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Kevin Fisher’s Augmented Reality App Makes the News

An augmented reality app that will help visitors and archaeologists better understand and visualize the Late Bronze Age archaeological site of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, has been making the news at UBC and beyond.  The app is being developed by a team led by CNERS Professor Kevin Fisher and members of the UBC’s MAGIC (Media and Graphics […]

Lisa Tweten Makes Successful Pitch at I-Cubed Challenge

A team led by CNERS graduate student Lisa Tweten successfully pitched a business plan for a new app at the Sept. 26th I-Cubed Challenge, co-sponsored by GRAND and UBC’s MAGIC Lab and held at Green College.  Participating teams pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges drawn from the digital media and investment communities to […]

Susanna Braund Awarded Medal by Collège de France

Susanna Braund Awarded Medal by Collège de France

Susanna Braund was nominated by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies to a visiting professorship at the Collège de France in Paris and she was then elected by the Assemblée des Professeurs, at the proposal of Professor John Scheid, to visit during the month of June 2014. During that month she gave a ‘cours’ […]

12-Month Lecturer in Greek and Roman History

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies is seeking applications for a 12-Month Lecturer position in Greek and Roman History. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Classical Studies or a related field. The successful candidate will possess a strong commitment to teaching and be able to teach surveys of Greek and […]


This course provides an in-depth look at the fascinating past of the island of Cyprus: the legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Join us and examine the development of Cypriot society from the island’s initial colonization in the 10th millennium BCE through the period of its rule as a province of the Roman Empire in […]


The goals of this course are to introduce students to Latin poetry and metre, and through the reading of the Latin text, to help students strengthen their grasp of grammar and syntax and improve their facility in translation.


Third-year Latin aims to enhance students’ skills in reading unadapted Latin and to introduce them to some of the great authors of classical Latin literature.


Latin 202 completes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and syntax, which it illustrates by a series of readings slightly adapted from the major authors of classical Latin literature.  These include passages from such famous authors and works as Cicero on dreams, the historian Sallust on the decline of Rome, and the poet Ovid’s telling of […]


Latin 201 completes most of the fundamentals of Latin grammar and syntax that were begun in Latin 101 and 102, which it illustrates by a series of readings adapted from the major authors of classical Latin literature.  We shall be reading passages from such famous authors and works as Livy’s legends of early Rome, Julius […]


Latin 102 continues with the basics of Latin grammar that we began in Latin 101, and illustrates these by a series of readings adapted from the major authors of classical Latin literature.  Students will be reading passages from such famous authors and works as Julius Caesar’s memoir of his campaigns in Gaul, Pliny the Younger’s […]


Latin 101 Latin was the language of the Romans and, at the height of the Roman Empire during the first three centuries of the common era, was spoken throughout the whole of Western Europe and a large part of North Africa. After the fall of the Roman Empire in the west in the fifth century, […]


This course is designed to equip students with the necessary tools for independent reading of unadapted Greek texts.


This course is designed to introduce intermediate students to ancient Greek prose literature; the selection of authors to be read varies each year, but can draw from genres as diverse as history, philosophy, biography, satire, religious texts, or even romance or early science fiction. The works to be read will be entirely unadapted but students […]


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This course will focus on the origins and development of the earliest cities in the ancient Near East, particularly those that emerged in Greater Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BCE. Such cities include, for example, the ancient urban complexes of Uruk and Ur in southern Iraq, Brak and Hamoukar in Syria, and Susa in south-western […]


Lucretius, De Rerum Natura How does the physical world work? Where does everything come from? Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura is a poem that attempts to answer these questions, along with many, many others. It combines the structure of epic with the concerns of philosophy, and shows the influence of ancient authors as diverse as Homer […]


Virgil’s Aeneid: from Zero to Hero – Aeneas on the battlefield. Readings: book 2 (the fall of Troy) and sections of books 11 and 12 (war in Italy).


Pindar and Lyric Poetry Epic is the beginning of Greek poetry and tragedy is fascinating, but if you want to read poetry about subjects that range from athletic champions to love and longing, look to lyric poetry. In this class, we shall explore the range of Greek lyric poetry beginning with Pindar, reading several of […]


Greek Orators: Murder, Adultery, and Government Corruption In this course we will read selections from the courtroom oratory of Antiphon and Lysias. A number of specific cases will be read in Greek, and a few more selected from other Athenian logographers in English translation. Attention will be paid to the language of the speeches, their […]


Roman Scandals: Representations and Receptions of Rome Ancient Rome is notorious for its bloodthirsty gladiatorial shows and for its sensational luxury, manifested in fabulous feasts and awesome orgies. These are our modern images of Rome – but how well do they reflect Roman antiquity? The central aim of this course is to interrogate modern representations […]


Cicero’s Philippics and their influence. We will read sections of Philippic II (including accounts of Antony’s unfortunate youth and propensity for inappropriate behaviour in public) and a short selection of other Latin authors (including Seneca the Elder and Quintilian) discussing the reception and impact of the Philippics as a whole.

Sara Milstein and Gregg Gardner are Top Teachers

CNERS professors Sara Milstein and Gregg Gardner were congratulated by the Dean of Arts for being among the very best teachers last year as measured by student-ratings of their effectiveness as instructors.  Their 2013 student evaluations place them in the top 5% of instructors within the Faculty of Arts. Congratulations Sara and Gregg!

Siobhan McEldruff Appointed Co-interim Director of UBC’s MAGIC Lab

Siobhan McElduff has been appointed interim director of MAGIC (Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre) for 2014-2015.  Congratulations Siobhan.

CNERS Department Faculty Among Recent Grant and Award Winners

Rumee Ahmed is the recipient of a Dean of Arts Faculty Research Award. This award permits Rumee to have time away from administration and teaching to concentrate on completing his research project. Sara Milstein is the recipient of a large Hampton Research Grant for her project entitled “Making a Case: The Impact of Mesopotamian ‘Lawsuits’ […]

Susanna Braund Honoured by the College de France

Last Sunday, the Assemblée of the Collège de France in Paris voted to elect Susanna Braund to a “chaire d’État”. She will hold the post of professeur at the Collège for the month of June 2014, during which time she will give four hour-long lectures in French on the reception of Virgil and Seneca in […]

Ayesha Chaudhry’s Op-ed in the Globe and Mail

Ayesha Chaudhry’s op-ed “Does the Koran allow wife-beating? Not if Muslims don’t want it to” was published today in the Globe and Mail.  Her commentary can be found on the newspaper’s website. Congratulations, Ayesha!

Ayehsa Chaudhry’s New Book Featured in the Vancouver Sun

Ayesha Chaudry’s recently published book, Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition, was featured in the Vancouver Sun yesterday. The book is making  a substantial contribution to discussions of a significant global issue.  Congratulations Ayesha!

Thomas Schneider Wins Killam Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Thomas Schneider who has been awarded a UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship from the “lzaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies,” Senior Category. The award will assist Thomas in undertaking the research project proposed in his application.

Congratulations to CNERS student Kris Rhude – UBC’s Top Academic Varsity Athlete!

Kristopher Rhude, a CNERS student majoring in Near Eastern Studies and Religious Studies, was named the top academic varsity athlete in 2013  by UBC President Stephen Toope.  Congratulations Kris!  See the full story here.