Ancient Papyrus Brought to Light

Ancient Papyrus Brought to Light

Congratulations to Chelsea Gardner and Prof. Toph Marshall for bringing to light an important ancient papyrus -“Window on a lost world”: rediscovered papyri at UBC shed light on ancient Egypt.” See the links below for the wonderful coverage on this discovery.

New Book by Prof. Gregg Gardner

Congratulations to Gregg Gardner for the recent publication of his book:

The Origins of Organized Charity in Rabbinic Judaism. Cambridge University Press (2015). The book examines the origins of communal and institutional philanthropy in Judaism.

New Book by Prof. Richard Menkis

Congratulation to Richard Menkis for his just-released co-edited volume:

Richard Menkis & Harold Roper. More than just Games. Canada and the 1936 Olympics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2015.

CNERS Head Promoted to Full Professor

CNERS Head Dietmar Neufeld has received official word from President Gupta that he has been granted promotion to the rank of Professor.  Congratulations Diet!

CNERS Students Succeed at CAC/SCEC Competition

Two of our students have had great success at this year’s CAC/SCEC Sight Competition.
Sophia Ly received Third Place in the Senior Latin and Richard Cameron received Honourable Mention in the Senior Greek. Students studying Greek and Latin at universities across Canada participate in the Sight competition so this certainly is a great accomplishment by Sophia and Richard.


Two New Books by CNERS Professors

We’re happy to announce the publication of two new volumes by CNERS professors:

V. Dahpna Arbel, Paul C. Burns, J.R.C Cousland, Richard Menkis and Dietmar Neufeld (eds.) Not Sparing the Child. Human Sacrifice in the Ancient world and Beyond. Studies in Honor of Professor Paul G. Mosca. New York: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark (2015).

A number of current and former CNERS colleagues contributed chapters to the festschrift.

Thomas Hikade and Jane Roy – “Human Sacrifice in Pre-and Early Dynastic Egypt: What do you Want to Find?”
Thomas Schneider – “God’s Infanticide in the Night of Passover: Exodus 12 in the Light of Ancient Egyptian Rituals.”
C. W. Marshall – “Death and the Maiden: Human Sacrifice in Euripides’ Andromeda.”
Dietmar Neufeld – “Mocking Boys, Baldness, and Bears: Elisha’s Deadly Honour (2 Kings 2:23-24).”
Paul C. Burns – “Child Sacrifice: A Polyvalent Story in Early Eucharistic Piety.”
J.R.C. Cousland “DEUS NECANS: Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.”

Dietmar Neufeld and Richard DeMaris (eds). Para entender el mundo social del Nuevo Testamento. Espana: Editorial Verbo Divino (2015). Translation of Understanding the Social World of the New Testament by Serafin Fernandez Sala.

Professors Ahmed and Chaurdhry Receive Prestigious Fellowships

Two CNERS professors received prestigious and highly competitive visiting fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year.

Rumee Ahmed has been offered a Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowship for the academic year 2015-16.  His topic is “Islamic Systematics: The Art and Science of Islamic Legal Reform.”

Ayesha Chaudhry has been offered an appointment as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.  Her topic is “Constructing a Feminist Shari’a — Re-imagining ‘Ā’isha — the Messenger of the Prophet of Islam.”

Congratulations Rumee and Ayesha.

Two New Books by Prof. Michael Griffin

We’re pleased to announce the publication of two new books by Prof. Michael Griffin:

Olympiodorus: Life of Plato and on Plato First Alcibiades 1-9. Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, gen. ed. Richard Sorabji and Michael J. Griffin (Bloomsbury); and

Aristotle’s Categories in the Early Roman Empire. Oxford Classical Monograph (OUP).

Congratulations Michael!


Students are introduced to archaeological, historical and literary approaches that offer substantial exposure to the multidisciplinary aspects of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. The complementary nature of our Classics, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies programs provide our students with insight into the complexity and scope of human civilization as they learn how ancient cultures are intertwined. Undergraduates and graduates are encouraged to explore the boundaries between the Greco-Roman world and the ancient Near East, deepening their understanding and making for a rich learning experience.





To study the classical world is to discover the roots of Western Civilization. Our students investigate how the modern world has been shaped by ancient cultures, from laws to literature. By studying Mediterranean ancient civilizations, students gain not only a greater appreciation of human achievements across cultures and centuries but also a more objective understanding of ourselves and our times.

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