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L. Cosbert Letticia Cosbert, MA Candidate. This summer, under the supervision of Dr. Randall Pogorzelski, Letticia is working on a project that explores the significance of the hair motif in the Corpus Tibullianum, a text in which there are over forty-five allusions to hair--more than any other preserved Latin text. Tibullus appears to use hair as a means to establish a correspondence between himself and the characters within his poems, revealing a distinct dialogue hidden beneath the poem’s surface. 

Greene Beth Greene is a national speaker this year for the Archaeological Institute of America and is giving talks from the west to east coast in North America. She has enjoyed a tour of Washington State visiting Spokane and Walla Walla, the ‘wine country’ of the Pacific Northwest. Visits out to Providence and Winnipeg will round out the year’s talks. She has highlighted her research on women and families in the Roman military communities of the Roman Empire, as well as reported on current excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vindolanda and the enormous assemblage of Roman leather found on the site. Learn more


  • Dr. MeisnerThe Department of Classical Studies is proud to report that Dwayne Meisner, one of our PhD students, successfully defended his dissertation on August 25, 2015. Dwayne came to us from the MA program at the University of Regina and has had a stellar career during his time at Western, with his research excellence having been recognized by both SSHRC and OGS. Dwayne’s dissertation, directed by Professor Christopher Brown, is entitled "Zeus the Head, Zeus the Middle”: Studies in the History and Interpretation of the Orphic Theogonies". Congratulations, Dr. Meisner!

  • Group IOA Tim Wright, Catherine Pratt, Charles Stocking, and Janice Forsythe (Kinesiology, ICOS), and Guy Schultz (UWO Cross Country. Track and Field, not pictured) all participated in the fourth annual symposium, “Sport, Society, and Culture” in Olympia, Greece, July 5th-July 9th 2015, sponsored by the International Olympic Academy and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. The symposium brought together over 80 professors and students from around the world in order to focus on the history of the ancient Olympics and the challenges posed by the reception of the ancient Olympics in the modern world.

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