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Classics Talks and Workshops for Schools and Colleges

The Faculty of Classics Outreach Programme also offers schools and colleges the opportunity to host talks and workshops by our academic members of staff and postgraduate students on a wide variety of topics, from the development of the Greek alphabet to the reception of Classical literature and art through the ages.

Please see below for a list of all available topics, clicking on the talk titles to view an abstract (where available) and details of the target age group for each. Most of these talks are aimed at GCSE and A-Level pupils, however some can be adapted to suit all age levels including KS2.

If you would like to host a talk at your school please contact the Outreach Officer (outreach@classics.ox.ac.uk) with the following details:

  • Your school name and location
  • Which academic/talk/workshop you would like to host
  • The indended year group/qualification level
  • What ancient world topics your students are currently studying (if any)
  • The maximum number of pupils you could host
  • Potential dates and times of the talk
Please Note
  • Although our talks are offered free of charge, booking is conditional: we require host schools/colleges to advertise and extend an invitation to neighbouring schools/colleges (especially those in the state maintained sector).
  • Our academics are happy to provide talks on set texts to schools, but wil not deliver lectures that are specifically aimed at revision.
  • Talks must be scheduled at a time reasonably convenient for all schools in the local area.
  • Independent/private schools are required to cover the cost of any travel expenses incurred by the visiting speaker.
Talk title Talk by From
Aeneas the Villain
Dr Stephen Heyworth Wadham College
Alpha Beta Gamma...everything you always wanted to know about the Greek alphabet Dr Armand D'Angour Jesus College
Alphabetising the Mediterranean: a short history of writing from cuneiform and hieroglyphs to the emergence of the Greek alphabet Dr Peter Haarer Corpus Christi College and Christ Church
Amores 3
Dr Stephen Heyworth Wadham College
An offer you can't refuse: Aristotle on threats and coercion Prof. Ursula Coope Corpus Christi College
Ancient Greek Pop: the New Music of 5th-century BC Athens Dr Armand D'Angour Jesus College
Aristophanes Dr Angus Bowie Queen's College
Art, text, and history in the Alexander Mosaic from Pompeii Prof. Bert Smith The Ioannou Centre
Athenian democracy and politics (this talk is not currently available) Prof. Rosalind Thomas Balliol College
Building Augustan Rome (this talk is not available from January 2017 till January 2018) Dr Janet Delaine The Ioannou Centre
Bricks and Marble: Augustan Monuments as Propaganda? Dr Peter Stewart The Ioannou Centre
Catullus on love and sex
Dr Stephen Heyworth Wadham College
Catullus 64 and its possible relations
Dr Gail Trimble Trinity College
Child Sacrifice at Carthage: a detective story Dr Josephine Quinn Worcester College
Chorus in Greek Tragedy Dr Felix Budelmann Magdalen College
Cicero and his daughter Tullia Prof. Susan Treggiari Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and member of the University of Oxford Sub-Faculty of Ancient History and Archaeology
Cicero: How to do things with words Prof. Gregory Hutchinson Exeter College
Cicero's Prosecution of Verres: A Story of David and Goliath(s) Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
Cicero's World Dr Anna Clark Christ Church
Cicero, Verres and Sicily Dr Jonathan Prag Merton College
Code-cracking in the ancient world: the decipherment of Linear B Dr Lisa M. Bendall Keble College
Constructing the Story of 63 BC: Heroes and Villains Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
Cunning Plans in Tacitus Dr Luke Pitcher Somerville College
Depicting Ariadne in Catallus, Pompeii and beyond Dr Gail Trimble Trinity College
Disrespect in Retrospect: the Defamation of the Emperor Tiberius Dr Ed Bispham Brasenose College
Doing History with (Greek) Names
Prof. Robert Parker New College
Eruption and Erudition: The World of the two Plinys Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
The experience of theatre in ancient Athens Mr David Raeburn New College
Fate and the Gods in Tragic Drama Dr Scott Scullion Worcester College
Finding lost worlds: the discovery of the Aegean Bronze Age Dr Lisa M. Bendall Keble College
From Wife-Eaters to Counting Cows: Mapping out the non-Greek World Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum: Plautus Terence and Roman Comedy Prof. Matthew Leigh St. Anne's College
The Gods in Homer Dr Angus Bowie Queen's College
The Gods in Homer Prof. Robert Parker New College
The Gods of Greece and Rome Dr Llewelyn Morgan Brasenose College
A Great Future Behind It: The Prophetic Past in Livy Book I Dr Luke Pitcher Somerville College
Greek historiography Prof. Rosalind Thomas Balliol College
Greek religion Prof. Robert Parker New College
The Greeks in Afghanistan...and Britain Dr Llewelyn Morgan Brasenose College
