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Thomas Schneider receives ASOR Membership Service Award

Thomas Schneider receives ASOR Membership Service Award

Thomas Schneider was awarded a Membership Service Award by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) at their Annual Meeting in November, in recognition of his seven years as editor of the journal Near Eastern Archaeology, during which the journal secured a place in the top quartile of archaeological and historical journals. This award recognizes […]

Dr. Susanna Braund is elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Dr. Susanna Braund is elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Professor Susanna Braund has been elected as a Corresponding Fellow to the Australian Academy of the Humanities, which is the highest honor for achievement in the humanities in Australia. She has been recognized for her international leadership on imperial Latin literature and the reception of Roman antiquity. Corresponding Fellows are elected in recognition of their […]

Sessional Posting – Summer 2019

Sessional Lecturer Positions Summer 2019 The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies is now accepting applications for Sessional positions in Summer 2019. Subject to budgetary and enrolment considerations, the successful candidate will teach the following course: CLST 313 –  Greek Epic – Summer Term 1 RELG 201 – Near Eastern and Biblical Mythology […]

Matthew McCarty receives prize for best article in Phoenix

Matthew McCarty receives prize for best article in Phoenix

Dr. Matthew McCarty has be awarded the sixth Mary White Prize for Best Article in Phoenix (2017) for his co-written article, “Connected Communities in Roman Mithraism:  Regional Webs from the Apulum Mithraeum III Project (Dacia)”, which will appear in the forthcoming issue of Phoenix. The prize is named for Mary White, who was a Classics professor at the University […]

Another new book by Dr. Keddie

Another new book by Dr. Keddie

Dr. Anthony Keddie is co-author with L. Michael White of a new book entitled Jewish Fictional Letters from Hellenistic Egypt (SBL Press, 2018). Publication Notice from SBL Press Jewish Fictional Letters from Hellenistic Egypt: The Epistle of Aristeas and Related Literature The first Greek text of the Epistle of Aristeas published in more than a century. The Greek […]

New Book by Dr. Keddie

New Book by Dr. Keddie

Dr. G. Anthony Keddie has published a new book on apocalypticism in Early Roman Palestine, “Revelations of Ideology.” (Brill, 2018) About In Revelations of Ideology, G. Anthony Keddie proposes a new theory of the social function of Judaean apocalyptic texts produced in Early Roman Palestine (63 BCE–70 CE). In contrast to evaluations of Jewish and […]

CLST314

This course will explore the development of the epic genre in Latin. Besides detailed study of Vergil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Lucan’s Civil War, students will also come to appreciate the growth and development of the genre and its two main branches, the historical epic and the mythological epic.

CLST352

This course examines the evolution of the political institutions and social structures of the Roman Republic from its foundation to its end. Some of the areas explored are the development of the Republican government system, particularly the function of the magistrates, the senate and the assemblies, the role of the elite and the people in […]

CLST306

This course introduces the technologies developed and exploited in the Greek and Roman worlds, c. 1000 BCE to 400 CE, with an emphasis on their impact. Rather than focusing solely on the technological achievements of the Greeks and Romans, this course will instead explore ancient technologies in context: their intellectual, social, institutional, and economic backgrounds […]

RELG415

Was the apostle Paul a Jew, a Christian, or something else? And more importantly, why does it matter? Why would Paul identify himself as a circumcised Israelite of the tribe of Benjamin and a Pharisee after experiencing a revelation of Christ? In this course, students answer these questions for themselves by engaging with historical evidence […]

CLST360E

UnRoman Romans: Bandits, exiles, sex workers, witches, and other outsiders in the Roman empire Not everyone could be an ideal Roman. Not everyone wanted to be an ideal Roman . This course will look at those who couldn’t – or wouldn’t – fit into the traditional mould from the bandits to political exiles to witches […]

CLST403C

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF BRONZE AGE GREECE. The Trojan War, the Palace of King Minos at Knossos and the Mask of Agamemnon are only part of the story of the Greek Bronze Age. In this course, we’ll try to separate the myths from no-less fascinating evidence of life in prehistoric Greece. We’ll take an in-depth look […]

RELG101

This course provides an overview of the three main western monotheistic (Abrahamic) religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—together with key concepts and issues in the study of religion. The focus will be on the origins, scriptures, histories, and contemporary varieties of each religion. We will explore several dimensions of religion, including identity, ritual, history, and authority as […]

Thomas Schneider’s research on early alphabet discovery garners international attention

Thomas Schneider’s research on early alphabet discovery garners international attention

A paper recently published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research by Dr. Thomas Schneider has received news coverage from North America to Israel, Russia, and Korea! The paper reports on what could be the earliest example of our alphabet sequence from a 3400 year-old piece of Egyptian pottery. Read more on […]

