Contents / Table des matières

[1] Association Announcements & News / Annonces & nouvelles de l'Association
~ Undergraduate Essay Competition 2010
~ Sight Competition Winners for 2011
~ Prix du mérite 2011 / Award of Merit 2011
~ Prix remis lors du congrès pour la meilleure communication par un étudiant / Prize for the Best Graduate Paper at the AGM

[2] CCB Announcements / Annonces du BCÉA
From the Editor / Un mot du rédacteur

[3] Positions Available / Postes à combler
~ Trent: Two Limited Term Appointments in Ancient History & Classics

[4] Calls for Papers; Conference & Lecture Announcements / Conférences; appels à communications
~ McGill: International Conference on Money and Power in the Roman Republic (reminder)

[5] Scholarships & Competitions / Bourses & concours
~ No announcement this month

[6] Summer Study & Field Schools
~ Winnipeg: Introductory Latin, Spring and Summer sessions
~ Summer Latin school in Rome, Spring and Summer sessions

[7] Varia
~ Third issue of VATES

[8] New Publications of CAC Members / Publications nouvelles des membres de la SCÉC
~ 1 publication this month / 1 publication ce mois-ci

[1] Association Announcements & News / Annonces & nouvelles de l'Association

From: Bonnie MacLachlan

CAC Undergraduate Essay Competition 2010

There were 24 papers submitted in all: 14 Junior and 10 Senior, with 5 French submissions. There was some very high quality work and creativity reflected in these essays, demonstrating that we have reason to trust in the current level of undergraduate teaching and performance in Classics in Canada.

Junior Level

First place: Mark Rendell, King's College Halifax. His paper "Plato and Allegory," was an excellent study of Philo's struggle to reconcile polytheistic pagan thought with his commitment to monotheistic Judaism. Mark demonstrated the ways in which Philo resorted to allegory to resolve his dilemma.

Second place: Damian Melamedoff (University of Winnipeg), with "The Twelve Tasks of Heracles: A Role-Playing Game." This was an innovative and carefully-crafted adaptation to the game Dungeons and Dragons of the labours of Heracles.

Third place: Rob Konkel (University of Saskatchewan) with "Pericles and the School of Hellas: An Expression of Athenian Nationalism," in which he looks at how Pericles manipulated democratic rhetoric to further ideological goal that were nationalistic and totalitarian.

Senior Level

First place. In a competition of this sort one is often assessing the relative merits of apples and quinces. As a result, there were two contestants who earned first place, both engaged in top-quality work but in two vastly different areas. Alin Mocanu (Université de Montréal) wrote a thoughtful and thoroughly-argued paper on the elegiac features of Horace's Twelfth Epode, entitled "Une nouvelle interpretation de l'Épode 12 d'Horace." At the other end of the disciplinary spectrum was Ruben Post's "The Bithynian Army in the Hellenistic Period." Ruben (University of Victoria) collected various sorts of evidence to provide details about the armour, equipment, tactics and interactions of the Bithynian and Greek warriors of this period, along with those of the mercenary Thracians and Galatians who fought on occasion with, on other occasions against, the Greeks. There were many other strong contenders, but because of the tie no second place was awarded this year.

Third place: Louise Savocchia (McMaster University), with "Pocket-sized Political Statements: The Development of the Coinage of the Deinomenids of Sicily. Louise combined textual with iconographic evidence to demonstrate the political messages that were conveyed by the tyrants' coins, and included a thoughtful inquiry into the vexed question of the Demareteion, a coin featuring Demarete, wife of Gelon and daughter of Theron.

Honourable mention:
Anna Avdeva (Carleton University) for "Elite Bodies Unveiled: The Sacred Band of Thebes in its Military, Political and Intellectual Context." Anna argued that the Sacred Band emerged from a Theban tradition that honoured warrior-lovers, and embodied 4th-century philosophical ideas about harmoniously-governed homoerotic societies.
Valérie Pageau (Université d'Ottawa), "Sur le biculturalisme dans la vie et l'oeuvre de Dion Cassius," which looks at the tensions in Dio's work arising from his attachment to Greek culture through his upbringing in Bithynia and his ostensible support of the Roman Empire in the late 2nd century CE.


