• Prof. Elizabeth Greene makes news at The Standard as she begins her term as President in the AIA

    As Prof. Elizabeth Greene begins her term as President of the Archaeological Institute of America, she caught the attention of the St. Catharines Standard.

    Working in a harbour in Turkey, underwater archaeologist Elizabeth Greene recalls finding a broken wooden comb. Follow-up research revealed the comb was likely used by sailors to comb lice out of their hair. To this day, it is one of her favourite finds.

    It painted a picture –– not of the traders who moved luxury goods of gold, silver and bronze. But of the sailors, on boats, taking long journeys across the seas.

    To read the full story, click here:

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  • 10th annual Saturnalia makes Brock News

    The Department of Classics and Archaeology’s annual Saturnalia event marks its 10th anniversary and makes Brock News by bringing a taste of an ancient Roman experience to students:

    Brock University students are invited to experience a bit of ancient Roman Thursday, Dec. 8 when the Department of Classics and Archaeology holds its 10th annual Saturnalia event.

    Based on an ancient Roman festival, the event gives students the opportunity to connect with each other and with faculty in a fun environment while learning about the ancient Mediterranean world.

    “It’s an opportunity to embrace everyone’s company and celebrate that we’re a community of people who really love learning about ancient Greece and Rome,” says Fanny Dolansky, Associate Professor and one of the organizers for this year’s event.

    Continue reading here: Experience ancient Rome at Brock’s 10th annual Saturnalia

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  • Prof. Smith Speaker at INSTAP SCEC Online Lecture

    On November 16th, 2022, the latest lecture in the Fall 2022 Lecture Series at the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete was given by our very own Prof. R. Angus K. Smith. His talk, “The Neopalatial Pottery of Gournia: New Evidence from the Gournia Excavation Project,” spoke to new archaeological evidence uncovered at the recent excavations of Gournia. By examining the ceramic evidence, many changes in the site’s history have now been uncovered and can be understood in a new light.

    This cutting-edge research shows what astounding work Prof. Smith, among other faculty, is conducting and what an exciting opportunity it is for Brock students to join in Brock excavations, such as those at Gournia.

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  • Prof. Dolansky contributes chapter to new volume on the Roman emperor and his court

    Drawing on her research interests in Roman domestic religion, Fanny Dolansky recently published a chapter titled “Religion and Divination at Court” in The Roman Emperor and His Court, c. 30 BC – AD 300, a volume of essays that explores aspects of court life and interactions between emperors and their courtiers in imperial Rome. She has also contributed several entries to a chapter on “Rituals and ceremonial” in the accompanying sourcebook volume where she examines literary and visual evidence for the participation of the emperor and his court, including members of the imperial family, in religious rituals such as the toga virilis ceremony to mark freeborn boys’ coming of age and the Saturnalia, a major year-end festival celebrated in December.

    Learn more on the publisher’s website.

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  • Prof. Greene Keynote Speaker at Conference in Malta

    From November 2nd-6th, 2022, the Honor Frost foundation held the Under the Mediterranean II conference hosted by L-Università ta’ Malta. Kicking off the five-day conference, the Department of Classics and Archaeology’s own Professor Elizabeth S. Greene gave the keynote lecture A Sea of Many Voices: Toward an Inclusive Maritime Heritage in Southeast Sicily in collaboration with with Justin Leidwanger of Stanford University and Leopoldo Repola of the University of Naples. Once again, our faculty are showcasing the exceptional work and cutting-edge research that we do here at Brock University.

    The Under the Mediterranean II conference full programme of events can be found here.

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  • Promotion for Professor Elizabeth S. Greene

    Congratulations to Professor Liz Greene on her promotion to full Professor! The Department is thrilled by the news and celebrates her achievement!

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  • Undergraduate Student Recipient of CAC Mosaic Scholarship

    Sukhmeet Dhur, an undergraduate student completing his second degree in Brock University’s Department of Classics and Archaeology, is the 2022 recipient of the Classical Association of Canada’s Mosaic Scholarship!

    The Mosaic Scholarship seeks to encourage and support students from historically underrepresented groups in Canada, such as visible minorities and indigenous populations, in the discipline of Classics. Specializations within the general area of Classics, such as ancient history, ancient philosophy, and classical archaeology were eligible, with the main criterion being academic achievement. One scholarship is awarded each year.

    Sukhmeet Dhur is the first Brock student to win the CAC’s Mosaic Scholarship! He will be using the award towards partaking in Dr. Angus Smith’s archaeological practicum in Crete this August.

    Congratulations, Sukhmeet Dhur!

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  • Brock University well represented at annual Classical Association of Canada Conference

    Brock Classics faculty and alumni have a strong showing at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of Canada happening in London, ON this week, May 13-15:

    Jazz Demetrioff, now at SUNY Buffalo, presents “Locating the Greek Bathroom: The Relationship between Sanitation, Hygiene, and Defecation”

    Jordan Garner, now Sustainability and Community Learning Specialist for St. George’s School, Montreal, presents “Pandora’s Discipline: Lessons from a former Classicist” at Use Your Skills: Alt-Ac Pathways for Students of the Ancient World

    Allison Glazebrook, Brock University, presents “Engaging the Public Using Pressbooks”

    Alison Innes, now Social Media Coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities, Brock University, and co-host of MythTake and host of Foreword, is participating in a roundtable on Podcasting the Classics in Canada

    Matthew Ludwig, now at University of Toronto, presents “Characterization and Time in Sophocles’ Ajax”

    Edward Middleton, now at McMaster University, presents “Urban Infrastructure and Resilience in Hellenistic Thessaly”

    Adam Rappold, Brock University, presents “We Could Be Heroes: Heroization, Myth, and Forgetting in Aeschylus’ Persians

    Katharine T. von Stackelberg, Brock University, presents “Phew! I’m Not Pregnant!”: Large-Class Learning through Roleplay in a Roman Family”

    Katharine T. von Stackelberg, Brock University, presents “Finding the Clitoris [in the Text]: Ecofeminist Approaches to Columella’s Garden”


    For details on the conference, the full programme, abstracts, and registration see

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  • Peopling the Past: Ephemeral Heritage of Contemporary Mediterranean Displacement with Elizabeth S. Greene and Justin Leidwanger

    In light of the recent work by Dr. Elizabeth S Greene (Brock University) and Dr. Justin Leidwanger (Stanford University), Megan Daniels, of Peopling the Past: Real People in the Ancient World and the People who Study Them podcast and blog, interviewed the pair for their final Migration Month Blog Series. In the interview, they discuss their fieldwork undertaken alongside Dr. Leopoldo Repola (Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples) under the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project (MMHP), which focuses on the “ephemeral heritage” encompassed by seafaring vessels throughout time used to transport people and objects across the Central Mediterranean.

    The whole interview can be read here:

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  • Launch of an open access resource, Houses and Households in Ancient Greece

    Join Professor Allison Glazebrook and the students of CLAS 4V53/5V53 The Ancient Greek Household for the virtual celebration and launch of an open access resource, Houses and Households in Ancient Greece (, at the St. Catharines Public Library.

    Register at


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