Department of Greek & Latin

Housman Lecture 2012

Professor Stephen Hinds

Displacing Persephone: Epic between Worlds

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 from 6 to 7pm


Perspehone by Rossetti

The UCL Department of Greek and Latin regularly hosts a public lecture named in honour of its most celebrated professor (and poet) A. E. Housman and delivered by a scholar of international distinction. Our guest speaker this year is Professor Stephen Hinds, one of the most internationally distinguished specialists in Latin poetry. He is Professor of Classics and Lockwood Professor of the Humanities at the University of Washington, Seattle. His studies of Ovid and of the dynamics of allusion in Latin poetry have been highly influential in the field of Latin literature and its reception. In this talk he will explore Claudian’s Rape of Proserpine, a late antique epic that belongs to the Ovidian tradition while also straddling East and West, antiquity and the modern world.

The lecture will be followed by a reception from 7-8pm, to be held across the foyer of the Anatomy Building, in the Gavin de Beer lecture theatre.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Please click to REGISTER.


A. E. Housman was a professor in the Department of Greek & Latin at UCL from 1892 until 1911, during which period he produced some of his most important scholarly work (including his edition of Juvenal and the first volume of his Manilius) and published his first and best known collection of poetry, ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (1896). Housman’s continuing reputation as a scholar and a poet is reflected in Tom Stoppard’s 1997 play The Invention of Love, which includes a dramatisation of AEH’s election to the chair of Latin in London.

Past speakers in the UCL Housman lecture series include Professors Pat Easterling (2005), Christopher Pelling (2007) and Alessandro Barchiesi (2009).  Additionally in November 2009, UCL celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of AEH with an evening of talks. David Butterfield, Stephen Harrison, Peter Howarth and Norman Vance spoke about Housman’s life, scholarship, poetry and place in Victorian culture.

If you have any further inquiries about this event, please contact Dr Antony Makrinos.