Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin Canadien des Etudes Anciennes

13.5      2007 01 15      ISSN 1198-9149


Editors/Rédacteurs: J. W. Geyssen (University of New Brunswick):

Michael P. Fronda (McGill University):

Renaud Gagné (McGill University):





Published by e-mail by the Classical Association of Canada/

Publié par courrier électronique par la société canadienne des études classiques



President: James Murray (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton)

Secretary/ Secrétaire: Patrick Baker (Université Laval)

Treasurer/ Trésorier: Annabel Robinson (University of Regina)



[1] Association Announcements

[2] Positions Available

[3] Calls for Papers

[4] Conference Announcements

[5] Fellowships


[1] Association Announcements


From: Annabel Robinson

Cambridge University Press has enquired if it is possible to rent or purchase for one time use the membership list of the Classical Association of Canada in preparing a direct mail campaign for its new Lectrix online resource, a tool to help students read Greek and Latin in the original language. The CAC proposes to offer them the one-time use of our list without charge. If you would prefer that your name not be included in the mailing list we provide to CUP would you please contact the Treasurer, Annabel Robinson ( no later than January 30, 2007.

From: Frances Pownall

Here are the results of this year's essay competition, with profuse apologies to all for having been so slow to get the results out this year. I would also like to remind all instructors please to mention the competition to all students who submit outstanding papers for undergraduate courses. The senior competition is holding strong with 19 entries this year, but the junior only had 7 eligible entries. Let me take this opportunity to remind everyone that the monetary value of the prizes has substantially increased.

Junior Results, 2005/6 Essay Competition

First Prize: Joel Taylor (Concordia University) for “Achieving Quietude Amongst the Polarized Scholarship Concerning Sappho’s Fragment 94.”

Second Prize: Jeremy Treleaven (University of British Columbia) for “The Echo of Nomos: The Characterization of Isolation in Philoctetes.”

Third Prize: Patrick Roussel (Université d’Ottawa) for “Nouvelles techniques de guerre.”

The junior-level essays this year displayed a new level of maturity and sophistication, despite their scarcity in number (only 7 were eligible this year). The winning essays were extremely well written, offered new insights into their chosen topics, and provided flashes of brilliant analysis. The top paper stood apart from the rest by the author’s judicious engagement with recent scholarship on the topic.

Senior Results: 2005/6 Essay Competition

I was delighted by the response to this year’s competition, 19 essays submitted, 2 in French, mostly from Ontario and Quebec (two from the west and none from the east). These were a particularly superb selection on a wide range of topics, and it was very difficult to choose the winners. The winning essays stood out as a result of their original scholarship, erudite analysis of the source material, and engaging as well as well-written presentation of their results.

First Prize: Seth Estrin (University of Toronto) for “A Day at the Tripartite Shrine: Reconstructing and Reinterpreting the “Grandstand” Fresco.”

Second Prize: Catherine Ouellet-Fortrin (Université Laval) for “La guerre des mots: l’émulation entre les cités d’Asie Mineure à l’époque impériale.”

Third Prize: Christopher Lougheed (Queen’s University) for “The Cult of Divus Claudius: Scope and Survival.”

Honourable mentions go to:

Rhonda Barlow (Lakehead University) for “A Note on Prorsus in Cicero’s Ad Familiares 16.1.1.”

Jane Burkowski (Queen’s University) for “Time of Day Imagery in Apollonius’ Argonautica.”

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all the students who submitted essays for this year’s contest. It is very encouraging to see the breadth and depth of scholarship at the undergraduate level.


[2] Positions Available


From: Guy Chamberland

The Loukidelis Fellowship


The Loukidelis Foundation and the Department of Classical Studies at Thorneloe College of Laurentian University are pleased to announce the Loukidelis Doctoral Fellowship in Classics (Greek or Roman studies) for the academic year 2007-2008.


The Loukidelis Fellowship is non-renewable and open to individuals who either


The holder of the Loukidelis fellowship will be asked to teach a total of three term courses (9 credits) over the Fall and Winter terms and give a public lecture. She/He will receive $22,000 with an allowance of up to $2000 to cover research-associated expenses and an allowance of up to $1000 to cover moving. Applications for the Loukidelis Fellowship should include official transcripts and three letters of reference.


