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  • Noel Deeves Robertson, 1936-2019

    Noel and Laura Robertson at a Department of Classics picnic in 1971.

    It is with great sadness that we pass along news of the death of Dr. Noel Robertson, Professor Emeritus of Classics at Brock University. Noel died peacefully on September 12, 2019 at the age of 83 in Victoria, BC, and leaves behind his wife Laura Robertson, children, and grandchildren.

    Noel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved at an early age to Fort William, Ontario. He earned his BA at the University of Toronto, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Philology at Cornell University. While a graduate student, he spent time at the American School for Classical Studies at Athens and participated in archaeological excavations at Corinth, where he met his wife and fellow graduate student Laura Fahy. After graduate school he was appointed a fellow at the University of Bristol, and a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University, before beginning his tenure in the Department of Classics at Brock University in 1970. He taught at Brock for 32 years, until his retirement in 2002.

    At Brock, Noel chaired the Department of Classics on two occasions (1973-82, 1998-2001), and served on numerous committees. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens (now the Canadian Institute in Greece) from 1978-80, and as Vice-President of the Classical Association of Canada from 1994-96.

    Noel authored a large body of scholarly works, with an emphasis on ritual and religious practice in ancient Greek society. He read Latin, Greek, German, and French, and he authored some 80 articles and chapters as well as two books:  Festivals and Legends: The Formation of Greek Cities in the Light of Public Ritual(1992) and Religion and Reconciliation in Greek Cities: The Sacred Laws of Selinas and Cyrene(2009) as well as an edited volume, The Archaeology of Cyprus: Recent Developments(1976). His research at the American School and his utilization of material culture in his scholarship made him a pioneer of the Department’s unique brand of interdisciplinarity.

    In lieu of flowers, Noel’s family has asked that donations may be made to: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6-8 Charlton St., Princeton, NJ 08540-5232; email:

    Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Laura and all family members. Hold tight to the memories and may they comfort you at this difficult time and in the days ahead.

  • Classics alumna Alison Innes (MA ’13) profiled in Brock Weekly

    Wondering how to use your Classics degree? Department of Classics alumna Alison Innes (MA ’13) has been profiled in Brock’s Weekly Update. Now the Social Media Co-ordinator for the Faculty of Humanities, Innes shares information about humanities and why it matters. Her job includes managing the Brock Humanities TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts and writing stories for The Brock News.

    Among her formative travel experiences, Innes recalls, “My most memorable international travel has probably been the study tour of Turkey I did with the Classics Department in the summer of 2009. Being able to see places and objects that I had only ever seen pictures of was transformational. The textbooks rarely ever show you what the back of a statue or facade looks like, so I was looking behind things every chance I got! The trip also gave me a better understanding of how the ancient world connects through to modern day and the way ruins and archaeological discoveries continue to be a part of our societies today.”

    Alison Innes (MA Classics '13)


  • Brock Talk by Adam Rappold at the St Catharines Library

    The 2019-2020 Brock Talks in the St Catharines Library begin on Wednesday, September 25 with a lecture by Adam Rappold, “Ancient Drama and the Modern Citizen.” The talk will take place in the Mills Room of the St Catharines Public Library (Central Branch). Free admission – all are welcome!

    Abstract: Perhaps the greatest difficulty of Democracy, ancient or modern, is that it requires ordinary people to make impactful decisions — often between unpalatable options. This talk examines a number of familiar Greek tragedies to demonstrate that the ancient Athenians attempted to solve this problem through theatre: creating a low stakes, experiential education wherein individual audiences members were allowed to listen to the clashing arguments of towering figures and ultimately choose between options which were at once both morally repellent and righteous. This focus on ambiguity, choice, and education further demonstrates the relevance of tragedy to contemporary society and government.

  • Congratulations to our award winners

    The Department of Classics is pleased to congratulate the winners of departmental and external awards from the 2018-2019 academic year.

