Classicists’ knowledge of the Aeneid reinforced

Classicists in 6.2 were recently treated to an educational visit to London to bear witness to four lectures on the subject of Virgil and the world of the classical hero in literature. The four lectures all covered a great part of the Aeneid, such as an in-depth assessment on Aeneas’ experience in Libya alongside Dido or the background of patronage of Roman poets in the time of Augustus, whose glory the work as a whole was intended to praise. There was also some focus on Homer’s Iliad, bringing the two concepts of “hero”, one impersonal and selfless, the other highly selfish and glory-driven, into sharp contrast. This was a wholly worthwhile trip which helped reinforce the knowledge which students largely already knew.

By Jonathan Campbell, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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