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Oxford Alumni Weekend 2016 - Classics Events

Programme

Date:    Saturday 17th September

Venue:  Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies . 66 St Giles’, OX3 1LU

Times:  10:00-11:15

Session Title:  Learn Latin: a lesson for complete beginners - Juliane Kerkhecker

Have a go at learning Latin in a small group with an experienced lecturer. Beginners will be introduced to basic linguistic concepts, Latin’s connections to English, and will get a chance to work through real Latin words and phrases to take away and share. No previous experience of learning Latin is required. Accompanied children are welcome.

Session Title:  Brush up on your Latin - Dr Ben Cartlidge

Reconnect with Latin by reading and analysing the language in a small group with Dr Ben Cartlidge. The class for former Classicists will look at an original text, and will encourage alumni to reacquaint themselves with the works they studied during their university days. No preparation is necessary.

Times: 11:45-13:00

Session Title:  Learn Ancient Greek: a lesson for complete beginners - Juliane Kerkhecker

Have a go at learning Ancient Greek in a small group with an experienced lecturer. Beginners will be introduced to basic linguistic concepts, Greek’s connections to English, and will get a chance to work through real Greek words and phrases to take away and share. No previous experience of learning Greek is required. Accompanied children are welcome.

Session Title:  Brush up on your Greek - Dr Ben Cartlidge

Reconnect with Ancient Greek by reading and analysing the language in a small group with Dr Ben Cartlidge. The class for former Classicists will look at an original text by the comic poet Menander (late fourth century BC), whose texts have mostly been re-discovered  only in the 20th century.  No preparation is necessary. 

Session Title:  Pots, papers, and classical art: behind the scenes at the CARC - Dr Peter Stewart

The Classical Art Research Centre is Oxford’s hub for the study of ancient Greek and Roman art, the home of the Beazley Archive and other important physical and virtual resources. CARC’s director, Dr Peter Stewart, will introduce the Centre with an opportunity to handle ancient Greek pottery and archival material

Times: 14:30-15:45

Session Title: After antiquity: long-term lessons from ancient civilisations - Prof. Richard Jenkyns

The study of how the ancient world has influenced later centuries used to be a Cinderella subject. It is now fashionable. What are the rewards and pitfalls? What have the Greeks and Romans done for us? How can the twenty-first century learn from the politics, art, and culture of the ancient civilisations? ?

Date:  Sunday 18th September

Venue:  Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG

Times: 11:45-13:15

Session Title:  Fragments: a performance poetry exploration - Prof. Fiona Macintosh, Marchella Ward              (St Hilda’s DPhil student)

The mystery of poetic fragments, both ancient and modern, has fascinated scholars and artists alike for centuries. This performance of poetry, dance and live music explores why the gaps in their stories provoke a myriad of creative responses and how the broken shards of antiquity convey infinite possibilities.

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