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. II are available either in our Lounge or at the Circulation Desk at E.J. Pratt Library at Victoria College. Board Applications for Volume IV will open in the Fall for Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors–find the application for DEIC here. Submissions for Plebeian Volume III are now closed. 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!

A Call for Papers will be put out in November 2017 for Volume IV (2018).
Join the Editorial Board!

Membership is open to any person who is a member of ASSU (as defined in the ASSU constitution); however, applicants who have knowledge of Classical Antiquity will be preferred (i.e. you do not have to be a Classics student to apply, but you must need good editorial skills in addition to a broad knowledge of the Classical World). Applications for Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor positions will be posted in Fall 2017. If you have questions, please email the Editor-in-Chief, Toby Keymer, at
Board Structure 2018:
Editor-in-Chief: Toby Keymer (
Deputy Editor-in-Chief: TBD
Associate Editors (7): TBD
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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