Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin Canadien des Etudes Anciennes

15.8      2009 04 11     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 the CCB editor

CCB 15.8 -- regular April volume, mailed early

As you will have noticed, this April's CCB was emailed early, on the 11th rather than 15th of the month. This was done at the request of the CAC president, to accommodate time-sensitive announcements regarding the Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. Please note that the President has asked that several attachments be included in the CCB. I hope that neither the early mailing nor the attachments cause any inconvenience.


CCB Hiatus in May, reminder

This is a reminder that the CCB will go on hiatus for the month of May. I will be unavailable for the entire month, so there will be no regular issue OR any special issues. I may be able to send out a special April issue at the end of the month, especially since volume 15.8 was mailed out a few days early (see above). If you have particularly time sensitive announcements for May, please make sure that you send them to me by the 20th of April. 

[2] Association Announcements and News

From Jonathan Edmondson

CAC President’s Message for the April CCB

Congratulations to Judith Fletcher (Wilfrid Laurier University), winner of the Gildersleeve Prize for 2008

On behalf of the Association, I’d like to offer our warmest congratulations to Judith Fletcher (Wilfrid Laurier University) for winning the Basil Gildersleeve Prize for 2008. This prize (worth $1,000 US) is awarded annually for the best article published in the American Journal of Philology. Professor Fletcher won it for her article, “A Trickster’s Oaths in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes”, which appeared in AJP 129.1 (2008) 19-46. This is one of results of her SSHRC-supported project on oaths in Greek literature and culture.

CAC Essay Competition: Thanks to Frances Pownall (University of Alberta)

Frances Pownall (University of Alberta) has recently informed Council that she would like to step down as organizer of the CAC Essay Competition after twelve years (!) of service in this position. On behalf of the Association and of CAC Council, I would like to thank Professor Pownall most warmly for all the work she has devoted to the Association and to Classics students across the country in running the Essay Competition since 1996.  We are all very much in her debt.

Council is currently deliberating on the best way in which to organize this competition in the future, and is very grateful to Professor Jeremy Trevett (York University), who has agreed to take on responsibility for the competition for the 2008-9 academic year.  All submissions should be forwarded to him c/o Dept. of History, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON M3J 1P3.  For further details, see

CAC Annual Meeting, University of British Columbia, May 12-14, 2009

The preliminary programme for our Annual Meeting is now posted on the CAC website: or

It promises to be an excellent meeting. Professor Ted Champlin (Princeton University) will give the keynote address, and there will be a special Outreach Panel in the Vancouver Public Library on the first (Tuesday) evening, featuring talks by Katherine Blouin (University of Toronto at Scarborough), Susanna Braund (UBC), Mark Golden (University of Winnipeg) and Leona MacLeod (Dalhousie University). On behalf of the Association, I’d like to thank Leanne Bablitz and her UBC colleagues for all the work they’ve been putting into the planning and preparation of the conference. Registration forms are now due. To download one, see

If you haven’t yet registered, please do so as soon as possible. CAC members will also be interested in the meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, to be held at UBC immediately following our meeting on May 14-16: see

CAC Council: Synopsis of Meeting of 27 March 2009

CAC Council held its spring meeting in Toronto on Friday 27 March, from 2.30 to 7.30 p.m., and it was suggested at that meeting that it would be helpful to publish a short synopsis of the issues Council is currently tackling to keep CAC members informed about the matters facing Council and the Association. So I have prepared a brief synopsis as the first of what, we hope, will become a regular feature on the CCB.

Council meetings are taken up with a series of statutory reports (from the President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, the Editors of Phoenix and of Mouseion, the Editor of the Canadian Classical Bulletin (CCB), and the Webmaster), special reports (e.g. from the organizer of the CAC annual conference), items for decision, and then items for general discussion.

We had a very full Agenda on March 27. The main issues that came up in the various reports were:

The main decisions reached were:

Jonathan Edmondson
President, CAC/SCEC
9 April 2009


From Martin Cropp


The CAC is developing a network of local representatives who will help raise awareness of the Association and its work and improve our communications with members and potential members and with relevant departments and programmes. So far we have representatives at thirty-six institutions, and we hope to add more in the near future. Further details will be announced at the Annual General Meeting and through the Bulletin and Website.


La SCEC est en cours de développer un réseau de représentant(e)s locales qui assisteront à augmenter la connaissance de la société et de ses projets, et également à faciliter notre communication avec nos membres actuel(le)es/potentiel(le)s et les départements/programmes qui participent aux études classiques. Jusqu’à présent nous sommes représentés à trente-six établissments, et nous espérons d’augmenter ce nombre bientôt. Des plus amples détails seront annoncés à la prochaine assemblée générale et par le Bulletin et le site internet.

