Departmental Lecture Series

All lectures, unless otherwise indicated, take place in the Classics Department Library, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, Room 1184, at 5:30 p.m., and are followed by a small reception in the Library and Lounge area. All lectures are free and the public are most welcome to attend.



Tuesday, March 12th @ 5:30

Dr. Therese Cory


February 26th @ 5:30
Dr. Rodney Ritzsimons 

"Emergent polis in Crete"

Tuesday, February 26th @5:30

Dr. Larissa Atkison
Dalhousie University

"To Nobly Lie; Deception and Complicity in 'Philoctetes'"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dr. Chris Gibson

"Plato and Gadamer's Magical Mystery Tour: The Relevance of Plato's Dialogues to 20th Century Philosophical Heremeneutics"

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Dr. Giulia Bonasio
Dalhousie University

"Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics"

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dr. Page duBois
University of California - San Diego

"Parrhesia and Polytheism"

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Dr. David Konstan
New York University

"The Invention of Sin"

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dr. Geoffrey Moseley
Sewanee University of the South

"Reception of Plato and Aristotle in the Muslim World"

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dr. Kelly Olsen
University of Western Ontario

"Noblewomen and Leisure in Roman Antiquity"

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Dr. István Perczel
Central European University

"The Seventh Letter to Polycarp and links to Pseudo-Dionysius, Proclus, and a debate concerning the eternity of the world"

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Dr. Myles McCallum
St. Mary's University

"A River Runs through It: The Tiver's influence on the commercial organization of Roman central Italy"

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Dr. Emily Varto
Dalhousie University

"Greeks, Romans, and the 'Science of Man': Building a History of the Classics and Early Anthropology"

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Dr. Evan King

"Not According to Us: Berthold of Moosburg and the Retrieval of Platonic Theology in the 14th Century"

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Ms. Emma Curran
Princeton University

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Dr. Lisa Hughes
Classical Association of Canada Lecture Tour
University of Calgary

"The Art of Performance in Pompeii"

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5:00  p.m.

Dr. Florence Yoon
University of British Columbia

"Stop calling them "messengers": distinguishing character identity and function in Greek Tragedy"

The term "messenger" is a familiar one in the discussion of Greek tragedy, but its imprecision has contributed to a long-standing category confusion. This paper argues for a more restricted use by examining the related categories of tragic heralds and messengers, and insisting upon distinction between two commonly confused aspects of character: in-world identity and extradramatic function.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Michèle Anik Stanbury
McCain Postdoctoral Fellow
Mount Allison University


"The Metaphysical Origin of the Principles of Logic in Plotinus’ Emanative System"

Dr. Stanbury writes: "Plotinus’ theory concerning the role and status of logical principles is a complex one. He does not outright reject the validity of logical principles. Their scope and utility, however, are circumscribed. The limitations of the scope of these principles—particularly the first among them, the principle of non-contradiction—is articulated most clearly in relation to the divine Intellect: the Intellect is asserted to be simultaneously one and many absolutely and without qualification.

I argue, first, that this seemingly contradictory statement is not a violation of the PNC, but rather an indication that the Intellect transcends the realm within which the PNC is applicable. To establish this claim, I argue that there are in fact pre-requisites for the PNC’s applicability which are not present in the mode of existence of the Intellect.

If it is indeed the case that there are Plotinian metaphysical realms which transcend the logical principles, but others within which they hold sway, then these principles must have a source or origin within Plotinus’ emanative system. In the second part of my essay, I attempt to identify the metaphysical origin of the logical principles in the process by which the world soul emanates from the divine Intellect, focusing particularly on the implications of Ennead III.7: On Eternity and Time."

Monday, January 23, 2017


Dr. Matthew Wood
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

"Moving Images:  An Interpretation of Rhetoric 411b 2-4"