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

Trimontium – a Roman Gem

  The Association's Events Officer, Liz Bickerstaffe, recently visited a small and fascinating Roman museum in Melrose at the feet of the distinctive triple peaks of the Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders.   "The Trimontium  Roman Heritage Centre may not initially have promised a great deal, being packed into one room on the Market Square … Continue reading Trimontium – a Roman Gem

A Year in Review

On Thursday, we held our Annual General Meeting and Celebration Evening and launched our brand-new programme for 2017-18 - for more details about the individual lectures read here! We hope there is something to interest everyone and we look forward to welcoming another set of first class speakers to Lytham St Annes. Over the summer, we will … Continue reading A Year in Review

Trip to the wild frontier

Up to a few months ago if someone had mentioned Vindolanda to me my thoughts would have turned to a hot Indian meal. Fortunately, the presentation at the LSA Classics Association by Dr Andrew Birley last November put an end to those childish musings and when member Sylvia O’Shea volunteered to organise a trip to … Continue reading Trip to the wild frontier

And the winner is…revealed!

So, after an interesting and relatively entertaining study day at Cambridge University in February, (see blog below entitled 'And the winner is...' ) they had managed to pull ahead of Oxford ever so slightly in their metaphorical boat race to win over my conflicted mind. However, after spending a night in fresher’s accommodation at Brasenose … Continue reading And the winner is…revealed!

‘If you go down to Mt Cithaeron today, you’re sure of a big surprise’

For the final lecture of the 2016-17 season, we welcomed the wonderful author and broadcaster Natalie Haynes. After an exclusive signing of her acclaimed new novel The Children of Jocasta, we were treated to a non-stop tour of the mythical history of Thebes, through the trials and eventual metamorphosis of King Cadmus (of sowing dragon-teeth … Continue reading ‘If you go down to Mt Cithaeron today, you’re sure of a big surprise’

‘If we help, we invite trouble. If we don’t, we invite shame’

Our Student Ambassador for Bolton School, thirteen year old Liv Sample, recently enjoyed a performance of Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women, directed by Ramin Gray, with music and choreography from John Browne and Sasha Milavic Davies. She recounts the evening here:  "As we settle down in the magnificent yet intimate surroundings of the Royal Exchange Theatre in the heart of … Continue reading ‘If we help, we invite trouble. If we don’t, we invite shame’

‘Philosophy from a Pithos’

Last night, five budding young Classicists spoke in front of a large audience of family, friends, LSA CA members and guests as they bid to be crowned the Classics Competition Champion 2017! We were joined by Mr Mike Walton, headmaster of AKS, who welcomed everyone to the second annual Classics Competition; Mrs Barbara Finney, the … Continue reading ‘Philosophy from a Pithos’

Arma Virumque Cano

'I sing of arms and of the man' - these iconic words begin Virgil's Aeneid, an epic poem with a great scope and a complex ideology. As Dr Gail Trimble, a Fellow in Classics at Trinity College Oxford, explained to the Association on Thursday night, these three opening words are fascinating because they encapsulate Virgil's … Continue reading Arma Virumque Cano