Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin Canadien des Etudes Anciennes

14.10      2008 08 15     ISSN 1198-9149


Editor/Rédacteur: Michael P. Fronda (McGill University)


Published by e-mail by the Classical Association of Canada/Publié par courrier électronique par la société canadienne des études classiques 

President: Jonathan Edmondson (York University, Toronto)
Secretary/ Secrétaire: John Serrati (McGill University, Montreal)
Treasurer/ Trésorier: Annabel Robinson (University of Regina)



[1] CCB/BCEA Announcements

[2] Association Announcements and News

[3] Positions Available

[4] Calls for Papers and Conference/Lecture Announcements

[5] Scholarships and Competitions

[6] Summer Study and Field Schools

[7] Varia

[1]  CCB/BCEA Announcements

From: Michael Fronda

Directory of Classics Programs/Répeetoire des programmes d'études classiques

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to encourage everyone to look at the Directory of Classics Programs in Canada/Répertoire des départements et de programmes d'études clasiques du Canada on the Association website ( or This can be a valuable resource for both colleagues and students.

Please be reminded that the web editors rely on colleagues for any updated contact information.  Over the past few years the Directory has fallen rather out-of-date.  Therefore, I ask each department head to review his/her program's listing and notify me of any changes that need to be made.  

Email any updates to  and please put "Directory Updates"  (or similar) in the subject heading, as this helps me control spam.


[2] Association Announcements and News


From: Jonathan Edmondson


Colleagues will be pleased to learn of the recent publication of two new volumes in the Phoenix Supplementary series: 

(1) This past April a volume of essays on Roman Dress and the Fabrics of Roman Culture, edited by Jonathan Edmondson (York University) and Alison Keith (University of Toronto) appeared as Phoenix Supplementary volume 46 (370 pp., with 57 plates; $85). (It forms the inaugural volume of a new Phoenix Supplementary subseries “Studies in Greek and Roman Social History” and the second volume of the “Studies in Gender” subseries.)

Roman Dress and the Fabrics of Roman Culture investigates the social symbolism and cultural poetics of dress in the Roman world in the period from 200 BCE–400 CE. The editors and contributors to this volume explore the diffusion of Roman dress protocols at Rome and in the Roman Empire. It goes beyond the male elite to address a wider spectrum of Roman society. Chapters deal with such topics as masculine attire, strategies for self-expression for Roman women within a dress code prescribed by a patriarchal culture, and the complex dynamics of dress in imperial Roman culture, both literary and artistic. This volume further investigates the literary, legal, and iconographic evidence to provide anthropologically-informed readings of Roman clothing. The collection employs a range of methodological approaches – historical, literary critical, philological, art historical, sociological and anthropological – to offer a thorough discussion of a central issue in Roman culture.

(2) On 8 August Neil W. Bernstein’s In the Image of the Ancestors: Narratives of Kinship in Flavian Epic appeared as Phoenix Supplementary Volume 48 (281 pp.; $65). 

Only four Roman epic poems survive from the Flavian period: Valerius Flaccus’s Argonautica, Statius’s Thebaid and Achilleid, and Silius Italicus’s Punica. Neil W. Bernstein (Ohio University) argues that these poems contain depictions of kinship that are significantly different from earlier epic and examines these representations in the context of the social, political, and aesthetic changes of the early Imperial period. The book analyses various kinds of kinship, including biological relationships, elective relationships such as marriage and adoption, and the symbolic bonds of social and political allegiances, to illuminate the complex ways in which the Roman upper class asserted their status with or without noble lineage. A fresh and fascinating look at not only Roman poetry, but the epic tradition itself, In the Image of the Ancestors is essential reading for classicists and literary historians.

To order these volumes, please see the University of Toronto Press website:  

Note also that a full list of all Phoenix Supplementary Volumes is now available on the Phoenix website:

Phoenix welcomes new book-length manuscripts both for its two subseries, “Studies in Gender” and “Studies in Greek and Roman Social History,” and for the main Supplementary Series. 

