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.

Letter from the President

In accordance with the Board’s direction, yesterday Executive Director Adam Blistein submitted the filings necessary for the legal change of the Association’s name to Society for Classical Studies.  We are, of course, announcing the advent of this transition first to the membership; but will also distribute a press release to relevant organizations, publications, and individuals within and outside the field of Classical Studies.  We expect to receive confirmation of the name change from the State of Delaware (where we are incorporated) in about a week, and the new name will gradually appear in stationery and our credit card and checking accounts over the coming month.

146th Annual Meeting

January 8-11, 2015, New Orleans, LA


Program Information (updated November 25, 2014)

NEW November 25, 2014Click 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 November 24, 2014

The headquarters hotel for the Joint Annual Meeting is the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, but discounted rooms at that hotel are currently sold out.  The New Orleans Marriott Hotel, directly across the street from the Sheraton, is still offering rooms at the convention rate of $159 plus tax per night.  This rate includes complimentary high speed internet in guest rooms.  Visit this page for more information about each hotel and to book a room.

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.

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 November 25, 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.

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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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