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Classics Day 2019: Festivals and celebrations in the ancient world

In partnership with the British Museum and University College London

Saturday 16 February 2019, 10:30-16:30, British Museum, BP Theatre - Bookings >

The City Lit, in partnership with University College London and the British Museum, presents this stimulating day on the wide-ranging subject of festivals and celebrations – personal, public and religious – across the ancient world of Greece and Rome.

We see how these offer the context for many of the objects in the Museum. Why and how were some festivals of ancient Greece absorbed into Roman culture? What do these festivals and celebrations tell us about the relevant societies? The lectures will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers from the City Lit, University College London and the British Museum.



10:30–10:45 Welcome and introduction

10:45–11:30 Lecture 1 - The Elizabeth Teller lecture, celebrating philosophers in Ancient Greece  – Emma Park, City Lit

11:30-12:00 Refreshment provided in the Foyer

12.00-12.45 Lecture 2 - Happy Birthday Athene: Panathenaic Festivals

12.45-14.00 Lunch Break 

14.00–14.45 Lecture 3 - Dramatic festivals in Rome – Gesine Manuwald, UCL. Gesine Manuwald is Professor of Latin and Head of the Department of Greek and Latin at University College London (UCL). Her research interests include Roman epic, Roman drama, Roman oratory and the reception of classical antiquity, especially in Latin literature of the Renaissance; she has published widely on all those areas.

14.45–15.15 Break – café open in the Great Court

15.15–16.15 Panel discussion, Deborah Hyde, City Lit, George Hart (British Museum), Gesine Manuwald, UCL, Moderator: Francesco Bucciol.

16.15–16.30 Concluding remarks on theme 

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