Cambridge Greek Play 2016

Tickets for the 2016 Cambridge Greek Play are on sale now at A double bill of Sophocles’ Antigone and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, it will be produced by the team responsible for the acclaimed productions of Agamemnon (2010) and Prometheus/Frogs (2013), with director Helen Eastman and original music composed by Alex Silverman. It runs for four days, 12-15 October, with a matinee and evening performance each day. Free schools talks are offered by expert member of the Cambridge Classics Faculty before each matinee: titles and details of how to book are at Don’t miss this rare chance to see a professionally produced play in ancient Greek.


Catharsis, Ancient and Modern

Skenè. Theatre and Drama Studies is pleased to announce the publication of the third special issue of its journal Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies. This special issue is dedicated to the notion of catharsis and has been edited by Gherardo Ugolini. Skenè. JTDS, 2 (1), 2016, “Catharsis, Ancient and Modern” see

You are warmly invited to register to their website ( in order to view this and other open access contents.

Classics in 19thC British children’s culture

Please see below for details of a workshop examining the uses of different pasts among children in nineteenth-century Britain.

Papers include Prof. Helen Lovatt on ‘Re-packaging epic heroism: Victorian Argonauts for adults and children’ and Professor Virginia Zimmerman on ‘Bringing Egypt Home: Children’s Encounters with Ancient Egypt in the Long Nineteenth Century’ as well as comparative analysis of classical and medieval themed games and toys.

**This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Please register at by Monday 20th
Packaging the Past for Children, c. 1750-1914

Wednesday 6 (1.30 pm-6.30 pm) & Thursday 7 July 2016 (9 am-4 pm)

Senate Suite, Durham Castle, Durham University, UK
This workshop offers an opportunity to broaden scholarly understandings of the uses of the past by comparing and assessing the cultural work of different pasts in Britain in the long nineteenth century.

– Short papers will investigate the materials and texts produced for and by children as well as representations of real or imagined childhoods.

– Scholars from a variety of disciplines will speak about a range of pasts – from the prehistoric and classical to the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Tudor and Civil War periods.

– Museum professionals who will demonstrate how they display and explain the nineteenth-century past to children.

– Papers and presentations will juxtapose literary, material, visual and performance cultures, while the format allows generous time for discussion of future directions in the field.
Refreshments will be provided, along with lunch on the second day.
There will be a dinner on Wed 6 (at own cost, at The Town House, Durham).

Participants are required to register by Monday 20th June. The form, provisional schedule, and paper abstracts are here:

Organisers: Dr Rachel Bryant Davies and Dr Barbara Gribling

Workshop held in conjunction with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Durham University.

The end of empire?

You might be interested in details of the following lecture to be given by Tom Holland on Monday 13 June.

Tom will be talking on ‘The end of the Roman empire: a mirror for our times?’ on the evening of 13 June at the Royal Society’s Welcome Trust Lecture Theatre in London.
As we all know from the Roman Empire,” said the Dutch Prime Minister late last year, “big empires go down if the borders are not well-protected.” As Western Europe faces the largest influx of people across its borders since Otto the Great’s defeat of the Magyars in 955, Tom Holland asks what light, if any, the so-called Age of Migrations can shed on today’s crisis. Are there parallels? What are the differences?

If you are interested, go to .

This is an annual fundraising lecture for Classics for All, the charity that seeks to extend access to Classical teaching in UK schools. A teacher and pupils from CfA’s Capital Classics project will be saying a few words after Tom’s lecture, and there will also be a wine reception.

If you want to know more about Classics for All’s work, or are interested in applying for a grant (or giving a donation!), go to

Greek, Latin and Digital Philology

The School of Advanced Study, London sponsors an S T Lee Visiting Professorial Fellowship. This year it is held by Greg Crane, Humboldt Professor of the Humanities at the University of Leipzig. During May and June he will be lecturing and holding events around the UK on the theme

Greek, Latin and Digital Philology in a Global Age

The opening event will be take place at the ICS (room 349) on 17th May 5.30 and will be a round table discussion with Dr Imre Galambos (Cambridge), Professor Eleanor Robson (UCL), Dr Sarah Savant (Aga Khan University), Dr Michael Willis (British Museum) and will explore the question of what Classics can realistically mean in a century where China, India (with its six official Classical languages), and the various nations of the Arabic and Persian-speaking world play an active role in shaping global cultures. It will be followed by a reception.

All are welcome.

The full programme is listed below and also available at which will be updated.

