Guildford Classical Association
Dear Members and Colleagues,
I trust that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. The summer term, once again, was a busy one for the GCA. Professor Llewelyn Morgan delivered our annual May Talk at Guildford High School on the topic of Aeneas in Italy. Llewelyn’s enthusiasm both delighted and inspired the audience with his interpretation of Aeneas in Virgil’s Roman epic. During this time we also hosted the Certamen, at RGS. Great fun was had by both staff and students at this established annual event. Congratulations go to the teams from Epsom College and RGS for winning the finals. In July, the Committee reassembled at the AGM at the Horse and Groom in Merrow. We said farewell to Ian Peel, Chairman of the GCA for three years, who also gave us an interesting talk on ‘How realistic is The Iliad?’.
It gives me great pleasure to enclose this year’s programme card. These events aim to support, enrich and complement our teaching as well as the learning of students. At the Opening Party, Tuesday 24 September at RGS Guildford 7.30 for 8.00pm, Emeritus Prof Chris Carey, UCL, will be talking on Thermopylae revisited. This promises to be a superb talk for which I am sure Chris will draw many references from his newly published book Thermopylae, in the Great Battles series.
On Saturday 5 October 7-9pm at Charterhouse, Godalming, we are hosting a performance of ‘The Song of Arms and a Man’, the Latin Qvarter’s adaptation of Virgil’s classic and ever more contemporary story of a refugee leading his people from the East, performed both in Latin and English. This is a unique and valuable experience for anyone who is studying Virgil’s Aeneid, or indeed has done so in the past. Concessions are available to GCA members, students and school groups. We have arranged for a shuttle bus service from Godalming Station prior to the performance for those arriving by public transport. If members have real difficulty getting to Godalming but wish to attend, please contact Marian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01483 760133, who will endeavour to arrange lift-sharing. For further details, email email@example.com or phone 01252 875940.
This term’s Teach Meet is hosted by the Classics Department at Tormead School, Cranley Road GU1 2JD, Wednesday 6 November, 5.30pm for 6pm and will focus on the Classical Civilisation GCSE. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coming.
Our Schools Talk this year will be held on Tuesday 12th November at Guildford High School, 4.30 for 5pm where the author Ben Kane will be talking on Hannibal. This is also suitable for older students as well as adult members, who are welcome to attend, as Ben’s books are aimed at the top end of the normal age-range for this talk, up to adults.
Looking forward to next year, please note the date of Thursday 16 January for our GCSE Conference, Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, GU1 3RR. We are delighted to welcome Prof Helen Lovatt and Dr Simon Malloch, both from the University of Nottingham. Prof Lovatt will speak on the selected lines from Virgil’s Aeneid Book 2 and Dr Malloch on Tacitus: Germanicus and Piso and Pliny: Regulus from the Cambridge Latin Anthology. Further details on this are including in the mailing.
We will be sending out by half term the details and entry forms for our Latin and Greek Reading Competition, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday 12 March at Charterhouse, Godalming, GU7 2DX.
Please visit our website, https://guildfordca.wordpress.com/, and follow us on Twitter @GCAClassics for our programme and reports on events as well as regular updates. We hope that all the above continue to promote and celebrate the Classics.
I look forward to seeing you at as many of these events as possible. Please do communicate your views on them to me or any committee members (contact details on the programme card and online).
Yours sincerely, with very best wishes,