From: Alison Barclay

CAC Sight Competition Winners for 2011
Gagnants du concours national de versions grecques et latines 2010

High School Latin / Latin, écoles secondaires
First Prize ($100)       Valentina Beux, South Burnaby High School
Second Prize ($75)       Jessica Zung, University of Toronto Schools
Third Prize ($50)       Eric Merienuk, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
Honourable Mentions:       Charles Hébert, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf; Alvin Leung, University of Toronto Schools; Soohyun Park, University of Toronto Schools

Margaret H. Thompson Prize in Greek Sight Translation (Junior Greek) / Prix Margaret H. Thompson de grec intermédiaire
First Prize ($150)       Elizabeth Ten-Hove, McGill University
Second Prize ($100)       Christina Ichim, University of Toronto
Third Prize ($50)       Mufei Jiang, University of Toronto
Honourable Mentions:       Ross Kettleson, McGill University; Jose Campos, McMaster University

Junior Latin / Latin intermédiaire
First Prize ($150)       Brett Bartlett, University of Waterloo
Second Prize ($100)       Mufei Jiang, University of Toronto
Third Prize ($50)       Sonya Tors, University of Toronto
No Honourable Mentions this year.

Senior Greek / Grec avancé
First Prize ($150)       Alessandro Sisti, University of Toronto
Second Prize ($100)       Ruben Post, University of Victoria
Third Prize ($50)       William Pemberton, Trent University
Honourable Mention:       Laura Hare, University of Toronto

Peter Lawson Smith Prize in Latin Sight Translation (Senior Latin) / Prix Peter Lawson Smith de version latine avancée
First Prize ($150)       Jacob Currie, University of Toronto
Second Prize ($100)       Alessandro Sisti, University of Toronto
Third Prize ($50)       William Pemberton, Trent University
Honourable Mentions:        Elizabeth Ten-Hove, McGill University; Nicholas Arrigo, University of Toronto


From: Jonathan Edmondson

Le Comité du Prix du mérite (C. Bolton, S. Braund, J. Edmondson [Chair, ex officio], M. Joyal) est heureux d'annoncer que le Professeur Léopold Migeotte (Université Laval) sera le quatrième membre de la Société qui recevra ce prix. Le prix reconnaît les services exceptionnels que M. Migeotte a rendus aux études classiques au Canada et sera présenté à l'assemblée générale annuelle de la Société, le 12 mai 2011.

The Award of Merit Committee (C. Bolton, S. Braund, J. Edmondson [Chair, ex officio], M. Joyal) is pleased to announce that Professor Léopold Migeotte (Université Laval) will be the fourth recipient of this award. The award, which recognizes Professor Migeotte's outstanding services to Classical Studies in Canada, will be presented at the Association's annual general meeting on May 12, 2011.


From: Patrick Baker


En 2010, le conseil de la SCÉC a voté en faveur de l'institution d'un prix annuel pour la meilleure communication d'un étudiant de deuxième ou troisième cycle lors du congrès annuel de la SCÉC. Le congrès d'Halifax, du 10 au 12 mai 2011, sera l'occasion de la deuxième édition de ce concours.

  1. Le concours est ouvert à tous les étudiants membres de la SCÉC et inscrits à un programme de maîtrise ou de doctorat. Ils doivent être membres en règle de la SCÉC (donc avoir payé leur cotisation pour l'année en cours) et leur communication devra avoir été acceptée pour présentation au congrès annuel par le comité organisateur responsable du programme.
  2. Les étudiants doivent soumettre le texte de leur communication en format électronique (préférablement .PDF, ou .DOC .DOCX s'il n'y a pas de police spéciale) au président du Comité de sélection (Patrick Baker, Professeur, Dépt. d'histoire, Université Laval: avant la date limite du lundi 25 avril. Il devrait s'agir essentiellement de la version écrite de la communication qui sera présentée au congrès et non pas d'une version plus longue ou élaborée. Toutefois, les références aux sources anciennes et aux discussions des modernes devraient être incorporées aux endroits appropriés dans la soumission électronique.
  3. Le Comité de sélection choisira normalement trois finalistes. Les membres du Comité assisteront ensuite aux présentations de ces finalistes lors du congrès. La qualité de la présentation orale sera un critère important pour décider du gagnant. Les candidats seront informés seulement après leur présentation qu'ils sont parmi les finalistes.
  4. La présentation du prix au gagnant sera faite lors du banquet de clôture du congrès. Les étudiants qui participeront au concours sont donc encouragés de s'inscrire au banquet longtemps à l'avance. La SCÉC remboursera en entier aux finalistes le prix de leur inscription au banquet.
  5. Un prix de $100 et un certificat seront remis au gagnant. Son nom sera ensuite annoncé dans le BCÉC.


