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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 Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group)

The newly organized Classics and Social Justice affiliated group is well aware that not all who wish to participate are able to attend the SCS annual meeting for various reasons. We are trying to accommodate people via skype.

A limited number of Skype-only spots are open at our business meeting. Please e-mail Amit Shilo ( if you wish to take part remotely in this event. We will do our best to make it work.

The open meeting is at 4:45pm-5:45Sat. 1/7, in the Willow West Room.

For those who can make the annual meeting there will also be a roundtable at 12:15, Sat. 1/7, in the Exhibit Hall.


View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 2:02pm by Erik Shell.

We are delighted to announce the publication of full citations for the Precollegiate Teaching Award winners in 2016.  Click on the links below to read the citations for:

Jane Brinley

Andrea Weiskopf


View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 10:43am by Helen Cullyer.

In June 2016, Twitter user @paregorios laid down the gauntlet to SCS attendees:

hey #AIASCS folks … #BAM2016 has set the bar for your tweeting of the 2017 joint meetings #gauntletdown

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:00am by Hamish Cameron and Hannah Čulík-Baird.

As the 2017 Annual Meeting in Toronto approaches, we have some important updates and reminders:

 1.  The Sheraton Centre hotel is no longer accepting reservations.  However, there are plenty of rooms available at the Toronto Hilton which is just across the street from the Sheraton.  We will be using the Hilton’s meeting rooms for a number of events and meetings.  Book your room at the Hilton, or call them (1-800-Hiltons) and use the code AIAA17 when making your reservation.  Please note that we cannot guarantee the discounted rate for reservations made after December 23, 2016.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 9:09pm by Helen Cullyer.

Celtic Conference in Classics (

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 2:57pm by Helen Cullyer.

Editing Late-Antique and Early Medieval Texts. Problems and Challenges
International Workshop
University of Lisbon, 23-24 November, 2017

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 9:46am by Erik Shell.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will host the

20th colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine on 6-8 September 2017

"Scribes and the Presentation of Texts (from Antiquity to ca. 1550)

The list of speakers for the conference can be found at this link (click here and go to "Programme").

The Colloquium will be followed by an optional trip to the medieval collections at The Cloisters in New York City.

Hotel rooms for the conference can now be reserved at the New Haven Hotel or the Courtyard by Marriott.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 9:42am by Erik Shell.

Perseid Meteor Shower over the Ocotillo Patch, Joshua Tree

How can classicists best integrate students into the production of research? On the one hand, it usually takes many years of training to gain mastery of Latin and Greek; on the other, debates around the liberal arts in today’s academia are driving a renewal of teaching methods towards more practical approaches and transferable research skills.

A vibrant community of Classicists is working on these issues. There are now abundant digitized primary sources like manuscripts, inscriptions, and papyri, on which students can practice the basics while making small, though real, new scholarly contributions under expert guidance.

By carrying out syntactical analysis of Latin and Greek sentences in a process called treebanking, students can contribute new data that can be used to address various scholarly questions.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 12:00am by Marie-Claire Beaulieu.

The Society for Classical Studies will present the following awards at the Plenary Session of its 148th Annual Meeting in Toronto. Click on the links in order to read the award citations.  Citations for the Precollegiate Teaching Award will follow shortly.

Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit (for three outstanding contributions to classical scholarship published by members of the Society within the preceding three years)

Shadi BartschPersius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:31am by Helen Cullyer.

Twelfth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on
Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition
26-28 June 2017

“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.

Established Scholars: send a title and tentative abstract; Graduate Students: send a title, abstract and a supporting letter or email from your faculty advisor or dissertation director indicating that you are doing professional level work. Send applications to:


View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 7:23am by Erik Shell.


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