Bristol Classical Association Programme 2019/20

The Bristol Classical Association Programme 2019/20

Tuesday 24th September, 7pm – Professor Esther Eidinow

‘Curses! Or How to “Nail Down” Your Enemy the Ancient Greek Way’

This talk will tell you everything you would need to know if you were an ancient Greek who wanted to curse your enemy – from the question of which gods to invoke, to the correct treatment of the dead (in order that they do your bidding), to the range of magical formulae you could employ. The practice of writing curses was widespread across the ancient world, and the talk will also explore some different ancient cultures of cursing, including the famous Bath curse tablets. Esther Eidinow is currently the Chair of Ancient History at the University of Bristol and her research interests focus on religion and magic in the ancient Greek world.

Thursday 13th February, 7pm – Professor Matthew Nicholls

‘Virtual Rome: A Digital Model of the Ancient City’

Matthew has spent several years creating a large-scale digital model of ancient Rome, for use in his teaching and research at Reading and Oxford universities. He has also worked with broadcasters and computer games companies, and produced a five-week free online course (‘MOOC’) based on the model which over 30,000 people have now taken. This talk will look at how Matthew made this model, what evidence it is based on, and some of the uses to which it has been put.

Wednesday 6th May, 7pm – Dr Emily Hauser

‘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.

All talks will be held at Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall. Please email Barbara Bell ( 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. Refreshments available from 6.30pm.

The Bristol Classical Association AGM will be on November 12, 2019, 12.30-2.00pm.