Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin canadien des études anciennes    (ISSN 1198-9149)
Volume 10.8 (2004 04 15)
Editors/Redacteurs: J. W. Geyssen (University of New Brunswick) & J. R. Porter (University of Saskatchewan)     <

Published by the Classical Association of Canada/ Publié par la société canadienne des études classiques

President: Catherine Rubincam (University of Toronto at Mississauga) <>
Secretary/Secretaire: Patrick Baker (Université Laval) <>
Treasurer/Tresorier: Craig Cooper (University of Winnipeg) <>
  Contents of CCB/BCEA 10.8 (2004 04 15)                                           Return to CCB Archive   /   BCÉA Archives
        1. Association Announcements
                    (Editorship of CCB/BCEA, Undergraduate Essay Contest)
        2. Job Announcement
                     (Nipissing University)
        3. Conference Announcement
                    (Société-environnement naturel dans l'empire romain: concepts, enjeux et pratiques)
        4. Calls for Papers
                    (Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Class Struggles in Antiquity)
        5. Obituary
                    (Dave Debrou)

Association Announcements
From: John Geyssen

Editorship of the CCB/BCEA

After five years, Jim Murray is stepping down as co-editor of CCB/BCEA and as overseer of the web page of the CAC/SCEC. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jim for his work and help over the past half decade, and to congratulate him on a job well done. At the same time, I would like to welcome John Porter of the University of Saskatchewan, who will take over Jim's tasks. The web page now has a new address:

Submissions for the newsletter can still be sent to:


From: Frances Pownall
Undergraduate Essay Contest

Essays written for any undergraduate course with classical content at a Canadian university during the previous academic year are eligible.

Essays may be submitted by either the student or the instructor. They may be up to 50 pages in length. Up to two separate essays may be submitted for any one student, but no individual will be eligible for more than one award in any particular year.

Essays should submitted as they were submitted for the course, without revisions or corrections (with the exception of typographical errors) and with no comments or corrections by the instructor. The cover page should contain only the title of the paper: nowhere in the essay proper should any information be offered that might identify the student, the instructor, or the institution. A separate sheet should be submitted with the name of the student, his/her institution, and the submitting instructor (if applicable).

Entries should also indicate whether the essay is to be judged in the junior contest (for papers submitted by junior undergraduates in survey courses where no specialized knowledge of Classics is required) or in the senior contest (for papers written by senior undergraduates in specialized upper-level courses in Classics). If you are not certain which category might be appropriate, please include a brief description of the course for which the essay was written.

The contest deadline every year is August 31, to permit the inclusion of essays written for summer courses, and the results are usually announced in the November or December issue of the Canadian Classical Bulletin / Bulletin canadien des études anciennes.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning essays, and the winners will have the option of posting their essays on the CAC/SCEC website.

Essays may be submitted either by e-mail (MS-Word only, please) or by post to:

Professor Frances Pownall
Department of History and Classics
2-28 H.M. Tory Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4

Job Announcement
From: Bill Walton

Nine-month limited-term position at the rank of Assistant Professor
in the area of Classical Greek and Roman civilization

Nipissing University
Faculty of Arts and Science
Classical Studies

The Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies invites applications for a nine-month limited-term position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2004, subject to final budgetary approval. The area of specialization is Classical Greek and Roman civilization. The successful candidate will be required to teach two sections of Classics 1005, which is a full-year introductory survey course in Greek and Roman civilization, and Classics 2005, a full-year upper-level course in Classical Mythology. In second term, the appointee will have the option to teach, for additional remuneration, the half-year upper-level course, Classics 2206, Sport in the Classical World.

Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in Classical Studies and a demonstrated ability to teach at the undergraduate level. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens. Nipissing University is an equal opportunity employer. The deadline for receiving applications is April 30, 2004.

For more information contact Dr Marg Denike, Chair of Humanities and Cultural Studies Department at <> or (705) 474-3461 ext 4576.

A letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and teaching evaluations (if available) should be sent to:

Dr Andrew P. Dean
Dean of Arts and Science
Re: Classical Studies Search Committee
Faculty of Arts and Science
Nipissing University
100 College Drive
North Bay, ON P1B 8L7
Email: <>
Fax: 705-474-3072

Conference Announcement
From: Ella Hermon


Sous le patronage du Consortium Gérard Boulvert et la présidence de M. Luigi Labruna, président du Conseil des Universités d'Italie

Université Laval
14-15 mai 2004


Vendredi, 14 mai 2004: Laboratoire Chaire de recherche du Canada (4441 Bonenfant)
Accueil des participants
17h30 Allocution de bienvenue
Réception du Groupe de recherche d'Histoire romaine

Samedi, 15 mai 2004: Salle du Conseil de l'Université Laval (3632 Casault)

9h15-9h45 Mobilité pastorale e frontière nel mondo romano
9h45-10h15 Le Languedoc romain: un écosystème et les problèmes des sols
FRAN«OIS FAVORY, CNRS, Université de Besançon, France

10h10-11h00 Pause-Café

11h10-11h30 Ubique fines
RICHARD TALBERT, North Carolina University, U.S.A.
11h30-12h00 Les frontières internes et l'écologie des delta méditerranéens
Les Limites romaines généraient-elles une marginalité?
PHILIPPE LEVEAU, CNRS, Université d'Aix-en-Provence, France

12h00-14h00 Repas

14h00-14h30 Les limites des cités et le travail des arpenteurs
DANIEL GARGOLA, Université du Kentucky, U.S.A.
14h30-15h00 Les limites. Outil d'intégration des territoires et des hommes

