News Archive 2011-12

4 September 2012

Professor Kozak will be holding an orientation session for any undergraduate students entering or switching into the Classics programme, in Leacock 638, at 2 pm. If you are unable to attend this session, or if you are a returning Classics student, please email lynn.kozak [at] to make an advising appointment. Advising appointments are available from the 22nd of August. Welcome new students!

Summer 2012

Professor Gladhill will be holding a Greek and Latin reading group throughout the summer (excluding the last week of June and first week of July).

The Greek reading group will meet once a week to read Callimachus' Hymns (beginning with the "Hymn to Demeter") as well as the fragments of the Aetia and Hecale. This group is open to any level of Greek.

The Latin reading group will meet once a week to read Pontano's Urania, one of the great cosmological poems of the Renaissance, which responds to the didactic traditions of Lucretius, Ovid, and Manilius. This group is open to any level of Latin.

The participants can prepare as little or as much as they would like for the group. This event is also open to the public.

Times and locations are currently being settled upon. If you are interested in participating in either one of these groups, please send an email to charles.gladhill [at]

All welcome!

12 May 2012

Professor Kozak will be organizing a field trip to see "Des Femmes" at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. A trilogy made up of Sophocles' Trachiniae, Antigone, and Electra, directed by Wajdi Mouawad and translated into the French by Robert Davreau, this is an exciting chance to see a Greek tragic trilogy. To join the trip, please email lynn.kozak [at] by Friday, April 27. For more information on the plays, click here.

All welcome!

19 April 2012

Professor Kozak will be organizing a field trip to view the IPLAI evening at the Segal Centre entitled "Democracies and Danger: Sophocles' Philoctetes and the Post-9/11 Environment" and featuring McGill's own Prof. Christina Tarnopolsky (Department of Political Science) and Andreas Aspergis (Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre Company). To join the trip, please email lynn.kozak [at] by Wednesday, 18 April. For more information on the evening, click here.

All welcome!

Hirundo Launch Party

The Hirundo launch wine and cheese reception will immediately follow Prof. Polo's talk, April 10th at 6 PMin the Arts Council Room.

All welcome!

10 April 2012

Classical Studies presents a public lecture by Prof. Francisco Pina Polo, University of Zaragoza and Princeton, entitled:

"Roman Generals and Provincial Clienteles: What Clienteles?"

3:30 PM, MAASS 10

All welcome!

3 April 2012

Classical Studies presents a public lecture by Prof. Mark Bradley, University of Nottingham, entitled:

"Corpulence, Obesity, and Emaciation in Roman Art"

3:30, EDUC 211

All welcome!

28 March 2012

Classical Studies presents a public lecture by Prof. Katherine Kretler, Concordia University, entitled:

"A Female Specter in the Center of the Iliad"

2:30, EDUC 433

All welcome!

15 March 2012

Professor Kozak will be organising a field trip to view the free exhibit Xpose at the Fresh Paint Gallery at 2:30 pm. This show features several Classically themed works by McGill Classics alum David Whiteside. To join the trip, please email lynn.kozak [at] For more information on the exhibit, click here. For a sample of David's work, click here.

All welcome!

Philoktetes Translation Group

Translation group has begun to meet for the 2014 McGill Classics Play, Sophocles' Philoktetes. Every Friday for the remainder of term at 2:30 in Leacock 617. Email lynn.kozak [at] or elizabeth.ten-hove [at] for more information. No Greek required, all welcome!

12 March 2012

The Phrixos Papachristidis chair in Modern Greek studies and Classical Studies invite you to a public guest lecture entitled:

MUSEUMS and ANTIQUITIES : 19th c. Debates on War and Elginism in London and Paris

Prof. Dominique Poulot (University Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne & Institut Universitaire de France)

Redpath Museum Auditorium, 4-5.30 pm

Wine and Cheese reception to follow

All Welcome!

10 February 2012

The McGill Classical Students Association, together with the Concordia Classics Students Association, presents a public lecture by Prof. Gwynaeth McIntyre, University of Manitoba, entitled: "Republican Heroes, Imperial Propaganda Figures: Castor and Pollux during the Roman Imperial Period"

Arts 150, 3 pm

All welcome!

6 February 2012

The performance of Euripides' Hippolytos at the Sala Rossa (4848 Boulevard St-Laurent) will be immediately followed by a Q&A session with the directors, Carina de Klerk and Lynn Kozak, as well as cast and crew. 9:15 pm, all welcome, DJ set to follow.

3 February 2012

Classical Studies is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the McGill Classics Play production of Euripides' Hippolytos, a public guest lecture by Prof. K.O. Chong-Gossard (Melbourne):

"Why does Phaedra kill herself?"

3 pm, ARTS 160

All Welcome!

1, 6, 7 February 2012

Euripides' Hippolytos

The McGill Classics Play for 2012 is Euripides' Hippolytos, in a new English translation by McGill Classics students. Directed by Carina de Klerk and Lynn Kozak, with original electronic music by Virek, the play features a cast of 20 McGill and Concordia students. Performances take place at the Sala Rossa, 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, at 8 pm, doors 7 pm, DJ set to follow every night by Jason oS and Joey Mnemonic. Q&A session with cast and crew to follow the Monday night performance. Tickets are 12$/8$ students. Please email lynn.kozak [at] to reserve your tickets today!

Winter Term 2012

Pontano Translation Group

Classical Revolutions invites students and faculty to participate in the translation of Pontano's elegiac masterpiece, the Parthenopaeus. The translation group will meet every Tuesday 12:00-1:30 at 688 Sherbrooke, Room 441 and it will carry on through the summer. Funding opportunities are available for interested students. Please contact Professor Gladhill (charles.gladhill [at] for extra information.

16 and 25 January

CAC Sight Competitions

The Classical Association of Canada's Annual sight reading competitions in Greek and Latin will be held this week. Please email Professor Gladhill for more information.

16 January 2012

Summer Institute in Classical Studies!

The McGill Summer Institute in Classical Studies offers students from Canada and abroad the opportunity to develop their training in the ancient languages within a unique setting  in the heart of Montreal. The Institute operates annually from June-July and features intensive courses in Greek and Latin. These are complemented with civilization classes that foster the understanding of ancient Mediterranean history and culture. McGill University stands at the foot of Mount Royal in the culturally dynamic and bilingual city of Montreal, and in close proximity to Ottawa and Quebec City. As such, the Institute integrates many of the cultural offerings from these vibrant cities into its program. For inquires, contact the Director of the Summer Institute in Classical Studies, Professor John Serrati, by email: john.serrati [at]

7 December 2011

CSA Holiday Wine and Cheese

The Classical Students Association will be hosting a holiday wine and cheese- come join us and celebrate the end of the term and the start of the holiday season!

Arts Council Room (ARTS 160), 5:30 pm

2 December 2011

Theatre Trip

Professor Kozak will be accompanying a student group to the new production Pharmak(ha)os, a new adaptation of the Oedipus and Antigone myths, at 18h30 at Espace Libre, with round-table discussion to follow. Please email her by Friday, 25th November, to reserve a spot.

For further details about the production, click here.

For a video preview, click here.

24 November 2011

Brown-bag Lunch Discussion Series:

"What's going on in Greece and why does it matter?"

Part 3: Greek Government Then and Now: An Unfinished Journey?

Prof. Hans Beck and Prof. Tassos Anastassiadis

LEA 808, 12-1:30 pm

All welcome!

22 November 2011

Classical Studies, with the generous help of the Onassis Foundation, is pleased to announce a public lecture by Onassis Visiting Professor of Archaeology Jane Francis:

“The Archaeology of Food in Roman Crete”

Redpath Museum Lecture Hall, 4 pm

Reception to follow.

All Welcome!

11 November 2011

Classical Studies is pleased to announce a public lecture by Professor Jitse Dijkstra, University of Ottawa:

"The Fate of the Temples in Late Antique Egypt: Destruction or Recycling?"

Leacock 232, 1:30 pm

All Welcome!

8 November 2011

Classical Studies is pleased to announce the annual CAC lecture, by Professor Leanne Bablitz, University of British Columbia:

“Rome's Downtown: The Many Faces of the Roman Forum”

Leacock 110, 4-6 pm

All Welcome!

1 November 2011

Field School Informational Meeting

Professor Jane Francis will hold an informational meeting for students looking to participate in archaeological digs this summer.

Thomson House 404, 3-5 pm

All Welcome!

31 October, 3 & 4 November 2011

Hippolytos Auditions

Auditions for the 2012 Classics Play, Euripides' Hippolytos, will take place at the following times, in Leacock 638:

31 October 11:30-12:30 pm

3 November 1-2 pm

4 November 4:30-5:30 pm.

Audition scripts available outside Leacock 625. If you cannot make any of the audition times, please email lynn.kozak [at] to arrange another time. Anyone who wants does not get a role can be in the chorus.

