This event is designed especially for teachers, and their students, who would like to learn more about ancient Greece and Rome. We’ve put together an entertaining schedule of informative presentations on aspects of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History for you and your students to enjoy over a Saturday afternoon. Come and meet people who love the ancient world including other teachers, students, lecturers, and celebrities. We’ll also tell you more about how to fund the introduction of these subjects in your school. This event is part of the Advocating Classics Education campaign (click hereto read more about it). We’re delighted that the legendary Natalie Haynes, of BBC fame, will be joining us and will be presenting her own brilliantly witty take on the ancient world. We’re looking forward to seeing you there! It’s free to attend please simply register at Eventbrite by clicking here. If you have any queries then we’d love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue details: GrimondLecture Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ Saturday 30th September 2017, 2pm-5.45pm Schedule for the afternoon: 2-2.30 Introduction to the Advocating Classics Education (ACE) project 2.30-3 ‘What discovering the Ancient World did for us’ Dr Christopher Burden-Strevens, University of Kent & Caroline Ball (Oxford undergraduate) 3-3.15 The Dea NutrixChallenge3.15-3.30 Break 3.30-4.30 Student presentations from Norton Knatchbull school, Ashford4.30-4.45 Break Opportunity to meet Kent undergraduate students 4.45-5.30 The legendary Natalie Haynes5.30-5.45 Round up: winner of Dea Nutrix challenge announced and ACE final steps
Kent Lecturer in Classical History and Literature, Dr Rosie Wyles (@RosieWyles) was asked to provide expert knowledge as a contributor to the Radio 4 episode one of the series “Natalie Haynes Stands up for the Classics” aired on 11 April at 4pm.
In the first episode of the second series of this popular broadcast the acclaimed comedian and classicist Haynes gives the case for the brilliance of Aristophanes, the ancient comic playwright.
Introducing Dr Wyles, Haynes quipped “Rosie Wyles, you quite literally, and I hardly ever get to say this accurately, wrote the book on costume in Greeks plays!”
Dr Wyles offered insight into the cost and significance of costumes in ancient comedy. She also discussed the differences in funding and participation in the 5th-century Athenian drama festivals. Astonishingly the festival could cost the city and its citizens as much as a tenth of the amount spent on its navy for a year. This contribution was informed by her research. She drew on her existing monograph Costume in Greek Tragedy (Bloomsbury 2011). She also showcased some of her new research, due to be published next year, on the role of costume and transformation in Wasps, one of Aristophanes’ most political comedies.
Dr Wyles said “I was delighted to be asked to be part of this series. I admire Natalie Haynes’ work as a comedian, writer, and leading advocate of the Classics, immensely. The broadcast chimes in well with my own commitment to highlighting the relevance of Classics in the 21st-century. It was also great to work with a producer, Mary Ward-Lowery, who was so enthusiastic about Classics”
The programme is accessible on on the BBC Radio 4 website for the next 23 days, click here.
In the run up to the British Museum’s extraordinary new exhibtion, ‘Sunken Cities’, on the underwater cities discovered off the coast of Egypt, Dr Csaba La’da (Reader in Ancient History, Papyrology, and Egyptology) offers insights into the extraordinary underwater discoveries that have been made from ancient shipwrecks; find out more by listening to the two podcasts below:
Shipwrecks 1 (featuring 22 shipwrecks & how the ships were identified)
Shipwrecks 2 (featuring discussion of the Antikythera mechanism)