Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin Canadien des Etudes Anciennes

14.9      2008 07 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] Association Announcements and News

[2] CCB/BCEA Announcements

[3] Positions Available

[4] Calls for Papers and Conference/Lecture Announcements

[5] Scholarships and Competitions

[6] Summer Study and Field Schools

[7] Varia

[1] Association Announcements and News

From John Geyssen (

New editorial team for Mouseion

Mouseion, Journal of the Classical Association of Canada/ Revue de la Société Canadienne des Etudes Classiques, has a new editorial team, consisting of Hans vanderLeest ( and Myles McCallum (myles.mccallum@SMU.CA), as archaeological editors, and John Geyssen ( We would like to thank Mark Joyal and Lea Stirling, the outgoing editors, for their commitment to the journal and for their generous help during the transition. We naturally hope to maintain the excellence established by Mark and Lea.

Mouseion will continue to appear three times a year and include an archaeological issue annually as well as thematic issues periodically. We encourage submissions in all areas of Classical scholarship, and manuscripts should be sent to one of the new editors.



Prof. Mark Joyal recipient of 2008 CAC of Merit

The following citation was read at the AGM in May 2008:

The Award of Merit Committee has the honour of naming Professor Mark Joyal as the first recipient of the Classical Association of Canada’s Award of Merit. The award recognizes Professor Joyal’s manifold and sustained services to Classical studies in Canada as a teacher, scholar and administrator.

After completing his studies at the University of Manitoba and St Andrews University, Professor Joyal held temporary posts at the Universities of Calgary and Toronto before being appointed to the Department of Classics at Memorial University. He served there for seventeen years, twelve of these as department head. Since 2003 he has been Professor of Classics and department head at the University of Manitoba. He is a rigorous and inspirational teacher, untiring in his commitment to this fundamental duty of our profession. By regularly teaching a full complement of courses alongside his administrative and editorial work he has advanced both the programmes concerned and the progress of many individual students towards their degrees. In the realm of scholarship he is noted for his scrupulous work on the texts of Plato and others, especially the Platonic Theages, and is now contributing to editions in both the Éditions Budé and the Oxford Classical Texts series. He has performed signal service to the Association and to the Canadian scholarly community as an editor of Échos du monde classique/Classical Views, now Mouseion, for no less than fourteen years, and his editorial activity has extended to several collections of essays as well as a jointly authored sourcebook on Greek and Roman education to be published this year. His administrative skills, dedication and patience have earned the respect and gratitude of his colleagues and have ensured the health and advancement, often in difficult times, of the programmes and projects which he has guided.

Mark Joyal’s personal qualities of intellectual and ethical rigour, good judgement, generosity and humanitas have consistently inspired and encouraged those who work with him. We are proud to recognize him as one who has served, and continues to serve, the cause of Classical studies in Canada with distinction.



[2] CCB/BCEA Announcements


No announcements this month.



[3] Positions Available

From Jennifer Moore (

The Department of Ancient History & Classics, Trent University, invites
applications for the instruction of a full-year (September-April)
course, "Introduction to Classical Literature" (AHCL 2300). The course
will take place on Wednesday afternoons at our Oshawa campus. Applicants
should have a Ph.D. or be close to obtaining one, have a demonstrated
ability in undergraduate instruction and an interest and expertise in
Classical Literature. More information on the position is posted under
"Part-time faculty opportunities" at
Please send an up-to-date cv, teaching dossier, and the names and
contact information of three referees to: Dr. Jennifer Moore, Acting
Chair, either electronically ( or by mail (Department
of Ancient History & Classics, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Dr.,
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8). Applications must be received by July
30, 2008. Trent University is an employment equity employer and
especially invites applications from women, aboriginal peoples, visible
minorities and persons with disabilities. In accordance with Canadian
Immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian
citizens and permanent residents.

