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Congratulations to Dr. James Kruck

james We are delighted to report that Dr. James Kruck has accepted a position as Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Classics at the University of Illinois for Spring 2015. He'll be teaching courses in Latin literature and Classical Civilization. Congratulations, Dr. Kruck!


Congratulations to Dr. Peter Miller, winner of a 2014 Governor General’s Gold Medal!  

PeterPeter completed his Ph.D., supervised by Professor Christopher Brown, in Western’s Department of Classical Studies in the spring of 2014.  His dissertation, “Athletes in Song and Stone: Victory and Identity in Epinician and Epigram,” analyzes ethnicity, gender, and class in the literature of the ancient Olympics.


2014 Vindolanda Students Arrive

students Students participating in the Vindolanda Fields School this summer have arrived on site along with Prof. Elizabeth Green and Prof. Alex Meyer! Read their blog and learn more about their experiences as they excavate a Roman settlement for the next five weeks. Read more


Faculty Appointment - Assistant Professor

gervaisWe are pleased to announce the appointment, effective 1 July 2014, of Dr. Kyle Gervais as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies.  Dr. Gervais was educated at Queen’s University (BA 2006, MA 2008), and wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Otago (PhD 2013) under the supervision of William Dominik, one of the foremost scholars working on Flavian epic poetry. Although a very recent PhD, Dr. Gervais has already established an impressive record of accomplishment in research. In addition to a number of articles, book chapters, and reviews, he has a contract from Oxford University Press for a revision of his doctoral dissertation, an edition of Book 2 of Statius’ Thebaid with translation and commentary. Dr. Gervais also has a strong research interest in the role of violence in Roman society (with a particular focus on the arena), and his involvement with the Tessarae project aligns nicely with the recent emphasis on Digital Humanities in the Faculty.


First PhD Student Successfully Defends Thesis

millerThe Department of Classical Studies is proud to report that Peter Miller, one of our inaugural PhD students, successfully defended his dissertation on April 11, 2014. Peter came to us from the MA program at the University of Victoria and has had a stellar career during his time at Western, with his research excellence having been recognized by both SSHRC and OGS. Peter’s dissertation, directed by Professor Christopher Brown, is entitled "Athletes in Song and Stone: Victory and Identity in Epinician and Epigram". He is currently the Crake Fellow at Mount Allison University. Congratulations, Dr. Miller!


If only Putin had read Plato

Top Story Image Charles Stocking gives a fascinating history of the Olympic flame as millions of spectators from around the world watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.


Field School glimpses into Roman Empire's past, students' futures

 cultureplexBy Communications Staff, September 5, 2013
Western researchers Elizabeth Greene, above, and Alexander Meyer, along with nine Classical Studies students, journeyed 6,000 kilometres and nearly 2,000 years for the experience of a lifetime. For six weeks this summer, Greene and Meyer led students in an archaeological dig, below, at Western’sField School at VindolandaRead more