Updated by the year and as needed, this page will serve as a collection of exciting events and initiatives both past and present.
This is the undergraduate research journal of the Classics Students’ Union, which is, as of Fall 2020, entering its seventh edition. To find out more about the journal, where it circulates, and how to get involved, visit the Plebeian page for more details.
Hosted bi-annually, join pre-eminent professors and grad students in Classics as they present diverse and interesting new research and discussion. See “Past Speakers” below for a comprehensive list of previous speakers and topics.
Sermo Vulgaris is the Classics Students’ Union’s first-ever and only official podcast. Written and hosted by students, for students, Sermo endeavours to make Classics more accessible than ever to the public by presenting historical information, method, theories, and current gossip in the field. Visit the official Website for more information and streaming platforms.
Ekphrasis is a Zine initiative began by the Classics Students’ Union in 2019, offering students a less formalized and more creative medium through which they can submit visual art, fiction, and poetry with a classical theme. It is currently in its second rendition, and undergoing the process of being digitalized.
November 3rd, 2022: High School Outreach
CLASSU recently held its high school information session, giving high school students in 11th and 12th grade a chance to see what Classics as UofT is really about. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a copy of the seminar.
October 22th, 2022: Fall Campus Day!
September 9th, 2022: Ancient Food Day
An immense success, this event allowed undergraduate students from inside and outside the Classics program to socialize and enjoy cuisine sourced from Ancient Greek and Roman texts. Garnering our biggest turn-out in recent memory (COVID will do that to a course union), we hope to recreate this success in following years.
This list will be updated shortly to feature speakers from 2018 to present.
Professor Peter Heslin, Durham University, Can Computers Be Taught to Translate Latin and Ancient Greek? 20 November 2020.
Dr. Chiara Graf, University of Toronto, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Surface Reading. 20 November 2020.
Prabhjeet Johal, University of Toronto, Unswept Emotions: Floor Mosaics. 13 February 2020.
Ted Parker, University of Toronto, Athenian Democracy and Philanthropy. 13 February 2020.
Professor Sarah Murray, University of Toronto, Analogy, Ethnography, and the History of Greek Art: The Case of Early Iron Age Ceramic Style. 22 November 2019.
Professor Kenneth Yu, University of Toronto, How Did Ancient Greeks Read Homer and Why Does It Matter? 22 November 2019.
Professor Carrie Fulton, Naomi Neufield, Justin-Hamblin Yule, University of Toronto, Archaeology and Oracles. 14 March 2019.
Professor J. Oliver and Chiara Graf, University of Toronto, Queering the Stoic Sage. 16 November 2018.
Catlin Hines, University of Toronto, Role-play and Class Blindness: a Resistant Reading of Servitium Amoris in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses. 2 March 2018.
Drew Davis, University of Toronto, Rooted in Our Own Needs:’ Classics at the University of Toronto, 1843–1947. 2 March 2018.
David Wallace-Hare, University of Toronto, Fugientes Silvae Texerunt: Aquitanian Theonyms and Industrial Memories in the Central Pyrenees. 2 March 2018.
Professor Jarrett Welsh, University of Toronto, The Effects of Agriculture on Latin Semantics. 17 March 2017.
David Wallace-Hare, University of Toronto, The Fascination With The Bear As Revealed By Roman Onomastics In The Western Provinces Of The Roman Empire. 18 November 2017.
Drew Davis, University of Toronto, Suppressing the Aliens? CIL IV.9918a and the Problem of the Pompeiian incolae. 18 November 2017.
Professors Christer Bruun, Chair of Classics, and Nicholas Terpstra, Chair of History, University of Toronto, A Tale of Two Cities: The Urban Form in Ancient Rome and Renaissance Florence. 26 February 2016.
Prof. Alison Keith, University of Toronto, Wine and Vergil. 27 November 2015.
Matt Watton, Department of Classics Grad Student, Plato and Comedy. 30 Oct. 2015.
John Fabiano, Department of Classics Grad Student, CIL VI, 37118: A Prosopographical Analysis and Historical Study of Senatorial Munificence in Early Fourth Century CE Rome. 30 Oct. 2015.
Dr. Elizabeth Greene, University of Western Ontario, The Military Community at Vindolanda: Current excavations and past finds from a Roman frontier fort. 13 March 2015.
Marion Durand, Graduate Student in the Department of Classics, Suicide in Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. 30 January 2015.
Bradley Hald, Graduate Student in the Department of Classics, A Man without Place: Turnus in Vergilian Simile. 30 January 2015.
Prof. Kevin Wilkinson, University of Toronto, Imperial Policy and Linguistic Impurity in the early 4th Century AD, or, How Palladas of Alexandria nearly lost his Lunch. 21 November 2014.
Prof. Alison Keith, University of Toronto, Wine and Vergil. 28 March 2014.
Peer Mentorship Programme
Until its dissolution in 2019 due to low rates of registration, this programme aimed to connect more experienced U of T students with their recently-arrived colleagues by pairing willing mentors with compatible lower-year mentees.
Also discontinued in 2019 due to lack of interest, this programme, which had emerged from two separate traditions (namely the CLASSU Handbook and the ASSU Anti-Calendar), aimed to create a student-run and student-driven collection of yearly course evaluations pertaining to the Department of Classics specifically.