News Archive 2008-09

8 Apr 2009

Job Ad: Sessional Instructor, Ancient Greek Language and Literature

The Department of History, Classical Studies, invites applications for a 9-month appointment at the rank of sessional instructor, to begin September 1, 2009. The salary is $32,500 plus benefits. The successful applicant must have a PhD in hand or near completion, and must demonstrate the ability to teach ancient Greek at all levels. S/he will be expected to teach four courses (two per semester), including: a survey of Greek literature in translation, intermediate Greek, advanced Greek prose and poetry. Applications should be directed by email only (.pdf) to the Director of Classical Studies, Professor Hans Beck (hans.beck [at], and should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page outline of relevant teaching experience, and the names and contact information of three people who can supply a written or verbal reference. Applications must be received by Friday, May 1, 2009. For information about Classical Studies at McGill, please visit our website at

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; however, knowledge of French would be considered an asset.

6 Apr 2009

Students and Profs, mark your agendas: the date for this year's Hirundo Launch Party has become available! It will be held on 6 April, 6:00 pm, in the Arts Council Room.

All come along, also to say good-bye to Professor Gagné (see two items below).

31 Mar 2009

The Society for Military History announced that 'The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare (2008)', for which Professor John Serrati served as a co-author, had won their Distinguished Book Award for 2009!

30 Mar 2009

Professor Renaud Gagné has accepted a position as University Lecturer at Cambridge University. He will leave McGill with the beginning of the new academic year. Info regarding his teaching in 2009-10 and his replacement will be released soon.

A good-bye event for our wonderful colleague and friend will be held during this year's Hirundo Launch Party.

30 Mar 2009

The prize winners of this year's Sight Translation Contest have been announced by the Classical Association of Canada. We are delighted to see that our students did very well in that exciting national competition!

Samantha Perera (U2) wins the Third Prize in Senior Latin (Peter Lawson Smith Prize).

Margherita Devine (U2) receives honorable mention in the same category.

Warren Huard (U3) receives honorable mention in Senior Greek.

Congratulations to all of you!

27 Mar 2009

Professor Poulopoulos presents a paper at the International Conference 'Greek Modernity', held at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, 27-29 March, on:

"American Dystopia in Greek Modernism"

16 Mar 2009

Professor Gagné presents a paper at the International Conference 'Trugschluss in der griechischen und römischen Literatur und Kunst', held at the University of Vienna, 16-18 March. His topic is

"No End in Sight: Form and Perspective in Archaic Elegy"

6 Mar 2009


Professor John Serrati will be leading students from Dawson and John Abbott colleges in the second annual McGill Classics Student-for-a-Day program. Students will be attending lectures, meeting with professors, and having a campus tour. Enjoy it, guys!

4 Mar 2009

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Jonathan Edmondson (York University), President of the Classical Association of Canada

"A Tale of Two Colonies in Roman Spain: Augusta Emerita (Mérida) and Metellinum (Medellín)"

3:00-4:30 pm, EDUC 627

4 Mar 2009

Professor Hans Beck and Professor Renaud Gagné have secured two prestigious research grants for Classical Studies.

Beck's work on "Ancient Worlds Elites", a joint research project with Professor Griet Vankeerberghen, receives SSHRC funding for 2009-2011 (RDI).

Gagné obtained a research grant from the Loeb Classical Library to carry out his research on "Choral Intermediality: Pragmatics and Perspective in Greek Drama".

27 Feb 2009

Professor Beck presents a paper at the Calgary Society for Mediterranean Studies. His topis is

"The Bronzes of Cartoceto: the End of an Enigma"

18 Feb 2009

Professor Hans Beck has joined the Advisory Board of Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Ancient History.

Designed as a twelve volume project, the encyclopedia is intended to lead to both a comprehensive print and electronic resource for the study of the history of the ancient world. It covers the entire Mediterranean world, includes the Near East and Egypt, and spans from the late Bronze Age through the seventh century AD.

More info.

17 Feb 2009

Call for Papers

The Classics Students Association is calling for submissions for the 2009 Montréal Classics Colloquium. If you are an advanced undergraduate, graduate, or PhD in Classics or Ancient History and have a research paper you would like to present, please send it to classicsmontreal [at] by no later than March 15, 2009 for review. Please note: Only 10 presentations will be selected, and these shall be organized according to theme.

6 Feb 2009

Darren Hunter (U3) has been awarded the prestigious "Scholarship of Hellenic Studies" by the Hellenic Scholarships Foundation in order to further pursue a career in Greek studies.

Congratulations, Darren!

4 Feb 2009

The first session of this term's CLASSICS CHATS - LES CAUSERIES CLASSIQUES series will be held at McGill, Thomson House, at 5:00 pm. Professor Bonnechere will present a paper on

"Oracles et politique: l'orgas sacrée d'Eleusis en 352/351 (Rhodes/Osborne 58)"

All graduate and advanced undergraduate students are invited to participate.

2 Feb 2009

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Nathan Rosenstein (Ohio State University):

"War, State-Formation, and the Evolution of Military Institutions: Ancient and Early Imperial China and Republican and Imperial Rome"

1:30-3:00 pm, RPHYS 114

Professor Rosenstein's visit is co-sponsored by Classical Studies, The Department of History's Speakers Series and the Department of East Asian Studies.

2 Feb 2009


The Classics Students Association holds a book sale event in the lobby of Leacock Building. Lots of exciting deals, including a significant number of holdings from the old Classics Library. Come and check it out! The revenues go to the society's operative fund, to support our next activities.

Anyone from off campus: You might want to coordinate your visit so that you can attend Professor Rosenstein's public lecture, which will be held at 1:30pm. See you all there!

25 Jan 2009

McGill Open House

Classical Studies Professors meet with potential students and parents at Open House 2009. The joint History and Classics booth is located in Shatner Center Ballroom, open 10:00 to 16:00.

22 Jan 2009

Classical Studies administers this year's CAC Sight Translation Contest in Greek and Latin.

The Latin exam will be held on 22 Jan, 2:30 pm, 5th floor of the Main Library, the Greek contest on 29 Jan, 4:00 pm, in Leacock 808.

Good luck to all participants!

18 Jan 2009

Professor Nikos Poulopoulos appears on CJNT TV station to talk about the present and future of Modern Greek Studies at McGill.

10 Dec 2008

"Roman Cyprus: Space and Power in an Island Province"

Classical Studies and the Pyla Koustopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP) host a one-day colloquium on Roman Cyprus. The event will feature a key note lecture by Professor Andreas Mehl (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg) and a formal response by Professor William Caraher (University of North Dakota), co-director of the PKAP. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion. The colloquium will be held from 2:30-5:30 pm in Thomson House. Schedule:

Presentations (2:30-4:00)

Andreas Mehl, "Cyprus: the role of a province in the Roman Empire"
William Caraher, "Response: the Archaeological Perspective"


Roundtable Discussion with Professors Beck, Fronda and Serrati (4:15-5:30)

4 Dec 2008

End of Term Wine and Cheese!

Classical Studies holds a reception in its all new lounge in Leacock 817, 4:30-7:00pm. The party also celebrates the arrival of Nikos Poulopoulos, Papachristidis Assistant Professor of Modern Greek Studies.

Stop by and relax, grab a glass of wine, check out the lounge and welcome Professor Poulopoulos, who has just arrived at McGill!

26 Nov 2008

The first session of this term's CLASSICS CHATS - LES CAUSERIES CLASSIQUES series will be held at McGill, Thomson House, at 5:00 pm. Professor Gladhill will present a paper on

"Poetry and Alliance in Roman Literature"

All graduate and advanced undergraduate students are invited to participate.

14 Nov 2008

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Konrad Kinzl (Trent University):

"How to edit a Companion to Classical Greece"

ARTS 160, 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

10 Nov 2008

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Jan Bremmer (Groningen):

"The Margins of polis Religion: Magic, Mysteries and Mythography"

ARTS 160, 10:30 to 11:30 am.

