Classical Studies

Group Leader  – Rosemary Wisbey

Classical Studies covers a huge variety of topics; Archaeology, Drama, Poetry, Painting, History, Philosophy…the list could go on and on. We have many knowledgeable people in our U3A who have offered to lead sessions on their pet subjects but there will be plenty of room for anyone who just wants to come along and listen as well.

Contact Alison Gordon – – 793026
Meets  Tuesday 1330-1530. Monthly.
2019 Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17,
2020 Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16


17 September: 1.30 – 3.30pm, Sue Willson, ‘Are the Classics boring?  Are they just for the toffs?’

15 October: 1.30pm Jan Herbert: Britannia and Gallia in the 5th and early 6th centuries.

2.30pm, 2.30pm, Rosemary Wisbey, ‘Potty about the Greeks’ (change of speaker)

19 November: 1.30pm, David Wylde: Architecture in Rome.

2.30pm Laurence Carter, The Odyssey, a Question of Astronomy.

17 December: 1.30pm, David Wilson (guest speaker) Linear B.

2.30pm, Richard Thomas, the Emperor Hadrian. ( change of speaker)


21 January: 1.30pm, Peter Duffy, Winckleman and the Rediscovery of the Classical World.

2.30pm, Stephen Mason, Alcibiades.

Jan 22nd . Coach Trip to Troy Exhibition at British Musuem  ( tickets on sale at meetings or from Joanne 07973801733)

18 February: 1.30pm, Mike Hapgood, ‘The Old Gods, Tragedy and Philosophy’, looking at the connection between ancient religion and tragedy, and why the philosophers (especially Plato) disapproved of it.

2.30pm: Laurence Carter, Greek Science

17 March: 1.30pm, Chris Herbert, The Emperor Constantine.

2.30pm, Colin McDonald, Virgil’s poems and their influence on English Literature.

21 April: 1.30pm Jenny Thorpe, Roman Mosaic Pavements.

2.30pm Stephen Mason, Non-standard Latin (including the rude stuff!)

19 May: 1.30pm, (open session) Dr Jenny March (guest speaker) Classical Mythology in Art.

16 June: 1.30 – 3.30pm, Rosemary Wisbey and Company: Greek Drama.