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Mark Locicero What is your area of research or teaching? My research focuses on the role of water in Roman cities, and uses archaeological evidence of the supply, usage, and drainage of water to explore how people in different areas of the Mediterranean world interacted with their local environment. Currently, my research explores the hydraulic […]
Classical Studies at The University of British Columbia: A Brief History
Lisa Cooper (Director of the UBC archaeological team at Bestansur) Our fascinating archaeological work was carried out in April-May 2019 at the site of Bestansur, located in the Sulaymaniyah Province of Iraqi Kurdistan. Working under the aegis of the Central Zagros Archaeology Project, directed by Reading University professors Roger and Wendy Matthews, and funded by […]
CNERS graduate and undergraduate students excavated in Romania in summer 2019. On July 24, an eager team of Canadian and Romanian students and archaeologists made their way to the small city of Alba Iulia, nestled in the heart of Transylvania. CNERS graduate students Dora Gao, Lindsay Fraughton, Emma Ramsden, Allison Marlyn, Matt Naylor, Amber Leenders […]
C.W. Marshall, Professor (CNERS) On a beach outside Galaxidi a dozen UBC students stand knee-deep in the water of the Gulf of Corinth, reciting a chorus from Sophocles’ Antigone in Ancient Greek. The next day, they are doing so again in the ancient theatre of Oiniades. The students are making a short film, of possibly […]
Susanna Braund, CNERS faculty member and an accomplished scholar in the field of Latin literature and translation, was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities and to the Royal Society of Canada. She was also the recipient of UBC Killam Research Prize in 2018/19. Dr. Braund reflects on what this recognition means to her and […]
The Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department is pleased to announce a publication by Dr. Anthony Keddie, which has just been published by Cambridge University Press. The title of Tony’s book is Class and Power in Roman Palestine: The Socioeconomic Setting of Judaism and Christian Origins and here is a blurb: Anthony Keddie investigates […]
The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies is pleased to announce that Siobhán McElduff has been named as a recipient of a Public Humanities Course-Release Award. This award, bestowed by the new Public Humanities Hub (PHH) at UBC-Vancouver, supports research excellence among Humanities scholars in the Faculties of Arts, Law, and Education at […]
The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies stands in solidarity with the students, staff and faculty at the University of British Columbia and worldwide who will participate in the Global Climate Strike on September 27, 2019, to demand urgent action on the climate emergency. The Department and its instructors resolve to accommodate, wherever […]
The Development Office has announced a generous $1M gift made by the Diamond Foundation to support Jewish Studies at UBC. The announcement can be found here: https://support.ubc.ca/news/diamond-foundation-donates-1m-to-support-jewish-studies-at-ubc/ Congratulations to Dr. Gregg Gardner, current Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, on this incredible gift, which will open up all kinds of new and exciting opportunities […]
Dr. Susanna Braund has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Class of 2019. She is one of the ninety-three new Fellows in the Academies of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science who have been elected by their peers for their exceptional scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Here is […]
Sessional Lecturer Position Winter 2019-2020 The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies is now accepting applications for a Sessional position in Winter 2019-2020. The successful candidate will teach the following course: LATN 101 – Beginning Latin I Winter Term 2 (MWF 12-1PM) Details of courses can be found at: https://cnrs.ubc.ca/for-undergraduates/courses/ Please send your […]
The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and religious Studies is very pleased to announce the success of three of our faculty in the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) competitions this year. Gregg Gardner has won an Insight Development Grant for his project entitled “The Horvat Midras Excavation Project: Cultural Interaction in Rural Roman […]
Sessional Lecturer Position Winter 2019-2020 The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies is now accepting applications for a Sessional position in Winter 2019-2020. Subject to budgetary and enrolment considerations, the successful candidate will teach the following course: RELG 209 – Eden to Exile: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible – Winter Term 2 (MWF […]
Learn about the rise of civilizations, cultural interconnections, and power dynamics in the ancient Middle East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome from 10,000 BCE – 300 CE. Learn archaeological methods and interpretation and work with real ancient artifacts in UBC collections.
Through a critical analysis of the material and visual culture and inscriptional, legal, and literary sources we will explore the realities and ambiguities of Roman women’s lives and also consider the roots of conceptions and perceptions of women in the western world today.
