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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.


Monday, September 25th, 2017

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

"The Art of Performance in Pompeii"

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Ms. Emma Curran
Princeton University

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, February 13th, 2018

Dr. Emily Varto
Dalhousie University

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Ms. Michelle Wilband
Dalhousie University/University of King's College

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Dr. Myles McCallum
St. Mary's University


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"

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dr George Burden will display and introduce the top ten coins from the Seabegs Collection of Ancient Roman Coinage he has generously donated to Dalhousie. This gold solidus of Constantius II will be one of those shown.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 

Dr. Andy German
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Ben Gurion University of the Negev 

"The Phrase Palin ex Arches: Its Philosophical Role in Plato's Dialogues"


Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Dr. Hector Williams

Professor Emeritus

University of British Columbia

"Goddesses, Whores, Vampyres and Archaeologists 

Uncovering Ancient Mytilene: Lesbos"




Since 1983 a team from University of British Columbia direcetd by Professor Hector Williams has been uncovering areas of ancient Mytilene, the largest city now and in antiquity on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. The talk will present some of the team's discoveries: a sanctuary of the fertility goddesses Demeter and Kore, a medieval burial chapel in the castle of the town, a vampyre burial of the 19th century, and a fine Roman building that seems to have become a tavern/brothel in its final days in the mid 4th century after Christ. The talk will also look at the gladiators of Roman Lesbos, so important that the city converted its venerable theatre into an arena for blood sports.