Plebeian: Journal of the Classics Students’ Union is an annual publication. The papers published in each volume have been presented at Undergraduate Conferences here at the University of Toronto. Print copies of Plebeian Vol. III are available either in our Lounge or at the Circulation Desk at E.J. Pratt Library at Victoria College. Board Applications for Volume IV are now closed. Submissions for Plebeian Volume IV are now OPEN. Click here for videos of past talks.

Past Volumes (PDF):

Plebeian Volume I (MMXV)

Plebeian Volume II (MMXVI)

Plebeian Volume III (MMXVII)

Submit a Paper!
Paper submissions for Plebeian Volume IV are now open! If you have a paper on the Classical world that you would like to have considered for publication, please email it to BEFORE January 12th, 2018. Decisions on which papers have been chosen will be published by the end of January, 2018.
Join the Editorial Board!
Applications for the Volume IV Editorial Board are now closed. See below for our full board.

Board Structure 2018:
Editor-in-Chief: Toby Keymer (
Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Allison Suba
Associate Editors (7): Antonia Alksnis, Marielle Balanaser, Irum Chorghay, Elizabeth Colonna, Samantha Mazzilli, Ellie Morum, Erica Venturo
Copy Editors (2 from Senate): TBD

The roles and responsibilities of each position are outlined in the Plebeian Organizational Charter.

Why Plebeian?

Undergraduate students are often seen as an anonymous crowd, a mass of bodies, numbers on an administrator’s computer screen, and are thus frequently overlooked when it comes to original ideas and research. Like the plebs of Ancient Rome and hoi polloi of Greece, we are many; nevertheless, we remain a vibrant community of explorers, thinkers, pioneers. This journal is so named in an attempt to reclaim this word of disdain for our own. Here, we proudly display our undergraduate research to those who might otherwise let it pass by, unnoticed.

Past Conferences:
 Click on underlined talks to watch!

2017: The Assembly of the Plebs III, 10 March 2017, 10:30-4:30, LI 220.

Video from the Conference will be uploaded in April 2017.

10:30 – Room Opens for Breakfast
10:50 – Opening Remarks (Willem Crispin-Frei and Professor Eph Lytle)
11:00 – Jeffery Schulman: “(A)rising in the East: The Case for a Palmyrene Sol Invictus”
11:35 – Sophia Alkhoury: “Evaluating the Religious Spectrum of the Ancient Greek World and the Magic Within It”
12:10 – Andrew Mayo: “Sophism and the Irrational in Cyclops”
12:45 – Seán Stewart: ““I Don’t Know How to Greek”: The Background and Social Context of P.Col. 4 66”
1:20 – Lunch Break
2:00 – Laura Harris: “Barbarian or Greek Murder? Medea’s Gift of Clothing and Identity in Euripides’ Medea”
2:35 – Samantha Mazzilli: “Romana simplicitate loqui: Latin Profanity and Power”
3:10 – Closing Remarks (Willem Crispin-Frei)

2016: The Assembly of the Plebs! 11 March 2016, 10-4, LI 220.

Watch the full conference here.

10:00 – Introductory Remarks and Breakfast
10:30 – Hadley Staite: “Nudity in the Performance of The Libation Bearers
11:00 – Elena Shadrina: “The Impact of the Rise of the Visigothic Kingdom in Spain on the Disappearance of Roman Imperial Presence in the West
11:30 – Hana Carrozza: “The Virgin and the Whore: Powerful Women from Late Antiquity
12:00 – Seán Stewart: “Geiseric and the Fall of Rome
12:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Amogh Sahu: “Realism and the Oikos: Aristotle and the Realist/Liberal Debate
2:00 – Russell Durward: “Law Under Justinian in a Christian Empire
2:30 – Break
2:45 – Melissa Tobin: “Rape and the Struggle for Power in Ovid and Statius
3:15 – Willem Crispin-Frei: “Aqua est Omnis Divisa in Partes Tres: The Inequalities of Water Distribution in Ancient Rome
3:45 – Closing Remarks
4:00 – End

2015: Undergraduate Conference on the Classical World,
20 March 2015, 10:30-3:30, LI 220.

Watch the full filmed portion of the conference here. Due to technical difficulties, only some talks were filmed.

10:30 – Opening words, settling in, preamble
11:00 – Toby Keymer: “The Wounded and the Dead: Objections to the Orthodox Model of the Hoplite Phalanx
11:30 – Gillian Scott: “You’ve got a Friend in Me: Tactics of Amicitia in Cicero and Pliny’s Letters of Request”
12:00 – Break for lunch
12:30 – Kate McGrath: “The Western Argolid Regional Project: Final Report”
1:00 – Ashley Raymer: “Gothic/Roman Identity”
1:30 – Sean Stewart: “Three Effects of Climate Change on the Later Roman Empire”
2:00 – Hadley Staite: “Roman Collegia as Corporate Entities”
2:30 – Taylor Stark: “The role of Mycenae Shaft Graves in the creation of a stratified society”
3:00 – Run off, final remarks

Past Editors-in-Chief
2017: Willem Crispin-Frei (EIC), Toby Keymer (Deputy)
2016: Taylor Stark (EIC)
2015: Taylor Stark (EIC)


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