Dr Jere Wickens (Department of Anthropology, Lawrence University and American School of Classical Studies at Athens), "The Archaeological Survey of the Bouros-Kastri Peninsula, Southern Euboia"
The Bouros-Kastri peninsula at the southeastern tip of Euboia was previously overlooked in the archaeological literature. The survey by the Southern Euboea Exploration Project, conducted under the aegis of the Canadian Institute in Greece, provides important information about fluctuations in long-term use and habitation of this agriculturally marginal part of the Karystia. After modest use during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, the peninsula was virtually abandoned until the Late Archaic–Early Classical period, followed by near desertion in the 3rd century BCE, a resurgence of activity in the Late Roman period, and modest use in Byzantine and Ottoman times. The talk will address the use of the peninsula in these periods, how its use was connected to that of the main urban center at Karystos, and how its small coastal inlets and its important port of Geraistos connected the peninsula and the greater Karystia to the political, economic, and cultural spheres of Athens and the broader region.
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) "Mothers and Infants on Funerary Commemoration: A Cross-Cultural Study"