About ASCS


The Society aims at the advancement of the study of ancient Greece and Rome and related fields.


Membership of the Society is open to all present and past members of university staffs, mainly in Australia and New Zealand, who are or have been engaged in teaching or research in the languages, literature, history, thought and archaeology of the ancient world, to postgraduate students in these areas, and to other interested persons.


Membership includes a copy of the journal Antichthon and the twice-yearly Newsletter. A discounted five-year rate is available for full and retiree members. Please visit the Online Payment page to view current subscription rates; the membership form is available here.

General Meeting and Conference

The Society holds a general meeting and conference (currently once every year). Details are provided on the website.

The Journal Antichthon

The Society publishes an internationally recognised annual journal titled Antichthon.  Its first volume was published in 1967, and since then it has developed a wide international reputation.  It is a journal of ancient world studies.  While it places its main emphasis on Greece and Rome, its scope has been broadly defined so as to embrace the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean from the beginnings of civilisations to the Early Middle Ages.

The journal is open to contributions from any country, and will publish on topics relating to the languages, literature, history, thought and archaeology of the ancient world. The language of publication is English.

For more information, click Antichthon.  Articles for consideration can be sent to either of the current Editors .


The Newsletter contains information on what is currently happening with Classics and Ancient History in departments in Australian and New Zealand universities, and details of forthcoming conferences and seminars, etc.  It is sent out twice a year (usually in April and September).  Click here for archived copies of the Newsletter.

Competitions and Other Activities

The Society conducts an annual Essay Prize Competition for undergraduate students in Australia, and supports the Scholia Essay Competition in honour of John Barsby in New Zealand.  It also conducts a Greek and Latin Translation Competition for second and third year undergraduate students.  It has established an annual Early Career Award of AU$2000 open to those who have graduated with a doctorate from an Australian or New Zealand university within the last five years.  Click here for further details of prizes and awards.

The Society provides grants to small university departments to assist in local promotional activities, and financial assistance for one-off seminars, conferences and the like.  In recent years it has provided funds to bring a keynote speaker to its annual conference, and travel subsidies to encourage honours and postgraduate students to attend.

Contact Details

Further information about the Society and its activities can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary (

The ASCS Journal
Antichthon Journal