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.


Menander in London

The UCL Department of Greek and Latin is proud to present the 2016 Classical Play:

Menander’s Dyskolos
Directed by Hippolyte Broud and produced by Chris Gallacher
In a modern English translation by Maurice Balme
Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Wednesday 10th February 19.30
Thursday 11th February 19.30
To book tickets, please visit

Ancient Plays for Modern Minds: A Public Engagement Programme

To complement the production of Dyskolos, the UCL Department of Greek & Latin is offering public lectures which aim to illuminate the play and its context and to bring ancient drama to life for a modern generation. This exciting programme includes talks by academic experts every evening of the play’s performance. All of our speakers have experience in working with schools, and the events will be suitable for students of Classics, Classical Studies, and Drama at all levels, as well as accessible to those without prior experience of Greek drama.

In 2016 we will be offering the following events, free of charge and open to all:

Wednesday 10th February

6.00-7.00pm – Public Talk by Professor Gesine Manuwald (UCL) on Ancient ‘New’ Comedy
Venue: Roberts Building G06, Sir Ambrose Fleming LT

Thursday 11th February

6.00-7.00pm – Public Talk by Dr Rosa Andújar (UCL) on Menander in Context
Venue: Roberts Building G08, Sir David Davies LT

For more information, including how to book tickets for each lecture and detailed directions to the venues, please visit our website:

These events are made possible through the generosity of the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

Summer School in Homer


Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July 2015

The UCL Department of Greek and Latin is organising a five-day Summer School in Homer for anyone interested in studying the Homeric epics. The Summer School offers five days of intensive teaching of Homeric language and literature for students of different levels. There will be lectures and seminars on a wide variety of Homeric topics, a workshop on Storytelling and pantomime and a dance performance.

Courses offered:

Language courses:

Beginners Greek: Frank Beetham, Beginning Greek with Homer (An elementary course based on Odyssey 5)

Intermediate Greek: Reading Greek, JACT Greek Course, Odysseus and Nausikaa episode, New Edition, pp. 246-265.

Advanced Greek: Passages from Iliad Book 16 (the Sarpedon Episode)

Literature courses:

Homer from Translation:

Themes: the gods and goddesses, women, heroism, aristeia, kleos, the Homeric question, Penelope, Helen, and Achilles and Hector.

Texts: Odyssey 4-12 and 18-22 and Iliad 6, 18, 22 and 24.

Homer’s Legacy: this will be a course from translation which will examine the reception of Homer in different modes of representation such as cinema, painting, poetry, novels etc.

For more information please visit our webpage:
Dr Antony Makrinos
Teaching Fellow in Classics
Department of Greek and Latin
University College London
Gower St.