Students

University of Toronto

York University

John Abad – “Religion and Identity in Roman North Africa: the Apologetics of Tertullian” Richard Aronson – “Buyers, Vendors, and Bankers: The Day to Day Operations of the 4th c Athenian Agora”
Susan Bilynskyj Dunning – “Roman religion: the development of the Ludi Saeculares from the Republic to the Empire” Chris Dawson – “A Most Quiet Populace: Consensus and Concordia in the Communities of Africa Proconsularis and Numidia”
Alex Cushing – “Freedman Agency and the Roman Economy” Mary Franks
 Jeffrey Easton – Roman History Angela Hug – “Fecunditas, sterilitas, and the Politics of Reproduction at Rome”
Alexander Kirby – Environmental History of Late Antique Egypt Anna Irish – “Augustine and the Donatists: Educational Models and Ecclesiastical Debates”
Tommaso Leoni
Carly Murdoch – Working Women: Female Labour in the Roman West

Student Profiles

SUSAN BILYNSKYJ DUNNING

BA (Seattle Pacific); MA (Toronto)

As a member of ColPAH, I am excited to be able to draw upon the interdisciplinary resources of the program and its talented faculty. My interests span the fields of Roman religion, history, and literature, and I have found that the variety of course offerings at each campus has provided me with excellent opportunities to explore new subjects while also laying the foundations for my future research.

Unit: Department of Classics, University of Toronto

Major Field: Roman religion: the development of the Ludi Saeculares from the Republic to the Empire.

Major Field Committee: Prof. Andreas Bendlin (principal supervisor), Prof. Jarrett Welsh, Prof. Christer Bruun.

Conference Presentations:

2012 “(Re)constructing the Republican Ludi Saeculares in Augustan Rome.” CAC, London, Ontario.

2012 “Fabricating Ritual Tradition: The Relationship of the Republican and Augustan Ludi Saeculares.” 13th International Spring School on Ancient Religions, University of Erfurt, Germany.

2010 “Communicating with Divine Others in Horace’s Carmen Saeculare.” 11th International Spring School on Ancient Religions, University of Erfurt, Germany.

ALEX CUSHING

HBA (Toronto); MA (Toronto)

One of the great benefits of participating in ColPAH, from my perspective, has been the support and contributions arising from the wide variety of faculty perspectives and strengths. This diversity is perhaps best witnessed in the relaxed, instructive environment of our regular work in progress seminars, which provide students and faculty alike a forum to present and discuss papers on a broad range of ancient historical topics. This atmosphere has only served to enrich my depth of understanding and interest in subject matter with which I might otherwise not be familiar. However, this congeniality and academic support certainly extends beyond the seminar series, where professors from both universities always demonstrate a genuine, enthusiastic concern and willingness to collaborate on scholarly work.

Unit: Department of Classics, University of Toronto

Major Field of Study: Roman Slavery and Social History

JEFFREY EASTON

BS (Northwest Missouri State); MA (Northwest Missouri State); MA (Kansas)

The opportunity to be involved in COLPAH was an important factor in my choice to enter the graduate program at University of Toronto. My research interests are well represented by the combined faculty’s broad range of expertise, which will enable me to approach my own research with an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing ancient history, philology, and epigraphy. As I complete my qualifying year, I look forward to beginning work on my major field and dissertation, and I am eager to utilize the resources of the COLPAH community to foster my research.

Unit: Department of Classics, University of Toronto

Conference Presentations:

2010 ‘Plautus’ Lectisterniator and Roman Dies Natales.’ Classical Association of the Middle West and South, University of Oklahoma, Norman. 2008 ‘Io Triumphe: Ovid’s Metamorphoses 3.511-733 and Augustus’ Triumph of 29 B.C.’ Graduate Student Conference on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, University of Kansas, Lawrence.

RICHARD ARONSON

BComm (Concordia); CMA; BA (York); MA (York)

ColPAH has offered me the opportunity to work and socialise with some of the most knowledgeable scholars in my fields. There is a great camaraderie amongst my fellow students, and whenever anyone needs assistance or advice, there is always someone available to help.

Dissertation Title: Buyers, Vendors, and Bankers: The Day to Day Operations of the 4th c Athenian Agora.

Dissertation Committee: J. Trevett (principal supervisor); B. Akrigg; C. Podruchny.

Comprehensive Exam Fields: History of Archaic and Classical Greece; Social-Economic History of the Ancient Near East.

Conference Presentations:

2011 ‘Traffic Issues in the 4th c Athenian Agora’, ColPAH Work in Progress Seminar, University of Toronto, Toronto.

2008 ‘Black Athena or Red Herring: The Quest for Afro-Asiatic Roots in Western Civilization’, New Frontiers in Graduate History, York University, Toronto.

