THE RELEVANCE OF JULIUS CAESAR TODAY: A Book Launch for The Landmark Julius Caesar

The NYU Center for Ancient Studies, in conjunction with the Reading Odyssey, presents The Relevance of Julius Caesar Today: A Book Launch for The Landmark Julius Caesar

Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 102
32 Waverly Place, or 31 Washington Place (for wheelchair access)

6:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
Matthew S. Santirocco, NYU
Phil Terry, Reading Odyssey

6:15 p.m. The Landmark Ancient Histories series
Robert B. Strassler, Editor, The Landmark Ancient Histories series

6:35 p.m. Reflections on Julius Caesar
Kurt A. Raaflaub, Brown University; Editor, The Landmark Julius Caesar

7:00 p.m. Caesar in the Classroom
Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

7:30 p.m. Reception

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, please visit:

For more information, contact the Center for Ancient Studies at 212.992.7978 or at

SCS Coffin Fellowship for Secondary School Teachers

The David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin Fellowship, offered by the Society for Classical Studies, provides funding to secondary school teachers so that they can travel abroad.  Funding can be used as partial support for many different summer programs.  This year’s deadline for applications is February 28.  For more details, see:

All secondary teachers considering summer travel are encouraged to apply.

Posted Opening: Treasurer, Classical Association of the Atlantic States, 2018-2021

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States is seeking applications for the position of Treasurer. The Treasurer will serve a three-year term, beginning immediately after the 2018 CAAS Board Meeting on Saturday, April 21 and running through the end of the Fall 2021 Annual Meeting. The position carries a stipend, and may be renewed for more than one term.

The general responsibilities of the Treasurer according to the CAAS Bylaws:

The Treasurer shall carry out all banking functions for the Corporation; shall maintain the Corporation’s financial records and produce periodic financial reports for the Board; shall prepare and submit reports and forms as required by state and federal law; shall cause full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements to be kept in books belonging to the Corporation; shall cause such books of accounts and records to be exhibited to any of the directors at any time upon request and shall render a detailed statement to the directors as often as they shall require it; shall perform such other duties as the Board may prescribe.

A more detailed description of the responsibilities are listed in the CAAS Regulations and Operating procedures. The applicable functions are:

The Treasurer, a Board-appointed officer serving a three-year renewable term, shall:

  • pay bills and deposit funds (registration fees, dues, donations, etc.) in the Association’s name
  • keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Association and shall exhibit these books of accounts and records upon the request of any member of the Board
  • keep full and accurate accounts of all restricted endowment funds or gifts as portions of CAAS’s endowment, as mandated by the Investment Policy.
  • produce written financial reports of CAAS’s general accounts and, individually, of each restricted fund for the spring and fall meetings of the Board and for the Board’s Annual Report to the members
  • send acknowledgement letters to donors as required by federal and state tax authorities
  • send the tax accountant the year’s deposit slips, canceled checks, investment reports, and bank statements in a timely fashion
  • support the Investment Liaison in carrying out the Association’s investment policy and the management of its endowment
  • maintain the Association’s sales-tax exempt status, purchase large items for CAAS in tax-free states if the office is in a taxed locale, and maintain credit cards for officers
  • give to the directors a list of all entities with which CAAS has financial dealings to aid them in filling out their annual disclosure statements
  • serve on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee

Please send applications to Nominations Committee Chair Karin Suzadail by March 2, 2018. Applications should include a letter of interest, the names and contact information of three references, and a current curriculum vitae.

Nota Bene: Applicants must work or reside in the CAAS Region, i.e. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and District of Columbia.

Call for Papers 2018

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Call for Papers: 2018 Annual Meeting, October 4-6, 2018
The Inn at Penn, Philadelphia, PA

We invite individual and group proposals on all aspects of the classical world and
classical reception, and on new strategies and resources for improved teaching.
Especially welcome are presentations that aim at maximum audience
participation and integrate the concerns of K-12 and college faculty, that consider
ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome beyond our discipline
and profession, and that reflect on the past and present of classical studies in
Philadelphia and its environs.

