NORTH STAFFS BRANCH OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION


Annual Report for 2017/18

As the Treasurer reports elsewhere, our balance has fallen during the year, and indeed our financial position is not, on the face of it, as secure as we thought 12 months ago. This is despite essentially maintaining membership numbers, going, as the figures in the accounts indicate, from 56 to 57 paying members, all at the full 5. We were also successful this year in maintaining the higher attendances reported in the last two years, other than for our coach trip, and in continuing to attract engaging and interesting speakers.

In the Autumn we opened in late October with a lecture at Keele by Sarah Knight (Leicester) on How the Young man should study Latin Poetry (attendance 18). This was followed by a reading of Seneca's Thyestes again at Keele (attendance 6), and a first visit to Stoke 6th Form College for a talk by the author Ben Kane on Massacre in The German Forests (AD9), for the Roman Society joint meeting (attendance 35).

We resumed in February with Kate Cook (Manchester)'s lecture on Oedipus Tyrannus Why Should they dance at all? (attendance 13: Hellenic Society joint meeting) linked to a reading of the play 2 weeks later (attendance only 4). In late March Jason Crowley (MMU) returned to speak on combat trauma in Ancient Greece, Beyond the Universal Soldier (attendance 17). Then Mark Bradley (Nottingham) spoke on Smell & Smelling in Ancient Rome (attendance 25). Both these talks were at Keele. Also in March, as part of the Ovid 2000 celebrations, members joined in the worldwide readings of Metamorphoses at the 6th Form College, and in April we read Aeneid Book IX at a member's house (attendance 8).

We are grateful to the college and to Keele SCR for free use of the rooms for these meetings.

Our annual trip, in May, was as usual open to other bodies and was to North Wales (attendance 16), with a concluding meal in St Asaph. We are grateful as ever to Andy Fear for leading us round Segontium. Unfortunately these numbers are well down on our normal attendance, representing a significant financial loss for next year's accounts. If a third of the 21 apologies had been able to take part we would have broken even.

The Latin and Greek reading groups have continued successfully to run approximately monthly throughout the year, independently of the core programme, as has the Beginners' Latin Group, thanks to Nigel Coulton (Latin) and Monica Swinburne (Greek), although we should note Greek had to take an enforced sabbatical, resuming in July.


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, ST4 2RU
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. Cost now expected to be about 25 plus meal.

      Segontium, Strong Room,  Stephen Clifford, August 2017 Segontium, Strong Room  Segontium, Commander's House,  Stephen Clifford, August 2017 Segontium, Commander's House

Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Branch will take place on Wednesday 27 June 2018, at 7.30 pm, in the SCR Bar, Keele Hall. This event is for members only.

Latin and Greek Reading Groups 2017/18

Beginners Latin from Scratch weekly Group is also now available, strictly limited to 5 members. This group began its course on Tuesday mornings in March 2016. It now meets on Thursdays.
Last year's programme and annual report

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