Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Verses from the Antique 5: Poems of Love and War from the Ancient World

21 March 2024, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm


In this series, scholars talk about their favourite poems from antiquity. In this fifth session, Gesine Manuwald (UCL Greek & Latin) will share poems in Latin.

This event is free.

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Forum
G17, 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 fifth session of the series, we will be joined by Gesine Manuwald who will share her favourite poems from Latin. Manuwald is a Professor of Latin in the UCL Department of Greek & Latin. Her research interests are Roman drama; Roman epic; Cicero's speeches; reception studies, esp. Neo-Latin . View her UCL 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