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The mission of the Society for Classical Studies is “to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the ancient Greek and Roman world and its enduring value.” That world was a complex place, with a vast diversity of peoples, languages, religions, and cultures spread over three continents, as full of contention and difference as our world is today.  Greek and Roman culture was shared and shaped for their own purposes by people living from India to Britain and from Germany to Ethiopia. Its medieval and modern influence is wider still. Classical Studies today belongs to all of humanity.

For this reason, the Society strongly supports efforts to include all groups among those who study and teach the ancient world, and to encourage understanding of antiquity by all. It vigorously and unequivocally opposes any attempt to distort the diverse realities of the Greek and Roman world by enlisting the Classics in the service of ideologies of exclusion, whether based on race, color, national origin, gender, or any other criterion. As scholars and teachers, we condemn the use of the texts, ideals, and images of the Greek and Roman world to promote racism or a view of the Classical world as the unique inheritance of a falsely-imagined and narrowly-conceived western civilization. 

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Paideia, Power and Persuasion: Political Thinking in and around Plato

University of Bergen, 12-13 June

The symposium is free of charge. Advance registration is compulsory for those wishing to attend. Please register with Kirsten.Bang@uib.no before June 1st.

Schedule

DAY I (12 June)

0900-0915 Welcome

0915-1115 KEYNOTE: Ryan Balot (University of Toronto): “The 'Truest Tragedy' in Plato's Laws”

1130-1215 Kristin Sampson (University of Bergen): “The Ambiguity of Music in Plato”

1215-1330 Lunch

1330-1415 Vivil Haraldsen (University of Oslo): “Paideia and Freedom of Thought in Plato’s Republic”

1415-1500 Andreas Staurheim Enggrav (University of Bergen): “Justice for All?”

1515-1630 Olof Pettersson (Uppsala University): “Politics of the Voice: Writing & Speaking in Plato’s Phaedrus”

DAY II (13 June)

0915-1030 Charlotta Weigelt (Södertörn University): “The Power of Nature: Paideia and the Dissolution of the Nuclear Family in Plato's Republic”

1045-1200 Hayden Ausland (University of Montana): “Sagacity and Politics”

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1415 Ellisif Wasmuth (University of Oxford): “What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do: Plato on Non-Ideal Politics”

1430-1515 Hallvard Fossheim (University of Bergen): “The Political Force of Friendship”

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:02pm by Erik Shell.

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

It is with great regret that we report the passing of Edwin L. Brown, former professor at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. 

"His research and teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill reflected his broad interests and lively curiosity, ranging from Latin poetry (especially Vergil) to Greek didactic poetry, the early Greek gods, and Greek and Roman astronomy, especially constellation names. He was particularly interested in the connections between the early Greeks and the Near East, an area of research that led him to study the Greek god Poseidon, the enigmatic early script known as Linear A, and numerous other thorny fields of inquiry."

To read the full publication of this obituary and leave any memories or comments about Edwin, visit this legacy.com post.

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Delphi

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has just awarded OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands, a grant of €18.8 million to develop their research agenda (“Anchoring Innovation”) over a period of ten years (2018-2027). Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University) will be directing this program together with André Lardinois (Radboud University).

They note that they are particularly happy to be able to bring this news at a time when the value of the Humanities for society (and hence also their fundability) seems not to be shared by governments everywhere. "We will do whatever we can to show that fundamental research in the Humanities can go hand in hand with participating in current societal debates," says Ineke.

For more information about the current status of the research agenda and first results of this pilot program, started in 2014, you can visit their website: http://www.ru.nl/oikos/anchoring-innovation/anchoring-innovation/

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(Photo: "Delphi" by Ronny Siegel, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 8:52am by Erik Shell.

“Soul and Nature in Aristotle and Aristotelianism”

This Conference is intended to provide a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars of the Midwest region (and elsewhere) to present and discuss their current work on Aristotle and his interpreters in ancient and medieval philosophy.

