Kleopatra The Great

How accurate is the Roman writers’ portrayal of Kleopatra as an immoral, tragic queen of Egypt?  In a fascinating penultimate lecture of the season, acclaimed Egyptologist Professor Joann Fletcher took us back in time to the Ptolemaic dynasty and explored the captivating history from Alexander the Great to the last ruler of Egypt: Kleopatra the … Continue reading Kleopatra The Great

An Excellent Evening with Lindsey Davis

Last Thursday, we welcomed award winning historical novelist Lindsey Davis to a packed hall of more than two hundred members and visitors, for a thoroughly enjoyable hour and a half question and answer session, led with great skill by our Chair, Katrina Kelly. To many, Lindsey is best known as the creator of Marcus Didius Falco, … Continue reading An Excellent Evening with Lindsey Davis

From Falco to Cleopatra (and chance to win competition!)

We're getting excited for a very busy few weeks here at the Lytham St Annes CA: First up, this Thursday 22nd February we will enjoy an An Evening with Lindsey Davis - do come along for 7pm (doors open 6.15pm) at AKS Lytham to listen to this international bestselling author in conversation about her life and … Continue reading From Falco to Cleopatra (and chance to win competition!)

News from the Agora

Since the New Year, some of our Student Ambassadors have been busy producing the LSA CA's inaugural newsletter - Agora. Featuring student-written articles, branch updates, a special interview with our President and the chance to win a Classics book, it is a great read to anyone interested in classics! Follow the link to the full … Continue reading News from the Agora

A Wonderful Evening

On Thursday 11th January, we started 2018 in style by welcoming back our esteemed President, Dr Michael Scott, for his annual address. One of our newest Student Ambassadors, Daniel Hubbard (Runshaw College), gives us an insight into Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean... "Dr Scott’s excellent lecture explored the fascinating and multi-layered history of Sicily, as … Continue reading A Wonderful Evening

A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum…

…FUN AND FACTS AT THE HEFFERS CLASSICS FORUM 2017 Our youngest student ambassador Liv Sample shares with us her experience at the Heffers Classical Forum, held in October:  'Expect at least a one hour delay on the M6 going southbound', the radio presenter informed us as we set off for Cambridge from Wigan. The reason … Continue reading A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum…

Riches from the Rubbish Dumps

One of our newest Classics Ambassadors, Samuel Holden from Runshaw College, recounts the highlights of Dr Margaret Mountford's visit to the Association in November when she addressed a 250-strong audience: "Papyrus is one of our best sources for a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in the classical world. In her talk, Dr Margaret Mountford … Continue reading Riches from the Rubbish Dumps

Too many Emperors?

Our new Outreach Officer, Leon Hewitt, recounts the LSA CA’s second lecture of the season with Dr Harry Sidebottom:   “The Imperial Crisis of the 3rd Century AD is one of the most obscure periods of Roman history. The Crisis of the Third Century was summarised by Dr Harry Sidebottom as ‘too many Emperors in … Continue reading Too many Emperors?

Dido, Queen of Carthage

The Association's youngest Classics Ambassador Liv Sample from Bolton School reviews the RSC's current production of Dido, Queen of Carthage:   Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, currently playing at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, is widely recognised as a full on homage to Virgil's Aeneid Book IV. Ben Jonson, a playwright with a pretty high opinion of his … Continue reading Dido, Queen of Carthage

The Art of Divinity

The gods of Greece and Rome are unavoidable. They are woven into the fabric of the world almost everywhere you look – even if you don’t realise it. In a fascinating lecture, eloquently launching the Association’s fourth season, Dr Caroline Vout, art historian and university reader at Christ’s College Cambridge, opened the door to an … Continue reading The Art of Divinity