We promote the study of Vergil by means of lectures, conferences, publications, tours, and reports of excavation that have a bearing upon Vergil's works.

Our History

The Vergilian Society was founded in 1937 with the following objectives: "In order . . . to celebrate the ties of culture between Italy and America, a Society has been formed in Italy and named after Vergil."

The purpose of this Society is to promote the study of Vergil by means of lectures, conferences, publications, and reports of excavation that have a bearing upon Vergil's works. Membership is open to any person who is interested in the study of Vergil.

2024 Tours and Workshops

Recent News

2023 Alexander G. McKay Prize now OPEN for submissions (Deadline 15 August 2022)

July 1, 2022

The Vergilian Society is pleased to announce the opening of the next competition for the Alexander G.McKay Prize for the best book in Vergilian studies. The prize, which is accompanied by a cash award of$500 or a life membership in the Vergilian Society (valued at $800), is awarded every other year to thebook that, in…

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Call for Program Directors – 2023

September 20, 2021

Are you interested in directing a tour or workshop for the Vergilian Society in 2023? For those interested, please send a proposal to the Chair of the Villa Management Committee, John Wonder, at jwwonder@sfsu.edu   For 2023, we are particularly interested in tours or programs based at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma, a study center in…

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2021 McKay Book Prize Winners

February 6, 2021

The Alexander G. McKay Prize for Vergilian Studies has been awarded to Susanna Morton Braund and Zara M. Torlone, co-editors of “Virgil and His Translators,” published by OUP in 2018.

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Praise for Vergilian Society Programs