R.G Cholmeley

Many thanks to Geraldine Porter for the following information about UQ’s first Classics lecturer from the Pelican Record Vol. XIV, No. 5 at Corpus Christi College, Oxford:
Cholmeley came up to Corpus from St Edward’s School as a Scholar in 1890.He took his degree in 1894 with a First in Mods and a Second in Greats. In 1893 he won the Chancellor’s Prize for Latin Verse – “The Stone Age” – in Lucretian hexameters. He coxed the Torpid in 1891 and 1892 and the Eight in 1893. He grew taller while he was up, but was always slightly built. The writer remembers how Cholmeley – below the average height – commonly walked about Oxford in company with the tallest man of his year.
Between 1895 and 1915 he held various educational appointments at home and in the dominions, interrupted by a spell of service with the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa. When the war broke out in 1914 he was Lecturer in Greek and Librarian in the University of Queensland at Brisbane. He was making a good thing of the Library in that infant University. The writer visited him there in 1913, and appreciated the librarian’s enthusiasm and his judgement in the selection of books. However, spare of frame as he was and none too robust, a scholar to his finger-tips and getting on towards middle age, he was still a born fighter, and he left his Greek class and his Library to join in the great conflict. Returning to England, he accepted a commission in the Cheshire Regiment, but not for office work nor any of the tasks appropriate to middle age: he must be in the trenches, for choice the front trench, or, better still, out beyond the front trench. He was wounded twice, and it was “keenness in volunteering for every raid and patrol, and fearlessness and untiring energy in collecting information for his brigade” as forward observing officer, that won him his Military Cross.
At one period of his life he had devoted his leisure to acquiring Russian, and after the Armistice he served with the British troops in North Russia. He was drowned on the night of August 16, “washed overboard while overhauling machine guns which were required for action at daybreak. The vessel was heavily laden and behaving badly in a very heavy sea, hence this imperative duty was dangerous.” The quotation is from an official letter, and it adds, “Capt. Cholmeley’s death is greatly to be deplored. His zeal and energy were an example to all ranks; in him the Service has lost a very capable and gallant officer.” He leaves behind him a widow and one daughter. Cholmeley will be remembered for his edition of Theocritus, a work of great promise, first published in 1901, while he was serving in the South African War. He had left it to others to revise his proofs, and the book appeared with many misprints and some judgements which he might afterwards have reconsidered, thereby incurring some unfavourable criticism. It is now in its second and revised edition, and can be judged on its merits. A more elaborate work than any earlier English edition, it breaks new ground and shows a wide range of reading, especially in the Alexandrian and later writers. It is a young man’s book, always clever and bright, and revealing something of its author’s combativeness. Perhaps his views will not all stand the test of time, but any future editor will always have to reckon with him, and the edition contains some emendations which are almost certainly right.
He was always a spirited and dashing verse-composer in various metres, both in Latin and especially in Greek – for his heart was in Greek – and it is greatly to be hoped that some of these may be collected and published. He was an omnivorous reader. In the trenches he read the Odyssey twice, the Iliad, some Plato and Herodotus; also Caesar, “one of the finest books ever written,” he called it; and in hospital in Oxford, suffering from a painful wound, he was found poring over the Republic and Leaf’s Homer and History. He leaves behind him the memory of a fine scholar and an intrepid spirit.

Become a MUSA Mentor

If you would like to volunteer as a MUSA mentor for semester two, 2013, please fill in the following form before Friday July 26th and we will get back to you!

Ten Tips for First Years

1. Join CAHS

Joining CAHS is an easy way to settle into your new degree as you will make new friends with like-minded first years, as well as many other students of different levels, with whom you can attend have a number of social events throughout the year. In addition to this, you will have access to our amazing student-run mentoring programs, CLAMO! and MUSA.


2. Gain the upper hand

There are a lot of workshops and seminars during O-week as well as weeks one to three that aim to help first years navigate their way through the most common aspects of university. Some of the most useful ones to attend are the library tours during O-week, an essay workshop that your ancient history tutors will prepare for you in the first few weeks of classes and also a library research seminar that is scheduled for your first or second week of tutorials. Have a look on the UQ orientation website (www.orientation.uq.edu.au) and keep your eyes peeled around campus for other sessions that you think will be useful for you to attend: it’ll be worth your time!


