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Check out some of our Fall Courses!

CLAS-2000-001 The Heroic Age of Greece
We’ve all heard and seen the myths of the Greek gods, but where exactly did these fables come from? This course considers the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations—the precursors of the ancient Greeks—through their archaeology and sheds light on the earliest history in the Aegean area: the time when the Greek Heroes supposedly walked the lands! In this class, Dr Matt Maher will consider their architecture, pottery, painting, jewellery, and other arts! Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm, in 1M28.
CLAS-2901-001 Introduction to Ancient Art and Art History
Ever wondered what ancient artists were thinking about when they created their works of art and why? Join Dr Allison Surtees who will use art historical perspectives to consider ancient art and Greek and Roman material culture! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:15am, in 4BC57.
CLAS-3850/4850/HIST-3009 Eras: Hannibal
The Punic Wars—waged between Carthage and Rome—were a defining moment in World History. Although they ultimately lost the Wars, however, during the Second Punic War the Carthagians certainly did give the Romans a fright! Dr Conor Whately examines the most famous of Rome’s enemies: the brilliant general Hannibal Barca, who was one of the greatest military commanders in history. Sign up for this course and learn more about him and his battle against the Romans! Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45pm, in 2C15.
CLAS-3910/4910 Ancient Environments and Ecology
Have you ever wondered how aware the ancient Greeks and Romans were of the natural environment? This course reconstructs ancient environmental and ecological settings and conditions of the Greek and Roman worlds. Professor Michael MacKinnon considers the ways in which these ancient societies coped with environmental change, pollution, and natural disasters! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15pm, in 3M60.

Classics in the News

If you're wondering what a Classics degree can teach you, then 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...

Ever wondered what can you do with a degree in Classics? Anything you want, including opening a food truck with Roman fusion food!

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...

Ruth Dickinson, one of our Honours students, who has been awarded the Dr and Mrs Roderick Hunter Scholarship for 2016-17!

Simone Reis who has been awarded the Beatrice and John Zack Scholarship in Classics for 2016-17!

Teri-Lynn Wood who has been awarded the Colleen M. Madson Memorial Prize for 2016-17!

Brittany Bauer who has been awarded the Dr. Robert Gold Prize in Classics for 2016-17!

Daniel Russell, who has received an honourable mention not only in the Classical Association of Canada's Essay Contest, Senior Category, but also the Classical Association of Canada's Senior Sight Competition (ancient Greek). He is also the winner of this year's AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) scholarship, and has also been awarded the Edwin and Anne Eagle Memorial Scholarship for 2016-17!

Dr. Conor Whately who was recently awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for 2016-18, and who recently published a monograph entitled Battles and Generals: Combat, Culture, and Didacticism in Procopius’ Wars"!

Prof. Michael MacKinnon, recipient of the University of Winnipeg’s prestigious Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Research Excellence for 2015 and also as the recipient of prestigious Tytus Fellowship for Winter 2016!

The recipients of the Classics Department Prizes for 2015/16!

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