Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin Canadien des Etudes Anciennes

15.6      2009 06 14    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 month.

[2] Association Announcements and News

No announcements this month.

[3] Positions Available

No announcements this month.

[4] Calls for Papers and Conference/Lecture Announcements

From: Patricia White

Call for Papers

Cross-cultural Influence in the Roman World, McMaster University
3 October 2009

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Emma Dench, Harvard University

Abstracts for papers on cross-cultural influence in the Roman world are sought for the Classics Graduate Conference at McMaster University on Saturday, 3 October 2009.  Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, to be submitted to the address provided below.  We encourage papers exploring both the acclimatization of foreign peoples to Roman culture and the impact of those indigenous cultures on the Romans themselves.  A wide range of subjects are acceptable, including, but not limited to, material culture, religion, linguistics, dress, warfare, and political practices.

Papers delivered at the conference should be 15-20 minutes in length.

Submit abstracts electronically to Patricia White at

Deadline for abstracts:  15 July 2009
Announcement of acceptances of abstracts:  15 August 2009

[5] Scholarships and Competitions

From Kelly Olson

The Devon Ryan Scott Memorial Essay Prize in Ancient Thought and Philosophy

The Department of Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario, would welcome monetary contributions towards setting up an essay prize in ancient thought and philosophy in memory of Devon Scott. Devon was an enthusiastic and talented student in our master’s programme from 2002-2004, and who died tragically young in the summer of 2008. We would like to honor the intellectual depth and energy of this warm and friendly young man, had a deep and abiding love of ancient philosophy, and who was the social glue of our department for several years. Cheques may be made out to The Univ. of Western Ontario, and mailed to Dr. Kelly Olson at the Dept. of Classical Studies, Univ. of Western Ontario, TC 419, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7.



From Alison Barclay

CAC Sight Translation, Competition Results for 2009

The full report, including the adjudicators’ remarks, can be found as a .pdf file on the CAC web-site: and

The 2009 Sight Translation Competitions were held on January 15 (High School Latin), January 22 (Junior and Senior University Latin), and January 29 (Junior and Senior University Greek).

Total number of submissions for 2009

High School Latin: 100
Jr. Greek: 64
Sr. Greek: 31
Jr. Latin: 83
Sr. Latin: 59

The results of the 2009 competition:

High School Latin Competition

Adjudicator: Catherine Mori, St. George’s School (BC)
Passage: Vitruvius, de Architectura, Liber II:A story about the Dinocrates who wished to impress Alexander the Great

First prize: Jenny Gu, University of Toronto Schools
Second prize: Amy Lu, University of Toronto Schools
Third prize: Connie Zhao, University of Toronto Schools
Honourable Mention: Benoît Fournier, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf

Junior Greek Competition (Margaret H. Thompson Prize)

Adjudicator: Martin Cropp, University of Calgary
Passage: Palaephatus, Unbelievable Tales 6: The myth of Actaeon rationalized

Equal First prize (sharing First and Second): Laura Hare, University of Toronto and Joseph Gerbasi, University of Winnipeg
Equal Third prize: Geoff Martin, University of British Columbia and Maayan Adar, University of Toronto
Honourable Mention: Ralph Neill, University of Waterloo

There were ties for first prize and third prize this year. Dr. Cropp did his best to find clear first, second and their place winners, but decided that there were no criteria for breaking the ties. Therefore, the decision was made to award two first prizes (sharing first and second place prize money) and two third prizes.

Senior Greek Competition

Adjudicator: Robert Weir, University of Windsor
Passage: Gregory of Nyssa, 451-452M

First prize: Elias Georgakopoulos, University of Toronto
Second prize: John McCormick, University of Ottawa
Third prize: Aron Bojti, University of Toronto
Honourable Mentions: Aline Desarzens, Université de Montréal and Warren Huard, McGill University

Junior Latin Competition

Adjudicator: Geraldine Thomas, Saint Mary’s University
Passage: Adapted from the Younger Pliny’s Letters, vi, 20

Equal First: Laura Hare, University of Toronto and Jacob Currie, University of Toronto
Equal Third: David Finer, University of Toronto and Nicholas Arrigo, University of Toronto
Honourable mentions: Maayan Adar, University of Toronto and Fannie Dionne, Université de Montréal

As with the Greek, there were ties for first prize and third prize. Dr. Thomas did her best to find clear first, second and their place winners, but decided that there were no criteria for breaking the ties. The decision was made to apply the same prize distribution as used for the Junior Greek.

Senior Latin Competition (Peter Lawson Smith Prize in Latin Sight Translation)

Adjudicator: Wade Richardson, McGill University
Passage: Horace, Epodes III

First prize: Maria S. Miller, University of Toronto
Second prize: Alessandro Sisti, University of Toronto
Third prize: Samantha Perera, McGill University
Honourable Mentions: Margherita Devine, McGill University, Daniel Lévy, Université de Montréal and Joseph Stannus, Carleton University

Congratulations to all the winners!

I would urge the Chairs and/or coordinators of Classics programs to pay close attention to the CCB announcements next fall, as that is the most reliable source for advertising. I do intend to send out a mailing in addition to e-mail announcements, but since the competition is an annual event, if you have not received a poster and/or e-mail announcement by the middle of November, please feel free to contact the competition coordinator ( for registration forms and information or go to the CAC website, where the posters and forms will be posted as .pdf documents. Also, the competition does run more smoothly if each institution establishes some regular system for dealing with the competitions, including advertising, corralling students and, most importantly, mailing the translations to the competition coordinator in a timely fashion.

Finally, I would like to thank the competition coordinators at the participating institutions, Guy Chamberland, Sophie Beaulé and Joëlle Cauville for their help with the French translations and, of course, the adjudicators.

Alison Barclay
Competition coordinator for 2009-2011.


[6] Summer Study and Field Schools

No announcements this month.

[7] Varia

No announcements this month.

Next regular issue    2009 07 15
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