Tuesday, 4 December 2018


We would like to forward to you an announcement issued by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich:

"The Thesaurus linguae Latinae Institute announces its second Latin Lexicography Summer School, a one-week event in Munich, July 22 to 26, 2019. We invite participation by researchers at any stage in their career whose work involves the rigorous evaluation of Latin words in any aspect, ranging from their use in specific texts or their changing significance across the entire corpus of ancient Latin. In addition to philology, relevant disciplines include conceptual and intellectual history, epigraphy, linguistics, literary and textual criticism, medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, and theology. This year Professor James N. Adams will be present as a scholar in residence.

The program involves offers three types of activity. First, seminars and related exercises will address Latin lexicography, the methods and format of the TLL, and particularly challenging corpora (e.g. inscriptions, the vetus Latina Bible translation, ancient lexicography). Secondly, participants will collaborate in the production of a short lexicographic entry, which will be published in a forthcoming fascicle (lemma to be determined by the editors). Lastly, there will be daily time for participants’ own research in the Thesaurus Archive, supported by advice from researchers at the dictionary.

Unfortunately, the time for independent research is limited by other activities, and we encourage researchers with more extensive projects to arrive earlier, stay longer than a week, or plan a visit at another occasion, which is always welcome.

The Thesaurus linguae Latinae Institute is home to the world’s most comprehensive record of the Latin language (ca. 600 BC to AD 600), consisting of over ten million hand-written notecards, and a world-class library of editions, commentaries, and relevant reference material. Many of these texts have been annotated by former owners and specialists (e.g. Eduard Fraenkel, Wilhelm Heraeus, Friedrich Leo, Eduard Norden, Eduard Wölfflin). These texts also have systematic cross-references to recent discussions of individual words in scholarly journals and other publications. In addition, the Archive contains all the unpublished material for the TLL Onomasticon, consisting of all proper names and their derivatives (e.g. Homerus, palatium). The Bavarian Academy also houses the German Mittellateinisches Wörterbuch, with an extensive library of medieval texts, and is walking distance from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which has an outstanding Latin manuscript collection, as well as the excellent libraries of the Institut für Klassische Philologie at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.


The workshop begins at 9:30 am on July 22. Daily activities will typically run from 9:30 until 5pm over the course of the week, with some optional excursions. Participants are responsible for their own housing; occasional refreshments will be provided. The language of group instruction is English, but one-on-one support is available in several languages (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish). A Certificate of Participation is available upon submission of a short report on your research findings, which will be stored in the Archive for future researchers to consult.


Applications must be received by March 1 by email to summerschool@thesaurus.badw.de. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a one- to two-page Statement of Benefit. The Statement should briefly describe one or more words that you plan to investigate (whether or not they have been published in the TLL), why they are important for your research, and what questions you hope to address during your stay. It is important to show familiarity with existing lexicographic resources. Given the limited time available for independent research, we encourage you to set modest goals and/or plan for a longer stay. Only fifteen participants can be accepted, and successful applicants will be notified by March 15.


Contact: summerschool@thesaurus.badw.de

Application due: March 1

Participation fee: €70

Location: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11, 80539, Munich, Germany

Website: http://www.thesaurus.badw.de/summerschool "

Monday, 12 November 2018


We would like to forward to you this brief message from the Organizing Committee of the FIEC Congress (London 2019):

"We are now able to confirm the fee levels for FIEC 2019 in London and we are delighted to announce that (thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association) we have been able to hold and even reduce the fees in comparison with FIEC 2014.
The fee levels are:

Full rate £195/concessions £48  (including the early bird discount for bookings before 1 April 2019)

Late booking (after 1 April 2019): full rate £245/concessions £68.

Further details will be made available in due course. Booking will open in January."

Thursday, 4 October 2018


Please take note of the following announcement issued by the CIPSH:

"CIPSH, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines), announces a new initiative designed to highlight and encourage research projects in the humanities and to attract greater attention to the humanities worldwide and enhanced recognition of their importance in contemporary society.

