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Classical Civilisation: insight4me Classical Civilisation – The Epics of Homer With University of Nottingham & University of East Anglia

23rd November 2021 @ 11:15 - 12:15




  • University of Nottingham: Dr Emily Kneebone, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and Archaeology, will present Food in the Homeric Epics. Food may seem like an everyday afterthought to the Homeric world of heroes, battles, and epic adventures, but this talk explores how eating – what, when, and how food was consumed – turns out to lie at the heart of the Homeric world view, distinguishing friend from enemy, and human from non-human, as well as revealing a surprising range of character traits. From the gory gobblings of the Cyclops to the rules of hospitality and guest-friendship, the food and drink of the Homeric epics was endlessly discussed in the ancient world, and in this talk we’ll explore why!  


  • University of East Anglia: Dr Matthew Taunton, Associate Professor, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, will present Homer’s Women: Feminist Retellings. Homer’s The Odyssey describes rich and intriguing female characters, albeit in a deeply patriarchal society. From the witch Circe who enchants Odysseus and his men, to his faithful wife Penelope, who outsmarts her suitors and helps Odysseus to take his bloody revenge, Homer’s female characters have inspired many imitations and revisions. This talk investigates just a few of the women writers, from the medieval period to the present day, who have been moved to retell these women’s stories in new and sometimes surprising ways. But what’s at stake in rewriting these women’s stories? To what extent do writers seek to update them, so they fit current ideas about women’s roles? Or do writers turn to these Homeric characters as powerful alternatives to contemporary modes of womanhood?


insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for Year 12 & 13 students, and equivalent. The sessions directly support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording an understanding of how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications and vary between universities.

In this insight4me Classical Civilisation webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, University of East Anglia & University of Nottingham, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of The Epics of Homer, the universities have the freedom to choose their own focus and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Classical Civilisation and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Classical Civilisation at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



23rd November 2021
11:15 - 12:15
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