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.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ancient Philosophy

One-year postdoctoral position in Ancient Philosophy

The Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy [CPAMP] at the University of Toronto is delighted to announce the availability of a one-year postdoctoral position in Ancient Philosophy, to begin no later than 1st September 2020. (It may be possible for the Fellowship to be extended for a second year, but this should not be assumed as part of an application.) The Fellow will be based in the Department of Classics at Toronto, but will be expected to contribute to the intellectual life of CPAMP, which is run in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and Centre for Medieval Studies, and to be available for up to 3 hours a week to assist in the organization of CPAMP activities. The value of the Fellowship is CA$50,000: some opportunity for paid teaching might also be available.

To be eligible, you must have been awarded a PhD in a relevant field (but from any Department or Program) by March 31, 2020, and have no more than three years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

If you wish to apply, please send pdfs (or preferably a single, combined pdf) to the address below containing: your CV, contact details for at least two and no more than three referees, a 500-word description of your research plans, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. Your email cover should briefly indicate how your work will complement the existing work of CPAMP, and may offer any other information you consider relevant to your application (but in general quality of information will be preferred over quantity).

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight (EST) March 31, 2020. Application materials, and any inquiries in the meantime, should be sent to:

George Boys-Stones

Professor of Classics and Philosophy
Department of Classics, University of Toronto.

Bursaries for Summer Courses in Greek and Latin

The following information is also available as a PDF or DOC file.

To support this bursary, please visit this link and donate to the “Department of Classics Departmental Trust.” Thank you for supporting greater diversity within the field of Classics.  

The Department of Classics is promoting language study by students from underrepresented groups in our summer language courses. We are offering bursaries to cover tuition ($700 per semester course), and for those visiting from outside the Toronto area, up to an additional $1,000 per semester. 

In the first summer term, starting in early May and running through June, we offer LAT101, LAT 201, and GRK 101.

In the second summer term, staring in July and running through mid-August, we offer LAT 102, LAT 202, and GRK 102.

If you are interested in applying for a bursary, please send by March 23rd a cover letter as well as a copy of your university transcript (an unofficial copy is fine) to the Undergraduate Coordinator, Professor Kevin Wilkinson, at:


In your cover letter please briefly explain your interests in taking Ancient Greek and/or Latin (e.g., academic background, current interests in classical antiquity or related fields, plans for future study). Please also describe the ways in which you might contribute to diversity (e.g., on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status). We are especially interested in applicants with expressed financial need.

If you are coming from another university in North America or overseas, please see the following link for information about applying and enrolling in courses through Woodsworth College (the online process is straightforward but you will need a Letter of Permission from your own university registrar or study abroad office):


Woodsworth College also has limited accommodation spaces for visiting students; please find information about that through the Woodsworth College website:


For preliminary and (when available) official course timetables see the following link:


If you have additional questions about our summer language courses, feel free to contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, Professor Kevin Wilkinson, at:


University of Toronto Reception at the SCS/AIA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.!

All Canadian scholars and students, alumnae and alumni, as well as other friends of the department, are most welcome to the Reception hosted by the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto at the Annual SCS/AIA meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, 2 January, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Mint Room at the Marriott Marquis hotel.

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