NORTH STAFFS BRANCH OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION


Chairman: Father Anthony Dykes; Treasurer: Mr Richard Wallace; Secretary: Mr Stephen Clifford
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Events 2016/2017

LECTURE: Mr Peter Brown (University of Oxford)

'MENANDER, PLAUTUS & TERENCE: THE ORIGINS OF THE EUROPEAN COMIC TRADITION'
7.30 pm, Tuesday 18 October 2016
Senior Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG
Joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

LECTURE: Professor John Prag (University of Manchester)

'HOW TO LOOK AT A GREEK VASE'
7.30 p.m., Tuesday 1 November 2016
St Wulstans's (RC) Primary School, Church Lane, Wolstanton, ST5 0EF

READING: (in English translation) of Aeneid Book XII

7.30 p.m., Thursday 17 November 2016
SCR, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

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

READING: (in English translation) of Ovid: Metamorphoses Book III

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 28 February 2017
Priest's House, St Wulstan's, Church Lane, Wolstanton, Newcastle, ST5 0EF

Please bring any translation you may have.

PLAY READING: (in English translation) of Euripides' Iphigeneia in Tauris

7.30 p.m., Thursday 16 March 2017
SCR Bar, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

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

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

LECTURE: Dr Paul Millett (University of Cambridge)

'WINSTON CHURCHILL AND THE CLASSICS'
7.30 p.m., Thursday 6 April 2017
Senior Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG
Joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

LECTURE: Professor David Langslow (University of Manchester)

'THE DEVELOPMENT OF WRITING AND THE ALPHABET IN THE ROMAN WORLD'
7.30 pm, Tuesday 2 May 2017
Senior Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

ROMAN GLOUCESTERSHIRE TRIP

ANNUAL COACH TRIP, Saturday 20 May 2017:

Cirencester Roman Museum & Chedworth Roman Villa, led by Dr Andy Fear, Chedworth being subject to access. The coach will leave Keele at 8.30 a.m., and stop for an evening meal in Tewkesbury. There is a charge for this event expected to be about 25.

      Roman Mosaic, Cirencester,  Andrew Fear, March 2005 Mosaic floor with image of Hare.

The booking form can be downloaded here. Bookings now closed.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Branch will take place on Thursday 22 June 2017, at 7.30 pm, at the Priest's House, Wolstanton. This event is for members only.

Latin and Greek Reading Groups 2016/17

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 9 October 2017. The group be reading Pliny Letters 4.99 p.66, 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.

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