Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies
Department of Classical Studies
Modern Languages, room 224
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario Canada
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 32377
This year's annual Fall lecture, presented by the Classical Association of Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, will be given by Prof. John Oleson from the University of Victoria. The lecture is titled Harena sine calce ("Sand without Lime"): Building Disasters, Incompetent Architects, and Construction Fraud in Ancient Rome.
To celebrate the recent publication of Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World, a 'gala event' will be held in the evening of October 18. Featuring 18 essays by research associates of the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies, and edited by Sheila Ager and Riemer Faber of the Department of Classical Studies, this volume enhances our understanding of social (dis)connections in antiquity. The celebration will be preceded by a public lecture by Dr. Daniel Ogden, Professor of Ancient History (Exeter).
Recent scholarship has witnessed an escalating interest in the study of Greek literary epigram, which was given further momentum by the discovery and publication of the New Milan Papyrus, attributed to Posidippus of Pella. Considerable progress has been made in our appreciation of the development and features of the genre and its exponents in the Hellenistic period. However, intense scholarly focus on Hellenistic epigram has led to an under-appreciation of the later epigrammatic material, from the Roman to the Byzantine period.
This conference will bring together some 50 scholars from Europe, Asia, and Northern America to discuss aspects of political, social, cultural, and economic exchange mainly in the north-eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea (Pontus) region. The chronological scope will be the whole of Classical antiquity, but the majority of papers will concentrate on the 4th century BC to the 3rd century AD.
Over the past two decades, the study of royal women has been one of the most dynamic fields of inquiry into the Hellenistic world (ca. 336/323–30 BC), and one that has dramatically shifted our perceptions of gender, status, influence, and ability within the broader ancient world. While royal women were once dismissed as powerless pawns in a political game that was an exclusively masculine domain, it has become apparent that we cannot evaluate female power and roles exclusively by male criteria.
On February 14, 2013, a delegation from the Greek Consulate General at Toronto visited the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies (WIHS). Friendly contacts had already been established in 2010, when the Hon. Consul General Dimitris Azemopoulos had been our guest of honour on occasion of the inauguration of the Institute. This time, Consul Despina Hatzidiakos, Director of Education, and Mr. Spyros Volonakis, Director of Education of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Church of Canada, followed our invitation to the University of Waterloo campus.
Greek and Roman foreign policy and diplomacy are among the best documented areas of these ancient societies and have from early on aroused the attention of modern scholars. A large part of our evidence consists of ancient interstate treaties that have been transmitted in the epigraphic and historiographical record. The sheer amount of such agreements (1000 examples are listed in BNP Suppl.