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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



Britain’s most ancient poetry: the verse inscriptions of Roman Britain

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 19.00-20.00 – room 217

Lecturer: Peter Kruschwitz, Reading University

Britain can boast a proud history of poetic achievements, but few people know that its earliest records reach back as far as the Roman times. This talk will introduce the fascinating world of inscribed Roman poetry and discuss some of the most remarkable examples of poetry from Roman Britain.

Peter Kruschwitz is Professor of Classics at the University of Reading and Fellow of the Pontifical Academy for Latin. His main research interests are Latin language and literature, especially of the Republican period. He has published widely on issues of Latin linguistics, Roman drama and song culture, and Latin epigraphy – the latter with particular emphasis on Roman wall inscriptions and Roman verse inscriptions.


Classics lunchtime talk

Thursday 4 April 2019, 19.00-20.00 – room 214



Seeing the gods in Greece and Rome

Wednesday 1 May 2019, 18.30-19.30 – room 112

Lecturer: Carrie Vout, Cambridge University

Why do Greek and Roman gods look the way they do? Are there problems in casting them in the shape of men and women? This lecture concentrates in the main on ancient sculpture to see what happens if we use it to ask theological as well as art historical questions.

Caroline Vout is Reader in Classics in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. She has published widely on Greek and Roman art and its reception, ancient history and Latin literature. Her books include Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome (2007) and The Hills of Rome: Signature of an Eternal City (2012), both Cambridge University Press, Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome (2013, The British Museum) and Classical Art: A Life History from Antiquity to the Present (Princeton, 2018).


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.


Religion and Philosophy in Greece: the Orphics

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 19.00-20.00 – room 217

Lecturer: Javier Maldonado Fernandez

This talk will focus on the intersections between Orphism and the evolution of philosophical thought from the 6th century to the Hellenistic period.

Javier Maldonado-Fernandez teaches Latin and Greek at Build


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