When Silenus does not mean Silanus

I came across this other specimen in the Yale collection while browsing there for another reason and it’s attribution in that catalogue got me curious. I then found a handful in the ANS with a different attribution. The CNG cataloguing of this above 2021 specimen gave some good context. Basically I just want to keep this as an object lesson on how iconography cannot compete with hoard evidence.

Funding for Faculty

an incomplete list mostly for my own use

Institute for Advanced Study, School of History (Princeton) – October 15 Deadline

Residential, salary replacement up to 39-78k, half or full year, no letters of reference required for those 10 years out from PhD!

Rome Prize (American Academy in Rome) – Nov 1 Deadline

residential, 15-30k plus housing, family friendly, 1/2 years and full years

ARIT (Ankara for ancient studies) – Nov 1 Deadline

residential, 4-12 months, 5k per month

Loeb Classical Library Fellowship – Nov 15 Deadline

non-residential, 1-40k

NEH public scholar book grant – Nov 15 Deadline

non-residential, 30-60k – can be be held with other awards, writing sample must be in the style of proposed book, if not actual sample chapter, letter of interest/intent from publisher recommended

Center for Hellenic Studies (DC) – Dec 1 Deadline

residential, 5-40k plus housing, travel costs, one month, one semester, or full year options (not clear about partners/kids, must ask)

ANAMED (Istanbul) – Dec 15 Deadline

residential, covers local cost of living for singles and couples, but not families, some travel and research funds, 1/2 year for senior scholars, full year everyone

Tytus Fellowship (Cincinnati) – March 15 Deadline

residential, $1500 a month plus housing, (not clear about partners/kids, must ask)

NEH Fellowship – April 15 Deadline

non-residential, 6-12 months max award: $60,000 ($5,000 per month) project can start in January, need not start with academic year (only about 7% of apps are funded)

Fulbright Awards

Start planning in Spring as lots of steps, Deadline in the Aug 15 to Sept 15 range typically

Guggenheim Fellowship – Mid September Deadline

Berlin Prize (AAD) – End of Sept

residential, 5k per month, plus housing, family friendly,

ICS fellowships are currently suspended but will likely resume in future (residential London)

Mars, not Roma (again)

RRC 469/1

I was looking up Mars in the index of Woytek’s Arma and Numma to make sure I hadn’t missed something on the reverse of 494/16. (I was tweeting about this latter type yesterday, wondering if it’s Mars was at all related to the testimony of the vowing of a temple to Mars Ultor on the eve of the battle of Philippi, Suet. Aug. 29.2; Ov. Fast. V.569‑578). What I found instead was his ID of the above obverse as Mars not Roma, and I could not agree more.

Mars not Roma was blind spot for Crawford. I’ve blogged about other misidentified types and Woytek’s conclusion only strengthens my views.

Relevant types

RRC 345/1Blog post

RRC 388/1Blog post with comparative iconography

RRC 14/2Blog post (here Crawford saw Minerva, rather than Mars (or Roma).

RRC 21/2

RRC 25/5

RRC 27/6

Symbols of Cities and Leagues

This is my very bad snapshot of a slide designed by David Weidgenannt and included in his INC 2022 talk. His paper demonstrated that coins typically attributed to the Arkadian league should be attributed to Megalopolis and that the monogram of ARK seen on the coins is an ethic identifier not that of the league itself. (Can’t wait to read the published version).

This led to my talking more with him about Killen’s work Parasema: Offizielle Symbole griechischer Poleis und Bundesstaaten. (publisher’s link, ANS catalogue link). This blog post is really just a bibliographical reminder to myself to check out the book the next time I’m in the ANS. Seems an invaluable resource for political iconographic work on the Roman Republic.

Victory and the Bull

ANS example of RIC I Augustus 514

I wanted to juxtapose this coin with this terracotta plaque I saw yesterday the Altes Museum (Berlin)

Part of me wonders if the dating could be off and these plaques might possibly be part of the Augustan era classicizing/archaizing impetus.

The another plaque in this set also shares a similar iconography with other numismatic representations:

ANS specimen
RIC Hadrian 298

Minerva/Athena Promachos? Palladion? Your call.

Abdera specimen.

Trojan Pig

Images of a terracotta painted pig in a Prygian cap with spear and shield was shared on Twitter in hopes of locating its present whereabouts by Chapps. He found it on the UKansas Classics webpage.

This immediately reminded me of this passage of Macrobius about which I posted a very long time ago.

“Titius assailed the times in which he lived because people served a dish called porcus Troianus, so named because it was stuffed with smaller animals as the Trojan horse was stuffed with armed men” (ap. Macrob. Sat. 3.13.13).

This type of dish is also part of Petronius’ Satyricon and appears as part of Trimalchio’s feast (49.1ff).

And it reminded my colleague Karl Steel of M. Grunnius Corocotta (tweet)!

This is a character from a humorous piece of Latin that claims to be the dictation of a piglet’s will, the TESTAMENTUM PORCELLI, for which Terrence Lockyer provided a convenient online translation.

We should also remember that the boar was a legionary standard used by the Romans in the Republic (early post on this).

It also reminds me a great deal of the Aeneas, Anchises, Ascanius as dogs type of humor:

In Naples Archaeological Museum

Athena’s Black Eyes

I learned about this statue thanks to Jane Sancinito on Twitter. And I decided to use it to start a discussion in my next Myth Class this coming Tuesday. Once I’d written it up on the private LMS for my students, I realized it would also be convenient to have a public url, hence this post.

On May 25 1968 this statue, a plaster cast of the head of Athena from a statue in the Louvre, was standing in a university building, when the city of Bordeaux, was taken over by student protests, that had swept all of France. “The movement which brought the country to a standstill had begun with a series of student occupations in protest against capitalism, consumerism, traditional institutions and the political regime. This then spread to workers across all walks of life who called for better wages, improved working conditions and more empowerment.”  (Source – with longer history of events).  One of the leaders of these protests is today a prominent EU politician.   The piece is still on display in the local museum with a label that describes when it was vandalized, but not why.

If you’re interested in statues and protests, I recommend the recent book, Smashing Statues, by another CUNY professor, Erin Thompson.