Talks

 

Redefining the Female Body in Ancient Greece

Wednesday September 9 at 12pm

Join classicist Robert Gold for an intriguing look at the evolving representation of the female body in ancient Greek sculpture from objects of abstract simplicity to visions of breathtaking realism.

 

Talk: Fashion and Elegance in Ancient Rome

Friday September 25 at 12pm

From the luxurious garments and elaborate hairstyles of the wealthy to the counterfeited gems and fabric dyes utilized by slaves, Dr. Kelly Olson from the University of Western Ontario leads us on a fascinating journey into the world of ancient Roman fashion to discover how men and women dressed to impress.

 

Seminar: From Pet to Provider to Sacrificial Victim: The Multiple Roles of Animals in Greek and Roman Antiquity

Saturday, October 24 from 2pm to 4pm

Much like today, animals were instrumental in the lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Zooarchaeology, or the analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites, provides a large body of data with which to reconstruct the fascinating world of animals in antiquity. This illustrated lecture by Dr. Michael MacKinnon details the great range of roles animals played in Greek and Roman culture including, ritual and sacrifice, the supply of exotic beasts for amphitheater games, ancient pets, the domestic livestock, wool and leather industries across the Mediterranean,  and the concept of meat as a status marker in ancient society

 

Lecture: Olive-Tinted Spectacles: Myths in the Histories of the Ancient and Modern Olympics

Sunday November 15 at 2pm

Join Mark Golden, classics professor and author of three books on ancient sport for a fascinating exploration of sport in the ancient world. Commentators often link the ancient and modern Olympics but in fact, there are 11 striking differences between them. Discover how they are different and then explore some other misunderstandings about the nature of ancient Olympics and the origins of ours today.

 

Talk: Food for the Gods

Wednesday November 18 at 12pm

Savor a delightful presentation by chef and author Karen Dudley based on her award winning novel, Food for the Gods, a historical fantasy novel set in ancient Greece. Discover how Dudley has proven herself an expert at examining the Greek classics and offering the reader an entirely new take on them by weaving in Food Network tropes and Iron Chef heroes we’re all familiar with.

 

Lecture: From Athena to Wonder Woman: Pop Culture and Classical Myth

Saturday November 28 at 2pm

Professor Christopher W. Marshall (UBC) explores ancient mythological representation of Athena, the popular Greek goddess of war and wisdom and links them to pop culture representations of powerful women in modern comics like Wonder Woman, and others from recent Marvel movies.

 

Talk: Rome and Jerusalem: Worlds in Collision

Wednesday December 16 at 12pm

Join Rabbi Alan Green for an enlightening lecture exploring the conflict between Hellenistic and Judaic civilization in the ancient world - a conflict between East vs. West, Rationalism vs. Mysticism, Matter vs. Spirit, and Polytheism vs. Monotheism - and discover how it contributed to the rise of Christianity.

 

Lecture: Craft and Craftiness: Cunning Agencies in Greek Art

Sunday January 31, 2016 at 2pm

Unlike today, art and architecture in ancient Greece was less driven by enthusiasm for technical innovation than animated by agencies of near magical craftiness. Join, Lisa Landram, Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba for an intriguing look into Greek myth and the foretold crafty capabilities endowed by gods like Athena, Hephaestus, and Prometheus, practiced by mythic artisans and heroes, like Daedalus and Odysseus, and approximated by mortals, such as Phidias and Polykleitos.

 

Lecture: The Writing on the Wall: Ancient Graffiti and Popular Culture (AIA Lecture)

Sunday March 20, 2016 at 2pm

In the year AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted with devastating force, burying the nearby town of Pompeii under more than thirty feet of volcanic debris. Pompeii was effectively wiped off the map, yet below the surface the material remains of the town were preserved in remarkable detail. While best known for its art and architecture, Pompeii also offers a colorful glimpse of daily life and ancient graffiti through the thousands of messages written on the walls of the city. This talk confronts this widespread phenomenon of writing on the wall that was occurring in the first century. From public advertisements to handwritten messages, these graffiti reveal members of all levels of society reading, writing, and engaging in this active mode of communication.

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