    For travel to the Mediterranean:

    • Trine Varcoe Memorial Award: Samantha Fisher
    • Richard W. Parker Travel Scholarship: Michael Romen
    • Mariane LeCompte Newton Travel Scholarship: Noah Chapman; Nathan Rossi
    • Danielle Anne Parks Scholarship (grad): Jordan Garner

    Graduating student awards:

    • Frederick H. Casler Memorial, Greek and Latin Awards: Alex Mirosavljevic (Greek); Alex Mirosavljevic (Latin)
    • Department of Classics Book Prize in Ancient Art & Archaeology: Jared Schutt
    • Distinguished Graduating Student: Keegan Bruce
    • Spirit of Brock Award: Keegan Bruce

    Achievement awards:

    • Bruce Lidsten Memorial Award for Mythology and Civilization: Leslie Ann Czegeny; Charelle St-Aubin
    • Niagara Peninsula Society (Archaeological Institute of America) Prize in Classical Archaeology and History: Kyle Edwards; Lewis Clegg
    • Willowbank-Poulimenos Book Prize: Julie (Sun-kyung) Simmonds
    • G.W. Brown Memorial Award: Julie (Sun-kyung) Simmonds
    • Tom and Linda Goldspink in Honour of Rosemary Hale: Noah Chapman

    External Awards:

    • SCS Distinguished Student Awards: Jordan Garner (Grad) and Alex Mirosavljevic (UG)
    • CAMWS Outstanding Accomplishment Award: Simone Mollard (Grad) and Carly Propper (UG)
    • CAC Outstanding Student Award: Alex Mirosavljevic
    • CAMWS Latin Translation Award: Alex Mirosavljevic

    The Department thanks the many donors and organizations who have made it possible to recognize the outstanding achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Brock News celebrates Mirosavljevic and studying Latin

    Latin student’s translation skills among top in North America

    “I would suggest that students give Latin a shot, because they may find it comes more easily to them than other things,” Mirosavljevic says. “The department at Brock is very approachable and supportive.”

  • Internship at the Canadian Institute in Greece

    Brock University undergraduate students interested in ancient art and archaeology, or classical languages and civilizations are encouraged to apply for the Schaus Internship Bursary (valued at $2,000 CAD).

    The selected student will carry out a three-month internship at the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG) located in Athens during the 2019-2020 academic year. While there, the student’s main responsibility will be to archive work in the CIG library but the internship also includes free access to archaeological sites and museums, reading rights to Greek and foreign libraries in Athens, and discounted accommodation at the CIG hostel.

    The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019. For more details and application instructions please contact Dr. R. Angus K. Smith (Dept. of Classics) and follow this link to Brock International.

  • Brock at the CAC Annual Meeting

    Brock was well represented at the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada (May 7-9, McMaster University) with talks delivered by a number of faculty, alumni, and TAs. Brock speakers included: Michael Carter, “Arena of the Senses”; Fanny Dolansky, “The Emperors’ Private Devotions”; Alison Innes and Lianne Fisher, “Visualizing Mythology: Using Universal Design for Learning to Teach Greek Mythology”; and Darrin Sunstrum, “Podcasting and the Power of Conversation.”

    The Presidential Panel, organized by Allison Glazebrook, was titled, “Engaging with the Public: Ancient Ideas, Modern Contexts.” The Department of Classics and the Office of the Vice-President for Research at Brock University provided generous support for the event.

    See the full program and paper abstracts at

  • Congratulations Alex Mirosavljevic

    Congratulations to Alex Mirosavljevic who scored in the top 9% in the CAMWS Latin Translation Contest (Advanced) and has won a book award in recognition of his achievement. Macte virtute!

  • “The Role of Wine in the Ancient World”, curated by Jared Schutt

    “The Role of Wine in the Ancient World”, curated by Jared Schutt opens on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in IC 306. The exhibition will be on view to September 2019.

    As part of his coursework for Food and Dining in the Ancient World (CLAS 4V64) Jared Schutt focused on the wine trade of ancient Greece and Rome. His research is now publically accessible in “The Role of Wine in the Ancient World”, an exhibition that illustrates the trade and transport of ancient wine, social drinking rituals and its medical benefits. The exhibition was curated by Jared using 2500 year-old items artifacts from Brock’s Cypriot Museum collection. Jared, who will be starting an MA in Public History at the University of Western Ontario in September, credits the hands-on training on how to design an exhibition and handle ancient artifacts from Profs. K. T. von Stackelberg and Carrie Murray as “a great start to my future.”

  • Dolansky article in volume honouring Mark Golden

    The current volume of Mouseion, a special issue in honour of Mark Golden on his retirement from the Department of Classics at the University of Winnipeg, celebrates his pioneering work on children and childhood in antiquity. The volume contains an article by Fanny Dolansky titled, “Nocturnal Rites to Appease the Untimely Dead: The Lemuria in its Socio-Historical Context.”

    The link to the Mouseion volume is: