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This one-day course will provide an opportunity to anyone teaching subjects related to classical Greece and Rome (for GCSE, A-level or IB), be it for ancient Greek, Latin, Classical Civilisation or Ancient History, to brush up on the latest research on the day’s topic in the fields of literature, history and archaeology. Experts from University College London and the British School at Athens will offer lectures and seminars on various aspects of ‘heroism in the ancient world’. There will be the chance to speak to university lecturers and staff from the British School at Athens informally during breaks.

Thanks to the generosity of the A.G. Leventis Foundation attendance is free (including tea, coffee, light sandwich lunch), and the event is open to all teachers at secondary schools, PGCE students, and PhD students interested in a career in secondary-school teaching. Since spaces are limited, registration is required.



11.10–11.20 am Registration and Coffee

11.20–11.30  Welcome and Introduction

11.30–12.30  Michael Loy (BSA): ‘Homeric heroes and warriors in the archaeological record’

12.30–1.30 pm  Antony Makrinos (UCL): ‘Heroes and heroines in the Homeric epics’

1.30–2.15  Lunch

2.15–3.15 Georgina Barker (UCL): ‘Sappho the queer hero’

3.15–4.15 Maria Wyke (UCL): ‘Rome’s fatale monstrum: Cleopatra as villain and hero’

4.15–4.30  Closing remarks


All welcome! Please register here.