Sunday, October 30, 2011

U of W Classics department scores big at annual AHEPA banquet!

Our very own Alistair Mowat and Devon Berofe have both won AHEPA scholarships totaling $2000 and $2500 respectively.

You guys are great representatives of our department and very deserved of these awards.

Congratulations to you both!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Latin Dictionary Anyone?

Here's a little something for those of you struggling through Latin and getting sick of spending so much time looking words up in your dictionary ...

It's a Latin dictionary program called Words.  Such a time saver, and generally very reliable. Just click the link and follow the download instructions.

A big thanks to Alex for finding this one!

If anyone ever finds an equivalent program for Greek - let me know!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall Convocation Today!

I would like to extend sincere felicitations and congratulations to all those graduating today, but especially to our beloved former co-consul, Melina Sturym! Hooray!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Zombie Walk 2011

Hey everybody! Guess what! The Classics Students' Association is going to rock the Zombie Walk this year - in Classical costumes! - on Friday Oct. 14th! The walk starts at 8:30 at Stephen Juba Park (on Waterfront Drive, just North of the ballpark), but we're going to rendez-vous first in the Common Room (4G07) at 6:00 for the putting-on of make-up and costumes, then again at 7:00 at the King's Head, and at the park for 8:00! Feel free to join us at any point in the proceedings. Speaking of proceeding, here's a link to the Zombie Walk Facebook page, to which you can proceed in order to find a map of the route which will be followed by the procession (among other info): check it out

Note, we'll be hitting Shannon's for our own after party, because we're more fun than a pack of stinkin' normal zombies anyway! Woo!
p.s. - In case you were wondering, the Latin for "Braaains!" is "Cereeeebra!"

Meeting today!

Hello one and all! Just so you know, our meeting today will be at 12:30 in room 2M67! See you there!

Friday, September 23, 2011


Hello, hello, one and all! The new school year has begun, and the Classics Club (now under new management) has started up as well! We've got some exciting stuff in the offings, just you wait.

In case you're wondering, the club meets at 12:30 every Wednesday, in the Classics and Philosophy Common Room (4G07) until further notice (we're looking into finding a bigger room, due to the splendidly high number of new-comers this year - more on that as news becomes available).

Some highlights from the meetings to date (in case you missed them):
- We're working on putting together a Classics Club scholarship! More on that later...
- Zombie Walk/Pub Night, Oct. 14th! We're dressing up as Roman zombies, and it will be AWESOME.
- A Pizza sale will be coming soon to a campus near you! Details to follow...
- Ideas for this year's t-shirts are being sought - let us know if you come up with something witty!
- And much, much more!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Courses!

Look at all the awesome new classes coming up for Fall/Winter 2011-2012!

Check out our Facebook page for photos that you can actually read!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Congratulations Grads of 2011!
We're so proud of you!

I'm going to try to list everyone who graduated with a Classics degree
or who has taken a good deal of Classics courses  ... 
please don't be offended if I forget you!

Curtis Burbella
Michelle Castonguay
Jennesa Dyck
Joseph Gerbasi
Alexandra Kroeger
Brittany Romano
Stewart Wiltshire

And special congratulations to these guys for being awarded the Achievement Medals:
Joseph Gerbasi (Classics Honours)
Curtis Burbella (Classics B.A.)

Also, this.

Happy Graduation!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Spring Convocation 2011

Spring Convocation is coming up and a number of people we know are graduating!

I'm not going to list them, because I'm pretty sure that I'll forget someone and then feel bad for doing so.  Go check it out if you can, or watch it live online.  Details about the day can be found on the UofW site here.  Plus, rumour is that I'll be getting up to give a speech.  Sneak preview - it includes both Latin and Dr. Seuss.

Thursday, June 9th

8:30 a.m.
Doors open to Duckworth Centre for the morning ceremony
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ceremony for the conferring of degrees in Arts (Jennesa's speech is last)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Reception honouring the graduating class
Spence Street Promenade
The reception takes place outdoors so please bring an umbrella if it's a rainy day.

Well done graduates! I'm so proud of you!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Melina Day!

Happy Melina Day to you!
Happy Melina Day to you!
Happy Melina Day to everyone (but especially Melina)!
Happy Melina Day to you!

