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. All lectures are free and the public are most welcome to attend.

NOTE: All upcoming lectures are to be held in-person unless otherwise specified, COVID-19 restrictions permitting. For the time being, there will be no receptions held after the lectures.



March 14, 2023

Sophie Jacome

The New Telling of Tales: Adapting Classical Stories for the Modern Stage


Dr. Sara Ahbel-Rappe

University of Michigan

Jewish, Christian, and Polytheist Readings of Plato's Phaedrus




February 7th, 2023

Dr. Zena Hitz

St. John's College

Lost In Thought & Learning for Learning's Sake

January 26, 2023

Dr. Seth Sanders

UC Davis

Room 1198, Marion McCain Building

Literary Creativity across the Mediterranean

November 1, 2022

Dr. Spencer Pope

McMaster University

Owls under the Roof: the Production of Athenian Coinage and the Public Treasury

October 18, 2022

Dr. Robin Baker

Winchester University

Taking Old Things and New, from the Storehouse: Matthew's Gospel and Mesopotamian Esoteric Tradition

September 13th, 2022

Dr. Roger Wilson

University of British Columbia

Living In Luxury: The Late Roman Villa at Caddeddi on the Tellaro, near Nota, Sicily

March 21st, 2022    

Dr. Jack Mitchell

Dalhousie Univeristy

The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem

March 8th, 2022

Dr. Neil Robertson

University of King's College

Leo Strauss and Plato's Ideas

March 1st, 2022   

Dr. Sveva Savelli

Department of Modern Languages and Classics, St. Mary's University

Colonial Encounters and power dynamics in the territory of the Oenotrians: Insights from the Metaponto Archaeological Project

Tuesday, October 26th 2021  

Dr. Nicholas Thorne

BA (Vind), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (Pittsburgh)

Plato & Thucydides

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 at 7:00pm

Dr. Mike MacKinnon

University of Winnipeg

Pet Animals in Roman Antiquity: Reconstructions from Archaeological Evidence

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021      

Dr. Dermot Moran

Boston College, Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy

God as "Non-Other" (Nil Aliud) in Eriugena and Cusanus 

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021    

Dr. André Laks

Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City

Parmenides and the Anxiety of Platonism: On the Articulation of His Poem

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021       

Dr. Rodica Firanescu

Dalhousie University

Speech-Acts Theory in Arabic Grammarians

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 

Dr. Victoria Austen-Perry

University of Winnipeg

Distinguit et Miscet: Framing Roman Garden Spaces in the Villas of the Elite

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020      

Dr. Katya Vogt

Columbia University

Pyrrhonian Indeterminacy

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020      

Dr. Sarah Murray

University of Toronto

Early Iron Age Origins of Ritual Practice and Athletic Nudity at Olympia and Delphi

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Dr. Melissa Funke

University of Winnipeg

Post-Classical Receptions of Immigrant Sex Workers in Classical Athens

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Dr. Ronald Haflidson 

St. John's College

Augustine's Confessions, Book 10

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Dr. Warren Huard

University of Winnipeg

Herakles the God

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Asmis

University of Chicago

Epicurean Justice With a Focus on Lucretius

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Dr. Paul Shore

University of Regina

Early Jesuit Translation of the Qu'ran

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Dr. Ben Akrigg, CAC Visiting Speaker

University of Toronto

Wealth and Inequality in Ancient Economies

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Dr. Deborah Roberts

Haverford College

Translation Issues in Aeschylean Poetry

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Dr. Therese Cory

University of Notre Dame

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Dr. Rodney Ritzsimons

Trent University

"Emergent polis in Crete"

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

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

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"