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 American Academy of Arts & Sciences has released its report on its survey of humanities departments for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The Academy covered the 2007-2008 academic year when it first conducted this survey, but this new report is the first one to include a sample of classical studies departments.  SCS made its database of classics departments available to the Academy so that it could carry out this work.  While this report provides valuable information about the state of our field, SCS will continue to conduct its regular census of classics departments, and, in fact, we ask department chairs to be on the lookout later this month for a link to a questionnaire to cover the 2013-2014 academic year. 

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:43pm by Adam Blistein.

The deadline for the submission of applications for the majority of the research fellowships offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is September 24, 2014.  Read descriptions of the various ACLS Fellowship programs here

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:55am by Adam Blistein.

From January 5-16, 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

Paleography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library. 

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

View full article. | Posted in Degree and Certificate Programs on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:02am by Adam Blistein.

The Stanford Humanities Center provides a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Humanities Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefitting from a wide variety of campus resources.  Fellowship term: September 2015 – June 2016.  Application deadline: October 1, 2014.

Eligibility:  Applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship term. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research. For full eligibility requirements, see

How to Apply:  Detailed instructions and a link to the online application are available at:  External Faculty inquiries:  Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305-4015,

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:07am by Adam Blistein.

Washington University in St. Louis is now accepting applications for a new PhD program in Classical Studies.  Building on unique strengths and resources within and beyond the Department of Classics, the program will offer special tracks in ancient performance, Greek and Roman music, ancient history, and ancient philosophy. The department’s terminal MA program will continue.  

PhD students receive full tuition remission and a sizable  stipend.  More information is available on the department’s web site (, and potential applicants can also contact Cathy Keane, Director of Graduate Studies (

View full article. | Posted in Degree and Certificate Programs on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:04am by Information Architect.

We are pleased to launch the Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic (YAGE) to be published annually by Brill starting in 2016. The yearbook will cover the entire epic tradition from Homer to Nonnus. With each installment addressing a special topic, YAGE will be a platform for the dissemination of cutting-edge, synthetic research on Ancient Greek epic.

For Volume 1 (2016) and Volume 2 (2017), we invite submissions on any area of Ancient Greek epic, but we are especially interested in submissions on two special topics:

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:05am by Adam Blistein.

The book review section of the New York Times reviewed a number of apps for students of the ancient world.  The article begins with an enthusiastic description of the new app containing the Society's Barrington Atlas of the Ancient World

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 9:41am by Adam Blistein.

preLaw, a publication distributed to undergraduates considering attendance at law schools and their advisors, has just published an article on the connections between college majors and admission to law school.  Classics, as usual, does well.  SCS member Benjamin Acosta-Hughes of Ohio State and Executive Director Adam Blistein are quoted in the article

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:34am by Adam Blistein.

The American Classical League invites applications for the position of Editor of The Classical Outlook, one of the most widely circulated Classics journals in North America.  The Editor is responsible for the evaluation of materials for publication, with the assistance of an editorial board, and for the production and mailing (via mailing service) of four quarterly issues per annum.  The position is not salaried, but a generous travel budget is provided to cover costs of attending the ACL's annual Institute each June as well as a mid-year Executive Committee meeting and other professional meetings.  The Editor's home institution (generally a college or university) is expected to provide released time, office space, and/or clerical assistance at a level sufficient to produce high quality camera-ready copy for printing. ACL can cover other expenses in the form of a grant to the host institution.  Dossiers, including letter of application, curriculum vitae, and evidence of achievement in scholarship, teaching, and professional service, as well as editorial experience, should be e-mailed by 1 December 2014 to Editor Search Committee of the American Classical League ( Inquiries may be directed to the committee at that same e-mail address.

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:25am by Adam Blistein.

The American Philosophical Society sponsors a number of fellowship programs.  Details of all programs are available here

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:21pm by Adam Blistein.


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