About the Friends of Antiquity
The Friends of Antiquity was established in 1988 as a special interest group of the University of Queensland Alumni Association to support the Classics and Ancient History Department.
The idea of forming such a group was the brainchild of the late Adjunct Professor Adrian Heyworth-Smith, who became the foundation President of Friends of Antiquity, a position which he filled with distinction. Its founding Patron was Mrs Betty Fletcher. Additional patrons have been Mr Justice Peter Connolly, Emeritus Professor Milns, Adjunct Professor Heyworth-Smith and the most recently elected, Dr Steve Papas.
During its 22 years of existence the membership of the Friends has grown constantly and its activities have broadened, ranging from academic and scholarly to purely social. These include:
- the monthly 'Sunday Series' lectures on academic themes; The Sunday series lectures are free and open to all comers, but a $10 donation is expected towards the cost of refreshments, which follow the lecture, in the Michie Building. It is here that members of the audience have the opportunity to socialise with the lecture presenters and ask further questions and they can also meet some staff and students of Classics and Ancient History and other members of FOA. For students with identification the $10 donation is waived. See the Event Calendar for details about upcoming Sunday Series lectures.
- the annual 'Ancient History Day' which includes a public lecture from a visiting scholar on a Friday evening and a series of lectures on a particular theme on the following Saturday.
Attendance at the Ancient History Day is open to all comers, but a modest fee is charged for attending the Saturday lectures. This fee does not include lunch. Certificates of attendance can be supplied for an additional charge to teachers, if requested on the day, as evidence of a Continuing Professional Development Activity.
- the annual R D Milns Lecture (in which an eminent overseas classicist spends time as a visitor to the Discipline of Classics, as well as providing a keynote public lecture);
- Literary Lunches; at these popular events extracts from Ancient Classics are read, or acted (on occasion overacted!) by members of the FOA in English in an informal atmosphere followed by an enjoyable meal.
- excursions and other social events.
The Friends of Antiquity has made many significant donations to Classics and Ancient History over the years. The three most significant areas that the Friends support are: