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 2016 Annual Meeting will take place at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel from Wednesday through Saturday, January 6-9.  Please note the submission deadlines for proposals and abstracts which are somewhat earlier than they have been in the last few years. 

Monday, April 27 is the deadline for the submission of individual abstracts.

Wednesday, April 8 is the deadline for submission of materials for panels, i.e.,

2016 Annual Meeting: Proposals for

  • At-Large Panels
  • Committee Panels
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Roundtable Discussion Sessions

2016 Annual Meeting:  Reports of 

  • Organizer-Refereed Panels
  • Affiliated Group Panels

2017 Annual Meeting and Beyond:  Proposals to Receive Charters for

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 1:17pm by Adam Blistein.

We are looking for help in preparing metadata for the Patrologia Graeca (PG) component of what we are calling the Open Migne Project, an attempt to make the most useful possible transcripts of the full Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latina freely available. Help can consist of proofreading, additional tagging, and checking the volume/column references to the actual PG. In particular, we would welcome seeing this data converted into a dynamic index into online copies of the PG in, the HathiTrust, Google Books, or Europeana. For now, we make the working XML metadata document available on an as-is basis. More info:

Gregory Crane

Perseus Project and the Open Philology Project
The University of Leipzig and Tufts University

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:13pm by Information Architect.

A new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books.  Over the past 100 years, tens of thousands of academic books have been published in the humanities, including many remarkable works on history, literature, philosophy, art, music, law, and the history and philosophy of science. But the majority of these books are currently out of print and largely out of reach for teachers, students, and the public. The Humanities Open Book pilot grant program aims to “unlock” these books by republishing them as high-quality electronic books that anyone in the world can download and read on computers, tablets, or mobile phones at no charge.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:43pm by Adam Blistein.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the fifth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance.

This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, international aid, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Applicants must:

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:52pm by Adam Blistein.

October 15-18, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:00am by Information Architect.

We are please to announce the following results from the surveys that were sent to all those who were registered for the recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans on January 9, 10, and 11.


Best session overall:

  • Session #5 New Fragments of Sappho

Honorable mention

  • Session #6 What Can Early Modernity Do for Classics?
  • Session #13 The Impact of Moses Finley
  • Session #16 Breastfeeding and Wet-Nursing in Antiquity,
 Organized by the Women's Classical Caucus
  • Session #21 Empire and Ideology in the Roman World

Best session chairs:

  • Session #6 What Can Early Modernity Do for Classics? Ariane Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles and Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, Organizers
  • Session #21 Empire and Ideology in the Roman World

Honorable mention

  • Session #5 New Fragments of Sappho, André Lardinois, Radboud University Nijmegen, Organizer
  • Session #27 Humoerotica, 
Organized by the Lambda Classical Caucus, Ruby Blondell and Kathryn Topper, University of Washington, Organizers

Best papers, morning sessions:

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:34pm by .

The Kinfolk Brass Band will play at Thursday's Night's Joint Opening Night Reception in New Orleans.  Tickets will be available at the door.  See details here.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:06am by Adam Blistein.

The AIA-SCS Conference App is now available.  For details about downloading and using the app, please visit this page on the AIA web site.  As noted there, anyone may download the app or view its contents in an Internet browser, but only conference registrants can sign in and activate its custom scheduling and in-app messaging features.  All conference registrants should have received an e-mail providing log-in instructions for those special features.  If you have difficulty with the app, send questions to

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 8:24pm by Adam Blistein.

In November’s column, I evaluated how the Roman comedy of Plautus and Terence bears out, mutatis mutandis, Harriet Jacobs’ claim in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl that American slavery “makes the white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and makes the wives wretched.”  In this month’s column I trace the path from slavery through citizen cruelty and licentiousness to the central problem of the genre’s plots, the rape of unwed citizen girls.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 12:07pm by .
Please note that the following language has been changed for Vergilian Society Scholarships, which are intended to aid those interested in Vergilian Society tours:

"Vergilian Society scholarships are available for people who teach some form of classical languages or civilization at the elementary or secondary level as well as those who teach at the college level in an instructor or adjunct position. VS scholarships may provide full or partial tuition support. Applications from those at the adjunct level are particularly encouraged.

The deadline for applications is March 1st.
A full list of available tours can be found here:
View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Sun, 01/04/2015 - 11:31am by Adam Blistein.


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