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The Roman state developed one of the earliest complex legal systems. They excelled especially in creating a formal judicial system and a detailed framework for civil law. The resulting system of law that emerged forms the basis of most European and American law and influenced many aspects of English Common Law. Through the activities and […]

Promotion of Dr. Leanne Bablitz to Full Professor

Congratulations to Dr Leanne Bablitz who has just heard from the Interim President of UBC that she has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, with effect from July 1 2016!


Akkadian is the ancient language of Mesopotamia within the Semitic language family. First finding prominence under Sargon of Akkad (late 3rd millennium BCE), Akkadian became dominant in Mesopotamia in the 2nd and early 1st millennia BCE, for much of which it was also the diplomatic language of the whole Ancient Near East. Written with an […]


For all of its accounts of angels and miracles, the Bible features a staggering number of texts that deal with “real life,” including literature that deals with sex, deceit, and murder. Most of these texts never make it into a synagogue or church sermon, though some of them are persistently (mis-)used to justify the oppression […]


This course is an introduction to the history of Rome’s military.  The course begins with an examination of Rome’s military development through the republican period and then turns to examine the reforms made to the army to facilitate its role in controlling the vast empire of the Imperial period.  Specific topics which are examined include; […]


Pompeii In this seminar we will consider the ways in which the ancient city of Pompeii advances our knowledge of various aspects of Roman history and culture.  Topics which may be examined (depending on the interests of the students) include prostitution, gardening, politics, law, space utilization – both public and private, religion, art, death and […]


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 […]


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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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