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Another Award for the From Stone to Screen Project

From Stone to Screen just received notice that they were awarded a Field Museum Visiting Scholarship! The application was completed by Nicholas Kraus (CNERS alum, and current PhD Candidate at Yale) and Chelsea Gardner. The team will travel to Chicago in 2016 to train on advanced Ortery photogrammetric equipment, and will digitize the Field Museum’s […]

From Stone to Screen Project Wins TLEF Funding

We are pleased to announce that the From Stone to Screen application for third-year funding through the TLEF-FL was successful. This third year of funding will allow the From Stone to Screen team to continue cataloguing the Bahrain and Todd artifact collections and uploading the relevant metadata, while also expanding the McGregor collection to include […]

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Roman History and Culture

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Roman History and Culture (300 BCE – 300 CE). The successful candidate must also be able to teach Latin at both the undergraduate and graduate level. […]

New Book by CNERS Faculty Members

The department has received an advance copy of Not Sparing the Child – Human Sacrifice in the Ancient World and Beyond – Studies in Honor of Professor Paul G. Mosca, a volume co-edited by Daphna Arbel, Paul Burns, Rob Cousland, Richard Menkis and Dietmar Neufeld from Bloomsbury’s T&T Clark Biblical Studies series. It will go […]

Profs. Chaudhry and Ahmed Granted Tenure

Rumee Ahmed and Ayesha Chaudhry received official word from the President’s office that they have been granted promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure at the beginning of July. Congratulations Ayesha, Congratulations Rumee.

Diet Neufeld – In Memoriam

Diet Neufeld – In Memoriam

  Dietmar was born to Isaak and Frieda Neufeld in Filadelfia, Paraguay, and moved to Canada at the age of eight. After studying at the University of Winnipeg, and the Mennonite Seminary, he received his Ph.D. at McGill University in 1991. Diet spent most of his academic career at UBC, attaining the rank of Full […]

CNERS Student Association Kicks Off a New Year

Welcome, one and all, to the 2015/2016 school year with your friendly neighbourhood CNERS Student Association! We are your one-stop-shop for all things ancient at UBC and are always happy to accept new members. Pub nights, movie roasts, parties, and writing workshops are just a few of the things we offer throughout the year. Our […]

CNERS Professors win SSHRC Grants

Three CNERS professors were recently award SSHRC Insight Development Grants. Lisa Cooper received a two year SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a project entitled ‘Archaeological reflections of identity in Neo-Assyrian Period remains at Bestansur, Iraqi Kurdistan’, Gregg Gardner received a two year SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a project entitled ‘Charity for the Rich: Individual […]

Ancient Papyrus Brought to Light

Congratulations to Chelsea Gardner and Prof. Toph Marshall for bringing to light an important ancient papyrus -“Window on a lost world”: rediscovered papyri at UBC shed light on ancient Egypt.” See the links below for the wonderful coverage on this discovery.

New Book by Prof. Gregg Gardner

Congratulations to Gregg Gardner for the recent publication of his book: The Origins of Organized Charity in Rabbinic Judaism. Cambridge University Press (2015). The book examines the origins of communal and institutional philanthropy in Judaism.

New Book by Prof. Richard Menkis

Congratulation to Richard Menkis for his just-released co-edited volume: Richard Menkis & Harold Roper. More than just Games. Canada and the 1936 Olympics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2015.

CNERS Head Promoted to Full Professor

CNERS Head Dietmar Neufeld has received official word from President Gupta that he has been granted promotion to the rank of Professor.  Congratulations Diet!

