Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin Canadien des Etudes Anciennes

15.4      2008 12 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


No announcements this bulletin.

[2] Association Announcements and News

From Jonathan Edmondson <>


Le Conseil de la SCEC est très heureux d’annoncer la création d’une nouvelle bourse en mémoire de Grace Irwin pour les professeurs d’école secondaire à travers le Canada. Grace Irwin (1907-2008), membre de longue date de la SCEC, a enseigné en études classiques de 1931 à 1969 au Humberside Collegiate Institute à Toronto, où elle fut directrice du Département des études classiques de 1942 jusqu’à sa retraite. Elle était aussi romancière avec, à son crédit, sept romans et des poèmes et articles de revue occasionnels. Elle occupait en même temps la fonction de pasteur-adjoint, puis de pasteur, à l’église Emmanuel de Toronto de 1974 à 1987; elle continua par la suite à prêcher jusqu’à l’âge avancé de 97 ans. Elle était membre du sénat de l’Université de Toronto de 1952 à 1956. En 1981, elle y fut honorée d’un doctorat honorifique en lettres sacréespar le collège Victoria, où elle avait poursuivi ses études menant à son baccalauréat en études classiques. Pour reconnaître la qualité de son oeuvre littéraire et ses réalisations comme professeure distinguée, elle s’est vu octroyer la médaille du Centenaire du Canada en 1968.

La bourse en mémoire de Grace Irwin fut créée grâce à un généreux don de l’église Emmanuel et à plusieurs autres libéralités, non moins généreuses, des membres de la famille et amis de Grace Irwin. La SCEC octroiera annuellement cette bourse à un(e) professeur(e) d’école secondaire qui enseigne activement les études classiques (latin, grec, ou civilisations gréco-romaines) pour l’aider à enrichir son enseignement dans ce domaine. Le conseil de la SCEC annoncera prochainement les détails du processus de sélection et la date limite pour poser sa candidature.

Le conseil invite les membres de la SCEC à considérer de faire un don pour enrichir le fonds de départ. Cette nouvelle bourse apparaitra donc dans la liste des suggestions de dons sur le formulaire “Etat de cotisations pour 2009”.


The Council of the CAC is very pleased to announce the creation of a new award for high-school teachers across Canada: the Grace Irwin Memorial Award. Grace Irwin (1907-2008), a longtime member of the CAC, was a classicist who taught from 1931 until 1969 at Humberside Collegiate Institute in Toronto, where she was Head of Classics from 1942 onwards. She was also a novelist, with seven published novels, as well as occasional poems and magazine articles, and served as co-pastor and then pastor of Emmanuel Church in Toronto from 1974 until 1987, continuing to preach until she was 97. She was also a member of the Senate of the University of Toronto (1952-1956). In 1981 she was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters at Victoria College, which she had attended as an undergraduate. Her many achievements as a literary artist and as a distinguished teacher were recognized in 1968 by the award of the Centennial Medal of Canada.

The Grace Irwin Memorial Award has been made possible by a generous donation in her memory by Emmanuel Church and by several individual gifts from friends and family members. It will be awarded annually to a high-school teacher involved in the teaching of Latin, Greek or Classical Civilization to help enhance their teaching of courses in these subjects. Full details of the application process and deadline will be announced in 2009.

CAC Council very much hopes that CAC members will consider making donations to this new fund this year and in the future. Consequently the Grace Irwin Memorial Award is now included among possible donations on the 2009 Dues Payment form.

[3] Positions Available

From Lesley Walsh <>

MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD, Fitzjames Research Fellowship in Ancient Greek

Merton College proposes to elect to a four-year Fitzjames Research Fellowship in Ancient Greek to commence in October 2009.  This career development post will allow a promising academic at an early stage in his or her career to combine substantial support for research with the opportunity to develop skills in teaching and academic administration.  The teaching commitment will be up to four contact hours per week in full term and the College is seeking candidates who can teach first and second year undergraduates as well as Final Honours School options.
The stipend will be £26,872 p.a. and the Fellow will be entitled to meals and accommodation in College (or a housing allowance of £5,809 p.a.) and other benefits.

Full details of the post, its conditions, and the application process are set out in the Further Particulars which can be downloaded from or, in case of difficulty, may be obtained from the Sub-Warden’s Secretary, Merton College, Oxford, OX1 4JD (e-mail:  The closing date for applications is 30 January  2009.

Merton College is an equal opportunities employer.

[4] Calls for Papers and Conference/Lecture Announcements

From: Chelsey Young (

3rd Annual Classics and Archaeology Conference

The University of New Brunswick in association with The Canadian Institute in Greece
Presents a Classics & Archaeology Conference:
“From Weft to Trowel:
Looking at Women from Ancient to Modern Times”
MARCH 20-21, 2009


The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New Brunswick in conjunction with the Canadian Institute in Greece will be hosting a Conference on Classics and Archaeology, March 20-21, 2009. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Laurel Bowman from the University of Victoria, B.C.