15h00-15h30 Pause-Café

15h00-15h30 Disettes, crises frumentaires, crises sociales?
MIREILLE CORBIER, directrice de l'Année épigraphique, Paris, France
15h30-16h00 Catastrofi naturali e vicende storiche nella Campania antica
ALFREDINA STORCHI, Université de Naples, Italie
16h00-16h30 Peter the Iberian at Yavneh -Yam: calamities in context
MOSHE FICHER, director, Yavneh-Yam project, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
16h30-17h00 Sustainable roman intensive mixed farming methods. Water conservation and erosion control
GEOFFREY KRON, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
17h00-17h30 Les agri deserti dans le Fayoun et la gestion des crises
PIERRE JAILLETE, Université de Lille, France
17h30-18h00 Les catastrophes naturelles et leur gestion dans l'annalitique romaine et dans Ab Urbe Condita de Tite-Live
MARTINE CHASSIGNET, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France
18h00-18h30 Les catastrophes naturelles et la gestion des crises chez les Encyclopédistes
ROBERT BEDON, Université de Limoges, France

DIMANCHE, 16 mai 2004: Salle du Conseil de l'Université Laval (3632 Casault)
9h00-9h30 L'histoire de l'environnement
WITOLD WOLODKIEWICZ, rector EWSPA, Pologne, Israel
9h30-10h00 Le problème juridique des frontières
FRANCO SALERNO, Université de Cassino, Italie

10h00-10h30 Pause-Café

10h30-11h00 Conclusion
MONIQUE CLAVEL-LÉVÈQUE, CNRS, Université de Besançon, France
11h00-11h30 Réunion d'organisation du 3e colloque de la chaire
La gestion intégrée de l'eau: évolution, enjeux, pratiques
11h30-12h30 Réunion du groupe GEDEON

Calls for Papers
From: William J. Dominik

ASCS XXVI (2005)


The Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be holding its twenty-sixth General Meeting and Conference at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, over three days commencing on the morning of Monday 31 January 2005 and concluding with the conference dinner on the evening of Wednesday 2 February. This will be the first meeting of the Society in New Zealand. Keynote speakers will be Professor Alan Cameron (Columbia) and Dr Colleen McCullough.

The closing date for offers of papers is Monday 1 November 2004. Papers of either 20 or 30 minutes are invited on any topic connected with the ancient world relating to its languages, literature, thought, history and archaeology and embracing Greece, Rome, the Ancient Near East, Egypt and the Mediterranean generally from the beginnings to the Early Middle Ages. Please send offers, with an abstract of 100 words, to William J. Dominik at the following e-mail address: <>, or mail to:

Department of Classics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand.

It is anticipated that business meetings of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies and of New Zealand Universities' Classics Departments will be held consecutively on the morning of Thursday 3 February 2005. There will also be a meeting of all Heads of Departments in Australasia or their representatives in the afternoon of Sunday 30 January. Please keep the dates and times of these meetings in mind when booking flights to and from Dunedin.

Accommodation will be available at St Margaret's College on the University campus for one week around the dates of the conference; motel/hotel accommodation is available not far from campus. The conference venue and University are within walking distance of the town centre. Information about booking residential and motel/hotel accommodation, registering for the meeting, and costs will be provided during the year by e-mail and via the Otago Classics Department website (

If recipients of this message know of any colleagues or other potentially interested parties who have not received this notice and wish to be added to the ASCS meeting e-mail distribution list, please inform William J. Dominik at the e-mail address above.

We look forward to seeing you in Dunedin early next year.


From: David Roselli


April 2005
Scripps College
Los Angeles

What do we mean when we talk of class in antiquity? What evidence do we have to construct models of class struggle? Can we in fact talk of class in the context of the ancient world? What problems do we face when we try to examine class in antiquity from the perspective of our own present day society? To be sure, ancient (elite) sources are not the most transparent representations of the views of peasants. Yet class allegiance is not a simple matter of economics. So what classes were there? How did class impinge upon ideology (of the wealthy, the polis, the urban poor, imperialism, etc.)? To what extent can a model of class struggle provide a motor for historical change (rather than a mere description) in the ancient world?

This conference will explore the kinds of evidence (visual, literary, epigraphic, etc.) that we have and can use for an analysis of class in antiquity (Greece and Rome) as well as the models (Marx, Althusser, Zizek, Gramsci, Jameson, Williams, Bourdieu, etc.) that can best explain how we define class struggle in the ancient world and the ways in which it was represented. Whereas (in Terry Eagleton's terms) the "Holy Trinity" of gender, race and ethnicity has long held the imagination of classicists since the 1970s, class (as a category of analysis) has by and large ceased to be a topic of interest. This trend was part of a broader shift in the understanding of social forces that has rejected Marxism (with its emphasis on economic class struggle) in favor of postmodern identity politics. But postmodern work on Marxism and ideology has provided many supplements to orthodox (Marxist) notions of class. In its synthesis of the critical advances made in the study of class and a thorough analysis of the extant evidence, this conference aims to readdress and reevaluate the concepts of class and class struggle in antiquity.

Abstract Deadline: May 15, 2004

Papers should be about 30 minutes in length. Please send inquiries and abstracts (up to 2 pages pasted in the body of an email) to David Roselli <>.

From: John Porter

DAVE DE BROU (1950-2004)

It is with great sadness that the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan announces the death of Professor Dave De Brou. Dave was not a classicist — he specialized in the politics and society of nineteenth-century Canada — but he was a tremendous friend of classics here at the UofS. Over the years, in his capacity as the department's director of undergraduate studies and, in the last year, as department head, Dave devoted untold hours to the development of our interdisciplinary program in Classical, Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies and the preservation of classical studies on this campus. His energy, enthusiasm, good cheer, and unparalleled devotion to this institution and its students will be greatly missed.

A tribute to Dave can be found on the Department's WWW site at:

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