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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies


London Meetings & AGM

Saturday 2 June, 2018

Woburn Suite (G22/26), Senate House

2pm: AGM

Nero: art, politics, culture


2.30 Professor Dominic Rathbone: Nero: naughty but nice?

3.00 Professor Eugenio La Rocca: The parietal mosaic with the apotheosis of a poet from the Mouseion on the Oppian hill

3.45: Tea

4.15 Dr Carrie Vout: Nero and the art of dissolution

4.45 Professor Matthew Leigh: Pliny the Elder and Nero

5.15 Presidential Lecture

Professor Catharine Edwards: Seneca’s Letters: how (not) to write about Nero

6.00 Reception

London Evening Lecture with the Hellenic Society

Tuesday 6 March, 5.30pm

Woburn Suite (G22/26), Senate House

The Culture of the Greek Cities in the East

Professor Bert Smith: A Greek City in Roman Asia Minor: new finds, new research at Roman Aphrodisias

Professor Ewen Bowie: Poetry and Rhetoric on Display

Professor Karen Ni-Mheallaigh: Novel entertainments: from pantomime to the moon

Watch the vidcast of this lectures here: Smith, Bowie, Ni-Mheallaigh.

The vidcast was produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.

London meetings 2017-2018

M. V. Taylor Lecture

Tuesday 27 February, 5.30pm

Woburn Suite (G22/26), Senate House

Professor Roger Bagnall: Papyrology and Ancient History: a changing relationship

Watch the vidcast of these lectures here.

Produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.


A celebration of the life of Alan Cameron

24th March, 2018, 2.30pm

Room 349, Senate House

Everyone is invited to celebrate the life and work of Professor Alan Cameron FBA (1938-2017) with friends, former colleagues and family on Saturday, 24th March, in room 349 of Senate House, from 14.30 pm. A series of short contributions will be followed by a reception and is open to all.

Alan Cameron read Classics at New College, Oxford and then went on to teach Latin at the University of Glasgow before coming to London in 1964, where he was first a Lecturer and then a Reader at Bedford College and then from 1972 as Professor of Latin at Kings. In 1977 he moved to Columbia University, New York, where he was Charles Anthon Professor of Latin Literature and Language until his retirement in 2008. He wrote many fundamental articles, beginning in the 1960s, and his books include studies of Claudian, circus factions in Byzantium, Callimachus and Hellenistic poetry, Greek mythography, the Greek Anthology, and the magisterial Last Pagans of Rome (2011).

A number of friends and colleagues will offer reminiscences of Alan and appreciations of his work. Among the confirmed speakers are Arianna Gullo, Gavin Kelly, Oswyn Murray, John North, Peter Wiseman, Dominic Rathbone and members of his family.

The event is sponsored by the Institute of Classical Studies, King’s College London and the Roman Society and is free. All are welcome.


London Meetings 2016-2017

Tuesday 8 November, 5.30pm

Woburn Suite, Senate House

Professor Eleanor Dickey: Naked from the knees up: ancient Latin textbooks rediscovered

Watch the vidcast of this lecture here.

The vidcast was produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.

London Evening Lectures

Tuesday 7 March, 5.30pm

Woburn Suite (G22/26), Senate House

The Social Impact of the Roman Army

Introduced and Chaired by Professor Greg Woolf

Professor Ian Haynes: Roman Italy and Roman Britain: A comparative study of the social impact of Rome's armies

Professor Penelope Allison: Women, Children and the Roman Army

Watch the vidcast of these lectures here.

Produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.


Tuesday 7 November, 5.30pm

Court Room, Senate House

Professor Roy Gibson: The Next Life of Pliny the Younger

Watch the vidcast of these lectures here.

Produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday 3 June, 2017

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House

2pm: AGM

Ovid's Metamorphoses

A series of lectures marking the bimillennium of Ovid's death

2.30   Professor William Fitzgerald: 'Metamorphosis and Metamorphoses'

3.00  Dr Ioannis Ziogas: 'Actaeon's Gaze: Art and Spectacle in Ovid, Metamorphoses 3'

3.45   Tea

4.15   Professor Helen Lovatt: 'Ovid and the Argonauts: Heroides, Metamorphoses and Maffeo Vegio's Vellus Aureum'

4.45   Dr Katharina Lorenz: 'Remix culture! Pompeian mythological painting and Ovid'

5.30   Reception

Watch the vidcast of these lectures here.

Produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.

London Meetings 2015-2016

Tuesday 10 November, 5.30pm

Room 349, Senate House

Tom Holland: Whores and the House of Caesar

Watch the vidcast of this lecture here.

The vidcast was produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.

Wednesday 3 February, 5.30pm

Woburn Suite (G22/26), Senate House

M.V. Taylor Lecture

Professor Jean-Louis Ferrary: Scaevola, politics and ideology on the eve of the Social War: sixty years after Badian

Watch a vidcast of this lecture here.

The vidcast was produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.

Tuesday 8 March, 5.30pm

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House

Dura Europos

Introduced and Chaired by Professor Simon James

Professor Pierre Leriche: The new image of Europos-Dura on the Euphrates in the light of 25 seasons of archaeological research

Dr Jen Baird: Yale's Dura Archive: new excavation histories

Watch Pierre Leriche's lecture here, and Jen Baird's lecture here.

Saturday 4 June, 2016

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House

2pm: AGM

Families and the Law in Rome

2.30   Valentina Arena: Roman Family Betwen Private and Public

3.00  Alison Cooley: Roman Families in the Ashmolean

3.45   Tea

4.15   Ulrike Roth: Legalising the Cena: Trimalchio's slave familia, manumission, and the date of the Satyricon

4.45   Margaret Mountford: The Apion Family Archive

5.30   Reception

London Meetings 2014-2015

Tuesday 11 November, 2015, at 5.30pm

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House

William Fitzgerald, Three Latin Poets in a Word

A vidcast of this lecture is available on YouTube.

The vidcast was produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.


Vilbia tablet, Roman Baths

Tuesday 17 March, 2015, at 5.30pm


Chancellor's Hall, Senate House


Greek and Roman Curses

In association with the Hellenic Society

Esther Eidinow: Greek inscribed curses and the social historian

Margaret Mountford: “A plague on all their horses”: spells and curses at the races

Stephen Clews: Messages to the Goddess revealed… private thoughts of ordinary people…hear all about it

Stephen Clews spoke about the 130 curse tablets recovered from the hot spring at Bath, which give us an insight into many aspects of life at the edge of Empire. The tablets were recently inscribed on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register of outstanding documentary heritage and are the first documents from Roman Britain to be recognised in this way.

Watch the vidcast of the three lectures here.

Esther Eidinow
Stephen Clews
Margaret Mountford

Annual General Meeting

Dominic Rathbone

Saturday 6 June, 2015


Woburn Suite, Senate House

2pm: AGM

Romanisation? Provincial Cultures in the Principate

2.30   Dominic Rathbone: Gods, Soldiers, Mummies: Making Egypt Roman

3.00   Andrew Gardner: Post-Romanisation Perspectives on the Provincial West

3.45   Tea

4.15   Tony Spawforth: Romanization? Modern Problems and Ancient Greeks

4.45   Tessa Rajak: Changing Faces, Changing Places, in Roman Judaea

5.30   Reception

Vidcasts of the four lectures are available here.

Andrew Gardner
Tony Spawforth
Tessa Rajak

London Meetings 2013-2014

Tuesday 12 November, 2013, at 5.30pm

Senate Room, Senate House

Charlotte Higgins, Boudicea on the Caledonian Road


Tuesday 14 January, 2014 at 5.30pm

Senate Room, Senate House

Dr Michel Amandry: Antinous: life and death of a god

Tuesday 11 March, 2014 at 5.30pm

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House

Dr Philip Kay: Rome's Economic Revolution. Economic Growth in the Late Roman Republic

A vidcast of this lecture is available on YouTube.

The vidcast was produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Saturday 7 June

Senate Room, Senate House

2pm AGM

Tiberius the Successor

2.30pm Professor Catharine Edwards: 'The great devotion of our princeps to his mother': Tiberius and Livia

3pm Professor Peter Wiseman: The man who chewed up the Roman people

3.45 Tea

4.15 Professor Amanda Claridge: The Villas of Tiberius

4.45 Dr Eleanor Cowan: Writing the Roman Revolution: Velleis Paterculus

5.30 Reception

London Meetings 2012-2013

Fieldwork placements for students at Silchester

Tuesday 13 November, 2012 at 5.30pm

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House

Dr John Creighton: Silchester: Mapping the urban landscape from the 17th to 21st century

Tuesday 15 January, 2013 at 5.30pm

Room 349, Senate House

Professor Werner Eck: Augustus' "Brave new world": Roman Society's reaction to the so-called social legislation

Tuesday 12 March, 2013 at 5.30pm

Room 349, Senate House

Professor Duncan Kennedy: Does Augustine put his finger on time?

Annual General Meeting 2013

Dominic Rathbone, Llewellyn Morgan, Fiachra Mac Góráin

Saturday 8 June, 2013

Woburn Suite (G22/26)

2.00pm  AGM

The AGM will be followed by a series of lectures on Virgil

2.30pm  Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin: Vision in the Aeneid 

3.00pm  Dr Llewellyn Morgan: Purcell's Dido & Aeneas: Virgil between the Whigs and Tories

Philip Hardie & Michael Squire

3.45pm  Tea

4.15pm  Dr Michael Squire: Iliacas ex ordine pugnas: Ordering the art of Virgilian ecphrasis  

4.45pm  Professor Philip Hardie: Aeneas in the New World

6.00pm  Reception

London Meetings 2011-2012

Tuesday 29th November, 2011

Professor Barry Cunliffe: The Brading Villa: the story emerges

Tuesday 17th January, 2012

The M.V. Taylor Lecture

Professor Hannah Cotton: The Necropolis of Jaffa and the intriguing history of the Baron Plato von Ustinov: Hunting for inscriptions

Tuesday 3rd April, 2012

Oxyrhynchus: the city and its texts 

In association with the Hellenic Society and Egypt Exploration Society

Dr Colin Adams, University of Liverpool: Shaking down the town: corruption and government in Oxyrhynchus

Prof Alan Bowman, Oxford University: Oxyrhynchus: the history of an Egyptian provincial town

Prof Peter Parsons, Oxford University: Good books and lower tastes

Prof Dominic Rathbone, Kings College London: Oxyrhynchus: site and city

A vidcast on ‘Oxyrhynchus: the city and its texts’ is available to view at http://youtu.be/nS_FSkFwpIM

The video was produced in association with the Open University. 

Speakers: Prof. Dominic Rathbone, Dr. Colin Adams, Prof. Peter Parsons and Dr. Nick Lowe.


Annual General Meeting 2012

Saturday 16th June

BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

2.00  AGM

The Roman Society with the British Museum celebreated the London Olympics with a series of lectures

2.30  Tony Wilmott: Different people, different games? Amphitheatre and community in Roman Britain

3.00 Professor Charlotte Roueché: A globalised sporting culture: Roman contests in the Greek east

4.30  Professor Mary Beard: The Roman Olympic Games

The President, Andrew Burnett, gives the introduction
Tony Wilmott
Andrew Burnett introduces Charlotte Roueché's lecture
Charlotte Roueché
The audience in the BP lecture theatre
Andrew Burnett introduces Mary Beard
Mary Beard

Ancient Sports Family Day 16 June

The Roman Society was also pleased to sponsor a Family Day on the theme of Ancient Sports at the British Museum.

Gladiator exhibition fights by members of the re-enactment group Legio II Augusta took place on the Museum's forecourt.

One of these was filmed by Samuel Cockings who managed to shoot and put together the film as a bystander. The film is available on youtube:



London Meetings 2010-2011

Tuesday 9th November, 2010

Professor Roland Mayer: Roman Ruinmindedness

Tuesday 18th January, 2011

Professor Michael Crawford: Language, Geography and the Roman conquest of Italy

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

Dr Susan Walker: Rome in Oxford: new galleries at the Ashmolean Museum

Annual General Meeting 2011

Vindolanda (copyright CSAD)
Vindolanda Birthday invitation (copyright CSAD)

Saturday 4th June, 2011

2.00     AGM

Frontier News: old friends and new discoveries from Vindolanda

The programme for the AGM celebrates the achievements of Alan Bowman (so far!) on the occasion of his retirement from the Camden Professorship of Ancient History.

2.30     Dr Ralph Jackson: Actuality and aspiration: curating the Vindolanda Tablets

3.00     Dr Andrew Birley: The landscape and archaeology of the Vindolanda writing tablets

3.30  Tea

4.15     Professor Alan Bowman: The Vindolanda Tablets and the Military Community

4.45     Professor David Thomas: Some observations on the palaeography of the Vindolanda Wiritng-Tablets

5.15     Dr Roger Tomlin: Not to mention the Tablets: Vindolanda's other inscriptions

6.00  Reception

London Meetings 2009-2010

Tuesday 10th November, 2009

Professor Stephen Harrison: Some Problems in Ovid's Poetic Career

Tuesday 19th January, 2010

Professor Kathleen Coleman: A Year in the Roman Empire: The Problem of Hindsight

Tuesday 16th March, 2010

Dr Josephone Quinn & Professor Andrew Wilson: Rome, Africa and Capitolia

Annual General Meeting 2010

Saturday 5th June

2.00 AGM & presentation of PGCE dissertation prizes

2.30 Dr Andrew Burnett (Presidential Lecture): Roman Anniversaries

3.00 Professor Mary Beard: "Perhaps our expectations were wrought up too high": visiting Pompeii in the nineteenth century

3.45 Tea

4.15 Dr Simon Esmonde Cleary: "Western Aristocracies and the Imperial Court": or why the fourth-century British elite looked the way it did

4.45 Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill: Herculaneum Revisited

5.15 Professor Timothy Barnes: The Election of Ambrose as Bishop of Milan

6.00 Reception