News

  • 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: https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/students-bond-over-ancient-greek-and-latin-in-peer-mentor-program-at-brock/

    “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.

  • von Stackelberg on Eating Flamingoes

    On Thursday 14 November, Katharine von Stackelberg delivered a Brock Talk at the St Catharines Public Library titled, “How to Eat a Flamingo: What Ancient Rome Can Teach Us About Our Relationship with Food.” In the talk she addressed the food of ancient Rome as a byword for excess and the grotesque: dormice coddled in honey, geese drowned in wine, red mullets boiled alive in glass bowls. But the cuisine of ancient world Rome offers more than feelings of pleasurable disgust, it also prompts questions about what foods represents to the people who consume it. In Apicius’ cookery book from the 2nd century CE, a recipe for braised flamingo provides an opportunity to explore the social, cultural and economic underpinnings of “taste” and examine our own relationship with food, dining, and the holidays.

    Click here to hear von Stackelberg discuss the topic with Matt Homes of the One O’Clock Talk on 610 CKTB.

  • von Stackelberg talk on Woolf’s Orlando

    On Tuesday, October 29th, Katharine von Stackelberg spoke about gender lability in the Ancient World an Interdisciplinary Panel discussion of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando titled, “Same Person. Just a Different Sex,” hosted by the Department of History Speaker Series. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the final performances of the play in the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts.

  • Emily Jackson reports from Athens

    Third-year student Emily Jackson holds the Schaus fellowship at the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG) this term and reports on her first month in Athens.

    The last two weeks of September have been a roller coaster of adjustments in the most positive way possible. I feel as if I have been living in Athens for over a month already with the amount of people I have met, jobs I have started, places and sites I have visited, and plans I have for the upcoming weeks. However, my time here has only just begun, and I can only reflect on positive experiences thus far.

    Work within the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG)

    Within the Institute, I work alongside another intern (Hilary) from McGill University and occasionally the CIG fellow (Justin) from the University of British Columbia. Within the first two days, Dr. Jonathan Tomlinson (Assistant Director at CIG) and Justin gave us a crash course on how to catalogue the Institute’s library and begin the very long process that is archiving. Both tasks are fairly simple and only require some organizational skill and a good attention span; however, both jobs are so large it can be difficult to notice progress after a single day’s work and that can be disheartening. I have found the task more rewarding when the progress is reflected upon at the end of the week, rather than daily. I also find myself more motivated to continue working knowing I am making some sort of impact.

    During my first week at the institute, the sole job for both of us interns was to catalogue new books into our library. Despite the short stacks of new books, this process took us all week. From the stack of monographs, we had to find the correct Library of Congress number, so as to follow our working library system, and ensure that our numbers aligned with the American School’s cataloguing system. Having taken most of the week to complete, we also had to double check a few of our results for specific books the following week.  This small task took many hours longer than I had expected.

    In the middle of my first week, Dr. Gerry Schaus [Professor Emeritus at Wilfred Laurier University] paid a visit to the CIG to drop off an enormous mound of papers, including correspondence and other things (I just haven’t finished looking through it all). Archiving is a slow, tedious process that has taught me a lot about patience and the importance of being thorough. Doing something correct the first time is a lot better than having to revisit mountains of papers all over again some other day. From collating these papers I have learned a lot about how much effort goes into keeping a small but important organization on its feet for decades. I rather enjoy sorting through the archives and learning about this place; in a way, I find it a lot like reading a history textbook.

    Experiences outside of CIG

    Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I only work between four to seven hours a day because I have so much free time to explore the city and other parts of the country. So far, in my two short weeks, I have visited (in Athens) the Cycladic museum, the Acropolis, and a night of classical music at the American Institute. On the weekends, since arriving, I have taken a day trip to Lake Vouliagmeni and had an overnight stay in Delphi. Greece has proven to be more than I had expected; Athens alone makes me never want to come back home.

    My two favourite experiences outside of CIG have to have been the Acropolis and Delphi. The Acropolis is larger than life, and it is easy to see how such a space was associated with greater beings. It is definitely one thing to learn about the art, architecture and purpose of a place but another to experience the place itself. I found the same goes for Delphi. While standing next to a column at the temple of Apollo, I suddenly felt so small and insignificant. When thinking about the site I understand why both Delphi and the Athenian Acropolis would have felt so spiritual to ancient visitors; they were made to feel bigger than you, more important than you, and the architecture is a sure way of accomplishing that.

    What was strange about Delphi was the abandoned part of the site. The gymnasium was inaccessible, having been closed off with a padlock and chains at both entrances, but the temple of Athena Pronaia remained open. I suppose that means I will just have to go back, visit another time and hope that area is open then.

    Lake Vouliagmeni was a hidden gem an hour outside Athens — hidden from my knowledge anyway.  The lake itself was refreshing, moderately warm and did not require travel by ferry — so it was an easy yes when Hilary suggested we go. I figured it would be a popular tourist site and there would be few Greeks there, but to my surprise, we tourists made up only a handful of the crowd.  It seems that a lot of Greek families spend their time tanning by the water and having the little fish peck at their toes as a spa treatment. Personally, I did not enjoy the fish, although the swimming was nice.

    These first weeks have been so eventful and exciting it is hard to believe this experience has only just begun. My upcoming weekdays will be filled with other institute lectures and events, Tuesday dart nights at the Red Lion Pub (a CIG tradition), and further exploration into museums and historical Athens. My weekends will involve much more travelling around Greece to see other famous sites and feats of nature. For now, this has been the best September.