th at 16.15 pm.

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Registration for the Rome conference now open

Registration for the PPRH conference in Rome, 7-8 November, is now open. If you’re interested in participating, please register by November 2nd! Due to limited room at the institute, registration for the conference is mandatory. There is no registration fee. You can find the registration form here. Invited keynote speakers and those presenting a paper do not need to register. The conference takes place at the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae on Passeggiata del Gianicolo 10, 00165 Roma.

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The preliminary programme of the Rome 2014 conference

See the preliminary programme of our upcoming conference in Rome, November 2014.

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PPRH at the AAH 2014, McGill University, Montreal

The Public and Private in the Roman House project gave a paper at the Association of Ancient Historians 2014 Annual Meeting at McGill University, Montreal.

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Esitelmätilaisuus: Titus Statilius Maximus Severus Hadrianus ja yksityisyyden houkutus

Keskiviikkona 2.4. klo 18.15 tohtori Harri Kiiskinen (Turun yliopisto) pitää esitelmän aiheesta “Titus Statilius Maximus Severus Hadrianus ja yksityisyyden houkutus”. Tilaisuus pidetään klassillisen filologian seminaarihuoneessa Metsätalossa (Unioninkatu 40/Fabianinkatu 39, A-siipi, 2. krs. Käynti 3. kerroksen kautta). Tervetuloa!

Dr. Harri Kiiskinen (University of Turku) will give a lecture about Titus Statilius Maximus Severus Hadrianus. The lecture will be in Finnish. The location is the seminar room of Classical Philology in Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40/Fabianinkatu 39, A-wing, 2nd floor. Entrance through the 3rd floor) on Wednesday April the 2nd at 6.15 pm. Welcome!

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Call for Papers: Public and Private in the Roman House and Society, November 7-8, 2014, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae (Rome, Italy)

Call for Papers: Public and Private in the Roman House and Society, November 7-8, 2014, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae (Rome, Italy)

Abstract deadline: May 1, 2014

E-mail: romanhouse2014@gmail.com

Ancient Roman houses were designed to suit both the private life of its occupants and the demands of public life. As a result, the division between public and private spaces inside the domus was a complicated topic even for the Romans themselves. Previous scholarship has tended to treat the domus in terms of a rigid division between public and private, with the same division acting as a gender marker for (male) political activities and (female) domestic activities respectively. This strict division within the household now seems outdated. The aim of this conference, then, is to take a fresh look at notions of public and private within the domus by exploring the public and private spheres of the Roman house from the first century BCE to the third century CE. The “Public and Private in the Roman House and Society” is an ongoing project organizing its third major event, building on the success of a workshop at NYU (October 2012) and a conference at University of Helsinki (April 2013).

We therefore invite papers that explore the complex relationship between public and private in Roman society from a variety of perspectives – historical, archaeological, philological, architectural and anthropological – in order to further the understanding of the domus as a place for social, cultural, political and administrative action. Keynote speakers include Fabrizio Pesando and Joanne Berry.

Potential themes include but are not limited to:
– Painting the line between private and public spheres. Wall paintings and decorative art in the debate of public and private.
– Private houses in Ostia and the city of Rome.
– Parks and recreation. Nature and garden between public and private space.
– Private nights? Night life in the Roman house.
– Terminology of public and private in the ancient context.
– Infrastructure, water and sanitation. A public or private task?

The conference is organized by the project Public and Private in the Roman House (http:// romanhouse.org/), which seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate on privacy in the ancient world as well as the issues of how the limits between public and private spaces were drawn. In an attempt to gain new perspectives on these questions, the project seeks to utilize comparative anthropological theories concerning the conceptualization of the public/private interface.

Please submit your abstract (300 words) as a [word/pdf] file to Mr Samuli Simelius at romanhouse2014@gmail.com Please include your name, academic affiliation and address in your email. The language of the conference is English.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 1, 2014

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Esitelmätilaisuus: Mitä Pompejin Marcus Lucretiuksen talon maalauskoristelusta on vielä tulkittavissa?

Keskiviikkona 12.2. klo 18 EPUH-projektin (Expeditio Pompeiana Universitatis Helsingiensis) tutkija, dosentti Antero Tammisto pitää esitelmän aiheenaan “Mitä Pompejin Marcus Lucretiuksen talon maalauskoristelusta on vielä tulkittavissa?”. Tilaisuus pidetään klassillisen filologian seminaarihuoneessa Metsätalossa (Unioninkatu 40/Fabianinkatu 39, A-siipi, 2. krs. Käynti 3. kerroksen kautta). Tervetuloa!

Docent Antero Tammisto, Ph.D. and a researcher of the EPUH-project (Expeditio Pompeiana Universitatis Helsingiensis), will give a lecture about the interpretation of the wall paintings in the House of Marcus Lucretius. The lecture will be in Finnish. The location is the seminar room of Classical Philology in Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40/Fabianinkatu 39, A-wing, 2nd floor. Entrance through the 3rd floor) on Thursday November the 29th at 6 pm. Welcome!

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PPRH at the XXII Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity in Tvärminne, Finland

The project presented the latest results of their research at the XXII Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity in Tvärminne, Finland.

PPRH in Tvärminne

The project at the XXII Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity in Tvärminne, Finland.

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