CNERS Faculty and Emeriti in the UK

CNERS Faculty and Emeriti in the UK

Ancient Sicily is flavour of the summer in the UK at present. The British Museum is currently showing an exhibition entitled ‘Sicily: culture and conquest’, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has a quite separate one, called ‘Storms, war and shipwrecks: treasures from the Sicilian seas’. CNERS’ Centre for the Study of Ancient Sicily has been active in support of both projects. At an international British Museum conference on June 24th–25th in connection with the former exhibition, Franco De Angelis gave a paper on ‘Greek Sicily: a world apart?’, and Roger Wilson spoke about the UBC excavations of the late Roman villa at Gerace in Enna province, including the results of the recently concluded 2016 season. Both were thanked in the book of the show, edited by Dirk Booms and Peter Higgs. Roger also gave a lunchtime public lecture in the BM on 27th June, attended by 240 people, on the UBC excavations at Punta Secca (Kaukana), while for the Oxford exhibition he also contributed a chapter to the accompanying book, Sicily and the Sea.

Dr. Arden Williams teaching LATN 100 this summer

Welcome to Dr. Arden Williams! Arden received her PhD from UBC in the early 2000s. She has held term appointments at Wilfrid Laurier, Memorial and Dalhousie. Arden has taken up a sessional position with us teaching a summer section of Latin 100. Welcome home Arden!

Dr. Franco De Angelis promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Dr Franco De Angelis. He has just heard from the President of UBC that he has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, with effect from July 1 2016. Nicely done, Franco!

Dr. Gregg Gardner promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Dr Gregg Gardner, who has just heard from the President of UBC that he has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, with effect from July 1 2016. Good work, Gregg!

Irresistible: The Homeric Heroism of Muhammad Ali

Professor C. W. Marshall has written about what Muhammad Ali means to him at


The Archaeology of Ancient Iraq and Syria: Babylon and Beyond

This course provides an overview of the archaeology of the ancient Near East, with special emphasis on the ancient civilizations that developed in Syria and Iraq, notably Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria (3100—330 B.C.). The course also includes some Prehistory (beginning with the Neolithic Era), and the world’s first farming communities. Major technological, artistic and architectural achievements of ancient Near East are emphasized, as well as the impact of religion, the emergence of the world’s first writing systems and cities, and the rise of empires. While discussing these themes, the history of archaeological research in the Near East will be surveyed, from the earliest discoveries of 19th century adventurers to the scientific approaches to archaeological recovery and interpretation that are utilized by researchers of today.

Prerequisites: None, although NEST 101 is recommended.


First-Year Ancient Greek I

This course introduces the elements of classical Greek – the language of Homer, Greek drama and philosophy, and the New Testament. We will study fundamental Greek grammar and vocabulary useful for reading ancient Greek and understanding its influence on modern European languages.

Prerequisites: None: Students with no prior knowledge of the subject are welcome.


Seminar in Classical History: DARK AGE AND ARCHAIC GREECE

Classical Greece is still alive and rightly deserves to be defined as the apex of ancient Greek civilization. Until relatively recently, Classical Greece had been treated like the birth of the goddess Athena: fully grown when she came out of the head of Zeus, her father. Recent research, by contrast, has shown that the foundations of Classical Greece were laid beforehand during several formative centuries which laid the groundwork, making these achievements possible. The primary aim of this seminar course is to study, using a problem-oriented method, the main historical developments and issues of these formative centuries, from the Dark Age to the Archaic period ending in the watershed Persian Wars (roughly 1100-480 BC), a time-period collectively known as “Early Greece.” This is a truly fascinating period, which witnesses such things as the fall and re-rise of civilization (the second time on a completely different footing from the first), the birth of the city-state (sometimes governed by democracy, another invention of the period), the migration of Greeks to areas outside Greece, like Italy, France, North Africa, and Black Sea (which raises issues of culture contact and culture change), and numerous other characteristic features which we traditionally associate with the Classical Greeks. A secondary aim of the seminar course is to introduce students to the challenges and benefits of dealing with an epoch of human history that includes prehistoric, protohistoric, and archaic phases, all at once, and that, as a result, requires an eclectic approach in order to bring together different types of interrelated sources (oral traditions; literature; inscriptions; coinage, and archaeology). Early Greece provides a valuable test case for the development of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of human behaviour.

Roman Historian joining CNERS July 1

Katharine P.D. Huemoeller, receiving her PhD this summer from Princeton University, is a Roman historian who focuses on the non-elite in antiquity, gender and sexuality, and life outside the major urban centers of the ancient world. Her work engages all available evidence for the Roman world, from Roman poetry to legal documents on papyri to material culture. On the material side, she is currently involved with the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project in central Sicily. She will be coming to Vancouver from Italy where she has spent the past year as a Rome Prize fellow at the American Academy in Rome working on her current project, an examination of the sexual dimension of Roman slavery. She will join the Department as of July 1, 2016. Welcome, Katherine!

Michael Griffin promoted to Associate Professor

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Michael Griffin will be promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, with tenure, in effect from July 1 2016. Congratulations, Michael!

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