Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Verses from the Antique 3: Poems of Love and War from the Ancient World

22 February 2024, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm


In this series, scholars talk about their favourite poems from antiquity. In this third session, Miriam Leonard (UCL Greek & Latin) will share poems from the Greeks.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students






Institute of Advanced Studies


Council Room
G12, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

In each session, a scholar will read out three or four ancient poems in translation and then discuss them informally. The session is open to all and assumes no prior knowledge of the poems. The theme for the term is ‘love and war’, which we have asked our colleagues to interpret as broadly and narrowly as they see fit: the poems they choose may be about love or war or both.

In this third session of the series, we will be joined by Miriam Leonard who will share her favourite poems from Greek.

Leonard is Professor of Greek Literature & its Reception in the UCL Department Greek & Latin. Her research explores the intellectual history of classics in modern European thought from the late eighteenth century to the present. She examines how an engagement with the classical past has given rise to a particular understanding of modernity. View herUCL profile here

The event series includes readings of poems from the Sanskrit, Babylonian, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. 

Come and join us for what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking hour of verse and conversation. No registration required. Tea & biscuits will be served!

Image: Head of Krishna: cartoon for a mural of the Raslila.  Attributed to Sahib Ram (Rajasthan, India), ca. 1800.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1918. Accession Number: 18.85.2. www.metmuseum.org