News Archive 2007-08

1 Jun 2008

The Faculty of Arts, McGill University, invites applications for a Faculty Lecturer position in Classical Studies to start September 1, 2008 (three year appointment, renewable). The successful candidate must be able to teach introductory courses in ancient Greek, Latin and Classical mythology. A letter of application, curriculum vitae and teaching dossier should be sent to Professor Hans Beck, Director of Classical Studies, Department of History, McGill University, 855 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T7. McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The deadline for applying is June 30, 2008.

18 Apr 2008

Professor Gagné presents a paper at the International Symposium "Current Approaches to Religion in Ancient Greece", held at the British School at Athens, the Swedish Institute at Athens, and the Italian School of Archaeology in Athens. His topic is:

"Tradition and Drama in Andocides"

7 Apr 2008

Come and join the Hirundo Launch-Party, sponsored by the Classics Students Association, the Department of History and Classical Studies. Thanks to everyone who helped to produce this year's volume!

Join the party at 6:00-8:30 pm in the Arts Council Room.

28 Mar 2008

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Craige Champion (Syracuse):

"Philosophia Pragmatike: Carneades, Pithanon, and Epoche, and the 'Philosophical Embassy' of 155 BC"

9:30-10:30 am, EDUC 627

28 Mar 2008

The Classics Students Association (CSA) will be holding its first annual Classics Colloquium, in collaboration with the Classics Students Association of the Université de Montréal, on Friday, 28 March, from 9:30-5:00 pm in EDUC 624.

The conference will begin with a keynote lecture from Professor Craige Champion of Syracuse University and followed by a series of panels in which students will present their research papers. The event will conclude with a wine and cheese.

All students are welcome to present their research papers. It will be a great experience and is sure to look good on a resume. In order to do so, please send a 500-700 word abstract of the paper you intend to present to classicsmontreal [at] by Friday, 14 March. Papers are expected to last 15 to 20 minutes.

27 Mar 2008

Hirundo: The McGill Journal of Classical Studies wins AUS Award!

Hirundo was named Student Publication of the Year 2007-08 by the Association of Undergraduate Students. The award acknowledges the hard work of Hirundo's editors and celebrates the excellence of its published authors.

Congratulations to all who have helped make Hirundo a truly outstanding publication!

19 Mar 2008

Classics Students Association (CSA) Elections!

The CSA will be holding elections for next year's executive next Wednesday, March 19th 2008. The elections will be held online and all students eligible to vote will receive more information via e-mail. We are happy to announce that the following people have been acclaimed to their positions:

President: Paul Vadan
VP Internal: Margherita Devine
VP Communications: Sarah Cline
Secretary: Michele Smith

There will be elections for the positions of VP Finance (Brahm Kleinman and Charles Bartlett) and VP External (Amber Irwin and Bogdan Smarandache). For more information, contact the CSA via e-mail.

18 Mar 2008

Classics Students Association (CSA) Bake Sale!

The CSA will be holding a Bake Sale in the Lobby of the Leacock Building from 8:30 to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, 18 March. Come and enjoy some tasty snacks while supporting the student association! The proceeds will go to support CSA events, like the upcoming Classics Colloquium and Wine and Cheese.

18 Mar 2008

The second session of this term's CLASSICS CHATS - LES CAUSERIES CLASSIQUES series will be held at UdM, 18 March, at 5:00 pm. Professor Gagné will present a paper on

"Sacrilege and Authority: The Mystery Inquisitors of Eleusis"

All graduate and advanced undergraduate students are invited to participate.

17 Mar 2008

The Faculty of Religious Studies invites members of the university community to a special lecture by Professor Andreas Bendlin (Toronto) on:

"Religious persecution in Roman polytheism? Making sense of the so-called Bacchanalian affair of 186 BCE"

2:30-3:30 pm, Birks Heritage Chapel, Birks Building, 3520 University Street

13 Mar 2008

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Ewen Bowie, Corpus Christi College (Oxford) on:

"Sacadas' Story"

4:30-6:00 pm, James Administration, room 310

11 Mar 2008

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Jane Francis (Concordia University):

"Greek sculpture, Roman patrons, modern problems"

4:00-5:30 pm, location tba

The lecture is co-sponsored by the McGill Classics Students Association!

29 Feb 2008

Professor Gagné presents a paper at the International Symposium "Lírica y religión. Jornadas sobre implicaciones religiosas en los poemas líricos griegos", held at the Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His topic is:

"Sympotic Perjury in Archilochus"

22 Feb 2008

We are delighted to announce that Bill Gladhill (Stanford University) has accepted our offer for a position in Latin Language and Literature. Bill Gladhill is a specialist on Roman epic, history and cosmology, currently finishing his PhD on 'Foedera: A Study in Roman Poetics and Society'. He will join the department in August.

19 Feb 2008

3rd Ancient History Movie Night - all welcome!!!

Come, watch and discuss "Alexander" (2004), with an introduction by Professor Beck.

5:00-8:00 pm, MAASS 217

12 Feb 2008

CLASSICS CHATS - LES CAUSERIES CLASSIQUES today! Professor Bonnechere (UdM) will give a presentation on:

"How infernal was the oracle of Trophonios at Lebadeia?"

5:00-7:00 pm, Thomson House, restaurant level

All colleagues, graduate students and advanced undergrads are welcome!

12 Feb 2008

Radio feature with Professor Beck on Alexander the Great, Macedonia and the Greeks!

Tune in to CKDG 105.1 fm at 11:00 am, or go to and click 'listen live'.

9 Feb 2008

News from the Classical Association of Canada (CAC)

During the last council meeting it was decided that Michael Fronda and John Serrati will become the new editors of the association's 'Canadian Classical Bulletin' (CCB). Their editorship will commence in August 2008.

27 Jan 2008

McGill University Open House 2008

Come and learn more about what Classical Studies has to offer!

10:00 am-4:00 pm, info booth in the conference lounge of the Holiday Inn on Sherbrooke Street (corner Durocher).

27 Jan 2008

The Harvard Club at Quebec, in conjunction with Classical Studies at McGill announces a Public Guest Lecture by Professor David Mitten (Harvard University):

"The Images of Alexander the Great"

3:00-5:00 pm, Redpath Museum

23 Jan 2008

The dates for this term's CLASSICS CHATS - LES CAUSERIES CLASSIQUES series have become available. Meetings will be held on 12 Feb, 5:00 pm (McGill), and 18 Mar, 5:00 pm (UdM).

17 and 24 Jan 2008

Students: McGill administers the CAC Sight Translation Competition (Junior and Senior Level)! For more information, see Professors Gagné and Richardson.

10 Jan 2008

The McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, in cooperation with Classical Studies at McGill, presents a public Guest Lecture by Professor Alison Keith (University of Toronto):

"The Traffic in Women: Cynthia, Propertius and the Circulation of Propertian Elegy"

4:00-5:30 pm, Otto Mass, Room 217

29 Nov 2007

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Rene Pfeilschifter (Dresden/Penn State):

"The Allies in the Republican Army and the Romanization of Italy"

2:30-4:30 pm, EDUC 624

24 Nov 2007

Professor Beck presents a paper at the International Symposium "Das kaiserzeitliche Gymnasion", held at Frankfurt University, 23-24 November. His topic is:

"Neue Koerperbilder - neue Stadtbilder? Einige Randbemerkungen zum kaiserzeitlichen Gymnasion"

23 Nov 2007

Professor Gagné gives a paper at the "Autorenkolloquium mit und ueber Walter Burkert" at the Zentrum fuer interdisziplinaere Forschung (ZiF) in Bielefeld, Germany:

"Genealogies of Inherited Guilt"

6 Nov 2007

The next CLASSICS CHATS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 6 November. Professor Christian Raschle (UdM) will present a paper on:

"La restructuration des provinces dans l'empire tardif : Les noms des provinces, témoins des conflits internes"

LEA 738, 5:00-7:00 pm

1 Nov 2007

Professor Beck gives a public lecture on the Cartoceto Bronzes at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts:

"The Cartoceto Bronzes. Power, Memory, and Oblivion in theRoman Republic"

2:00-4:00 pm, Maxwell Cummings Auditorium 1379, Sherbrooke Street West

24 Oct 2007

The Classics Students Association announces an Ancient History Movie Night.

Come and watch "The 300 Spartans" (1962) on 24 October, 7:00 pm, in ARTS 150.

Professor Serrati will provide a short introduction on the battle of Thermopylae in history, from Herodotus to Frank Miller. All welcome!

22 Oct 2007

The Classics Program announces a public Lecture by Professor Christopher Krebs (Harvard):

"A Most Dangerous Book: Receptions of Tacitus' Germania"

Monday, 22 October, 3:00 pm, 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 361. All welcome!

16 Oct 2007

Public Lecture by Dr. Alexander Herda, Berlin and Washington D.C., Center for Hellenic Studies:

"The Panionion and the Bellowing of the Gorgons on Mount Mykale"

Tuesday, 16 October, 4:00 pm, location tba

11 Oct 2007

This year's CAC speaker will be Professor Ingrid Holmberg, from the University of Victoria. She will give a seminar on:

"Cunning Intelligence in the Iliad and Odyssey: Mortality, Hope and Delusion"

Thursday, October 11, 12:45-14:00, LEA 808

The event is sponsored by the Department of History and Classics Program and the Classical Association of Canada. All welcome!

4 Oct 2007

The first meeting of this term's CLASSICS CHATS - LES CAUSERIES CLASSIQUES series will be held today. Professor Michael Fronda will present a paper on:

"Aristocratic Friendship in Roman Italy: Motives and Consequences"

Centre d'études classiques, UdM, at 5:00 pm

30 Sep 2007

>>> Departmental Book Publications!

Albert Schachter, Emeritus Professor of Ancient History, has co-edited the following corpus of inscriptions:

"Paul Roesch, Les Inscriptions de Thespies (IThesp). Edition électronique mise en forme par G. Argoud, A. Schachter, G. Vottéro (Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux: Lyon 2007)"

30 Sep 2007

Professor Gagné will present a paper on "Curses and Eleusis" at the International Conference, held in Athens, on:

"The Eleusinian Mysteries: Ideology, State Cult, Administration, Finance"

27-28 Sep 2007

Professors Beck and Fronda present papers at the International Conference on "Consuls, Consulars, and the Constitution of the Roman Republic" in Zaragoza, Spain.

21 Sep 2007

Guest Lecture by Professor Dr. Werner Eck (Cologne University):

"Emperor and Senators in Competition for Public Space"

Friday, 21 September, 2:30 pm, Wendy Patrick Room, Wilson Hall (School of Nursing and Social Work), 3506 University Street.

17 Sep2007

Classics and Ancient History Students: A wine and cheese reception will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm in Arts 160. Come and meet the profs, all students welcome!

31 Aug 2007

>>> Departmental Book Publications!

Albert Schachter, Emeritus Professor of Ancient History, has published vol. 37 (2007) of "Tereisias. A Review and Bibliography of Boiotian Studies". Visit the Teiresias website for more details.

30 Aug 2007

A very warm welcome to our returning and new students! The Classics Advisor in 2007/08 is Professor Richardson. Students should contact him to discuss their course selections as soon as they can.

A general orientation session will be held today, 30 August, in Leacock, room 817, 1:00-2:00 pm.

1 Aug 2007

The Department of History and Classics Program invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Latin Literature, effective 1 August 2008.

1 Aug 2007

The Department of History and Classics Program announces that Dr. John Serrati, Associate Professor at John Abbott College, will join us as Visiting Professor in 2007-08. He is a specialist on Roman republican history, warfare and society. Welcome, Professor Serrati!