‘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

And the winner is …

One of our newly appointed LSA CA Classics Ambassadors, Alex Melling from Runshaw College, recently attended the University of Cambridge's Classics Study Day and has sent us this informative and entertaining account of the day. (Over to you Oxford...!)   If you were to find me at a boat race between the Universities of Oxford … Continue reading And the winner is …

“You’ve got to walk it first”

These words of wisdom offer advice to any aspiring historian hoping to accurately relate the events of the past, and one man who has quite literally walked the history that he relates is the acclaimed broadcaster, historian, author and filmmaker Dr Michael Wood. Drawing on an extraordinary wealth of personal experience and an infectious enthusiasm … Continue reading “You’ve got to walk it first”

How many firemen…

How many firemen does it take for two grown men to go down a hole? This isn’t the start of a bad joke, I promise. It was a question that posed itself to our President, Dr Michael Scott, when he and Alexander Armstrong were stood contemplating a 45 metre vertical shaft in the Neapolitan countryside … Continue reading How many firemen…

Shoes and Seats!

One hundred and seventy people came to hear an enthralling and very well illustrated talk by Dr Andrew Birley, CEO and Director of Excavations at Vindolanda last Thursday. Dr Birley's much anticipated lecture was enjoyed by everyone including our youngest member, nine year old Jonah Crouch, who now shares his report of the evening with us: … Continue reading Shoes and Seats!

Heffers Classics Forum

One of our younger members, twelve year old Liv Sample, recently attended the Heffers Classics Forum and sent us the following account of her day, which featured, amongst other distinguished classicists, two of our brilliant speakers from last year: Professors Paul Cartledge and Edith Hall.  Liv's entertaining account gives us an excellent insight into the … Continue reading Heffers Classics Forum

I hope we recognise him…

Often, when lecturers arrive, we meet them at Preston station, greet them off the train and drive them back to Lytham. There is a brief moment of excitement and anticipation whilst the Virgin Voyager glides to a standstill, doors open, passengers pour out and the Treasurer (Dad) and I scan the crowd eagerly looking for … Continue reading I hope we recognise him…

“Blind in the darkness”

This Thursday we enjoyed a night of illumination rather than blindness when David Raeburn, producer of countless Greek plays and former tutor at New College Oxford, made the journey to Lytham St Annes to talk to us about the performance of Oedipus Tyrannos - Sophocles' most famous play and arguably one of the greatest works … Continue reading “Blind in the darkness”