Inaugural Housman lecture
21 June 2005
High profile figures from the UK's Greek community attended UCL's inaugural Housman Lecture on Ancient Greece and dinner on 14 June 2005.
Professor Pat Easterling, former Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University and a former UCL Professor of Greek delivered the lecture, entitled 'Ancient Plays for Modern Minds?' Her lecture explored the way in which Greek tragedy relates to debates on such issues as consciousness and free will/determinism that continue to preoccupy modern society.
The event has been established in order to raise awareness of Greek studies at UCL and the work of UCL's Greek & Latin Department, to strengthen UCL's relations with the Greek community in London and abroad, including UCL alumni in Greece and to encourage the Greek business community to support UCL's studies in Greece and its culture, as well as facilitating student placements and recruitment amongst the international Greek community.
Co-funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, the annual event will alternately focus on Ancient Greek and Latin literature. The lecture is named in honour of poet and classics scholar A.E. Housman, Professor of Classics at UCL from 1892-1911, it was during this time that his most famous poetical work, 'A Shropshire Lad' was published.
The teaching of Classics at UCL began in 1828, two years after its foundation. Today, the department is at the forefront of research and teaching into Greek and Latin, with current research projects including the study of an important collection of Roman era papyri that contains literary texts by Plato and Homer. The papyri were excavated from a site in Hawara, Egypt, and are now presented as an online research resource.
The department also prides itself on its tradition of wide coverage, which enables students to undertake modules in Sanskrit, history of the Persian Empire, classical Roman law and archaeological methods and techniques within a single degree programme.
Image: His Eminence, The Archbishop of Thyateira Mr Gregorios, Professor Chris Carey, Dr Victoria Solomonidis, Professor Pat Easterling and Professor Malcolm Grant.
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