Current Programme

All of our events are currently taking place online, using Zoom Webinar – please email us at or Join Us for more details on how to access our lecture programme. We can’t wait to welcome you in person to our events at AKS Lytham when Covid-19 restrictions allow.

Thursday 15th October 2020


Remembering the Battle of Thermopylae

Professor Polly Low

Professor Low is a historian of ancient Greece at Durham University with research interests in political history, epigraphy, the ideology of interstate relations and the commemoration of the war dead. In this lecture for the LSA CA, she will explore how the myth of Thermopylae – the heroic and doomed stand of the ‘300 Spartans’ against the Persian forces – was created, by focussing on the ways in which the battle, and those who died in it, were commemorated in antiquity.  She will bring the story into the modern day, too, by looking at some of the ways in which the battle continues to be remembered (and, perhaps, mis-remembered) in popular culture.

Thursday 12th November 2020


Hercules: World Traveller

Professor Llewelyn Morgan

Tutorial Fellow in Classics and Vice-President of Brasenose College, Oxford, Professor Morgan is an expert on Roman literature and has published widely on Virgil, Horace and Ovid (most recently, with his forthcoming Ovid: A Very Short Introduction). He regularly writes for the TLS, for his own blog Lugubelinus and is well-known to students for his engaging and accessible Massolit lectures. In his November webinar, he will investigate how the image and the myths of Hercules or Herakles (or Verethragna or Vajrapani, as he also came to be called) carried him to Italy, Spain, Morocco, Iran, Pakistan and China, among other places; and how Herakles himself was paradoxically both an embodiment of violence and a catalyst for peaceful cooperation.

Thursday 7th January 2021


All’s equal in Democratic Athens – NOT!

Professor Michael Scott

Returning for his seventh annual Presidential Lecture, Michael will open the lid on the inner workings of Athenian democracy and explore some of the many ways in which, despite the lip service to political equality, Athenian citizens often did not think themselves that equal with one another. Michael is Professor in Classics at the University of Warwick, a National Teaching Fellow, an Honorary Citizen of Delphi, a first-class speaker, presenter, author and broadcaster, and a fantastic ambassador for Classics.

Thursday 11th February 2021


Clash of Empires

Ben Kane

Author, speaker, cyclist, tour guide, former vet, dagger-wielder – Ben’s talents and passions are as diverse as they are brilliant and we are delighted that he will return to the LSA CA after a very memorable trip in 2016. Famous for his The Forgotten Legion trilogy, The Eagles of Rome series and Spartacus stories, this talk will cover his latest series – Clash of Empires – which explores and contextualises the Roman invasion of Greece in 200BC.

Thursday 18th March 2021

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine

Professor Helen King

Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at the Open University, Helen King is an expert in Greek medicine, the history of the body and Hippocratic gynaecology. She has also published widely on the reception of ancient medicine, held research fellowships in Cambridge and Newcastle alongside teaching at a variety of institutions, and written the Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World course which you can study for free on FutureLearn.

She will ask: “What was medicine like in the Greek and Roman worlds? How was the body thought to work? What happened when you were ill, and what were the theories behind the treatments on offer?” In this lecture, you are invited to come with your questions and we’ll attempt to answer them from medical and other writing, and from archaeology – or, to explain why they can’t yet be answered.

Thursday 27th May 2021

Ancient Athenian Inscriptions in the UK: Stories and Mysteries about them and their Journeys to Britain 

Dr Peter Liddel

Among the most enduring habits of the ancient world was the inscription of public and private documents and accounts on stone and other hard surfaces. From ancient Athens alone there survive some 20,000 inscriptions written on stone; they are deeply informative about all aspects of ancient public and private life, culture, society, politics and diplomacy.

Of the extant ancient Athenian inscriptions, a small but significant number (ca. 225) are to be found in a dozen public and private collections across the UK. The AHRC-sponsored Attic Inscriptions in UK Collections project, hosted on the Attic Inscriptions Online website, is developing editions, translations and notes on all of these inscriptions. Co-Editor of the project, Dr Peter Liddel, will join us and reveal the secrets behind these fascinating inscriptions.