Actually, her Birthday was yesterday ... I'm just not so on-the-ball lately 
(plus, that whole rapture thing was kind of distracting).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

2011 Challenge Winners

The winners for the 2011 Classics Challenge are:

Kaitlyn Boulding with 243 points
Elayna Bergen with 194.5 points
Jared Enns with 186 points
Arielle Tetrault with 160.5 points

Congratulations to everyone, and thanks for playing!
Full results can be found on the Classics Challenge page.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Here is my favourite submission from last week's Challenge (to write a Classics themed comic).

By Alex Kroeger
Well done Alex, you are hilarious!

Happy Andrew Day!

Today is Andrew's Birthday!

This poor-quality photo (which I did not make) is just for you, Andrew. 
I hope it at least makes you snicker.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Classics Challenge Week 8

Here's your final test...

If you're behind in points, don't worry - this week will make up for it all.  There are a series of Challenges below, giving you ample opportunity for climbing the ranks.  Do as many as you can, and don't forget the previous bonus challenges!

Classics Challenge Week 8 - alpha

Just in case you've managed to get through this entire contest with a shred of dignity left intact...

You task is to film a re-enactment of some classical and/or mythological event in a public space. Quality will be judged according to the following criteria:
- costuming
- number of people present (those participating and in the background)
- historical accuracy
- general awesomeness and hilarity

A minimum of 30pts. will be awarded per submission. Our favourite will receive 50pts., and our second favourite will receive 40pts. Break a leg!

Post videos online and e-mail a link to, or, failing that, leave a DVD for us in the common room.

Classics Challenge Week 8 - beta

Classics Challenge Week 8 - gamma

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Socrates drank hemlock
and that's a bad idea

Now it's your turn! Write a Classics-themed poem. Do it. Then e-mail it to

Points will be awarded subjectively. 
Submit as many as you want, just make them better than ours.

Classics Challenge Week 8 - delta

Write a short essay (200-300 words) about what you have in common with your favourite ancient dude and/or dudette. Max 30pts.

e.g. - "I, like Nero before me, enjoy covering Christians with pitch, lighting them on fire, and candlelit dinners."

E-mail submissions to

Classics Challenge Week 8 - epsilon

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Scholarship Opportunity

Canadian Classical Bulletin
Bulletin canadien des Études anciennes 

17.07.2   ~  2011 03 24   ~  ISSN 1198-9149

Editor / rédacteur: Guy Chamberland (Thorneloe University at Laurentian University)

webpage / page web

Published by e-mail by the Classical Association of Canada
Publication électronique de la Société canadienne des Études classiques

President / présidente: Alison Keith (University of Toronto)
Secretary / secrétaire: John Serrati (McGill University)
Treasurer / trésorière: Ingrid Holmberg (University of Victoria)

To join the CAC / Pour adhérer à la SCÉC

The CAC is on Facebook / La SCÉC est sur Facebook

The Desmond Conacher Scholarship 2011 (final reminder)

From: Patrick Baker
Call for applications — This scholarship is offered in memory of Desmond Conacher, formerly Professor of Classics at Trinity College, Toronto, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Honorary President of the Classical Association of Canada. Its purpose is to assist and encourage a young scholar entering graduate studies in classics. The scholarship is administered by the Classical Association of Canada. One award of $2,500 is offered each year.

Eligibility and criteria — Applicants must be Canadian students (citizens or permanent residents) intending to enter the first year of graduate studies in a classics or similar programme at a Canadian university. Specializations within the general area of classics such as ancient history, ancient philosophy, and classical archaeology are eligible. Applicants must be less than 28 years of age on January 1st of the year of application. The main criteria are academic achievement, professional promise, and an appropriate undergraduate preparation.

Application procedure — Applications should reach the Chair by April 11th: Professor Patrick Baker, CAC Awards Committee Chair, Départment d'histoire, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, 1030, avenue des Sciences humaines, local 5307, Université Laval, Québec, QC, G1V 0A6. For full details of the items required for an application, see the relevant part of the CAC/SCEC website:

Further information — Questions should be addressed to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Professor Patrick Baker <>.

Next regular issue   2011 04 15 / Prochaine livraison régulière   2011 04 15

Send submissions to
Pour nous faire parvenir vos soumissions:

Place the word SUBMISSION in the subject heading. Please send announcements in an editable format (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .html). The editor typically does not allow attachments; provide a link to posters, flyers, &c.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Classics Challenge Week 7

Here is your week 7 Easy Challenge:

Classics Challenge Week 7

Here is your week 7 Difficult Challenge:

Step 1) Find paper and a pen/pencil

Step 2) Access creative side of brain

Step 3) Pick up pen/pencil

Step 4) Write/draw Classics comic

Step 5) Start over, only this time make it witty (or at least amusing)

Step 6) Scan it/take a photo of it and send it or leave it in the common room for Jennesa

Monday, March 14, 2011

Free Colloquium

Recycling in the Ancient World

Saturday, April 2nd 12:30-4:30
River Salon Room, Inn at the Forks
Programme details available in Classics common room

It is free, and all are welcome, but please RSPV to Lea Stirling (UofM) so that she can plan how much coffee to order etc. Her e-mail address is

Classics Challenge Week 6

Here's your week 6 Easy Challenge

The Ides of March are upon us.

Classics Challenge Week 6

Here's your week 6 Difficult Challenge

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bonus Challenge 2

For 15 bonus points,
build a snow-herm somewhere on campus.

Take a photo of yourself with it, and send it to
(teamwork is encouraged, but each person needs their own herm to earn points).
*photos must be submitted by Sunday, April 3rd*

Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy Arielle Day!!

Happy birthday, Arielle! This comic is just to remind you that even little mermaid princesses grow up... eventually.

Classics Challenge Week 5

Here is your week 5 Difficult Challenge:

Classics Challenge Week 5

Here is your week 5 Easy Challenge:


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bonus Challenge 1

Want 25 bonus points for the Classics Challenge?

Bonus Challenge #1 is still happening ....

It's a  scavenger hunt - solve the riddle to find a place in the school where you'll be able to find the answer to the question. E-mail your answers to and I'll send you the next clue (8 in total).

Clue #1:

Spongebob and Poseidon fight over golden apples, but this king has more than enough fruit. 

(Find a place where Spongebob and Poseidon are fighting over golden apples, and then find a king with a lot of fruit and tell me who that king is).

You can do it!

Conference Schedule

2011 Undergraduate Classical Studies Conference
Saturday, March 5

Everyone is welcome to attend. 
Come for the whole afternoon, or just part of it.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

1pm - Welcome and Keynote Address

1:15pm Greece & Rome
Jennesa Dyck (UofW) - Classical Winnipeg 
Melina Sturym (UofW) - Talismans, Amulets and Dolls in Graeco-Roman Magical Practice

1:45pm The Bronze Age
Alex Kroeger (UofW) – Mycenaean Archaeology at Iklaina
Brittany Romano (UofW) - The Mask of Agamemnon and the Question of Authenticity

2:15 Break

2:30pm Archaic & Classical Greece
Alistair Mowat (UofW) - The Catapult Towers of Cape Sounion
Lisa Latour (UofM) - Art, Architecture and Propaganda: The Alkmaionid Temple at Delphi and the Athenian Response
Devon Berofe (UofW)- Pheidias' Workshop

3:15 Break

3:30 The Spartans
Kaitlynn Alarie (UofW) - Eugenics in Sparta
Myla Held (UofW) - Three Reforms in Hellenistic Sparta

3:45pm The Roman Period
Van Chanas (UofW) - Vespasian and Titus: The Jewish War
Brittany Restall (UofW) - The Grave Markers of Roman Freedmen in the Late Republic and Early Principate
Andrew Dryden (UofW) - Roman Emperors and the Navy in the Early Empire

4:30 Break

4:45pm Roman Literature and Oratory 
Joseph Gerbasi (UofW) - Some Qualities of Horace's Odes
Kaitlyn Boulding (UofW) - Contra Cicero

5:15pm Roman Egypt
Remi Fontaine (UofW) - Two School Exercises from Roman Egypt
Luther Sousa (UofW) – Ptolemaic Propaganda: How the Ptolemaic Dynasty used Egyptian Religion as Propaganda

6:00pm Dinner and Celebrating
@ Shannon’s Irish Pub
175 Carlton Street

Monday, February 28, 2011

Classics Challenge Week 4

Here's your week 4 Easy Challenge

Classics Challenge Week 4

Here's your week 4 Difficult Challenge

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Brittany Day!

Today is Brittany's Birthday!
(Brittany Restall, that is)

In the joyous spirit of the occasion, here are a couple of ancient jokes from Hierocles and Philagrius, enjoy!

228. "A tipsy fellow being reproached by certain persons that drinking so much he was not in his senses, but he not being able to see clearly, on account of the wine, replied, "Am I drunk, or you who have two faces?""

231. "A person with bad breath wishing to commit suicide and having wrapped up his head he opened his mouth wide."

253. "A pedant was voyaging in a storm and each of his fellow passengers laying hold of some object to save himself, he grasped one of the anchors."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Classics Challenge Week 3

Here's your week 3 Easy Challenge:

Identify the reference behind each of these Classics themed comics.






Classics Challenge Week 3

Here's your week 3 Difficult Challenge:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Movie Time!

The Eagle
Monday February 21st
Silver City @ St. Vital Mall

You should probably show up. We'll be waiting for you.

A Roman epic adventure, based on the classic novel of the same name, set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 A.D., 20 years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca, Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia -- to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.

Monday, February 14, 2011

U Victoria Classics Conference

The deadline has passed, but we have been encouraged to contact them to make an abstract submission anyway. This is a great experience for those of you who plan to go on to Grad School.

Classics Challenge Week 2

Here's your week 2 Easy Challenge:

Imagine, if you will, a man named Sarapammon. He's a simple man, hardworking, reliable, but lonely.  He is in love with Ptolemais, but she has shown little interest in him. With inconceivable foresight, he knows that in a couple of millenia people will celebrate a holiday of love on this day (14 February by our calendar) and so, out of desperation he makes this (see photo) as a gift to himself.

Your task is to tell me why this 'gift' is appropriate for Valentine's Day, and four other tidbits about the artefact. Use the form below to submit your answers.

Classics Challenge Week 2

Here's your week 2 Difficult Challenge:

Your task is to go forth and photograph yourself with your favourite local Classics reference - be it architectural, artistic, or just a local business with a sweet name. Surprise us.

The scoring will be assessed in the following manner:
- 5 points will be awarded for submitting a photo (must include something Classics-y to be considered valid)
- 1 point will be deducted for each duplicated reference, so be creative! (e.g. - if two of you submit photos of yourselves in front of Pawndora's Box on Main St., you will each be awarded 4 points. If three of you, 3 points, etc.)
- 1 bonus point will be awarded for each person in the photo with you, to a maximum of 3 points. Bring your friends, then get them to submit their own photos! Hooray!
- Up to 2 bonus points will be awarded for style and originality. This will be judged subjectively; we recommend you pander to our tastes (for those of you who don't know us too well, the sillier the better!)

E-mail your submissions to: Be sure to include your name and a brief description of your location. I swear they're out there - 148 separate examples are currently documented ... go find one!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bonus Challenge 1

There seems to be some confusion regarding the first bonus challenge...

First and foremost, this is a scavenger hunt around the school. The answers aren't things that you can just think up or figure out - you have to go places and find things.

 The riddle tells you where to go and look, and then you have to find something there and report it back to me. In the case of the first clue - figure out where Spongebob and Poseidon are fighting over golden apples, then find something there that would fit the phrase 'this king has more than enough fruit' and tell me who that king is.

You can do it!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy Meghan Day!

Today you win everything.
Including this educational comic. Enjoy both it and your birthday! Hooray!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bonus Challenge 1

This bonus challenge is meant to be difficult -  but it's worth 25 points!

It's a school-wide scavenger hunt of a Classical nature.  The first clue is below. Decipher the riddle, go forth into the school and find the answer. E-mail it to, and if you're right I'll send you the next clue.  There are 8 steps to this scavenger hunt - you must complete them all by the end of the contest to earn your points.

Spongebob and Poseidon fight over golden apples but this king already has more than enough fruit.

And your 8 weeks starts now ... GO!

(pssssst .... you need to tell me who 'this king' is)

p.s. If you get stuck, you can attend any of our events (bake sales, pizza sales, movie nights, pub nights etc) and ask someone for a hint.

Classics Challenge Week 1

Here's your first Challenge!
Use the form below to identify these photos.
You can do it!

photo 1

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4

photo 5

Happy Leyna Day!

Today is your Birthday!
Here's a little something that will hopefully make you laugh. Enjoy!

Sno Ballz of Fury

Congratulations to The Retiarii,
our very own 3-on-3 basketball team

Alistair, Andrew, Reanne, and Jennesa
managed to win 2 of their games
won the prize for BEST CHEER!
(because what can compete with cartwheels and trident-stabbings, really?)