Jennifer P. Moore (Acting Chair)
Associate Professor, Department of Ancient History & Classics
Champlain College
Trent University
1600 West Bank Dr.
Peterborough ON Canada K9J 7B8

Office location: Champlain College C4
Phone (705) 748-1011 x. 6102
Fax (705) 748-1131




[4] Calls for Papers and Conference/Lecture Announcements


From Amber J. Porter (

Ancient Medicine and its Contexts
Graduate Student Conference
24-26 April 2009
University of Calgary

Preliminary notice and call for papers

In order to bring together graduate students working in or around the area of ancient Greek and Roman medicine, a graduate student conference is planned for Friday 24 April to Sunday 26 April 2009, to be held at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Possible paper topics may include the study of ancient Greco-Roman medicine,or the study of ancient Greco-Medicine as it impacts upon the areas of literature, social or cultural history, gender studies, and so forth, from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Period. We encourage submissions not just from students specializing in ancient medicine, but also from those whose work intersects with ancient medicine.

Further details will be announced in due course. A preliminary website containing basic information has been setup at Those wishing to offer papers, or be put on a mailing list for information regarding further conference details, should e-mail Amber Porter, the conference coordinator, at Some financial assistance may be possible for those aiming to attend.

Amber Porter
Department of Greek and Roman Studies
University of Calgary


From Enrica Sciarrino (

A Sea of Languages: Rethinking the History of Western Translation

Translation in the multi-lingual and multi-cultural world of the ancient
Mediterranean was a manifest necessity, and yet there have been very few
studies on the role of translation and translators in this rich linguistic
environment. Even when authors such as Cicero and St. Jerome are discussed
they are too often seen primarily as archaic precursors of modern Western
translation theory and divorced from their cultural context. With the
current upsurge of interest in translation and the explosive growth of the
field of translation studies, we feel that this is an opportune time for
scholars of the ancient Mediterranean to contribute to the present debate by
complicating the too-often monolithic representation of ancient translation
practices and to examine translation in this region as a field worthy of
investigation in its own right, as a multifaceted historically and
culturally grounded activity.

We invite contributions to a proposed volume on translation and translators
in the ancient Mediterranean which will place both in their historical,
linguistic, literary, and cultural contexts. We seek papers from all regions
and all time periods up to the 5th century CE. Questions we would like
potential contributors to consider are: how did ancient translators
function? Under what constraints did they operate? How did literary
translators position themselves vis-à-vis other forms of translation? What
role did official translation play? Can we recover ancient theories of

We seek particularly seek papers that touch on the following topics, though
papers on all subjects are welcome:

- ancient theories of translation
- translation and cultural appropriation
- official translations and translators
- interpreting and oral translation
- translation as literary transformation
- the physical and temporal environment of translation
- translator loyalties and translators as social agents
- religious translation and its constraints
- pseudo-translations

Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted to either Siobhan McElduff
( or Enrica Sciarrino (
by September 15, 2008. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by
October 15, 2008. Please provide abstracts within the email itself or as
attachments in MS Word.


From Rajiv Bhola (

First Annual Late Antique World Workshop (LAWW): Stephen Mitchell’s A History of the Later Roman Empire Considered – Graduate Workshop – University of Ottawa

Late Antiquity has for a long time been studied as a pivotal period in Western history. Cultural, social and religious transformations, fluctuating political roles, and tumultuous foreign relations, inter alia, have both shaped the importance of this field and ensured its growth as a discipline. In the last two decades fresh methodologies and increasing openness to developments in other disciplines, such as Religious Studies, have helped to redefine previous conceptions of core themes and develop new perspectives.

Recently, the Blackwell History series published Stephen Mitchell’s A History of the Later Roman Empire: AD 284-641, intended as a comprehensive, introductory survey of Late Antique Roman history. By now many professors and students of Late Antiquity have surely become familiar with this text and have used it, either as a textbook or an aid in research. Considering the broad range of topics discussed, the handling of primary source material, and knowledge of modern scholarship, this text promises to replace a number of previous introductory works on Late Antiquity in the classroom.

As such, this year’s workshop aims to achieve two main goals: first, to bring together specialists’ reviews of the topics discussed by Mitchell, in order to create a comprehensive critique of the text and supplement it to maximize its usefulness in a classroom setting; and second, to offer graduate students a forum, in which to present their own research on related topics, in order to gain presentation experience and create dialogue in a constructive peer environment.

