A manuscript of De Rerum Natura in the Cambridge University Library collection.
Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea.

AGM of Friends of Antiquity

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Antiquity. All members are invited to attend. All positions will be declared vacant at the AGM, and we need your help to elect a new committee.

Hobnails and Hexameters: A Quick Run Through Roman Poetry

This talk aims to give an introduction to the richness and variety of Roman poetry, only a tiny proportion of which has come down to us, sometimes in a corrupt or incomplete form. Starting with a quick look at what might be called the "native" verse form, it will move to consider the genres adopted from the Greeks and then adapted to Roman taste. While this transition was not always a smooth one, in due course the artists gave us epic and pastoral, lyric and personal poetry, as well as what the Romans thought of as a form "totally their own": satire. While the talk risks being unable to address such a large topic in any depth, it may well cause a spark that encourages listeners to re-read their favourites, or simply to chase up and read something never before encountered. There is an unending stream of accessible translations. Most are reliable; only a few are truly dreadful.