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    Academic Writing Advice with David Ebrey

    David Ebrey is currently Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the Research Training Group Philosophy, Science and the Sciences and works primarily on Plato and Aristotle. He has recently been circulating a brief handout of academic writing advice, with an eye towards ancient philosophy. I found this advice clear and helpful. He originally shared it with graduate students at Humboldt University and developed the current version after getting feedback from a number of people in the field. I wanted to take this opportunity to share this advice with everyone and ask David a few follow-up questions about it. Start by reading his advice: available here, it’s also up on his website. Also,…

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    Draft Listing of Ancient Philosophy Graduate Programs (updated)

    Which programs should students who want to pursue graduate work in Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy consider? I would like to provide a listing of such programs and associated helpful information. I have posted below a draft of programs, with one listing for MA programs and another for PhD programs. This is just a draft, so please let me know of any programs that should be added or any relevant information of which I should be aware. The list will be inclusive, so any place where students can write on or focus on ancient philosophy is eligible. I also want to include some information about programs outside the English-speaking world,…

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    Join the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project!

    I am very excited to announce the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, a new initiative to help scholars effectively teach philosophy as a way of life! I am delighted to be serving as one of the Lead Faculty Advisors.  If you teach philosophy at a post-secondary institution and are interested at all, please check out our website: philife.nd.edu and consider submitting a letter of intent.   We are putting together a network of interested scholars to share resources and to participate in a week-long workshop we will be running at Notre Dame for members, each of the next three summers. You can apply for travel funding and we also…

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    The Quintilian Society: A new initiative encouraging academics to teach Latin in public high schools

    The Paideia Institute, a non-profit educational organization “dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of the classical humanities, with a focus on Latin and Ancient Greek languages and literature,” has announced a new program to make “it easier for underemployed and unemployed PhDs in Classics (as well as related fields where mastery of Latin is a required component) to enter the [American] public secondary education system” as Latin teachers. The Quintilian Society, as they are calling it, plans a number of initiatives including: “making teacher training easily accessible and culturally acceptable in PhD programs; connecting PhD holders with school districts striving to maintain or begin a Latin program; and building a professional and…

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    Roleplaying Ancient Philosophy: Using Reacting to the Past in the Classroom

    One of the intentions of this blog is to share practices and ideas related to teaching ancient philosophy. I’ll start by sharing my own experience using roleplaying in the classroom. Reacting to the Past is a pedagogical approach in which students engage in a role-playing game that immerses them in a key historical debate relevant to the course. The game I used, The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C., divides students into democrats, oligarchs, and followers of Socrates, along with several unaligned roles. These characters are all debating how to structure Athenian society in the aftermath of the reign of the Thirty. They consider whether to grant amnesty to…

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    Last Call for Paper Drafts Exchange (Updated)

    Entry is now closed. The next round of the Paper Drafts Exchange will open in December. I will be closing entry for the initial round of ancient philosophy paper drafts exchange on Wednesday. If you are interested, please fill out the following form, which asks for some basic information about the draft you are interested in sharing. I will then divide people into groups based on topic and area, contacting participants via email. The grouping will be done on a reciprocal basis: if you commit to commenting on 2 papers, you will get 2 people assigned to comment on your papers. I will help everyone set up sessions on philpeople or…

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    New CFPs Calendar

    In response to last week’s poll, I have created a new CFPs calendar. It includes only calls for papers (CFPs), calls for abstracts (CFAs), and other application deadlines for ancient Greek and Roman philosophy events. For a full listing of all the lectures, conferences, symposia, etc. you can continue to use the Ancient Philosophy Calendar.

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    Separation Referendum: Should CFPs Be Divorced from Events?

    This site maintains a listing of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy events from around the world. Right now, this calendar includes both call for papers/abstracts and various talks and conferences. I would like to get feedback on whether the community would appreciate having a separate calendar that only included call for papers and calls for abstracts (i.e. it would only inform you about events you could apply to participate in). Let me know what you think by voting in this poll! Feel free to comment below or email as well.

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    Ancient Philosophy Journals (Updated)

    Slow referees and unresponsive editors are extremely painful, as most of us know. You also want to make sure the length and topic of your paper fits the journal. This can be annoying, since up to date information on the policies, procedures, and turn around time of journals isn’t widely available in one place. To help, I have compiled a list of journals that publish articles on Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, along with their official policies (languages of publication, word count etc.) and whatever information was available about their acceptance rates, reviews times, time to publication and other relevant features. NOTE: Originally this listing was divided into three sheets:…

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    Ancient Philosophy Paper Drafts Exchange

    It is hard for many of us to get helpful feedback on works in progress. This is an area where I think the ancient philosophy community can make more effective use of technology. Philpeople, the new social initiative for philosophers from the non-profit Philpapers Foundation, has a sessions feature, which allows you to post drafts and get comments from those who are invited to participate. I think this is a promising tool for getting and sharing feedback. I am organizing an ancient philosophy paper drafts exchange based on it. If you are interested, please fill out the following form, which asks for some basic information about the draft you are interested in…