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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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This workshop aims at fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas on how to edit Late-Antique and Early-Medieval texts. By presenting case-studies, participants will be encouraged to share the editorial problems and methodological challenges that they had to face in order to fulfil their research or critical editions. Troublesome issues will be addressed like how to edit, for instance, 

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:27am by Erik Shell.

The Use of Art and Material Culture in Scholarship and Teaching:
Greek and Roman Art: an Introduction
A Seminar in Material Culture for Graduate Students in Classics and Ancient History
Directed by Dr Jasper Gaunt, Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum,
Emory University
22 May – 30 June 2017
Emory University, Atlanta GA
 
Supported by generous grants from the Samuel H. Kress and Henry Luce Foundations, and Emory University
 
View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:10am by Helen Cullyer.

Teaching Leaders and Leadership through Classics
A Virtual Conference
Sunoikisis Ancient Leadership
May 8-22, 2017

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:48pm by Erik Shell.

VALERIUS MAXIMUS: 25 YEARS AFTER BLOOMER

We are pleased to announce Valerius Maximus: 25 Years after Bloomer, a conference on Valerius Maximus, to be held at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), from Monday the 23rd of October to Wednesday the 25th of October 2017. The conference will be convened by Dr Jeffrey Murray and Professor David Wardle in the School of Languages and Literatures.

A quarter of a century after W. Martin Bloomer’s land-mark monograph (Valerius Maximus and the Rhetoric of the New Nobility), if Valerius is cited at all, he is usually in the footnotes of works on Roman history. Rarely do scholars study the Facta et dicta memorabilia for its own sake, or the way in which Valerius has shaped and edited material from previous sources into his chosen genre of exemplary literature. Furthermore, the influence of the intellectual climate of Tiberian Rome on Valerius’ work has merited slight comment by scholars.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:43pm by Erik Shell.

Detail, Augustus Prima Porta

What did battle look like at the chest to chest range on the ancient battlefields of Europe and the Near East? The sheer brutality, shock, and visceral nature of Classical Warfare has intrigued classicists, historians, and military officers alike for centuries. I am among those both inspired and intrigued by the idea of battle within the phalanx and legions; I teach “The History of the Military Art (Western Warfare)” as well as lead a thesis colloquium on Greek and Roman Warfare at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.  

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:00am by Antonio Salinas.

The University of Cambridge, Durham University, and the University of Oxford are hosting a reception on Thursday January 5, 2017 from 9:00-11:00PM in the Pine Room of the Sheraton Toronto Centre hotel at the AIA-SCS Annual Meeting.  This reception is not listed in the print program but will be advertised in the Annual Meeting app once the complete schedule is uploaded to the app.  

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 11:18am by Helen Cullyer.

Detail of Entry for κλέος in the TLG Word Index

In June of 2016, the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) launched a redesigned interface through which to access its ever-expanding corpus of Greek texts beginning with Homer and ending with the fall of Byzantium. Subscription users get access to the full corpus—currently comprised of roughly 10,000 works associated with 4,000 authors. An abridged database is open to the public free of charge, as are digital versions of the LSJ, Cunliffe’s Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect, Powell’s Lexicon to Herodotus, and the Austrian Academy of Science’s Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität. The TLG allows users to search and browse texts, consult lexica, explore N-grams, and generate statistics and vocabulary tools for selected texts. All users, even those accessing through an institution, must create a personal account to access any part of the TLG.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 12:00am by Scott Farrington.

So-called Sappho fresco from Pompeii

If you’ve studied or taught Latin in the last decade or so, you’ve probably used or at least encountered The Latin Library, administered by William L. Carey, Adjunct Professor of Latin and Roman Law at George Mason University. It’s a simple, free, HTML-based site with a huge collection of Latin texts spanning the longue durée of Latin literature. The purpose of the site is to offer digital texts “for ease of on-line reading or for downloading for personal or educational use” ( see “About These Texts”).

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 12:00am by Ted Gellar-Goad.

The Department of Classical Philology and the Department of Spanish Studies of the University in Lodz would like to invite you to an interdisciplinary academic conference entitled

Rome and Iberian Peninsula.
Diversity of mutual relationships from ancient to modern times.
26–27th April 2017

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 8:43am by Erik Shell.

Domitian’s Rome and the Augustan Legacy
September 1-2, 2017
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Organizers: Raymond Marks (Classical Studies) & Marcello Mogetta (Art History & Archaeology)

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 8:39am by Erik Shell.

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