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Classic Week 2022

Feminine power
the divine
to the demonic

1 July - 9 July 2022

22 Sessions | 9 Days | 3 Keynote Lectures | 1 Panel Discussion

Copyright: 2022 The Trustees of the British Museum

Classics Week is back for 2022.

This year we bring you 9 days packed with interesting City Lit seminars as well as the main event, Classics Day at The British Museum. We have an amazing day planned celebrating the Citi exhibition Feminine power: divine to demonic at the British Museum with guest speakers Dame Mary Beard, Bettany Hughes and Belinda Crerar.

In partnership with The British Museum and UCL


Main Event

Classics Day

We are delighted to announce that Classics Day, the annual collaboration between City Lit and the British Museum is back in person. We have an amazing day planned celebrating the Citi exhibition Feminine power: divine to the demonic at the British Museum with guest speakers Dame Mary Beard, Bettany Hughes and Belinda Crerar. 

Date: 9 July 2022
Location: The British Museum
Full fee: £59
British Museum Members / Concession: £38

 

Classics Day Guest Speakers

The day will consist of three guest lectures by Belinda Crerar,Mary Beard, and Bettany Hughes; and we will conclude with a discussion panel. More details about the three solo lectures and the ducission panel avaialble below. 

Belinda Crerar


Feminine power

the divine to the demonic


Date: 09/07/2022

Time:

10:45-11:45

Mary Beard


Feminine Power

the ancient world and us


Date: 09/07/2022

Time:

12:00-13:00

Bettany Hughes


Helen of Troy

goddess, princess, whore


Date: 09/07/2022

Time:

14:15-15:15

Panel Discussion

Feminine power

Cleopatra and women in Ancient Egypt

Time: 15:30-16:30

The Panel

Chris Naunton

Egyptologist

Rosalind Janssen

Egyptologist

David Stuttard

Author, Classical Scholar & Theatre Director

 


Taster Sessions

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Taster Session | Date Changed

Go to the Warres: Women, Power and the English Civil Wars

Spies, military strategists, couriers, petitioners, soldiers, nurses — women played an extraordinary variety of roles during the English Civil Wars of the 1640s. In this session, we will explore the significance of women’s participation for both the Royalist and Parliamentarian causes.

Date: 22/07/2022
Time: 10:30-12:30
Location: Online

Taster Session

Women in post-conflict reconstruction: The case of the German truemmerfrauen

Destroyed, Germany needed rebuilding after the Second World War. Often overlooked but incredibly important, millions of German women were at the centre of this decade-long undertaking. Join us to learn more about this part of German history.

Date: 01/07/2022
Time: 13:30-15:00
Location: Online

Taster Session

Writing strong female characters

Celebrate strong women with this inclusive one-off session on how to write powerful fictional women. A two-hour course in partnership with the British Museum’s exhibition on feminine power.

Date: 02/07/2022
Time: 10:00-12:00
Location: Online

Taster Session

Feminine Power: Infamous Empresses

Goddess, Whore or Murderess: will the real Empress please stand up? In this session we examine the literary treatment of imperial consorts including Livia, Messalina and Theodora. What is it about powerful women that invites condemnation?

Date: 02/07/2022
Time: 10:30-12:30
Location: City Lit

Cancelled

Aqualtune’s journey: From Kongo princess to enslaved woman and Brazilian quilombo leader

Come and find out more about Aqualtune, a XVIIth century Kongo princess who is re-emerging as a legendary figure and symbol of resistance for the Brazilian Black Movement.

Taster Session

Prostitution in Ancient Rome

The oldest profession as practised among the Romans - not for the squeamish. In this lecture, we will discover the attitudes and practices of prostitution among women and men.

Date: 03/07/2022
Time: 12:00-14:00
Location: Online

Taster Session

Reading and writing women in the ancient world: focus on reading

Historical fiction about the Greek and Roman worlds is perennially popular with readers, and with the releases of books like Circe, The Children of Jocasta, and Electra, the new sub-genre of fiction exploring myths and legends has never been stronger. How are the female figures of these stories presented as relevant and accessible?

Date: 04/07/2022
Time: 14:00-16:00
Location: Online

Taster Session

The changing 'face' of feminine power in America

The session will examine how our understanding of feminine power has been shaped and defined by individual female 'voices' throughout America's history. We explore what feminine power means in America and how it has been expressed.

Date: 04/07/2022
Time: 15:15-17:15
Location: City Lit

Taster Session

Olympias: Feminine Power in Ancient Macedon

The Macedonian queen Olympias was a famous figure in the ancient world. First and foremost, she was remembered as the wife of King Philip II of Macedon, conqueror of southern Greece, and the mother of King Alexander III of Macedon, known to history as Alexander the Great. But Olympias' identity goes far beyond wife and mother. 

Date: 04/07/2022
Time: 18:00-20:00
Location: City Lit

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