The Song of Arms and a Man 

University of Cambridge, CB2 1TP

Saturday 23rd November, 7 – 9pm

The Palmerston Room, St John’s College

Tickets and location (schools and other groups: see below)

Schools and other parties are recommended to contact the Latin Qvarter directly for details of discount prices.


Tel: 01452 731113

(£20 / £15 for Classical Association members or students)

I just wanted to say that it was a delightful evening on Saturday and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Even though I can’t speak Latin, it sounded very emotional and moving; just like travelling back in time and sitting in the middle of a theatre! The performers were brilliant and what a wonderful performance it was!

Petra Valaskova

Arms and a Man is an enthralling and exciting performance, and such a treat, to hear the nuances and power of Virgil’s original Latin, but so engagingly done thanks to the involvement of such experts – not only in the pronunciation and meaning of the Latin, but also in the timeless communication of the characters’ personalities and foibles. I enjoyed this evening enormously, and I would say that for anyone interested in the Aeneid, it is an absolute must-see!

Andy Keen, Head of Classics, Bristol Grammar School

The Latin Qvarter’s presentation of Virgil’s Aeneid is read by Emma Kirkby, Llewelyn Morgan, Matthew Hargreaves and Elizabeth Donnelly.

George Sharpley’s adaptation of Virgil’s classic brings the thrilling epic alive, telling the story of Aeneas’ struggle to fulfil his destiny as founder of Rome – from his escape from the burning ruins of Troy to his asylum and heart-breaking affair with the Carthaginian queen Dido and then his reluctant war with the inhabitants of his fated homeland of Italy. Selections of Virgil’s epic verse are read in the original Latin interspersed with an English narration which tells the whole story of the poem.

This innovative and acclaimed presentation of a rarely heard masterpiece echoes the ancient culture of public performance of poetry, and is accompanied with live ancient music by Barnaby Brown.

Matthew Hargreaves reading Virgil - imageMatthew Hargreaves reads from Aeneas’ visit to the underworld.



What an incredible evening. I was totally absorbed, how tragic it all was, and how beautifully performed. It was such a privilege to get ‘close’ to Virgil and to experience a little of how it would have been all those years ago.

Linda Martinez

I thought the performance was inspiring. I loved the selections, and all of the performances were a joy. Very entertaining.

Todd Beamish, Head of General Studies, Pates Grammar School

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