All enquiries should be directed to Jonathan Edmondson or Alison Keith, Co-Editors of the Phoenix Supplementary Series, at or


[3] Positions Available

 From: Alison Keith

University of Toronto

The Department of Classics at the University of Toronto is soliciting applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to be filled by a specialist in Latin poetry with expertise in republican Latin literature and/or Roman drama. The successful applicant will have demonstrated potential for excellence in research and teaching, and will be expected to contribute to a growing and research-intensive doctoral programme and to a thriving undergraduate programme in Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilization; an ability to teach Latin and Greek literature at all levels is required. The department welcomes a wide range of methods and innovative approaches to the study of literature and is particularly interested in candidates who combine a thorough training in Classics with an interest in other disciplines in the humanities or social sciences. The Department of Classics cooperates closely with the graduate Drama Centre, the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Women and Gender Studies Institute, and the Departments of Art, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, and Philosophy, among others.

The appointment will begin 1 July 2009; an appropriate doctoral degree must have been earned by that date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should include: a curriculum vitae, a sample of academic writing, evidence of excellence in teaching, and a short description of the applicant’s current research plans. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Latin Poetry Search Committee, Department of Classics, University of Toronto, 125 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C7, CANADA.

To ensure full consideration, the application and all supporting documentation should be received by November 1, 2008.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Any enquiries about the application should be sent to


From: Michelle George

McMaster University

The Department of Classics at McMaster University invites applications for a new tenure-track appointment in Greek Literature at the Assistant Professor level to commence July 1, 2009.  McMaster University is a research-intensive university, and the Department of Classics has an undergraduate degree program in Classics, as well as a graduate program at the M.A. and Ph.D level.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Classics, with specialization in Greek language and literature, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, with a clearly defined research program which will result in publication.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach ancient Greek language and literature at all levels (in the original as well as in translation) and to contribute to all aspects of the Department's graduate program.  The ability to teach courses in Latin as well as Greek is an advantage. Applicants should send a letter of application, together with a curriculum vitae and a sample of their writing (e.g., an article or chapter of a book/dissertation) to:

Dr. Michele George, Chair, Department of Classics,

McMaster University, 1280 Main West,

Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M2,


fax: (905) 577-6930

Applications must be received by Friday, November 28, 2008, and applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to reach the Department by the same date. All documentation submitted in support of your application becomes the property of the University and is not returnable.  The Department will be conducting interviews at the January 2009 meeting of the American Philological Association in Philadelphia.  Applicants are encouraged to consult the departmental website at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.  McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff.  The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.


[4] Calls for Papers and Conference/Lecture Announcements


From: Jonathan Edmondson


Mérida (Spain), May 18-21, 2009

As a member of the Academic Steering Committee, I would like to encourage CAC/SCEC colleagues to consider participating in the 11th International Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art, to be held in Mérida (Spain), May 18-21, 2009, at the invitation of the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano (MNAR; the National Museum of Roman Art) and the Institut Català de Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC; the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology). (Post-congress excursions, not included in the standard registration fee, will take place on May 22-23.)

The theme of the 11th Colloquium will be: “Rome and the Provinces: Models and Diffusion”.

Proposals for the presentation of research papers or regional syntheses (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes discussion), news of recent finds (10 minutes, plus 5 minutes discussion), or posters will be welcome on the following topics:

The official Colloquium languages are Spanish, French, English, German, and Italian.

The Academic Steering Committee reserves the right to accept or reject proposals.

The Colloquium proceedings will be published.

Full details, including instructions for the submission of proposals for papers (deadline: November 15, 2008) and for registration (deadline: December 31, 2008), are now available (in Spanish and in English) on the conference’s website:


From: Bruce Robertson

Call for Papers

2008 Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association

October 31 -November 1

Mount Allison University

The Department of Classics at Mount Allison University in Sackville NB will be hosting the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Classical Association on the afternoon of Friday 31st of October and Saturday November 1st, 2008. This will take place in conjunction with the Annual Crake Lectures, to be given by Dr. Helen King of Reading University on Thurs. October 30 and Friday October 31st.

The conference's theme will be 'Quality of Life in the Ancient World'. Although Dr. King's research on Medicine and Physicians in the ancient world addresses this topic through health, we intend for the theme to be broadly construed: we hope collectively to explore 'quality of life' in the varied material conditions of living in the ancient world, as a goal of ancient philosophical and historiographical thought, and as recurring theme of ancient literature from Hesiod to Augustine.

Please submit abstracts of up to 200 words for papers of twenty minutes to Bruce Robertson <> by Tuesday September 30th.


[5] Scholarships and Competitions


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[6] Summer Study and Field School


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[7] Varia


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