A tale of refugees

George Sharpley reads Aeneid 1.595-695: Aeneas as suppliant before Dido, queen of Carthage

The Roman Circus, Colchester

on Saturday 8th October 2022

Latin for beginners

Colchester (or Camulodunum) was an important port for Roman shipping and one of the first places in Britannia to be settled – notwithstanding that violent attack by the Iceni tribe under their queen Boudicca.

If you’re tempted to (re)discover the Latin language, come and spend a day on classical Latin. See how the language works, enjoy some ancient stories, learn more about ancient writers, hear their work read aloud, and take a look at Latin words at the root of English ones.

£50 for the day: 10am – 4pm.  Click to book.

Cristina Anason-Lewis reads three of Catullus’ Lesbia poems – with a nod to his inspiration, Sappho.  

Matthew Hargreaves reading Virgil - image Juno visits the underworld

Ovid Metamorphoses 4

Matthew Hargreaves reads Ovid’s description of the unwelcoming world below.


The Song of Arms and a Man

It’s back! Put this in your diary! Our dramatic presentation of Virgil’s Aeneid, The Song of Arms and a Man, is coming to King’s College, London, on the evening of Saturday 3rd December 2022. Click for more.

Orpheus and Eurydice

Two versions of the same tale told here, one by the poet Ovid, read by Llewelyn Morgan (pictured), and the other from Virgil’s Georgics, read by Suzannah Lipscomb and George Sharpley

Hear four stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

recorded during a live performance on Zoom on 13th December 2021

read by

Ben Cartlidge, Matthew Hargreaves, Andy Keen, Emma Kirkby, Katie Marshall, Llewelyn Morgan and George Sharpley

Baucis and Philemon – Rembrandt

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