Dr. Emily K. Varto (Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Dalhousie University), "Greeks, Romans, and the 'Science of Man': Towards a History of Classics and Early Anthropology"
Ancient Greece and Rome played varying roles in early anthropological thinking, from the observations of colonial officials and missionaries to the evolutionary ethnology and ethnography of the late nineteenth century, and beyond into the professionalized social sciences of the twentieth century. Grounded in themes that emerged in the course editing a volume on the classics and early anthropology (published April 2018 with Brill), this talk augments and reevaluates the formative, early relationship between the two disciplines and explores its continuing impact.
Prof. David W. Rupp (Director/Directeur), "The Activities of the Institute, 2017-2018"
Prof. Scott Gallimore (Wilfrid Laurier University), "An Island in Crisis? Re-evaluating the Formation of Roman Crete"
The conquest of Crete by Rome from 69–67 BC remains poorly understood in terms of its impacts on the island before and after the invasion. From an archaeological perspective, it takes decades before noticeable changes are apparent in Crete’s material culture. This paper will explore this topic by viewing available data through the lens of eventful archaeology, the archaeology of crisis, and resilience theory to reassess the formation of Roman Crete.