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Belfast Classics
18th October 2020

Hello everyone,

More announcements in this newsletter about online classics events: this Wednesday 21st October, we have a conversation with novelist Michael Hughes. The ClassicsNow festival organised by Irish University Classics departments, will take place online and at physical locations in Ireland if conditions allow.  

 Best wishes, Helen

Online Classes

Ancient Greek and Latin

As always, if you are interested in learning ancient Greek or Latin from scratch, or continuing your journey with ancient languages, have a look at the list of courses available here. I would be delighted to receive your suggestions if I don't yet offer what you are looking for!

The Classical Association in Northern Ireland

In Conversation with Michael Hughes

Novelist and actor Michael Hughes will talk about his award-winning book, Country. This event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday 21st October at 6.45pm GMT+1.  Michael will read from Country and will discuss his experience writing a novel about the Northern Irish troubles, based on events in Homer's Iliad.

The link to join the talk on Wednesday 21st at 6.45pm is here.  I look forward to seeing you!

13th - 15th November 2020

Classics Now

ClassicsNow is a new cultural festival in which audiences are invited to explore contemporary artistic interpretation of the literature, arts and ideas of Ancient Greece and Rome. The festival will take place online and in Dublin.

The weekend will showcase artistic and intellectual engagement with Classics by artists and writers, both international and Irish, in new versions, translations and re-workings of the Homeric poems, Greek tragedy and Roman history. It will highlight the rich tradition of Irish writers reflecting on Ireland through the Classics, which goes back centuries.

ClassicsNow is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and has been developed by a steering committee with representatives from the Classics departments of University College Dublin, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin and the Classical Association of Ireland. 

Highlights of the weekend programme include wide-ranging ‘in conversation’ events with the essayist and translator Daniel Mendelsohn, Editor-at-Large of the New York Review of Books; Italian journalist and classicist Andrea Marcolongo and BBC broadcaster, novelist and classicist, Natalie Haynes. 

For updates on the programme, join the ClassicsNow mailing list by clicking the button below.

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The Center for Hellenic Studies

Performing Epic: the Iliad

Reading Greek Tragedy Online has been running since the beginning of April 2020 and is presented by the Center for Hellenic Studies (, the Kosmos Society (, and Out of Chaos Theatre ( 

I was very excited to see that this online venture was branching out to include Homer's Iliad. The reading is hosted by Dr Joel Christensen of Brandeis University, Massachusetts, with special guest, Dr Lynn Kozak (McGill University, Montreal), expert on all things Homer. The performers are Tabatha Gayle, Paul O'Mahony, Rhys Rusbatch, and Sara Valentine.

Excerpts performed:
Book 1 Agamemnon and Achilles’ argument
Book 6 Hector and Andromache
Book 22 Andromache’s first lament for Hector
Book 24 Achilles and Priam
Book 24 Priam, Hecuba, Andromache and Helen lament for Hector

Watch here
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