Thanks to our cheering section for all of your support!
Videos to come soon.

Friday, February 4, 2011


"Statius' Portrayal of Teiresias as a Necromancer"
By Dr. Rob Nau

4pm in 4CM41
Friday, February 11

Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I just got back from a shopping trip.

Want to know what I bought?


Want to know the best part?

You can have it! I don't want it!

All you have to do is come to the Shamrock 'n Soul social and win it. Not so hard.
Tickets & more info here.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Classics Challenge 2011!!

Dear everybody,

     As my first official act as co-administrator of this illustrious blog, it is my honour and privilege to announce to you the rules and regulations pertaining to this year's UWCSA CLASSICS CHALLENGE!!

The Classics Challenge is a contest open to all students at the University of Winnipeg. Each week throughout February and March, two questions or challenges (one easy and one hard) will be posted on the Classics Club blog. Contestants will submit their responses for points - the top three contestants who have earned the most points throughout the challenge will receive wonderful prizes courtesy of the UWCSA and the U of W Classics Department.

Have some fun!

Rules & Regulations

~ Hard questions are worth up to 10 points, easy questions are worth up to 5 points.

~ Answers are subject to deliberation by the contest committee and may not receive full points (the more thoroughly you answer, the more points we'll give you! Impress us).

~ Points totals will be posted online each week so you can keep track of where you (and your competitors) stand and how many points you have earned.

~ New questions will be posted every Monday from February 7th until March 28th. 

~ Responses must be submitted by 11:59pm the following Sunday. No answers will be accepted after this deadline.

~ Responses must be submitted via the form associated with that week's question on the Classics Club's blog. Do not use forms from previous weeks - your answers, tragically, will be lost forever. In the event that you are unable to access the blog, or the forms malfunction, you may submit your responses by e-mail to

~ We encourage you to do research to find your answers, but please don't plagiarize - we'll laugh to ourselves and then give you zero points.

Sweet Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place TBA

~ Rest assured, they will be awesome.

  Well, that about covers it. Put on your researchin' caps and get ready for two months of CLASSICS-THEMED FUN!

Yours, fondly,

-This guy. XOXO

Adventures in Rome

Fridays 1:30-3:30pm

Starting January 28th.

Be there.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Our current co-chairs, Jennesa and Melina, are both graduating this year. Sad, I know.  How will the group ever get on without them? I'll tell you how!

With the wise, enlightened, and omnipresent guidance of Alistair Mowat and Andrew Dryden.

Congratulations guys! These two were officially sworn in at the UWCSA meeting yesterday, and will take over from the girls come September.

Andrew swears by the power of the Oxford Classical Dictionary and in the name of Zeus that he will do all kinds of things that Jennesa made up on the spot. 

Alistair swears (also by the power of the Oxford Classical Dictionary and in the name of Zeus) that he'll do great things and use that Bratz doll we found in a box by the trash can to keep 
Andrew in line if necessary. 

Andrew felt left out so we found him a blonde version of the Bratz doll for him.  I hope the dolls stick around for enough years, being passed down from one chairperson to the next, that nobody remembers where they came from and it is a source of mystery and wonder to all.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Michelle Day!


It was your Birthday yesterday!
Sorry for being so slow ... I hope this wonderful video makes up for it!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pub Crawl

Toga Pub Crawl

It's happening. For real. You should probably show up.

Friday, January 28th.

Here's our Schedule:
Meet at the Lo Pub at 7pm.
Stumble to the King's Head when we're done there.
Crawl to Shannon's after that.
Taxi home to sleep it off.

If you're showing up later and want to find out where we are, call/text Jen at 232-5816. 

Also check out the Facebook event here.

Monday, January 10, 2011


New time for UWCSA meetings:

Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm
Starting Wed, January 12th
common room (4th floor Graham)

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

For Sale


Now on sale for only $10
Available through any Classics Students Association Member
or e-mail

Text reads: 
caution: contents may be hot
(in Greek at the top, and Latin at the bottom)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Alistair Day!

Dear Ali,

It's your Birthday TODAY! Did you know that?
I'm a little slow with the well-wishing today, but I hope it was a blast!

Dear everyone else,
Please find below one of the many reasons that Alistair is probably the most awesome person you will ever meet.