• 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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  • New Episode of Foreword Podcast Features Prof. Dolansky

    Don’t miss the current episode of Foreword, in which Brock Classics M.A. alumna, Alison Innes, interviews Prof. Fanny Dolansky about childhood in ancient Rome.

    Please click here to listen to the podcast.

    What was life like for children in ancient Rome? How did Romans think about the idea of family? And why should we bother studying Latin in the 21st century? Our guest this episode is Dr. Fanny Dolansky, Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and Archaeology. She shares how she became interested in Roman history, her work on childhood and Roman religion, and how the pandemic has presented her with new avenues of research.

    Foreword introduces the study of arts, culture, and society and explores how research in the Humanities helps us understand our world today. Topics include history, English, modern languages, literature, ancient history, archaeology, game studies, technology, fine and performing arts, philosophy, Canadian studies, and more.

  • 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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  • All are invited as CLAS 4P69/5V55 present their research projects on Dec. 6th, 2022

    The Department of Classics and Archaeology is proud to present “Peoples, Plants, and Panthers: Exploring Environment and Ethnography in Roman Expansion”, a presentation of research projects from CLAS 4P69/5V55 Empire and Environment.

    Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

    Poster Presentations, 1-2 pm, GLB 3rd floor

    “The Thracian Horseman in Imperial Roman Funerary Stelae: Appropriation or Appreciation?” Ethan Luckasavitch
    “The Mighty Crocodiles of Roman Egypt” Ashley Rydzik
    ExperienceBU event:

    Graduate Symposium, 4-7pm, GLB 335

    4:00-4:05 Introduction
    4:05-4:35 “The Natural Resources of Anatolia: Experiential Empire in Pliny’s Natural HistoryMadelyn Huston
    4:35-5:05 “The Lion & The Gladiator: Big Cats as Analogous to Subject Peoples”, Taylor Ménard
    5:05-5:20 Intermission
    5:25-5:55 “Syncretism and Imperium: Othering and Hybridization in the Imperial Cult of Provincial Achaea”, Sabrina Perreault
    5:50-6:20 “Jewish Perceptions of Rome: The Limits of Imperial Hegemony in Judaea”, Samantha Fisher
    6:20-6:50 “Ancient Truths and Modern Myths: Perceptions of Gallo-Roman Peoples Through French Museums”, Jessie Simpson
    6:50-7:00 Final Discussion and Closing Comments

    *The last ten minutes of each presentation slot are set aside for questions.
    Light refreshments will be served.
    ExperienceBU event:

    All are welcome!

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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. Smith to Lead Study Tour to Greece in Summer 2023

    In the summer of 2023, the Department of Classics & Archaeology will offer CLAS/VISA 3M23 Study Tour of Greece. Students will spend 2-3 weeks touring the archaeological sites and museums of Greece to learn first-hand about the history and culture of the ancient Greek world. To express interest, and for updates and more information about the application process, please fill out the brief online form at:

  • 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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  • Department Trip to the ROM to Kick off the New School Year

    On September 17th, 2022, a group of Classics and Archaeology students visited the Royal Ontario Museum to see Kore 670, visiting all the way from the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, and attend the Kore 670 – Up Close and Personal with the Ancient Greek World afternoon of talks, admiring and learning about Ancient Mediterranean artefacts and practices.

    Although Kore 670 has now returned to her home in Athens, the ROM’s virtual tour of the exhibit is still available online here.

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  • Kore 670 – Up Close and Personal with the Ancient Greek World

    Join Professors Glazebrook and Smith (and others) for a public discussion of Kore 670!

    Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
    Where: Royal Ontario Museum

    Advance registration is required.

    For the program and registration see:

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