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New faculty member in Arts: Dr. Flavia Vasconcellos Amaral

Fri. Feb. 2, 2024 12:00 PM
According to Dr. Tracy Whalen, Acting Dean of Arts, “Whether it be as translator, pedagogue, or researcher, Dr. Vasconcellos Amaral is... Read More

Dr. Miller on the evolution of athletic bravado, from Ancient Greece to now

Thu. Feb. 1, 2024 10:00 AM
"Since the beginning of sport media coverage on radio and television, and now with social media providing intimate access to athletes, it has... Read More



New Directions in Classics launches seventh season

Mon. Sep. 18, 2023 12:00 AM
The University of Winnipeg is gearing up for its seventh annual New Directions in Classics series. This long-running series – led by ,... Read More


Art Break: A Dog's Life in Antiquity

Wed. Aug. 2, 2023 12:00 AM
Greeks and Romans were fond of dogs—not just as work animals but also as beloved pets. Taking inspiration from a Roman funerary monument... Read More

Faculty of Arts announces Ripat, Chamberlain as 2023 Excellence Awards recipients

Fri. Jul. 28, 2023 12:00 AM
The Faculty of Arts has announced Dr. Pauline Ripat and Dr. Julie Chamberlain as recipients of the 2023 Faculty of Arts Excellence Awards. Dr.... Read More


Building a Narrative: Uses and Misuses of Antiquity at the Manitoba Legislature

Fri. May. 19, 2023 12:00 AM
Dr. Melissa Funke has published an article in a special issue of Global Media Journal entitled “Building a Narrative: Uses and Misuses of... Read More


The Muses Sang Not of Us: Classics student retells Book 22 of the Odyssey

Thu. Apr. 27, 2023 12:00 AM
One of our students, Helena Czaykowski, has written a short story that was recently posted on the ULiverpool Archaeology, Classics, &... Read More


Prize Winning Podcast!

Mon. Jan. 23, 2023 12:00 AM
       We are happy to announce that at the 2023 Society for Classical Studies (SCS) conference, held in New... Read More



Comics and Collage Workshop

Thu. Oct. 20, 2022 12:00 AM
Natalie Swain is co-organizing a comic drawing and collage making virtual workshop in November 2022, with the UK's Being Human Festival. The... Read More

Classics and Comics Intertwined

Thu. Oct. 20, 2022 12:00 AM
    Natalie Swain has just published an article in the prestigious Classical Receptions Journal (Oxford University Press) that... Read More


Let's Study Classics

Thu. May. 26, 2022 12:00 AM
Check out our Chair, Dr. Peter Miller, in a video about studying Classics at University for the Classical Association of Canada. Read More

Classical Myth with a Comical Twist

Mon. May. 16, 2022 12:00 AM
A few short comics completed by students in CLAS/ENGL-3756-001 Topics in Literature :  Classics & Comics at the University of Winnipeg... Read More


Lumen: Roman Lamps and Roman Light

Wed. Apr. 6, 2022 12:00 AM
Lumen is a project undertaken by students in Dr. Pauline Ripat's CLAS/HIST-3006-002: Topics in Ancient History: Disability course at the... Read More


Building your CV with Classics and Crossings

Thu. Jan. 27, 2022 8:30 AM
Students are often excluded from participating in many of the activities, events and accomplishments that are hallmarks of academic careers as... Read More



NYU Emerging Scholars Series: Natalie Swain

Mon. Dec. 6, 2021 12:00 PM
Natalie Swain, an instructor in the Classics department at UW, recently presented "Get Your Mind in the Gutter: Finding the Narrative of Latin... Read More


Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Andrew Dryden

Fri. Aug. 27, 2021 12:00 AM
Andrew Dryden didn't enter university knowing that he wanted to study Classics, but once he took his first Intro to Greek Society course he... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Kylee Bailey

Fri. Aug. 13, 2021 12:00 AM
After a brief summer hiatus, we're back with Kylee Bailey who shares a wonderful look at her journey as a classicist. Thanks, Kylee! Read the... Read More

Modern twist on teaching classics

Tue. Aug. 3, 2021 12:00 AM
Normally, Victoria Austen reads the work of her students. Now, that work is read by thousands. Austen, a classics lecturer at the University of... Read More


Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Cindy Titus

Fri. Jul. 9, 2021 12:00 AM
A UW Classics alumna who emphasizes a few times how fun Classics is, Cindy Titus now works at Winnipeg's Main Street Project. Thanks for... Read More

Dr. Melissa Funke discusses classical influence on Manitoba monuments

Tue. Jul. 6, 2021 12:00 AM
Dr. Melissa Funke, who has studied classical influences on Manitoba's legislative grounds, was interviewed in the Winnipeg Free Press and on... Read More


Veni, Vidi, Wiki!* Classics students produce online encyclopedia articles

Wed. Jun. 30, 2021 12:00 AM
The pandemic’s isolation, increased workload, accompanied with mental health challenges, inspired a UWinnipeg classics professor to find... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Pauline Ripat

Fri. Jun. 25, 2021 12:00 AM
Did you know that Dr. Pauline Ripat got her start in Classics right here at the University of Winnipeg? Now, we’re taking a chance to... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Laura Garand

Fri. Jun. 11, 2021 12:00 AM
Though she was originally a Psychology major, it didn't take much to get Laura Garand hooked on Classics! Laura graduated with a 4-year... Read More

Outstanding Classics student named spring valedictorian

Wed. Jun. 9, 2021 12:00 AM
Anya Ingram has been named one of the veladictorians for Spring 2021 convocation. Congratulations, Anya! Anya has been an outstanding student in... Read More

Think of the Children: Reflections on Reception of the Classical World

Mon. Jun. 7, 2021 12:00 AM
“Think of the Children! The Reception of the Ancient World in Children’s Media” was the Women’s Classical... Read More

Peopling the Past podcast returns for Season 2

Tue. Jun. 1, 2021 12:00 AM
If you're interested in learning more about Roman art and archaeology, Peopling the Past just launched season 2 of their podcast with our own... Read More


Dr. Ripat wins Elaine Fantham Award in Public Engagement

Mon. May. 31, 2021 12:00 AM
Congratulations to Dr. Pauline Ripat and her collaborator Dr. Christina Vester (University of Waterloo), who were awarded the Elaine Fantham Award... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Colin Shelton

Fri. May. 28, 2021 12:00 AM
Connections, community, and an eclectic mix of classes – these are just three of the things that stood out for Colin Shelton during his... Read More

UW Classics student wins national Mosaic Scholarship

Thu. May. 27, 2021 12:00 AM
Amiel Esmen, an Honours Major in Classical Languages, was just awarded the Classical Association of Canada's Mosaic Scholarship. This... Read More

5 themes that emerge from a Wikipedia assignment

Thu. May. 27, 2021 12:00 AM
Since 2013, Wiki Education has supported university instructors across North America in their efforts to incorporate Wikipedia writing into their... Read More

Roman Gardens, with Victoria Austen

Wed. May. 26, 2021 12:00 AM
Mark Sundaram and Aven McMaster of The Endless Knot recently interviewed Dr. Victoria Austen for their podcast, talking with her about Roman... Read More

New scholarship in honour of Mark Golden

Thu. May. 20, 2021 12:00 AM
The Department of Classics is beginning a fundraising drive to establish the Mark Golden Scholarship in Classics in honour of our dearly-missed... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Melissa Funke

Fri. May. 14, 2021 12:00 AM
A big thank you to Dr. Funke for taking the time to catch up with us, between research, teaching, and her exciting initiatives including Peopling... Read More


Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Joseph Gerbasi

Fri. Apr. 30, 2021 12:00 AM
Now a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto and a member of the U of T's Collaborative Program in... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Jesse Hill

Fri. Apr. 16, 2021 11:00 AM
While Jesse is incredibly busy with teaching and academic work, we are grateful that he could take the time to chat with us. He had plenty of nice... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Conor Whately

Thu. Apr. 1, 2021 12:00 AM
Thanks to Dr. Whately for taking some time to catch up with us, between a busy teaching (and marking!) schedule and promoting his latest book about... Read More


Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Maureen Babb

Fri. Mar. 19, 2021 12:00 AM
Between keeping busy with her work at the University of Manitoba, continuing to engage in academic scholarship, and working on research and... Read More

An interview with Peopling the Past

Wed. Mar. 10, 2021 12:00 AM
Dr. Melissa Funke and the rest of the team behind Peopling the Past were recently interviewed by the Women's Classical Caucus (WCC) as part of... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Daniel Russell