The aim is to endorse and publicize the establishment of centers, oriented towards a general theme and headed by one chairholder, at universities or other recognized research institutions; the chairholder will be supported by a team of several associates in the host institution and preferably also in one or more other institutions and, if possible, in one or more other countries. Ideally, the designated theme or project should be interdisciplinary in nature, and one or more of the supporting institutions should be located in a country or countries different from that of the host institution. The initial appointment of a chairholder will be for a period of five years, with the possibility of renewal following favorable evaluation.

The new CIPSH chairs are not intended to be in competition with already-existing programmes, namely UNESCO chairs; in fact, it would be possible, theoretically, for an individual and a center to hold both at once. However, it is hoped that the humanities orientation of the CIPSH chairs, as well as other considerations, will attract a broad and diverse pool of distinguished applicants, and that the designation of “CIPSH Chair” will carry with it a special prestige of its own.

Applications are solicited ahead of a deadline of February 14, 2019, with selection to be completed by April 12, 2019, and the inauguration of the first chairs to take place on August 1, 2019. The selection committee will consist of three members of the CIPSH Executive Committee and two outside consultants, with final evaluation of their decisions by the full Executive Committee."

For more information, please follow this link.

Friday, 28 September 2018


We are very pleased to announce the launch of the conference website for FIEC/CA London 2019 (15th Congress of the Fédération internationale des associations d'études classiques and the Classical Association annual conference 2019).

"Over the next few months it will be populated with details of the programme, cultural events and practical details.

We have just posted the names of our eight keynote speakers . More information will follow shortly, including details of conference fees and how to book.

Many thanks to all who submitted proposals. We had a fantastic response, so many in fact that it will take longer than anticipated for the Programme Committee to read them. We will respond to all by the end of October."
Professor Greg Woolf
Chair, National Committee FIEC/CA 2019

Monday, 24 September 2018


We would like to forward to you the following offer:

"Graduate School Scholarship Program

Advertisement of Two Scholarships for Doctoral Studies

in the „Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science“ Program

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering two doctoral scholarships to research and complete a doctorate within the “Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science” program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Ancient Philosophy, Classics, or History of Ancient Science. Candidates must hold an outstanding Master's degree, or equivalent degree, in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion. The scholarships are available from October 2019 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review).

The call is open only to applicants

·         who are not German citizens

·         who have not resided in Germany continuously for longer than 12 months as of the application deadline

·         whose last final exam (M.A.) should have taken place no longer than 5 years and 9 months ago"
For more information, please follow this link.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018


Please take note of the following offer of a PhD position in Helsinki:

"A four year fully funded doctoral student position is now available at my new research project at the University of Helsinki. The deadline is September 17th. I am primarily looking for a recent graduate from history, classics, legal history, Roman law and politics, who is interested in completing a doctoral degree as a part of an international research project.

The project  “Law, Governance and Space: Questioning the Foundations of the Republican Tradition (SpaceLaw.fi), funded by the ERC, examines the emergence of republican governance through the changes in the conceptions of public and private space from the Antiquity to the present. The theme of the doctoral project would cover the formation and reception of the ancient texts, ideals and legal tradition in their cultural contexts and their implications in the European historical tradition.

The official ad may be found here: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/open-positions/doctoral-student-on-spaces-of-roman-republicanism
Instead of a full research proposal, I also welcome discursive papers on relevant themes and methods and the possibilities they would have for novel results.

I am happy to answer queries about the project and the position.

With all the best,

Kaius Tuori

Friday, 10 August 2018


Last month, the executive board of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) convened to discuss the latest developments concerning its project. We would like to take this chance to give you a brief report.

The board is pleased to note that the Society for Classical Studies has doubled its financial contribution to the work of the TLL to 2,000 USD. In this regard, it is even more delighted to point
out that the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei has raised its contribution from about 1,000 to 10,000 Euros per year.

Sadly, however, we also need to take account of the fact that the Czech Academy has decided to quit the TLL's Committee. It is still unclear whether a smaller Czech institution will take its place.

On another note, we may inform you that the TLL's summer school  has been a great success, with 17 participants from all over the world.

Lastly, we may add that the work on the TLL will complete its 125th year in 2019 and that its board, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, as well as the de Gruyter publishing group are currently discussing different ways to allow users Open Access to the TLL database. We will keep you posted as to the outcome of these talks.