Annual Report for 2021/22

It was good to return to meetings in person this year, which as agreed we tried to run in a hybrid form so that, although many attendances were lower in person, Zoom participants and our You Tube channel have often allowed a wider attendance at our events than used to be normal.

As the Treasurer reports elsewhere, our financial position actually improved during the year, returning to the sort of balance in the general fund that we felt appropriate until the losses we incurred a few years ago. Meeting expenses were low, because several speakers were either unable to eat with us or charged no travel costs. We have again maintained our membership numbers, with about 58 paid up members. We were fortunate in continuing to attract engaging and interesting speakers.

In the Autumn we opened in late October with a lecture by Alison Sharrock (Manchester), on Ovid the Protofeminist? (attendance 11 plus 8 Zoom, You Tube so far 101 views). In mid-November we had a reading in translation of Homer's Odyssey XI (attendance 7, very much in line with the pre-Covid norm). Readings were not also live streamed. Finally we met, during college teaching hours, at Stoke 6th Form College, for a talk on Homer on Being Human, by Katherine Backler (Oxford), which provoked many interesting questions (attendance 50, over 40 being students, plus 8 Zoom and You Tube to date 61 views). This was the Hellenic Society Joint Meeting

We resumed in March with a talk by Hannah Cornwell (Birmingham) on Roman Peace (attendance 16 plus 5 Zoom attendance, with 44 You Tube views of the lecture and questions so far). This was the Roman Society Joint Meeting. In late March we had first a reading of Cicero's Verrine Orations 2 (attendance 5), as a lead in to Katherine Clarke (Oxford)'s lecture at the end of the month on Cicero's Prosecution of Verres (on Zoom only, attendance 10, You Tube 72 views). Finally in May we had a lecture by Joyce Tyldesley (Manchester) on Cleopatra, the Woman behind the Myth for which sadly, although live streamed, the recording failed (attendance 13 plus 3 Zoom).

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

Our annual trip, in May, was to have been the postponed one to Aldborough Roman Town and York, but was again cancelled, this time because the number willing to commit to going was insufficient to meet anything like the (increased) costs of coach hire. We shall need to think very seriously about whether these trips are practicable in future.

It was great that both the Latin and the Greek reading groups were able to resume meeting this year, both now on the Zoom platform provided by the CA nationally, hosted by Nigel Coulton.

Events 2021/2022


LECTURE: Professor Alison Sharrock (University of Manchester)

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)

2.00 p.m., Tuesday 30 November 2021,
Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2RU
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)

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

Recordings of the lecture and of questions on the night are now available on our You Tube Channel

READING: (in English translation) from Cicero's Verrine Orations

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

Texts of Verrines 2.5.82-122 will be available

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

7.30 p.m., Thursday 31 March 2022,
This meeting was Live Streamed on Zoom only.

A recording is now available on our You Tube Channel.

LECTURE: Professor Joyce Tyldesley (University of Manchester)

7.30 p.m., Thursday 12 May 2022,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

This talk was Live Streamed on Zoom but unfortunately recording failed and it is not available on You tube - courtesy of our speaker, the Power Point presentation may however be viewed here.

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

Led as usual by Dr Andy Fear. Departing from Keele at 8.00 a.m., with time for individual exploration also in the city.
There is a charge for this event of 30 pounds, 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 before confirming it.

The booking form may be downloaded here. Sadly bookings proved insufficient this year to meet the cost of the trip.

Annual General Meeting - 7.30 pm Wednesday 13th July 2022

The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 13th July 2022

Latin and Greek Reading Groups 2021/22

Greek - The Greek Reading Group is resuming on Zoom, now meeting on the third Monday of each month at 2.00 p.m. Some prior knowledge of Greek is required, but the Group is informal and relaxed, not a high-powered academic group, but simply friends getting together to enjoy reading Greek.

Latin The Latin Reading Group has resumed on Zoom & now meets monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.00 p.m. 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, 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 available, strictly limited to 5 members. Contact Nigel Coulton if interested. The first 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 began another one in 2018, which meets on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm.. Please let us (email Nigel or the Branch address below) know if you would be interested. The only requirement is that if not already a subscribing member of this Branch you become one.

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

Last year's programme and annual report

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