A report on Catullus and W. G. Hardy

Modern bust of Catullus on the Piazza Carducci in Sirmione.
Catullus at Lesbia's by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Hardy was a student at Victoria College (pictured) from 1913 to 1917, while studying Classics at the University of Toronto.
Bithynia within the Roman Empire
From 1922 to 1964, Hardy was a professor at the University of Alberta (pictured in 1929).
Catullus et in eum commentarius (1554)
Hardy pushed for a new definition of amateur, in the wake of Canada not winning the gold medal in ice hockey at the 1936 Winter Olympics hosted in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Lesbia, 1878 painting by John Reinhard Weguelin inspired by the poems of Catullus
Hardy lengthened playoff series for the Allan Cup (trophy pictured) to a best-of-seven format, and began the practice of playing all of the games in a series in one location to increase profits.
Hardy presided over the CAHA's silver jubilee in 1939, hosted at the Royal Alexandra Hotel (drawing room pictured) in Winnipeg.
Hardy operated normal playoff schedules during World War II for the Allan Cup and Memorial Cup (trophy pictured) to maintain public morale, and approved a plan which gave control of the Eastern Canada playoffs to a subcommittee of the CAHA.
Hardy negotiated several professional–amateur agreements with NHL president Frank Calder (pictured), on behalf of the CAHA and the International Ice Hockey Association.
Hardy was rumoured in 1943 and 1944 as a replacement for Red Dutton (pictured presenting trophy), who had been acting as NHL president since the death of Calder in 1943.
The Ottawa RCAF Flyers team (pictured) was the subject of Hardy's article "Fiasco on Ice" in Maclean's that argued against the definition of amateur for ice hockey at the 1948 Winter Olympics.
The New Yorker Hotel (pictured) hosted the 1949 general meetings of the IIHF, CAHA and AHAUS concurrently in May 1949.
The Lethbridge Maple Leafs (team pictured) played in the Western Canada Senior Hockey League organized by Hardy, and won the 1951 Ice Hockey World Championship while he was IIHF president.
Hardy assisted in preparations for the Edmonton Mercurys (team jersey pictured) to represent Canada in ice hockey at the 1952 Winter Olympics.
Hardy was a judge in a 1963 contest to find new lyrics for The Maple Leaf Forever (sheet music cover pictured).
Bust of Julius Caesar; Ancient Rome and Caesar's life were recurring themes in Hardy's novels.
Edmonton's Mount Pleasant Cemetery, where Hardy was interred
Medal of the Order of Canada

W. G. Hardy's novel The City of Libertines (1957) tells the fictionalized story of Catullus and a love affair during the time of Julius Caesar. The Financial Post described the book as "an authentic story of an absorbing era".

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The book sold over 1 million copies', and tells the fictionalized story of Catullus and a love affair during the time of Caesar.

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Modern bust of Catullus on the Piazza Carducci in Sirmione.

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