8 Nov 2008

Conference announcement. Classical Studies at McGill and the Center for Classical Studies at the Université de Montréal co-host a round table event on

"Representations of Human Sacrifice: cross-cultural perspectives"

The list of speakers includes Daniel Arsenault (UQÀM), Andreas Bendlin (Toronto), Pierre Bonnechere (UdM), Jan Bremmer (Groningen), Renaud Gagné (McGill), Bill Gladhill (McGill), Louise Paradis (UdM), Robert Parker (Oxford), Griet Vankeerberghen (McGill), Robin Yates (McGill).

For more information, please contact Professor Gagné.

7 Nov 2008

The 2008 Onassis Lectures in Classical Studies are here! The speaker this year is Professor Jan Bremmer from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen:

"The Eleusinian Mysteries"

ADMIN 310, 10:30 to 11:30 am.
Seminar open to faculty, graduate students and advanced undergrads

"Human Sacrifice in Euripides: the 'Iphigenia in Aulis'"

Birks Heritage Chapel, 3520 University Street, 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
Public Lecture, open to all

27 Oct 2008

This year's public lecture sponsored by the Classical Association of Canada will be delivered by Professor Mark Golden (Winnipeg):

"Greek Games and Roman Gladiators"

EDUC 622, 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

21 Oct 2008

The Classics Students Association will be hosting a viewing of the first episodes of the HBO series 'Rome', taking place this upcoming Tuesday, 21 Oct, at 5:00 pm in the Arts Lounge (basement of Leacock).

All students and professors are welcome to attend!

17 Oct 2008

Public Guest Lecture by Timothy Barnes (Harvard):

"How archaic was Archaic Greek lyric?"

10:30-11:30, Admin 310

9 Oct 2008

The McGill Summer Greek Reading Group translated selected passages from Euripides this year. We have the great pleasure to announce that Warren Huard won the first summer translation contest. The prize is an unabridged Liddell-Scott Greek-English Lexicon. Congratulations, Warren!

6 Oct 2008

Public Guest Lecture by Professor Hartmut Leppin (Frankfurt):

"Democracy and Compassion in Classical Greece"

13:30-14:30, ARTS 150

2 Oct 2008

Professor John Serrati, CEGEP liaison in Classical Studies, will deliver a lecture for graduate students in History and Classics entitled 'Navigating the College and CEGEP Job Market in Quebec'.

LEA 617, 4:00 to 5:30 pm

19 Sep 2008

Guided tours through the ancient Mediterranean collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Professor Fossey, curator of the collection, and Professor Beck offer two tours on Friday afternoon, starting at 2:30 and 3:45 pm.

Meet in the lobby of the Museum (North Building). All students welcome, entrance free.

19 Sep 2008

Public Guest Lecture by Emily M. Allen (Rutgers):

"The Tragic Body in Pain: The Portrayal of Suffering in Sophocles' Philoctetes"

10:30-11:30, ARTS 160

15 Sep 2008

Classics and Ancient History Students: A wine and cheese reception will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm in Arts 160.

Come and meet the profs, all students welcome!

15 Sep 2008

The Department of History, Classical Studies, announces that the MA Program in Classics has been re-opened for 2009-10. Applications should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History.

Students wishing to apply should also contact Professor Renaud Gagne for further information.

28 Aug 2008

Welcome (back) to the new academic year!

An orientation session will be held for newly admitted and returning students today, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, in LEA 808.

18-19 Aug 2008

Workshop "Rome and Space"

A round table discussion will be held to explore future research on the relation of space and power in the Roman republic. Participants include Professors Eilers (Hamilton), Champion (Syracuse) and Haensch (German Archaeological Institute, Munich).

Monday, 18 Aug 2008, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008, 9:00 to 12:00 am
Location: Thomson House, room 403

All graduate students are welcomed!

1 Aug 2008

Dr. Nikos Poulopoulos, Harvard, has accepted our offer of appointment to the position of Phrixos Papachristidis Assistant Professor in Modern Greek Studies. The appointment will commence on December 1, 2008.

1 Aug 2008

Margaret Palczynski has been appointed to a position of Faculty Lecturer in Classical Studies. Welcome, Mrs. Palczynski!

1 Aug 2008

Bill Gladhill, Assistant Professor, has arrived at McGill! His office is located in Leacock Bldg, room 825. Welcome, Professor Gladhill!