Submissions are currently being sought for: (1) 10 minute reviews for each of the following chapters from Mitchell’s text, preferably by professors with a specialty in the particular content, who are willing to moderate the panel (graduate submissions will be considered):
- The Roman Empire from Diocletian to Alaric (Chap. 3)
- The Roman Empire of the Fifth and Sixth Centuries (Chap. 4)
- The Roman State (Chap. 5)
- The Barbarian Kingdoms (Chap. 6)
- From Pagan to Christian (Chap. 7)
- Conversion to Christianity and the Politics of Religious Identity (Chap. 8)
- The Political Economy of the Later Roman Empire (Chap. 9)
- Society and Economy in the Mediterranean and the Near East (Chap. 10)
- The Challenges of the Later Sixth Century (Chap. 11)
- The Final Reckoning of the Eastern Empire (Chap. 12)

(2) Graduate papers on topics in Late Antiquity and/or reviews of developing trends/methodologies in other disciplines that can benefit the study of Late Antiquity, using Mitchell’s text as a starting point;

(3) Graduate papers on topics that are absent from the text or scantily discussed by Mitchell, such as, apocryphal literature, Judaism in the Roman Empire, and Late Antique philosophy.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes and will be followed by a plenary discussion period. Contributions are encouraged from Classics, Religious Studies, History and Philosophy, as well as from other related disciplines in the Humanities. Submissions from exemplary BA students, who are in their final year, will also be considered, with the written recommendation of a supervising professor.

Abstracts of 250 words (max) for presentations in English or French and offers for chapter reviews/panel moderations should be submitted no later than Sunday, August 17, 2008 and include the following information:
- Full name
- Title of paper
- Name of institution and department
- Current degree being sought or status
- Any audio-visual requirements or aids

Electronic submissions are preferred and can be sent to Paper submissions can be sent to:
Late Antique World Workshop
C/O The Department of Classics and Religious Studies
Arts Hall
70 Laurier Avenue East
Room 102
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

There will be a registration fee of $15, payable upon arrival. Publication options are also being explored for the chapter reviews and selected presentations.

The workshop will be held at the University of Ottawa on the weekend of September 20-21, 2008 (specific locations details to be announced), in collaboration with the Ottawa Network for the Study of Late Antiquity. The keynote speaker will be Dr Hugh Elton from Trent University, who is well known for his various archaeological investigations in southern Turkey and his work on the late Roman military. His recent publications include Warfare in the Roman Empire: A.D. 350-425 (Oxford, 1996) and contributions to D. Potter (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the Roman Empire (London, 2006) and N. Lenski (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine (Cambridge, 2006).

Members of the Ottawa Network for the Study of Late Antiquity participating will be:
George Bevan – Queen’s University, Classics
Dominique Côté – University of Ottawa, Classics
Theodore de Bruyn – University of Ottawa, Religious Studies
Jitse Dijkstra – University of Ottawa, Classics
Hugh Elton – Trent University, Classics
Geoffrey Greatrex – University of Ottawa, Classics
Pierluigi Piovanelli – University of Ottawa, Religious Studies
Karin Schlapbach – University of Ottawa, Classics



[5] Scholarships and Competitions


From Frances Pownall (

Reminder for the CAC Undergraduate Essay Competition

Just a reminder that the deadline for the CAC Undergraduate Essay Competition is August 31, 2008. Promising essays or projects on any aspect of Classics submitted for a course at any level (junior-level entries, no matter how short, are especially welcome!). Please direct any questions or submissions to Frances Pownall at

Best wishes,

CAC Undergraduate Essay Contest 2008
The Undergraduate Essay Contests are designed to showcase the research of undergraduate students taking Classics courses at Canadian universities. Students do not need to be Classics majors to submit their work: essays written for any undergraduate course with classical content at a Canadian university during the previous academic year are eligible. Two separate competitions are held each year: a junior contest, for papers submitted by junior undergraduates in survey courses where no specialized knowledge of Classics is required, and a senior contest, for papers written by undergraduates in specialized upper-level courses in Classics. A separate set of prizes is awarded for each of these competitions.

