Classics and Online Learning

As we find ourselves working and learning from home these days, resources like these may be especially useful:

There’s also the following sites/pages at UofT:

These two links have also been added to our Links page, where you may find other useful online resources.

2020 Summer Courses: An Update

Our summer courses are set to start soon as usual, only online! Instructors have been busy brainstorming and planning creatively for their courses. Notable are our introductory Greek and Latin courses, which will be implemented online with a crack team of TA helpers. We had a good number of enthusiastic of language bursary recipients and the enrolment numbers are encouraging.

In Memoriam: Mark Golden (1948-2020)

Shared with permission, this lovely obituary from Pauline Ripat:

Mark pursued his BA, MA, and PhD at the University of Toronto, graduating with his doctorate in 1981. After a two-year position at UBC (1980–1982), he joined the Department of Classics at the University of Winnipeg. He remained there until his retirement in 2015, when the became a Professor Emeritus. Mark was a valued member not only of the Department of Classics, but of the University community as a whole thanks to his committee work, involvement in the union, and support of social action. He was a renowned and esteemed member of the Canadian and international Classics community.

As a scholar, Mark was best-known for his ground-breaking work in the areas of ancient Greek childhood, Greek sport, and gender. No less prolific than innovative, he authored four books and co-edited three more, published more than 50 articles and book chapters, and reviewed more than 50 books. But Mark’s interests extended far beyond the field of Classics. Few were better read in literature of every stripe than Mark, more up-to-date on current affairs, or more interested in the events of his friends’ and colleagues’ lives. Mark was one who lived his political views, actively engaging in community organizations seeking social justice both in Canada and abroad. He was an inveterate supporter of Classics in Canada, and was, in his own words, so pleased and honoured to be chosen as the Honorary President of the Classical Association of Canada, a position he held for the last two years. (An additional detail in which many will recognize Mark: having attempted without success to get the city of Winnipeg to spell “Honorable” without the extraneous “u” in its street signs, he was especially gratified that the CAC spells “Honorary” correctly.)

Mark always preferred to focus on others rather than on himself. In fact, he seemed to know everyone. He had an extraordinary ability to recall names, faces, and circumstances, and possessed an incredible gift for discovering shared interests, which he recalled with unwavering constancy. Mark knew those whom he had not yet had the pleasure of meeting in person by their work or by their colleagues; he knew those whom he had met by their work and by details of their lives completely unrelated to their professions. Many have received an email – or series of emails over the years – whenever Mark came across reference to the sport, musician, author, or political figure they happened to discuss during a session break fifteen years ago. Mark had, or made, time for everyone. After being diagnosed with the cancer that would eventually claim his life, he always skillfully directed conversation away from his illness, treating it like a book which had a point but which he didn’t like very much. Mark preferred to focus on subjects he enjoyed, and continued to discuss them so insightfully and humorously that it was often difficult to remember that he was ill.

Mark was the devoted and proud father of Max Golden, the delighted grandfather of Owen Markus Golden, whose recent arrival was a particular source of pleasure to Mark in his final weeks, and the fortunate partner of Jo-Anne Douglas, whose tireless support of Mark throughout his illness is known to all who have been in contact with Mark over the last seventeen months. Mark is a sorely missed colleague, friend, and scholar, identities which he embodied in such equal measures that it is necessary to list them alphabetically lest one appear to take precedence. Mark would have undoubtedly objected to the length and detail of this notice, brief though it is in comparison to the fullness of the life lived. In the economy of sentiment Mark preferred, then: there was no one like Mark.

