Discover the Classics

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Evening lectures and lunchtime talks on the Classical world

Leading classicists bring the ancient world to life in Build's new programme of evening lectures and lunchtime talks. Topics include art, history and literature from Ancient Greece, Rome and beyond. You need no prior knowledge - just bring your curiosity...

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Tickets are £9 per talk. We hold events in the daytime and during the evening, so you're sure to find something that fits your schedule. Click the dates below to book your place online, or call our Enrolments team on 222-66-889-99. 

We also offer senior (£7) and concessionary discounted fees (£5).

Upcoming talks



Excavating the Archives: Archaeology of Sicily

Wednesday 5 December 2018, 19.00-20.00 – room 113

Lecturer: Nino Crisà, Warwick University

What can we learn from archives and Sicilian archaeology? This talk will offer an overview on archaeology of Sicily 'rediscovered' by records, including social contexts, museums, archaeologists and politicians.

Antonino 'Nino' Crisa' is currently Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick and working within the Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean project. Nino is an archaeologist, numismatist and historian. He obtained a BA and MA at the University of Milan (2001-07) and a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Leicester (2012-15). Nino also worked as field archaeologist in Italy and Palmyra (Syria).


Classics lunchtime talk

Thursday 17 January 2019, 13.00-14.00 – room 112

Lecturer: Stephen Colvin


Classics lunchtime talk

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 19.00-20.00 – room 217

Lecturer: Peter Kruschwitz, Reading University


Classics lunchtime talk

Thursday 4 April 2019, 19.00-20.00 – room 214



Classics lunchtime talk

Wednesday 1 May 2019, 18.30-19.30 – room 112

Lecturer: Carrie Vout, Cambridge University


Music and musical instruments in ancient Greece

Thursday 6 June 2018, 13.00-14.00 – room 106

Lecturer: Filomila Maniati

Music played an important role in the daily life of ancient Greece. They used musical instruments that they made with natural materials such as Lyra, flute, the flute of Pan, Tympanaki and the guitar of Apollo. Pictures of these instruments will be shown and their sounds will be demonstrated

Filomila Maniati is a special scientific advisor in the field of Culture and Educational Issues in the local community, has provided valuable advice for planning cultural and scientific events at the highest level particularly in the areas of music education. She has also achieved the highest standard in her Piano qualifications and has studied the “Carl Orff” pedagogical system in the Salzburg Mozarteum.


Classics lunchtime talk

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 19.00-20.00 – room 217

Lecturer: Sarah Bremner



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