15 Mar

Classics Conference

On Saturday 9th March, Birmingham and Midlands Classical Association held a conference attended by our Sixth Form Latin students. They first read a challenging Latin text by Suetonius about the many wives and murderous acts of the Emperor Nero, followed by a section of Virgil’s Georgics about bees as an allegory for society. The students then had a choice between an Ancient History lecture on ruling roman Britain, or an exploration of the context of the Aeneid, Book 11. Finally, links were drawn between Cicero’s scandalous and insulting invective against Mark Anthony in the Philippics, and the dangerous ‘ad hominem’ verbal attacks increasingly present in modern day politics.