Dr C. W. (Toph) Marshall (Professor, Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia; Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor, American School of Classical Studies at Athens), “Freddie Mercury and other Classical Poets”
This paper considers the examination of the reception of classical myth in selected modern poetry, with detailed examples from Zbigniew Herbert, Michael Ondaatje, and the rock group Queen. To what extent is the interpretation of antiquity an elite activity? how much class is in Classics? and what can classical reception do about it?
Drs Zisis Bonias (Director Emeritus, Hellenic Ministry of Culture) & Jacques Perreault (Professeur titulaire d'archéologie grecque, Université de Montréal), "Ancient Argilos: Shops, workshops and houses of the merchants’ quarter"
Since 2012, the Greek-Canadian synergasia at Ancient Argilos has been excavating a group of large buildings situated in the coastal area of the city. A few of these date to the mid 6th century B.C. and all remain occupied until the conquest of Philip II in 357 B.C. They attest to the economic dynamism of the Northern Greek colonies during the Archaic and Classical periods and give us valuable information on the urbanistic development of these cities.
Barbara N. Scarfo (Homer and Dorothy Thompson Fellow, The Canadian Institute in Greece; Ph.D. candidate, Department of Classics, McMaster University) "Representations of Mothers and Infants in Funerary Commemoration: A Cross-Cultural Study"
In this paper I explore the depictions of mothers and infants on Classical Attic funerary monuments. By pairing mothers and infants, the monuments’ iconography helped to convey that the woman depicted had either achieved, or attempted to achieve, the goal that was set out for her by the Athenian polis and her oikos: she had become a mother to a legitimately recognized heir, an Athenian citizen. In certain cases, however, the absence of an inscription makes it more difficult to interpret the iconography. This paper will attempt to fill in the gaps that such ambiguities present. I will discuss the social and cultural circumstances that surrounded motherhood in Classical Athens and the expectations that were placed on women within their own oikoi and by the state, chiefly marrying and reproducing at a relatively young age. I will also analyze these monuments alongside ones from the Roman period that feature mothers and infants, a comparison to the Attic material that can help further our understanding of these monuments.