NORTH STAFFS BRANCH OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION


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

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Events 2021/2022

ALL LECTURES THIS YEAR SHOULD BE LIVE STREAMED & AVAILABLE LATER AS RECORDINGS

LECTURE: Professor Alison Sharrock (University of Manchester)

'OVID THE PROTOFEMINIST?'
7.30 p.m., Thursday 21 October 2021,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG.

A recording is now available on our You Tube Channel

READING: (in English translation) from Homer

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 16 November 2021,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG.

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

Texts will be available, & details will be advised near the date

LECTURE: Dr Katherine Backler (All Souls College, University of Oxford)

'HOMER ON BEING HUMAN'
2.00 p.m., Tuesday 30 November 2021,
Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2RU
This lecture will be Live Streamed on Zoom - to view only - and available later as a recording.
Joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

A recording is now available on our You Tube Channel

LECTURE: Dr Hannah Cornwell (University of Birmingham)

'ROMAN PEACE'
7.30 p.m., Tuesday 15 March 2022,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG
Joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

READING: (in English translation) from Cicero's Verres

7.30 p.m., Thursday 24 March 2022,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

Texts will be available, & details will be advised near the date

LECTURE: Dr Katherine Clarke (St Hilda's College, University of Oxford)

'CICERO'S PROSECUTION OF VERRES'
7.30 p.m., Thursday 31 March 2022,
This meeting will be Live Streamed on Zoom only - live link to be provided.

LECTURE: Professor Joyce Tyldesley (University of Manchester)

'CLEOPATRA, THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MYTH'
7.30 p.m., Thursday 12 May 2022,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

ANNUAL COACH TRIP, Saturday 28 May 2022: York & Aldborough Roman Town

Led as usual by Dr Andy Fear. Departing from Keele at 8.00 a.m., with time for individual exploration also in the city. Booking details to follow in New Year .
There is a charge for this event, payable with bookings,.which this year we again have to ask to be paid in advance, to ensure the cost of the coach will be fully met.

Latin and Greek Reading Groups 2021/22

Greek - POSTPONED FOR THE PRESENT A Greek Reading Group meets at a private house on Keele campus every four weeks or so, generally on a midweek morning. The group has been reading texts from the Perseus Digital Library. Next meeting Postponed for now during Covid19 Emergency. When we resume the meeting will be at 10.30 a.m., in a member's house on Keele campus, when the Group will be reading Ancient Greek Epigrams ed. C.T.Hadavas ISBN 9781727440225, p56ff, Callimachus 18. Some prior knowledge of Greek is required, but the atmosphere is relaxed and support is provided.

Latin The Latin Reading Group is now resuming on Zoom & now meets monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.00 p.m. - the next meeting will be at at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday 14th December 2021 and the group will continue reading selections of Ovid's Metamorphoses, beginning with the story of Cephalus and Procris (Jones page 162). Members may also like to listen to the news in Latin (pronounced like Italian) on Vatican Radio - Google Hebdomada Papae.

For further details of both groups, or for anyone new wishing to join the groups, 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. This scratch group has now progressed too far to integrate further beginners, but Nigel has begun another one in 2018, which meets on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm.. Please let us (email below) know if you would be interested. The only requirement is that if not already a subscribing member you become one.

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

Information on Membership

Last year's programme and annual report

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