All Welcome!

27 October 2011

Hippolytos Translation Group

The translation group will meet on Thursday at 4:30 in the SSMU cafe- please prepare up to line 350. No need to know Greek, all welcome!

21 October 2011

Hippolytos Translation Meeting

The translation group will be meeting- please prepare up to line 250. No need to know Greek!

Leacock 638, 3:30 PM

All Welcome!

20 October 2011

Hippolytos Production Meeting

The McGill Classics Play, Euripides' Hippolytos, will be having its first production meeting of the year. If you are interested in participating in any aspect of the production or performance, which will take place in February 2012, please come along!

Ferrier 456, 4 PM

All Welcome!

18 October 2011

Classical Studies is pleased to announce a public guest lecture by Prof. Jacques Perreault, Université de Montréal:

"Greek-Canadian Excavations at Ancient Argilos: A Greek City in Thracian Territory"

Thomson House 406, 3 PM

All Welcome!

14 October 2011

Classical Studies is pleased to announce a public guest lecture by Prof. Christopher J. Smith, the Director of the British School at Rome and Professor of History at the University of St. Andrews:

"Early Roman Religion: Problems and Perspectives"

Leacock 110, 4 PM

All Welcome!

13 October 2011

Hippolytos translation meeting, 3 pm SSMU Cafe- please prepare up to line 150, all welcome!

30 September 2011

This year's Classics Play, Euripides' Hippolytos, directed by Carina de Klerk, will have its first translation meeting of the year, led by Professor Kozak. Please prepare the first 50 lines of the play if you want to help with the Greek, but you don't necessarily have to know Greek to help with the translation!

Leacock 638, 3:30-5:00 pm

All Welcome!

29 September 2011

Classical Studies is pleased to present a public lecture by Sebastian Scharff, from the University of Münster, entitled:

"τιμωρήσειεν δὲ ὁ θεὸς μετὰ τῶν ἄλλων θεῶν πάντων:

Civil Oaths, Amnesties, and the Paradox of Vengeance"

Prof. Lynn Kozak will be serving as respondant.

Thomson House 406, 3-6 PM

All are welcome!

26 September 2011

Professor Kozak will be offering the 'Digital Classics' seminar at Concordia- a workshop for Classics students with an overview of available on-line resources.

Concordia University, Hall Building, H-1013, 12:30 pm

All are welcome!

19 September 2011

McGill Classics would like to invite any interested advanced undergraduate or graduate students to take part in the 'Historical Communications and Elite Power' workshop that will be held Monday, 19 September from 2-7pm.

The workshop is part of a SSHRC-sponsored working group comparing elites in the Ancient World, and will feature several speakers and participants with backgrounds in both Classics and East Asian History.

This dynamic and varied group will also be joined by Prof. Thomas Martin (Holy Cross), and Prof. Garret Olberding (U. of Oklahoma).

Any interested parties are asked to please contact Prof. Beck via e-mail at hans.beck [at]

All are welcome!

19 September 2011

The McGill Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series will be hosting a public lecture by Professor David Sedley (Cambridge University):

"The First Greek Atheists"

3 pm, Leacock 927

All are welcome!

16 September 2011

Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique [GRIPP] and the Research Group on Constitutional Studies [RGCS] are presenting Bonnie Honig, Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University and Research Professor, American Bar Foundation

“’Antigone versus Oedipus?’ Feminist Theory and the Turn to Antigone."

2 pm, FERR 456

Attendees should read the paper in advance; please e-mail jtlevy [at] to receive a copy.

15 September 2011

Professor Lynn Kozak will be hosting a workshop for students on "Digital Classics", where students can learn to use on-line Classics resources. Email lynn.kozak [at] for further information.

12:30 pm, Leacock 808

All are welcome!

13 September 2011

Classical Studies is very pleased to announce its first public guest lecture of the year, by Professor Seth Schein (University of California, Davis):

"Divine and Human in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite"

4 pm, FERR 456

All are welcome!

1 September 2011

Welcome to the new year!  Please note that Professors Beck and Fronda are on sabbatical leave in 2011-12.

30 August 2011

Classics Orientation

Professor Kozak, the Undergraduate Advisor for 2011-2, will be holding an orientation meeting for incoming and returning Classics students, Tuesday 30 August at 2 pm in Leacock 638.

1 August 2011

Anastassios Anastassiadis, Assistant Professor of History and Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair of Modern Greek Studies, has arrived at McGill! His office is Leacock 827. Welcome, Professor Anastassiadis!