Was Jesus a liberal socialist revolutionary or a conservative tax-protestor? Was Paul Jewish or anti-Jewish? Did early Christianity empower women or marginalize them? Does the Book of Revelation vilify the Roman Empire, Nazi Germany, or contemporary globalization?
Watch the promotional video about Dr. Sara Milstein’s work on biblical and Near Eastern law produced by the Peter Wall Institute: Dr. Milstein’s is a Wall Scholar (2018-2019) and her project is titled Making a Case: The Emergent Legal Mind in the Ancient Near East. She aims to probe the rich collection of practical legal […]
Sessional Lecturer Position Winter 2019-2020 The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies is now accepting applications for a Sessional position in Winter 2019-2020. Subject to budgetary and enrolment considerations, the successful candidate will teach the following course: CLST 110 – Golden Age of Athens – Winter Term 1 (MWF 4-5 PM) Details of […]
The term begins with a final wrap-up of grammar and syntax, along with an introduction into the Ionic dialect through adapted readings from Herodotus. Students then proceed to the reading of an unadapted Greek text, either in full or from a substantial part of a larger text. Texts vary from year to year, but in […]
Greek 201 completes most of the grammar and syntax of classical Greek needed for reading the ancient texts. At the same time, students continue to read both adapted and unadapted texts from a variety of authors, including Heraclitus, Thucydides, and Plato, as well as extended passages from the Gospel of John from the New Testament.
Greek 102 continues introducing the grammar of classical Greek, extending in particular the verb system, as well widening the range of vocabulary. By the end of the term you will understand several additional tenses and be able to use these in reading both adapted and unadapted classical Greek and New Testament: we’ll read passages from […]
Dr. Gregg Gardner has been awarded the Jody Ellant and Howard Reiter Family Fellowship at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He will be in residence at Penn during the Spring 2020 semester and on leave from UBC. The Katz Center’s fellowship program takes roughly twenty scholars […]
The books of the New Testament represent the diverse views of ancient authors writing in the first two centuries of our era, yet for two millennia they have empowered the thoughts and actions of individuals and communities far removed from their original historical settings. Was Jesus a liberal socialist revolutionary or a conservative tax-protestor? Was […]
Dr. Matthew McCarty has been awarded a Dean of Arts Faculty Research Awards for junior faculty, which will allow him to spend spring term 2020 on research leave finishing his monograph Empire and Child Sacrifice in Roman Africa.
“Greek and Roman Stagecraft” This course will introduce students to the range of practical considerations involved in the staging of theatre in Greece and Rome. Issues concerning performance space, music, masks, metatheatre, props, costumes, blocking, set, and choruses will all be discussed. Over the course of the semester, students will prepare two case-studies of plays […]
“Magic and Witchcraft in the Greek and Roman World”. In this course we will look at the history, theory, and practice of magic in the ancient Mediterranean. Students will learn how the Greeks, Romans and others cursed their enemies, tried to get lost property back, attracted others, and fought ghosts with the aid of travelling […]
The department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies is pleased to announce that Michael Griffin has been awarded a UBC Killam Teaching Prize, which is an annual prize to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching. A certificate will be awarded to Michael at the May Congregation and […]
Sessional Lecturer Positions Winter 2019 The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies is now accepting applications for Sessional positions in Winter 2019-2020. Subject to budgetary and enrolment considerations, the successful candidate will teach the following course: ARBC 101 – Introduction to the Grammar and Vocabulary of Classic Arabic – Winter Term […]
Probe the distinct but related corpora of biblical and ancient Near Eastern mythologies, including Mesopotamian literature as well as biblical texts. Consider the ways in which media and context contribute toward our understanding of this ancient material.
Classical Arabic offers special rewards to the dedicated student, with its unusually rich vocabulary, architectural grammar and treasury of literature from history, philosophy and the natural sciences to poetry, belles letters’, mysticism and, especially, scripture or Qur’an.
We are pleased to announce that Susanna Braund has won a UBC Killam Research Prize. This prize recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, business, applied science, science, and medicine. She is in the group of 5 recipients within Arts. For further […]