Ancient Worlds Day – University of Warwick

Ancient Worlds Day – University of Warwick 21st November 2019

On Thursday 21st November the Warwick Classics Network and Dept of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick will be running our 2019 WCN Study Day. Entitled ‘Ancient Worlds’, top authors such as Natalie HaynesEmily HauserCaroline Lawrence, and Alexandra Sheppard will give talks and lead workshops on the ancient world, myths and story-telling, while our Warwick Classics academics will lead sessions on various aspects of the Ancient World. 

Organised through the generous support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the day is aimed at school children from KS2-KS5 and for members of the general public, and will be organised to suit each audience (see schedule below). Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries series will talk on ‘Myths, Movies and Storytelling’ – What do Paddington and Aeneas have in common? More than you might imagine! In a fun illustrated talk, million-selling author Caroline shares how poets, storytellers and movie-makers use the same fun steps when composing their epics. Alexandra Sheppard, author of Oh My Gods will give a talk on ‘21st Century Gods’ – Together you will explore the role of mythology in ancient Greece, then as a group, you will imagine a new set of gods relevant to our modern world. Emily Hauser author of the best-selling Golden Apple Trilogy will give a talk on ‘Rewriting Ancient Greek Myths in Fiction’ – How do we go about remaking ancient Greek myths for a modern audience? And how can storytelling open up new perspectives on the ancient Greek myths we thought we knew so well? 

And Natalie Haynes, author of The Amber Fury, The Children of Jocasta, and creator of BBC’s Stand up for the Classics will give a talk entitled Troy Story, about all things Trojan and her latest best-seller A Thousand Ships.
In addition, our Warwick Classics Academics will lead sessions on their own interests and specialities in the Ancient World: Eric Csapo and Emmanuela Bakola on ‘The stories about Achilles’ birth and death: art, epic, myth and drama’; Alison Cooley on ‘The Stones of Pompeii tell tales’; Victora Rimell and David Fearn on ‘Four Classical Poems: The Wow of Narrative’; and Michael Scott on ‘Heracles – he does get around’.

Provisional Timetable

Morning Session: Key Stage 2-3 (8-14 years olds) – 30 minute talks

Part One: Myths and Story Telling
9.45-10am Arrival

10am – Welcome from Prof Michael Scott

10.05-10.35 Caroline Lawrence ‘Myths, Movies and Storytelling’What do Paddington and Aeneas have in common? More than you might imagine! In a fun illustrated talk, million-selling author Caroline Lawrence shares how poets, storytellers and moviemakers use the same fun steps when composing their epics.

10.35-11.05 Alexandra Sheppard ‘21st Century Gods’Together we will explore the role of mythology in ancient Greece, then as a group, we will imagine a new set of gods relevant toour modern world.

11.05-11.15 Break – Biscuits/Juice/Tea/Coffee

11.15-11.45 Emily Hauser ‘Rewriting Ancient Greek Myths in Fiction’How do we go about remaking ancient Greek myths for a modern audience? And how can storytelling open up new perspectiveson the ancient Greek myths we thought we knew so well?

11.45-12.30 Lunch*
*Drinks and snacks will be available for anyone attending the whole day
Afternoon Session: Arrival of Older Students (Key Stage 4-5 – 14-18 year olds) – 40 minute talks

Part Two: The Stories We Tell about Ancient Worlds

12.30-1.10 Natalie Haynes – ‘Troy Story’

1.15-1.55pm Eric Csapo and Emmanuela Bakola ‘The stories about Achilles’ birth and death: art, epic, myth and drama’

1.55-2.15 Break – Biscuits/Juice/Tea/Coffee

2.15-2.55 Alison Cooley ‘The Stones of Pompeii tell tales’

3.00-3.40 Victoria Rimell and David Fearn: ‘Four Classical Poems: The Wow of Narrative’

3.40-3.50 Break – Biscuits/Juice/Tea/Coffee

3.50-4.30 Michael Scott ‘Heracles – he does get around’

To find out more and book your place, please visit our website https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/research/outreach/warwickclassicsnetwork/events/ancientworlds/ or email Dr Paul Grigsby at Paul.Grigsby@warwick.ac.uk.