A Cultural History of Work in Antiquity, a recent publication edited by Eph Lytle

A Cultural History of Work

Congratulations to Prof. Lytle for the publication of his edited monograph, A Cultural History of Work in Antiquity, the first book in a six-volume set.

From the publisher:

“How has our relationship with ‘work’ changed for different cultures over the centuries? What effect has it had on politics, art and religion?

In a work that spans 2,500 years these ambitious questions are addressed by 63 experts, each contributing their overview of a theme applied to a period in history. With the help of a broad range of case material they illustrate broad trends and nuances of the culture of work in Western culture from antiquity to the present. Individual volume editors ensure the cohesion of the whole, and to make it as easy as possible to use, chapter titles are identical across each of the volumes. This gives the choice of reading about a specific period in one of the volumes, or following a theme across history by reading the relevant chapter in each of the six.”

U of T Classics at the AIA/SCS

Many members of the Department of Classics will be giving presentations at the AIA/SCS annual meeting in San Diego, January 4 – 6! In chronological order, here are our speakers on the SCS program:

Ted Parker, “Philanthrōpia, Democracy, and the Proof of Power”, FRI 8:00 –10:30

Jeff Easton, “A Case-Study of Intergenerational Participation in Roman Professional Associations”, FRI 1:45 – 4:45

John Fabiano, “Invidia Tabernariorum: The Economic Interests of Associations in Late-Antique Rome, a Study of the Corpus Tabernariorum, SAT 8:00 – 10:30

Rachel Mazzara, “The Secondary World of Plautinopolis”, SAT 8:00 – 10:30

Brad Hald, “Dialectics of Hope and Fear in Thucydides Book 6”, SAT 1:45 – 4:45

Alison Keith, “Ovid In and After Exile: Modern Fiction on Ovid Outside Rome”, SUN 8:00 – 11:00

Marion Durand, “De Mortuis Nil Dicendum Est? On Sextus Empiricus Against the Mathematicians VIII.98 and Stoic Indefinite Propositions”, SUN 11:45 – 1:45

David Wallace-Hare, “The Virgilian Beech: The Creation of Italian Nostalgia in the Eclogues”, SUN 11:45 – 1:45

Chiara Graf, “The Blushing Sage: Somatic Affective Responses in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales“, SUN 2:00 – 4:30

Matt Watton, “Socrates and Plato’s Socrates in Cicero’s Academica“, SUN 2:00 – 4:30

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!

Alumnus News: Dr. Timothy Perry appointed Medieval Manuscript and Early Book Librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Following his graduation from the doctoral programme, Timothy Perry (PhD 2010) spent two years as a lecturer in Classics at Dartmouth College.

Timothy then returned to school, completing a Master of Information degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto’s iSchool in 2015. While at the iSchool, he was also actively involved in the Book History and Print Culture program and worked as a Printing Fellow at the Massey College Press.

Upon completing his MI, Timothy took up a position as Special Collections Librarian at the University of Missouri. He has now returned to the University of Toronto, where he has recently been appointed Medieval Manuscript and Early Book Librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

His work as a rare book librarian provides plenty of opportunities to practice his Greek and Latin, and he also teaches classes visiting the Fisher from a variety of departments – without having to do any marking.

Alumna News: Dr. Mariapia Pietropaolo at McMaster

Dr. Mariapia Pietropaolo joined the Department of Classics at McMaster University as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 2018.

Dr. Pietropaolo received her PhD in Classics from the University of Toronto in 2013. She has taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on the poets of the Augustan age, and her current projects include a book on the grotesque in Roman love elegy and a study of the aesthetics of Narcissism in Ovid.

Call for Papers: Classics in the Anthropocene, UofT Graduate Conference

University of Toronto, Department of Classics, Graduate Conference 
April 19-20, 2019 

Keynote Speakers: Brooke Holmes (Princeton), Katherine Blouin (Toronto) 

The recent popularity of the notion of “the Anthropocene” reflects a growing recognition that human societies and their natural environments radically and reciprocally shape and influence one another. Additionally, there is a looming sense that the ecological conditions under which humankind has thrived for millennia are about to undergo a set of epochal transformations. Speculations about the near-future range from optimistic to pessimistic extremes. Will there be a collective and self-conscious effort to re-shape civilization as we have known it, or a total extinction of life on earth? In either case, humanity faces an unprecedented crisis.

This crisis provides a novel horizon of meaning for the interpretation of human society and culture, past as well as present. The task of rethinking traditional categories such as history, culture, individuality, and nature, has become both possible and necessary. In many disciplines this work is already underway.

The question guiding this year’s conference is how the study of classical literature, philosophy, history, and archeology, might contribute to this rethinking. This might involve investigating the ways ancient attitudes have or have not influenced present ones; how ancient authors conceived of their environment; how ancient authors conceptualized the place of human beings in nature; ancient methods of exploitation and/or preservation of resources; ancient experiences of environmental change. Further potential topics of interest are (but are not limited to):

  • ancient conceptions of nature in general
  • natural disasters, cataclysms, conflagrations, apocalypses
  • nature, politics, imperialism
  • technology and human agency
  • scientific expertise and political deliberation
  • human migration and its relation to environmental change
  • nature in ancient mythology and/or religion
  • ancient philosophical thought about the finitude of civilizations, planets, etc.
  • individual and collective responsibility, inherited guilt: is the Anthropocene in some sense “tragic”?
  • philosophical ethics as learning how to die

Guidelines for submission: Graduate students and early career scholars are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words, for papers of 15-20 minutes in length, to uoftclassicsconference@gmail.com by January 7, 2019. Please include your name and institution in the submission email, but leave the abstract anonymous. Accepted participants will be notified by email in late January. Any questions may be directed to the above email.