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 Hegel Society of America is requesting submissions of papers for its 2016 Biennial Meeting “Hegel and Ancient Philosophy” (date and location to be determined). The meeting will examine the relation of Hegel’s thought to ancient philosophy, including Late Antiquity and non-Western philosophies of the ancient world. Papers may address the topic in a variety of ways. They may take a historical approach covering, for example, Hegel’s treatment of ancient philosophy (in the Lectures on the History of Philosophy, and elsewhere), or the influence of ancient philosophy on Hegel. Papers may also approach the topic systematically, dealing with aspects of Hegelian philosophy in relation to ancient thought, or vice versa. Papers may also treat current or perennial debates concerning Hegel’s relation to ancient philosophy. Submissions are limited to 6,000 words. Later adjustments must remain within this limit. Submissions must be formatted for blind review and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words. They must be complete essays; draft proposals are not acceptable. All papers should be in English. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016, and papers should be sent to Glenn A. Magee, Program Chair (

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:52pm by Adam Blistein.

The Department of Greek Studies and the Institute of Classical studies at the John Paul II Catholic University are hosting the international conference “Colloquia Orphica VII” on November 7-10, 2015 in Nieborów, Poland. This symposium is devoted to the problems related to Orphic religion, along with the aspects and manifestations of Orphism in many areas of ancient culture, especially in light of the recent findings in the field of papyrology. Papers concerning every aspect of Orphism are welcome. The conference fee is 650 PLN (180 €) and should be paid during the conference. The fee includes full accommodation in the area of the Palace complex in Nieborow. Please send your applications and papers to Dr. Katarzyna Kolakowska ( by June 15, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:49pm by Adam Blistein.

The Second International Multidisciplinary Conference on the Archaeology of Sound will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on October 30 - November 1, 2015. Archaeoacoustics II focuses on the ancient use of sound in sacred and contemplative spaces, and a timeless continuity of human behavior that includes vocalization and acute aural sensitivity. The conference welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices. 250-300 word abstracts of papers, presentations and posters should be submitted in English, in either Text, Word or PDF formats. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015. Submitters will be informed by mid May 2015. Email to:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:47pm by Adam Blistein.

As a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, CADMO publishes original studies, findings and relevant "state of the art" essays on Ancient History and the study of Ancient cultures. It welcomes contributions related to the Ancient Near-Eastern World (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Syro-Palestinian area and Anatolia) and to the Classical World (Greece, Rome and the Ancient Mediterranean, including Late Antiquity). Studies on the reception of Antiquity and its cultural productions as well as submissions focusing on other Ancient societies (such as the Indian, Asian or Mesoamerican cultures) are also considered. Critical reviews of recently published works and relevant notes and news on the aforementioned subjects are accepted. The annual deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015. Submissions should be sent by email to For more information and author guidelines:

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:46pm by Adam Blistein.

The SCS is an affiliate member of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  The Council has asked us to encourage all of our members who are teaching at the primary or secondary levels to complete a survey it is conducting on enrollment in foreign language classes.  This survey complements the one recently conducted by the Modern Language Association concerning enrollments at the college and university level.  In addition, SCS will soon be publishing results of its census of classics departments conducted this Fall. 

Respondents can complete the ACTFL survey online or upload a document containing information on foreign language programs in their school or district. The questionnaire may be completed by anyone in the individual school or school district who is familiar with the language course offerings and enrollment figures. The data should be for the 2014-15 school year.  The survey is available at

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:18am by Adam Blistein.

SCS members may now submit proposals and individual abstracts to the SCS Program Committee for review at its meeting in June.  Before you make a submission, please read these general instructions for using the submission system and these general regulations concerning a member’s eligibility to make a submission.  This page contains descriptions of the types of sessions held at the meeting as well as detailed lists of the materials required by the Program Committee for each one.

To get started, you must register a new account on the submission site. Your existing log-on credentials for any other site affiliated with the SCS will not work on this site—including the credentials you may have created if you used the submission site last year.  You will need your SCS Member ID to establish an account. If you do not know your ID number, you can use the membership lookup tool to find it.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:25am by Adam Blistein.

The Philology Institute in Wilmore, KY will offer an intensive, six-week summer course in Latin from June 15 to July 24, 2015. The cost is $2500 for the equivalent of two semesters of regular coursework, and the program offers a limited number of $500 scholarships. The course enrollment is capped at 12 students. Applications are currently being accepted. More information:

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 02/17/2015 - 3:04pm by Adam Blistein.

The University of Bergen will be hosting the International Symposium on Poetry and Philosophy in the Light of Plato’s Apology on June 10-12, 2015 in Bergen, Norway. The Keynote speaker is  Arlene Saxonhouse, Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. The Symposium is free and open to all. For registration and information, contact Kirsten Bang ( by May 25, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 10:31am by Adam Blistein.

The Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) which manages our membership database has recently upgraded the online payment mechanism it uses to collect dues.  This upgrade requires users to log in to the JHUP system before entering credit card information.  New members will need to create an account that they can subsequently use to gain access to resources that JHUP maintains for us such as our directory of members and issues of TAPA in Project Muse.  If returning members created an account on the JHUP site in the past, they should not create a new one.  The log-in page to the JHUP system contains links that returning members can use to retrieve a password or username and thus determine whether they have already created an account. 

JHUP staff will be happy to help members encountering any difficulty with their accounts.  Staff can be reached in the following ways:

If you call JHUP and reach an answering machine, be sure to leave a message.  This will enable staff to follow up with you as soon as they can.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:15pm by Adam Blistein.

The Nominating Committee has recruited this slate of candidates for the election to take place this summer.  Members are reminded that it is possible to nominate additional candidates by petition.  Nominations of candidates not proposed by the Nominating Committee shall require the signature of twenty members in good standing (2015 dues must be paid) and must be reported to the Executive Director by April 15, 2015.  A current curriculum vitae of the candidate, who must also be a member in good standing, should be submitted by the same deadline.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:08pm by Adam Blistein.


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