The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies - The Roman Society - was founded in 1910 as the sister society to the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.
The Roman Society is the leading organisation in the United Kingdom for those interested in the study of Rome and the Roman Empire. Its scope is wide, covering Roman history, archaeology, literature and art down to about A.D. 700. It has a broadly based membership, drawn from over forty countries and from all ages and walks of life.
The Society supports:
- an extensive programme of publication:
two annual publications, the Journal of Roman Studies, which contains articles and book reviews dealing with the Roman world in general, and Britannia, which has articles and reviews specifically on Roman Britain
- two monograph series: the JRS and Britannia monographs
- an e-Newsletter, Epistula, circulated twice a year, keeping members up to date with news of recent discoveries, research, exhibitions, conferences and publications
- a library of over 130,000 volumes and 675 current periodicals, maintained jointly with the Hellenic Society and in conjunction with the University of London's Institute of Classical Studies. It has an international reputation as one of the world's foremost Classics lending libraries. It also houses a lending collection of over 6,700 slides
- a programme of public lectures, visits to sites and museums, and lectures arranged with local branches of the Classical Association
- conferences, including the international biennial Roman Archaeology Conference and regional RACS, and the Triennial Conference of the Hellenic and Roman Societies at Oxford or Cambridge
- schools, by the award of grants to help the teaching of all aspects of the Roman world
- summer schools, by the annual award of grants
- university students and museums, by the award of museum internship bursaries
- archaeology, through grants for excavations and bursaries to sixth-formers for archaeological fieldwork
- a webiste, providing information about the Society, links to other useful sites, and hosting IMAGO, the Society's new online image bank developed from the Library slide collection
Membership is open to all; no entrance fee or professional qualification is required.
Members are entitled to:
- receive annually in print form and via online access either the Journal of Roman Studies or Britannia or both. Student members receive their journal(s) online only
- receive (by email) the biannual e-Newsletter
- have access (for an extra fee) to JSTOR's electronic archive of the back volumes of both journals
- receive advance notice of forthcoming monographs at special offer prices
- use the library and borrow the Society's books and slides, either in person or by post, while living or resident in the UK
- attend the Society's lectures and other events, of which a programme is circulated in September