The Roman Society

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

London 2012 Olympics

Olympics Ancient and Modern

2012 was a great year for athletics. And for the history of athletics. The whole concept of peaceful international competition through sport has its origin in the ancient world. To celebrate the return of the games to London after 64 years we offered a rich programme of events devoted to sport and competition, ancient and modern. Through exhibitions, public lectures, conferences  our programme looked not just at events and sites but at the idea of competition, the pursuit of excellence, motivation, rewards and prizes; we looked at the way the ancient games have travelled across space and time, from a small site in ancient Greece to worlds then undreamt of. We looked at the rebirths and revivals, at the different shapes the original idea has taken in different periods and cultures down to today.

Management Committee

Prof. Chris Carey, UCL/SPHS
Prof. Mike Edwards, University of Wales, Lampeter
Dr. J. Lesley Fitton, British Museum
Dr. Jerzy J Kierkuc-Bielinski, Sir John Soane’s Museum
Dr. Gesine Manuwald, UCL
Prof Dominic Rathbone, KCL
Dr. Judith Swaddling, British Museum
Prof. Hans Van Wees, UCL

Ancient and Modern Olympics Blog:

by Dr Jason K├Ânig (University of St Andrews): http://ancientandmodernolympics.wordpress.com/

Calendar of events

29 March

Readings & Talks

Goldsmiths, University of London

Poetry and the Olympics - ancient and modern

28 April

Conference

University of Reading

Celebrate like it's 776 BCE: the ancient Olympics and other festivals

8 May

Public Lecture

Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House

The ancient Olympics and contemporary academic values

21 May - 17 October

Exhibition

Museum of Classical Archaeology,Cambridge

The Ancient Olympics

22 May

Public Lecture

UCL

Martin Polley

24 May

Public Lecture

Newcastle, Staffs

North Staffs Branch, CA

1 June - 15 Sept

Exhibition

Petrie Museum, UCL

Fit bodies: statues, athletics and power exhibition

1 June - 20 July

Exhibition

Royal Society of Medicine

Medicine and the Olympic Games of Antiquity

9 June

Hellenic Society 

Senate House

Annual General Meeting, Lecture & Reception

11 June

Theatrical Performance

Italian Cultural Institute 

Heroes and Games

13 June

Public Lecture

Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House

John Barron Memorial Lecture

14-15 June

Conference

British Museum

Sport and Competition in Ancient Greece and Rome

14 June 

Evening Event 

UCL 

Olympic Angles 

15 June

Evening Lectures

British Museum

Lectures to explore aspects of the ancient and modern competition

16 June

Athletics Day

British Museum

Hands on activities and encounters designed to bring the past to life

16 June

Roman Society

British Museum

Annual General Meeting followed by a series of lectures celebrating the London Olympics

18 June

Conference

Open University London Regional Centre

Athletic Foundations: identity,heritage and sport

19 June

Debate

Petrie Museum, UCL

A debate around the Fit Bodies exhibition

20 June

Public Lectures

British Academy

Training, cheating, winning, praising: athletics and shows in papyri from Ancient Egypt

23 June

Discussion & Debate

British Museum

The Olympic Games and sport across ancient cultures

28 June

Public Lecture

Leeds City Museum

Classics in our Lunchtimes

28 June

Public Lecture

UCL

The Pursuit of Olympic Ideals - physical, neural and aesthetic

30 June

Conference

King's College London

Representing Victory

3 July- 10 August

Exhibition

Hellenic Centre

The First Modern Olympic Games, Athens 1896

5-6 July

Conference

Senate House, London

Ancients and Moderns, 81st Anglo-American Conference of Historians

6 July-22 Sept

Exhibition

Sir John Soane's Museum

Stadia: sport and vision in architecture

26 July

Public Lecture

Leeds City Museum

Classics in our Lunchtimes

28 July

Public lecture & events

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

South West Wales Classical Association

14 August

Debate

The Hub, Edinburgh

Athletes and Ideals

 

Collaborating Bodies

British Academy
British Museum
Cambridge University Press
Classical Association
Egypt Exploration Society
Friends of the Classics
Greek Archaeological Committee
Institute of Classical Studies
Italian Cultural Institute
Joint Association of Classical Teachers
Kings College London
Open University
Oxyrhynchus Papyri Management Committee
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
University College London

The IRIS Project ran workshops and outdoor events in state primary and secondary schools, and an international Olympics themed competition for schools in conjunction with City Hall in London.

The Roman Society
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Telephone: 020 7862 8727

Email: office@romansociety.org

The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (The Roman Society) is a registered charity in the UK.

Charity Registration Number: 21064
Company Registration Number: 114442