Conference In GCSE Latin and Greek & Essay Prize Supported by the Classical Association

Westminster School

Thursday, 14th February 2019 9.40am -1.00pm

This conference offers pupils in years 10 and 11 the chance to attend a series of appropriately pitched lectures on their Latin and Greek set texts and on topics of wider interest. 

The conference lectures will tie into the Classical Association GCSE Essay Prize: each speaker will provide further reading at the end of the lecture and an essay title (1000 words maximum).  Pupils who choose to write one of these essays can enter the Classical Association GCSE Essay prize: the winner will receive £100 in book tokens, and their essay will be posted on the Classical Association website.

A voluntary £5 contribution per pupil attending is suggested: for more information and to reserve places please contact andy.mylne@westminster.org.uk

Programme for the day:

9.15-9.40              Arrive at Westminster School & gather in the School Hall (‘Up School’)

Session 1: 9.45 – 10.25 – Mr Franco Basso: ‘A Baffling God: Readings in Herodotus’ Theology’.

Franco Basso is Senior Language Teaching Officer in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Trinity Hall. He is interested in Greek and Roman historians and their reception. He has recently published (with Geoffrey Greatrex) a study on the reception of Herodotus and Thucydides in Procopius: C. Lillington-Martin (ed.) Procopius of Caesarea: Literary and Historical Interpretations (Routledge 2018).

Session 2: 10.30-11.10 – Professor Rhiannon Ash: ‘Visions of the Druids in Ancient Historiography: Fact or Fantasy?’

Rhiannon Ash is Professor of Roman Historiography and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. She is interested in the representation of the historical tradition and especially in the language and syntax of Tacitus. She has published commentaries on Histories II (Cambridge 2007) and Annals XV (Cambridge 2018).

Break: 11.15-11.30

Session 3: 11.30-12.10 – Dr Oliver Thomas: ‘Studying Odyssey 6 in ancient Greece’

Oliver Thomas is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Nottingham, who specialises in Ancient Greek literature and religion. He is currently finalising an edition and commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, and starting a translation of ancient scholarship on Iliad books 3-6.

Session 4: 12.15-12.55 – Dr Emily Pillinger:  ‘Threats, silence, and song: Dido’s vocal strategies.’

Emily Pillinger is Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature at King’s College, London. Her expertise includes late Republican and early Imperial Latin poetry. Her book, Cassandra and The Poetics of Prophecy (C.U.P, in press) examines the power of the female prophetic voice in ancient literature, including Greek tragedy and Roman epic.

1.00 – End