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The Department of Greek and Latin is active in promoting Classics in the community. Every year we run open days, fairs, workshops and a range of events for young people.
Classics for All
UCL is a founding partner in the Capital Classics project (launched November 2013).
Open Days and Classics Fairs
The department participates in several Open Days throughout the year:
- Open days organised by UCL (typically in March and June)
- Open days organised by the University of London (typically in September)
- And regular Taster Days offer a taste of what teaching and learning about the Ancient World is like at UCL. In 2014 Taster Days will take place on Thursday Feb. 20th and Monday June 16th.
Open Days 2013-14
The Department of Greek and Latin is organising two Open Days, on February 20th and June 16th 2014 for students in years 11-13. There will be:
• lectures on a variety of exciting topics from the history, archaeology, languages and literature of the ancient world (especially Greece and Rome, but previous years have also included talks on Egypt and the Near East) given by teachers from the UCL Departments of Greek and Latin, History, and Archaeology
• hands-on sessions may also be organised: past ones have included a tour of the Egyptian collection of the Petrie Museum, a session on how ancient pottery and sculpture was made, or a workshop on the discovery and decipherment of ancient Greek papyri.
To book a place, please visit (from January 9, 2014) the University of London Taster Courses website.
This project is supported by the UCL Outreach Office
Saturday 2 March 2013, 10:30 - 5:30.
An annual activity in cooperation with the British Museum and City Lit is the Classics Day: an exciting day of talks, discussions and gallery visits on themes relating to Ancient Greece and Rome. Anyone with a love of the Classics is welcome. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required!
3. UCL Classics Fair
1 April 2014: the Department of Greek and Latin, with the Iris Project and the Mayor of London's Love Latin scheme, invites you to a fun day of workshops, talks and activities connected with the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, aimed at pupils and their teachers from years 7-13.
For more information, and to register your interest, please visit the Iris Project website
The London Summer School allows people of all abilities and backgrounds to
learn ancient Greek and Latin. In 2014 the Summer School will run 19th-20th June.
24-25 July 2013
The UCL Department of Greek and Latin is organising a two-day summer school for students in years 11-13 who are interested in exploring the societies of the ancient world, from Babylon to Egypt and the literatures and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. There will be lectures and seminars on a wide variety of exciting topics and hands-on sessions with archaeologists and museum curators in the Petrie Museum, UCL’s magnificent Egyptian collection.
in the Department every year produce a Greek play (in English
translation) at the
UCL Bloomsbury Theatre.
Performances (in February) are open to the general public and have
very popular in the past. To accompany each production, the Department organizes an extensive
programme of public lectures and workshops. Since 2009 we also publish extensive study guides for each year's play, which can be found in our archive.
In February 2013 the Department produced Euripides' Trojan Women; in February 2014 there will be a production of Aristophanes' Clouds.
of staff in the Department are engaged in research on the reception of
the ancient world in the modern world (the use and abuse of classical
The Department has recently arranged for funding to restore
film projectors in the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, which has made it possible to
screen rare silent films on classical topics: the most recent screening took place in May 2013.
The London Olympics of 2012 formed the backdrop for an exciting series of lectures, debates and exhibitions, involving some of the most distinguished experts worldwide, which explored the ancient origins and evolution and modern receptions of the games. This project gathers together some of the themes and ideas which emerged from this programme, together with ancient texts, links to artefacts, and discussion by leading international scholars.
The Department supports the Iris Project with funding and resources. The Iris Project is a registered educational charity promoting Classics in the United Kingdom, by running initiatives in state schools and communities, which give access to Classical subjects. It targets socially-excluded boroughs of inner London and schools with high numbers of disadvantaged children. A number of students in the Department work as teachers for this project.
News: Iris Literacy through Latin project has won the 2013 EU Language Label
Department welcomes enquiries and is happy to help with expertise in
- answering questions
- providing speakers
- the planning and realization of Classics related events
Please contact the
Departmental Administrator Mary Moloney for further
information or get in touch with the relevant member of staff
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