Bristol Classical Association Events

The Bristol Classical Association has a few events (some virtual, some potentially in person next year)…

Tuesday 27th October, 7pm – Bristol Classical Association Virtual Book Club

Calling all fans of historical fiction: the Bristol Classical Association is launching a new Virtual Book Club. Its aim: to consider the imaginative insights offered by fiction set in the ancient world. The first book, determined by popular vote, will be Natalie Haynes’ A Thousand Ships (2019), while the first meeting will take place at 7pm, Tuesday 27th October on Zoom. The Club will be chaired by Dr Richard Cole (Research Associate in Ancient Greek History and Virtual Reality, University of Bristol), whose passion for Classically inspired fiction has not dimmed over the years even after pursuing a PhD on the genre. If you would like to join the first meeting of the book club, please let Richard know (richard.cole@bristol.ac.uk). All welcome, especially students.

Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 7pm –  Dr Emily Hauser (Exeter)

‘Women in the Trojan War’.

In this talk, Emily will return to one of the oldest stories of Greek myth – the Trojan War – and ask what happens when we look at the story from the point of view of the women. What did Helen really look like? Did the Amazons really cut off one of their breasts to fight in battle at Troy? And who was the Amazon queen with whom Achilles fell in love – and, according to some sources, had a child? Bringing myth and history together, Emily will explore what historical fiction can do for us in re-imagining the stories and the voices of the women of ancient Greek myth. Emily is an award-winning classicist, Lecturer at the University of Exeter, and the author of the acclaimed Golden Apple trilogy that retells the stories of the women of Greek myth. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and in The Guardian alongside Colm Tóibín and Natalie Haynes, and her debut novel For the Most Beautiful was listed among the ‘28 Best Books for Summer’ in The Telegraph

Subject to confirmation nearer the time, and depending on the latest public health guidance, this talk will be held at Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall. Please email Barbara Bell (bmbellmini@aol.com) to register your interest. There are no tickets, and talks are free for Bristol Classical Association members, students, and school pupils. There will be a cost of £5 for visitors.

Wednesday 12th May 2021, 7pm – Dr Genevieve Liveley (Bristol)

‘Homer’s AI’.

In this talk, Dr Liveley asks: What is the legacy of Homer’s intelligent machines? Beginning with Homer’s descriptions of relatively simple automata in the Iliad and Odyssey, this talk goes on to consider the more sophisticated models of artificial mind and machine cognition that these ancient poems describe, including various distinctions that Homer draws between artificial and human minds. After tracing this ancient narrative history of artificial intelligence, Dr Liveley examines its impact on contemporary debate about the nature of AI. 

Subject to confirmation nearer the time, and depending on the latest public health guidance, talks will be held at Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall. Please email Barbara Bell (bmbellmini@aol.com) to register your interest. There are no tickets, and talks are free for Bristol Classical Association members, students, and school pupils. There will be a cost of £5 for visitors.