War and Memory conference for schools

by arltblogger on Thu 21 Jun 2007 17:34 BST  |  Permanent Link  |  Cosmos

This conference will now take place on Saturday 11th November 2008
‘War and Memory: Ancient and Modern compared’
Suitable for GCSE and A Level History, Ancient History, English, Classical
Civilisation, Latin and Greek students.
The conference will take place at the Classics Centre, University of Oxford,
on Saturday November 11th 2008, with distinguished speakers from Oxford,
Manchester and The Open University.
Sessions include the following topics:
• The portrayal of war in Greek Tragedy (focusing on Euripides,
Sophocles’ Antigone and Aeschylus’ Persians)
• The influence of Homer’s Iliad on poets of the 20th and 21st
centuries. Discussion of the statement: ‘War is a productive thing for
• The cultural impact of war – focus on Roman Britain.
• How did we commemorate our war dead in the 20th century? Caroline
Coxon from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the achievement
of equality in death.
• The role of physical monuments and iconography in the commemoration of
wars in the ancient world.
• The use and abuse of Classical precedents in the commemoration of
modern wars. The Classical World’s influence as an accomplice in state
The conference has three principal aims: to introduce students to the
conference format, get them involved in the debate asking questions and
discussing answers, and prompt them to make connections between topics they
have some familiarity with in order to better their general understanding of
the Classical World and its relationship with the modern world.
A booking form for this event will be available from the Classics Outreach
Officer and the Outreach website in January 2008: www.classics.ox.ac.uk\outreach

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