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Check out some of our Winter Courses!

CLAS-1011-002 Greek Society
It is often said that ancient Greece was the cradle of "western civilization." But what does this mean and how closely do our own ideologies and practices correspond to those of the ancient Greek world? How did the Greeks see themselves and how did they view their own culture and society? How did they view women, slaves, and interstate warfare? Sign up for this course with Dr. Melissa Funke, Winter, Tu/Th 2:30–3:45pm, 1L12!
CLAS-1012-002 Roman Society
Rome—the Urbs, the Eternal City—looms large in the cultural and political history of Europe and the World: Roman society and culture are cornerstones in our study of the ancient world, and our study of some the aspects of these—education, the army, their political institutions, slavery, the household, and their religions—can reveal almost as much about our modern world than about theirs! But who were the Romans? Why did this small city become not only an Empire, but also a symbol? If you're interested in learning more, then join Dr. Conor Whately, Winter term, Tu/Th 1:00–2:15pm, 3C00 (Eckhardt Gramatté Hall).
CLAS/KIN-2061-001 Sport in the Ancient Greek World
Where do athletics come from? Why do we value boxing, running, and wrestling? This course traces the origin, evolution, and meaning of sport from its birth in ancient Greece to its enduring and global relevance today! Dr. Peter J. Miller will answer all of these questions and more! This class runs in the Winter term, Tu/Th 4:00-5:15pm, 3C01
CLAS/HIST-3006-001 Classics and Comics
"Faster than a speeding chariot, more powerful than a Titan, able to leap tall columns in a single bound!" Need a more informed opinion on comics and Classics? Then take Natalie Swain's course on Classics and Comics! Here you'll learn about some of the basic processes and methods involved in the narratology of comics, and how they can be used—believe it or not—to understand ancient artefacts! You'll also consider the affect of the presentation of classics in comics and our contemporary responses to that, and you'll examine how the use of different types of media can help open up new understandings of the Classical World! This course runs in the Winter term, M/W 4:00–5:15pm, 1C16A.

Classics in the News

Many of us have been asked "what are you going to do with a degree in that?" A recent study undertaken by the British Academy explains why arts, humanities and social science students are key to our future.

How important was rainfall to the Romans? Recent work by Cornelius Christian and Liam Elbourne suggests that drought severely affected Roman Emperors' positions of power!

What can Classics professors teach us? A great deal about the arts, humanities, education and respect too! Kudos to Classics teachers and professors!

Should you lose a beloved pet, you can now have Latin verse written for it by the Dead Pets Society. See here!

The Classics department has been featured heavily in the Uniter! Pauline Ripat, Michael MacKinnon, and Conor Whately have all been featured recently!

What does a fourth century CE beer taste like? Dr Matt Gibbs, Tyler Birch and Brian Westcott from Barn Hammer Brewing know! Click here, here, and here if you're interested in finding out!

Have you ever thought about the archaeology of food? Here is an excellent article that considers this experiential and experimental subject!

If you're wondering what a Classics degree can teach you? Anything you want, including opening a food truck with Roman fusion food! You should also check out Nigel Nicholson's blog on the Classical Association of Canada's website! Degrees in History and Ancient History are certainly not useless! They teach incredibly valuable skills! See the article by James Grossman in the LA Times!

Prof. Michael Mackinnon is part of the team that filmed Pompeii's People for CBC's "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki". Blending CGI imagery, dramatic reconstruction, and aerial photography, this offers an unforgettable immersion in the ancient city of Pompeii and the lives of its people. For more details, see here!

Were the Romans ever in China or Japan? Was there movement from East Asia through to the western Roman Empire? Recent discoveries may suggest trade or movement of some sort! Or perhaps not...

Interested in Greek and Roman warfare? Follow this link to hear our own Dr. Conor Whately and Dr. Matt Maher talk about their recent seminar on the topic at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

What did the ancient Romans eat? Find out in these articles, here, here, and here, featuring our own Dr. Michael MacKinnon!

Latin is gaining popularity in everything from Facebook to Twitter to celebrities' tattoos - and studies show that learning Latin improves performance in other areas, too, such as math. Read all about it in this Maclean's article, from May 4, 2013.

Josephine Livingstone (The Guardian, Sept. 16, 2013) presents reasons for learning a dead language here.

Congratulations to...

Daniel Russell, one of our BA Honours (Classical Languages) students and one of our excellent TAs, who is the Valedictorian for the Fall 2018 Convocation!

Professor Mark Golden who is now an Honorary President of the CAC: the Canadian Association of Classics!

Kylee Bailey who has been awarded the Beatrice and John Zack Scholarship in Classics for 2017-18!

Jason Gren who has been awarded the Edwin and Anne Eagle Memorial Scholarship for 2017-18!

Braeden Keys who has been awarded the Colleen M. Madson Memorial Prize for 2017-18!

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