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A bronze statue from around the 2nd centure BCE shows Eros sleeping.

Lessons on love from ancient Greeks and Taylor Swift

February 7, 2023 — 
Ancient Greek stories tell of a force we cannot eradicate. A god to some, demon to others, Eros’s myth reminds us on Valentine’s Day why people cannot help who and how they love.

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Fragments of Sappho? The 2014 discovery was of five stanzas of one poem and portions of a second. ('Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene,'1864, by Simeon Solomon)

Lovers of Sappho thrilled by ‘new’ poetry find, but its backstory may have been fabricated

February 12, 2021 — 
Little of Sappho of Lesbos' poetry survives, and what does is fragmentary. Obbink’s discovery was remarkable because it preserved the final five stanzas of one poem and portions of a second, making it one of the longest continuous sequences of Sapphic verse.


Winnipeg Tribune Oct 11 1918

Flu Déjà Vu: UM closed for seven weeks – in 1918

April 9, 2020 — 
“The Varsity and the Virus: The University of Manitoba and the “Flu-ban” in 1918,” notes that classes were cancelled for seven weeks in 1918 to protect students and staff, much like what has transpired today

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Headshots of Dr. John Brady Kiesling and Dr. Sheila Dillon

Faculty of Arts

Reconstructing monuments helps share history with new generations

January 27, 2020 — 
The Department of Classics invites one and all to join them this February as they welcome two distinguished academics to present the latest installments in their long-standing annual lecture series. Both events are free and open to the public.


Michael Sampson examines a papyri in teh University of Michigan's collection // Photo: Monica Tsuneishi

The Guardian: The curious case of the stolen gospel

January 9, 2020 — 
UM classics professor Mike Sampson helped bring this story to light


Student using computer and headphones, practicing in the Language Centre

Faculty of Arts

Learn a language this summer

March 21, 2018 — 
The Faculty of Arts is offering thirteen language courses for students this summer. It's the perfect time to start learning a new language.

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Tina Greenfield is among the archaeologists racing to excavate and document relics and rarities at sites that could be the next target of militant group ISIS. // PHOTO BY KATIE CHALMERS-BROOKS

Desautels Faculty of Music

Some of our favourite stories of 2016

December 21, 2016 — 
Through the course of the year over 1,500 stories were shared with the U of M community and these are some of our favourites

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Iefimerida: U of M papyrologist talks about science

October 20, 2016 — 
U of M research gets attention of Greek media


Amber Leenders, posing with an animals bone she excavated and cleaned at a dig in Caere, Italy

CANDID: Meet Amber Leenders

October 11, 2016 — 
She's a slam poet who earned her black belt in karate last year. She's recently returned from an archelogical dig in Italy and is now co-curating an exhibit on papyri

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A papyri from the sixth or seventh century CE detailing a loan of money // Photo: Mike Sampson, U of M

When all hell breaks loose in Classics

September 20, 2016 — 
This fall will see U of M host a trio of events centered on papyri—including the new poems by Sappho

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