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New Directions in Classics VII

The Department of Classics’ New Directions in Classics series hosted its seventh season from September 2023 to March 2024.

Once again, we would like to thank donors to our University of Winnipeg Foundation “crowd-funding” campaign. If you would like to support the series, please consider visiting the campaign page.

If you’d like more information on New Directions in Classics, please email Dr. Peter J. Miller or find us on Facebook

Watch many of our talks on our YouTube channel

Return to the Palaestra: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Ancient Greek Combat Sports

David Larmour (Texas Tech University) and Joshua Kulseth (Clemson University)

September 22, 2023 | 4:00-5:00pm, Room 3D01

Book launch

What has Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to do with the Ancient Greeks? This talk suggests that today's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gyms, training regimes, and competition circuits offer the closest modern analogy to Ancient Greek wrestlers and pankratiasts in the palaestra. By combining first person experience in modern combat sports with a rich analysis and exploration of ancient Greek literary and artistic sources, this talk draws connections from the ancient past to modern martial arts.

Watch the full talk online

The Crisis of Masculinity in the Age of Augustus

Melanie Racette-Campbell (University of Winnipeg)

November 3, 2023 | 4:00-5:00pm, Room 3D01

Book launch

Masculinity changed dramatically in the last days of the Roman Republic. This talk demonstrates how Roman men adjusted to their new political and social world – and the new gendered reality of the Roman Empire.

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Lessons from the Past: Migration, Culture, and the Search for Order in Archaeology

Megan Daniels (University of British Columbia)

December 1, 2023 | 4:00-5:00pm, Room 3D01

Part of the Laird Lecture Series

Archaeology – the study of the past through its material remains – has been tied together with contemporary political and social concerns since its beginnings in the nineteenth century. From the distant past to new scientific advancements in genomics and isotopes, this talk offers new insights into ancient migration and our modern interpretations of it.

Beyond Dido: Women’s Lives in Roman-era North Africa

Lea Stirling (University of Manitoba)

January 26, 2024 | 4:30-5:30pm, Room 3D01

What can we know about the lives of women in Roman-era North Africa? Archaeological research at the town of Leptiminus has uncovered skeletal data, inscriptions, artistic images, and tools probably used by women. Though these forms of evidence are hard to combine, they capture some of the variety that status, wealth, and ethnic background, compounded by the colonial setting, would have created.

Phryne: A Life in Fragments

Melissa Funke (University of Winnipeg)

February 9, 2024 | 4:00-5:00pm, Room 3D01

Book launch

How did Mnesarete, a girl from Boeotia, end up as Phryne and how did she end up as an enduring symbol of ancient Greek culture? This talk pieces together the story of the famous fourth-century Athenian sex worker, Phryne. It considers her early life and her development into a cultural figure, whose influence and legacy lasted from her own lifetime 2500 years ago to 19th century European cabaret, 1950s cinema, and more.

CANCELLED: Rewriting the Ancient World in Renaissance and Contemporary Poetry

Annick MacAskill (St. Mary's University)

March 22, 2024 | 4:00-5:00pm, Room 3D01

Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

This talk begins by examining Anne de Marquets, a sixteenth-century poet and translator and Dominican nun implicated in the French Religious Wars, and the presence of the classical tradition in her work. From the limits of women’s education in the sixteenth century, the talk then turns to the author’s own interests in the classical tradition and its presence in her own collections of poetry.

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