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In memory of...
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isilinde1982
Géza Alföldy. Just returned from the ceremony held at Heidelberg University in his memory. It was restrained and dignified. But now more than ever it's clear how dearly he will be missed by ancient historians all over the world. I'm just glad I actually had the chance to study with him.

I still can not quite believe it
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isilinde1982
...that one of my favourite professors has died suddenly of a heart attack on November 6th. I was very much in awe of Professor Alföldy, one of the foremost ancient historians of our time and probably the greatest expert on Roman epigraphy in the world. He had retired from Heidelberg University some years ago, but his presence was still felt in the Seminar, of course, and he used to sometimes work in the library. I was always happy just to see him, because I also liked him very much as a person. He was always friendly, always polite, even way back when I was a little undergraduate in my first Mittelseminar on Roman epigraphy.
He was only 76, and should have been able to continue his brilliant work for some time! The only consolation is that he has left us so much great scholarship - and that at least he died in a fitting place: from the Akropolis, it was only a short way for him to Olympus, where he surely now shares a kline with Theodor Mommsen and Sir Ronald Syme...

Let it snow!
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isilinde1982
I'm ridiculously grateful for the 10 centimetres of snow we got here in the south of Germany. We don't get snow often enough! More snow and cold, please!
Finally managed to have my room booked for the Knoxville conference. Why do they need credit cards for such things? Ugh! I needed to get one only to get a stupid room in a hotel...
Now I hope everything goes alright with the immigration formalities...

Conference!
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isilinde1982
I'm very happy at the moment because I've been chosen to attend a conference on Late Antiquity held in May 2009 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Best thing: my university will cover all the costs - fortunately, because I wouldn't even be able to afford the flight to the US, let alone the stay there

first post
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isilinde1982
So I finally found out how to post something in my journal.
Trouble is, I don't really have anything interesting to tell at the moment. Am sitting in my flat and looking forward to a new episode of "House, M.D."
Outside it's raining and miserably cold... I think I'll just read one more fluffy fanfic and then turn in. Need to get up early in the morning in order to secure a place in our institute's library. I'm working on a talk I'm supposed to give three weeks from now.