Welcome to the Association of Ancient Historians


The AAH is the premier organization of Ancient History professionals in the United States and Canada.  Membership is open to all persons with an interest in ancient history.


The Association of Ancient Historians was founded with two essential objectives.  The first of these is to foster a regular forum for scholarly interaction among historians of the Ancient Mediterranean--especially among those who study the Greeks and Romans--and secondly, to do so in a manner that emphasizes collegiality and social interaction. 


Over its lifetime, and that of its informal forerunner, the AAH has organized annual meetings at more than two dozen different universities in the United States and Canada, and its membership has grown to nearly 800, including most of the ancient historians in these two countries. The AAH is the largest organization in North America that is devoted exclusively to promoting teaching and scholarship in ancient history.


In addition to communicating matters of common interest, the AAH works with individual universities to organize annual meetings that provide an opportunity to present and discuss research in the field. The AAH informs its members through a regular newsletter; it sponsors the publication of a series of monographs and has published two volumes of collected essays. And it has organized summer institutes for college teachers under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Association also sponsors an annual meeting in the Spring, usually in early May. These meetings are hosted by individual members with the support of their home institutions and shift venue every year.  Nearly all panels and papers are presented in plenary session.  Participants tend to take meals together to engage in informal conversations and there is a reception and banquet. 


Positions Available


Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in Ancient Mediterranean History
The Department of History of North Carolina State University is searching for a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in Ancient Mediterranean History, with responsibility for two course preparations per semester: an introductory survey of ancient Mediterranean history (both semesters) and an advanced undergraduate and graduate-level course in the ancient Near East (fall) and ancient Greece (spring), as well as serving on M.A. thesis committees. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand when applying. One year appointment with possibility of renewal. Application deadline: May 20, 2015.



Grants and Fellowships


Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2016-2017. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Ancient History is one of the School’s principal interests, but the program is open to all fields of historical research. Deadline: November 1 2015.


Request for Proposals: The Scott R. Jacobs Fund supports Studies on Alexander the Great in North America. Subjects of the proposals must concentrate on Alexander, his context (Macedonia or the Fourth Century B.C.E) or his legacy in the Ancient World. Grants will be made to support research, research travel, as well as travel for the presentation of papers. Annual deadlines: April 1 and November 1.




Calls for Papers


International Symposion on Ancient Arcadia: History and Culture of a Mountainous Region. February 11th-12th, 2016. After five years of archaeological research conducted by the University of Graz and the EFA Korinthias in a joint project at Archaia Pheneos, the University of Graz (Center of Antiquity, Institute of Archaeology, Institute of Ancient History) will hold an international symposium dedicated to ancient Arcadia and its historical, demographical and cultural peculiarities.We would like to invite all colleagues working in the field of Archaeology, Ancient History, Classical Philology or Linguistics to participate in this meeting and to contribute by sending us papers. Please submit your registration form together with a short abstract (max. 200 words) of the title of your paper by May 29th, 2015.


The Jewish Diaspora in Ancient Rome (64 B.C.E- 330 C.E.). AAH Affiliate Session at the AHA in Atlanta, January 7-10, 2016. This panel will seek to understand the cultural, social and economic developments among the Jews prior to the Jewish War. Rather than focus on the theological developments of this period, this panel seeks to understand the complex relationships between Jews and Romans.  Please submit a 150 word abstract with bibliography and a C.V. to goldmanr@tcnj.edu by May 10, 2015.


III International Conference: Classical Literature or Classics in Literature: Classical Presences in Portuguese Language Literatures, to be held in the Faculty of Letters from the 2nd to the 4th December 2015. It is our aim to discuss and compare ideas about the thematic resetting, values, imagery and classical oeuvres, as well as Greek and Latin characters, poetic and literary culture, history and fiction, considering the different chronology and areas where Portuguese language is written. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 31, 2015.



Conferences and Lectures


The History Department at California State University, Los Angeles is very pleased to present our First Annual Distinguished Lecture in Ancient History:

Walter Scheidel, ‘The Lives of the Twelve Hundred Caesars: Roman Emperors, Global Comparisons’ on May 5 at 6:30 pm.


The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, presents a series of public lectures on a variety of topics. Please consult the ISAW website for upcoming topics and dates.



