The AAH

Please visit the main site for the Association of Ancient Historians to join and learn more about the organization.

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. 

As a part of this commitment, AAH sponsors a Mentorship Program. If you are looking for advice in navigating your academic career, are willing to help an early-career scholar, or would like to connect with a peer to talk about career issues, the AAH Mentorship Program can help! If you are interested in participating. please visit our Mentorship page.

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.

The Association of Ancient Historians (AAH) had its origins in 1969, when a number of ancient historians from universities in southern Ontario as well as from the State University of New York at Buffalo gathered at McMaster University for a meeting convened by George Paul, to present papers and discuss topics of mutual interest. Over the next four years, annual meetings were organized at SUNY-Buffalo, the University of Michigan, Penn State University, and the University of North Carolina and Duke University. During this period the annual meetings were enlarged and transformed to conferences of an international character. The success of this transformation, and the recognition that ancient historians needed and were capable of supporting a major professional society, prompted at the meeting at Harvard in May of 1974 the forming of the Association of Ancient Historians and the adoption of a constitution.

Over its lifetime, and that of its informal forerunner, the AAH has organized annual meetings at more than thirty different colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.  Its membership has grown to include most of the ancient historians in these two countries and counts members on three other continents. The AAH is the largest organization in North America that is devoted exclusively to promoting teaching and scholarship in ancient history.

The most important of the activities of the AAH is its annual meeting.  Click here for a full list of meeting locations, presiding officers, and organizers.  In addition, the AAH reaches out to its membership through a regular newsletter; it sponsors the publication of a series of monographs and has published volumes of collected essays.  It has organized summer institutes for college teachers under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The organization also maintains an up-to-date online Directory of Ancient Historians in the United States and Canada.

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