News & Events
The Department of Classics at the University of Winnipeg is now on Facebook!
Dr. Pauline Ripat (University of Winnipeg) and Dr. Christina Vester (University of Waterloo) are pleased to announce the release of the (free!) digital game, Vice Verba, now available for iPhone and iPad! Practice your Latin conjugations to win togas and earn dead Romans. Thanks to the many University of Winnipeg students for their advice and help to create this game! You can see screenshots and download the game here.
The Classics Department is delighted to announce that online access to the full holdings of the Loeb Classical Library is now available through the University of Winnipeg Library's databases! The Loeb Classical Library contains all the major works of ancient Greek and Latin literature, featuring the original Greek or Latin with recent, authoritative English translations on facing pages. Go and see which authors and works are there - everything from Homer's Iliad to Plautus' Miles Gloriosus to Dio Chrysostom's Encomium on Hair!
Between Oct 12 2016-Mar 31 2017, an exhibit called "Ink and Sand: Greek Papyri Purchased by Francis Kelsey and Bernard Grenfell for the University of Michigan in March-April 1920" will be open at the University of Manitoba Archives in the Dafoe Library. Dr. Mike Sampson and student Amber Leenders co-curated the show, which introduces papyrus—the primary medium for ancient writing—as well the history of its acquisition in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Feb 12 2017 "Papyrology and Ethics (title TBA)" by Dr. Mike Sampson, University of Manitoba, at the Millennium Library, Carol Shields auditorium (251 Donald St), 2:00pm.
The first ever Classics Alumni evening will take place on Friday 3rd March 2017, and will introduce current students and faculty to past students and faculty in an informal setting!
Mar 5 2017 Archaeological Institute of America Graham Lecture: "Digital Rome: Visualizing Architecture and Urbanism in Roman North Africa" by Dr. Thomas Morton, Bryn Mawr College, at the University of Manitoba, 118 St. John’s College, 3:00pm.
The University of Winnipeg Classics Students Association (UWCSA), also have lots of events planned!
Check out our Summer Courses!
- CLAS-1011-001 Greek Society
- 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? If you're interested, then sign up for this course in the Summer term, MWF 09:30-11:30 (running May 1 through to June 12).
- CLAS-1012 Roman Society
- 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! If you're interested in learning more, then join us in the Summer term, TuTh 10:30-12:30 (running May 2 through to June 27).
- CLAS-2701-001 Classical Mythology
- Any interest in incestuous gods, cannibalistic feasts, fantastic monsters, and sullen heroes? In other words, are you interested in studying the foundations of Western mythology, literature, art, and culture? If so, then sign up for Classical Mythology! Summer term, MWF 12:30-14:30 (running June 14 through to July 26).
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.
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.
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 in the Classical Association of Canada's Essay Contest, Senior Category, is 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 Major Departmental Awards for 2012/13, 2013/14, and 2014/15!
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