News and Events


News & Events

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Classics in the news

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News & Events

  • Described as a brilliant student by one of her professors, Rachel Smith is keen on languages. Drawn to scripture, Smith thrives on learning ancient languages to better understand the original texts of the old and new testaments. Her love of language earned her a bursary to study Latin at the University of Toronto this past summer. Learn more about this extraordinary Classics student.
  • The Department of Classics at the University of Winnipeg is now on Facebook and Twitter!

  • Are you interested in what's been happening in the Department of Classics? Are you one of our alumni? Then read our newsletter for this year, and our newsletters from 2016-17 and 2017-18 and see what we've been up to over the last three years!

  • Dr. Pauline Ripat (University of Winnipeg) and Dr. Christina Vester (University of Waterloo) are currently working on the ancient Greek version of Vice Verba: Hoi Polloi Logoi! Hoi Polloi Logoi will help students learning ancient Greek to identify and practice verb forms! They plan to launch this new app in 2019! Vice Verba is still available for iPhone and iPad! Practice your Latin conjugations to win togas and earn dead Romans. Thanks to the many University of Winnipeg students for their advice and help to create this game! You can see screenshots and download the game here.
  • The Classics Department is delighted to announce that online access to the full holdings of the Loeb Classical Library is now available through the University of Winnipeg Library's databases! The Loeb Classical Library contains all the major works of ancient Greek and Latin literature, featuring the original Greek or Latin with recent, authoritative English translations on facing pages. Go and see which authors and works are there - everything from Homer's Iliad to Plautus' Miles Gloriosus to Dio Chrysostom's Encomium on Hair!

Upcoming Events

  • The Department of Classics' hugely successful speaker series, New Directions in Classics, which focuses on research by faculty and visiting scholars is continuing through Fall/Winter 2019-2020. We've been an integral part of UWinnipeg since its inception, and these lectures aim to show how vibrant Classics still is both at UWinnipeg, but also nationally and internationally! Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to attend.

  • The University of Winnipeg Classics Students Association (UWCSA) also have lots of events planned! They have their own page on this website, they can be found on UWCSA Facebook page, and they can also be reached by email!


Classics in the News

Did you know that we have a collection of lamps from various periods of antiquity? These artifacts are part of the Hetherington Collection; Dr. Melissa Funke and Simone Reis Obendoerfer — working together under the remit of The Lux Project – are digitizing it! They explain how and why here!

Many of us have been asked "what are you going to do with a degree in that?" A recent study undertaken by the British Academy explains why arts, humanities and social science students are key to our future.

How important was rainfall to the Romans? Recent work by Cornelius Christian and Liam Elbourne suggests that drought severely affected Roman Emperors' positions of power!

What can Classics professors teach us? A great deal about the arts, humanities, education and respect too! Kudos to Classics teachers and professors!

Should you lose a beloved pet, you can now have Latin verse written for it by the Dead Pets Society. See here!

The Classics department has been featured heavily in the Uniter! Pauline Ripat, Michael MacKinnon, and Conor Whately have all been featured recently!

What does a fourth century CE beer taste like? Dr Matt Gibbs, Tyler Birch and Brian Westcott from Barn Hammer Brewing know! Click here, here, and here if you're interested in finding out!

Have you ever thought about the archaeology of food? Here is an excellent article that considers this experiential and experimental subject!

If you're wondering what a Classics degree can teach you? Anything you want, including opening a food truck with Roman fusion food! You should also check out Nigel Nicholson's blog on the Classical Association of Canada's website! Degrees in History and Ancient History are certainly not useless! They teach incredibly valuable skills! See the article by James Grossman in the LA Times!

Prof. Michael MacKinnon is part of the team that filmed Pompeii's People for CBC's "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki". Blending CGI imagery, dramatic reconstruction, and aerial photography, this offers an unforgettable immersion in the ancient city of Pompeii and the lives of its people. For more details, see here!

Were the Romans ever in China or Japan? Was there movement from East Asia through to the western Roman Empire? Recent discoveries may suggest trade or movement of some sort! Or perhaps not...

Interested in Greek and Roman warfare? Follow this link to hear our own Dr. Conor Whately and Dr. Matt Maher talk about their recent seminar on the topic at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

What did the ancient Romans eat? Find out in these articles, here and here, featuring our own Dr. Michael MacKinnon!

Latin is gaining popularity in everything from Facebook to Twitter to celebrities' tattoos - and studies show that learning Latin improves performance in other areas, too, such as math. Read all about it in this Maclean's article, from May 4, 2013.

Josephine Livingstone (The Guardian, Sept. 16, 2013) presents reasons for learning a dead language here.


Congratulations to...

Victoria Austen-Perry, one of our new and excellent CAS faculty members, who was recently awarded her PhD from King's College London!

Dr. Peter J. Miller who was appointed the Chancellor's Research Chair for 2019-2022! He was recently interviewed by Lisa McLean in the Faculty of Arts to learn more about his research. Read the article to learn more! Talking sports - in antiquity - with Peter Miller

One of our brilliant CAS faculty, Jason Brown, who was recently awarded his PhD from the University of Toronto!

Jason Gren who has been awarded the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship!

Daniel Russell, one of our BA Honours (Classical Languages) students and one of our excellent TAs, who was the Valedictorian for the Fall 2018 Convocation!

Professor Mark Golden who is now an Honorary President of the CAC!


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