New Editor and Assistant Editor of Amphora

The American Philological Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ellen Bauerle of the University of Michigan Press as Editor, and Dr. Wells Hansen of Milton Academy as Assistant Editor, of Amphora, its Outreach publication, effective January 2012.

Ellen has for several years worked as the editor for classics and archaeology at the University of Michigan Press. She also oversees book production for the not-for-profit Michigan Classical Press, and in the past has created and sold ebooks on the web.  Recipient of a BA in Greek and English from Oberlin College, and an MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, she has been an Eric P. Newman Fellow at the American Numismatic Society and Seymour Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.  Ellen is delighted that Amphora is evolving to include the latest technologies, as additional ways of reaching its key constituencies among interested nonspecialists, scholars, teachers and students at the secondary level, and administrators.  

In addition to his role as housemaster at Milton Academy outside of Boston, where he manages the academic and social programs of about 40 students each year, Wells teaches in Milton's classics department. He also works with university partners and private clients in Asia to promote talent identification and development, especially in math and science. After earning his BA in classics from Boston College, and his MA in classics at the University of Chicago, Wells received his doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. A longstanding APA member, he has published numerous journal articles about classical topics, especially Roman poetry. Wells has a particular interest in developing the visibility of Amphora in social media and in social aspects of the web.

Many thanks to the members of the Amphora Editor Search Committee for their efforts in identifying and selecting these two talented colleagues: Adam Blistein (ex officio); Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College; Matthew Dillon, Loyola Marymount College; John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College; Davina McClain, Louisiana Scholars' College (ex officio), Kathryn Morgan, University of California  at Los Angeles.

Judith P. Hallett
University of Maryland, College Park, Vice-President for Outreach


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In the coming year the National Endowment for the Humanities will mark its 50th anniversary, and the SCS joins the American Council of Learned Societies and other humanities associations in celebrating this milestone.  During the last five decades the NEH has stood as a beacon of our nation’s strong support for sustaining and advancing the humanities through education, research, and public outreach.  Many of our own organization’s most important accomplishments over that half-century were made possible through support from the NEH.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:34pm by .

The SCS Office will be closed on on November 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:38pm by Adam Blistein.

For the 16th year running, the Department of Classics at University College Cork in Ireland offers an intensive 8-week summer school for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. The courses will run from June 22 through August 13 and are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. Undergraduate students are more than welcome to apply as well.  The basic grammar will be covered in the first 6 weeks and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading original texts.

For further information and an application form see our website: or contact the Director of the Summer School: Ms.Vicky Janssens, Department of Classics, University College Cork, Ireland, tel.: +353 21 4903618/2359, fax: +353 21 4903277, email:

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:03pm by Adam Blistein.

Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada
Volume 11, Number 3, 2011, LV—Series III

Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada
Volume 11, Number 2, 2011, LV—Series

Mouseion aims to be a distinctively comprehensive Canadian journal of Classical Studies, publishing articles and reviews in both French and English. One issue annually is normally devoted to archaeological topics, including field reports, finds analysis, and the history of art in antiquity. The other two issues focus on all other areas of Greek and Roman antiquity, including literature, history, philosophy, religion, and reception studies.

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 1:05pm by Adam Blistein.

Wild Dream Films seeks presenters and experts in the areas of science, ancient history, and archaeology. It seeks individuals able to take viewers into interesting worlds, get hands on, and ultimately have a strong point of view on a topic.  Please contact the company at and state specifically how you were bitten by the science/history/archaeology bug, what kind of work you may have done around it, and why it continues to be a driving force in your life and/or work. Feel free to attach any relevant pictures of you and/or your work in the field.

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:41pm by Adam Blistein.

1.  We have posted a draft of the annual meeting Program pages for paper sessions.  We have also posted the schedule of meetings for the SCS Board and its committees.  The schedule of affiliated group events will be posted next week.

2.  The headquarters hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, no longer has sleeping rooms available at the convention rate of $159.  That rate, however, is available directly across the street at the New Orleans Marriott where the majority of SCS placement interviews will take place along with some committee/interest group meetings and special events.  Read about annual meeting hotels here, and make reservations by December 15, 2014, to ensure the availability of the convention rate.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 2:23pm by Adam Blistein.

We have published an announcement of the seminar (entitled Ancient Literacy Reprised) that will take place on Friday, January 9.  As described in the announcement, advance registration is required.

In addition, we have updated the Preliminary Program of the meeting.  Because a few sessions had to be moved to different time slots, the numbers of many sessions have been changed. 

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:52pm by Adam Blistein.

In May’s column, I discussed how the image of the bitter cup in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura offers a rich interpretive contrast to the bitter Cup of Sin and Shame in Harriet Jacobs’ narrative of freedom.  In this month’s column, I explore what Jacobs’ narrative can teach us about Roman comedy.

Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) combines autobiography with broad lessons about slavery, based both on the narrator’s own life and on the sufferings of other enslaved persons that she witnessed.  “You may believe what I say,” she says early in her text, “for I write only that whereof I know.  I was twenty-one years in that cage of obscene birds.”  Jacobs draws readers towards more active opposition to slavery through the specific and the general — and through appeals not only to human(e) decency but also to her readers’ particular identities.  Thus she connects the plight of enslaved women to free women readers: “I do earnestly desire to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South, still in bondage, suffering what I suffered, and most of them far worse.”

Thus also she points out the repercussions of slavery for free as well as enslaved persons:

View full article. | Posted in on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:18am by .
The Annual Conference of the Classical Association, in association with the Classical Association of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh will take place on 6-9 April 2016, in Edinburgh.  Papers (20 minutes) or panels (3 or 4 x 20-minute papers) are solicited. Submit abstracts after: 31 March 2015. Closing date for abstracts: 31 August 2015. Send to:
Suggested themes:
  • Agon
  • Ancient Athens and Attika
  • Ancient Law
  • Ancient Political Thought and Theory
  • Ancient Sanctuaries
  • Cognitive Classics
  • Dress and Gender
  • Ecphrasis
  • Imperial Greek Poetry
  • Inequality in the Ancient World
  • Later Latin Literature
  • Objects and Materiality
  • Persia and the Greek and Roman Worlds
  • Philosophy and Rhetoric 
  • Popular Culture in Antiquity
  • Slavery
  • The Classical Tradition in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
  • The Elegiac Tradition
  • The Greeks in the West
  • The Hellenistic Polis
View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:51pm by Adam Blistein.

The Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University invites applications to its Graduate Certificate Program. Our classics post-bac—Ohio’s first—offers students a bridge to full-fledged graduate study in classics and related humanities disciplines by solidifying and increasing their command of Greek and Latin.

We give post-bac students:

  • training in Greek and Latin, enabling them to read ancient texts at an advanced level
  • the advising they need to gain admittance into MA and PhD programs in classics, philosophy, art history, Medieval studies and more.

While most individuals will use this certificate as a stepping stone for graduate school, we also encourage individuals to pursue our certificate simply as a means of enriching their lives.

Students seeking admittance to the post-bac program will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree and have a strong academic record with at least one year of college-level Greek or Latin.  The post-bac application requires an application form, transcript(s) from all universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of reference. GRE scores are not required.  The electronic application and all materials are due on or before April 20, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Degree and Certificate Programs on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:29am by Adam Blistein.


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