CNERS Students Succeed at CAC/SCEC Competition

Two of our students have had great success at this year’s CAC/SCEC Sight Competition. Sophia Ly received Third Place in the Senior Latin and Richard Cameron received Honourable Mention in the Senior Greek. Students studying Greek and Latin at universities across Canada participate in the Sight competition so this certainly is a great accomplishment by […]

Two New Books by CNERS Professors

We’re happy to announce the publication of two new volumes by CNERS professors: V. Dahpna Arbel, Paul C. Burns, J.R.C Cousland, Richard Menkis and Dietmar Neufeld (eds.) Not Sparing the Child. Human Sacrifice in the Ancient world and Beyond. Studies in Honor of Professor Paul G. Mosca. New York: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark (2015). A number of […]

Professors Ahmed and Chaurdhry Receive Prestigious Fellowships

Two CNERS professors received prestigious and highly competitive visiting fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. Rumee Ahmed has been offered a Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowship for the academic year 2015-16.  His topic is “Islamic Systematics: The Art and Science of Islamic Legal Reform.” Ayesha Chaudhry has been offered an appointment as a fellow […]

Two New Books by Prof. Michael Griffin

We’re pleased to announce the publication of two new books by Prof. Michael Griffin: Olympiodorus: Life of Plato and on Plato First Alcibiades 1-9. Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, gen. ed. Richard Sorabji and Michael J. Griffin (Bloomsbury); and Aristotle’s Categories in the Early Roman Empire. Oxford Classical Monograph (OUP). Congratulations Michael!



From the pyramids to the Colosseum, from the Olympic Games to Mecca, our department offers a unique opportunity to link different disciplines and study ancient civilizations in a wider context.



Our unique program opens the door to three thousand years of language, literature, art, philosophy, religion and history, revealing their influence on modern culture.



We pursue research into the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome, with ample archaeological fieldwork opportunities for our students, like the Centre for the Study of Ancient Sicily.


Latin prose of the imperial age. In this course we will read a selection of authors from the imperial age onwards, including Seneca the Elder and Younger, Pliny the Elder and Younger, and Quintillian among others.


LATN 402B/502B: “Virgil’s Aeneid Book 12” The aim of this course is to improve your fluency in Latin and to acquaint you with the closing book of Virgil’s epic poem, the Aeneid (studied in Latin) and with the narrative arc of the entire poem (studied in English). The Aeneid was at the centre of European […]


Apuleius’ Apology: The Trial of a Warlock In the middle of the second century CE the town of Sabratha, in what is now modern Libya, saw the trial of the philosopher and orator Apuleius on a charge of witchcraft, for supposedly enchanting his new wife, Pudentilla, into love with him. An outsider to the community, […]


This course will explore the poetry of Theocritus, the most famous and influential Hellenistic bucolic poet. His poetry is worth of consideration in and of itself and takes on new interest in light of his influence upon Vergil’s Eclogues. Besides the versified vision of the pastoral life Theocritus provides, this course will delve into Theocritus’ […]


Magic and Witchcraft in Greece and Rome


This course concentrates on the remarkable political and cultural achievements of fifth century Athens addressing topics such as the development of democracy and how it functioned, the meaning of citizenship, gender and sexuality, social values and daily life, and the role of drama, art, and architecture in Athenian society. We will examine how some of […]



We are a community of archaeologists at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University who jointly work to investigate past and present human societies within British Columbia, Canada and the wider world.  We condemn in the strongest possible terms the tragic loss of life, the humanitarian crisis and the systematic destruction and looting […]

Welcome to our new Roman Archaeologist – Dr. Matthew McCarty

Welcome to our new Roman Archaeologist – Dr. Matthew McCarty

The CNERS Department welcomes our newest colleague, Dr. Matthew McCarty, who will take up the position of Assistant Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Roman World starting July 1, 2015. Matthew M. McCarty (DPhil, Oxford) is a Classical archaeologist whose work focuses on the edges of the Roman Empire, ancient religion, and the […]

12-Month Lecturer in Early Formative Christianity

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia seeks applications for a part-time (75%) 12-Month Lecturer in the 2015/16 academic year. The position will cover courses in Early Formative Christianity. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field. The successful candidate will […]

CNERS Graduate Tia Sager wins Russ Patrick Award for Undergraduate Research in the Arts

Tia Sager, currently working on an MA in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford, has won the Russ Patrick Award for Undergraduate Research Writing. Her paper, “Space Syntax Analysis of Cypriot Built Environments: Social Interaction and Change in Bronze Age Cyprus,” was lauded by Janet Giltrow (Senior Associate Dean) and her committee “for its […]