General Announcements


UC Berkeley announces the initiation of California Classical Studies, an Open Access Digital Publication Project.


Finley DVD Available. For those who would like to see the entire interview with Moses Finley (part of which was played at the 2012 meeting), it is available from the Institute of Historical Research in London. It can be purchased as one of their Interviews with Historians series

Publication Opportunities


ANCIENT HISTORY BULLETIN is going digital.  Because of higher mailing costs and a desire to reach a wider audience, The Ancient History Bulletin will be discontinuing print issues and publishing in digital media. Further information about this change, as well as submission guidelines for authors and reviewers, is available on the new website: http://stolaf.edu/AncientHistoryBulletin


Ed Anson, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, solicits proposals for a series, Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World. These are meant to be scholarly monographs on topics related to the series’ title. Please contact him at the History Department, UALR.


The newly launched Journal of Ancient History is now accepting submissions. The Journal of Ancient History aims to provide a forum for scholarship covering all aspects of ancient history and culture from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity (roughly the ninth century BCE through the sixth century CE). We are committed to a speedy process from submission to publication while maintaining high standards of peer-review. Please see our website for submission information: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jah


De Gruyter is pleased to announce the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History. Please visit our website: www.degruyter.com/janeh/.

JANEH is an international, double blind peer reviewed journal that seeks to encourage and stimulate the study of the history of the ancient Near East, which is broadly defined to include areas from Iran to the western Anatolian coast and the Black Sea to Southern Arabia from its prehistoric foundations to the Late Antique period.


Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites essays on topics related to any and all aspects of human values, including aesthetic, moral, political, economic, scientific, or religious values.



Study Opportunities


Inscriptions and Life in Roman Asia Minor May 31-June 6, 2015, Post-seminar optional tour, June 7-10, 2015. Seminar Topics Include: Introduction to epigraphic method, Roman government and administration (roads & communication), Roman colonies and soldiers (the imperial cult), Life in the Greek cities under Roman rule & civic elites.


The Balkan Heritage Field School announces its Summer 2015 program. Since 2003 BHFS has been offering different projects/courses, taught in English, for practical education in the fields of Archaeology and History of South-Eastern Europe, Documentation, Conservation and Restoration of Historic Artifacts and Monuments, in two Balkan countries: Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia. The Program has involved a number of academic and research institutions, museums and heritage specialists from Bulgaria, Republic of Macedonia, USA, Canada, France and Japan – among them is the New Bulgarian University, which provides to all students the opportunity to obtain by request credit hours for their participation in the BHFS projects/courses.


Swansea Summer School in Ancient Languages will be held in July 2015. Fees are very competitive and we have lots of bursaries for students and teachers. The course runs for one or two weeks and two weeks equals one term at university. We teach Latin and Greek at all levels, as well as Medieval Latin and beginners Hieroglyphs.The application can be done entirely online, and no visa is required to come to the UK for less than 6 weeks for study or tourism. Contact Dr Evelien Bracke for more information.


ArchaeoTek: Summer field opportunities in archaeology and museology in Transylvania (Romania). Our four distinct Roman archaeology programs in Transylvania are exploring the processes of Roman colonization from various anthropological perspectives. We are first and foremost studying the various vectors of creolization resulting from the dynamic cultural, social, economic, religious, political and military interaction between the “representatives” of the Empire and the autochthonous Dacians. Our multiscalar and multidirectional approaches aim at exploring the various elements that constitute the daily lives and practices of different groups of individuals – respectively urban, rural and military – and how they respond to the pressures generated by the liminal environments emerging on the imperial frontier.


The University of Nebraska, Omaha has just approved a new undergrad and grad (master's) minor in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. The minor is intercollegiate and offers 12 current participating faculty across 2 colleges, 5 departments, with 51 classes (offered in rotation), and more on the way. The minor also includes classes in the Ancient Near East.


The Department of Classical Studies of Loyola University Chicago now offers a Post-Baccalaureate program in Latin and Greek so that students who have completed bachelor’s degrees may build the proficiency in the languages.


Washington University in St. Louis has instituted a new PhD program in Classics.  The program will offer degrees in the literature, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, with specialties in Greek and Roman Music, Ancient Mediterranean History, Ancient Philosophy, and Ancient Performance and its Legacy.

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