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Gladiators, rapping and karaoke brought together to celebrate the Classics

Posted on 05/03/2013

Students celebrate the Classics at Royal Holloway

On Wednesday 6 March 2013, the Classical Society at Royal Holloway will hold a day of free events for staff, students and members of the public to celebrate and highlight the Classics.

Experts from Royal Holloway’s Department of Classics will talk about Plato and poetry, Roman landscapes, and Greek for the Innocent alongside academics from the University of Oxford who will share their expertise on Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

In addition, Philosophy students will be channelling their inner ‘Maximus’ when they are pitted against each other in a charity gladiatorial battle, while Professor Ahuvia Kahane from Royal Holloway will draw comparisons between the Classical world and the world of rap with violence, wealth, death and beauty playing a key role in both.

“There is often a misconception that the Classics don’t hold relevance for the world today,” said lead organiser and second year Classics student Helen Rowland. “I hope that through this wide-range of events and talks we can engage people in the subject and highlight the numerous crossovers that exist.”

Those attending will also be able to enjoy a performance from Absolute Harmony, Royal Holloway’s acappella vocal group, laugh at a set from the Comedy Society, and round off the day with karaoke in the student bar, Crosslands.

Dr Richard Hawley, Senior Lecturer in Classics, said: “This is a fantastic initiative that really puts a spotlight on the Classics, a subject that continues to influence modern society greatly. In our ever-evolving world, it is astonishing to see the comparisons that can still be made and the breadth and depth of relevance that classical culture holds for all areas from politics to arts and drama.”   

More information and the full programme is available here


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