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: Gods and Goddesses Behaving Badly

Wednesday November 18 at 12pm

Placed on the highest of pedestals, the Greek gods and goddesses are the epitome of high culture in Western society, but what were they like when they were at home? Join author Karen Dudley as she takes you on a wild ride through the ups and downs of life with the unpredictable, temperamental, and sometimes just plain annoying gods as seen through the eyes of celebrity chef Pelops, star of her quirky fantasy novels Food for the Gods and Kraken Bake.


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.

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Talk: The Mechanics of Ancient Writing

Saturday, December 5 from 2pm to 4pm

Before there were computers, indelible markers and lined paper for the masses, there were reed-pens, sheets of papyrus, and relatively few who were versed in their use. In this seminar, led by two papyrologists, Matt Gibbs from the University of Winnipeg and Mike Sampson from the University of Manitoba, we’ll learn about ancient writing technology and how hundreds of thousands of texts on papyri have survived to modern times. The seminar will also include a hands-on portion, in which participants will play the role of scribe and experience what it was like to write on sheets of papyrus.


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.


Seminar: It’s Really Roman and You Can Touch It

Sunday, January 17, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm

Touch the past! Inexpensive and sturdy, pottery was the plastic of the ancient world. It is the most common find at any Greek or Roman site. Archaeologists use pottery to study food and trade and even to find out the date of their sites.

Dr. Lea Stirling  from the University of Manitoba brings pottery from her excavations at a Roman town in Tunisia and shares about her experience in the field. Handle a variety of real ancient artifacts and practice drawing, photographing, and studying ancient pottery the way archaeologists do.


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.

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