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Games and Festivals: A. G. Leventis Ancient Worlds Study Day 2022

Warwick Classics Network A. G. Leventis Ancient Worlds Day 2022 

'Games and Festivals'

STOP PRESS: Please note that the Ancient Worlds Day 2022 is now fully booked. If you are interested in being placed on the reserve list please email Paul dot Grigsby at Warwick dot ac dot uk

The FREE Warwick Classics Network A. G. Leventis Ancient Worlds Day 2022 will take place on Wednesday 29th June with the general theme of 'Games and Festivals' to tie in with the Commonwealth Games 2022 which take place in the summer of 2022 in Birmingham and surrounds (including some events here on campus at Warwick!). Our focus for this event is to take the topics covered in the Classical Civilisation and Ancient History GCSE and A-level curricula and to expand upon these, looking especially at links to ancient games and festivals, drawing on our lecturers' specialities and interests.

The day will consist of a series of on-campus lectures delivered by our Warwick academics, all based around games and festivals as revealed in literature, history and art. There will be a FREE lunch provided. Masks may be mandatory depending on the Covid situation, and the event will be moved to an online format if Covid restrictions come into place.

The projected schedule for the day is as follows (titles tbc:

10.30 – 11.15am Prof Michael Scott – Welcome and ‘The Realities of the ancient Olympics’

11.20-12.00am Dr Francesca Modini – ‘The Edge of Glory: Pindar and the meaning(s) of victory'

12.05-12.45pm Dr Xavier Buxton – ‘Poetry contests at Greek ‘athletic’ festivals’


Lunch 12.45-1.30pm


1.30-2.10pm Prof David Fearn – ‘Athletic politics - Alcibiades and Athenian performance culture’

2.15-2.55pm Dr Elena Giusti – 'Epic athletics - Anchises’ funeral games (Aeneid 5)'

3.00-3.45pm Prof Zahra Newby – 'Greek festivals in the Roman Empire' – and farewell.

Faculty of Arts Building Warwick

We are looking forward to seeing you on campus and showing you around our new Faculty of Arts Building (Above)and antiquities room (below).

Warwick Classics antiquities room