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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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Celebrating 50 Years(1967-2017) of the Joint Graduate Program in Ancient Philosophy

40th Annual Ancient Philosophy Workshop

The University of Texas at Austin

Department of Classics                                                              

Department of Philosophy

Friday, February 24, 2017

David L. Miller Conference Room (Waggener Hall 316)

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00-9:15am Opening Remarks

9:15-10:45am Reier Helle (Yale) “Hierocles and the Stoic Theory of Blending”

Respondent: Patricia Curd (Purdue)

11:00am-12:30pm Vanessa de Harven (UMass Amherst) “Composition, Constitution, and the    Continuum”

Respondent: Bryan Reece (Toronto)

2:00-3:30pm  Jessica Gelber (Pittsburgh) “Two Ways of Being an End”

Respondent: Emily Kress (Yale)

4:00-6:00pm Keynote: Christopher Shields (Notre Dame) “Goodness as Cause”

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Classics Department Lounge (Waggener Hall 116)

9:00-10:30am Joshua Gulley (Purdue) “Aristotle Against Empedocles on Form, Matter,  and Mixture"

Respondent: Mary Krizan (Wisconsin-La Crosse)

10:45am-12:15pm Joe Bullock “Skeptical Suspension in the Face of Disagreement"

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 7:42am by Erik Shell.

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This article is an edited version of a talk given at the Society for Classical Studies 2017 annual meeting.

Last year the SCS dissolved its outreach committee and created a new Committee on Public Information and Media Relations. I was asked to chair it, and agreed. Our charge states:

The Committee promotes broad public appreciation for the ancient Greek & Roman worlds by spreading awareness of the activities of classicists in all forms of media and entertainment and developing ties with diverse media.

The following remarks give my views on how we can do that best.

1.Outreach should be the top priority.

Outreach should be the top priority of the SCS.

2.Go for numbers.

There are 361,000,000 people in the US and Canada combined. If we want to maximize impact, we must reach a ton of people—millions, not a few thousand. Thus, the SCS should redirect its efforts away from labor-intensive projects that cannot scale, such as visiting individual high schools. We should direct efforts toward the largest possible existing venues, audiences, networks, and distributors.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:00am by Michael Fontaine.

Prolepsis’ 2nd International Postgraduate Conference

“Auctor est aequivocum”: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages

University of Bari (Italy), 26th and 27th October 2017
Confirmed keynote speaker: Claudia Sode (Universität zu Köln)

Prolepsis Association is delighted to announce its second international postgraduate conference whose theme will be the investigation into the concepts of authenticity and authorship of literary and historical texts from the Classical Antiquity to the Medieval and the Byzantine Age.
“Auctor est aequivocum” Honorius of Autun writes in his Expositio in Cantica Canticorum (prol., PL 172, col. 348), underlining the ambiguity of the term “Auctor”. We would like use this quotation as a starting point for a discussion on the vast number of issues that derive from the concepts of authority, authorship and authenticity and on the problems that relate to their – often controversial – definitions. This year our conference is particularly keen on – but not limited to –  the following topics:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:31pm by Erik Shell.


We live in a multicultural world, in which every community develops in constant interaction with others. A series of theoretical models have been developed to explain these contacts, which in recent years have been utilized to understand the ancient world. In the context of the Roman empire, these theories are typically used to examine the interactions of various indigenous populations with their rulers. These kinds of studies were once grouped under the heading “Romanization”, though the increased questioning of the term’s validity has given rise to a diverse range of alternatives. These are often drawn from modern theoretical backgrounds: multiculturalism and multilingualism are two recent concepts employed in this realm.

The aim of this conference is to assess the validity and scope of a variety of some of these models, with a particular focus on multilingualism and multiculturalism. By promoting and facilitating dialogue between disciplines, we shall aim to provide effective tools for different fields’ approaches in parallel (e.g. historical and linguistic). This has already been done very successfully in a few cases (e.g. ‘code-switching’), though greater interaction remains a desideratum. It is hoped that the participants will thereby open the discussion for a ‘theory of contact’ in the Roman world.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:27pm by Erik Shell.