Presented by the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy with the support of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University

Twelfth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition
26-28 June 2017
Beaumier Conference Center B-C
Raynor Memorial Library

Marquette University
Department of Philosophy
Marquette Hall
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

ATTENDING ONLY: Send Registration check with name, address, academic affiliation.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
FOR ALL PRESENTERS AND ATTENDEES
(fees cover breakfasts, refreshments, picnic dinner one night)
Advance Registration ($45 by check) Deadline: May 1.
NOTE => After May 1 Registration only at the door: $50 cash.
CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO: Marquette University
(Fees are waived for Marquette students, faculty and staff for on campus events only.)

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Call for Papers
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

115th Annual Conference, November 10-12, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association invites proposals for presentations at its 115th annual meeting. The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI, November 10-12. The conference’s standing sessions in Classics include panels in Ancient-Modern Relations, Classics (Greek), Classics (Latin), and Classics (Reception). Proposals should be submitted online by May 21, 2017. A full list of session topics, abstract submission guidelines, and the online proposal submission form can be found here.

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(Photo: "Handwritten" by A. Birkan, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:46am by Erik Shell.

SCS Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the following award winners:

Minority Scholarship Award Winners:

Perla Azucena Castillejos

Linda Mcnulty

Samantha Morris

Zeph Stewart Teacher Training Awards:

Amanda Miller

Christopher David Parkinson

Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology:

Rachel Bernstein

Caroline Cheung

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(Photo: "library" by Viva Vivanista, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Mon, 05/01/2017 - 9:20am by Erik Shell.

War and games have much in common: multiple contestants compete to win within a physically determined set of realities, each using strategies that are frequently buffeted by interventions of chance and chaos. It is no surprise, then, that war games have been used as predictive tools by military leaders since at least the early 19th century (see the recent collection Zones of Control [2016]). Less familiar is the idea of using games as reconstructive tools in academic military history, although the ancient historian Philip Sabin (Lost Battles [2009]; Simulating War [2014]) has done excellent work on this topic.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00am by Sarah Murray.

(from legacy.com)

William J. Mayer, 72, formerly of New York, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Presbyterian SeniorCare's Southmont, Washington.

Born July 10, 1944, in New York, he was a son of the late Mildred and Emil Mayer.

He was a loving brother of Dr. George (Judy) Mayer of Peters Township.

He was a magna cum laude graduate of Albany State College and earned a master's degree from Columbia University. He taught the Classics at Hunter College in New York City until he retired. He was a member of various Societies of Classics. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Phillipstown, N.Y., where he was an elder.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, in Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church, 250 Brookwood Road, Venetia, PA 15367, with the Rev. Louise Rogers, officiant. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Presbyterian SeniorCare or Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church.

(A message from ACL President, Kathy Elifrits)

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:39pm by Erik Shell.

Classicists and friends of Classics will be saddened to learn that Anne Pippin Burnett, a renowned scholar of Greek poetry and for many years a beloved teacher at the University of Chicago, died peacefully this past weekend at her home in Kingston, Ontario at the age of 91.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 1:54pm by Erik Shell.

Albert Henrichs (December 29, 1942 – April 16, 2017)

On June 14, 1969, Albert Henrichs arrived in Vienna from Cologne, carrying four lumps of ancient leather in a cigar box. An expert Austrian conservator gradually unpeeled what turned out to be 192 pages of a tiny book measuring 1.4 x 1.8 inches, written in Greek and dating from the fifth century CE. By evening the following day, Henrichs had transcribed the text. It was a sensation for the history of religion: a detailed tract about Manichaeism, a rival of Christianity, founded in Mesopotamia in the third century by a young mystic called Mani, whose autobiographical account of his divine revelations is quoted in the text. Henrichs was 26. His publication of this astonishing codex, together with Ludwig Koenen, curator of papyri at Cologne, sealed his reputation as a Wunderkind of classical scholarship.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:07pm by Erik Shell.

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