When applicable, the thesis supervisor should be asked to write concerning the subject of the thesis and the expected date for its final submission. Applicants should also send a statement regarding the progress of their doctoral studies, including their schedule for completion, and a one- or two-page synopsis of their thesis. Completed applications should be sent by May 11th, 2007 to:


Dr Guy Chamberland, Chair
Department of Classical Studies
Thorneloe University
Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6.


Further inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr Chamberland ( Additional information about the department and the university is available at Thorneloe College is committed to employment equity. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position.




[3] Calls for Papers

From: Young, Chelsey Kathyrn M.

University of New Brunswick
Undergraduate Conference on Classical Studies

16-17 March 2007

The Classics Society, in conjunction with the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, will be hosting an undergraduate conference on the 16th and 17th of March, 2007.

We are welcoming papers from all students of Classics and Classical Studies as well as from students of any discipline within the Humanities. Topics should be related to the Classical World. Presentations should be about ten to fifteen minutes in length.

The 16th will consist of one afternoon session with a keynote address by a visiting professor in the evening. The second and third sessions will be held on the morning and early afternoon of the 17th. A reception will follow the keynote address, and a combined luncheon and presentation-skills workshop will follow the final session on the 17th.

The registration fee is $10, payable at the conference.

Abstracts should be around 300 words and should include a name, address, e-mail address, phone number and the university affiliation. The deadline for submissions is February 9, 2007, and all accepted undergraduates will be notified by February 19th, 2007. Abstracts (preferably as a word document) should be sent to Chelsey Young, as should any questions. All undergraduates are welcome and encouraged to submit an abstract regardless of experience.

From: George Kovacs

Classics and Comics
Outreach Panel Session at the American Philological Association

January 3-6, 2008; Chicago, Illinois


Proposals are invited for a special outreach panel on the topic of “Classics and Comics,” to be held at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association (APA) in January 2008. There are many examples of comics appropriating the classics for serious or comic purposes, including Frank Miller's /300/, Neil Gaiman's /Sandman/, Messner-Loebs' /Epicurus the Sage/, van Lente's /Action Philosophers/, Shanower's /Age of Bronze/, Goscinny and Uderzo's /Asterix/ series. Since Classics Illustrated Comics' /The Last Days of Pompeii /in 1947, comics have been drawing (on) material from Greek and Roman myth, literature and history. At times the connection was cosmetic—as perhaps with Wonder Woman’s Amazonian heritage—and at times it was almost irrelevant—as with Hercules’ starfaring adventures in the 1982 Marvel miniseries. But all of these make implicit or explicit claims about the place of Classics in modern literary culture.


The APA's committee on Outreach is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding and appreciation of Classics – Greek and Roman culture of the ancient world. Each year the Outreach Committee hosts one panel on a topic designed to attract an audience from outside the APA's traditional audience (students and faculty of Classics Departments in North America). This panel is open both to members of the APA and the general public and will be advertised in the Chicago area.


The comic book has been a major element of North American popular culture for over a century and has been increasingly regarded as a legitimate artistic and literary medium. This legitimization has happened on at least two fronts: through the emergence of the 'graphic novel' and through scholar/practitioners such as Scott McCloud and Will Eisner attempting to define the relationship of the comic book to audience, artist and other artistic media. Yet to date there has been very little work attempting to integrate the medium into a larger understanding of Western artistic and literary culture.


The following is a list of possible topics that contributors might explore, though the organizers invite proposals for exciting and engaged papers that will reveal aspects of comics and their Classical sources from any disciplinary perspective that might be relevant to the overall theme:


- the depiction of myth or ancient history in comics
- visual representations of myth or history in ancient sources and in the comics format
- discussions of any specific use of the Classics in the comics medium
- the transformation of narrative structure between ancient source material and comics
- the appropriation of motif or character typology from Classical literature
- the synthesis of visual art and text in the ancient and modern worlds
- the effect of comics on modern perceptions of Greek and Roman material
- the influence of comics on other artistic media depicting Greek and Roman material
- the legitimization of comics as literature through the use of Classical material
- Classical narratives in Manga
- comparison of comics with other forms of 'low' culture in the ancient world


The organizers are also welcoming the participation of comics writers and artists.

