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Laurent Boisvin (Essay)

Gravitas in the Desert: An Analysis of Selected Letters of Isidore of Pelusium and his Influence on the Secular and Ecclesiastical Affairs of the Fifth Century CE.

With the 2,000 letters that have come down to us under his name, Isidore of Pelusium has long been considered an important Church father not only for the quality of his doctrinal exegesis, but also for the meticulous craftsmanship of his writing.  Isidore is also known for the myriad of subjects on which he could write, including rhetoric, philosophy, and even science.  However, one aspect of Isidore’s output that needs further study is his correspondence with powerful secular and ecclesiastical officials of the first half of the fifth century CE.  This paper therefore argues that besides being a Church father of note, Isidore was also a very well-connected holy man during the time of the First Council of Ephesus of 431 CE. 


Clare Barker (Essay)

A Guide to the University of Toronto's Classics Department Papyrus Collection at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library


Tori Bedingfield  (Thesis)

Black Gloss Ceramics from Cerveteri: The Vigna Marini Project 2012 (QSpace)


Alison Cummings (Essay)

An Intercultural Reading of Euripedes' Medea 219-21  (QSpace)

Lines 219-21 near the start of Medea's first speech of Euripides Medea are intriguing from an intercultural perspective. This paper considers the meaning of these lines alongside Milton Bennett's modern theory of intercultural development - the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). By applying the DMIS to these lines, as well as to other Greek of the classical period, the paper explores the ancient Greeks' attitudes toward cultural difference.