CONF: Aratus Day at St Andrews

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Please note that a one-day conference on ‘Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition’ will be held on Friday 18th June 2010, in the School of Classics, University of St Andrews. All those interested in attending should contact Emma Gee, ergg. General outline below; further details to follow.


A study-day in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews

18 June 2010

The School of Classics in St Andrews is holding a study-day on this most influential of ancient didactic texts. This will be a day-workshop and discussion covering many aspects of Aratus and his reception, from literary influences to the wider cultural significance of astronomy and didactic. Speakers will include:

Richard Hunter (Cambridge)
Katharina Volk (Columbia)
Joseph Farrell (UPenn)
Stephen Green (Leeds)
Helen van Noorden (Cambridge)
Emma Gee (St Andrews)
Caroline Bishop (UPenn)

There will also be a round-table session open to all those attending. This day will present a significant opportunity to discuss Aratus and his influences: all are very welcome.

Ancient Greek in the Park

coming to a park near you!

Educational charity The Iris Project will be starting up a new series of free lessons for adults and families this spring and summer across parks in Oxford and London, introducing the fascinating language of the ancient Greeks.

These sessions will be starting in London’s Hyde Park on 10th June and running weekly. A parallel series will be starting on 12th June in East Oxford’s South Park and will run every Saturday for ten weeks. Sessions will also be held in parks across London this summer. As with the ‘Latin in the Park’ series, Ancient Greek in the Parkwill involve a series of free hour-long weekly sessions introducing the ancient Greek language to adults and families in local communities.

Latin in the park was set up to help promote access to Classics amongst adults in local communities, and has been running since April 2008. Classics is often viewed as an elite area of study only accessible to the very educated, and this can be daunting or off-putting, so the intention is to encourage people from all walks of life and backgrounds in these communities to have a go at picking up a bit of Latin and now ancient Greek over lunch in a relaxed setting.

The Iris Project promotes access to Classics in state schools and urban areas and its patrons include Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Baroness Warnock, amongst others.

For more information, please contact us through our website at

New Classics Magazine for Primary Schools: Iota

Lorna Robinson scripsit:

Iota – a new Classics magazine for primary schools!

The Iris Project is launching a younger sibling for Iris magazine, Iota. Each issue is to be structured around a different myth from the ancient world, and will contain an exciting mix of games, articles, puzzles, language learning ideas and activities, and much more. The pilot edition of Iota will be available in autumn 2010. If you would like to receive a copy of the first issue, please get in touch with us!

More information will be posted up soon about Iota so check out The Iris Project’s website and our facebook page for updates.