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2016 Meeting

The 2016 Meeting will be held at the University of Puget Sound May 5-7. There will be a a half-day pre-conference workshop on Using Digital Tools on May 5.


Registration for the meeting is now open. Please note that there will be no on-site registration at the meeting.


Grants-in Aid to help defray travel expenses for junior faculy and graduate students are available. More information.


The Program and information on accommodations and travel are also available.

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 and also sponsors the publication of a series of monographs (Publications of the Association of Ancient Historians). Members receive a free copy of each title as it is published. Apart from the monograph series, AAH has published two volumes of collected essays. and also maintains an up-to-date online Directory of Ancient Historians in the United States and Canada.


The Association's Annual Meeting is held each 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 a banquet to encourage collegiality among members, many of whom are the only ancient history specialists at their institutions. 


Positions Available


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens seeks an established scholar with extensive experience in Greece for the position of the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classical Studies. The appointment is for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017. The deadline for application is March 1, 2016.


Bethel University announces a search for a full-time, three-year position on our faculty, combining a teaching load in ancient/medieval history with the development and implementation of a new program in Digital Humanities. The position will begin in Fall 2016.



Grants and Fellowships


ASCSA Programs and Fellowships for Study in Greece 2016-2017 announces a number of scholarships and fellowships for scholars of all levels (undergraduate to postgraduate) and senior scholars. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Deadlines vary.


The Scott R. Jacobs Fund invites proposals for 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.



Conferences and Lectures


How 3D Technologies are Transforming Old and New World Archaeology: Rome, Tivoli, Atzompa. Dr. Bernard Frischer, Prof. of Informatics & Classics, Indiana University Bloomington. University of Southern California, April 19, 2016. This lecture and roundtable discussion will focus on the present and future role of 3D technologies in archaeological fieldwork, analysis, and publications.


Feminism and Classics VII: Vision. University of Washington, Seattle, May 19-22, 2016. This conference will focus on vision in – and visions of – the ancient Mediterranean world, primarily ancient Greece and Rome, but without excluding, for example, Egypt and the Near East. We construe the theme of vision broadly: What can we know about self-perception in the ancient Mediterranean world, particularly among women and other groups defined as Others?


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.

Calls for Papers


Converging Empires: Ptolemies and Seleucids in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Affiliate Session- Association of Ancient Historians, AHA Annual Meeting in Denver, January 2017. Recent scholarship has expanded our understanding of how these two empires interacted within Greco-Roman society through history, religion, philosophy, archaeology, art history and demographics. This panel will seek to show that there was a continuation and a dialogue within the region through the cultural, social and economic developments among the two empires and their connections with other burgeoning states. Please submit a 150 word abstract with bibliography and a C.V. to goldmanr@tcnj.edu by March 25, 2016



Study Opportunities


The Department of History and Classics at Swansea University (UK) is pleased to announce that its second Summer School in Ancient Languages will take place from 17 till 30 July 2016. One- and two-week intensive courses are available in Latin, Greek, Hieroglyphs, and Medieval Latin. There are 3 hours of tuition every weekday (2 on Wednesdays), and we have talks, films, and optional trips to various sites in the Welsh countryside on Wednesday afternoons and weekends.


Summer Field Opportunities in field archaeology and bioarchaeology in Transylvania (Romania).
Our programs are intensive hands-on projects designed to immerse our participants in an active research environment and provide the opportunity for the acquisition of practical, technical and specialized field skills.


The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) has started accepting applications for field school season 2016. Projects are affiliated with ongoing research and/or conservation projects (such as excavations, expeditions, conservation workshops). The available projects/courses take place at different excavation sites and historic places related to all major cultures and civilizations that once existed in the Balkans. Conservation ​workshops/courses ​on ancient Greek pottery, Roman and Late Antique pottery and glassware, mosaics and wall-paintings​ ​based on authentic artifacts.


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.

Publication Opportunities


James Bowden is seeking submissions to an edited volume on the bow and arrow through history. He is looking for submissions from three scholars for the remaining sections to be filled: Greek, Roman, and ancient Egyptian warfare with an emphasis on the bow and arrow. Interested authorsshould contact him at james.bowden5@gmail.com for guidelines before sending a CV and chapter proposal.


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.


Richard Stoneman is editing a small series, Cities of the Ancient World, for IB Tauris. Anyone who would like to know more about this series, and the kind of books we are looking for, is invited to contact him at R.Stoneman@exeter.ac.uk.


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, Denise Demetriou



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