News Archive 2010-11

19-21 May 2011

International Conference on "Money and Power in the Roman Republic"

Thomson House, Ball Room

The event is sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Thyssen Foundation, Germany. 


19 Apr 2011

Elizabeth Ten-Hove (U1) has won the first prize in this year's sight translation competition (Junior Greek) held by the Classical Association of Canada.

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

 


 

8 Apr 2011

The Classics Students Association won three awards in excellence at the Arts Undergraduate Society's Awards Night, including Most Outstanding Undergraduate Journal (Hirundo), Most Outstanding New Event/Initiative (Agamemnon) and Most Outstanding Departmental President (Veronica Wheeler).

 


 

6 Apr 2011

Hirundo Launch and End of Year Party!

Students, come and celebrate a wonderful year in Classical Studies, with many highlights and extraordinary events.

Wine and Cheese Reception, ARTS 160, 6:30 pm.

 


 

4 Apr 2011

Workshop Ancient Greek Government

Monday, April 4, 2:00 to 7:00 pm, Thomson House, McGill University
3650 McTavish Street, Room 406
 
Organizers: Hans Beck and Pierre Bonnechere
Speakers: Jonathan Hall (Chicago), John Serrati (McGill), Lynn Kozak (McGill), Sheila Ager (Waterloo)

The workshop intersects with Professor Beck’s research on Greek government which will lead to the publication of A Companion to Ancient Greek Government (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).


 

31 Mar 2011

Professor Fronda has been awarded a Standard Research Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for his research project "Performance of Power in Roman Italy." The grant will provide funds for three years (2011-12 through 2013-14), including graduate student stipends. For more information on "Performance of Power" visit the the Classical Studies website.

 


 

31 Mar 2011

Onassis Distinguished Lecturer Professor Jonathan Hall (Chicago)!

Classical Studies welcomes Professor Hall who visits McGill from March 31 to April 7. Professor Hall will deliver a series of presentations, including a public lecture on

"The Delphic Oracle. Vatic Vapors and Pythian Pronouncements"

April 1, 2:30 pm, ARTS 145.

All welcome!


until 26 March 2011


Médée, Une production du Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Mise en scène de Caroline Binet, Traduction de Florence Dupont et Laurent Fréchuret, d’après l’œuvre d’Euripide. A French-language version of Euripides' Medea is currently playing at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, 4353 rue Ste Catherine Est, until 26 March. Professor Kozak will be attending on Wednesday 23 March at 13:30, while a student group is being organised for the evening of 24 March. To join either group, please email lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca. For more information on the production, click here.


23 Mar 2011


Public Lecture presented by the University of Montreal and the Center for Classical Studies:

Professor William Mullen (Bard College)

"The Hymn to Apollo as Prelude to the Iliad: Verbal and Thematics Resonances" and "Stanzaic Patterning in the Epos: Examples from Hesiod, Homer, and the Homeric Hymns"

19:30, Wine and Cheese to Follow

University of Montreal, 3744 Jean Brillant, salle 520

All welcome!


21 & 22 Mar 2011


The McGill Department of History and Classical Studies is very pleased to announce a two-part programme on Yael Farber's Molora, a South African adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia. A screening of the play will take place on Monday 21 March at 7 PM in ARTS W-215. Yael Farber will then give a talk, entitled "Theatre as Sacrifice: The Possibility for Modern Ritual" on Tuesday 22 March at 1:30 PM in LEA 638. All are welcome, but seating is limited for the talk. Please email lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca for further information or to reserve a space.


18 Mar 2011


Public guest lecture by Professor Harriet Flower (Princeton):

"Political Rhetoric and Local Communication in 133 BC"

2:30 to 4:30 pm, ARTS 145

All welcome!


16 Mar 2011


Public Lecture presented by the University of Montreal and the Center for Classical Studies:

Professor Bill Gladhill (McGill University)

The Emperor's No Clothes: Suetonius and Corporeal Ecphrasis

This paper will show that Suetonius’ construction of the bodies of the emperors includes an amalgamation of referents to heavenly and animalian corpora that upsets a reader’s ability to interpret these radically unique images through a purely human criterion. Like the visual intertextuality that sculptors employed to create parallels between their subjects and gods or demigods--using poses, gestures, hairstyles, and nudity to invoke divine status--Suetonius fashions a new visual ontology for the emperor within Roman society. These bodily ecphrases function to provide a new lens to the audience through which to peruse the monumental forms of prior emperors with a perspective informed by literary critique. Suetonius literally shows emperors without clothes (except for Nero), revealing the true form behind the authorized and highly controlled, uniform iconography.

