• Classics Graduate Symposium, Monday April 9th

    Join the students from Greek Lyric and the Roman Villa for presentations of their research projects. Talks begin at 10 AM and continue until 5 PM according to the program below:

    10.00-10.30 Vanessa Cimino, A Place for the Invisible: The Allocation of Slave Space in Roman Villas

    10.30-11.00 Taylor Johnston, Villas à la Martial: A Study of Villas in Book 10

    11.00-11.30 Francesca Patten, Mental and Emotional Wellness in Greek Lyric

    11.30-12.00 Jeff Masse, In Search of the Better: Naturalizing the Epistemology of Xenophanes

    12.00-1.00 Lunch

    1.00-1.30 Nicole Gavin, Recreating an Imperial Roman Garden: The Reflection of the Villa of Livia’s Garden Room

    1.30-2.00 Natalie Armistead, Blurred Lines: Landscape Paintings in the House of Menander in Pompeii

    2.00-2.30 Heather Roy, These Floors were Made for Walking: Socio-Political Pathways at Piazza Armerina

    2.30-3.00 Rick Castle, The Nature of Memory (or Memory of Nature) in Sappho’s Poetics

    3.00-3.30 Tea/Coffee

    3.30-4.00 Esther Knegt, The Network of Lesbian Trade in the Archaic Period

    4.00-4.30 Brian Abfal, The Cotswolds Estates: Assessing Roman Villa Culture in Southwest Britain

    4.30-5.00 Marina Ekkel, The Homeric ideal of Κλέος in the poetry of Callinus and Tyrtaeus

  • BUAS Scholarly Symposium, Saturday March 10

    Join us for the 29th annual Brock University Archaeological Society (BUAS) scholarly symposium. Please support our students for what should be a fantastic event featuring speakers from McGill, York, and Brock who explore the borders of the ancient world!

    Here are the talk titles:

    • Dr Benjamin Kelly (Department of History, York University) “Living on the Edge in Roman Egypt: Floods, Revolts, and Polar Archaeology”
    • Dr Darian Totten (Department of Classical Studies, McGill University) “Movement on the ‘edges’: shepherds, salinae, and seasonal cycles in the making of a region in southern Italy”
    • Dr Allison Glazebrook (Department of Classics, Brock University) “Bodies in Place: the Sexuality of Space in Aeschines 1 Against Timarchos”
    • Dr Carrie Murray (Department of Classics, Brock University) “Far from the Madding Crowd? Questioning the Role of Pantelleria in Antiquity”
    • Dr Colin Rose (Department of History, Brock University) “Homicide and the borders of state power in early modern Europe”

    The event will take place in Academic South 217 from noon to 5 PM on Saturday March 10th. Contact society to reserve tickets for the symposium or banquet.

  • Murray to give Brock Talk at St Catharines Public Library, Wed. 28 Feb.

    On Wednesday, February 28th, Carrie Murray will deliver a lecture as part of the Brock Talks series. Dr. Murray’s  talk is titled, “Female Votive Figures: Religious Worship in the Ancient Mediterranean.” The lecture will take place at 7 PM in the Mills Room at the Central Library. Find more information plus directions and parking here: or contact 905-688-6103 ext 211.

    An abstract of the talk follows:

    The Lago di Venere (Lake of Venus) on the Italian island of Pantelleria is a volcanic crater lake that attracted people to its shores for millennia. At the end of the 1800s, the discovery of a small cache of votive figurines near the lake suggested that the area might have been the focus of ancient religious activity. The Brock University Archaeological Project at Pantelleria (BUAPP) has been investigating the lake site for four years. The figurines bring about important questions concerning religious worship in the Mediterranean. Complicated issues of where the votives were produced and who brought them to the island are still being investigated.

  • Dolansky and Raucci, Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City

    Just out from Bloomsbury, a new sourcebook on ancient Rome by Fanny Dolansky and Stacie Raucci (Union College).

    According to the publisher’s website: The ancient city of Rome was the site of daily activities as well as famous historical events. It was not merely a backdrop, but rather an active part of the experiences of its inhabitants, shaping their actions and infusing them with meaning. During each period in Rome’s imperial history, her emperors also used the city as a canvas to be painted on, transforming it according to their own ideals or ambitions.

    Rather than being organized by sites or monuments, Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City is divided into thematic chapters. At the intersection of topography and socio-cultural history, this volume examines the cultural and social significance of the sites of ancient Rome from the end of the Republic in the age of Cicero and Julius Caesar, to the end of the fourth century. Drawing on literary and historical sources, this is not simply a tour of the baths and taverns, the amphitheatres and temples of ancient Rome, but rather a journey through the city that is fully integrated with Roman society.

  • Graduate Student Conference, Sat. 24 Feb.

    Join the graduate students for their conference, “Entertainment and the Expression of Identity in Greco-Roman Antiquity.” The conference is on Saturday, February 24th in IC 104 from 9 AM to 5:15 pm. Alison Keith (Department of Classics, University of Toronto) is the keynote speaker. 

  • Congratulations to Sarah Murray!

