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