Contingent to the success of the panel, the organizers may wish further to develop and publish the proceedings.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length; use of visuals (through power point) is expected.

Please forward a 400-word abstract, along with a separate file containing your name, the abstract title, and a brief biographical statement or CV, as email attachments in Word or Rich Text Format to both of the organizers:
George Kovacs (
C.W. Marshall (
Further questions may also be addressed to either of the organizers.

Abstracts will be considered beginning February 5, 2007, until the panel is filled. Submissions are encouraged before that date. Abstracts will be evaluated by the panel organizers, and the entire panel will then be reviewed anonymously by the APA Program Committee.

From: Geoffrey Greatrex


Deadline: March 15th, 2007

The Thirty-Third Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held at the University of Toronto, from Thursday evening, October 11th, through Sunday lunch, October 14th, with registration available on Thursday evening. The conference is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. For more information, see our website:

For further information including the process of submitting an abstract, please see



[4] Conference Announcements

From: Franco De Angelis

NOW AVAILABLE: Preliminary Program and Registration Information

"Regionalism and Globalism in Antiquity" Conference
March 16-17, 2007, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hosted by the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver on behalf of the Classical Associations of the Canadian West and Pacific Northwest

The conference organizing committee is pleased to announce that the preliminary program (including abstracts) and registration information are now available on the bilingual conference website: Fifty-seven papers in total will be presented. The papers, including the keynote address by Professor Lord Colin Renfrew (Cambridge University) entitled “Transcending Ethnicity: State, Empire and Beyond,” tackle the conference’s themes from a wide variety of perspectives. The conference website also contains full details about accommodation, ground transport, and attractions in and around Vancouver.

We heartily encourage all to attend.

Franco De Angelis, Chair
Conference Organizing Committee

[5] Fellowships

From: Geoffrey Greatrex <>

(1935-1997)- III EDITION

With the support of the Greek Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, the Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità e del Vicino Oriente of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the Fondazione di Venezia, and the Associazione Italia-Grecia of Venice, we are pleased to announce the third competition for the Prize in memory of Professor Nikolaos M. Panagiotakes, former Director of the Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice.

Eligibility is restricted to researchers under the age of 40 whose academic interests are related to Professor Panagiotakes' research fields: Byzantine and post-Byzantine language, literature and history; Byzantine and humanistic philology; archive documents concerning Greek medieval and modern history; literary production in vernacular Greek; the literature and culture of Crete under Venetian rule; historical, literary and cultural relationships between the Greek East and the medieval and renaissance West; Greek scholars of the Diaspora; Venice and the Greeks. The study must be original, individual and unpublished at the time of the deadline of the announcement (31.5.2007). The study (written in Italian, Greek, English or French) must not exceed 100 pages (A4, 12 point, double spacing, 30 lines per page) and must be submitted both in paper (printed) version and in electronic version (PDF file) by 31 May 2007 to the following addresses:
printed version:

Prof. Caterina Carpinato, Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità e del Vicino Oriente, Università Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Marcorà Malcanton, Dorsoduro 3484/d, 30123 Venezia, Italia
electronic PDF version:

The award ceremony will take place in Iraklio (Greece) on the 10th anniversary of the famous scholar's death, during the annual international conference in memory of N.M. Panagiotakes (late September - beginning of October 2007).
Winners of the previous competitions were:
- First competition 2003: FILIPPOMARIA PONTANI for his research Ulisse a Creta. Marco Musuro, Arsenio Apostolis e l'Odissea. The award ceremony took place at the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice.
- Second competition 2005: KOSTAS YIAVIS for his research So near, yet so far: Medieval Courtly Romance and Imberios and Margarona. A case of De-Medievalization. The award ceremony took place during the 6th International Conference NEOGRAECA MEDII AEVI (Ioannina 2005).


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