Virgil’s Aeneid: from Zero to Hero – Aeneas on the battlefield. Readings: book 2 (the fall of Troy) and sections of books 11 and 12 (war in Italy).


Pindar and Lyric Poetry

Epic is the beginning of Greek poetry and tragedy is fascinating, but if you want to read poetry about subjects that range from athletic champions to love and longing, look to lyric poetry. In this class, we shall explore the range of Greek lyric poetry beginning with Pindar, reading several of his famous epinician odes written for victors at the Panhellenic games. We shall also touch on several other famous poets from Archaic Greece, such as Sappho, Alcman, and Stesichorus. As we work through the great variety of lyric poetry, we shall also pay attention to issues including performance context, metre, dialect, and the interpretation of fragments.


Greek Orators: Murder, Adultery, and Government Corruption

In this course we will read selections from the courtroom oratory of Antiphon and Lysias. A number of specific cases will be read in Greek, and a few more selected from other Athenian logographers in English translation. Attention will be paid to the language of the speeches, their social and legal contexts, and the insights they offer into Athenian jurisprudence and intellectual and political history. The course will also contain a component on Greek epigraphy, utilizing the digital resources of the department’s online squeeze collection.


Roman Scandals: Representations and Receptions of Rome

Ancient Rome is notorious for its bloodthirsty gladiatorial shows and for its sensational luxury, manifested in fabulous feasts and awesome orgies. These are our modern images of Rome – but how well do they reflect Roman antiquity? The central aim of this course is to interrogate modern representations of Roman antiquity and to set them alongside ancient representations of Rome. We’ll commence by considering some 18th, 19th and 20th century constructions of Rome and the Romans, including Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the experience of the Grand Tour, 19th century paintings of Rome, and several ‘Roman’ movies including Roman Scandals (1933), Quo Vadis? (1951) and Gladiator (2000). We’ll then study a selection of ancient sources, including Petronius, Tacitus, Suetonius, Juvenal, to see what light they shed on topics including gladiators, sexuality, feasting and decadence.

The course will not only provide an insight into Rome, Romans, and perceptions of Rome and Romans at later periods, but will also develop critical thinking and skills in written and oral presentation.

WARNING: this course involves study of explicit sexual material, visual and textual; please do not select this course if you are likely to be offended by this.


Cicero’s Philippics and their influence. We will read sections of Philippic II (including accounts of Antony’s unfortunate youth and propensity for inappropriate behaviour in public) and a short selection of other Latin authors (including Seneca the Elder and Quintilian) discussing the reception and impact of the Philippics as a whole.

Sara Milstein and Gregg Gardner are Top Teachers

CNERS professors Sara Milstein and Gregg Gardner were congratulated by the Dean of Arts for being among the very best teachers last year as measured by student-ratings of their effectiveness as instructors.  Their 2013 student evaluations place them in the top 5% of instructors within the Faculty of Arts. Congratulations Sara and Gregg!

Siobhan McEldruff Appointed Co-interim Director of UBC’s MAGIC Lab

Siobhan McElduff has been appointed interim director of MAGIC (Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre) for 2014-2015.  Congratulations Siobhan.

CNERS Department Faculty Among Recent Grant and Award Winners

Rumee Ahmed is the recipient of a Dean of Arts Faculty Research Award. This award permits Rumee to have time away from administration and teaching to concentrate on completing his research project.

Sara Milstein is the recipient of a large Hampton Research Grant for her project entitled “Making a Case: The Impact of Mesopotamian ‘Lawsuits’ on the Hebrew Bible.”

Gregg Gardner is the recipient of a large Hampton Research Grant for his project entitled “Rabbis of the Lost Ark: Relics and Material Culture in Early Judaism.”

Thomas Schneider has been elected to the UBC Senate for 2014-17 as one of two representatives of the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.

Toph Marshall has been elected to the UBC Senate for 2014-17 as one of two representatives for the Faculty of Arts.  Prof. Marshall was also successful in his application for the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Wall Scholars Research Award and has been selected as a Wall Scholar for 2014-2015.  He will, as a result, become a permanent Associate of the Peter Wall  Institute.

Congratulations to all.

Susanna Braund Honoured by the College de France

Last Sunday, the Assemblée of the Collège de France in Paris voted to elect Susanna Braund to a “chaire d’État”. She will hold the post of professeur at the Collège for the month of June 2014, during which time she will give four hour-long lectures in French on the reception of Virgil and Seneca in European literature.
Congratulations to Susanna for this prestigious appointment.

Ayesha Chaudhry’s Op-ed in the Globe and Mail

Ayesha Chaudhry’s op-ed “Does the Koran allow wife-beating? Not if Muslims don’t want it to” was published today in the Globe and Mail.  Her commentary can be found on the newspaper’s website.

Congratulations, Ayesha!

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