Book Review: "A Most Dangerous Book"? Depends who's reading it.

"No woman, according to New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, was ever ruined by a book. But Christopher B. Krebs, a classics professor at Harvard, makes a strong case that an early ethnological monograph, written in the first century in Latin by the Roman historian Tacitus, may have warped the cultural identity of an entire nation. In my old Penguin translation, 'Germania'—'On Germany'— runs fewer than 40 pages, but, like other comparably short documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and 'The Communist Manifesto,' its influence has been earthshaking. As the Penguin translator, H. Mattingly, frankly writes in his 1947 introduction, the book is 'a detailed account of a great people that had already begun to be a European problem in the first century of our era.'"

Read more of the review of A Most Dangerous Book at The Washington Post online.



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Click here to see the SCS Schedule at a Glance for the meeting in New Orleans.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Sat, 12/27/2014 - 1:55pm by Adam Blistein.

The discounted convention rate is no longer available at either of the annual meeting venues (the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and the New Orleans Marriott); however we have secured additional discounted rooms at Marriott’s AC Hotel New Orleans which is located at 221 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (a five-minute walk from the main hotels).  The hotel will also offer our same discounted group rate of $159 per night, plus taxes for a single (one bed) or double (two beds) hotel room.  The rate includes complimentary in room high speed Internet.  The deadline to reserve your rooms at the discounted rate is January 3, 2015. You can make a reservation directly with the Hotel by calling 1-800-228-9290 and using the group code ASAC or by requesting the AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting Discounted Room Block. You can also book via the hotel’s online system

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/26/2014 - 10:12pm by Adam Blistein.

Before everyone goes off line for the holidays, I wanted to call attention to a couple of the new features that will be in effect for the program of the upcoming Annual Meeting next month in NOLA.

The first thing is that, for the first time — ever? in a long while, anyway — the SCS and the AIA are using the same session grid. That means that, instead of (e.g.) SCS afternoon sessions starting at 1:30 and the analogous AIA sessions starting at 2:45 (as they did last year), all of the afternoon sessions will start at 1:45.

The final proofs of the paper program are being checked right now. But, in addition to the paper versions, we expect to launch a program app that will work on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as a web-based, platform-independent version. The last information I had was that we were waiting for approval from Apple before we could make the app public, so I hope it will be available very soon, if not quite in time to put it under the tree. More news as it becomes available!


View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 7:01pm by .

The other day I ran across a program that was new to me. It's called "Classics in Communities," and its purpose is to support Greek and Latin teaching by offering workshops for secondary school teachers. It looks like it could be an effective form of outreach. From a conversation on Facebook, I learned about a some similar efforts in the US at the local and regional level, but I wonder whether it would make sense to try this at the national level here as well? Is that a good or a bad idea? What would it take to make it happen?

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:08am by .

Dr. Sarah Lepinski, Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be at the meeting in New Orleans and would be happy to meet with prospective applicants to any NEH funding program  -- especially those in Preservation and Access, Digital Humanities, Education, and Research. The link below provides details about setting up an appointment with her.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:01am by Adam Blistein.

Following is the schedule for the SCS Office for the next month.  Our regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

December 24, 2014                                        Office Closes at 1:00 p.m.
December 25-28, 2014                                   Office Closed
December 29-30, 2014                                   Office Open (see Note A)
December 31, 2014                                        Office Closes at 1:00 p.m. (also see Note A)
January 1-4, 2015                                           Office Closed
January 5, 2015                                              Office Open
January 6-12, 2015                                         Office Closed (see Note B)
January 13-16, 2015                                       Office Open (see Note C)
January 17-18, 2015                                       Office Closed
January 19, 2015                                            Office Closed (Martin Luther King Day)
January 20, 2015                                            Normal Operations Resume

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:00am by Adam Blistein.

If you use Twitter and intend to share comments about the upcoming joint annual meeting in New Orleans, please use the hashtag


We have consulted with our colleagues at the AIA, and they have agreed to recommend its use to their members as well.  Please note that because of the new name of the Society, this is a different hashtag from the one in use in previous years.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:21pm by Adam Blistein.

Our discounted group rate of $159 has sold out at both of the annual meeting venues, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and the New Orleans Marriott.  Rooms at this convention rate may become available later due to cancelations; so, click on the URLs above periodically to see if this has occurred. You may also check the Sheraton or Marriott through their regular hotel web sites to see if rooms are available at a non-discounted rate.  In addition, AIA and SCS are seeking to book rooms at a reduced rate at a nearby hotel and will post relevant information as soon as it becomes available.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:01pm by Adam Blistein.

From Inside Higher Ed:

As many humanities programs struggle to avoid cuts or face tough questions about job prospects for graduates, Washington University in St. Louis will launch a doctoral degree program this fall to cater to aspiring academics with interests in specific components of classical studies.

Classics department faculty members at Washington University say the program is intended to offer classics training with a twist that students can’t find elsewhere. And with two slots per year, the program won’t flood the already-tight job market with new Ph.D.-holders, said Timothy Moore, the department chair.

The university has long had a successful master’s degree program -- which will continue – in the classics, and with the addition of some new hires and new library resources acquired a couple years ago, the department started talking in 2012 about the future of its graduate program, said Moore, the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics.


View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:06am by Information Architect.

The Society for Classical Studies will present the following awards at the Plenary Session of its 146th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Click on the link in each winner’s name or project to read the award citations. 

Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit (for three outstanding contributions to classical scholarship published by members of the Association within the preceding three years)

Robert L. Fowler, University of Bristol, Early Greek Mythography. Vol. 2: Commentary. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Edith Hall, King’s College London, Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris: A Cultural History of Euripides’ Black Sea Tragedy. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Tim Whitmarsh, University of Cambridge, Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism.  University of California Press, 2013.

Outreach Prize (for outstanding projects or events by an APA member or members that make an aspect of classical antiquity available and attractive to an audience other than classics scholars or students in their courses)

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 9:47am by Adam Blistein.


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