NORTH STAFFS BRANCH OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION

Report for the Year 2013/14

As the Treasurer reports elsewhere, we experienced a not inconsiderable deficit this year, mainly from expenditure on prospecting the year's coach trip and a fall in subscriptions. We now have 54 paying members, all at the full 5. (59 last year.) Our attendances fell again despite our best efforts, including a publicity leaflet, and no adverse weather conditions.

In the Autumn we opened in late October with a lecture at Keele by Cressida Ryan (Oxford) on Greek Tragedy & Opera. (Friends of Keele & Hellenic Society joint meeting.) This was followed by a reading of Seneca's Troades at our Chairman's house, and a lecture on Pliny and Other Letter Writers at Keele, by Ruth Morello (Manchester).

We resumed in March with a play reading of Euripides' Troiades again at our Chairman's house. Allan Sommerstein then lectured on Friendly Gods in Comedy & Tragedy at Wolstanton RC Primary School, as a lead in to our reading of Aristophanes' Frogs. In May, Julia Hillner (Sheffield) was the speaker at Clayton Hall Business & Language College for our Roman Society talk on Imperial Women & late Antique Rome.

We are grateful to both schools, Keele SCR and the Friends of Keele for free use of the rooms for these meetings.

Our annual coach trip, in May, was as usual open to other bodies and was to Hadrian's Wall. The original plan to go to Chesters proved on prior investigation to be too far, so we visited Birdoswald and Carvoran. We are grateful as ever to Andy Fear for leading us round both sites.

The Latin and Greek reading groups have continued to run approximately monthly throughout the year, independently of the core programme.


Events 2013/2014

NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANY ANCIENT LANGUAGE IS REQUIRED TO ENJOY AND TAKE PART IN OUR EVENTS, OTHER THAN THE READING GROUPS

LECTURE: Dr Cressida Ryan (University of Oxford)

'SERIA-IZING SOPHOCLES: GREEK TRAGEDY AND OPERA '
(The Classical Origins and Inspiration of Opera)

7.30 pm, Monday 21 October 2013
Raven Mason Suite, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG
Joint meeting with the Friends of Keele and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

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

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 5 November 2013
Priest's House, St Wulstan's, Church Lane, Wolstanton, Newcastle, ST5 0EF

Texts will be available, but please bring the Emily Wilson translation, if you are able.

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

LECTURE: Dr Ruth Morello (University of Manchester)

'LATIN LETTERS: TURNING THE KALEIDOSCOPE WITH PLINY THE YOUNGER AND OTHER LETTER WRITERS'
7.30 p.m., Tuesday 26 November 2013
Senior Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

PLAY READING: (in English translation) of Euripides' Trojan Women (Troiades)

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 4 March 2014
Priest's House, St Wulstan's, Church Lane, Wolstanton, Newcastle, ST5 0EF

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

LECTURE: Professor Allan Sommerstein (University of Nottingham)

'FRIENDLY GODS IN COMEDY AND TRAGEDY'
7.30 p.m., Tuesday 18 March 2014
St Wulstans's (RC) Primary School, Church Lane, Wolstanton, ST5 0EF

PLAY READING: (in English translation) of Aristophanes' Frogs

7.30 p.m., Thursday 10 April 2014
Priest's House, St Wulstan's, Church Lane, Wolstanton, Newcastle, ST5 0EF

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

LECTURE: Dr Julia Hillner (University of Sheffield)

'EMPRESS AND THE CITY: IMPERIAL WOMEN AND LATE ANTIQUE ROME'
7.30 pm, Thursday 1 May 2014
The Library, Clayton Hall Business & Language College, Clayton Lane, Newcastle, ST5 3DN
Joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

HADRIAN'S WALL COACH TRIP

ANNUAL COACH TRIP, Saturday 10 May 2014.

As usual we will depart by coach from Keele, about 8.30 a.m., returning late the same evening and visiting Birdoswald Roman Fort and a section of the Wall itself, led by Dr Andy Fear. There is a charge for this event.

      Birdoswald from the air Birdoswald (Banna) from the air. Fort remains Birdoswald Fort

Final details of coach costs will be given with confirmed bookings, but these are now expected to be about 30, exclusive of evening meal, and depending on final costs of group entry. Further details will appear on this site before the trip. The booking form may be downloaded here.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Branch will take place on Thursday 26 June 2014, at 7.30 pm, at the Priest's House, Wolstanton. This event is for members only.

Latin and Greek Reading Groups 2012/13

The Latin and Greek reading groups continue to meet every 3 - 4 weeks at 7.30 p.m., independently of the general programme, for those who wish to read ancient (and medieval Latin) literature in the original, and to work together on deciphering the meaning, in a relaxed atmosphere.

Last year's programme and Annual Report

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