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

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 scholarly attitude and professional thoroughness and also praised for Tia’s ability to describe not only the significance of her research to an informed but non-specialist audience but also the nature of research in the Humanities.” The essay was included on the Arts website as “an example of spirited scholarship and good writing.”  Tia’s work was nominated by Prof. Kevin Fisher and was done under his Arts Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) grant.  Congratulations Tia! 

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 Interdisciplinary Centre) Lab, including Postdoctoral Researcher Payam Rahmdel and Engineering Physics senior undergraduate student Afshin Haidari.  You can hear Prof. Fisher’s interview with CBC Radio International here.

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 earn a 3-month residency in the MAGIC Lab, and in-kind technical and business support to help take the proposal to the next stage.  Lisa Tweten’s winning pitch was to develop a companion mobile app that will provide a visual complement to aid the study of epigraphic squeezes with relevant historical context.  Congratulations Lisa!  You can her article about the experience here.

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’ of four lectures at the Collège, as well as participating in a conference on the reception of Horace at the Sorbonne. She also organized a Wall Colloquium Abroad on Virgil and his translators, in collaboration with Siobhán McElduff, at the Institut d’Études Avancées at its new premises on the Île Saint Louis. She finished her European tour by attending the Symposium Cumanum on Virgil and his translators at the Villa Vergiliana near Naples where she gave the keynote address. Her four French lectures, videos of which are all posted on the Collège de France website, were on the topic of “La réception des poètes latins dans la littérature européenne”:

Le cas étrange du livret latin de l’Œdipe roi de Stravinsky (June 2)

La signification du choix de la forme métrique dans les traductions européennes de L’Énéide de Virgile (June 16)

Le phénomène des traductions partielles : le cas de l’Énéide et des bucoliques de Virgile (June 19)

Tableau et spectacles : l’appréciation de Sénèque par les dramaturges européens des XVIe et XVIIe siècles, surtout Garnier, Dryden et Lee (June 23).

She was presented with a unique medal from the Paris mint which shows the Collège de France (founded in 1530) on one side and on the reverse Guillaume Budé, the pioneering French scholar who helped found the revival of interest in classical books and learning in the early sixteenth century. Budé was one of the founders of the Collège de France and his statue stands in one of the courtyards of the Collège. Susanna’s name is engraved on the rim of the medal.

Susanna_medal Susanna and Budé


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 Roman history, as well as specialized upper-level courses on Athens in the classical period and Alexander the Great. The ability to teach introductory languages is also particularly desired. The position involves teaching 24 credits (equivalent of eight 3-credit courses) and participating fully in student advising, departmental service, events and initiatives.  The 1-year appointment is expected to commence September 1, 2015. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Reappointment will be subject to performance and availability of funds.

Please send applications, including a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, a statement of teaching interests and teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, and the names and contact information of three referees to:

Dr. Siobhán McElduff
Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
University of British Columbia
1866 Main Mall, Buchanan C227
Vancouver, British Colombia V6T 1Z1

These materials may be sent electronically to Applications must be received by March 31, 2015.

Information about the Department is available on the web at:

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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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 4th century CE. We’ll explore a number of themes:

  • new discoveries that are revolutionizing our understanding of the Cypriot Neolithic and the role of Cyprus in the origins and spread of agriculture in the Near East;
  • Cyprus’s rapid transformation from an insular, village-based and largely egalitarian society, to an urbanized “civilization” during the Late Bronze Age;
  • Cyprus’s role in the Late Bronze Age “world system”, in which various societies of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East were increasingly interconnected through trade, warfare, and diplomacy;
  • the emergence and growth of city kingdoms during the early Iron Age, Archaic and Classical periods and the growing influences of Greek and Phoenician culture;
  • the role of domination and resistance as Cyprus fell under the control of a succession of empires (Persian, Ptolemaic, and Roman), and the effects of this on Cypriot identity and material culture;
  • the development of Cypriot archaeology from its 19th-century antiquarian roots to a modern, scientifically-based discipline; and
  • the role of colonialism and modern politics in the interpretation of Cyprus’s past.

This course provides important background for a proposed archaeological field school on Cyprus to be held in Summer 2015.


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. We will read and analyse Book II of Vergil’s Aeneid in which Aeneas recounts the fall of Troy to Dido. This book contains the famous story of the Trojan horse, the destruction of the city, and Aeneas’ eventually escape with his father and son. Epic battles, action and adventure abound.


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. Our prose author this year will be the historian Livy. We shall be translating a selection of famous passages from his Ab Urbe Condita, and also considering his purposes in writing, the nature of his history and the linguisitic and artistic features of his work. Among our passages will be his narration of the founding of Rome, his stories of some early Roman heroes, his account of the Second (Hannibalic) Punic War, and his description of the Bacchic ‘conspiracy’ of 186 BCE.

Texts (required):

1. Mary Jaeger, A Livy Reader: Selections from Ab Urbe Condita; Bolchazy-Carducci pub., ISBN: 978-0865166806

2. G. L. Kittredge, James B Greenough, Benj. L. D’Ooge, A. A. Howard, J. H. Allen, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar; Dover pub., ISBN: 9780486448060


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 the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. We then introduce students to the reading and translation of unadapted Latin, this year using as sample the third book of Eutropius’ Ab Urbe Condita, his summary of the events of Second Punic War. (Text of Eutropius is supplied.)


Required Text:

Susan C. Shelmerdine, Introduction to Latin, 2nd ed., Focus Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-



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 Caesar’s account of his campaigns in Gaul, and Tacitus’ story of the emperor Nero’s murder of the son of Claudius.


Text: Susan C. Shelmerdine, Introduction to Latin, 2nd ed., Focus Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-58510-390-4 (required)

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