Department of Greek & Latin

Housman Masterclass 2013

Professor Eric Csapo

'The Dramatic Chorus in Choregic Art'

Tuesday 19 February, 2.30 – 4.30pm

The class will focus upon the images of the dramatic chorus that survive on choregic reliefs. Though they are not many, they remain little known and poorly understood. The influence of choregic choral imagery can be detected on other monuments and in vasepainting, where it can take on a distinct symbolic function. We can discuss the value and limitations of the monuments for performance and theatre history.


Perspehone by Rossetti

Recommended reading:

E. Csapo, ‘The Context of Choregic Dedications’ in O. Taplin and R. Wyles, eds. The Pronomos Vase and its Context (Oxford 2010) 79-130.

The masterclass is free and open to all postgraduates and scholars, but registration is required, and places are limited to 30 participants. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register your interest, please send an email to the Classics Office. Participants will be expected to have looked at the recommended reading in advance.

Venue: Chadwick G-08 (followed by reception). Route >>


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.

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