The School of Classics and ‘Advocating Classical Education’ will jointly host a public lecture by Bettany Hughes, ‘The Story of Us’, in St Andrews.
Originally scheduled for Saturday 3rd March, 3p-4pm, the event has been POSTPONED due to adverse weather conditions and travel warnings. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Professor Bettany Hughes looks at power and perils of storytelling from prehistory to the present day. With particular focus on classical culture – from Helen of Troy to Empress Theodora – she asks why we choose to tell the stories we do about ourselves and how we can use those narratives as a potent agent of change. This illustrated talk on the value of classical story-telling will be of interest to all-comers and assumes no prior knowledge of the classical world.
Bettany is a well-known broadcaster, writer and ancient historian. Her most recent television series include Eight Days that Made Rome (Channel 5) Venus Uncovered (BBC 4), and Genius of the Ancient World (BBC 4). Among her many acclaimed radio series and programmes are The Ideas That Make Us (BBC Radio 4), The Romans in Britain (BBC Radio 3) and The Iliad: Beauty, Brutes and Battles (BBC World Service). She is the author of Helen of Troy (2013), The Hemlock Cup (2011) and Istanbul: a Tale of Three Cities (2017).
Entry is free but please book your place via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bettany-hughes-talk-tickets-41381990648
This event is supported by the UK-wide AHRC-funded project called ‘Advocating Classical Education’, whose aim is to extend classical-subject teaching and qualifications across the secondary sector. The School of Classics is one of 16 regional partners in this project. After the talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker and prizes will be given to local competition-winners.