• Dolansky lecture at Royal Ontario Museum

    On March 1, Fanny Dolansky presented a lecture, “Religion at Court” at Caesar’s Palace: Inside the Court of Early Imperial Rome, a symposium at the Royal Ontario Museum. The symposium aimed to reassess the Roman court – often imagined as a world of luxury, intrigue, and murder – using archaeological and textual evidence to explore the court’s importance for the exercise and presentation of power in Ancient Rome. The event website can be found here.


  • Workshop on Journeys of Forced and Undocumented Migration

    On February 20-21, Elizabeth Greene, Richard Leventhal, Justin Leidwanger and Brian Daniels co-organized a workshop: Memory, Movement, Materiality: Journeys of Forced and Undocumented Migration, featuring a keynote event by artist Michael Rakowitz. The workshop, which explored the materiality of passages, past and present, of forced and undocumented migration, was sponsored by the Perry World House and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania. It provided an opportunity for an international group of archaeologists, museum professionals, artists, and policy makers to consider ongoing questions of human movement in a contemporary light.


  • On the meaning of Neoclassical architecture

    Draft executive order for U.S. federal architecture alarms Brock experts

    Classics Department professor Katharine von Stackelberg offered her opinion on the meaning of Neoclassical architecture in the Brock News:

    The neoclassical style developed new meanings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a result of education reforms, journalism and mass-produced art, says von Stackleberg, whose edited volume, Housing the New Romans: Architectural Reception and Classical Style in the Roman World (Oxford, 2017; co-edited with E. Macaulay-Lewis) traces this shift in the meaning.

    “Neoclassical style came to represent femininity, domestic leisure and hybrid ‘foreignness’ when access to classics became available to previously marginalized groups such as women, working-class families and immigrants.”

  • Peer mentor program profiled in University Affairs

    Don’t miss the February 12 edition of University Affairs, covering the Department’s amazing peer mentor program:

    “It’s a nice opportunity to get that [teaching] experience working with students in developing their writing skills,” he says.

    Both Dr. Nickel and Mr. Romen believe that the program helps create a community among classics students, especially since first- and second-year students tend to be more comfortable talking to their peer mentors than they are seeking out their professors. “From my experience, a lot of students are kind of nervous, talking to their profs,” Mr. Romen says. “We’re a little bit less intimidating, mostly because we are undergraduate students [too].”

    Thanks to this year’s peer mentors, Sarah Murray, Liz Hoffer, Michael Romen, Julie Simmonds, Serenity Poirier, and Emily Jackson! We’re so grateful for all of your hard work.




  • von Stackelberg reflects on the legacy of Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, best known for his starring role in the 1960 film Spartacus, passed away recently at the age of 103. In the Brock News, Katharine von Stackelberg reflects on the legacy of Spartacus.

    “The film was pivotal to 20th century history of confronting injustice and oppression,” says Katharine von Stackelberg, Associate Professor with the Department of Classics at Brock. “People keep thinking slavery is just something that belongs to the past, but as I emphasize in the slavery module of my introduction to Roman civilization course, slavery is very much a present and ongoing issue.” The study of Classics and ancient history encourages students to engage with current social justice issues, she says.

    Learn more in CLAS 1P92: The Grandeur of Rome, offered by von Stackelberg in Summer 2020.

    Classics professor reflects on legacy of Spartacus


  • M.A. alumna Lana Radloff featured in Brock News

    Alumna to give public archaeology lecture on ancient maritime networks

    Lana Radloff (MA ’11) describes her Brock experience in a discussion with the Brock News, “The faculty in the Department of Classics played an influential and formative role in my academic development, introducing me to new and engaging research avenues that changed my outlook on the discipline,” she says. “I’m extremely grateful for their hard work and dedication to student development, which provided me with a solid foundation for my doctoral studies and academic career.”

  • Brock Classics at the AIA / SCS Annual Meeting

    The Department of Classics was well-represented at the 2020 joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies in Washington, D.C.

    Elizabeth Greene delivered a paper in a panel dedicated to the ongoing collaborative fieldwork in Sicily as part of the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project: “Engaging the Past with the Present: Connectivity and Maritime Heritage at Marzamemi. She also organized a workshop panel, “Antiquities, Illicit Trafficking, and Public Advocacy: The Future of the 1970 UNESCO Convention.”

    In a panel on Prehistoric Cretan Ceramics, Angus Smith spoke on, “New Evidence from Late Minoan I Pottery Deposits at Gournia.

    Brock alumni speakers included Lana Radloff (M.A. ’11, now faculty at Bishop’s University), who delivered two talks: one on harbors in Hellenistic Asia Minor, and a second on Athenian tragedy and the Canadian experience of displacement. Archaeological illustrator Tina Ross (B.A. ’03) showcased her professional work with a booth in the Exhibit Hall.

  • Graduate Student Exhibition: The Rich Past of Cyprus

    Students from our new MA course, CLAS 5V15: Archaeology Skills, taught by Dr Carrie Murray, installed an exhibition into the large display case of the Cypriote Museum on the third floor of the International Centre. The Rich Past of Cyprus exhibition explores highlights of the Brock Cypriote collection with more than two dozen artifacts chosen for the display along with information detailing ancient life and change over time in the archaeology of Cyprus. We hope you can visit the Department of Classics to see the exhibition.

  • Poster Conference on the Archaeology of Migration

    Students from our fourth-year seminar, CLAS 4V21: Archaeology of Movement and Migration, taught by Dr Elizabeth Greene, participated in a poster conference, presenting their research on archaeological evidence for ancient and contemporary migration. Please come see the posters along the central hallway of the department.

  • Brock News covers Glazebrook’s CAC Lecture Tour

    Click here to read the Brock News’ coverage of Allison Glazebrook’s tour of eight universities in western Canada to deliver a series of talks on behalf of the Classical Association of Canada. Her talks covered topics connected to gender and sexuality, prostitution, and oratory in the classical Greek world.