    The Department congratulates Sarah Murray for receiving an honourable mention in the senior student category of the Classical Association of Canada’s annual undergraduate essay contest for 2016-2017. Sarah wrote her prize-winning paper, “Enslavement Within the Geography of the Roman Empire: Tacitus’ Laudatio for Agricola” for CLAS/HIST 3P06, taught by Dr. Michael Carter.

    If you’ve written a great class paper, follow Sarah’s lead and submit it to the CAC’s essay competition!

  • Brock represented at AIA/SCS Annual Meeting, Jan. 5-7, 2018

    We’re looking forward to the AIA/SCS Annual Meeting in Boston on January 5-7, 2018. Many Brock faculty will discuss their current research:

    On Friday, January 5th:

    Allison Glazebrook, “Dangerous Liaisons: Sex, Slavery, and Violence in Classical Athens;”

    Justin Leidwanger (Stanford University), Elizabeth S. Greene, and Numan Tuna (Middle East Technical University), “From Burgaz to the Knidia: Contextualizing the Maritime Landscape of the Datça Peninsula.”

    On Saturday, Jan. 6th:

    Deborah Beck (University of Texas at Austin) and Katherine von Stackelberg, Roundtable Discussion Session, “Mapping Roads Toward Real Inclusivity;”

    Adam Rappold, “For the Wheel’s Still in Spin: The Evolution of the Skira Festival in Classical Athens.”

    On Sunday, Jan 7th:

    R. Angus K. Smith, “Ritual Feasting in the Early Neopalatial Period: Middle Minoan III Pottery from the Gournia Palace”. The panel, titled “Whats New at Gournia? The Gournia Excavation Project, 2010-present”, is organized by Brock alumnus D. Matthew Buell (Concordia University) and Kevin T. Glowacki (Texas A&M University).

    Be sure to stop by the book exhibit at the conference to see books published in 2017 by department faculty. These include Ovid’s Heroides: A New Translation and Critical Essays, by Paul Murgatroyd, Bridget Reeves, and Sarah Parker; Housing the New Romans. Architectural Reception and Classical Style in the Modern World, edited by Katharine von Stackelberg and Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Themes in Greek Society and Culture: An Introduction to Ancient Greece, edited by Allison Glazebrook and Christina Vester; and Ayia Sotira: A Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece, by R. Angus K. Smith, Mary K. Dabney, Evangelia Pappi, Sevasti Triantaphyllou, and James C. Wright.


  • Murray and Rappold to present at HRI Symposium, Dec. 14

    This year’s HRI symposium boasts a strong contingent of Classicists. Don’t miss papers by Carrie Murray and Adam Rappold in Session II beginning at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 14th in Sankey Chamber!

    Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium
    Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber

    “Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.” – Hippocrates

    Opening remarks
    Michael Carter, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities

    Session I: 9:00 a.m.
    Chair: Alex Christie (Digital Humanities)
    James Allard (English Language and Literature), “The Hunterian Orations and the ‘Institution’ of Medicine”
    Alex Gagne (MA, History), “‘Parenthood Must be Forbidden to the Dipsomaniac’: Shifting Conceptions of Alcohol in Late Victorian Britain and America”
    Callie Long (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities), “Wor(l)ds of Hurt”

    Coffee/tea break
    10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Session II: 10:30 a.m.
    Chair: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts)
    Adam Rappold (Classics), “For the Wheel’s Still in Spin: The Evolution of the Skira Festival in Classical Athens”
    Carrie Murray (Classics), “The Elephant in the Tomb: Reading Etrusco-Roman Symbols in the Capena Plate”
    Ann Howey (English Language and Literature), “Out of the Tower: Lady of Shalott Images on the Web”

    Closing remarks
    Carol Merriam, Dean, Faculty of Humanities 

  • Visualizing the Networks of the Ancient World: Dec. 13, 12-2 PM

    Please visit the Department for a poster display by the students of CLAS 5V14, titled: Visualizing the Networks of the Ancient World. Students will be available to discuss their projects on December 13th, 12 PM – 2 PM, IC 3rd floor, east hallway, but the posters can be seen any time.

  • Flos Veronensum iuvenum: A celebration of research on Catullus

    Join the students of LATI 5V23 in a celebration of research on Catullus!

    Friday, December 8th, 2017 in IC 335, 1:30-5:45 P.M.

    1:30 Prof. Fanny Dolansky, Opening remarks

    I. Literary and philosophical influences and inspiration

    1:35 Rick Castle, “Inspired Invective: Archilochian Influence on Catullus”

    2:00 Helen Hsu, “Scortillum mihi visum est : The Meretrix in Catullus”

    2:25 Jeff Masse, “Was Catullus an Epicurean? A Firm Stance”

    II. Sickness and suffering

    2:50 Olivia Holcombe, “The Use of Disease in Catullus”

    3:15 Heather Roy, “Wicked Tongues and Evil Eyes: Extending the

    Concept of Cursing in Catullus”

    Coffee break in IC 306

    III. Objects of reproach

    3:55 Taylor Johnston, “The Women of Catullus’ Carmina ”

    4:20 Esther Knegt, “The Association of Romulus with the Roman”

    IV. Greed, gifts, and gain

    4:45 Natalie Armistead, “A Rich Man’s World: Financial Criticism in


    5:10 Thomas Kocjan, “The Duality of Munus : Gift and Duty in the Catullan


    Reception in IC 306