TTT: Amphora and Labyrinth
Amphora is the official outreach publication of the American Philological Association. Unfortunately, the way the APA has set up their website, I genuinely doubt whether a good chunk of its target audience even knows of its existence:
this eight to sixteen-page publication is intended for a wide audience that will include professional classicists, present and former classics majors, interested academics and professionals in other fields, high-school teachers and students, administrators in the field of education, community leaders, and anyone with a strong interest in or enthusiasm for the classical world.
This sort of thing, actually, is one of the reasons I decided to start up rogueclassicism (more on that when my new laptop arrives ... techboy came to our school again today and again did nothing in terms of setting up a computer in my room; so I stormed home and ordered the laptop I've been putting off purchasing as long as possible); there's a pile of really good stuff out there which "a wide audience" would be interested in but, alas, would only come across if they virtually stumbled upon it, archaeologist-like. Even if one did so stumble, one would be hard pressed to click on the links, there being no indication of what the contents are. So here are the contents of the first three issues of Amphora, with links to the .pdf files to download them (I omit administrivial sorts of things):
Amphora Issue 1.1:
Fr. M. Owen Lee, "Unanswered Questions" (on his experience reading/handling the Codex Palatinus of Virgil)
Mark Lawall, "The Amphora and Ancient Commerce"
Lois V. Hinckley, "Elpenor's Last Exit"
Nancy Felson, "Teaching and Reading Classics After 9/11"
Stephen G. Daitz, "Let the Music Be Heard: The Case for the Oral Performance of Greek and Latin Literature"
Martin Helzle, "Building on Sand? Literary Interpretation and Textual Criticism"
There are also book reviews, a film review of Ulysses (1954), and a review of the De Imperatoribus Romanis website ...
Amphora Issue 1.2:
C.W. Marshall, "Remembering Rhesus"
Victor Davis Hanson, "Viticulture and Classical Idealism"
Ward W. Briggs Jr., "One Writer's Classics: John Updike's Harvard"
Donald G. Kyle, "Why Greek Sports History?"
Susan McLean, "On Translating the Poetry of Catullus"
... again there are book reviews, a film review of Cleopatra, and a review of the Maecenas website.
Amphora Issue 2.1
Janice Benario, "Horace, Humanitas, and Crete"
Thomas Falkner, "Novel Approaches to the Classics (Part I)" (on novels set in the academic world)
Barbara Tsakirgis, "The Nashville Athena: Rebirth of an Athenian Goddess"
Kenneth J. Reckford, "There and Back Again: Odysseus and Bilbo Baggins"
Randall Nichols, "On Good Teaching"
Ourania Molyviati, "Mount Olympus"
... again we have book reviews and a review of Clash of the Titans.
Amphora has become somewhat better as it has 'matured', although it still has a really boring layout with too many articles that are continued here, then there, then there, then there. Still, content-wise the articles are readable by professional and layperson alike -- they clearly deserve much more 'fanfare' than they get at the APA site.
Labyrinth is the journal of the Ontario Classical Association, whose website appears to have gone the way of the Spartans at Thermopylae. It was once apparently delivered to high schools in Ontario, but since March of 2002 it has been available online only. As with Amphora, Labyrinth's primary problem is that no one seems to know about it. Despite doing an M.A. in Classics at Kingston, Ontario and a yet-to-be-finished Ph.D. at McMaster in Hamilton, Ontario, and despite teaching at Wilfrid Laurier University, which is just down the road from the University of Waterloo, wherein Labyrinth emanates, I never heard of it until I had suggested starting up a popular magazine for Classics (more on that later). One can find it on the web only if one knows of its existence. In any event, in the interest of equal treatment, here's the most recent three issues of Labyrinth ... since it is an html journal now, links are directly to the articles:
Labyrinth 82 (October, 2003)
L.A. Curchin, Breaking the Vapour Barrier: What Made the Delphic Oracle Work?,
C. Mundigler, The Ancient Spice Trade, Part I: The Ancient Near East,
David Porreca, The Magus (on the figure of the magician in various ancient cultures)
Labyrinth 81 (March, 2003)
S.L. Ager, Heroism in The Lord of the Rings, or what Oedipus and Frodo have in common?
R.A. Faber, "Drunkenness is Nothing Less than Wilful Insanity": Seneca's Sententiae
L.A. Curchin, The Suovetaurilia
C. Mundigler, Ancient Olive Oil Production: The Roman World, Part II
G.I.C. Robertson, Asylum at Argos: The Suppliants of Aeschylus
Labyrinth 80 (October, 2002)
S.L. Ager, Rescuing Local History: Inscriptions and the Island of Thera
R.A. Faber, Some Interesting Rhetorical Terms
L.A. Curchin, The Horse in Classical Religion
C. Mundigler, Ancient Olive Oil Production: The Roman World Part I
G.I.C. Robertson, A Poke in the Eye with a Sharp Stick (on Odysseus and the Cyclops)
There is one more issue available online at what appears to be Labyrinth's homepage at the University of Waterloo.
I find the articles in Labyrinth are actually very readable and very often are things which warm a rogueclassicist's heart (e.g. the ongoing connections between the ancient world and Lord of the Rings, L. Curchin's Roman religion pieces) or which are incredibly useful (olive oil production).
Clearly, both Amphora and Labyrinth deserve a wider audience and hopefully my somewhat humble efforts here will bring them that. I optimistically suspect there are other examples of 'outreach' of this sort out there which similarly might benefit ... if anyone knows of same, feel free to drop me a line.
::Wednesday, October 15, 2003 8:57:31 PM::
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