Department of Classical Studies

Classical Studies offers you the opportunity to explore and enjoy the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Whether your interests lie in the people themselves, or in their art, their literature, their history, as long as you want to learn more about the great classical forerunners of western culture, our Department has much to offer you. Here you will find some of the most interesting, unusual, and significant course material for an understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world as a parent of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the modern western world, presented to you in a variety of class types and teaching techniques.

 
Even if you do not intend to major in Classical Studies, we welcome you in any of our courses. No matter how many or how few courses you decide to take, we will endeavour to make the classical past alive and significant for you.
  1. Jan. 19, 2017Congratulations 2016 Award Winners!

    Congratulations to all those honoured at the Annual Wine and Cheese Gathering!

    The gathering began with an all day workshop on Hellenistic Queens. Following the workshop, the annual awards for Classical Studies students were awarded.

    The winners of prizes and scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students were:

  2. Jan. 19, 2016Congratulations 2015 Award Winners!

    Congratulations to all those honoured at the Annual Wine and Cheese Gathering!

    The winners of prizes and scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students were:

  3. Oct. 10, 2014Congratulations 2014 Award Winners!

    Congratulations to all those honoured at the Annual Wine and Cheese Gathering!

    The gathering began with an excellent lecture from Dr. Victoria Wohl from the University of Toronto. Following the lecture, the annual awards for Classical Studies students were awarded.

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Meet our people

Sheila Ager

Professor

Sheila and Bob at the Acropolis from Philopappos

Education

Ph.D., University of British Columbia
BA, MA, Queen's University

 

Research

Greek history is Dr. Ager’s chief area of interest, and her research has focused in particular on the Hellenistic age, the years between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC.  Dr. Ager has a special interest in interstate relations in this period, and much of her research, including her 1996 monograph, Interstate Arbitrations in the Greek World, 337-90 BC, centers on the issue of peaceful dispute resolution.  She is also interested in the history of the Ptolemaic dynasty, and its last representative, Cleopatra VII, and is the author of numerous publications on Hellenistic queens.  The history of the small island of Thera (Santorini) is another area of interest reflected in Dr. Ager’s publications.

Dr. Ager lecturing to University of Waterloo students on the Pnyx in Athens.

Dr. Ager lecturing to University of Waterloo students on the Pnyx in Athens.

Teaching

In addition to courses in Greek language, Greek society, mythology, and Classical civilization, Dr. Ager’s teaching includes CLAS 251/HIST 242 (our core course on ancient Greek history) and advanced courses on Hellenistic history. Among the latter are CLAS 351 (The Hellenistic Monarchies) and CLAS 486 (Cleopatras).  She also teaches CLAS 311 (Women in Classical Antiquity; this course is being retitled Sex and Gender in the Ancient World).

Administration

Dr. Ager is currently (since 2009) Chair of the Classical Studies Department; in 2000-2001, she was Chair of the combined Anthropology and Classical Studies Department. She has also served as the Undergraduate Associate Chair for Classical Studies, and from 2001 to 2007, Dr. Ager was the Associate Dean of Arts (Undergraduate). She has served on numerous University committees and task forces. Dr. Ager is also the Director of UW’s Academic Leadership Program.

Please see my my CV for more detailed information.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

 

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo