McGill Classics Students' Association (CSA)

Photo credit Jemma Israelson, Athens 2014

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Plebs Night!


Salvete my fellow Plebeians! Unite your love of Rome and British humour by joining the CSA in the multimedia room at 3475 Peel for a night of the British TV comedy Plebs! Follow Marcus, Stylax, and Grumio as they try to navigate young adulthood in Ancient Rome. Good company and good laughs guaranteed.

March 10 and 24, 5:30-8:30 (Peel 3475).

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CSA Translation Night with Martin Sirois!

Come, relax, and translate over a drink or two with the CSA and Professor Martin Sirois!

On Wednesday March 11th, we’ll be translating and discussing the portrayal of the Rape of Persephone in both Latin and Greek literature. The texts we’ll be covering are the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and The Rape of Persephone in Book V of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

The texts will soon be posted on the event page as well as in this week’s listserv. Please try to translate the texts beforehand, or at least read them over in English, to ensure that our discussion is as fruitful as possible :)

5:30 – 6:15: Translation
6:15 – 7:00: Discussion

Get translating and we hope to see you there!


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Lectures at UQAM – Nigel Strudwick

For the Egyptophiles among you, Dr. Nigel Strudwick from the University of Memphis has two upcoming talks!

Tomb Robbery in Ancient Thebes (modern Luxor): Textual and Archaeological Evidence for the Indiana Joneses of the Ancient Past. Friday, February 13th 2015, at 7 PM

Tomb robbery flourished in ancient Egypt from before the beginning of recorded time, as it was common knowledge that considerable wealth lay buried with the dead. In particular, many of the richest treasures were interred in elaborate burials in and around Thebes (modern Luxor) and the Valley of the Kings. Despite efforts to hide the locations, they did not usually escape the attention of robbers, and this pillage continued for the next three millenia. This talk will discuss the sources for our knowledge of tomb robbery, how widespread it was, who these thieves were, how they operated, and what they did with the gains. This information adds another dimension to what we know about the social-economic side of life on the Theban West Bank in the New Kingdom.

Egyptian Decrees, Biographies, Accounts and Formulae in the Age of the Pyramids: A Look at the people of the Old Kingdom through the written word. Monday, February 16th 2015, at 12:40 PM

While the first hieroglyphs may now go back to 3400 BC, it was in the Old Kingdom that the first continuous texts appeared. This lecture will have a look at the different types of text which exist from that time (except the Pyramid Texts). Old Kingdom kings left a number of decrees of special exemptions for temples, and these were well and truly set in stone and placed in the monuments they concern. Any Egyptian official who could afford it made an elaborate tomb with inscriptions, which range from the straightforward expressions of wishes for offerings to self-laudatory and probably not very objective biographies. Egypt is also seen as the home of bureaucracy, and the Old Kingdom has left us the earliest accounts papyri, from Gebelein and Abusir, which show more ordinary people at work, their job rotas, and give some clues about the rituals which took place in the Abusir temples.

Both talks are located at:
Université du Québec à Montréal
1255 rue Saint Denis
Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, local A-6290 (6th floor)

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Guest Lectures – David Engels

Two great talks coming up by Professor David Engels (Brussels)!

On the Road to Empire? The Crisis of the European Union and the Downfall of the Roman Republic (event co-sponsored with the European Union Centre of Excellence)
February 13, 2015
3438 McTavish, room 100

Parallel Lives? Caesar and Qin Shi Huang Di, Augustus and Han Gaozu
February 16, 2015
Leacock, room 738

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Last Dance in the Garden of Eden

10428501_10152775944232023_7939437278269312431_nThe night before Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise forever, they decided to get all the party animals in the Garden of Eden together one last time to throw it down…

The ASA, CSA, HSA, and SSA proudly present our Valentine’s Day extravaganza: Last Dance in the Garden of Eden!!!!

Refreshments (drink tickets) and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be provided!
Entry: Free!

February 19, 8pm at Thomson House.

Wear your chillest Garden of Eden Garb and a prize will be awarded for best costume! (No nudity please, earthy and demure is best!)

If you enjoyed Ménage à Toga, prepare to relive that classy and fabulous event, but this time with a sinful twist.