Fri. Mar. 5, 2021 12:00 AM
This week on Catching up with Classicists, alumnus Daniel Russell shares how studying the fall of Rome, enrolling in Latin and Greek, and the... Read More

Graves of nearly 600 cats and dogs in ancient Egypt may be world’s oldest pet cemetery

Tue. Mar. 2, 2021 12:00 AM
Archaeozoologist Marta Osypinska and her colleagues at the Polish Academy of Sciences discovered a graveyard full of cat and dog remains just... Read More


Imagine a day in the life of a Roman soldier

Wed. Mar. 31, 2021 12:00 PM
Dr. Conor Whately’s new textbook, An Introduction to the Roman Military, starts with a historical overview then introduces three... Read More

UWCSA hosts fourth annual Colloquium on Zoom

Fri. Feb. 26, 2021 12:00 AM
The University of Winnipeg Classics Students Association held their annual undergraduate research colloquium – now in its fourth year... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Michael MacKinnon

Thu. Feb. 18, 2021 12:00 AM
Professor Michael MacKinnon joined the Department of Classics after beginning his career at UWinnipeg in Anthropology, though his research... Read More

Catching Up, a Special Double Issue: In conversation with Rémi Fontaine and Amy Mack

Tue. Feb. 9, 2021 12:00 AM
Leading up to the University's annual Open House tomorrow, February 10, we've got a special double issue of Catching up with Classicists!... Read More

Catching up With Classicists - In conversation with Jazz Demetrioff

Fri. Feb. 5, 2021 12:00 AM
Join us in catching up with Classics alumna, Brock University masters student and future University of Buffalo PhD student Jazz Demetrioff.... Read More

Innovative digital humanities project receives national recognition

Mon. Feb. 1, 2021 12:00 AM
University of Winnipeg Classics Professor Dr. Melissa Funke is part of a group of academics from across Canada and the United States whose... Read More


Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Simone Obendoerfer

Fri. Jan. 22, 2021 12:00 AM
Simone graduated with a Classics Honours degree in 2017, and now we're happy to have the chance to hear what drew her to Classics in the first... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Melanie Racette-Campbell

Fri. Jan. 8, 2021 12:00 AM
Once again, we’re not just catching up with but introducing a new face in the department! Dr. Melanie Racette-Campbell joined us as of... Read More



Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Christopher Lougheed

Fri. Dec. 18, 2020 12:00 AM
Dr. Lougheed joined the Classics department in Spring of 2019, when he taught all three of our Spring course offerings! He's now taught a wide... Read More

Let's Talk About Roman Gardens

Mon. Dec. 7, 2020 10:00 AM
Once again, Dr. Victoria Austen is transporting us from the chilly Winnipeg winter to lush Roman gardens! This time, Dr. Austen is featured on... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Jonathan Vickers and Caitlin Mostoway Parker

Fri. Dec. 4, 2020 12:00 AM
Over the last few weeks, we've caught up with a couple more Classicists. We didn't just catch up with but also introduced our newest... Read More


Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Heva Olfman

Fri. Oct. 23, 2020 12:00 AM
This week, we were glad to have a chance to chat with Heva Olfman. Heva is a former Classics Honours student and is currently pursuing her MA at... Read More

Peopling the Past: Melissa Funke talks about Theatrical Performance and Mime

Wed. Oct. 21, 2020 12:00 AM
Peopling the Past is touted as "a Digital Humanities initiative that hosts free, open-access resources for teaching and learning about real... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Warren Huard

Fri. Oct. 2, 2020 12:00 AM
This week on Catching up with Classicists, we caught up with Dr. Warren Huard. Dr. Huard joined the Classics Department in 2019 and since then has... Read More


Get Greek! Hoi Polloi Logoi is now available free

Wed. Sep. 30, 2020 12:00 AM
Based on their international success with the Vice Verba app, UWinnipeg's own Dr. Pauline Ripat, and her colleague, Dr.... Read More

Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Brittany Bauer

Fri. Sep. 11, 2020 12:00 AM
In our second interview on Catching up with Classicists, we were pleased to be able to catch up with recent Honours grad Brittany... Read More