All graduate and senior undergraduates are invited to submit abstracts regardless of experience. The focus will be on women from a literary, archaeological and anthropological perspective; however, ALL VARIETIES OF TOPICS will be accepted. Presentations should be about fifteen to twenty minutes in length and visual aids are encouraged.

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 January 20, 2009, and all students will be notified by January 30, 2009. Abstracts (preferably as a word document) should be sent to Chelsey Young ( The registration fee is $15, payable at the conference.



Shawn Keough []

International Conference
26-28 October 2009
Hosted by the Faculty of Theology
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Keynote speakers include:
Pauline Allen (ACU, Brisbane), George Bevan (Queen’s, Kingston), Philippe Blaudeau (Paris XII), Peter Bruns (Bamberg), Bruno Dumézil (Paris X), Geoffrey Dunn (ACU, Brisbane), Rudolf Haensch (DAI, München), David G. Hunter (Kentucky), Hartmut Leppin (Frankfurt), Veit Rosenberger (Erfurt), Claire Sotinel (Tours), Raymond Van Dam (Michigan), Eckhard Wirbelauer (Strasbourg), Ewa Wipszycka (Warsaw)

Organising Committee: Boudewijn Dehandschutter (Leuven), Johan Leemans (Leuven), Peter Van Nuffelen (Exeter), Shawn Keough (Leuven), Carla Nicolaye (Leuven – Aachen)

URL: Episcopal Elections and Episcopal Succession in Late Antiquity
Conference Secretary: Dr. Shawn Keough:

It is well known that episcopal elections in the later Roman Empire were often a complicated and complicating event, as the controversy (and even violence) attendant upon the elections and successions of many bishops indicates. This conference will approach the phenomenon of episcopal elections and succession from the broadest possible perspective, examining the varied combination of factors, personalities, rules and habits that played a role in the process that eventually resulted in one specific candidate becoming the new bishop, and not another. The many diverse and even conflicting aspects of this phenomenon will be addressed: the influence of doctrinal conflicts, the relationship between Church and State, patronage, local habits and regional differences, chronological developments, ethnic identity. Also relevant is the development of images of the ideal bishop, especially the manner in which such idealized representations shaped the outcome of contested elections and affected the character and exercise of episcopal authority in late antique society.

Proposals for papers approaching the broader theme by any number of perspectives and methodologies are welcome: particular elections, specific bishops, geographical surveys (e.g. a city or a province), and concrete texts (e.g. legislation – both civil and canonical, or, hagiography) are all legitimate points of entry shedding valuable light upon a relatively little studied phenomenon. English will be the primary conference language, although proposals for papers in French and German are equally acceptable. Following the conference there will be opportunity for participants to submit their papers for peer review, as the conference organizers intend to edit the conference proceedings for publication.

Paper proposals should be sent to the conference secretary by 15 May 2009. Proposals should consist of a title and an abstract of up to 300 words providing a clear indication of the paper’s thesis, sources and methodology. All those interested are encouraged to contact the conference secretary, Dr. Shawn Keough [].

[5] Scholarships and Competitions

From: Francis Pownall (

2008 CAC-SCÉC Undergraduate Essay Contest Results

Junior Contest Results 2007-8

It gives me very great pleasure to report that the Junior contest this year underwent a sort of mini Renaissance, with a healthy number of 11 entries submitted, including three works of creative fiction (one of which was a strikingly original rap song on a Roman theme, which would have certainly won a prize had its author not already been a winner in the Senior Contest). All of the submissions were of excellent quality, which made the selection of the winners very difficult. The winning essays were beautifully written and demonstrated their authors’ thorough engagement with the ancient material (whether in a traditional essay format or creatively transformed into a modern genre).

First Prize: Jean-François Charbonneau (Université d’Ottawa) for “Pourquoi les Grecs se sont-ils répandus à travers la Méditerranée aux VIIIe et VIIe siècles av. J.-C.?”

Second Prize: Wanda O’Connor (Concordia University) for “Antony, breviter”

Third Prize: Ian Waddell (University of Alberta) for “Euripides and the Elderly: Pheres’ role in Alcestis

Senior Contest Results 2007-8

The senior contest also attracted a record number of excellent entries, and all the students who submitted essays should be very proud of their work. The top five entries in particular stood apart from the rest as particularly well-written, and contained an interesting and original “take” upon the question at hand. While the quality of the essays was very encouraging, it did render it extremely difficult to determine the winners; the top three eventually emerged as a result of their thorough treatment of the relevant ancient and modern material and the depth of their analysis.

