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Public Statement from the SCS Board of Directors

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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(from the Chronicle of Higher Education)

Michael Zimm, a Classicist with his doctorate from Yale, describes how he pursued a career in technology after reevaluating life in academia.

"At the end of our meeting, Pete said that he didn’t know what job I could do in the company, but he saw 'the why.'"

You can read the full article here.


View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 7:45am by Erik Shell.

The Digital Latin Library project ( announces a workshop on the preparation of critical editions of Latin texts according to the soon-to-be-released encoding guidelines for the Library of Digital Latin Texts (LDLT), a series of new, born-digital editions to be published under the auspices of the Society for Classical Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Renaissance Society of America. The workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the DLL’s institutional home, on June 29–30, 2017.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:54pm by Erik Shell.

Humanities Board

SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a national coalition dedicated to advancing humanities research, teaching, preservation, and public programs in the US. Late last week, the NHA issued the alert below regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

The NEH currently funds the Society’s TLL Fellowship Program. Further, the NEH made a grant to the Society of $650,000 in challenge grant funding during the last Capital Campaign, and supports and has supported numerous individual research projects, digital humanities projects, digital resources, and public humanities initiatives in the field of classical studies. 

See the NHA’s alert here:

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:08am by Erik Shell.

Readers in a Scriptorium

Housed at the Université catholique de Louvain, Hodoi Elektronikai: Du texte à l'hypertexte is a freely-available digital repository of ancient Greek texts, intended especially for students of language and history. It is part of Leuven’s Bibliotheca Classica Selecta—overseen since 2015 by Paul-Augustin Deproost of Université catholique de Louvain—which also houses the Latin-language site Itinera Electronica. Bibliotheca Classica Selecta was begun in 1992, and the Greek texts were uploaded into the environnements hypertextes of Hodoi Elektronikai between 2005 and 2010.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:00am by Ben Gracy.

Lincoln Center

The University Bookman joins Fordham University in hosting the award-winning poet and critic A. M. Juster on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:00pm on Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus (McMahon Hall, Rm. 109; use the entrance on West 60th Street and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan). Juster, a poet-translator who focuses on Latin poetry, will speak on “Riddles, Elegies, and Satires: Adventures in Translation.” The event is free and open to the public and registration is not required.


View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:05pm by Helen Cullyer.

Amphora, the Outreach publication of the Society of Classical Studies, is seeking a classicist, preferably with university, secondary school or equivalent institutional association, a record of publication, and editorial experience to serve as its Assistant Editor. The appointment will take effect when the term of the current Assistant Editor concludes. The initial term of appointment for the Assistant Editor will be for two years, with the possibility of reappointment. The Assistant Editor receives an honorarium of $500 per year.

Sponsored by the SCS Division of Communications and Outreach, Amphora aims to convey the intellectual excitement of classical studies to a broad readership. It offers accessible articles written by professional scholars and experts on topics of interest that include classical languages, literature, mythology, history, culture, tradition and reception, archaeology and the arts, as well as reviews of current books, films and websites.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 7:39am by Erik Shell.

Classics and Social Justice at SCS 2017

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 7:29am by Erik Shell.

Detail of the Tabula Peutingeriana

In Roman Gaul, a large map of the known world stood on display at the school of rhetoric at Augustodunum (modern Autun). Around 300 C.E., when the school had fallen into disrepair, a man named Eumenius made a pitch to the Roman governor to allow him to rebuild the structure with his own money. He put particular emphasis on the importance of the map:

"In [the school’s] porticoes let the young men see and examine daily every land and all the seas and whatever cities, peoples, nations, our most invincible rulers either restore by affection or conquer by valor or restrain by fear. [They can] learn more clearly with their eyes what they comprehend less readily by their ears…" (Eum. Pan. Lat. XI.20, trans. Talbert).

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:00am by Sarah Bond.

The NEH has recently released its updated list of grant recepients for 2016. Included are six projects on Classical themes that focus on various aspects of ancient history and material culture from Rome to the Middle East. They are:

  • Work on "Facing Death in Ancient Greek Tragedy," directed by Karen Bassi at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • The project "Aristotle's Soul: Essays on the Classical Scientific Treatise, De Anima" directed by Sean Kelsey at the University of Notre Dame
  • A project on "Object Memory: Souvenirs, Memorabilia, and the Construction of Knowledge in the Roman Empire," directed by Maggie Popkin from Case Western Reserve University
  • Support for "Evaluating Digital Platforms for an Immersive Ancient Egyptian Experience," directed by Erin Peters from the Carnegie Institute

Congratulations to all grantees, and best of luck on the projects ahead!


View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:46am by Erik Shell.

Dear SCS Members:

The Program committee hopes that those of you who attended the 2017 SCS Meeting in Toronto found it stimulating and enjoyable.  We want to thank our Toronto hosts for their help.  Attendees will get a survey, and we encourage responses to help with future meetings. For those of you who missed them, we have filmed two of the sessions, the Presidential Panel on Communicating Classical Scholarship and the Panel on Digital Classics and the Changing Profession.  These will be available soon.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:33am by Helen Cullyer.


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