BSA Friends' Lecture

Paul Cartledge, “Sparta: how odd?”

BSA Friends' Lecture (online only) Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge), "Sparta: how odd?” Abstract: For most non-Spartan ancient Greeks the community and polity of Sparta seemed decidedly odd: very military, exceptionally if not excessively pious, unusually liberal towards its women citizens, and unique in its compulsory educational cycle that included institutionalised homosexuality/pederasty. Against them […]

Robert Parker, “Helen of Sparta (sic)”

Professor Robert Parker (University of Oxford), "Helen of Sparta (sic)" BSA Friends' Lecture (online only) Webinar registration: Tuesday 11 October 2022, 5pm (UK) / 7pm (Greece)

Judith Herrin, “Elements of Greek in Ravenna’s culture: sixth to eighth centuries”

Virtual Lecture

Image: Gold cross in San Vitale, Ravenna. Source: Judith Herrin   Abstract: This talk will explore the influence of Greek and Greek culture in Ravenna, where Latin was the language of everyday life in the sixth-eighth centuries, while Gothic and Greek left deep marks. The reconquest of the city by imperial troops in 540 brought […]

Robert Parker, “New Discoveries and New Problems in Greek Religion”

Virtual Lecture

Abstract: There are always ‘New Discoveries and New Problems’ in Greek Religion, but the two discoveries to be presented in this lecture are exceptional. In 2013 a large new cache was published of the lead tablets on which enquirers at Zeus’ oracle at Dodona wrote their questions. They extend our knowledge of the very down-to-earth problems […]