3. Map it out

On day one you’re going to find out how much assessment you have for the coming semester – if you haven’t already via course profiles. Don’t stress! Instead, make a chronological list of every piece of assessment that you have for all of your subjects and stick it on your wall. Make sure you know how much each assessment item is worth and when it is due. It’s important to give yourself enough time to both research and write your assignments, and make sure you’re ready for exams. Therefore, the next step is to map out, in your diary or calendar, when you need to start these sorts of things and when they need to be completed. Try and give yourself as much time as you can – you don’t want to write all your assignment the night before! Give yourself at least a week to write each one and you’ll be a lot less stressed in the long run! Before you know it, you’ll be ticking the essays off one by one.


4. Prepare and participate

One of the biggest shocks for most students when they first come to university is how much reading they have to do each week for lectures and tutorials. Make sure you map out a time every week to do those readings, whatever way works for you! For example, you might want to punch them all out in one or two days or maybe read a handful of pages a day over a week. Those readings actually will help you when it comes to class – you’ll know what’s going on, be able to ask smart questions and even answer them, and be in a much better position come exam time. Sitting back and listening to lectures and tutorials without doing the weekly required readings will not get you good grades. They’re also extremely useful for essays and exam prep – so make sure you don’t neglect them! If you’re running short on time, try to read the ancient sources on your topic at least.


5. Have a game plan

It’s important for you to figure out how you are going to take notes to make the most of your lectures and tutorials. Almost every lecturer will post lecture notes on blackboard before lectures or produce a course booklet for you. Many students choose to take these notes to class with them since a lot of the lecture content is already written up for them and they don’t have to take down as many notes. Some students may take these lecture notes as guidelines and add to the notes they took while doing their weekly readings. Other students need only a pen and paper. Try out a few systems and find out what works best for you.


6. Think ahead

Previous end of semester exam papers for both Ancient History and Classical Languages can be accessed via the library website (see the resources page to find out how). Try printing some of these off in week one or two and familiarise yourself with the format of the exam and the sorts of questions that you might be asked. Exam study works differently for everyone, but knowing what to revise makes it much easier.


7. Ask for help

It’s important to remember that there is always someone to whom you can turn for help. Make the most of CAHS’ mentoring programs, CLAMO! And MUSA. Drop into the help sessions whenever you feel you need help or send your mentor an email at anytime; we’re more than happy to help! In addition to this, both your lecturer and tutor have a consultation hour every week in which you can arrange to meet with them to discuss any troubles you are having with the course. Other students, CAHS mentors, BA @ UQ mentors, teachers, HPRC administrators, Student Help on Campus, Student Services, librarians, IT technicians and many others are all here to help, so don’t be afraid to ask (contact details for all of the above mentioned can be found throughout this booklet).


8. Have a break

Fact: If you want to achieve distinctions and high distinctions at university you are going to have to work hard. However, it is important to recognise the difference between working hard and running yourself down. By mapping out your assessment and planning your weekly readings you will naturally find spare time to spend with your family and friends or to do other things that you enjoy. Giving yourself a break from your desk allows you to maintain a positive attitude towards study. On the other hand, being disorganised or simply choosing to overwork yourself will make you a slave to your desk and lead you to despise your studies. This never ends well, and you owe it to yourself and Classics and Ancient History to do your best!


9. Look after yourself

I’m looking at you, school leavers! It is much easier to be a productive student if you nourish yourself with healthy meals, regularly participate in an exercise you enjoy and allow yourself to get enough sleep – especially at times when you have assessment due or exams!


10. Roll with the punches

Being a first year isn’t always easy. At times you will find yourself stressing over your readings, not understanding assessment, getting a lower mark than you expected to receive, finding it difficult to not have your high school friends with you and struggling to come to terms with how impersonal the university system can be outside of the school of HPRC. Don’t let it get you down! Take all of your good and bad experiences in your stride and simply remember to learn from them and keep rolling with the punches.


Good luck! 