19:30, Wine and Cheese to Follow

University of Montreal, 3744 Jean Brillant, local 520

All welcome!


14 Mar 2011


Classical Revolutions is very pleased to announce a public guest lecture by Professor Helene Foley, Barnard College, Columbia University

"Democratizing Greek Tragedy"

3:30 pm, EDUC 433

All welcome!


10 Mar 2011


The Classical Students' Association is delighted to announce a public guest lecture by Professor Christian Raschle of Université de Montréal.

"Dividing provinces in the Later Roman Empire - Master plan or Evolution ?"

2 pm, Wendy Patrick room in Wilson Hall

All welcome!


1 Mar 2011


Public guest lecture by Jiri Tucker (Dawson College):

"Cycling along the Via Domitia"

4:30 pm, ARTS 145

All welcome!


22-26 Feb 2011


The 2011 English graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is presenting kAdmΩs, Damned Be the Hands that Did this Thing, an adaptation by Yael Farber of The Theban Plays by Sophocles, also directed by Yael Farber. Prof. Kozak is organising a trip to attend the 22 February performance: please email her at lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca by 15 February to join the group. For more information on the NTS production, click here.


10-11 Feb 2011


The Classics Students' Association will be hosting a two-day colloquium in conjunction with L'Association Étudiant des Études Classique de l'Université de Montreal. Students from the Montreal area and beyond will present papers on a range of historic and literary topics concerning the Ancient World.

On Thursday, February 10, panels will be held in the Break-Out Room, 3600 McTavish, 10:00 to 5:30 pm, and on Friday in Salle 580-31, UdeM, 3744 Jean Brillant, 10:45 to 6:15 pm.

A reception will follow on the 11th at UdeM.


9 Feb 2011


Classical Revolutions is pleased to announce the formation of the Renaissance Latin Reading Group. The group will be reading and translating the Parthenopaeus, written by the prodigious and subtle humanist Giovanni Pontano (1429-1503). The Parthenopaeus is a collection of polymetric poems, which show a strong Catullan and Elegiac flare that reconstruct the generic scaffolding built by Roman poets of the Late Republic and Early Empire. The group will not only read and contextualize the text within its historical and literary frames, but also will provide the first English translation of this provocative and exciting work. All are welcome. For the text, click here.

The group will meet 2:30 pm, every Tuesday at 688 Sherbrooke suite 441.


7-8-9 Feb 2011


Aeschylus' Agamemnon

McGill Classical Studies presents the 2011 Classics Play, Aeschylus' Agamemnon, in a new English translation, featuring original hard-rock music, live musicians, and a cast entirely of McGill students. Performances will take place at 8 pm at La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. St-Laurent. Tickets at the door, $5 for students, $10 general public. For more information, please email lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca, or click here.


 

3 Feb 2011


Public guest lecture by Dr. Angela Kühr (Frankfurt):

"50 Girls in one Night, or: alleged migration and Thespian identity"

3:30 pm, Wendy Patrick Room, Wilson Hall

The event is funded by Professor Beck's SSHRC-sponsored research on Greek Federal States. All welcome!


25 Jan 2011


CAC Annual lecture, sponsored by the Classical Association of Canada! This year's speaker is Professor Margriet Haagsma (Edmonton):

"The archaeology of daily life: some thoughts on how, and why, to excavate Classical and Hellenistic houses"

3:00 pm, LEA 808

All welcome!


21 Jan 2011


The Classics Students' Association will be holding a samosa sale in the Leacock lobby during lunch.


20 and 27 Jan 2011


CAC Latin and Greek Sight Translation Competition

Junior and Senior Latin: January 20
Junior and Senior Greek: January 27

The National sight examinations in Greek and Latin for Canadian students at both the university and high school level are held every January. The Senior Greek and Latin Competitions are open to undergraduates at Canadian institutions who have had 2 or more years of Greek or Latin. The Junior Greek and Latin Competitions are open to undergraduates at Canadian institutions at the second-year level in Greek or Latin. For more information contact Professor Gladhill (charles [dot] gladhill [at] mcgill [dot] ca) or Professor Kozak (lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca).


7 Jan 2011


The McGill Classical Studies' production of Aeschylus' Agamemnon, in a new English translation, will be holding auditions from 4-6 in Leacock 109. A sign-up sheet and audition scripts are available at Leacock 625. To set up an audition outside the scheduled time, please email carina [dot] deklerk [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca. We are still looking for musicians and chorus members (no singing required)- please email lynn [dot] kozak [at] mcgill [dot] ca if you're interested.


5 Jan 2011


The Classics Students' Association will be holding a samosa sale in the Leacock lobby at noon.


19 Dec 2010


CBC's French language broadcaster, Radio-Canada, will be airing an interview with Professor John Serrati on its weekly science program 'Découverte'. The feature discusses the recent collapse of structures at the site of Pompeii.


26 Nov 2010


The Department of History and Classical Studies invites applications for the Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek Studies. This is a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor. The Chair's research and teaching specialization is in modern Greek language and literature. Additional interests in the area of the Department of History and Classical Studies are an asset. Fluency in modern Greek is a requirement for the position. The Chair holder will oversee a Minor concentration in Neo-Hellenic Studies.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification. We draw your attention to the self-identification equity form available on our application website which we invite you to complete and return with your supporting documents, if you so wish.

McGill University is an English language institution, but knowledge of French would be considered an asset.

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled.


25 Nov 2010


The Department of History and Classical Studies, in cooperation with the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), invites applications from mid-career scholars (advanced Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) for a one-term Onassis Visiting Professorship in Classical Greek Archaeology (fall term 2011, September 1st to December 31st). The specific field of expertise is open. The successful candidate will be required to teach six credits (HIST 231 Archaeology of the Ancient World; CLAS 347 Special Topics in Classics: Classical Archaeology) and offer advice on the development of a new position in Classical Archaeology. The remuneration will be CAD $ 29,000.

Applications should include a cover letter and full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications. All inquiries and submissions should be sent electronically to the Director of Classical Studies, Professor Hans Beck (hans [dot] beck [at] mcgill [dot] ca), with the subject heading: “Archaeology position, fall 2011”. The deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2011.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification. McGill University is an English language institution, but knowledge of French would be considered an asset.


 

24-25-26 Nov 2010


McGill Classical Studies presents an A.S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Event

"The Athens Dialogues"

Live streaming of an international symposium held in Athens. Professors Beck, Kozak and Serrati will host live sessions with q&a to follow. Refreshments provided.

LEA 817, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Open to all, but space is limited. Please contact Professor Kozak for further information.


25 Nov 2010


Classical Revolutions Presents a public lecture by Professor Bill Gladhill (Department of History and Classical Studies)

"The Cave of the Winds in the Roman Forum: Chaos, Control, and the Aeneid in Statius' Silvae 1"

The encomium to Domitian in Silvae 1 contains an allusion to the first simile of Aeneid 1. The allusion shows how Statius comments on the influence of poetic and monumental memory of Augustan Rome on Domitian’s equestrian statue and Statius' poetry. By adding Aeneid 1 to Silvae 1 Statius' encomium reveals a darkened Roman state in which monumentality not only becomes a marker of foreign conquest, but a veiled threat of violence against Romans themselves. Statius' statement that "iuvat ora tueri mixta notis, bellum placidamque gerentia pacem" (1.15-16) can be read metaphorically for the poem as a whole, that the text is marked by a mixed semiotic system in which encomiastic poetics also reveals the stark and frightening methods of control and coercion within the Imperial city.

3:30 pm, STBIO N2/2


 

28 Oct 2010


Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre is presenting a new English-translation production of Euripides' Medea this week at the Centaur Theatre. For tickets or information, or to join the group of McGill students attending the production and post-performance question and answer session on October 28, please email Professor Lynn Kozak or click here.


