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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The Annual Conference of the Classical Association, in association with the Classical Association of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh will take place on 6-9 April 2016, in Edinburgh.  Papers (20 minutes) or panels (3 or 4 x 20-minute papers) are solicited. Submit abstracts after: 31 March 2015. Closing date for abstracts: 31 August 2015. Send to:
Suggested themes:
  • Agon
  • Ancient Athens and Attika
  • Ancient Law
  • Ancient Political Thought and Theory
  • Ancient Sanctuaries
  • Cognitive Classics
  • Dress and Gender
  • Ecphrasis
  • Imperial Greek Poetry
  • Inequality in the Ancient World
  • Later Latin Literature
  • Objects and Materiality
  • Persia and the Greek and Roman Worlds
  • Philosophy and Rhetoric 
  • Popular Culture in Antiquity
  • Slavery
  • The Classical Tradition in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
  • The Elegiac Tradition
  • The Greeks in the West
  • The Hellenistic Polis
View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:51pm by Adam Blistein.

The Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University invites applications to its Graduate Certificate Program. Our classics post-bac—Ohio’s first—offers students a bridge to full-fledged graduate study in classics and related humanities disciplines by solidifying and increasing their command of Greek and Latin.

We give post-bac students:

  • training in Greek and Latin, enabling them to read ancient texts at an advanced level
  • the advising they need to gain admittance into MA and PhD programs in classics, philosophy, art history, Medieval studies and more.

While most individuals will use this certificate as a stepping stone for graduate school, we also encourage individuals to pursue our certificate simply as a means of enriching their lives.

Students seeking admittance to the post-bac program will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree and have a strong academic record with at least one year of college-level Greek or Latin.  The post-bac application requires an application form, transcript(s) from all universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of reference. GRE scores are not required.  The electronic application and all materials are due on or before April 20, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Degree and Certificate Programs on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:29am by Adam Blistein.

Karen Suzadail, a Latin teacher at Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, PA, and the winner of the 2014 David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin Fellowship, has submitted her report.  Ms. Suzadail participated in the Paideia Institute's Caesar in Gaul program and looks forward to sharing what she learned there with her AP Latin students.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:31pm by Adam Blistein.

The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our fifth annual summer session, to be held June 1st - 12th, 2015. The School offers faculty and advanced graduate students the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in theater and performance research in an intensive two-week summer program.

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:26pm by Adam Blistein.

These seminars welcome not only teachers, who may wish to develop their ability use Latin actively and extempore in the classroom to augment whatever teaching methods they prefer to use, but anyone at all devoted to Latin, such as professors, graduate students, and those who read Latin for personal enrichment, can benefit from both of these week-long seminars, which are exclusively aimed at helping those who take part to acquire a more instinctive and active command of the Latin language

Conventiculum Dickinsoniense:  Annual Workshop for Spoken Latin to be held at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania from July 6 -12, 2015.

Conventiculum Latinum:   Annual Workshop for Spoken Latin to be held In Lexington at the University of Kentucky from July 22-29, 2015.              

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:17pm by Adam Blistein.

The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and includes a $25,000 stipend, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focusing on topics in European Studies in the humanities.  Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 26, 2015.  For more information, visit:

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:00pm by Adam Blistein.
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The Digital Latin Library—a Linked Open Data resource—has its origins in discussions between the Foundation and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in 2011. In 2012 SCS, in collaboration with the Medieval Academy of America and the Renaissance Society of America, requested and received funding from the Foundation for a feasibility study to determine the appropriate scope of the project and to identify institutions where it could be carried out. SCS Information Architect Samuel Huskey directed the feasibility study, and with the endorsement of all three learned societies submitted an initial implementation grant to the Foundation on behalf of his home institution, the University of Oklahoma, with the help of his collaborators, June Abbas and Chris Weaver. The new grant funds the first year of a three year project, which has two components: The Digital Latin Library and the Library of Digital Latin Texts.

The Digital Latin Library will provide a single point of access to texts and resources for reading and working with them, e.g., images of inscriptions and manuscripts, reference works, tools for analysis, etc. The Library of Digital Latin Texts will provide resources and support for the production of new scholarship and educational materials. A number of interfaces will facilitate activities such as reading and annotating texts, textual or visual analysis and collaborative learning and scholarship.

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 4:14pm by Confluence Staff.
Greek Studies on Site offers intensive two-week seminars on the following topics:

Theater in Classical Athens
Instructor: Mary Gilbert

Love in Greek Antiquity

Instructors: Ben Jasnow and Gwen Nally

The Greek Gods

Instructor: Jenny Strauss Clay

Athenian Democracy and its Critics

Instructor: Georgia Sermamoglou

Detailed descriptions of our seminars may be found here:!summerprogram/ctzx

You may watch a video of our students from last summer discussing their experience in Athens by following this link:!experiences/c1fi7

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Sat, 11/01/2014 - 10:30am by Information Architect.

From The New York TImes (10/30/2014)

How wrong Jean-Paul Sartre was. Hell isn’t other people.

It’s a patch of rocks and scrub just downstream from the Brooklyn Whole Foods.

In “The Dreary Coast,” an immersive theatrical work from Jeff Stark, Hades, king of the underworld, sits enthroned on the banks of the Gowanus Canal in sight of the supermarket parking lot. The Elysian fields? They’re right next to Lowe’s.

This punky, insouciant retelling of the Persephone myth plunks 20 or so theatergoers into a motorized skiff that tools up and down the Gowanus (here subbing for the River Acheron), as the hangdog helmsman, Charon (E. James Ford), and ice queen, Persephone (Ava Eisenson), plot an escape from the abyss. (Considering the rise in housing prices in this corner of Brooklyn, maybe they should stay awhile?) Several dozen spectators watch the action from the shore.


View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Sat, 11/01/2014 - 9:03am by Information Architect.

This month’s column is the third part in a series I’m posting every other month or so about how we can apply and see in action the 7 principles of research-based pedagogy described in the excellent book How Learning Works, by Susan Ambrose, et al.  Last time was motivation, and before that was knowledge organization.  This month’s topic: practice and feedback, ch. 5 of the book.

Language acquisition is a hard task, particularly when the language is, like Latin and ancient Greek, inflected, culturally distant, and highly literary.  Learning a foreign language demands the kind of rigorous and sustained practice that is the basis for all successful learning — and in language study, it’s hard to fake either the skills or development towards skill mastery.  The research-based learning principle about practice and feedback is therefore essential to effective foreign-language instruction.

View full article. | Posted in on Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:41am by T. H. M. Gellar-Goad.


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