We hope to include an undergraduate research session of presentations
developed from outstanding term papers, senior theses or other scholarly
projects, to be organized in conjunction with Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor
society for classical studies. There will be a book signing and special panel
organized by Professor Kurt Raaflaub of Brown University to mark the
publication of The Landmark Julius Caesar—the definitive edition of the five
works that chronicle Caesar’s military campaigns, and as such a very useful aid to
Latin teachers and students. Accordingly, submissions on Caesar and the
teaching of Caesar are particularly welcomed. Our Clack Lecturer will be Emily
Greenwood of Yale University, speaking on “What Thucydides Didn’t Write:
Adventures on the Frontiers of World Literature and World History.”

All submitters and all Program participants must be current members of CAAS.
Participants in the 2018 Annual Meeting must be members when they submit
proposals and must renew their memberships for 2018-2019 (The membership
year is September 1-August 31).

All abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically here

Panels and Workshops

Panel/Workshop submissions: panels or workshops may be 1 ½ or 2 hours in
length, depending on the number of presenters. Submissions must be uploaded
as a single PDF (.pdf) or Word 97-2003 (.doc) file of no more than 700 words and
must include:

  • a description of the proposed panel or workshop and, if appropriate, brief
    abstracts of the individual presentations. The description and individual
    abstracts (if any) must be accompanied by a bibliography of up to ten items (not included in the word limit) appropriate to the panel/workshop topic. The
    proposal must clearly indicate the thesis and original contribution made by the
    panel or workshop and situate this contribution in a larger scholarly context (for
    more information, see Writing an Abstract for Professional Presentation). The
    proposal must be anonymous. The names of the organizer and presenters
    should not appear anywhere in this file except when citing a publication by the
    organizer or presenters. Those abstracts which include the names and/or
    institutional affiliations of their organizers and presenters will be disqualified.
  • Title of the session and titles of each individual presentation (if appropriate).
  • specific audio-visual needs for the session. All breakout rooms will be equipped
    with a projector and screen, and full internet access.

Include the names of the individual presenters on the panel or workshop as
additional authors, adding authors as necessary, with appropriate contact

Deadline for panels and workshops: the submission date for panel is March 13,

Individual Submissions

Individual papers must be no more than 15 minutes in length. Submissions must
be uploaded as a single PDF (.pdf) OR Word 97-2003 (.doc) file of no more than
300 words and must include:

  • clearly indicated thesis and original contributions made by your presentation
    and situates this contribution in a larger scholarly context (for more information,
    see Writing an Abstract for Professional Presentation). This abstract should be
    accompanied, if appropriate to the paper topic, by a bibliography of up to five
    items (not included in the word limit) and by a statement of how audiovisual aids
    will be used (not included in the word limit). The proposal must be
    anonymous. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in this file except
    when citing a publication by the author. Those abstracts which include the names
    and/or institutional affiliations of their authors will be disqualified.
  • specific audio-visual needs for your presentation. All breakout rooms will be
    equipped with a projector and screen, and full internet access.
    If you are an undergraduate, please indicate this by selecting “undergraduate paper” as the submission type, so that undergraduate submissions can be read separately, and in relation to one another.

The deadline for individual submissions is March 13, 2018
All abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically here

For further information, please contact CAAS Program Coordinator Judith P
Hallett ( and ( Please contact Webmaster
Jana McElroy ( if you experience difficulties with the
online forms.




2018 Annual Meeting Information


CAAS 2018 Annual Meeting Information and Registration is now available!

Where: The Inn at Penn with the Friday Clack Reception and Lecture at Penn Museum

When: Thursday, October 4 to Saturday, October 6

Program: Click here to download the CAAS 2018 Annual Meeting Program (Updated Sept 8, 2018)

Letter from CAAS Executive Director: Executive Director’s Letter (updated July 19 2018)

Proxy Ballot: Proxy Ballot for October 6 Business Meeting (updated July 26 2018)

CAAS Fall 2018 Meeting Registration Form (updated June 19 2018)

Exhibitors and Vendors Registration Form (updated June 13 2018)

Registration and Accommodations:

  • To register for the meeting online click here. Registration closes on September 21
  • If you prefer to register via snail mail, download and mail in the meeting registration form 2018. Please send in by September 12
  • Rooms are available at The Inn at Penn. To book your room through the CAAS group rate, please click here
  • N.B the book.passkey for The Inn at Penn: the “waitlist” icon is a “queuing device” which is just a part of the page

We look forward to seeing you in October!