Gregg Gardner named division Chair for Association for Jewish Studies

Gregg Gardner named division Chair for Association for Jewish Studies

Professor Gregg Gardner has been named Chair of the Division of “Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity” of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). In this role, he will be shepherding and overseeing all paper proposals on Jews and Judaism during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine ages for the AJS’s Annual Meeting – the largest […]

Franco De Angelis awarded two fellowships

Franco De Angelis awarded two fellowships

Professor Franco De Angelis has been awarded the Arthur Dale Trendall Fellowship by the Institute of Classical Studies of the University of London.  The fellowship was inaugurated in 2000 in memory of Arthur Dale Trendall for senior scholars from universities outside the UK, who work on the same areas of interest as Professor Trendall, including […]

Dr. Thomas Schneider elected Visiting Professor of Halbert Centre

Dr. Thomas Schneider elected Visiting Professor of Halbert Centre

Dr. Thomas Schneider has been elected as a Visiting Professor of the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He will spend up to one month during the 2018-9 academic year at the Hebrew University, delivering two public lectures, a workshop for students, as well as the annual Hans Jakob Polotsky […]

New Book by Dr. Cousland

New Book by Dr. Cousland

Dr. Robert Cousland has published a new book, “Holy Terror. Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” (Bloomsbury, 2017) About The Infancy Gospel of Thomas (or Paidika) is one of the most unusual gospels in the Christian tradition. Instead of revealing the compassionate Jesus so familiar to us from the biblical Gospels, it confronts its readers with a […]

Kevin Fisher, Roger Wilson receive SSHRC Insight Grants

Kevin Fisher, Roger Wilson receive SSHRC Insight Grants

Dr. Kevin Fisher has been awarded a large SSHRC Insight Grant for “Investigating the Socio-environmental Dynamics of an Ancient Urban Landscape”.  The grant will fund five years of excavation and related work at the Late Bronze Age (c. 1650-1100 BCE) city of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus.  Recent research suggests that new urban landscapes that were created […]

Graduate Student Success: Gillian Glass, Emma Ramsden receive scholarships

Graduate Student Success: Gillian Glass, Emma Ramsden receive scholarships

CNERS is very pleased to announce that PhD Religious Studies student Gillian Glass has won a Killam Doctoral Scholarship! This is an extremely competitive and, therefore, prestigious award – and CNERS now has two Killam Doctoral Scholarship holders after Ryan Schroeder, also a PhD Religious studies candidate, received one last year. We also congratulate MA ACRE student […]

Dr. Gregg Gardner receives Halbert Centre grant for workshop on charity in classical Jewish law

Dr. Gregg Gardner receives Halbert Centre grant for workshop on charity in classical Jewish law

Gregg Gardner has been awarded a grant from the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University! The funds will go towards co-organizing a workshop between academics from UBC and other universities in Canada, and the Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law of the Law School of Hebrew University, on the topic of “Charity in […]

Assistant Professor Without Review in Latin Language and Literature

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for an Assistant Professor Without Review in Latin language and literature.  The successful candidate must be able to teach Latin at all levels, and courses on topics such as Latin literature, myth, ancient women, classical reception, […]

Lecturer, Greek and Latin

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) is seeking applications for a one-year leave replacement Lecturer position in Greek and Latin Languages.  This 1-year appointment is expected to commence September 1, 2018. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. A Lecturer position is a […]

Lecturer, Islamic and Religious Studies

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) is seeking applications for a Lecturer position in Islamic and Religious Studies.  This 1-year appointment is expected to commence September 1, 2018.  This position is subject to final budgetary approval. A Lecturer position is a non-tenure track appointment, […]

Dr. Michael Griffin receives UBC Killam Research Fellowship

Dr. Michael Griffin receives UBC Killam Research Fellowship

Dr. Michael Griffin, Associate Professor of Greek Philosophy, has received a UBC Killam Research Fellowship for his project, “The Puzzle of Virtue: Indian Contributions to a Greek and Modern Theory.” We are excited to hear more about this research in the future!

3D modeling, augmented reality being applied to Dr. Kevin Fisher’s work at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios (Cyprus)

3D modeling, augmented reality being applied to Dr. Kevin Fisher’s work at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios (Cyprus)

Dr. Kevin Fisher, Assistant Professor of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology,  has been working with the UBC Emerging Media Lab (EML) to develop the 3D visualization of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios (more of the KAMBE project here).  EML has connected Dr. Fisher with a group of students from the UBC Game Developer’s Association, who are working on ways of using augmented reality […]

Sessional Instructor: Latin 101 Summer Term 2

CALL FOR SESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS For the 2018 Summer term, it is the intention of the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies to offer the following course as part of their summer program:   LATN 101-951       Introductory Latin I  Summer Term 2      TTh    10:30-1:30            […]