Classics at Howard University

Howard University is the only HBCU in the United States with a Classics Department, which has been a part of the institution since its inception in 1867. SCS has recently received the following news from the Department:

"Howard University has decided to close the Department of Classics as part of its prioritization efforts and is currently negotiating with the faculty of Classics and with other units in the College as to how they might best reposition and repurpose our programs and personnel. These discussions have been cordial, and the faculty remains hopeful that the department can be kept intact at some level, with its faculty and programs still in place." 

The Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Studies strongly supports all the faculty, including all non-tenure track faculty, and students in the Department of Classics. The SCS Classics Advisory Service will continue to make itself available to all at Howard in order to advise and support the department, its programs, students, and all faculty.

The SCS Board of Directors, 4/16/21


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Last week the United States Congress passed and President Obama signed a bill establishing funding levels for federal agencies during the government's current fiscal year (October 2015-September 2016).  The SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a consortium of groups and institutions that advocate for the humanities in the United States.  The NHA has produced this summary of appropriations for federal agencies that affect our fields.  The news is largely good.  A few agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, received modest increases in funding.  Others that were threatened with reductions, such as the Department of Education's Title VI program, have received level funding.

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News, SCS Announcements on Mon, 12/21/2015 - 9:20am by Adam Blistein.

We have posted calls for abstracts submitted by the two organizer refereed panels (ORP) chartered to organize sessions at the 2017 annual meeting and from about half of the affiliated groups (AFG) that are authorized to present sessions in Toronto.  We will post calls from additional affiliated groups as they are received. 

Abstracts for ORPs should be submitted to the SCS Office ( and are due on March 1, 2016.  Visit the ORP page in February for exact submission instructions.  Each AFG has its own deadline and submission instructions. 

Anyone submitting an abstract for either an ORP or an AFG must be a member in good standing of the Society for 2016.  If you are not sure whether you have paid your SCS dues for 2016, contact the customer service staff at the Johns Hopkins University Press at, 800-548-1784 (US and Canada only), or 410-516-6987 (all others).

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings, SCS Announcements on Thu, 12/17/2015 - 2:54pm by Adam Blistein.

Following is the schedule for the SCS Office for the next month.  Our regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

December 24, 2015                                        Office Closes at 1:00 p.m.
December 25-27, 2015                                   Office Closed
December 28-31, 2015                                   Office Partially Open (see Note A)
January 1-3, 2016                                           Office Closed
January 4, 2016                                              Office Partially Open (see Note B)
January 5-11, 2016                                         Office Closed (see Note C)
January 12-15, 2016                                       Office Open (see Note D)
January 16-17, 2016                                       Office Closed
January 18, 2016                                            Office Closed (Martin Luther King Day)
January 19, 2016                                            Normal Operations Resume

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 12/17/2015 - 1:23pm by Adam Blistein.

This conference will take place 21-22 October 2016 at National Pingtung University, Taiwan.  Submissions are due on 3 February 2016.

Human civilization often entails various kinds of encounters. One of the most fundamental is interpersonal contact from which friendship, animosity, and companionship are born. In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, friendship is defined in terms of ethical virtues, while in patristic writings friendship refers to a shared sense of being children of the one Father and brothers in Christ. From the Renaissance down to the modern era, there have been engaging discussions about forbidden friendships. In contrast, hostile feelings, especially jealousy and hatred, have long been favorite topics for writers such as Shakespeare who draws from the book of Proverbs in Julius Caesar and Othello to represent how the kisses of an enemy may be profuse.

On a broader scale, encounters can also be examined with reference to the contacts among different cultures and subsequent ideological transmission, conflict, hybridity, assimilation, and transformation. Ever since Classical Antiquity, communication between the East and the West has triggered a series of crucial cultural exchanges and interfaith interactions that can be inexhaustible subject matters for profound deliberation and academic research.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:44pm by Adam Blistein.

The sixth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 1-6 August 2016. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, four library visits and five thematic lectures.

Costs: The school will charge student fees of 100 British Pounds, payable prior to the first day of classes. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford. A minimum of four bursaries, covering fees and housing (but no board), will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants.

Daily schedule: 8:45a-10:45a reading class, 11:00a-1:00p library visit, 1:00p-2:45p lunch break, 2:45p-4:45p reading class, 5:00p-6:00p lecture. A final written examination will be administered on Saturday, 6 August, 9:00a-12:00p.

Instructors: Christos Simelidis (D.Phil. Oxon.), Dimitris Skrekas (D.Phil. Oxon.), Georgi R. Parpulov (Ph.D. Chicago)

Lectors: Nigel G. Wilson FBA (Oxford), Prof. Marc Lauxtermann (Oxford), Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (London), Marjolijne Janssen (Cambridge)

Application: The final deadline for applying is 15 February 2016.