In 2010, CAC Council voted to institute an annual Prize for the best paper given by a graduate student at the CAC Annual Meeting.  It will be awarded for the second time at the Annual Meeting at Dalhousie University, Halifax, 10-12 May 2011.

  1. All student members of the CAC currently studying in an M.A. or Ph.D. graduate programme are eligible to enter. They must be members of the CAC in good standing (i.e., with their current year's dues paid up) and their paper must have been accepted by the programme organizing committee for presentation at the CAC's Annual Meeting.
  2. Students should submit a written version of their paper in electronic format (preferably .PDF or .DOC, .DOCX if there's no particular font) to the Chair of the CAC Awards Committee (Professor Patrick Baker, Dept. of History, University Laval: before the deadline of Monday 25 April. It should be in essence the written version of the oral paper to be delivered at the conference. Students should not submit a longer, more developed version of their paper. However, references to ancient sources and scholarly discussions should be incorporated, as appropriate, into the written version of the paper submitted.
  3. The CAC Awards Committee will establish a short-list normally of three papers. Members of the Awards Committee will then attend the short-listed papers during the course of the Annual Meeting. The quality of oral delivery of the paper will be an important criterion in determining the winner. Short-listed candidates will be advised after giving their papers that they are in the running for the prize.
  4. The announcement of the winner will be made and the prize presented at the Banquet at the close of the conference. Graduate students who enter the competition are thus encouraged to sign up for the banquet well in advance of the conference. Those short-listed will be reimbursed the full cost of their banquet ticket by the CAC.
  5. A prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner, along with a certificate.  The winner's name will also be announced on the CCB.

[2] CCB Announcements / Annonces du BCÉA

From: Guy Chamberland

(1) There are a few days left to register for the UWO conference on Justice on the Margins in the Ancient World: see issue 17.07.3.

(2) Important documents for the next AGM can be downloaded from the CAC website; please consult issue 17.07.5. / Les documents concernants la prochaine assemblée générale annuelle à Halifax peuvent être téléchargés à partir du site de la SCÉC: consulter le numéro 17.07.5 du Bulletin.

[3] Positions Available / Postes à combler

From: Kathy Axcell

Limited Term Appointments in Ancient History & Classics at Trent University

The Department of Ancient History and Classics invites applications for two nine-month limited-term positions at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor, depending on qualifications and teaching experience, to begin August 1, 2011. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

Each limited-term instructor will be responsible for three courses per term, deliver up to four guest lectures for our core course, AHCL 1000Y (‘The Trojan War’), and contribute to Departmental operations. Courses ending in Y are two-term courses; those ending in H are one-term courses.

One limited-term instructor will teach AHCL 2100Y (Introduction to Ancient History), either LATN 1000H + 1001H (Introductory Latin) or GREK 1000H + 1001H (Introductory Ancient Greek), and two of the following ancient history courses: AHCL 3070H (Alexander the Great), AHCL 3100H (The Athenian Empire), AHCL 3102H (Nerva, Trajan, & Hadrian), or AHCL 3130H (Age of Augustus). Please indicate which language and history courses would best fit your qualifications and interests.

The second limited-term instructor will teach AHCL 2300Y (Introduction to Classical Literature), AHCL 2350H (Greek Myth & Mythology), either LATN 1000H + 1001H (Introductory Latin) or GREK 1000H + 1001H (Introductory Ancient Greek), and AHCL 3950H (Special Topic in Classical Literature). Please indicate which language would best fit your qualifications and interests and propose a topic for the Special Topic course.

Candidates should have completed, or be very close to completing, a PhD and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in both teaching and research.

Applications should be submitted in electronic format and should include a curriculum vitae, the names and e-mail addresses of three referees, and documentation of teaching effectiveness. Candidates should specify for which position(s) they are applying.

Please submit electronic applications to:
Search Committee,
c/o Dr. Jennifer P. Moore,
Department of Ancient History and Classics,
Champlain College, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8.
Fax: (705) 748-1047

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, April 30, 2011.