In Memoriam: Robert Boughner

The Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at the University of Mary Washington is saddened to announce the passing of Robert F. Boughner on August 30, at the age of 71.

Bob did his undergraduate studies in Classics at Duke, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins. His favorite author to teach was Catullus.  He taught for several years at University of Maryland and worked as a Humanities administrator at the NEH before joining the Mary Washington faculty in 1983.  He was a highly popular and engaging lecturer, and taught a wide range of courses in Classical Civilization, Latin, and Greek. 

Bob served as chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion from 1990 to 1996, when he left to become Dean of the American College in Athens. He returned to the United States as Dean of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, from which he recently retired, moving to Takoma Park, MD.  We learned of his death from a friend and former student who relayed to us that it was unexpected.  Bob specified that he wanted no memorial or service, but we remember him with great fondness in CPR.


In Memoriam: Bill Mayer

Hunter College mourns the loss of William J. Mayer, professor of Classical and Oriental Studies, who died on Thursday, April 27. Professor Mayer came to Hunter in 1971, and in addition to playing a vital role here, was an eminent leader in his discipline. He served as president of both the Classical Association of the Empire State and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and chaired the State Council on Languages. For more than 30 years, his brilliant presentations and workshops assisted teachers throughout the U.S., and in 2003, he received the Meritus Award “for distinguished service to the American Classical League and to the Classics Profession.” He retired from Hunter in 2012.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 15. For details, contact Ronnie Ancona, Acting Classics Program Head, at

To learn more about Bill’s legacy, we invite you to read these heartfelt tributes:

2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting of The Classical Association of the Atlantic States

Where: Marriott New York East Side

When: Thursday, October 5 to Saturday, October 7.

Program: Click here to download the Program for the 2017 Annual Meeting (updated Oct 4, 2017)

Letter from CAAS President: Letter from CAAS President Karin Suzadail (July 31, 2017)

Letter from CAAS Executive DirectorLetter from Mary Brown, Executive Director (Aug 1, 2017)

Proxy Ballot: Proxy Ballot for Business Meeting Oct. 7, 2017


Registration and Accommodations:

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Travel Subsidy Information 2017

CAAS Travel Subsidy Application

Deadline: June 30th, 2017

CAAS travel subsidies are intended to help cover the cost of travel to the annual CAAS  conference. These subsidies are need-based. Priority for funding will be given to presenters of papers, panel participants, and presiders. The maximum subsidy is $600.00, but in order to award as many subsidies as possible, partial funding is likely. Those who have other funding options are encouraged to pursue those sources in addition to applying for a CAAS travel subsidy. Please notify the travel subsidy committee if you do receive ample funds from another source so that we can help support as many people as possible.  Applicant instructions: Please complete the online application no later than June 30th, 2017. Notification of subsidies will be sent to applicants by August 8th. Recipients will receive their checks at the meeting when they pick up their registration materials. Download the CAAS 2017 Travel Subsidy Application or click to fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION

Please direct any questions or concerns to Jim Capreedy <> and cc Judith Hallett <>.

Teaching Leaders and Leadership Through the Classics: a Virtual Conference

Register now for the virtual conference/course “Teaching Leaders and Leadership Through the Classics,” held from May 8-22, 2017.

This conference explores how the study of classical antiquity has been, can be, and should be used as a platform for leadership education in the 21st century.  The primary texts and artifacts we study are often about, for, or by the leaders of their times; they then were, and still are, received, adapted, and used by people of later eras in developing new leaders. Our discipline’s emphasis on textual and visual analysis, narrative, and cultural history aids students in developing the skills of empathy, contextual intelligence, and critical thinking that are the most essential for the success of leaders in any field. As universities place greater and greater emphasis on their mission to develop students as future leaders, the field of Classics can become central to the study of leadership and the education of leaders.

For more information and registration, visit the conference website: