• Archaeology Day event featured in Brock News

    Check out the Brock news for a writeup of the Department’s International Archaeology Day event, planned by Dr. Murray!

    Celebrating International Archaeology Day

  • Nickel and Rappold on why Antigone matters, Oct. 31

    Save the date for an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the Department of Dramatic Arts’ production of Sophocles’ Antigone and the play’s contemporary relevance. Featuring Dr. Nickel and Dr. Rappold as panelists, the discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 31 from 3:00-4:15 pm in the Cairns Atrium.

    See the writeup in the Brock News.

  • BMCR review of Smith et al. volume on Ayia Sotira

    Don’t miss Yannis Galanakis’ (University of Cambridge) review of R. Angus K. Smith, Mary K. Dabney, Evangelia Pappi, Sevasti Triantaphyllou, James C. Wright, Ayia Sotira. A Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece, Prehistory Monographs 56. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2017. Pp. xxviii, 202; 54 p. of plates. ISBN 9781931534901. $80.00.

    Galanakis writes: …the Ayia Sotira publication of these six small and modestly furnished Mycenaean chamber tombs is the best of its kind yet available in Aegean archaeology. It confirmed a number of aspects previously suspected or hypothesized in scholarship, while also adding extra layers of knowledge with regard to the use of Mycenaean tombs and their associated practices. One can only reiterate the wish of the authors of this volume (pp. 181–182) that similarly rigorous methodologies will be extended in the future to “all Mycenaean cemetery excavations” so that these results can be compared, contextualized, and scrutinized, and so that they may stand as the foundation for further discussion and debate.

    Read the rest of the review here or buy a copy by clicking this link.


  • Rappold consults on Antigone production

    Don’t miss the new mainstage production of Sophocles’ Antigone from Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART), adapted and directed by Mike Griffin. Classics professor Adam Rappold served as a consultant for the performance. In an interview with the Brock News, he explains,

    “It is a work which manages to be, at once, both bewitchingly alien while still also familiar enough that it could have been ripped from today’s headlines. More pressingly for our current moment, it is likely the voice and personality of Antigone herself who continues to speak to audiences — a powerful and decidedly female scream of rage against iniquity and oppression, which, even after more than two centuries, refuses to be silenced.”

    Antigone runs Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., and Nov. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a high school matinee on Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. The evening performance on Nov. 2 will include an American Sign Language interpreter for members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

    The production will run at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.

    Tickets for the show are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. There’s also a $10 group rate and a $5 eyeGo high school program rate available. Tickets are available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre box office at 905-688-0722 or on the PAC website.

    Read more here:

  • Glazebrook to speak in Toronto, Sat. 29 Sept.

    On Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 am, Allison Glazebrook will deliver a lecture titled, “The Erotics of Characterization: Problematizing Desire in Lysias 3 and 4.” She is speaking at the Midwestern Ancient Greek History and Theory Colloquium at the University of Toronto. The colloquium will take place 29-30 September in Room 205, Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queens Park.

  • Smith receives Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity

    Congratulations to Angus Smith for receiving the 2018 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity! Smith’s research in mortuary archaeology and Aegean Bronze Age ceramics, as well as his fieldwork in Mochlos, Ayia Sotira, and Gournia, have resulted in important scholarly contributions and myriad opportunities for student learning in the field and in the classroom.

  • Marzamemi ‘church wreck’ excavation featured in Archaeology Magazine

    This month’s Archaeology Magazine features an article about the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Greene, Brock students participated in the underwater excavation of this late antique shipwreck as part of the Archaeological Practicum in Mediterranean Lands.

    “Nearly 1,500 years ago, a Byzantine merchant ship swung perilously close to the Sicilian coastline, its heavy stone cargo doing little to help keep it on course. The ship’s crewmen were probably still clinging to the hope that they could reach a safe harbor such as Syracuse, 25 miles to the north, when a wave lifted the vessel’s 100-foot hull and dashed it on a reef, sending as much as 150 tons of stone to the seafloor. The doomed ship was carrying a large assemblage of prefabricated church decorations—columns, capitals, bases, and even an ornate ambo, or pulpit. These stone pieces lay on the seafloor for 14 centuries until a fisherman spotted some in 1959 while hunting for cuttlefish.”

    Read more here:

    MA student Esther Knegt sketches two columns beneath a large boulder. In the background, Classics graduate Alex Moore ’18 excavates around another column.

  • Glazebrook receives Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Congratulations to Professor Allison Glazebrook, recipient of this year’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Humanities, awarded by Carol Merriam, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, at the Spring Convocation ceremony on June 8th!

    “As a professor of Humanities,” she says, “my goal is for students to come out of my classes with greater confidence in their abilities as thinkers, public speakers and writers, as well as enthusiasm for learning in general.”

    “She has a reputation for excellent mentorship both in and outside of the classroom,” says Department Chair and Associate Professor Angus Smith. “Her teaching brings her influential research into the classroom.”

    Read the full story in the Brock News.

  • Glazebrook to serve as CAC president

    Congratulations to Dr. Allison Glazebrook, who has just begun her three-year term as President of the Classical Association of Canada (CAC).

    The CAC was founded in 1947 as a national non-profit organization. Its official languages are English and French. It aims to advance the study of the civilizations of the Greek and Roman world, their later influence, and their creative presence in modern culture. The Association works to promote the teaching of classical languages and civilizations in Canadian schools, colleges and universities, the publication of research in classical studies, and public awareness of the contribution and importance of classical studies, and liberal studies in general, in Canadian education and life.

    The CAC is in good hands!

  • Brock Classics at CAC 2018 in Calgary, May 8-10

    Faculty, students, and graduates from the Department will present an exciting array of papers at the upcoming annual meeting of the Classical Association of Canada in Calgary, AB from May 8 – 10, 2018.

    Alison Innes (Brock Classics M.A. and Social Media Coordinator, Faculty of Humanities, Brock University), “Using Social Media for Public Engagement” on Tuesday, May 8th at 8:30 am.

    David W. Rupp (Professor Emeritus, Department of Classics and Canadian Institute in Greece), “The Fieldwork of the Canadian Institute in Greece in 2017” on Tuesday May 8th at 8:30 am.

    Christopher Dawson (Brock Classics M.A. and Assistant Professor, Department of Ancient Studies, Thorneloe University at Laurentian), “honore contentus pecuniam remisit: Public Honours as Performance in Africa Proconsularis” on Tuesday May 8th, at 4:15 pm.

    Francesca Patten (M.A. Student, Department of Classics), “Role-Playing a Murderer: Using Creative Pedagogies to Teach About Women’s Lives in Antiquity” on Wednesday, May 9th at 11:00 am.

    Allison Glazebrook (Professor, Department of Classics), “Out of Place: Timarchos in Aeschines 1” on Thursday, May 10th at 8:30 am.

    For further information on the conference see