Special Programs


Talk: Fashion and Elegance in Ancient Rome

Friday September 25 at 2pm

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.


Family Sunday: Art Olympics

Sunday, October 4 from 1:30pm to 4pm

Visit the WAG with your family for Olympics themed activities hosted by CBC Manitoba and Radio-Canada Manitoba. Reimagine yourself as an ancient Olympian. Watch professional athletes compete in traditional events such as wrestling and long jump. Run the WAG mini-marathon and then settle in with a glass of the nectar of the gods while you craft your own victory shield. This day is sure to be a spectacular spectacle of strength, skill, and artistry! As Epicurus says, the greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.

$10 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18)


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


Drama: Unmasking Greek Tragedy – Part 1

Wednesday November 4 at 12pm

Explore Greek tragedy like never before during this exciting dramatic lecture, the first of two presentations by  University of Winnipeg professor Dr. Allison Surtees and Greek mythology specialist, Jane Cahill.


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 and sexuality 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.


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.


Holiday Tree-Trimming Party

Saturday, December 5 from 1:30pm to 4pm

Get your holiday season in gear this year at the WAG’s annual tree-trimming party. Enjoy a mug of hot cocoa, cookies, and crafts as we come together to deck the halls and celebrate another winter season. Perhaps a jolly man dressed in red will make an appearance, so don’t forget your camera!



Drama: Unmasking Greek Tragedy – Part 2

Wednesday January 20, 2016 at 12pm

Explore Greek tragedy like never before during this exciting dramatic lecture, the first of two presentations by  University of Winnipeg professor Dr. Allison Surtees and Greek mythology specialist, Jane Cahill.


Family Sunday: Iglu Chill Out

Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 1:30pm to 4pm

Keep your snowsuit on when you visit the far north at the WAG this January. Make your way to the rooftop where you can become part of a recreation of an Inuit encampment, complete with real iglus! Celebrate Inuit culture through traditional music, games, gallery tours, and art making workshops. 

$10 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18)


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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