Conference in Sydney (AMP Research)

November 20 to 22, 2018: “Local Horizons of Ancient Greek Religion” at the University of Sydney, Australia. The conference is organized by Julia Kindt and myself, with 17 speakers from six countries. Here is the link to the conference website.

The conference is sponsored by the Australian Research Council and my Anneliese Maier Prize.

RSC Inauguration Ceremony

November 15 to 18, 2018: The Inauguration Ceremony for newly elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada will be held in the Marriott Harborfront Hotel in Halifax.

Changing Jobs

October 24, 2018: I have accepted the offer for the position of Professor of Greek History at Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster. From December 1, 2018, the new coordinates will be Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Domplatz 20-22, 48143 Münster, Germany (

Global Antiquities Annual Outreach Lecture

October 18, 2018: This year’s annual outreach lecture of Global Antiquities will be delivered by Professor Kimberly Bowes (University of Pennsylvania): “The Roman 90%: Poor People in the Roman World”

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Le Salon, 5pm. All welcome, reception to follow!

Spoils Conference in Bochum (AMP Research) 

September 18 to 21, 2018: "Spoils in the Roman Republic: Boon and Bane" will be held at Ruhr Universität Bochum. The conference is organized by Marian Helm and Saskia Roselaar. Here is the conference info pack. My opening address, scheduled for 13:30 on the first day, will be on "Global Spoils on a Local Stage: the Case of Republican Rome". 


Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada

September 18, 2018: I am so happy to be elected into the Royal Society of Canada - what an honor! Thank you to my nominating team and everyone who has supported the nomination. The link to the RSC website is here. It also includes a complete list of the Class of 2018 Fellows.

The McGill Reporter also covered the induction of new fellows from McGill.

Conference in Santiago (AMP Research)

August 28 to 31, 2018: Conference on Libertas and Res Publica in Santiago de Chile. The title of my paper is "Freedom, whose freedom? Libertas and the Roman Mediterranean". Here is the conference program. 

POSTSCRIPT: Thank you Catalina Balmaceda and her team of graduate students for hosting a most stimulating event, with superb scholarly exchanges as well as delightful social gatherings. 

Festkolloquium für Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp

July 25, 2018: Zum 65. Geburtstag von "KJH" richten Angela Ganter und ich ein Festkolloquium in der Thyssen Stiftung in Köln aus: "Eine Republik und ihr Forscher". Hier ist das Programm und mein kurzes Grußwort. Die Süddeutsche Zeitung hat tags danach berichtet. 

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, lieber Karl-Joachim!

Guest Lectures in Germany

July 17 and 18, 2018: I am looking forward to two invited lectures at the Universities of Heidelberg and Stuttgart. The topic is "Archestratos von Gela und die griechische Poliswelt." 

New Publication (AMP Research)

June 20, 2018: "Megarian Moments" is out, edited by Hans Beck and Philip J. Smith, with contributions from Sheila Ager, Kevin Solez, Klaus Freitag, Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp, David Yates, Jonathan Reeves, Daniel Tober, Alex McAuley, Matthias Haake, Franco De Angelis and Adrian Robu. Big thanks to Chandra Giroux for editorial assistance!

From the back cover: Situated near the main traffic artery in Central Greece and surrounded by poleis that were more powerful, the ancient city-state of Megara was often a punching bag of others. In neighbouring Athens in particular, the Megarians were subject to all sorts of slander and expressions of chauvinism. The people of Megara, by default, had their own assessment of the world and their role in it. A highway to others, the Megarid, was a rich source of meaning and orientation to its inhabitants. This local backdrop, often misunderstood as petty or irrelevant, constituted a unique local discourse environment. Rather than telling a narrative history of Megara – unravelling its local history, as it were –, this volume delves into the local discourse of this ancient city. The various contributions all shed light on the prevailing identity of place, on what it meant to be from Megara. In doing so, the book unpacks the vibrant local life in a Greek city-state. In their endeavour to break the code of a local discourse and recreate its environment, the editors and authors also invite readers to rethink approximations toward the pluriverse of poleis in Greek Antiquity. You can download the volume for free from Teiresias Supplements Online

Fieldwork in Greece (AMP Research)

May 25 to June 1, 2018: The first session of topographical and landscape-archaeological studies in 2018 includes examinations of sites in the Lower Kephissos Valley, Tanagra, Phlious, and the Southern Argolid.


