Conference In GCSE Latin and Greek & Essay Prize Supported by the Classical Association
Thursday, 13th February 2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 –
Dr Elton Barker on Herodotus: ‘Fake news, fish-eaters and a divinely conceived bull: Herodotus and the meaning of history’.
Dr. Elton Barker is a Reader in Classical Studies at the Open University. His first book, Entering the Agon
(OUP 2009) analyses debate in Homer, historiography and Greek tragedy. He is heavily involved in multimedia projects. The Hestia project uses ‘X-ray’ maps to show how Herodotus constructs space in his Histories
. The Pelagios project connects texts, inscriptions, archaeological finds, museum objects and photographs to broaden the context in which to study ancient places.
Session 2: 10.30-11.10 –
Dr John Taylor on The Iliad (bk.3): ‘Greeks and Trojans at war’
Dr. John Taylor is a Lecturer in Classics at Manchester University. He is an experienced teacher and examiner of Greek and Latin and the author of the Bloomsbury textbooks Essential GCSE Latin
, Latin to GCSE
(with Henry Cullen), Latin Beyond GCSE
, Greek to GCSE
and Greek Beyond GCSE
. He is currently editing books for the Reading Greek and New Surveys series, planning new student texts, and working on a book on Pausanias.
Session 3: 11.30-12.10 –
Dr Katherine Clarke on Tacitus: ‘Germanicus and Piso: two of a kind?’
Dr. Katherine Clarke is Associate Professor in Ancient History at Oxford University and Fellow of St. Hilda’s College. She has published extensively on historians such as Tacitus, Polybius and Herodotus. In Making Time for the Past
(OUP 2008), she discussed how the identity of Greek city states was shaped by their different attitudes to time. Shaping the Geography of Empire
(OUP 2018) examines the role of landscape in Herodotus.
Session 4: 12.15-12.55 –
Dr Llewelyn Morgan on The Aeneid (bk.2): ‘Layers of meaning in Virgil.’
Dr Llewellyn Morgan is University Lecturer in Classics at Oxford University and Fellow of Brasenose College. He has published on Virgil, Ovid, Horace, satire and historiography. In Patterns of redemption in Virgil’s Georgics
(Cambridge, 1999), he explores themes including the civil wars, blood sacrifice and Romulus’s fratricide of Remus. He writes regular reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and he is currently completing a book on the expressive power of metrical form.
1.00 – End