In 2019, Caroline set up a Classics Club in East Sussex and delivered a series of lectures on Classical Art and Archaeology. Members of the Classics Club grew quickly to exceed 60.
These lectures were followed by the inaugural Classics Club reading group, which embarked in 2020 on Homer's Iliad in translation. During the pandemic, Classics Club moved online. This enabled the group to include members from further afield including Belgium, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Wight, to name but a few. Recently one member even joined in while on holiday in Greece, complete with Greek flag flying behind her!
Classics Club has now expanded into two groups, one that meets on Monday mornings from 10.30am to midday, another that meets on Monday afternoons from 3pm to 4.30pm. Members are from all different backgrounds, some new to Classics, others returning to Latin and Greek literature decades after first learning the languages at school - all of them share enthusiasm for the Classical World. The group reads the text in translation but dips into the original language where it adds something special.
Each class includes a presentation of the text, background mythology & culture, followed by a group discussion. In 2021, having enjoyed the Iliad, the group embarked on Homer's Odyssey.
September 2022 sees the return of Classics Club after a summer break. Not only has the Club just celebrated its third birthday, but it has also now exceeded 150 online classes!
The new text is Virgil's Aeneid and the course will last approximately one year - members can attend just some or all of the terms. Classes are bookable in half-term blocks. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to join.
The group also enjoys trips to London with Caroline leading tours of the British Museum's Greek and Roman galleries. If you would like to join one of these British Museum tours, please get in touch.
One of the members was inspired to design a logo especially for Classics Club and it is pictured below. The story behind her inspiration for this is here.
Another member created this lovely motto for Classics Club:
LEGERE, LOQUI, LIBERE - To Read, To Discuss, To Enjoy
Classics Club logo © Lang
I joined Caroline’s Classic Club a year ago to read Homer’s Odyssey.
Having studied a very small amount of Greek in the distant past I wasn’t sure that I had the skills necessary to keep up with the level of knowledge I thought the other members would have. I needn’t have worried. Caroline is a very enthusiastic and insightful teacher with the ability to arrange and deliver the sessions so that everyone in the group can participate and enjoy the experience.
Classics Club member