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The Oculus hosts Professor Michael Scott's Inaugural Lecture

  • Professor Michael Scott, star of the BBC’s Ancient Invisible Cities, will give his professorial inaugural lecture on Wednesday, 20th February 2019

  • The event will be held at The Oculus at the University of Warwick, is free to attend to those who register and will also be streamed live on Facebook

  • The focus will be on the future directions for the research and teaching of Classics and the relevance of the ancient world to modern society


Michael ScottAncient historian Michael Scott will celebrate his recent appointment as Professor with an inaugural lecture at The Oculus entitled ‘This is Sparta!: The Ancient World Then and Now’ on Wednesday, 20th February 2019.

In this lecture, Professor Michael Scott will set out his vision for the study, teaching and communication of the ancient world in the 21st century. Far from being a subject of the past, Michael will argue that there has rarely been a more exciting, relevant and important time to be studying the Greeks and Romans – and the wider ancient world of which they were a part.

Professor Michael Scott, Department of Classics and Ancient History, said:

“The need to engage the public in debate and discussion about the ancient world is growing ever greater, as its values and ideas continue to be represented - and misrepresented - in social and political debates across the modern world.

“The ancient world then and now is changing – and it has never been more important for academics to be engaged across the spectrum of research, teaching and engagement that will define the nature of that transformation for the future.”

Professor Christine Ennew, Provost at the University of Warwick, said:

“I am delighted to welcome the Warwick community and guests from across our region to join us for the first of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy Inaugural Lectures in 2019.

“The lectures provide a fantastic opportunity to learn from leading Warwick academics on subjects as diverse as the potential of technology in life sciences and the lessons we can learn from history to advance chemistry today.

“We look forward to welcoming guests of all ages to Warwick for Michael’s lecture and we hope you can join us throughout what will be a fascinating series.”

Alongside his award-winning research and teaching, Michael also plays an important role in Department of Classics and Ancient History’s Outreach and Impact activities, with his frequent public lectures and high profile TV appearances making him a central focus of the department’s public face. Recognition of the Department’s success was seen last year when staff and students received the University of Warwick Public Engagement Award in recognition of their efforts and activities in the local community and beyond.

Among the audience at the lecture will be members of Lytham St Annes Classical Association, the largest branch of the Classical Association in the UK (of which Michael is President), as well as guests from the Warwick Classics Network (which Michael established), a local network of teachers and academics set up to support and extend the teaching of Classics and to promote the research of the Classics Department.

The event is hosted by the Department of Classics and Ancient History and Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA). The WIHEA Inaugural Lectures provide opportunities for new Professors to inform colleagues in the University, family, friends and the general public, about their teaching career so far and future directions.


The lecture, followed by a question and answer session, will take place at 17:00 on Wednesday, 20th February 2019 in The Oculus Building at the University of Warwick, room OC0.03.

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Kim Ingram

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