Dear SCS Members,

The Professional Matters Division of the society has been working on a revised version of the Working Conditions section of the society’s Professional Ethics statement.  The revision aims to address issues particularly relevant to contingent faculty.  The SCS board approved the revision of the Working Conditions language on January 8, 2017.  However, the society cannot adopt the revised language unless the membership votes to approve it.  The matter will be put to a vote of members this summer.  However, prior to the vote, we are soliciting comments and feedback on the revised Working Conditions section of the statement.  Please read the procedures below carefully.

You can find the current Professional Ethics statement, including the current section on Working Conditions, here.

You can find the revised Working Conditions statement here

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:22am by Helen Cullyer.

In light of the executive order on immigration issued on Friday, January 27, 2017, the Society for Classical Studies publicly reaffirms its commitment to the international community of scholars and to the importance of the free movement of scholarship and ideas.  We believe that the selective ban placed on the entry to the United States by individuals of particular nationalities and (in effect) of particular religious beliefs, the suspension of all refugee processing, and the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program are harmful to students, scholars, and academic institutions in this country and, given the importance of the middle eastern region to the study of classical antiquity, of particular concern to our discipline.

View full article. | Posted in Public Statements on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:22am by Helen Cullyer.

You can now download the complete set of panels that will take place at the 2017 ISNS conference at Palacký University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic, June 14-17.  If you wish to present a paper at one of the panels, please send your abstract (no more than one page, single-spaced) to the panel organizer(s) named on the list.  If you wish to give a paper that does not fit into any of the listed panels, send your abstract to the organizing committee:

Tomáš Nejeschleba, Palacký University <>
Jozef Matula, Palacký University <>
Sara Itoku Ahbel-Rappe, University of Michigan <>
John Finamore, University of Iowa <>

All abstracts, whether individual or for inclusion in panels, are due by February 24, 2016. Papers may be presented in English, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, or Italian.  It is recommended that those delivering papers in languages other than English provide printed copies to their audience at the conference.


View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 9:15am by Erik Shell.

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(Below is an announcement sent to the SCS Office by the European Academy of Religion)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The great success of the launch of the European Academy of Religion was in large part due to the presence, commitment, and support of participants, founders, and mentors. I myself and all the members of Fscire are very grateful to all of you for your presence in Bologna.

First of all, we want to thank the European Parliament and EU Commissioner Moedas, President Prodi and our past Minister Giannini, the Ambassadors and the Envoys of Governments who honored the meeting with their presence, as well as the representatives of Unesco, Osce, and Wef, as well as Rector Ubertini and his colleagues, all of whom offered their endorsement and ideas. We also want to thank all of you for the added intellectual energy you brought to our initiative, which is now your initiative as well.

On the basis of formal and informal talks that we had, the purposes of our Academy can be summarized in six points. The European Academy of Religion aims:

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 9:14am by Erik Shell.

Hygiea, Montreal General Hospital

I was surprised to receive an invitation to write this blog; it was based on some passing remarks that I made last year at a meeting in Dublin on BioPharma on the valuable role that the Greek and Roman classics played in my education. I am, by way of background, a physician and a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, where I chair a basic science department and direct an institute devoted to translation of basic discoveries into novel therapeutics and diagnostics.

I was born in Ireland, where I studied medicine at a time when a passing grade in Latin in the final high school exam was a requirement to progress to university. That is no more. Unlike the UK today, where students are streamed towards science or the arts early in their high school careers in preparation for a three-subject final exam, we competed for entry into any university course with a range of points derived from a broader range of subjects.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:00am by Garret FitzGerald.

After concluding a successful search, SCS is delighted to announce that Andromache Karanika will officially become the Editor of TAPA in January 2018.  Please note that Craig Gibson will remain the official Editor through 2017 and in charge of producing this year’s issues (147.1 and 2).  Until further notice, please continue to send all submissions electronically to Craig Gibson at, following TAPA guidelines.  


View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 10:55am by Helen Cullyer.


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