Stories in Stone: Breaking the Code (CAS Online Seminar Series) 

29th August 2020: Stories in Stone: Breaking the Code (CAS Online Seminar Series) 

The CAS Online Seminar Series will commence with a triptych of sessions that combines the study of ancient Latin epigraphy with a consideration of the classical influences and iconography that we see around ourselves every day in modern Scotland.


Led by scholars from Glasgow and Edinburgh universities, participants will be offered the chance to get to grips with original inscriptions from both ancient and modern settings, not only analysing the text as-written, but also considering the meaning and importance to be found between the lines. An important element of these sessions is the exploration of why Latin and wider classical language and motifs continue to resonate with modern viewers; why such themes are exploited far from their original context, and why these modern receptions of antiquity continue to be problematic in some ways.


Sessions will be led mainly by Alison Greer, Alice Rae and Sarah Wolstencroft who, between them, combine years of experience in teaching Latin language and the study of Classical Reception in different forms. We are also pleased to announce our collaboration with Hardeep Dhindsa (King’s College London). Hardeep graduated in History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to Classics at Edinburgh for his postgraduate Masters. He combines his areas of research interest with a prominent and authoritative voice in the campaign to decolonise the discipline, and thus offers a keen insight into the deployment of the ancient world in the modern era.


More information on the seminar can be found here.