The Song of Arms and a Man
Saturday 28th March, 2020, 7 – 9pm
at King’s College, London
170 Strand, WC2R 2LS
The Latin Qvarter’s unique presentation of Virgil’s Aeneid is read by Matthew Hargreaves, Emma Kirkby, Llewelyn Morgan and Victoria Punch.
George Sharpley’s two-hour adaptation brings this thrilling epic alive, telling the story of Aeneas’ struggle to fulfil his destiny as founder of Rome – from his escape from the burning ruins of Troy to his asylum and heart-breaking affair with the Carthaginian queen Dido and then his reluctant war with the inhabitants of his fated homeland of Italy. Selections of Virgil’s epic verse are read in the original Latin interspersed with an English narration which tells the whole story of the poem.
The Song of Arms and a Man echoes the ancient culture of public performance of poetry, and is accompanied with live ancient music.