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CLAS-2301/HIST-2080-001 The History of Archaic Greece
From the invention of the alphabet to the dramatic Athenian victory at the Battle of Marathon, the Archaic period of Greek history (800 BCE–490 BCE) is one of the most exciting, monumental, and important periods of world history. In this period, the Olympic Games are founded; natural science starts to try to explain the world, while philosophy begins to inquire into ethics, politics, and the soul. But it’s not all about the Greeks. The archaic period saw the reawakening of the multicultural and interconnected world of the Mediterranean. In this course, you’ll learn about the historical origins of many central political, philosophical, and historical concepts, not as the idealized creations of “Great Men,” but as the contentious and meaningful productions of men and women – Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, etc. We’ll undertake a chronological approach to history – what happened when – but also a thematic approach – what was important and why. Along the way, guided by Dr. Melissa Funke, you’ll read selections from the first female poet (Sappho), a complaining old-timer (Theognis), and the inventor of history (Herodotus). MWF 10:30–11:20am, 2MS12!
CLAS/THFM-2405-001 Staging Greek and Roman Drama
Drama – “doing things” – is Greek; theatron – “a place for seeing” – is Greek. What better way to understand the origins of drama and theatre than by staging and performing Greek drama this Fall? Tragedy and comedy were mastered 2500 years ago in iconic stories like the fall of the king Oedipus or the comic trip to Hades of the god Dionysus. But, Greek drama isn’t merely dusting off old texts and reading them aloud: as this class makes clear, the influence of Greek and Roman drama is alive and well across the globe. From Korean adaptations of Medea, to the 1990 satire Oedipus Tex, Greek and Roman drama continues as a touchstone in global theatre. In this course, with Dr. Melissa Funke, students read an assortment of plays from the ancient world and learn about ancient and modern stagecraft (from the Deus ex machina, to masks and choruses) before staging a play themselves. Every aspect of the theatre is present in this course: from history and interpretation, to song and dance, improvisation, and the creation of character. MWF 1:30–2:20pm, 1M28!
CLAS-3850/4850/HIST-3010-001 Eras: Murder and Intrigue in Imperial Rome: The Julio-Claudians
Are you interesting in the Julio-Claudians of Rome, the first Imperial family of Rome? They were the Kardashians before the Kardashians! Was Augustus truly the magnanimous leader who wanted to restore glory to Rome, or was he manipulative, cruel, and vengeful? Was Tiberius dour, depraved, and hypocritical, or simply misunderstood? Was Caligula frighteningly insane, or did he believe that horses really had a place in the Roman senate? Was Claudius an idiot under the thumb of his mother, wives, and ex-slaves, or was he a political genius? Was Nero really the epitome of depravity and decadence as he is often depicted, or did he attempt to improve the lot of the average Roman? If you're interested in the answers to any of these questions and many more, then sign up for this class with Dr. Matt Gibbs, MW 4:00-5:15pm, 3M71!

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...

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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