Groups in Greek society: citizens, women, slaves Prof. Rosalind Thomas Balliol College
Hellenistic cities (this talk is not currently available) Dr John Ma Corpus Christi College
Herodotus (this talk is not currently available 2014-2015). Prof. Rosalind Thomas Balliol College
Herodotus: in particular Book 8 Dr Angus Bowie Queen's College
Herodotus, Thucydides, or Xenophon’s Anabasis Prof. Tim Rood St Hugh’s College
History and Histrionics: (Up)Staging Nero Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
How to build a heroine: Catallus' Ariadne and Virgil's Dido Dr Gail Trimble Trinity College
How to Start A Story in the Ancient World Dr Luke Pitcher Somerville College
How we got our Classical texts
Dr Gail Trimble Trinity College
Hunting, Fighting, and Drinking with Alexander: Wall Paintings from Macedonia Prof Bert Smith The Ioannou Centre
Language learning across languages, cultures and time Dr Philomen Probert Wolfson College
Latin love Prof. Gregory Hutchinson Exeter College
The Legacy of the Ancient World Dr Nicholas Cole Pembroke College
Literacy in Greek society (this talk is not currently available 2014-2015). Prof. Rosalind Thomas Balliol College
Looking when you can't get there: Catullus 64 and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Dr Gail Trimble Trinity College
The Lost Artists of Classical Greece Dr Peter Stewart The Ioannou Centre
The Lost Emperor Dr Llewelyn Morgan Brasenose College
Making a Drama out of a Crisis: A Tale of Two Mutinies Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
Making sense of Sappho Dr Felix Budelmann Magdalen College
Money passion and philosophy: Plato's Republic Dr Armand D'Angour Jesus College
The Odyssey looks as the Iliad Dr Angus Bowie Queen's College
Our Friends in the North: Caesar and Tacitus on Barbarian Management Dr Luke Pitcher Somerville College
Ovid's Metamorphoses Mr David Raeburn New College
Ovid’s Metamorphoses: an epic of change
Dr Stephen Heyworth Wadham College
Ovid: play and politics
(This talk is not available 2015-2016)
Dr Stephen Heyworth Wadham College
The Persian Empire / Persian Wars with the Greeks( 'Greeks and barbarians') - This talk is not currently available 2014-2015. Prof. Rosalind Thomas Balliol College
Personae non gratae: Bad Women at Rome Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
Pictures of Gods, Life and Death: Greek pottery and its uses Dr Thomas Mannack Beazley Archive, The Ioannou Centre
Pirates of the Mediterranean: Trade and Travel from Homer to Alexander Dr Al Moreno Magdalen College
A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place: East and West in Herodotus' Histories Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
The rediscovery of Menander's comedies in the twentieth century Mr Peter Brown Trinity College
Reading Greek Inscriptions: a Workshop Dr Peter Haarer Corpus Christi College and Christ Church
Reasons and the emotions in ancient philosophy
Prof. Ursula Coope Corpus Christi College
The relevance of Greek Tragedy today Mr David Raeburn New College
Roman Emperors Dr Anna Clark Christ Church
Roman Emperors and Greek Heroes in the Sebasteion at Aphrodisias Prof. Bert Smith The Ioannou Centre
Roman marriage and divorce Prof. Susan Treggiari
Professor Emeritus at Stanford University
Rome and Hollywood Not available (2014-2015) Prof. Stephen Harrison Corpus Christi College
'Rubbish heaps of riches': The Story and Treasures of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Dr Amin Benaissa Lady Margaret Hall College
Sappho Dr Felix Budelmann Magdalen College
Sappho and Catullus: reconstructing an ancient love poem Dr Armand D'Angour Jesus College
The Secret Lives of Roman Freedwomen and Freedmen Dr Josephine Quinn Worcester College
Set in Stone: Inscriptions in the Greek and Roman World Dr Alfonso Moreno Magdalen College
Sex and Death? The World of the Etruscans Dr Ed Bispham Brasenose College
"Shall Greek be pronounced by accent or by quantity?": Debating Greek pronunciation since the Renaissance Dr Philomen Probert Wolfson College
Snuggling up with a good papyrus Prof. Gregory Hutchinson Exeter College
The sound of ancient Greek Mr David Raeburn New College
The sound of Virgil Mr David Raeburn New College
Spartacus Prof. Stephen Harrison Corpus Christi College
Text as interpretation: the editing of Latin poetry Dr Stephen Heyworth Wadham College
Texts and texture: reading Latin and Greek for enjoyment Dr Armand D'Angour Jesus College
The structure of praise: how to write a Pindaric ode Dr Armand D'Angour Jesus College
Thucydides (this talk is not currently available) Prof. Rosalind Thomas Balliol College
Virgil, Aeneid 6 Dr Angus Bowie Queen's College
Vergil's Aeneid: between Homer and Rome Dr Gail Trimble Trinity College
Vergil's Aeneid and Roman Civilisation Dr Stephen Heyworth Wadham College
Vergilian endings
Dr Stephen Heyworth Wadham College
What were the Romans really interested in? Prof. Stephen Harrison Corpus Christi College
Writing the Kingly history of Rome: Tacitus on Augustus Dr Katherine Clarke St Hilda’s College
'You Can See it in Their Eyes'? Reading Roman Portraits Dr Peter Stewart
The Ioannou Centre