CHRIS DAWSON

BA (St. Mary’s); MA (Brock)

With my PhD, I really wanted to explore the boundaries of what it means to do ancient history by raising new questions and directly tackling problems of methodology, theory, and evidence. The ColPAH programme is the perfect fit. For ancient history, I profit from the expertise, courses, and resources of two major universities. For history in general, I am constantly exposed to and engaging with the latest ideas from a large community of historians of all periods in York’s vibrant Department of History. My growth as an academic has been enormous.

Unit: Department of History, York University.

Dissertation Title: A Most Quiet Populace: Consensus and Concordia in the Communities of Africa Proconsularis and Numidia.

Dissertation Committee: J. Edmondson (principal supervisor); C. Bruun; B. Kelly.

Comprehensive Exam Fields: Roman History, 202 B.C.-A.D. 235; Archaic and Classical Greek Culture; Ancient Greek and Roman Social History.

Conference Presentations:

2010 ‘The Fear of Sole Rule in Velleius Paterculus’ History’, New Frontiers in Graduate History, York University, Toronto.

2009 ‘Private Crisis, Public Discourse: A Miscarriage in an Elite Roman Family (Pl. Ep. 8.10, 8.11)’, New Frontiers in Graduate History, York University, Toronto.

2008 ‘The Optimus Princeps: Velleius Paterculus’ Charismatic Portrayal of Tiberius’, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Université de Montréal, Montréal.

2007 ‘Menalcas as Model leader? Virgil’s Fifth Eclogue and Octavian’, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Memorial University, St John’s.

ANGELA HUG

BA (Queen’s); GradDipEd (Canberra); MPhil (Oxford)

For me, the original attraction of COLPAH was grounded in the strength of its combined faculty members. There are few graduate programmes where one has access to so many ancient historians. Now that I’m in my third year, I appreciate the vibrancy and collegiality of the COLPAH community, and the support I’ve received from professors and other graduate students at each stage of the programme.

Unit: Department of History, York University

Dissertation Title: Fecunditas, sterilitas, and the Politics of Reproduction at Rome.

Dissertation Committee: J. Edmondson (principal supervisor); A. Bendlin; C. Bruun; Professor E. Cohen.

Comprehensive Exam Fields: Roman History 202 BC – AD 235; Cultural History of the Graeco-Roman World.

Conference Presentations:

2010 ‘The Cultural Consequences of Infertility in Ancient Rome’, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting , Women’s Network Panel: ‘Exploring Equity’, Université Laval, Quebec City.

2010 ‘Under the Gods’ Protection: Funerary Imprecations in Asia Minor’, New Frontiers in Graduate History , York University, Toronto.

2009 ‘Barren Unions: Divorce and Infertility in Ancient Rome’, New Frontiers in Graduate History , York University, Toronto.

ANNA IRISH

BA (Concordia); MA (Victoria)

I was drawn to ColPAH by the breadth of the resources available to members: the faculty, libraries, and fellow students provide the necessary support for research, as well as making the work enjoyable. Since each department has its own ethos and atmosphere, belonging to ColPAH also provides a more balanced experience of academic life than any one department.

Unit: Department of History, York University.

Dissertation Title: Augustine and the Donatists: Educational Models and Ecclesiastical Debates.

Dissertation Committee: M. Herren (principal supervisor); A. Bendlin; P. Gray.

Comprehensive Exam Fields: Late Antiquity; Roman Cultural History.

Conference Presentations:

2010 ‘Augustine’s Christian Rhetoric and the Problem of Polemical Discourse’, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Université Laval, Quebec City.

2009 ‘Forensis or Episcopalis? The Conference of Carthage and Donatist Rhetoric’, Classical Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

2009 ‘Augustine and the Social Setting of Christian Rhetoric’, New Frontiers in Graduate History, York University, Toronto.

2008 ‘Poetry and Politics: Statesmanship and Plutarch’s De Audiendis Poetis’, New Frontiers in Graduate History, York University, Toronto.

2004 ‘St. Augustine’s Confessions: A Solution, Solutis Verbis, to the Problem of Literature in Christian Education’, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Université Laval, Quebec City.

2003 ‘Rivers of the Heart and Conversion in Augustine’s Confessions’, Water: Plumbing the Depths of Purity and Pollution, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

CARLY MURDOCH

BA (York); MA (Western Ontario)

Unlike any program in Canada, COLPAH offered me the chance to conduct my studies in an interdisciplinary environment in ancient history as well as in classics, and the ability to work with some of the most distinguished academics in the field from two different universities. Going into my second year I am grateful for these opportunities and for the welcomingcommunity that has become my new home.

Unit: Department of History, York University

Dissertation Title: Working Women: Female Labour in the Roman West

Dissertation Committee: J. Edmondson (principal supervisor)

Comprehensive Exam Fields: Roman History 202 BC – AD 235; Women, Gender, and Sexualities in the Graeco-Roman World.