This course explores the art and architecture of the Greek world from about 7000 to 30 BCE.  We’ll begin with the first farmers of the Neolithic and the trace the rise of Mycenae, Knossos and other legendary palaces of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations.  We then examine the emergence of the Greek city states, focusing on the great Panhellenic sanctuaries of Olympia and Delphi and, of course, Athens and the famous monuments of its Akropolis and Agora that embody the rise of the world’s first democracy.  We’ll end with the spread of Greek art and architecture eastward with the conquests of Alexander the Great and the powerful Hellenistic kingdoms of his successors.  In each case we’ll consider the social, political, economic and ideological context of Greek material culture, its relationship to identities and the impacts of interactions with other cultures.  We’ll also consider the legacy and reception of Greek art and architecture in the modern world, as well as issues and controversies surrounding the recovery, curation, ownership and interpretation of particular artifacts, buildings and sites (e.g., the so-called Elgin marbles


CLST 332: Roman Art & Architecture

The social, cultural, political, and visual history of Roman art from the eighth century BCE to the fourth century CE.  Topics include the power of images to shape society; identity construction; cultural exchanges and borrowings across the ancient world; the impact of the Roman Empire on local visual traditions; and the complex relationships between subject and representation.

Thomas Schneider appointed Advisor to the President at Quest University

Thomas Schneider has been appointed Advisor to the President at Quest University Canada, with a starting date of August 1, 2016. He will assume that role on a part-time basis in 2016/7. His responsibility will be to establish formal relations between UBC and Quest University and to provide support for a number of additional academic and strategic initiatives.

Youcef Soufi appointed Assistant Professor without review

Youcef Soufi will start as Assistant Professor without review this September. He is currently completing his PhD at the Centre for Religious Studies at the University of Toronto on the use of Usul al-Fiqh in disputation in classical Islamic law. He has an article on the historiography of Usul al-Fiqh in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Islamic Law.  He also has an MA (University of Victoria, 2009) in Political Science and Cultural, Social and Political Thought where his areas of focus were: Aristotelian ethics; Talal Asad and Liberalism; and Islam and multiculturalism. Welcome!

Cillian O’Hogan new Assistant Professor without review

Cillian O’Hogan will take up the post of Assistant Professor without review this September. Cillian completed his PhD in Classics at the University of Toronto in 2012, where he worked on Prudentius, the results from which will be appearing in a book from OUP this September, Prudentius and the Landscapes of Antiquity. He brings to UBC an expertise in later Latin literature and manuscript studies, and through the British Library he has been involved in some exciting digitization projects. He has also co-edited a volume on the Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th-c. Christian Bible, and has published articles in Classical Quarterly and Mnemosyne.  Welcome, Cillian!

CNERS Faculty and Emeriti in the UK

Ancient Sicily is flavour of the summer in the UK at present. The British Museum is currently showing an exhibition entitled ‘Sicily: culture and conquest’, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has a quite separate one, called ‘Storms, war and shipwrecks: treasures from the Sicilian seas’. CNERS’ Centre for the Study of Ancient Sicily has been active in support of both projects. At an international British Museum conference on June 24th–25th in connection with the former exhibition, Franco De Angelis gave a paper on ‘Greek Sicily: a world apart?’, and Roger Wilson spoke about the UBC excavations of the late Roman villa at Gerace in Enna province, including the results of the recently concluded 2016 season. Both were thanked in the book of the show, edited by Dirk Booms and Peter Higgs. Roger also gave a lunchtime public lecture in the BM on 27th June, attended by 240 people, on the UBC excavations at Punta Secca (Kaukana), while for the Oxford exhibition he also contributed a chapter to the accompanying book, Sicily and the Sea.

Dr. Arden Williams teaching LATN 100 this summer

Welcome to Dr. Arden Williams! Arden received her PhD from UBC in the early 2000s. She has held term appointments at Wilfrid Laurier, Memorial and Dalhousie. Arden has taken up a sessional position with us teaching a summer section of Latin 100. Welcome home Arden!

Dr. Franco De Angelis promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Dr Franco De Angelis. He has just heard from the President of UBC that he has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, with effect from July 1 2016. Nicely done, Franco!

Dr. Gregg Gardner promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Dr Gregg Gardner, who has just heard from the President of UBC that he has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, with effect from July 1 2016. Good work, Gregg!

Irresistible: The Homeric Heroism of Muhammad Ali

Professor C. W. Marshall has written about what Muhammad Ali means to him at

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