Trent University is an employment equity employer and especially invites applications from women, Aboriginal persons, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

[4] Calls for Papers; Conference & Lecture Announcements / Conférences; appels à communications

From: Hans Beck

International Conference on Money and Power in the Roman Republic — McGill University — May 19-21, 2011

The Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University announces an International Conference on Money and Power in the Roman Republic May 19-21, 2011, McGill University, Thomson House, 3650 McTavish, Ball room Organizing Committee: Hans Beck (McGill) – John Serrati (McGill) – Martin Jehne (Dresden) Rome’s transformation from a regional force in Latium into a Mediterranean superpower (4th to 1st centuries BCE) was accompanied by an accelerated change of economic realities. The persistent influx of vast natural and monetary resources from abroad deeply altered the basis of Rome’s military. Also, as state income skyrocketed, the exercise of political influence at Rome became increasingly intertwined with issues of personal finance. Despite claims for frugality, the political power of senatorial families was always determined through the accumulation of wealth. By the 1st century BCE, the competition of these families for rank and recognition was dramatically wrapped up with access to monetary capital and economic resources. When the republic finally fell, this was also due to a financial crash that hit the very centre of Roman society.

The conference targets the intersection of political culture and economic realities at Rome. It embarks from a pragmatic definition of money as asset to conduct economic transactions. Wealth is considered as a significant accumulation of those assets. To disclose the interconnectedness of political power, social status and wealth, the conference explores four topical clusters that were formative to Rome’s money-power-matrix: (1) Agents and Interests; (2) Discourses on Money and Power; (3) Public Income and State Action; (4) Wealth and Status.

The line-up of speakers includes a blend of 21 historians and classicists from eight countries: David Hollander (Iowa); Sylvie Pittia (Reims); Kaj Sandberg (Turku); François Gauthier (McGill); Elio Lo Cascio (Naples); Hans Beck (McGill); Antonio Dupla (Vitoria); Brahm Kleinman (McGill); Francisco Pina Polo (Zaragoza); Cristina Rosillo Lopez (Sevilla); Ralph Covino (Tennessee); Bruno Bleckmann (Düsseldorf); John Serrati (McGill); Claude Eilers (Hamilton); Nathan Rosenstein (Ohio); Kathryn Welch (Sidney); Leopold Migeotte (Quebec City); Martin Jehne (Dresden); Jonathan Edmondson (York); Elisabeth Deniaux (Paris); Wolfgang Blösel (Cologne).

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend. Please register via email with one of the organizers.

The event is co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Thyssen Foundation, Germany.

[5] Scholarships & Competitions / Bourses & concours

No announcements this month. / Rien à signaler ce mois-ci.

[6] Summer Study & Field School

From: Shari Degenstien

The Department of Classics at The University of Winnipeg is pleased to announce Introductory Latin I and Introductory Latin II held in the Spring and Summer sessions of 2010/11. Our offerings will include:

CLAS-1100-001 INTRODUCTORY LATIN I (May 2 - June 13) will cover Wheelock's Latin chapters 1-23

CLAS-1101-001 INTRODUCTORY LATIN II (June 15 – July 27) completes Wheelock's Latin.

For more information email Dr. Jane Cahill at or department assistant Shari Degenstien at

Or to register, go to:

Instructors, please let your students and colleagues know !!


From: Luigi Miraglia

Summer Latin School — 8 Weeks of Intensive Courses

Learn to fluently read, write, and speak the language of Western Civilization. ROME, June 27th - August 20th, 2011. The classes provide for a total immersion in the Latin language. They are divided into two fundamental courses: 1. Latin I (from the first week to the fourth): dedicated to those who have no or hardly any previous knowledge of the Latin language. 2. Latin II (from the fifth week to the eighth): dedicated to those who have attended the first course, Latin I, or who already possess an active knowledge of the fundamental notions of Latin grammar and syntax. 3. Latin III: This module is designed specifically for Latin teachers who wish to improve their didactic skills by applying a wide range of strategies in class. These strategies, developed by experts of the didactics of modern languages, facilitate the use of the inductive method in the teaching of Latin.

For further information, please visit our website

[7] Varia

From: Mark Walker

Salvete omnes,

The third issue of VATES: The Journal of New Latin Poetry is now available for free download (in pdf format).

VATES homepage:

Direct link to Issue 3 pdf:

I hope you enjoy it. Please don't forget to pass it on to all your friends and colleagues, too!



[8] New publications of CAC Members (Books Only) / Publications nouvelles des membres de la SCÉC (monographies seulement)

Thierry PETIT, Œdipe et le Chérubin. Les sphinx levantins, cypriotes et grecs comme gardiens d'Immortalité (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, n° 248), Fribourg - Göttingen, 2011. 388 pages avec 191 illustrations, relié.