Catching up with Classicists - In conversation with Dr. Victoria Austen

Fri. Aug. 21, 2020 12:00 AM
We're pleased to launch our new blog, Catching up with Classicists!  Thank you to Dr. Victoria Austen for being our inaugural... Read More

Find Comfort in the Classics - An Interview with Dr. Austen

Wed. Aug. 5, 2020 12:00 PM
In her "Comfort Classics" series, Dr. Cora Beth interviews "Classics enthusiasts [who] share the sources from the Ancient World... Read More


Meet Indigenous Summer Scholar Caitlin Mostoway Parker

Thu. Jul. 9, 2020 12:00 PM
Congratulations are in order for one of our recent grads, Caitlin Mostoway Parker, who will be participating in the Indigenous Summer Scholars... Read More


Do as the Romans do…and dine as they dined!

Tue. Jun. 16, 2020 12:00 PM
Brittany Bauer recently graduated from UWinnipeg with an Honours BA in Classical Civilization. She wrote her thesis on Roman dining practices... Read More


Reviving ancient Egypt in the time of COVID

Wed. May. 13, 2020 12:00 AM
In the midst of challenging times, UWinnipeg Classics student’s are bringing UWinnipeg’s Hetherington Collection of Egyptian... Read More

Myth, Musings, and MEMES: UW Instructor featured in SCS Blog

Fri. May. 1, 2020 12:00 AM
Dr. Victoria Austen's classical mythology class - in particular her "myth memes" social media assignment - was one of several online... Read More


Congratulations to Dr. Gibbs on his recent Oxford fellowship!

Wed. Feb. 19, 2020 12:00 AM
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Gibbs, who has recently received an Oxford fellowship to work on three projects in May and June 2020! As a visiting... Read More



An extraordinary Classics student

Thu. Nov. 7, 2019 12:00 AM
Described as a brilliant student by one of her professors, Rachel Smith is keen on languages. Drawn to scripture, Smith thrives on learning... Read More


Talking sports - in antiquity - with Peter Miller

Thu. Aug. 15, 2019 12:00 PM
To say he’s had a successful year with his research would be an understatement. In 2018, Dr. Peter Miller, Assistant Professor in the... Read More


Dr. Peter J. Miller appointed 2019 Chancellor’s Research Chair

Mon. Apr. 29, 2019 12:00 PM
The University of Winnipeg is pleased to announce Dr. Peter J. Miller has been appointed as the 2019-22 Chancellor’s Research Chair. An... Read More


The Lux Project: digitizing the Hetherington Collection

Thu. Jan. 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Did you know that we have a collection of lamps from various periods of antiquity? These artifacts are part of the Hetherington Collection; Dr.... Read More



What does a fourth century CE beer taste like?

Tue. Mar. 13, 2018 12:00 PM
What does a fourth century CE beer taste like? Dr Matt Gibbs (Chair, UWinnipeg Classics) and Tyler Birch and Brian Westcott from Barn Hammer... Read More


PROFile: Pauline Ripat

Thu. Feb. 8, 2018 12:00 PM
Professor Pauline Ripat has a long history at the University of Winnipeg. She did her undergraduate degree at the university, and then came back to... Read More



PROFile: Michael MacKinnon

Thu. Nov. 23, 2017 12:00 PM
Professor Michael MacKinnon first started his career at the University of Winnipeg in 2002. He started off in the Department of Anthropology and... Read More


UWinnipeg prof part of team to film Pompeii's People

Sun. Sep. 3, 2017 12:00 PM
Professor Michael MacKinnon is part of the team that filmed Pompeii's People for CBC's "The Nature of Things with David... Read More



PROFile: Conor Whately

Thu. Mar. 17, 2016 12:00 PM
Dr. Conor Whately is an Associate Professor in the department of classics at the University of Winnipeg. Within his specialization of classical... Read More



There will be blood: An introduction to Greek and Roman warfare

Sat. May. 30, 2015 12:00 PM
Interested in Greek and Roman warfare? Hear our own Dr. Conor Whately and Dr. Matt Maher talk to Classic107 reporter Luke Thiessen about their... Read More


What did the ancient Romans eat?

Fri. Feb. 6, 2015 12:00 PM
What did the ancient Romans eat? Our very own Dr. Michael MacKinnon found out! To learn more, read Ancient Romans Ate Meals Most Americans Would... Read More