International Workshop in Fribourg (AMP Research Event)

May 24, 2018: The second leg of "The Dancing Floor of Ares" (co-organized with Fabienne Marchand) will be held at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. Participants are Alex McAuley, Marcel Pierart, Elenca Franchi, Salvatore Tufano, and Laetitia Phialon.

Here is the program.   

International Conference in Waterloo (AMP Research Event)

April 25 to 28, 2018: The Conference "Localism in the Hellenistic World," co-hosted by Sheila Ager and myself, is on at the Delta Hotel in Waterloo. The event brings together 20 scholars from seven countries, thanks to sponsorship from SSHRC, the Waterloo Institute of Hellenistic Studies, and the Parochial Polis Research Network. 

Here is the program

Global Antiquities Research Talk 

March 29, 2018: Global Antiquities hosts a guest lecture by Professor Armin Selbitschka (LMU Munich) on "Global Players? Revisiting the First Emperor's Acrobat Figurines".

Leacock 808, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, all welcome! 

International Colloquium "Between Local and Translocal" (AMP Research) 

February 21 to 23, 2018: The Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich, hosts an international colloquium on "Between Local and Translocal: Founding, Inhabiting and Appropriating Settlements". I am happy to participate with a paper on "Localism and the Local in Ancient Greece – at Home and Overseas". 

Here is the program

Talk in Ottawa (AMP Research)

February 18, 2018: Talk before the American Institute of Archaeology Ottawa Society (Carleton University, Paterson Building, Room 303, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm) on "A Local History of Ancient Greece." Here is the poster of the lecture series.  

Love Talk 

February 12, 2018: Talk in the annual lecture series "Love in the Time of", organized by McGill's Arts Undergraduates Society. As ever, the series is scheduled in close convenience to Valentine's Day. My topic is "Sappho's Love". 

ARTS-W 215, 6:00 pm. All welome! 

New Publication

February 2, 2018: The volume from the Torino conference on Roman Oratory (see News Archive: April 15-17, 2015) has been published with Oxford UP: Christa Grey et al. (eds), Reading Republican Oratory. Reconstructions, Contexts, Receptions. It also includes my piece on "Of Fragments and Feelings. Roman Funeral Oratory Revisited" (pages 263-280). Thank you to the editors! 

New SSHRC Grant

January 22, 2018: We are delighted to report that our application for a Connection Grant from SSHRC to fund a conference on localism has been successful. The application was prepared by Professor Sheila Ager (Waterloo) as PI and myself as co-applicant.

With funding from SSHRC, the University of Waterloo, and the Parochial Polis Research Network at McGill, we will be able to hold an international conference on "Localism in the Hellenistic World" at the Waterloo Institute of Hellenistic Studies, April 26 to 28. The details will be announced soon, stay tuned.  

Visiting Speaker (Anneliese Maier Prize Research Event)

January 22 to 27, 2018: Professor John Bintliff (Leiden and Edinburgh) will visit Classical Studies at McGill for a public lecture, a presentation in our departmental Oberseminar series, and various research consultations with colleagues and students.

The public lecture is scheduled for January 23, 5:00 pm (ARTS-W 215), all are welcome! 

Global Antiquities Lecture

January 12, 2018: Global Antiquities invites you to a co-sponsored lecture by Professor Silvia Ferrara (La Sapienza, Rome): "The Invention of Writing"

ARTS 160, 4:00 to 5:30 pm. All welcome! Here is the event poster. 

SCS Annual Meeting

January 4 to 7, 2018: The Annual Meeting of the Society of Classical Studies is on at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston. Here is the link to the conference page. Looking forward to see many colleagues and friends! 


New Publication

January 1, 2018: Hans Beck, "The Discovery of Numa's Writings. Roman Sacral Law and the Early Historians." In: Kaj Sandberg and Christopher Smith (eds), Omnium Annalium Monumenta. Historical Writing and Historical Evidence in Republican Rome. Leiden and Boston: 90-112.

Thank you to the editors for pulling this together, it's been a terrific conference in Rome.