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As a student of the Open University, Mick wrote a thesis on the history of classics in Scotland, which remained unpublished, although he did contribute to a number of books, including the collection of essays on Gilbert Murray (Gilbert Murray re-assessed), for which he wrote a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!

Discount for CAS members at Celtic Conference in Classics

The CAS is sponsoring a wine reception at the forthcoming Celtic Conference in Classics (Edinburgh, 25-28 June 2014), which is held in association with the CAS. The publicity for the conference is now live. Please see

More importantly, the CAS is offering the opportunity to all CAS members to receive a £15 discount off their booking (thus recouping their subscription and more). The discount will be applied at the end of the online booking process.

If you have not yet renewed your subscription with the CAS for session 2013-2014, and you would like to do so now and take advantage of a very generous discount at the forthcoming Celtic Conference in Classics, please contact the CAS Treasurer, Professor Matthew Dickie, at . The subscription continues to be only £5, and your support will go a long way.