Department of Greek & Latin

Housman Masterclass 2014

Professor Denis Feeney

'Roman song culture in the Republic'

Wednesday 19 March 2014, 4-7pm

Perspehone by Rossetti

There has been intense debate over the musical culture of Rome in the Republic, especially in the period before 240 BCE, when translations of Attic drama into Latin appear to have put Roman literary productions on a new track.  We shall discuss some major contributions to the debate, and I shall try to ensure that we keep to the forefront the important issue of the role of the Greek example in framing the issues: scholars ancient and modern use the Greek model in various ways, and it will be important to be as explicit as we can about what we are assuming to be the case in Greece when we make comparisons with the much less well documented Rome of the middle Republic.


Attendance is free and open to all, but places are limited. Please register by sending an email to the Classics Office. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered participants will be sent preparatory reading in advance.

Venue: G09, Gordon House, 29 Gordon Street (followed by reception). The entrance is on Gower Street: 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.