Welcome to the Society for Classical Studies

Founded as the American Philological Association in 1869 by "professors, friends, and patrons of linguistic science," the SCS is the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations. While the majority of its members are university and college Classics teachers, members also include scholars in other disciplines, primary and secondary school teachers, and interested lay people.

Message from the President Celebrating 50th Anniversary of NEH

In the coming year the National Endowment for the Humanities will mark its 50th anniversary, and the SCS joins the American Council of Learned Societies and other humanities associations in celebrating this milestone.  During the last five decades the NEH has stood as a beacon of our nation’s strong support for sustaining and advancing the humanities through education, research, and public outreach.  Many of our own organization’s most important accomplishments over that half-century were made possible through support from the NEH.

146th Annual Meeting

January 8-11, 2015, New Orleans, LA


Program Information (updated December 10, 2014)

NEW December 10, 2014Click here to read the abstracts of papers to be presented at the meeting.

Click here to read a draft of the pages describing paper sessions at the meeting.  Also see the Preliminary Program here.  Note that a few sessions have different time slots from the ones given in previous versions of the Preliminary Program.  As a result, almost all session numbers have also changed. 

The schedule of meetings of the SCS Board and of various committees is posted here.  During the first week of December we will post the schedule of affiliated group events.

The SCS and AIA Program Committees have synchronized session times for the meeting.  AIA will not have a session on Sunday afternoon, January 11.  Otherwise its sessions will take place at the times shown in the SCS Preliminary Program.  General information about the types of submissions regularly considered by the SCS Program Committee and eligibility requirements appears here.

SeminarPosted November 21, 2014

The Program Committee has accepted a proposal for a seminar entitled Ancient Literacy Reprised.  Attendance is limited for this session, and participants are asked to read seminar papers in advance.  Read details here.


To register for the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting, please click here.

Hotel ReservationsUpdated December 12, 2014

Our discounted group rate of $159 has sold out at both of the annual meeting venues, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and the New Orleans Marriott.  Rooms at this convention rate may become available later due to cancelations; so, click on the URLs above periodically to see if this has occurred. You may also check the Sheraton or Marriott through their regular hotel web sites to see if rooms are available at a non-discounted rate.  In addition, AIA and SCS are seeking to book rooms at a reduced rate at a nearby hotel and will post relevant information as soon as it becomes available.

Twitter Hashtag

If you use Twitter and intend to share comments about the upcoming joint annual meeting in New Orleans, please use the hashtag


We have consulted with our colleagues at the AIA, and they have agreed to recommend its use to their members as well.  Please note that because of the new name of the Society, this is a different hashtag from the one in use in previous years.

Appointments with NEH Program OfficerNEW December 17, 2014

Dr. Sarah Lepinski, Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be at the meeting in New Orleans and would be happy to meet with prospective applicants to any NEH funding program  -- especially those in Preservation and Access, Digital Humanities, Education, and Research. This link gives details about setting up an appointment with her.

Travel Information

Click here to read about air and train travel to New Orleans as well as transportation between the meeting hotels and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Special Event:  Performance of Anne Carson's Antigonick

Click here to read about this special event taking place at the annual meeting on Thursday evening January 8 and directed by the author.

Annual CAMP PerformanceUpdated December 4, 2014

On Friday evening January 9, the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (CAMP) will put on Wealth, an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Plutus, written by Karen Rosenbecker, and directed by Artemis Preeshl. With one foot in ancient Athens and the other in modern New Orleans, Wealth takes on the timeless topic of income inequality and shows us what happens when the poor are given a chance to remake their world. After the performance there will be a roundtable discussion with the creators of this production. 

Conference AppNew This Year

For the first time AIA and SCS will offer a program app for the joint annual meeting.  The dedicated meeting app will be available in mid December for all iOS and Android devices.  It will also feature a basic web version.  Features of the app are described here.

Information for Exhibitors

The Exhibit Hall is one of the most popular features of the joint annual meeting.  Potential exhibitors can download the exhibitor prospectus here.  The prospectus also contains information about advertising in both the SCS and AIA printed Programs and about other sponsorship opportunities.

Last modified on December 17, 2014

The Amphora: A Publication of the Society for Classical Studies

Amphora is currently an annual publication that aims to convey the excitement of classical studies to a broad readership by offering accessible articles written by professional scholars and experts on topics of classical interest that include literature, language, mythology, history, culture, classical tradition and the arts, and by featuring reviews of current books, films, and web sites. Sponsored by the Committee on Outreach and supported by the APA, Amphora will be for everyone interested in the study of ancient Greece and Rome.

On a wintry day in 1996, I was thumbing through catalogues in a deserted corner of the library of Beijing Normal University when my attention was suddenly seized by some titles in a language strangely familiar. I could easily decipher them because of their resemblance to English words, and I knew the names of the authors as I had read them in translations. Latin! My instinct told me. I relayed this discovery to my teacher of Shakespearean plays, a BA in Classics who had just graduated from Oxford. The next morning saw us standing in front of a counter in the most secluded part of the library, after spiraling flights of gloomy stairs. A long silence ensued before the books were fetched from a bank ten stories above and presented before us. In a thrilled voice, my teacher began to read a Latin passage aloud to me.

View full article. | Posted in on August 04, 2014 by Ellen Bauerle.

In September 2012, Joseph Epstein published an essay in the Weekly Standard called Who Killed the Liberal Arts? The piece provoked lively response on the Classics List and at least one rapid, articulate response, by Katie Billotte in Salon.

View full article. | Posted in on August 02, 2014 by Ellen Bauerle.

The Oresteia demands a large canvas.  Its trajectory, from the end of the Trojan War to Athena's creation of the first trial by jury, is huge. It is the story of the movement from a tribal cry for blood revenge to a system of justice designed by a god but carried out by men. It addresses the struggle between male and female, chthonic and Olympian gods, tribe and polis, law and tradition, justice and revenge. When we first contemplated the notion of staging the Oresteia at Carleton College we were of course aware of the scale of this undertaking. But even so, the full magnitude of the production that resulted, and its impact on our campus and community, ended up taking us by surprise.

View full article. | Posted in on August 02, 2014 by Ellen Bauerle.

At the entrance of the maximum security prison where I taught Greek tragedy was a wooden plaque in the shape of a shield. It was emblazoned with a motto: Non sum qualis eram. Apart from its incongruity in this place of no Latin and less Greek, the motto struck me as equally a declaration of failure and of hope. The men inside were not what they once were. What were they now?

View full article. | Posted in on August 02, 2014 by Wells Hansen.

In this issue of Amphora we are fortunate to have our Executive Director Adam Blistein’s account of his introduction to classics through a particularly gifted high school teacher and coach, Alfred Morro, and Adam’s comments on what that experience has meant to him. It was serendipity that Adam proposed his article to your Amphora staff for this issue, but his essay also fits nicely with another topic that has been under discussion among the APA’s Outreach division:  thinking about our origins, about our path to classical studies, and what that tells us.

View full article. | Posted in on August 02, 2014 by Ellen Bauerle.

From Gatekeeper to Gateway: The Campaign for Classics

At the 144th Annual Meeting in January in Seattle, the APA celebrated the triumphant conclusion of the Gatekeeper to Gateway Campaign, steered to its harbor by President Jeffrey Henderson.  The Association honored the Campaign Committee members responsible for this achievement and presented Distinguished Service Awards to the three visionary and energetic APA members who provided such outstanding leadership from the beginning to the end of the Campaign: Ward W. Briggs, Jr., David H. Porter, and Michael C.J. Putnam.  Later that month this year’s President, Denis Feeney, published a letter to members describing the projects that the new endowment is already funding and our ambitious plans for the future.

The APA has raised over $3 million that will enable it to continue to transform the field of Classics and to serve students, teachers, and scholars in the 21st century.

Read more…

Transactions of the American Philological Association

TAPA, the official research publication of the American Philological Association, reflects the wide range and high quality of research currently undertaken by classicists.

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