Tuesday, May 17, 17:30-19:30, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House 349: “Global Philology, Greco-Roman Studies, and Classics in the 21st Century,” round table with Imre Galambos, Eleanor Robson, Sarah Savant and Michael Willis.

Friday, May 20, 16:00-17:30, University of Glasgow: “Europe, Europeana and the Greco-Roman World.”

Monday, May 23, 13:00-14:00: Oxford University Faculty of Classics, first floor seminar room, Epigraphy Workshop: “What are the possibilities for epigraphic (and papyrological) sources in a digital age?”

Tuesday, May 24, 14:00-16:00, Oxford University: Seminar, Main lecture theatre, Faculty of Classics: “What would a smart edition look like and why should we care?”

Friday, May 27, 12:00-13:30, University of Manchester: Seminar, “Greek into Arabic, Arabic into Latin, and reinterpretation of what constitutes Western Civilization.”

Tuesday, June 1, 5.30-6.30, Durham University,seminar room, Dept. of Classics and Ancient History “Digital Philology and Greco-Roman Culture as the grand challenge of Reception Studies.”

Friday, June 3, 16:30-18:00, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House 234: “Philological Education and Citizenship in the 21st Century.”

Odyssey events at Cheney, Oxford

1. Odyssey Competition for Schools

To celebrate our Odyssey season, we are holding a competition for primary and secondary age students. Full details can be found at

2. Creative Writing Workshop with Emily Hauser, author of “For the Most Beautiful”

Wednesday 6th July, 3.45 – 5pm

This workshop is suitable for ages 9 – 11 years.

Details at

3. Talk by Emily Hauser, author of “For the Most Beautiful”

Wednesday 6th July, 2 – 3pm

The talk is aimed at sixth formers but all are very welcome to attend.

Details at

4. Classical Greek re-enactment shows

Comitatus will be visiting us with their exciting Cavalry Re-enactment shows on 30th June and 1st July, 2 – 3pm. For further details and booking, please visit

War (8) – chaos

War (8) – chaos

411 BCE – an oligarchical coup in Athens and the fear and mistrust which it inspired

ἐβούλευον δὲ οὐδὲν ὅτι μὴ τοῖς συνεστῶσι δοκοίη, ἀλλὰ καὶ οἱ λέγοντες ἐκ τούτων ἦσαν καὶ τὰ ῥηθησόμενα πρότερον αὐτοῖς προύσκεπτο. ἀντέλεγέ τε οὐδεὶς ἔτι τῶν ἄλλων, δεδιὼς καὶ ὁρῶν πολὺ τὸ συνεστηκός: εἰ δέ τις καὶ ἀντείποι, εὐθὺς ἐκ τρόπου τινὸς ἐπιτηδείου ἐτεθνήκει, καὶ τῶν δρασάντων οὔτε ζήτησις οὔτ᾽ εἰ ὑποπτεύοιντο δικαίωσις ἐγίγνετο, ἀλλ᾽ ἡσυχίαν εἶχεν ὁ δῆμος καὶ κατάπληξιν τοιαύτην ὥστε κέρδος ὁ μὴ πάσχων τι βίαιον, εἰ καὶ σιγῴη, ἐνόμιζεν. καὶ τὸ συνεστηκὸς πολὺ πλέον ἡγούμενοι εἶναι ἢ ὅσον ἐτύγχανεν ὂν ἡσσῶντο ταῖς γνώμαις, καὶ ἐξευρεῖν αὐτὸ ἀδύνατοι ὄντες διὰ τὸ μέγεθος τῆς πόλεως καὶ διὰ τὴν ἀλλήλων ἀγνωσίαν οὐκ εἶχον [αὐτοὶ ἐξευρεῖν]. κατὰ δὲ ταὐτὸ τοῦτο καὶ προσολοφύρασθαί τινι ἀγανακτήσαντα, ὥστε ἀμύνασθαι ἐπιβουλεύσαντα, ἀδύνατον ἦν: ἢ γὰρ ἀγνῶτα ἂν ηὗρεν ᾧ ἐρεῖ ἢ γνώριμον ἄπιστον. (8.66 adapted)
τοῖς συνεστῶσι – conspirators
τὰ ῥηθησόμενα – what would be said
προύσκεπτο – see beforehand
δεδιὼς – fearing
τὸ συνεστηκός – conspiracy
τροπος – way
επιτηδειος – convenient
ζήτησις – search
ὑποπτεύοιντο – be suspected
κατάπληξις – consternation
το κέρδος – advantage
σιγῴη – be silent
ἡσσῶντο – be beaten, submit
γνωμη – opinion
ἀγνωσία – ignorance
προσολοφύρασθαί – utter one’s sorrows
ἀγανακτήσαντα – be angry
ἀμύνασθαι – defend oneself
ἀγνως – unknown
γνώριμος – well-known

Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War ends abruptly in 411 BCE, which suggests that he died before he was able to complete it. An account of the final seven years of the war can be found in Xenophon’s ‘Hellenica’.

War (7) – nemesis

War (7) – nemesis

Thucydides’ summary of the consequences of the expedition to Sicily (413 BCE) which proved disastrous for the Athenians

καὶ ἡμέρας μὲν ἑβδομήκοντά τινας οὕτω διῃτήθησαν ἁθρόοι: ἔπειτα πλὴν Ἀθηναίων καὶ εἴ τινες Σικελιωτῶν ἢ Ἰταλιωτῶν συνεστράτευσαν, τοὺς ἄλλους ἀπέδοντο. ἐλήφθησαν δὲ οἱ σύμπαντες, ἀκριβείᾳ μὲν χαλεπὸν ἐξειπεῖν, ὅμως δὲ οὐκ ἐλάσσους ἑπτακισχιλίων. συνέβη τε ἔργον τοῦτο [Ἑλληνικὸν] τῶν κατὰ τὸν πόλεμον τόνδε μέγιστον γενέσθαι, δοκεῖν δ᾽ ἔμοιγε καὶ ὧν ἀκοῇ Ἑλληνικῶν ἴσμεν, καὶ τοῖς τε κρατήσασι λαμπρότατον καὶ τοῖς διαφθαρεῖσι δυστυχέστατον: κατὰ πάντα γὰρ πάντως νικηθέντες καὶ οὐδὲν ὀλίγον ἐς οὐδὲν κακοπαθήσαντες πανωλεθρίᾳ δὴ τὸ λεγόμενον καὶ πεζὸς καὶ νῆες καὶ οὐδὲν ὅτι οὐκ ἀπώλετο, καὶ ὀλίγοι ἀπὸ πολλῶν ἐπ᾽ οἴκου ἀπενόστησαν. ταῦτα μὲν τὰ περὶ Σικελίαν γενόμενα. (7.87 adapted)
ἑβδομήκοντά – seventy
διῃτήθησαν – live
αθροος – together
πλὴν – except
ἀπέδοντο – sell
ἐλήφθησαν – take, capture
ἀκριβεία – accuracy
ἑπτακισχιλίοι – seven thousand
συνέβη – come to pass, happen
ακοη˛ ειδεναι τι – to know a thing by hearsay
λαμπρότατος – most illustrious
διαφθαρεῖσι – be destroyed
δυστυχέστατος – most unfortunate
νικηθέντες – conquered
κακοπαθήσαντες – suffer harm
πανωλεθρία – utter destruction
πεζὸς – land army
ἀπώλετο – destroy
ἀπενόστησαν – return home

Revolutions and Classics

‘Revolutions and Classics’: a one-day workshop at University College London, Friday July 22nd 2016.

Researchers in classical reception are increasingly intrigued by the political significances of antiquity for subsequent cultures and societies: the field has been energised by the recent publication of Classics and Communism (2013) and Greek and Roman Classics in the British Struggle for Social Reform (2015).

‘Revolutions and Classics’ examines the manner in which classical texts and artefacts have been deployed in societies undergoing rapid and radical social change. This one-day workshop aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion of intersections between classics and revolutions; substantial time will also be given to discussion of teaching across classical reception, classics, and politics.

The workshop is hosted by The Classical Reception Studies Network and the Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network, with the support of the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL, and the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. In line with the aims of the Classical Receptions Studies Network, the day is designed to be especially useful for doctoral researchers and early career academics.

Confirmed speakers include Rosa Andújar (UCL), Carol Atack (Warwick), Emma Cole (Bristol), Nicholas Cole (Oxford), Susan Deacy (Roehampton), Benjamin Gray (Edinburgh), Adam Lecznar (Bristol), Jo Paul (Open), Sanja Petrovic and Rosa Mucignat (KCL), and Luke Richardson (UCL).

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Interested participants should register via Eventbrite:

Should you have any questions, please contact the organisers: Barbara Goff, University of Reading ( and Rosa Andújar, UCL (

The organisers are very grateful to the A. G. Leventis Fund at UCL for their generous support, as well as the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies.