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Poetry and the Olympics - ancient and modern

Date

29 March

Location

New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, University of London

Details

Keynote reading by Jo Shapcott; illustrated talks by Armand D'Angour, Barbara Goff, Michael Simpson; readings by Blake Morrison, Joan Anim-Addo, Maura Dooley, Stephen Knight.

For programme and further details of the event, go to:

http://www.gold.ac.uk/olympics/events/poetryandtheolympics/#d.en.31361

RSVP to m.macdonald(at)gold.ac.uk

Heroes and Games

Date

11 June, 7pm

Location

Italian Cultural Institute

39 Belgrave Square

London SW1X 8NX

Tel: 020 7235 1461

Details

To coincide with the London Olympics 2012, acclaimed author, actor and theatre director Massimiliano Finazzer Flory presents a 70 minute theatrical performance themed around the classics, from Homer to Virgil, and reinterpreting the myth of the hero. 

A selection of key moments from three literary masterpieces - Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid - will be performed in a stage reading accompanied by contemporary dance, projections of relevant Roman art works and music especially composed by Dario Arcidiacono. There will also be a tribute to English Theatre in the form of a passage from Hamlet that recalls the Aeneid.

The performance is in Italian with surtitles.

Free entry.

 

Evening Event - Olympic Angles

Date

14 June, 6.30pm

Location

Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, UCL

Details

A panel of distinguished speakers will discuss and debate ancient sport and its modern receptions and reincarnations.  

Speakers 

Mark Golden: Star Events

Margaret Mountford: Cheats never prosper?

Edith Hall: The sensual allure of the discus

Michael Scott: Sweat, blood and flies: the real ancient Olympics

Bettany Hughes: tbc

The event will be followed by a wine reception.

Audience

Open to the Public

Directions

http://crf.casa.ucl.ac.uk/screenRoute.aspx?s=1174&d=63&w=False

 

 

Ancient sports day for families

Date

16 June, 11am - 4pm

Location

The British Museum

Details

A wide range of activities focusing on athletics and other sports in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Families can meet gladiators and experience the thrill of gladiatorial combat, they can celebrate the ancient games at Olympia, marvel at statues of victorious athletes, listen to tales of heroic feats and create their own victory ode.

In collaboration with the Roman Society.

Audience

General public, especially families with children.

Suitable for all ages.

Free - just drop in; limited numbers for some activities.

 

Training, Cheating, Winning, Praising: Athletes and Shows in Papyri from Roman Egypt

Date

20 June, 6-7.30pm followed by a reception

Location

The British Academy
https://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2012/Training_Cheating_Winning_Praising.cfm

Details

Three Short Public Lectures on the ‘Olympic’ tradition in Roman and Byzantine Egypt as revealed by new and old texts from Oxyrhynchus

The lectures

In the second and third centuries AD the cities of the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire developed a mania for grand public competitions in athletics, musical performance and chariot-racing. This exuberant tradition, which was explictly based on the original Olympic games and designed to proclaim the cultural Greekness of the competing cities, is best attested to us from documents on papyrus preserved in the detritus of the ancient cities of Oxyrhynchus and Hermopolis. To mark the London Olympics, a volume of new texts on this theme, ranging from literary works to a contract to throw a wrestling match, is being prepared for The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, published by the Egypt Exploration Society with the support of the British Academy and the AHRC. The lectures will present the most exciting of the new texts in the context of previous discoveries among the papyri.

The speakers

Christopher Carey, Professor of Greek at University College London, is an expert on the victory odes of Pindar:  Celebrations in the sand: victory songs and other texts from Oxyrhynchus

William J. Slater, emeritus Professor of Classics at McMaster University, Canada, is a scholar of Pindar turned auditor of the finances of ancient festivals and competitors:  Fame and especially fortune: the dark side of Olympia

Margaret Mountford, erstwhile corporate lawyer and adviser on The Apprentice, has just completed a PhD in papyrology at University College London including the edition of some Byzantine circus programmes:  The Oxyrhynchus papyri: because they’re worth it

Chair

Dominic Rathbone, Professor of Ancient History, King’s College London

Audience and Registration 

Open to the public; prior registration is required for this event at: www.britac.ac.uk/events/

 

Sport Across Ancient Cultures

Date

23 June

Location

British Museum

Details

Please see the British Museum's website.

Audience

General Public

 

South West Wales Classical Association Olympics Day

Date

28 July, 11am - 3.30pm

Location

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Details

11am: public talk by Dr Martin Polley (title tbc)

Events throughout the day will include mascot-designing, ancient Greek motto making, athletic contests and a quiz.