NORTH STAFFS BRANCH OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION


Chairman: Dr Andy Fear; Treasurer: Mr Chris Wain; Secretary: Mr Stephen Clifford

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Events 2017/2018

LECTURE: Professor Sarah Knight (University of Leicester)

''HOW THE YOUNG MAN SHOULD STUDY LATIN POETRY:
REPRESENTATIONS OF LATIN EDUCATION IN THE EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE'

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 31 October 2017,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

PLAY READING: (in English translation) of Seneca's Thyestes

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 14 November 2017,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

      Roman Theatre, Orange,  Stephen Clifford, June 2004 The Roman Theatre at Orange.

Texts available but please bring the Oxford World Classics translation if you are able

LECTURE: Ben Kane (Author of the Eagles of Rome Novels)

'MASSACRE IN THE GERMAN FORESTS, AD 9 - ROME'S GREATEST DEFEAT?'
(THE STORY BEHIND THIS SERIES OF NOVELS)

7.30 p.m., Thursday 23 November 2017,
Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent, ST5 0EF
Joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

LECTURE: Dr Kate Cook (University of Manchester)

'WHY SHOULD THEY DANCE AT ALL? THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHORUS IN SOPHOCLES' OEDIPUS TYRANNUS'
7.30 p.m., Tuesday 20 February 2017,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG
Joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

PLAY READING: (in English translation) of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus

7.30 p.m., Thursday 8 March 2018,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

Copies will be available, but please bring the Penguin Classics edition, if you are able.

LECTURE: Dr Jason Crowley (Manchester Metropolitan University)

'BEYOND THE UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: COMBAT TRAUMA IN CLASSICAL GREECE'
7.30 p.m., Tuesday 20 March 2018,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

LECTURE: Dr Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham)

'ROMAN NOSES: SMELL AND SMELLING IN ANCIENT ROME'
7.30 p.m., Thursday 12 April 2018,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

READING: (in English translation) of Aeneid Book IX

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 24 April 2018,
Private House in Newcastle - contact Secretary for address

Texts will be available, but please bring the Penguin Classics translation, if you are able

ROMAN NORTH WALES TRIP

ANNUAL COACH TRIP, Saturday 12 May 2018:

North Wales and Caernarfon Roman Remains, led by Dr Andy Fear. Booking details to follow in New Year.

Latin and Greek Reading Groups 2017/18

Greek A Greek Reading Group meets at a private house in Newcastle every three or four weeks, generally on a midweek morning. The group is reading texts from the Perseus Digital Library. The next meeting will be on date TBC, at 10.30 a.m., when the Group will continue reading Thucydides II. Some prior knowledge of Greek is required, but the atmosphere is relaxed and support is provided.

Latin The Latin Reading Group also meets about monthly, usually on a weekday morning on the second Monday of the month, on Keele campus. The next meeting will be in a private house on Keele campus, at 10.00 a.m. on Monday 13 November 2017. The group be reading Pliny Letters, and will also be looking at the Nuntii Latini news from Radio Helsinki, which is updated every Friday. For further details, or for anyone new wishing to join the group, please contact the organiser, Nigel Coulton, tel: 01782-615155, or email the Branch address below.

These groups are not for beginners: some prior knowledge of the relevant language is necessary to take part in either. For both, please ask the organiser if there is room in the group for more members before joining.

Beginners Latin from Scratch: a weekly Group is also now available, strictly limited to 5 members. Contact Nigel Coulton if interested. The group began its course on Tuesday mornings in March 2016. It now meets on Thursdays.

All welcome - all events except coach trips are free of charge

Information on Membership

Last year's programme and annual report

Classics Teachers

There is a termly meeting of Staffordshire Classics Teachers, at a private house in Newcastle. It is held on a Saturday morning, and operates as a mutual support group for people teaching Classical subjects in any shape or form. New members are always most welcome. The meeting is very informal and lunch is provided. The next meeting is on Saturday 4 November 2017. Please email the address below for further information.

Board Game for Schools

The Branch is pleased to say that, through the generosity of the Hellenic Society, we hold a copy of the board game Pots! The Game, suitable for age 10 and upwards. This is available to be borrowed at no charge by Schools in our area, and is a fast paced game for 3 - 6 players, bidding against each other to acquire the biggest and best collection of Greek vases. The Hellenic Society has made it available as part of its own Schools Programme since, as well as being good fun and instilling a general interest in Greece, the game has useful images and details of Greek vases in the British Museum. It should be of particular interest to any school students looking at Greek Art modules, but could also be used with older Minimus groups, to extend their interest to Greece as well as Rome. Interested schools can request a loan at the termly meeting above, or direct from this Branch (below).

For further details, please contact the Hon. Secretary: Stephen Clifford, Tel: 01630-647765, email: northstaffsca@yahoo.co.uk