Canadian Classical Bulletin/Bulletin Canadien des Etudes Anciennes

16.5.2      2010 01 30     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: Ingrid Holmberg (University of Victoria)




[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 issue

[2] Association Announcements and News

From Patrick Baker

Annual General Meeting Update

La première circulaire du Congrès annuel de la SCEC qui se tiendra à Québec en mai prochain est maintenant affichée en «nouvelles» sur la page d’accueil du site de la conférence. Le formulaire de remboursement des frais de déplacement (version anglaise seulement) accessible aux membres en règle de la Société peut y être téléchargé.

The First Circular to the Annual Meeting of the CAC to be held in Quebec next May can be read on the Homepage of the Conference under «Announcements» where the Application Form for Travel Assistance (in english only) accessible to CAC members in good standing can also be dowloaded.

[3] Positions Available

From Lori Geldart

The Crake Doctoral Fellowship in Classics

The Crake Foundation and the Department of Classics at Mount Allison University are pleased to announce the Crake Doctoral Fellowship in Classics for the academic year 2010-2011.
The Crake Fellowship is non-renewable, open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who, at the time of taking up the fellowship, have completed all course and residential requirements for the Doctorate in Classics, passed all preliminary examinations and completed the research for the thesis, and who can reasonably be expected to finish the doctorate during the year of the fellowship.

The holder will be asked to teach one course in each of the Fall and Winter terms, give a public lecture, and be in Sackville from September to the end of April.

In 2010-2011 the holder of the Crake Fellowship will receive $26,000 (CDN), with an allowance of up to $3,500 (CDN) to cover moving and other research-associated expenses.

Applications should include official transcripts and three letters of reference. The thesis supervisor should be asked to write concerning the subject of the thesis and the expected date for its final submission. Applicants should also send a statement regarding the progress of their doctoral studies, including their schedule for completion, and a 1-2 page synopsis of their thesis.

Completed applications should be sent to:

Dr. Bruce Robertson, Head
Department of Classics
Mount Allison University
63D York Street
Sackville, New Brunswick 
E4L 1G9

The deadline for receipt of applications is March 15, 2010.

Mount Allison University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

Dr. J. Ernest A. Crake was Professor of Classics at Mount Allison University from 1946 to 1976.  Seven years before his death in 1983 he founded the Crake Foundation, which in 1979 began a program of support for projects that reflected his life-long concern for Classics, the Humanities, the Library, and Scholarship.


[4] Calls for Papers and Conference/Lecture Announcements

From Rajiv Bhola

Second Late Antique World Workshop: Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity: Revisiting the ‘Parting of the Ways’ – August 31-September 2, 2010 – 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 have helped to redefine previous conceptions of core themes and develop new perspectives.

A number of works have appeared recently that challenge the notion of a definitive point of separation between Jews and Christians in Antiquity. These studies are asking us to rethink Jewish and Christian identity in Late Antiquity, and the ways in which Jews and Christians related to each other and the ambient society. In the spirit of this scholarly impetus, this year we are seeking papers that offer new perspectives on the complex relationship between Jews and Christians in the Roman world, at a time when the Roman Empire itself was undergoing significant religious transformation.

The purpose of this workshop is to re-examine relations between Jews and Christians with particular emphasis on Late Antiquity and the many aspects of life in the Roman Empire. Participants are therefore encouraged to highlight broad dimensions beyond the religious (for example, cultural, social, economic, political or intellectual developments) and are invited to locate their discussions within such themes as ritual, symbolism, philosophy, narratology, dialogue, identity construction, power relations, norms, or imperialism, among innumerable others. Some possible general topics are:

  1. Do the recent studies on the parting of the ways (or the ways that never parted) offer a viable paradigm for future scholarship on relations between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity? What criteria are or should be used to determine if, when, and where there was a parting of the ways?
  2. In what ways did the Roman world influence, enable or obstruct Jewish-Christian relations? Conversely, did Jewish-Christian relations impact the predominantly ‘pagan’ society of the Roman Empire or the imperial government?
  3. Are there developing trends or methodologies in other disciplines that can benefit the study of the Jewish-Christian relationship in Late Antiquity?
  4. In what ways did Jewish-Christian relations influence each other’s understanding of cultural and social concepts, such as institution, sacred space, or community, in Late Antiquity? What influence, if any, did the Roman world have on their comprehension?
  5. Did Jewish-Christian relations influence the religious transformation of the Roman Empire, or vice versa?
  6. To what degree did Roman governance play a part in shaping the nature of Jewish-Christian relations, particularly under the Christian emperors?

Abstracts of 250 words (max.) for presentations of 15-20 minutes, in English or French, should be submitted no later than March 15, 2010. Contributions are encouraged from all relevant disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Graduate submissions are welcome. All abstracts must include the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Title of paper
  3. Name of Institution and department
  4. Current degree being sought or professional status
  5. Any audio-visual requirements or aids
  6. Please indicate if you are willing to moderate one of the panels

Electronic submissions are preferred and can be sent to For more information please visit the LAWW website:

Please be advised that the proceedings of this event are intended for publication. Grant possibilities are being explored.


From Amber J. Porter

The West Coast Grad Conference in the History of Medicine
*second call for papers*

Second Call for Papers for the First West Coast Postgraduate Conference in the History of Medicine. Please visit the website for abstract and registration information and submit as soon as possible if you plan on presenting and/or attending.

The 1st West Coast Graduate Conference in the History of Medicine will be held on April 2-3, 2010, and hosted by the Department of Greek and Roman Studies & the History of Medicine and Health Care Program at the University of Calgary (Canada). This conference is open to graduate students across North-America (particularly the West Coast states and provinces) working in all fields related to the history of medicine and health care from ancient times to the modern period. Our mission is to foster interdisciplinary and trans-chronological exchanges and providing a forum for sharing and discussing graduate research by peers and faculty from a variety of disciplines and institutions.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Susan Lanzoni (MIT, Cambridge MA) and her talk is entitled: “The Empathic Index: Psychopathology, Cultural Identity and the Limits of Feeling”. A 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 Dr. Frank Stahnisch at Some financial assistance may be possible for those aiming to attend. Registrants and presenters will be notified by March 1, 2010, whether their participation can be accepted.

[5] Scholarships and Competitions

No announcements this issue

[6] Summer Study and Field School

From: Jane Francis

Concordia University, Academic Study Tour 2010

May 3 - May 30, 2010

This course leads students through the monuments and artifacts of ancient, renaissance, and modern Crete, from the Late Neolithic period (ca. 3000 BC) to modern times. It addresses the remains of the Minoan civilization, the development of Greek culture on the island, the coming of the Romans, the Arabs, the Venetians, the Turks, World War II, and eventual independence and unification with the Modern Greek state. Special topics covered also include topography and landscape, the paintings of El Greco, the writings of Katzanzakis, and the change from paganism to Christianity. 

Students will be led through archaeological sites, monuments, and museums and lectured on these by Drs. J. Francis and G. Harrison, as well as numerous guest lecturers, museum directors, and excavation directors. Enrolled students will be required to present two on-site reports each on assigned topics and complete a final exam (3 credits). 

For further information, itinerary, and costs, please contact:

Dr. Jane Francis (
Dr. George W.M. Harrison (


From Hugh Mason

Greek at the University of Toronto, summer 2010

Introductory Greek (GRK 100Y1Y) will be offered by the Department of Classics, University of Toronto, during the summer session, May 16-Aug 20, 2010

Details of this and other course offerings from the Department of Classics and other Departments are available on the Faculty of Arts and Science Website

Students who are enrolled at another University should apply to their own University of a "Letter of Permission" to have the course counted towards their degree and apply as "Visiting Students" to the UofT:


Those without a current affiliation can apply to the University of Toronto as "Non-degree students."

See the office of Admissions website

Click on "None of these applies to me" and then "Non-degree student."

The deadline appears to be March 1 for Non-degree students; for Visiting Students, the website stills shows 2009 deadlines, but students should not delay applying

Please contact me if you have any questions. There is no requirement to get the permission of the Department of Classics to take GRK 100Y

Hugh Mason


[7] Varia

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