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 Vergilian Society summer 2015 programs are accepting registrations, including for the new culinary tour of southern Italy.  For information about the 2015-2016 tours and registration:

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:50am by Adam Blistein.

This conference will take place from 2-4 December 2015 at the Faculdade de Letras of the University of Lisbon.  While asserting the study of classical tradition in the Lusophon area as a chief theme of research, the Centre for Classical Studies of the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon University is promoting critical reflection on the reception of Greek-Latin Antiquity in the Portuguese, Brazilian, Galician and African Countries of Portuguese Official Language Literatures. It is our aim to discuss and compare ideas about the thematic resetting, values, imagery and classical oeuvres, as well as Greek and Latin characters, poetic and literary culture, history and fiction, considering the different chronology and areas where Portuguese language is written.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 31st 2015. Researchers are invited to submit their proposals (for 20 minutes communications) to the, which may be used whenever further information is required. Proposals will be subject to peer review, hence a clear, informative title will be welcomed, as well as an abstract (between 1500 and 2500 characters) and a short academic CV (up to 300 words).

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:22am by Adam Blistein.

This course will run from 13-29 June, 2015 on the Island of Ikaria in Greece and is designed for those who wish to learn Modern Greek to enhance their study of/work on Classical Antiquity. Texts and vocabulary will be targeted towards ancient and archaeological themes, as well as to the demands of professional communication in Modern Greek (in the field, at museums, with local authorities, etc.). Courses are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Class sizes are small (no more than 8 students) for maximum speaking time.  The course emphasizes all critical language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and so is appropriate for students preparing to take Modern Greek reading / translation exams.

Full information, including application:  Contact:

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:19am by Adam Blistein.

The Emory University Institute for the History of Philosophy (IHP) will host its seventh annual summer workshop on June 14–26, 2015, on the topic of "Aristotle on the Emotions." (​ )

IHP Summer Workshops are designed to bring together a group of faculty scholars specializing in specific areas of the history of philosophy for seminars focused around a shared reading list. Ten participants and the co-directors meet in mornings and afternoons over the course of two four-day weeks for discussions based upon close readings. This year's readings will focus on Aristotle's conception of emotions and their role in moral psychology, the body/soul relationship, ethics, politics, rhetoric and dialectic. Our central texts include selections from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Eudemian Ethics, Rhetoric, and De Anima. A few other texts will supplement discussion.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:14am by Adam Blistein.

The second North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy will be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 4-5, 2016, at the University of California, Berkeley, under the aegis of the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (ASGLE), and with support from the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy, the Departments of Classics and History at UC Berkeley, ASGLE, the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine (AIEGL), and Brill Publishers.

The congress, to be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies in San Francisco, CA (Wednesday through Saturday, January 6-9, 2016), will include several parallel sessions (at least one of which will be devoted to new texts), two plenary sessions, and two keynote addresses; there will also be space in the program for a poster session. It is our intention to submit the conference proceedings for publication in the series Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy, which published the proceedings of the first congress (

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 4:25pm by Adam Blistein.

Unlike other applications, Word 2011 does not process all the instructions contained in the GreekKeys Unicode keyboards. Several keyboard shortcuts do not work (such as command-b, command-z, command-w), and the "terminator" definitions are ignored, so that following a deadkey diacritic with a mistyped letter, such as typing b (beta) instead of v (omega) after option-3 (circumflex), produces gibberish that requires an extensive deletion to remove.

During the preparation of GreekKeys 2015, it has finally been determined what is the proper format for identifying the keyboards as Greek, and once this identification is present, Word 2011 works properly.

Until the new version of GreekKeys is released later in 2015, a repair is offered for current users who have GKUall.bundle installed (the standard installation of GreekKeys Unicode 2008). Please visit

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 02/09/2015 - 8:56pm by Information Architect.

The Department of Classical Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will offer a 3-week, all-online, graduate-level course on Ovid (LAT 602) from July 6 to July 24, 2015. The course is an introduction to Ovid's poetry with readings from both the Metamorphoses and the Amores, focusing on important themes and connecting them to life and attitudes in Augustan Rome. The format of instruction is asynchronous.

LAT 602 is part of UNCG's online M.Ed. in Latin program, but you do not need to be enrolled in the degree program to take the class. Visiting (non-degree) students who have a B.A. and at least 6 hours of upper-level undergraduate Latin or the equivalent can sign up for the course through UNCG's Division of Continual Learning. Visiting students will also need the permission of the instructor, which is easily obtained by contacting the instructor, Prof. Hugh Parker. Enrollment will be limited to 15 students.

Questions about the course?

Contact Prof. Hugh Parker: (tel. 336.334.5703).

Questions about the Online M.Ed. in Latin program?

Contact Prof. David Wharton: (tel. 336.509.8172).

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:44pm by Information Architect.

This month’s column is the fifth part in a series I’m posting every other month 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 prior knowledge.  Before that came practice and feedback, motivation, and knowledge organization.  This month’s topic: mastery, ch. 4 of the book.

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:29pm by Adam Blistein.

Various French organizations involved in Greco-Roman Antiquity have launched Les États généraux de l’Antiquité to engage in a discussion concerning the future of classical studies; they have been joined by a great many, mainly European, organizations involved with the study of Classics and Ancient History.  I felt it was crucial for us to be part of this initiative despite – or because of – the differences in our educational systems. Nevertheless, all of us, in our different ways, recognize that we are at a critical juncture. We can both learn and usefully contribute to an international dialogue concerning the future of our field with colleagues in Europe and elsewhere. 

The SCS Board has agreed that we should join this effort, and on February 28th I will represent our organization in Paris where three plenary round tables are planned: 1. Classical Antiquity and Education; 2. Antiquity and European Culture; and 3) Classical Antiquity and Research. 

The organizers are urging participants to pose questions in the three areas listed above, and I encourage the membership of the SCS to forward to me questions and ideas that I can contribute to the discussion.  I will of course report on the meeting upon my return and envision an ongoing relationship with our colleagues abroad.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:22pm by Adam Blistein.


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