Chairman: Dr Andy Fear; Treasurer: Mr Chris Wain; Secretary: Mr Stephen Clifford



Events 2020/2021

LECTURE: Dr Tom Phillips (University of Manchester)

'PICTURING OVID - MYTH IN ART' - illustrated
3.30 p.m., Thursday 29 October 2020
This lecture, postponed from March, will be on Zoom and available later as a recording.

A recording is now available at

READING: (in English translation) of Terence's Phormio

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 17 November 2020,
This meeting will be on Zoom -

For direct entry if needed the Zoom code is 816 886 5018 and the password (case sensitive) is Alexander.

The text will be available through screen sharing, or can be downloaded here.

LECTURE: Professor Christian Laes (University of Manchester)

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 16 February 2021,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

READING: (in English translation) of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis

7.30 p.m., Thursday 4 March 2021,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG

      Roman Theatre, Orange, ? Stephen Clifford, June 2004 The Roman Theatre at Orange.

Texts will be available, & details will be advised near the date

LECTURE: Dr Lynn Fotheringham (University of Nottingham)

'GREEK TRAGEDY ON SCREEN: IPHIGENIA AT AULIS' - illustrated with excerpts from performance
7.30 p.m., Thursday 25 March 2021,
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG
Joint meeting with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

LECTURE: Professor Mark Humphries (Swansea University)

7.30 p.m., Tuesday 11 May 2021
University Common Room, Keele Hall, University of Keele, ST5 5BG
Joint meeting with the Potteries Theological Society & the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

ANNUAL COACH TRIP, Saturday 22 May 2021: York, Aldborough Roman Town, & parts of the Towton Battlefield - postponed from 2020

Led as usual by Dr Andy Fear. Departing from Keele at 8.00 a.m., with time for individual exploration also in the city. There is a charge for this event, payable with bookings,.which this year we again have to ask to be paid in advance (minimum 25 pounds), to ensure the cost of the coach will be fully met.

Latin and Greek Reading Groups 2020/21 - POSTPONED FOR THE PRESENT

Unfortunately we are not yet able to resume meetings of our Reading Groups.

Greek A Greek Reading Group meets at a private house on Keele campus every four weeks or so, generally on a midweek morning. The group has been reading texts from the Perseus Digital Library. Next meeting Postponed for now during Covid19 Emergency. When we resume the meeting will be at 10.30 a.m., in a member's house on Keele campus, when the Group will be reading Ancient Greek Epigrams ed. C.T.Hadavas ISBN 9781727440225, p56ff, Callimachus 18. Some prior knowledge of Greek is required, but the atmosphere is relaxed and support is provided.

Latin The Latin Reading Group also meets about monthly, usually on a weekday morning on the second Monday of the month, on Keele campus. The next meeting will be in a private house on Keele campus, and Postponed for now during Covid19 Emergency. When we resume the meeting will be at at 10.00 a.m. and the group will continue reading selections of Ovid's Metamorphoses, beginning the Pyramus & Thisbe story (Jones page 130). and will also now be looking at the Nuntii Latini news from Western Washington University , which is updated every Thursday. Members may also like to listen to the news in Latin (pronounced like Italian) on Vatican Radio - Google Hebdomada Papae.

For further details of both groups, or for anyone new wishing to join the groups, please contact the organiser, Nigel Coulton, tel: 01782-615155, or email the Branch address below.

These groups are not for beginners: some prior knowledge of the relevant language is necessary to take part in either. For both, please ask the organiser if there is room in the group for more members before joining.

Beginners Latin from Scratch: a weekly Group is also now available, strictly limited to 5 members. Contact Nigel Coulton if interested. The group began its course on Tuesday mornings in March 2016. It now meets on Thursdays. This scratch group has now progressed too far to integrate further beginners, but Nigel has begun another one in 2018, which meets on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm.. Please let us (email below) know if you would be interested. The only requirement is that if not already a subscribing member you become one.

All welcome - all events except coach trips are free of charge

Information on Membership

Last year's programme and annual report

Board Game for Schools

The Branch is pleased to say that, through the generosity of the Hellenic Society, we hold a copy of the board game Pots! The Game, suitable for age 10 and upwards. This is available to be borrowed at no charge by Schools in our area, and is a fast paced game for 3 - 6 players, bidding against each other to acquire the biggest and best collection of Greek vases. The Hellenic Society has made it available as part of its own Schools Programme since, as well as being good fun and instilling a general interest in Greece, the game has useful images and details of Greek vases in the British Museum. It should be of particular interest to any school students looking at Greek Art modules, but could also be used with older Minimus groups, to extend their interest to Greece as well as Rome. Interested schools can request a loan at the termly meeting above, or direct from this Branch (below).

For further details, please contact the Hon. Secretary: Stephen Clifford, Tel: 01630-647765, email: