On 18th November, Charlotte Higgins joined us to discuss her latest book Greek Myths: A New Retelling, and explain, as Classics Ambassador Declan Boyd recounts, why ancient stories have such enduring power and appeal. Higgins began by highlighting how we might be familiar with many Greek myths but that, in reality, there was never one … Continue reading Why Greek Myths Persist
On 14th October, we welcomed bestselling author Douglas Jackson to AKS Lytham for a fascinating lecture in which, as Classics Ambassador Caroline tells us, he argued that Hadrian’s Wall was far less of a success than we might think... Douglas Jackson opens his talk for the LSA CA Hadrian’s Wall separated Britannia from the 'barbarians … Continue reading Hadrian’s Wall: Masterstroke or Folly?
We're back! Classics Ambassador Caroline writes about the visit of the inimitable Professor Robin Osborne - our first lecture event held in-person in eighteen months: On Thursday 16th September, Professor Osborne opened our 2021-2022 lecture programme with an excellent talk: ‘Turning Art into History - The Case of Classical Athens’. The lecture was the first … Continue reading Turning Art into History
It’s been another strange and challenging year, but thanks to support from the national Classical Association, we’ve been able to move online in 2020-21 and not only hold a lecture programme but also keep in touch with members, reach new audiences and grow our Classics community virtually! Our webinars started with Polly Low’s excellent talk … Continue reading A year together – online
Last Thursday, Dr Peter Liddel concluded our 2020-21 lecture programme with a really interesting and accessible talk that uncovered the stories of the ancient Athenian inscriptions that can be found in private collections or on display in the UK, an insight into the work of the ongoing AHRC-funded project on Attic Inscriptions. The project is … Continue reading From pot-planters to fireplaces: the many lives of ancient inscriptions
Classics Ambassador Esmé writes about one of the most haunting, complex and well-known figures in Greek mythology, literature and culture - Medea, priestess of Hecate, granddaughter of Helios, sorceress of Colchis. Gender roles, still widespread today, were even more prominent in ancient Greece. Women were expected to marry from a young age, bear children and … Continue reading Medea: Misfit, Mother, Murderer
In the LSA CA’s penultimate lecture of its 2020-21 season, we were delighted to welcome Professor Helen King, a leading expert in Greek and Roman medicine, for a fascinating webinar about some of the intriguing procedures surrounding physical and mental health in ancient medicine. She covered a vast range of topics from fumigation of the … Continue reading Beetles, Rats, Humors and a Doctor in Disguise- Ancient Approaches to Medicine
Almost five years since his first appearance for the LSA CA, we were thrilled to welcome back bestselling author Ben Kane to the branch last Thursday evening for a fantastic webinar based on his latest series, Clash of Empires, as Classics Ambassador Imogen H writes: Many of us have an interest in and awareness of … Continue reading Clash of Empires
Over the rocky course of the pandemic, many of us have turned to books for solace, inspiration and entertainment. We have revisited old favourites, sought comforting distractions, digested challenging ideas, found fictional friends, tackled different genres and, perhaps for the first time, delved into the wealth of literature that explores, celebrates, confronts and reimagines events … Continue reading LSA CA Book Club Recommends…
On Thursday 7th January, we welcomed Professor Michael Scott virtually to the LSA CA for his seventh annual Presidential Lecture, in which he shed light on the inner workings of Athenian democracy. Professor Scott's TV documentaries, books, public lectures and outreach work have brought the ancient world to whole new audiences and in 2020, despite … Continue reading How Democratic was Athenian Democracy?