The Center regularly organizes conferences which aim to promote and provoke research at the forefront of ancient Mediterranean studies. The conference proceedings are published with a major academic press, most often in the Brill series, Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition.

The Creation of Roman History and Epigraphy:
Theodor Mommsen from 1817 to 2017 (Saturday, December 9, 2017)

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean will host a one-day conference in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Laureate and Roman Historian, Theodor Mommsen (November 30, 1817). Participants will include Clifford Ando (University of Chicago), Werner Eck (Universität zu Köln), Bruce Frier (University of Michigan), Zachary Herz (Columbia) Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University), Maya Maskarinec (USC), Michael Peachin (NYU) and Stefan Rebenich (Universität Bern). Registration is recommended (but not required). Please RSVP via the link above or by emailing 

Our FALL 2016 conference, Aristophanes and Politics, was a co-presented (with the Onassis Foundation, USA) and co-sponsored (with the Classical Studies Graduate Program) two-day international conference on September 30 - October 1, 2016. You can download a conference program HERE. All abstracts for the papers delivered at the conference can be read HERE.

A new adaptation of Aristophanes' Knights, by Brittany Johnson, was produced by the Barnard/Columbia Ancient Drama Group in conjunction with the conference and took place in Barnard's Glicker-Milstein Theatre on 9/28-9/30. The production was subsequently featured in a New Yorker article by James Romm, which can be read HERE.

Also in FALL 2016, CAM co-sponsored Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World, a two-day conference held on November 11-12, 2016 and organized by a committee of CAM-affiliated graduate students from the departments of Art History & Archaeology, Classics, Classical Studies, and History at Columbia. Information about the conference and abstracts of individual papers can be found HERE on the conference's dedicated website.


Our SPRING 2016 conference, Hellenistic Literatures in Context, was a co-sponsored (with the Department of Classics, the Interdepartmental Program in Classics, the Program in Hellenic Studies) one day workshop on April 92016, organized by Professor John Ma (Classics). You can download a conference program HERE. The documents discussed in the pre-circulated texts session can be downloaded HERE.


Recent conferences:

2015: Pain and Pleasure in Classical Antiquity. April 17-19. 

2014: Popular Medicine in the Graeco-Roman World. April 18-19.

2012: Crossing Boundaries: Ancient History Explores Its Future - Part IIDecember 12-13 at Cambridge University, UK.

2012: Moses Finley and PoliticsSeptember 29.

2012: Crossing Boundaries: Ancient History Explores Its Future. April 20-21.

2012: Archaeology and the City: A Conference on Ancient Rome in New York. March 2-4.

2011: Performing Tragic Identity through a Non-Western Lens. October 28-29.

2011: Celebrating Suzanne Saïd. October 15.

2011: History and Environment in the Ancient MediterraneanJune 15-16 in Rome, Italy.

2011: A Tale of Two Worlds: Comparative Perspectives on Indo-Mediterranean Commerce (I-XVII C.). March 4-5. 

2010: Mental Illness in Classical Antiquity: definitions and diagnosis, part II. October 15-16.

2010: Mental Illness in Classical Antiquity: definitions and diagnosis, part I. April 9-10.

2009: Myth in Etruria. Images and InscriptionsNovember 20-21.

2002: Greek Painted Pottery: Images, Contexts and ControversiesMarch 23-24.