First Prize: Dwayne Meisner (University of Regina) for “Livy and the Bacchanalia”

Second Prize: Gabriel Hauser (York University) for “Oracular and Prophetic Activity in the Roman Empire: Religious Threats to the Political Order”

Third Prize: Patrick Roussel (University of Ottawa) for “Perception, limes et stratégie: étude du système défensif du Bas-Empire”

Honourable Mentions:

Seth Estrin (University of Toronto) for “Object and representation in Roman imperial relief”

Carlene Chuakaw (University of British Columbia): Preparing, serving, and consuming food and drink in Ovid’s Metamorphoses: A road to Pythagoras

Congratulations to all our winners, and it is, as always, a pleasure and a privilege for me to read all the fine work that is being produced in our field by undergraduate students.


From Alison Keith <>

2009 Desmond Conacher Scholarship, Call for Applications
2009 Bourse Desmond Conacher, Appel d'applications

The Desmond Conacher Scholarship 2009

Call for applications — This scholarship is offered in memory of Desmond Conacher, formerly Professor of Classics at Trinity College, Toronto, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Honorary President of the Classical Association of Canada. Its purpose is to assist and encourage a young scholar entering graduate studies in classics. The scholarship is administered by the Classical Association of Canada. One award of $2,500 is offered each year.

Eligibility and criteria — Applicants must be Canadian students (citizens or permanent residents) intending to enter the first year of graduate studies in a classics or similar programme at a Canadian university. Specializations within the general area of classics such as ancient history, ancient philosophy, and classical archaeology are eligible. Applicants must be less than 28 years of age on 1 January of the year of application. The main criteria are academic achievement, professional promise, and an appropriate undergraduate preparation.

Application procedure — Applications should be sent, to arrive by 31 MARCH, 2009, to Professor Alison Keith, CAC Awards Committee Chair, Department of Classics, University of Toronto, 125 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7.  For full details of the items required for an application, see the relevant part of the CAC/SCEC website:

Further information — Questions should be addressed to the Awards Committee chair, Professor Alison Keith <>.

Bourse Desmond Conacher 2009

Appel d’applications — Cette bourse est offerte en mémoire de Desmond Conacher, ancien Professeur d’Études Classiques à Trinity College, Toronto, Membre de la Société royale du Canada et Président honoraire de la Société Canadienne d’Études Classiques. Ses objectifs sont d'encourager et de soutenir financièrement un jeune étudiant débutant des études supérieures en études classiques au Canada. La Fondation est administrée par la Société canadienne d'études classiques et son Comité de sélection. Une bourse de 2500 $ est attribuée chaque année.

Critères d’admissibilité — Les candidats doivent être des étudiants canadiens (citoyens ou résidents reçus) sur le point de commencer la première année d’un programme de deuxième cycle en études classiques (ou l’équivalent) dans une université canadienne. Les divers domaines de spécialisation propres aux études classiques et anciennes, tels que l’histoire ancienne, la philosophie ancienne et l’archéologie, sont admissibles. Les candidats doivent être âgés de moins de 28 ans au 1er janvier de l’année de la demande. Les principaux critères de sélection sont les réalisations académiques, les objectifs de carrière et les perspectives de succès, et le fait de posséder une formation de premier cycle pertinente.

Modalités de presentation  — Un dossier de demand devrait être acheminé au plus tard le 31 mars de 2009 (à destination) à Mme. Alison Keith, CAC Awards Committee Chair, Department of Classics, University of Toronto, 125 Queen’s Park, Toronto ON, M5S 2C7: Pour une liste détaillée des composants du dossier de demand, veuillez consulter le site web de la SCEC:

Informations Les demandes d’informations supplémentaires devront être adressées par écrit à la Présidente du Comité de sélection, Mme. Alison Keith <>.

[6] Summer Study and Field Schools

From George Pesely (


APSU Study Abroad in Greece presents students with the history and language of the birthplace of democracy. Students take two courses, Greek Art and Archaeology, and Intensive Modern Greek. Both courses are taught by Prof. Timothy F. Winters, APSU Dept. of Lang. and Lit. Students spend 4 weeks studying first hand the major monuments of ancient Greece, and combine that with intensive instruction in the modern spoken language. This combination allows students to learn that in addition to its rich ancient history and central place in the Western cultural tradition, Greece is also a vibrant modern country. Sites visited include Knossos, Phaistos, the Samaria Gorge, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, and many many more. We visit about 40 sites in all. In addition to this, we do many cultural events that connect students to the modern country.

Please note that APSU does not charge out-of-state tuition for study abroad programs.

This year's program will run from 10 May to 6 June. The program is limited to 15 students.

For more information please contact Prof. Timothy Winters ( or call 931-221-7118.

[7] Varia


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