Classics and Class on BBC Radio 4

Tom Sutcliffe’s Start the Week (BBC Radio 4) last week bore the title ‘Classics and Class’.

Now, Classics and Class was also the name of the research project on which Edith Hall (KCL) and Henry Stead (University of St Andrews) collaborated from 2013. Excitingly, March 2020 saw the publication of their major research output for that project, a co-authored 600-page monograph entitled A People’s History of Classics.

The book explores the influence of the classical past on the lives of working-class people, whose voices have been almost completely excluded from previous histories of classical scholarship and pedagogy, in Britain and Ireland from the later 17th to the early 20th century.

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