U of T Classics at the CAC-SCEC

Many members of the Department of Classics will be giving presentations (and live tweeting!) at the CAC-SCEC annual meeting at McMaster University, May 7 – 9. In chronological order, here are our speakers on the CAC-SCEC program:

Ephraim Lytle, “Paradoxography and Science in Aelian’s De natura animalium: Leonidas of Byzantium, the Red Sea and Peripatetic Biology”, TUES 8:30 –10:30

Chiara Graf, “Seneca’s Comets: Competing Conceptions of Wonder in the Natural Questions“, TUES 8:30 –10:30

Kenneth Yu, “Inspired Encyclopaedism: The Antischolasticism of the Catalogue of Giants in Philostratus’ Heroikos“, TUES 8:30 –10:30

Rachel Mazzara, “Interpretatio Romanaas Dynamic Equivalence: Tacitus and Translation Studies”,  TUES 8:30 –10:30

Edward Parker, “The Ideological Contestation of Epieikeia in Demosthenes and Isocrates”, TUES 8:30 –10:30

Alison Keith, “Iterative Structures in Ovid’s Amores 2″, TUES 11:00 – 12:30

Lorenza Bennardo, “Lost Underworlds in Classical Literature and Italian Renaissance Philology”, TUES 2:30 – 4:00

Seth Bernard, “Hephaestus at Populonia? Economy, Metallurgy, and Cult in a New Graffito from the Acropolis”, TUES 2:30 – 4:00

David Wallace-Hare, “Titans of Industry: Profession and Deity Choice in Imperial Votive Dedications”, TUES 2:30 – 4:00

Drew Davis, “Ex pecunia publica: Italian Public Spending and Urbanization in the Late Republic”, TUES 4:30 – 6:00

Clifford Orwin, “On Thinking with Classics”, WED 8:30 – 10:30

Carrie Fulton, “Ceramics and LBA Maritime Networks: Results from the 2018 Underwater Survey of Maroni Tsaroukka”, WED 8:30 – 10:30

Joseph Gerbasi, “Socrates, Athens, and the Law”, WED 8:30 – 10:30

Gianmarco Bianchini, “Epigraphic Reception of the Ovidian Text at Pompeii: the Case of CIL, IV 1595 = CLE 927″, WED 8:30 – 10:30

Christer Bruun, “Roman Birthdays – Fact or Fiction?”, WED 8:30 – 10:30

Marion Durand, “In the Thick of It: From the Trenches of the Job Market in North America and Abroad”, WED 11:00 – 12:30

Emelen Leonard, “Sex work and the sophist: Lucian’s Dialogues of the Courtesans as a reflection of imperial Greek culture”, 11:00 – 12:30

Katherine Blouin, “Sprung from the Earth: Indigeneity and the Ancient History Classroom”, WED 2:30 – 4:00

Naomi Neufeld, “Inscribed Vessels, Ritual, and Identity at the Sanctuary of Gravisca”, WED 2:30 – 4:00

Eleanor Irwin, “Breaking the glass ceiling to translating Plato: Georgiana, Lady Chatterton, Florence Nightingale and Florence Melian Stawell”, WED 4:30 – 6:00

Hugh Mason, “Lupus in Fabula, seriously? Traps and Fables in Daphnis and Chloe 1.11-12″, THURS 8:30 – 10:30

Jonathan Burgess, “Aristotle’s “Constitution of the Ithacans” and the Odyssey”, THURS 8:30 – 10:30

Jesse Hill, “Catullus, Ennius, and the Pursuit of Novelty”, THURS 11:00 – 12:30

David Sutton, “Omnibus e Meis Amicis Antistans: Catullus, Veranius and the Homosocialities of Male Friendship”, THURS 11:00 – 12:30


Ann-Marie Matti wins coveted Faculty award!

At the Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony held on April 24th at the Faculty Club, the Business Officer of the Department of Classics, Ann-Marie Matti, received the Distinguished Service Award from David Cameron, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science.

This is a tremendous recognition of the invaluable work that Ann-Marie, known to generations of students and faculty, continues to carry out for the Department. Only one such award is given out each year within the whole Faculty.

The department, faculty, students, and staff, join in congratulating Ann-Marie and in offering thanks for her professionalism, commitment to our mission, and humour.

Read more about Ann-Marie Matti in this summer’s departmental newsletter.

At the Awards ceremony, from the left: Christer Bruun (Chair), Ann-Marie Matti (Business Officer), Chiara Graf (Past President of GCCU, our graduate student association), Erik Gunderson (Associate Chair)