News Archive 2014-15

Paul F. McCullagh Special Projects Fund Professional Development Opportunity

The Classics programme is pleased to announce the Paul F. McCullagh Special Projects Fund, which was established in 2014 to offer undergraduate students with demonstrated proficiency in Latin and/or Greek an opportunity for professional development. Successful candidates will assist Classical Studies professors with research projects carried out in the summer, working daily with their supervisor in a research-related work environment.
Duration: four weeks in the summer, to be determined with project supervisor
Stipend: successful candidates will receive a one-time stipend of $1000.
Interested students should submit a statement of interest, CV, and an unofficial transcript to the Director of Classical Studies, hans.beck [at], by April 30th.

8 April 2015, Sophocles' Antigone

Prof. Kozak will be leading a field trip to see Sophocles' Antigone, in her new translation, directed by Andreas Apergis, by the Department of Theatre at Concordia University. For more details, or to join the trip, please contact Prof. Kozak or click here.

7 April 2015, Hirundo Launch Party

The Hirundo Launch Party/Classical Students' Association Wine and Cheese will be held in ARTS 160 from 6 pm.

7 April 2015, Public Lecture

Dr. Christoph Lundgreen (Technische Universität Dresden):

A New Model of Statehood for the Ancient Greek World

Leacock 738
4-5:30 pm
All Welcome!

CAC Translation Winners

CAC Translation Winners for 2015's national competition have been named, and we are pleased to announce three winners from McGill Classics! David Douglas won 3rd place in the Junior Site Translation for Latin, Gregory Giannakis won 2nd place in the Senior Latin and the Junior Greek competitions, and Duncan McDonald won 1st prize in the Senior Greek competition. Congratulations to our winners and to all who participated!

26 March 2015, Public Lecture

Prof. Mike Sampson (Manitoba):

Papyri, Geography, and the Interpretation of Sappho 44

Burnside 1B36
All Welcome.

19&20 March 2015, Classics Colloquium

This year's Colloquium has been scheduled for March 19th and 20th, with the first day taking place at McGill (Thomson House, room 404) and the second day at UdeM (3744 Jean Brillant, salle 520). The keynote speech will also be on the 19th at 5:00pm at Concordia. Dr. Melanie Racette-Campbell will be speaking on "Reconstructing Cicero's Manhood: The Post-Exile Speeches," and this will be followed by a reception at 7:00pm.

13 March 2015, Iliad Modern- Public Lecture

Prof. Carolin Hahnemann (Kenyon):

War and Memory. A Monumental Journey from Homer's Iliad to Alice Oswald's Memorial'

Macdonald-Harrington G01
All welcome.

12 March 2015, Iliad Modern- Alice Oswald's Memorial

Come and join in a public reading of Alice Oswald's 2011 poem, Memorial, which she calls 'an excavation of the Iliad'.

Macdonald-Harrinton G01
8-9:30 pm
All Welcome.

11 March 2015, Iliad Modern-Iliad 21/22

Montreal Writer/Director/Actor Paul Van Dyck will be performing an excerpt from Iliad 21/22, translated and directed by Prof. Lynn Kozak. A Q&A session will follow on practical approaches to translating and performing Homer.

Macdonald-Harrington G01
All Welcome.

18 February 2015, Public Lecture

Prof. Katherine Kretler (Queen's):

Is there a fourth wall in Homer?

5-7pm, Thomson House, 426

16 February 2015, Public Lecture

Professor David Engels (Brussels):

Parallel Lives? Caesar and Qin Shi Huang Di, Augustus and Han Gaozu


Leacock, rm 738

13 February 2015, Public Lecture

Professor David Engels (Brussels):

On the Road to Empire? The Crisis of the European Union and the Downfall of the Roman Republic

(event co-sponsored with the EUCE)


3438 McTavish St, rm. 100

9-12 February, McGill Classics Play

The 2015 McGill Classics Play is Seneca's Thyestes, directed and translated into English by Duncan McDonald. In Seneca's gory tragedy about the cursed House of Atreus, revenge is a dish best served hot (heads and hands on the side).

Performances will take place at 8pm every night, February 9-12 at La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent, Montreal, Qc, H2T 1R5. You can reserve your tickets here.

The 2015 McGill Classics Play has been generously supported by the Dean of Arts Development Fund and the John MacNoughton Chair in Classics.

5 February, HSA/CSA lecture night: What is Love?

Prof. Fronda and Prof. Kozak, along with Prof. Griet Vankeerberghen and Prof. Brian Lewis, will be giving short talks on the topic of love. ARTS 145, 6-8 pm.

Professor Beck Named Anneliese Maier Research Prize Winner

Professor Hans Beck has been named a 2015 Anneliese Maier Research Prize Winner. Awarded by the Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the prize recognises excellence in research and leadership in international collaboration in the Humanities and Social Sciences. An award is valued at EUR 250,000, spendable over a period of five years.
Prof. Beck's host in Germany is Peter Funke with whom he will work on the manifestations of localism in the ancient Greek world. Other collaborations include joint projects with Karl-J. Hölkeskamp in Cologne and Martin Jehne in Dresden. Read the press release from Münster University here.
Congratulations to Professor Beck!

November 20, CAC Lecture Tour

McGill Classical Studies is pleased to welcome this year's CAC Lecture Tour Public Guest Lecture:

Victoria Wohl (Toronto)

"From Popular Sovereignty to the Sovereignty of Law"


Thursday, November 20, 4:30pm-6:30pm

November 19, "ILIAD"

The McGill Classics Play and the Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek and Greek-Canadian Studies will host a public lecture by Stathis Livathinos, about his company's production of the Iliad, featured in this year's CINARS Biennale.

Thomson House Basement

5:30-7:30 pm

Open to all, wine and cheese to follow.

November 3, Public Guest Lecture, Dr. Rose MacLean

McGill Classical Studies is pleased to announce two lectures by Dr. Rose MacLean (UC Santa Barbara)

“Eurysaces & the Culture of Roman Freedmen,”
Public Lecture
Monday, November 3
5:30 pm,
Leacock 808

“The Familia Caesaris and the Roman Epigraphic Habit” Seminar
Monday, November 3
1:00-2:30 pm
Leacock 834
Space is limited; please contact Prof. Michael Fronda (michael.fronda [at] if you would like to attend the seminar.

October 22-24, Global Antiquities Workshop

McGill History and Classical Studies, with the generous support of the Towards Citizen Trust, is pleased to announce a Global Antiquities research network workshop, entitled "Citizens and Commoners in Ancient Greece, Rome, and China". For a full programme, please click here.

October 21- Public Guest Lecture, Dr. Eric Nelson

Public Lecture
"Hippocrates Syntheticus: Creating and Contesting the Hippocratic Legacy in the 3rd century BCE”
Dr. Eric Nelson (Pacific Lutheran University)
Tuesday, October 21
4:00-5:30 pm

This lecture is open to the public.

October 20- Oberseminar, Dr. Eric Nelson

“Towards a Theory of Corpus Formation in Antiquity”
Dr. Eric Nelson (Pacific Lutheran University)
Monday, October 20
1:00-2:30 pm
Leacock 834

Dr. Nelson will present a part of his larger book project titled According to Hippocrates: Corpus Formation and the Emergence of the Hippocratic Corpus. The text will be distributed in advance to participating colleagues and students. Space is limited; please contact Prof. Michael Fronda (michael.fronda [at] if you wish to attend the seminar.

4 October- Field Trip, National Theatre's Medea at the Forum

The McGill Classics Play will be leading an encore field trip to see the National Theatre of England's new production of Medea, playing at the Forum at 7 pm. For more information, please email lynn.kozak [at] (Prof. Kozak).

6 September- Montreal Shakespeare Company's Julius Caesar

The McGill Classics Play will be checking out the Montreal Shakespeare Company's Julius Caesar at the Theatre Calixa-Lavallée (3819 rue Calixa-Lavallée) at Parc La Fontaine. Meet at the venue at 7:45 pm. Tickets can be purchased here:

The 2014-15 Classics Newsletter is now available!

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4 September- Field Trip, National Theatre's Medea at the Forum

The McGill Classics Play will be leading a field trip to see the National Theatre of England's new production of Medea, playing at the Forum at 7 pm. For more information, please email lynn.kozak [at] (Prof. Kozak).

Welcome to McGill Classics 2014-15!

Classics Orientation for incoming students will be held on Tuesday, 2 September, at noon in LEA 638. Extra office hours for advising for both new and returning students will take place from 10-4 on Wednesday, 3 September, and 10-2 on Thursday, 4 September at LEA 625. To make an appointment outside these hours, please contact lynn.kozak [at] (Prof. Kozak).