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:53pm by Adam Blistein.

Proposals are invited for papers on the conference theme, which aims to explore the interactions and syncretistic tensions between religion and philosophy in texts dating from the 3rd to the 7th c. A.D. Possible areas of interest include personal religious attitudes, notions of theurgy, the mysteries, magic and philosophical approaches to access the divine. The organisers are willing to include a wide range of specialisations, including Patristic literature, Jewish and Syriac religious texts, Neoplatonism, Magical texts, Orphism, Chaldaean Oracles, Alchemy, Manichaeism, Gnosticism, Hermetica and the Coptic Nag Hammadi Library.

Titles with short abstracts (500 words) should be submitted to Eleni Pachoumi (elenipachoumi at The submission deadline is extended to January 10, 2016. The conference also aims to publish the papers in a peer-reviewed edition.

The International Interdisciplinary Conference is organised by the School of Ancient Language and Text Studies at North-West University, Potchefstroom in collaboration with UNISA. This conference is the second activity of the research group on Late Antiquity Studies of the focus group on Ancient Texts: Text, Context and Reception of the School of Ancient Language and Text Studies.

For further information, please, contact Eleni Pachoumi (elenipachoumi at

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:51pm by Adam Blistein.

The Department of Music Studies of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens in association with L’École Française d’Athènes will host the 9th Moisa Conference in Athens, Greece, from Monday, 11 to Thursday, 14 July, 2016.

The conference theme is “Music and the animal world in Hellenic and Roman antiquity”. The keynote speaker will be François-Bernard Mâche, musicologist and composer. There will be paper and poster presentations, a final concert with contemporary music inspired by Antiquity, and an excursion to Delphi on Friday 15 July, for those who would be willing to stay on after the end of the conference. 

We are now soliciting submissions for oral and poster presentations. Speakers are invited from all fields of enquiry – philology, archaeology, musicology, computer science, zoology, musical acoustics, theatrology – to contribute to the theme of the conference. We welcome submissions on the following topics:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:49pm by Adam Blistein.

Every summer from 2004 to 2011, the Music Department at the Ionian University hosted a week-long seminar on ancient music, which was attended by students and scholars from several European, American and Asiatic countries. This wonderful event was unfortunately discontinued due to the Greek economic crisis. Given its importance for the rapidly-expanding community of scholars interested in ancient Greek and Roman music, since 2014 the Arion Society has brought the Seminar back to life in a new location: Riva del Garda, in the North of Italy.

Following the customary format, the program will comprise morning sessions devoted to the study of the particular text or topic chosen for that year and a series of evening lectures on other issues of interest. (Previous years: Pseudo-Plutarchean De Musica, Music in Comedy, Music and Women, Music in Plato’s Laws and in Aristotle’s Politics, the Pseudo Aristotelian Problemata and Aristoxenus’ Elementa harmonica.)

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:46pm by Adam Blistein.

In the third book of the Fasti, Ovid presents an aetiological narrative focused on the festival of Anna Perenna celebrated on the Ides of March (Fast. 3.523-696). His collection of tales about Anna Perenna provide compelling evidence of her mutiplicity of identities in the Roman imagination. Indeed, her appearances in the Fasti, Aeneid, and Punica (and, to a lesser extent, the Heroides) connect Anna to the foundational legends and military history of Rome.  The recently published fragments of Decimus Laberius, together with archaeological evidence, situate the figure of Anna Perenna within the context of Roman performance and spectacle. Epigraphic evidence from her sacred grove, recently discovered in Rome, indicates that Anna was an important object of cult worship and Roman religious ritual, a fact also corroborated by the literary sources. Her depiction on a coin minted by Annius Luscus emblematizes the trend of appropriating and promoting mythic and divine ancestors that was prevalent among Roman gentes of the first century BCE.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 4:48pm by Adam Blistein.

Ohio University and the University of Patras announce a collaborative study-abroad program to run this summer from May 26 to July 3: Greek in Greece.  Greek in Greece is for students who have had one or more years of ancient Greek.  Each student will take a full year of ancient Greek, two three-credit courses, at either the intermediate or advanced level.  Through immersive group work and sight reading, students progress beyond deciphering towards reading, more rapidly than is possible during a regular semester.

The intensive work on ancient Greek is complemented by an introduction to modern Greek offered by the Classics faculty of the University of Patras.  The modern Greek course has been designed especially for ancient Greek students, stressing linguistic continuities and important contemporary cultural themes.  University of Patras students will assist as language-buddies for the program students and also provide them coeval entrée to life in Patras.  Patras is a transportation hub and on weekends the directors will take students to important archaeological and cultural sites and museums such as Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae, and Epidauros.

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 4:20pm by Adam Blistein.


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