Concours d'essais pour le 1er cycle, 2008
Les concours d'essais pour étudiants de premier cycle ont pour but de mettre en valeur les travaux de recherche d'étudiants qui suivent des cours de premier cycle en études classiques dans une université canadienne. Les participants ne doivent pas obligatoirement être inscrits dans un programme d'études classiques: tous les essais rédigés dans le cadre d'un cours ayant trait aux études classiques, dans une université canadienne, au cours de la dernière année scolaire, sont éligibles. Chaque année ont lieu deux concours distincts. Le concours de niveau junior récompense des étudiants de premier cycle pour des travaux rédigés dans le cadre de cours d'initiation, pour lesquels aucune connaissance spécifique dans le domaine des études classiques n'est requise; le concours de niveau senior prend en compte des travaux d'étudiants de premier cycle écrits dans le cadre de cours spécialisés en études classiques. Les prix sont attribués de façon indépendante pour chacun des deux concours.

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 or the senior contest. If you are not certain which category might be appropriate, please include a brief description of the course for which the essay was written.

Judging is based on both form and content. The winning essays in both contests must be well-written, clearly organized, and free from errors of grammar and syntax. In the junior contest, winners usually have demonstrated a solid understanding of the sources pertinent to their topic and have covered their chosen subject thoroughly. In the senior contest, winners are expected to have made good use of both ancient and modern sources and to have offered new insights on their chosen topic.

Other types of submissions (for example, original works of fiction, video productions, games) will also be considered should the adjudicators judge them appropriate. All such submissions must be based on and deal creatively with ancient source material.


Les essais peuvent être soumis par les étudiants, ou par leur professeur. Les textes doivent compter au maximum 50 pages. Chaque étudiant peut soumettre jusqu'à deux essais différents, mais aucun concurrent ne sera récompensé plus d'une fois dans la même année.

Les essais doivent être soumis tels qu'ils ont été présentés dans le cadre du cours, sans révision ou corrections (à l'exception des fautes typographiques), et sans commentaires ou corrections de la part du professeur. La page couverture ne doit contenir que le titre du travail : l'essai ne doit contenir aucune information permettant d'identifier l'étudiant, le professeur ou l'institution. Le nom de l'étudiant, son institution et le nom du professeur ayant soumis l'essai (s'il y a lieu) doivent Ítre fournis sur une feuille séparée.

Ce document doit également indiquer si l'essai est soumis au concours de niveau junior ou senior. En cas de doute, veuillez inclure une brève description du cours pour lequel l'essai a été rédigé.
Les travaux seront jugés à la fois sur la forme et sur le contenu. Les essais retenus pour les deux concours devront Ítre bien écrits, structurés de façon claire, et devront Ítre exempts d'erreurs grammaticales et syntaxiques. Les gagnants du concours de niveau junior des années passées ont démontré une compréhension approfondie des études pertinentes à leur sujet qui fut couvert de façon minutieuse. Les gagnants du concours de niveau senior devront avoir fait preuve d'un bon usage des sources, modernes comme anciennes, dans la rédaction de leur dissertation qui présentera un caractère innovant.

Les autres types de travaux soumis (par exemple : récits de fiction originaux, productions vidéo, jeux) seront aussi pris en considération, à condition d'Ítre jugés appropriés par le jury. Le contenu des travaux de ce type devra s'appuyer sur des sources anciennes, et en traiter de façon créative.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning entries in both the junior and senior competition, and the winners will have the option of posting their entries on the CAC website.   First prize : $150; Second prize : $100; Third prize : $50

Des prix en argent seront attribués aux gagnants des concours de niveau junior et senior, et les gagnants auront la possibilité d'exposer leurs travaux sur le site Internet de la SCÉC. Premier prix : 150,00$; Deuxième prix : 100,00$; Troisième prix : 50,00$

Essay submission / Pour envoyer les essais
Essays may be submitted either by e-mail (MS-Word only, please) or by post to :
Les essais doivent être soumis soit par courrier électronique (prière de n'utiliser que le format MS-Word), ou par courrier postal, à l'adresse suivante :

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

For further details, see or




[6] Summer Study and Field Schools


No announcements this month.



[7] Varia


No announcements this month.




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