Latin Literature in Scotland and Ireland Event

On April 24th this year, a one-day event will take place at the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland Galway. A range of talks will focus upon the significant body of Latin Literature from Scotland and Ireland written during the early modern period. The day will be directed towards alerting postgraduates, ECRs, and researchers in general to the many resources and opportunities available to develop their research.

There is no event fee and refreshments are provided. Those wishing to attend should contact organisers in advance, as place are limited.

Full details here: SNLS/Moore Institute Event with further details of the talk on the Scots Latin epic by Roderick MacLean also.

New text series for Scottish Latin culture

A new series on Latin literary culture in the early modern period has been launched by Bloomsbury Press: details here. The series has two strands, one of which will publish studies (monographs and essay collections) on Latin literary culture in the period, the other produces parallel Latin/English editions of specific texts. Another exciting opportunity for the increasing number of studies on the vast untapped reservoir of Scottish Latin literary culture from this period!

Gilbert Murray Essay Competition 2018-2019

It is once again time to distribute details of this year’s Gilbert Murray Essay Competition.

Here is a link to this coming year’s exciting new competition: GMC. Please also find details of last year’s winners and participants.  Well done to all. Another great year of excellence!

As ever, if you have any questions, please respond to this blog, or email the secretary of the society.


All the best and good luck!

Gilbert Murray Essay Competition 2017-18

It is once again time to distribute details of this year’s exciting Gilbert Murray Essay Competition; and let you know the results of last year’s competition.

Here is a link to this coming year’s exciting new competition: GilbertMurrayEssayComp2017-18. Here you can also see details of last year’s winners: GMEssayCompListofPrizeWinners2017.  Included in last year’s winners was the special prize of 2017, where Mira Mansfield of the High School of Glasgow was once again the outstanding entry: MiraMansfieldSpecialPrizewinnner2017.


Here is an overview of another excellent year for the Gilbert Murray Competition, in the report from the GM chairman: GilbertMurrayChairmansreport16-17.


As ever, if you have any questions, please respond to this blog, or email the secretary of the society.


All the best and good luck!

In Memoriam

Those who knew him will be sad to learn that one of our members, Dr Mick Morris, has died.

As a student of the Open University, Mick wrote a thesis on the history of classics in Scotland, which remained unpublished, although he did contribute to a number of books, including the collection of essays on Gilbert Murray (Gilbert Murray re-assessed), for which he wrote a chapter on Murray at the BBC. Mick also interviewed Douglas MacDowell about his life and career near the end of his (Douglas’s) life.

He had a dry sense of humour and was always good company.

Here is a link to a brief obituary of Mick in The Herald, accompanied by Hadrian’s Farewell to his Departing Soul.

The Classical Association of Scotland sends its condolences to his family. He will be missed by all who knew him here at the Classical Association of Scotland.

Ave atque vale…


Up-coming Events and Features

This month sees the third talk of 2017, when Professor Lynette Mitchell (Exeter) will visit the centre to deliver the Douglas MacDowell Memorial Lecture on ‘Kingship, Law, and Democracy’. We are very much looking forward to this event.

In addition to this, the centre will be supporting two further talks at this year’s Renaissance Society of America conference in Chicago. The first talk will be on a subject  that various members of the CAS (Glasgow and West) have developed over the last few years: the classicising Latin literary culture of the early modern period. This panel, organised by our honorary secretary, explores the ways in which other countries across Europe can approach national collections of Neo-Latin literature in light of the fascinating discoveries made in Scotland by the Glasgow-based Delitiae Poetarum Scotorum project and its team. Those not in attendance in Chicago can keep up-to-date with discussion from the panel through a live twitter feed (and perhaps some first-time Periscoping on the CAS account), and a retrospective blog here on our homepage. The second panel will deal with Latinate scientific culture. With support from colleagues at Edinburgh, this panel will provide the first opportunity to advertise to an international audience some of the great findings made by our Glasgow-based researchers on the Latin literary context of significant developments of the Scientific Revolution made in Scotland. Like the first panel, there will be live tweets from the event, and a retrospective blog.

The subject matter of the latter panel will also inform a blog that will be posted here on a particularly interesting aspect of the reception of Lucian in early modern Latinate Scientific culture. Johannes Kepler, the famed astronomer and mathematician, used Lucian’s work as a conduit through which to pass his pro-Copernican ideas in the early 17th century. It caused a bit of a stir amongst the scholarly community across Europe at the time. Our next blog will look at how a 17th century Latin teaching manual from Edinburgh tried to separate the science fiction of Lucian from the science fact of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo – a pointed example of when classical reception was a very dangerous business.


Until then, look forward to seeing you all at our up-coming events.

Gilbert Murray Essay Competition 2016-17

We are again delighted to announce the opening of the annual Gilbert Murray essay competition for schools in Scotland. The competition is open to all schools in Scotland – whether they have a Classics department or not (see letter for how to apply as an individual from a non-classics teaching school).

There will be a prize of £50 for the most outstanding entry overall.

Details of how to enter:  Gilbert Murray Essay Competition 2016-17


Good luck!