Welcome to the Association of Ancient Historians


The Call for Papers for the April 23-25 meeting of the AAH in Iowa City is now available on the conference website. The website also has information on travel and accommodations. 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. 


As a part of this commitment, AAH sponsors a Mentorship Program. If you are looking for advice in navigating your academic career, are willing to help an early-career scholar, or would like to connect with a peer to talk about career issues, the AAH Mentorship Program can help! If you are interested in participating. please visit our Mentorship page.


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. [Note: The AAH no longer maintains the Directory of Ancient Historians.]


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 and Fellowships Available


The American Academy in Rome invites applications from artists, scholars, and institutional leaders for the position of its Rome-based Director, beginning in summer 2020, for an initial term of three years (2020-2023), with the potential for two one-year renewals.  The candidate should have a distinguished record of achievement in one of the disciplines represented at the Academy as well as significant experience in management and administration.


The Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time nine-month tenure-track faculty position in Jewish history at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2020. Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of October 25, 2019 to ensure full consideration.


The Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego seeks to make a full-time, tenure track appointment of an Assistant Professor of Mediterranean Studies, with emphasis on Latin literature and culture. The candidate must have a PhD degree in Classics or related fields by time of appointment. The successful candidate will be both highly competent in the Latin language and will be able to demonstrate interest in and commitment to the comparativist study of the Roman Empire, and of relations among different regions and cultures across Africa, Europe, and Asia. We welcome applications from candidates specializing in either classical or late antiquity. Deadline: October 31, 2019.


The History Department of Rutgers University-Camden seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of assistant professor in the history of the ancient world (prior to 1000 A.D.), with a specialization in Africa, the Middle East, and/or the Mediterranean world, broadly defined. The successful applicant must be able to teach survey courses in ancient Greece and Rome. Ideal candidates will demonstrate effectiveness in teaching a diverse student body. Applicants with additional expertise in digital humanities are particularly encouraged to apply.  Faculty appointment will begin in September 2020, and applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment. Application deadline: November 15, 2019.


The Department of History & Classics at Alberta University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Roman Material Culture with a starting date of July 1, 2020. Candidates must hold a PhD in Classical or Mediterranean Archaeology or a related discipline, with a primary focus on the Material Culture of the Roman world, in any period between the Early Iron Age and Late Antiquity. ABD applicants with a strong expectation of completing the PhD before July 1, 2020, will also be considered.


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens Whitehead Distinguished Scholar. A senior scholar working in any area related to the mission of the School who possesses a significant record of publication and teaching and is affiliated with a Cooperating Institution. The Whitehead Distinguished Scholar shall pursue research on a project that utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches its academic program. Whitehead Scholars also participate in the academic life of the School in a variety of ways, especially by working closely with Regular and Student Associate members of the School during the winter term (late November to late March) on the subject of their expertise, and are encouraged to join School trips and excursions throughout Greece. 


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCA) offers several research opportunities each year in Athens and Greece. Please see https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/postdoctoral-and-senior-scholars for details on the various educational and research options available.



Study Opportunities


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) offers several educational opportunities each year at Athens and Greece. Please see https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/postdoctoral-and-senior-scholars under Programs for details on the various educational and research options available.


Master of Arts in of Latin, Kent State University. The Classics faculty of the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies are happy to announce that the Master of Arts program in Latin Literature has become a fully online, asynchronous program, which will make it available to students anywhere who wish to earn an advanced degree in Latin. The goal of the program is to give students graduate level training in the Latin language, as well other relevant fields such as literature, culture, archaeology and history.


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.


Calls for Papers


Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions invites proposals for “Sailing with the Gods: Religion and Maritime Mobility in the Ancient World,” Malta, June 17-21, 2020. This conference will focus widely on the connection between religion and maritime travel and seeks to bring together scholars from across a range of disciplines and historical periods, from prehistoric to the seventh century CE, to address critical questions in method and theory relevant to religion in the context of maritime mobility. Detailed information available at the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions, https://samreligions.org Deadline for abstracts: January 1, 2020.


The Classics Program at the CUNY Graduate Center will be hosting its thirteenth annual graduate student conference on March 20, 2020. The 2020 topic is 'Honor and Shame in Classical Antiquity' with keynote speaker Professor Margaret Graver (Dartmouth). Abstracts are due Jan. 10, 2020. More information at https://opencuny.org/classicsconference2020/call-for-papers/

ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies invites paper proposals for a number of upcoming conferences. For topics and more information please see www.aramsociety.org/conferences/forthcoming-conference/.



Conferences and Lectures


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.



Publication Opportunities


The Ancient History Bulletin is a peer-reviewed digital journal that promotes scholarly discussion in Ancient History and ancillary fields (such as epigraphy, papyrology, and numismatics). For over 30 years AHB has combined high standards with a timely review and editorial process, publishing articles and notes on the history of the ancient world from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. Although contributors are encouraged to submit articles in English, submissions in French, German, Italian, and Spanish are welcome. 


The Journal of Ancient History is accepting submissions. TThe 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 The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles concerning the history and historiography (ancient and modern) of the ancient Mediterranean world and of neighboring civilizations in their relations with it. The journal is open to submissions in disciplines closely related to ancient history, including epigraphy, numismatics, religion and law.


The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History 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. The journal is also interested in interactions with other regions and cultures, such as Ancient Egypt, the Mediterranean World, the Indian Ocean and Central Asia. Articles may focus on any aspect of history (political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, etc.) and of modern historiography. The journal seeks to integrate the study of the ancient Near East firmly in the historical discipline in general and encourages its authors to take into account current methodological debates and approaches.


Mediterranean Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal focusing on the Mediterranean region in all aspects and disciplines. The journal’s interdisciplinary approach is particularly concerned with the ideas and ideals of Mediterranean cultures from antiquity to the present and the influence of these ideas beyond the region’s geographical boundaries.


The journal Res Militares is actively seeking volunteers to review books on a wide array of topics, not all of which are necessarily military. Interested reviewers should write to Lee L. Brice (ll-brice@wiu.edu). The list of available books can be found at our webpage.


Warfare in the Ancient Mediterranean World, The aim of the series is to publish high-quality, useful volumes each focused on a specific topic related to warfare in the ancient Mediterranean world. Volumes may be topical or focused on an event. Where appropriate, volume coverage should include the eastern Mediterranean, including Assyria, Persia, Anatolia the Levant, and Egypt as well as Greece and Rome. The intended audience includes scholarly specialist and non-specialists. We are seeking proposals for full volumes of 12-15 chapters focused around a variety of topics covering a wide range of issues and methodologies. For more information on proposal specifics contact the series editor, Lee L. Brice, at ll-brice@wiu.edu.

To submit an item for any of these categories, please contact the Secretary, Brian Messner.



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