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Vindolanda Field School 2015

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The field school students have been introduced to Vindolanda! Everyone arrived on Saturday and we spent the weekend getting settled. Today we went down to site for the first introduction to this fabulous place. It's chilly but as you can see the sun is shining for now! This week we'll visit other sites and museums along Hadrian's Wall, starting with Newcastle's Great North Museum tomorrow. Don't forget to follow us on the blog to keep up with our adventures and hear about student experiences:

J. Vickers Congratulations to Jonathan Vickers, who has been awarded the prestigious Crake Fellowship for 2015-2016 at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB.

Congratulations Sarah Taylor!

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The Classical Studies department congratulates Sarah Taylor on sucessfully defending her MA thesis, "Frontiers of Food: Identity and Food Preparation in Roman Britain", supervised by Elizabeth Greene.

StatiusCongratulations to Kyle Gervais from the Department of Classical Studies on the publication of Brill’s Companion to Statius, the first companion volume to be produced on the most important Roman poet of the Flavian period. Thirty-four chapters from international experts examine the social, cultural, and political issues surrounding Statius’ poetry; his controversial aesthetic; his use of the poetic tradition; and his scholarly and literary reception in subsequent ages to the present.

E. GreeneThe Department of Classical Studies would like to congratulate Elizabeth Greene, winner of the 2014-2015 Marilyn Robinson Award for Teaching Excellence.  The award is "...named after Physiology professor and Educational Development Office coordinator Marilyn Robinson, who became captivated with the idea of exciting students by means of active learning and problem solving" (Western News). Elizabeth Greene teaches Archaeology to Western University students not only in the classroom, but also through the Vindolanda Field School, a historic Roman site near Hadrian's Wall in England. Read the Western News article here.

Charles Stocking TalkCharles Stocking Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the UWO and a former Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies, delivers a lecture withDemosthenes Tampakos,  Olympic gold medalist and Professor of Physical Education, on the occasion of the 2nd Marathon Run at Nafplion. View the poster and translation from Greek, here.

C. BrownChris Brown recently gave the 38th annual Crake Lectures at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. The lectures explored the confluence of poetry, philosophy, and religion in Magna Graecia during the fifth century BC.

trajan scene 91Beth Greene’s research at this year’s annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans has been featured in a variety of news outlets. The magazine New Scientist ran a story about her research focusing on the presence of women and children on Trajan’s Column in Rome. The individuals are shown taking part in religious ceremonies associated with the campaigns of the emperor Trajan in Dacia and reveals something about the activities of women traveling with the Roman army on campaign. Her research has since been featured by Radio Canada International ( and by our own Western News ( It will be in print form in Current World Archaeology Magazine later in 2015.

Congratulations to Sarah Taylor

Sarah T.Sarah is the winner of the 2014 Bea Loveseth Memorial Award. The award is presented in recogition of the best student paper presented at the Chacmool 2014 Conference, at the University of Calgary.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Greene, Dwayne Meisner, Nancy Roberts and David Wilson.

The USC Teaching Honour Roll was released for the 2013-2014 school year. We are please to congratulate four of our course instructors whose efforts and contributions to the university are recognized as exceptional by their students.

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.