28 Oct 2010


Classical Revolutions! presents a talk by Dr. Susan Judith Hoffmann (Department of Philosophy)

"Invigorating Life, Truth and the Task of the Historian"

In his early works Nietzsche denounces the "heresy" of reason, logic and "Socratism". He argues that before the decline that begins with Socrates, the Greeks understood that "art is the highest task and truly metaphysical activity of this life" (Birth of Tragedy, 19), indeed, that it is only as an aesthetic phenomenon that life is justifiable at all. What model of truth does Nietzsche appeal to in this provocative account of Greek history and culture? In this paper, Dr. Hoffmann will attempt to answer this question, and in so doing, she will examine Nietzsche's account of the "untimely" value of classical studies for what philosophical inquiry and truth must be.

3:30pm, Leacock 808.


26 Oct 2010


Hirundo will be holding its first meeting, for anyone interesting in being an editor (copy or layout) for this year!

Tuesday, October 26th at 5:15pm, Leacock 834.

hirundo [dot] history [at] mcgill [dot] ca or
parrish [dot] wright [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca


25 Oct 2010


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Philip J. Smith has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London, England. Congratulations Dr. Smith!


12-13 Oct 2010


Please note the following event, organized by the Faculty of Religious Studies and the Society for Near Eastern Studies.

Public guest lectures by Professor Jan Assmann (Heidelberg):

"Ancient Egypt and the cultural memory of Europe"

"From Poly- to Monotheism: Evolution or Revolution?"

Lectures are held at Birks Heritage Chapel, October 12 and 13, 5:30 pm.


12 Oct 2010


Classics Student-for-a-Day at McGill!

Professor Serrati, Dawn Lunan, and Derek Tyrrell have organized an event where students from John Abbott College will visit Classical Studies at McGill, attend some classes and talk with professors. This is a great opportunity not only for John Abbott alumni to get together, but also to introduce Classical Studies at McGill to a new generation.


7 Oct 2010


Public guest lecture by Professor Walter Scheidel (Stanford):

"Does Ancient History Matter? The Rise and Demise of universal empire in Rome, Europe and China"

3:30 pm, EDUC 216

The event is sponsored by Classical Studies in conjunction with the Department of East Asian Studies and the SSHRC sponsored work group on Ancient World Elites (Professors Beck and Vankeerberghen). All welcome!


5 Oct 2010


The Faculty Advisory Committee Classical Studies meets at 4:00 pm in LEA 614.


1 Oct 2010


Public guest lecture by Professor Clifford Ando (University of Chicago):

"The Rites of Others. A lecture on religion in the Roman Empire"

3:00 pm, Birks Heritage Chapel, 2nd floor

The event is sponsored by Classical Studies in conjunction with the Faculty of Religious Studies and CREOR, the McGill Centre for Research on Religion.


16 Sep 2010


Launch of a new lecture series! We are delighted to announce the first "MacNaughton and Papachristidis Annual Lecture," sponsored by Professors Beck and Poulopoulos. The new series celebrates the fruitful cooperation between the various disciplines in McGill Classical Studies, including Ancient History, Classical Philology and Modern Greek Studies.

This year's speaker is Paul Cartledge, Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University of Cambridge, Claire College. The title of his lecture is:

"Revisiting Ancient Greece - via Massalia"

Faculty Club, Main Dining Room, at 4:30 pm.
Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:00 pm.


14 Sep 2010


The Classics Students Association will host a Beginning of Year Party in the Arts Council Room, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Students, come and meet the profs. All welcome!


20 Aug 2010


Professor Serrati has won a 'Classroom Excellence' Award and has had his name placed on the role of 'Special Teachers' for his efforts in teaching Latin and ancient history at John Abbott College in the academic year 2009-2010. Also recognised was his role as supervisor for a college-level dissertation on the Augustan principate by Michelle Peluso (who is set to enter Classics at McGill this fall); this won the award for best dissertation at John Abbott out of a pool of over eight hundred.

At McGill, Professor Serrati will teach HGIST 205: Ancient Mediterranean History this fall term.


16 Aug 2010


Professor Gladhill has accepted a position to serve on the editorial board of Vergilius, one of the leading publications for the study of Latin literature.


1 Aug 2010


Michael Fronda was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in May 2010. Congratulations, Professor Fronda!


1 Aug 2010


Lynn Kozak, Assistant Professor, has arrived at McGill! Her office is located in Leacock Bldg, room 625. Welcome, Professor Kozak!


1 Aug 2010


The Classics Advisor in 2010/11 is Professor Gladhill. Students should contact him to discuss their course selections as soon as they can. His office is located in Leacock Bldg, room 825.