Welcome to the Association of Ancient Historians


2016 Meeting

The 2016 Meeting will be held at the University of Puget Sound May 5-7. The Call for Papers is now available.


Please check the 2016 Meeting site regularly for updates on meeting logistics.

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 form the monograph series, AAH has published two volumes of collected essays. 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


The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure‐stream appointment in Roman History and Material Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2016. Applicants must have earned a PhD in Classics by date of appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate’s research will focus on the history and material culture of the Ancient Mediterranean in the Roman period beyond Roman Italy. Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2015


The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History, to begin on August 15, 2016. Candidates are expected to be able to teach Ancient History at the undergraduate and graduate levels and Ancient Greek and Latin and Classical Civilization at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. in Classics, History, or a related field by the time of the appointment is required. Review of applications begins November 15, 2105.



Calls for Papers


The 59th Missouri Valley History Conference:

Sacred Sites, Holy Places, with a special session on Innovative Pedagogies. Magnolia Hotel - Omaha, Nebraska, March 3-5, 2016. Deadline for Submissions: November 6, 2015.


Greek and Roman Military Manuals: Genre, Theory, Influence. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

21 & 22 October 2016. This workshop seeks to provide a forum for scholars to reflect upon ancient Greek and  Roman military manuals as a genre, with a view to exploring and demonstrating their utility in ancient historical research. The organisers ask that proposals be submitted no later than 31 January 2016.



Study Opportunities


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.

Grants and Fellowships


MWK-Fellows COFUND Fellowship Programme of Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt for Experienced Researchers - Academic Year 2016/17. The fellowships will be awarded to incoming researchers who are conducting interdisciplinary research in advanced cultural and social sciences. Successful applicants will be given the opportunity of spending 12 months working on their own, freely chosen research project at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2015.


The American School of Classical Studies At Athens Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors. Eligibility: A senior scholar with a significant record of publication and teaching in a North American institution and a member of the Managing Committee or faculty/staff from a Cooperating Institution. Preference will be given to those who have not received recent support from the School. Project: Advancing research on a project, which utilizes the facilities of the School and enriches the academic program of the School. Deadline: October 31.


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.


The Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison announces its calls for applications for the 2016-2017 Kingdon Fellowship, for scholars who are engaged in historical, literary, and philosophical studies of Judeo-Christian religious traditions and their role in society from antiquity to the present and Solmsen Fellowship for scholars working in the humanities on European history and culture in the classical, medieval, and/or early modern periods before 1700. Deadlines: November 1, 2015


The Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Classics, Harvard University, invite applications for the 2016-2017 Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica
on the theme “Jews and the Classical World.” The Starr Fellowship covers travel expenses and a stipend The Ph.D. degree is required and Fellows must be in residence. Deadline to apply is December 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.



Conferences and Lectures


Animals in Ancient Material Cultures. The Allard Pierson Museum, the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam, is pleased to announce a two-day, international conference on the theme of Animals in Ancient Material Cultures, broadly in the Mediterranean world, from ca. 2500BCE to 500 CE. Registration is now open and scholars, students and interested members of the public are cordially invited to attend the conference to be held on 15–16 October 2015.


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


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.


Richard Stoneman would like to inform the membership that he 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.



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



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