Student Support Resources at UQ

The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics (HPRC)

Room E306, Forgan Smith Building (1)

Office Hours: 9am – 4.30pm, Mon – Fri

Website: http://www.uq.edu.au/hprc/

Email: hprc@uq.edu.au

Phone: 3365 2620

Social Sciences and Humanities (SS&H) Library

Duhig Building (2) and Building 12

Opening Hours, Email and phone: see website

Website: http://www.library.uq.edu.au/

John East, Classics and Ancient History Librarian at SS&H Library

Hours: part time, Tues – Fri

Email: j.east@library.uq.edu.au

Phone: 3346 0546

The Faculty of Arts

Room E206, Forgan Smith Building (1)

Office Hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm, Mon – Fri

Website: http://www.arts.uq.edu.au/

Email: arts@uq.edu.au 

Phone: 3365 2866

BA @ UQ (Facebook mentoring programme for all Arts students)


A similar website, BA First Year Community, can accessed via myUQ

Student Services

Building 21D

Office Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Mon – Fri

Website: http://www.uq.edu.au/student-services/

Email: ss@uq.edu.au

Phone: 3365 1704

Student Help on Campus (SHOC)

Level 1, Student Union Complex (Downstairs from Red Room)

Opening Hours: 8.30am-4.30pm, Mon-Fri

Website: www.uqu.com.au/support-and-representation

Email: shoc@uqu.com.au

Phone: 3346 3400

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Website: www.its.uq.edu.au


Phone: 3365 600

Find ITS staff at the service desk in the Duhig Building (2)

Ancient History and Classical Languages Courses offered in 2013

Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Course Coordinator
Ancient History
ANCH1240 The Rise of Ancient Greece: Greek History to the 4th Century B.C. Dr Chris Malone
ANCH2030 Myth, Magic and Religion in the Ancient World Dr Chris Malone
ANCH2230 The Age of Imperial Rome: Politics & Society from Tiberius to Constantine Dr Caillan Davenport
ANCH2250 The Career and Influence of Julius Caesar Dr Tom Stevenson
WRIT3100 Writing Ancient History Dr Tom Stevenson
GREK1110 Introductory Greek Dr Tom Stevenson
GREK2230 Greek Language and Literature 1 Mr Murray Kane
GREK3001 Advanced Greek 1 (2013: Herodotus) Mr Murray Kane
LATN1110 Introductory Latin Dr Janette McWilliam/Dr Caillan Davenport
LATN2230 Latin Language & Literature  1 Dr Caillan Davenport
LATN3001 Advanced Latin 1 (2013: Cicero) Dr Luca Asmonti

Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Course Coordinator
Ancient History
ANCH1250 The Rise of Ancient Rome: Roman History from Romulus to Augustus Dr Caillan Davenport/Dr Chris Malone
ANCH2040 The World of Classical Athens: Democracy, Culture and Society Dr David Pritchard
ANCH2290 Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece Dr Amelia Brown
ANCH2280 Roman Society and Civilisation Dr Janette McWilliam
ANCH3030 Special Topic in Roman History: Culture, Identity & Power under the Roman Empire Dr Janette McWilliam
GREK2120 Intermediate Greek Dr David Pritchard
GREK2240 Greek Language & Literature 2 Mr Murray Kane
GREK3002 Advanced Greek 2 (2013: Euripides) Mr Murray Kane
LATN2120 Intermediate Latin Dr Janette McWilliam
LATN2240 Latin Language & Literature 2 Dr Caillan Davenport
LATN3002 Advanced Latin 2 (2013: Latin Love Poetry) Dr Luca Asmonti



CAHS banner

If you know your Caesar from your Cicero, your Flavians from your Severans, your Illiad from your Odyssey, or you just like shouting “THIS IS SPARTA” every now and then, the Classics and Ancient History Society is for you!

CAHS is a society that aims to create a fun space for students to connect and engage with other like-minded people on all things historical. We provide the social events and learning support you need to get you through your time at uni – whether you’re a Latin, Greek or Ancient History major, or just interested. Although most of our academic support is aimed at undergraduate students, we welcome all members to our social events – regardless of whether ancient history is your major, your lifelong passion or just a hobby.