[3] Positions Available

From Hans Beck

McGill University: Sessional Instructor (9-month appointment), Ancient Greek Language and Literature

The Department of History, Classical Studies, invites applications for a 9-month appointment at the rank of sessional instructor, to begin September 1, 2009.  The salary is $32,500 plus benefits. The successful applicant must  have a PhD in hand or near completion, and must demonstrate the ability to teach ancient Greek at all levels. S/he will be expected to teach four courses (two per semester), including: a survey of Greek literature in translation, intermediate Greek, advanced Greek prose and poetry. Applications should be directed by email only (.pdf) to the Director of Classical Studies, Professor Hans Beck  (, and should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page outline of relevant teaching experience, and the names and contact information of three people who can supply a written or verbal reference. Applications must be received by Friday, May 1, 2009. For information about Classical Studies at McGill, please visit our website at

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification. McGill University is an English language institution; however, knowledge of French would be considered an asset. 

[4] Calls for Papers and Conference/Lecture Announcements

Classical Association of Canada Annual General Meeting, May 2009: OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

The following documents are attached as a single PDF:

1) Agenda (English/French) for AGM, UBC, 13 May 2009
2) Minutes (English) of AGM, 14 May 2008
3) Minutes (French) of AGM, 14 May 2008
4) Notice of Motion (English/French) to amend Sections 7a, 7b and 7c of the Constitution
5) Notice of Motion (English/French) to add new Bylaw 4c, establishing Equity Committee
6) Notice of Motion (English/French) to amend Bylaw 10b


From Jonathan Edmondson

FIEC Congress, Berlin, August 24-29, 2009

This is just a brief note to remind CAC members that registration is now open for the quinquennial Congress of the Fédération Internationale des Etudes Classiques (FIEC), to be held at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, August 24-29, 2009.  Details of the preliminary programme, as well as electronic registration and hotel reservations, are now available on the conference website:

The congress will feature keynote talks by Hans-Joachim Gehrke (DAI Berlin), Alessandro Barchiesi (Arezzo/Stanford), André Laks (Université de Paris-Sorbonne), and Donna Kurtz (Oxford) and a half-day excursion to Potsdam.

The programme includes panels on the following topics:

Images, Texts, Reality
Language of the Body
Cultural Encounters and Fusions in the Roman Empire
Continuity and Change in Late Antiquity
Powers of Persuasion
Turning Points in the Reception of Classical Antiquity
Classical Antiquity and Modern Mass Media
Comparative History: Greece, Rome and Others
Trade in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
Epigraphical Documents: Reflection of Reality or Construction of Historical Knowledge?
The Philosophical Significance of Cosmology and Theology
Social and Political Dimensions of Kinship: Family, Neighbourhood, City
Urban Spaces
Literature of Knowledge
Greek and Roman Epic
Religion in Society
Recent Discoveries
Die deutsche Altertumswissenschaft



Ontario Classical Association


From Amber Porter

Conference Announcement
"Ancient Medicine and its Contexts"
Graduate Student Conference

University of Calgary
Department of Greek and Roman Studies
April 24th - 25th

[5] Scholarships and Competitions

No announcements this month.


[6] Summer Study and Field Schools

No announcements this month.

[7] Varia

From Frances Pownall

Georgias Press seeks submissions

Gorgias Press is an academic press specializing in the ancient world. It was formed by and is run by scholars for scholars. The Press publishes academic books on variety of subjects, including Classics, the Ancient Near East, Biblical Studies, Arabic & Islamic Studies, Religion, Patristics, and many others. We publish the American Journal of Ancient History, and currently distribute titles published by the Association of Ancient Historians. We hope to expand our offerings in Classics in a new series focussing upon ancient historiography, politics, and religion. Gorgias Press invites prospective authors of potential contributions to this series to contact either Gorgias Press or the series editor ( directly. Gorgias Press also accepts independent books that do not fit into an established series, or dissertations in our Dissertations Series. For further information, please visit our website:


From C. W. Marshall

United Players is proud to present the Canadian premiere of "The Invention of Love"

by Tom Stoppard

Directed by C.W. Marshall
April 3-26, 2009

Tom Stoppard is one of the most heralded playwrights of our day and now you can be the first to see his witty and humorous The Invention of Love when United Players presents its Canadian Première this April.

The Invention of Love is more than a love story. It takes us inside the thoughts and feelings of Victorian poet (A Shropshire Lad) and classical scholar, A.E. Housman, as he reflects on his life and on his frustrated love for his friend Moses Jackson – the handsome athlete who could not return his feelings. The play takes place in a dream-like space between life and death where Stoppard invents not one but two Housman figures – the elder scholar looks at the young poet and wonders how one turned into the other. We meet an eclectic mix of individuals from the era,including Oscar Wilde, and through their juxtaposition, Housman considers the possibilities of where his life might have gone.

The Invention of Love stars Graham Bullen as the elder Housman, Tariq Leslie as his younger self, with James Gill, Andrew Halliwell, John Harris, Daryl Hutchings, Courtney Lancaster, Dick Pugh, Ian Runacres, and Paul Toolan. It is directed by C.W. Marshall, set design by Sally Song I. Lang, technical direction & lighting design by Kyla Gardiner, costumes by Irena Hoti, sound design by David Campbell, animation design by Sam Tucker, and stage management by Cassandra Tattrie.

The Invention of Love runs at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery) from April 3-26, Thursday through Sunday, at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 - $16 and available at the door. Preview: April 2nd, all tickets $6. Talk back session: after the show on April 9th .

Reservations and information, phone 604 224 8007, ext. 2 or visit

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