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.
The Department of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of the ancient world (600 BCE to 600 CE) with regional specialization in the Mediterranean Basin and/or Indian Ocean. Applicants who work in archaeological science and technology, environmental and/or maritime history, and/or on trans-regional connections are especially invited to apply. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013.
Conferences and Lectures
Rachael Goldman is proud to announce two panels for the AAH Affiliate Session at the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C. in January: Barbarians in War and Peace, Part 1: Ancient Greece (Thursday, January 2, 2014: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM) and Barbarians in War and Peace, Part 2: Ancient Rome ( Friday, January 3, 2014 8:30 AM-10:00 AM).
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.
The Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome is now accepting inquiries for the 2014 program. The six-week, intensive program in the history, archaeology, and topography of Ancient Rome is open to graduate students of classics, ancient history, and art history, secondary school and community college teachers of Latin and related subjects, and advanced undergraduate students. Applications deadline is January 20, 2014.
University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy (Aug 29 to Nov 17, 2014). Two courses: CLAS4380/6380: Death: Antiquity And Its Legacy (3 credit hours) and CLAS4390/6390: The Grand Tour: Visions and Revisions of Classical Antiquity. Application due April 15, 2014.
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.
UC Berkeley announces the initiation of California Classical Studies, an Open Access Digital Publication Project.
The 2012 Report of the APA Committee on Ancient History is now available.
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.
Calls for Papers
Call for Papers: Popular Medicine in the Graeco-Roman World. The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University will host a conference under this title on April 18th and 19th, 2014. An impressive volume of recent work has illuminated the history of high professional medicine in antiquity, but the popular beliefs and practices that formed much medical reality for most of the population, and even for the elite, has not received nearly as much scholarly attention. Deadline: as soon as possible.
The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies is pleased to announce its 43rd annual conference to be held at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Be’er Sheva), Wed.-Thurs., 28-29 May, 2014.The conference is the annual meeting of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies. Papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to history, philology, philosophy, literature and archaeology of Greece and Rome and neighboring lands, are welcome. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes. Deadline for porposals: December 16, 2013.
The 4th Biennial Ancient Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference: Innovation in Borderland Regions, April 4-6, 2014, University of California, Santa Barbara. The Ancient Borderlands Graduate Conference seeks papers that address the ways that interactions in borderlands inspire innovation and adaptation. We welcome proposals for individual papers, or full panels involving scholars from several departments or universities, that focus on borderlands and regions of interaction in any geographic or cultural context. Although we are a research group focused on premodern borderlands, we encourage papers that address this theme in any geographic region or period. Deadline for abstratcts: January 31, 2014.
APA Panel: The Other Side of Victory: War Losses in the Ancient World. We solicit papers that consider how ancient societies responded to loss in war. What tools – whether historiographic, strategic, political, or poetic – were available to individuals and groups in the aftermath of military failure? Did gender, social class, ethnic affiliation, or other markers of identity inform responses to loss? Investigations into areas beyond Greece and Rome are welcome. Deadline to submit abstracts: February 1, 2014.
Augustus from a Distance. A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus at the University of Sydney
29 September to 2 October 2014. The organisers invite papers of about 30 minutes in length (followed by 15 minutes for discussion) on a range of topics. Closing date for abstracts is 30 April 2014.
Ancient and Medieval Papers for Regional Conferences. Lately, Ancient History has been virtually invisible at some of the small local conferences. If you would like to present a paper at the Ohio Academy Spring Conference (maybe 2013, more likely 2014) or at the Great Lakes History Conference, please contact Pamela Sayre email@example.com with a paper proposal and CV. I will arrange the panel or panels.
Grants and Fellowships
CAMWS Excavation/Field School Award The Classical Association of the Middle West and South is happy to announce the establishment of an annual award of $2000 for participation in summer excavation or field school work at an archaeological site in the Greco-Roman world. To be eligible for this award, one must be a current member of CAMWS who either holds a teaching position in Greek or Latin in an elementary or secondary school within CAMWS territory; or is enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a degree-granting Classics program within CAMWS territory. Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014
Study in Greece: Programs & Fellowships for 2014–2015 The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, announces a variety of fellowships for graduate and postgraduate students for study at the School and travel. Deadlines vary.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Deadlines are January 28, 2014 for fellowships and February 5, 2014 for scholarships.
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.
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).
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.
To submit an item for any of these categories, please contact the Secretary-Treasurer