Ancient History and Classics are deemed irrelevant by certain stake holders in society. Yet I cannot think of a discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences to which they are not relevant. Our teaching reflects the vibrant cross-disciplinary impact of Classical Studies on the understanding of history and culture.

I teach mostly Greek history, literature, and culture at McGill, with occasional jaunts into Greek language instruction if it fits into our slate of annual course offerings.

Pedagogically, I strongly believe in inquiry-based learning approaches. My research regularly spills over into the classroom and informs my teaching, although this comes in different doses at different teaching levels.

I subscribe to the implementation of Universal Design as much as this is possible. I have heard many professors say that x y z is the way in which they acquired their disciplinary skills. They made it, and so, by default, their own learning experience is also the right template for their students. I am not so sure. The rich diversity of our students implies that there is a broad spectrum of diverse learners. We need to do whatever we can to unlock each student's potential and assist them to realize their goals. Chalk and talk doesn’t do it for everyone. And, let's be honest, it doesn't have to. 

Read more about this in a recent article published in McGill's The Bull and Bear Newspaper here

The thematic focus of my teaching is on topics in history, governance, and political culture. Beyond intensive training in Ancient History and Classics, the main skill sets students develop in my courses include: analytical skills, interpersonal communication, and critical thinking. Here, too, Greek antiquity marks the beginning of a lasting tradition: 

Hekataios of Miletos speaks thus: I write what I deem true. For the stories of the Greeks are manifold and seem to me ridiculous.

McGilliad Series

Navigating the sites of the Classical world is key to the understanding of Greek history and culture. I usually teach a field course in Greece every other year: CLAS 345/645 Study Tour: Greece. This is a three credit course, countable towards Classics or History degrees. The course is designed to familiarize students with the geography, topography, and material remains of Classical Greece as preserved on sites and in museums - and, to be sure, to have a fun learning experience.

Here is the syllabus for the 2017 McGilliad (June 8 to 25). Sites included Athens (Agora, Akropolis, Pnyx; National Museum and Akropolis Museum), Delphi, Thebes, Elis, Skillous, Olympia, Pylos, Sparta and the Menelaion, Cape Tainaron, Nichoria, Messene, Mycenae, Tiryns, Argos, Epidauros, Nemea, Corinth. 


McGilliad 2017


McGilliad 2015


McGilliad 2013


Survey of my most recent and upcoming courses taught at McGill: 

2015-2016

HIST 550 and 551 Ancient History Seminar, CLAS 304 Ancient Greek Democracy 

2016-2017 (i.e., now)

HIST 368 Classical Greece, HIST 407 Topics: Alexander the Great, CLAS 345 Study Tour: Greece 

2017-2018

CLAS 304 Ancient Greek Democracy, HIST 369 Early Greece, HIST 400 Ancient Greece, Rome, China (team-taught)