Roehampton International Summer School

At Roehampton’s International Summer School, you can come and study modules with Tony Keen (Gods and Heroes in Classical Mythology) and Katarina Volioti (Art in London Museums).

Liz Davies, Roehampton Abroad Officer, writes:

‘The University of Roehampton International Summer School provides students with the opportunity to continue their academic development, living and learning on our beautiful parkland campus just a stone’s throw away from central London.

‘Modules have been designed to use the city of London as their classroom – giving students a unique insight into one of the world’s most exciting cities. Students will live in guaranteed on campus accommodation and receive a full arrivals and orientation programme from the dedicated study abroad team. There is also an optional social programme which includes trips in and around London.

‘You can find full programme details on our website or you can email the Roehampton Abroad team on

Black Athena – 30 Years On

Monday 30th October 2017, 5.30, University of Roehampton

The Roehampton and South West London Classical Association presents:

‘Black Athena – 30 Years On’

2017 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Martin Bernal’s controversial and divisive Black Athena, a challenge to what he saw as a white Eurocentric view of the origins of Greek civilization. For Black History Month, three scholars from the University of Roehampton’s Department of Humanities will take part in a panel that reassesses the legacy of Black Athena – why it mattered then and why it matters now, and what has changed; how Classicists reacted at the time, and how the growth of reception studies has modified that; how Black Athena can help students from diverse backgrounds think about the ancient world differently and find their own identity in relation to Ancient Greece. We hope that, by exploring the text through the lens of Black History, we can foster a fresh and nuanced approach to the work, and explore how despite, or perhaps because of, its divisiveness, it may currently be more important than it ever was.

Susan Deacy is Principal Lecturer in Classical Civilisation; Tony Keen is Lecturer in Classical Civilisation; R. David Muir is Senior Lecturer in Ministerial Theology

Dr Matthew Trundle (Auckland), “The Spartan krypteia: Secret service, special ops, or initiation rite?”

Roehampton and South-West London Classical Association

On Monday 2nd October 2017 Dr Matthew Trundle (Auckland) will join us at Roehampton to present his lecture on:

“The Spartan krypteia: Secret service, special ops, or initiation rite?”

University of Roehampton

Digby Stuart College

Duchesne room 004.

All welcome.

Meet the Classics Society

[In a guest post, we’d like to introduce you to the student-run Classics Society at Roehampton.]

We are a group of students who enjoy all elements of the Classical era, and we encourage those who share our love of the period to join us. We meet on a weekly basis! We have union nights, a movie and pizza night and a couple of events – such as a food tasting night!

This year, we’re also holding two end-of-term celebrations: our very own Saturnalia and Bacchanlia!

We will be running a stall at Fresher’s Fair this year during Welcome Week, so please come and see us! Our first official society evening will be in the Student Union on Tuesday 25th September so that everyone can meet up and introduce themselves. On the 3rd October, we’ll be joining the History Society with a toga party! Keep an eye out on our social media for more details.

The society this year is run by three second year students, all studying Classical Studies. Ellen Hopkinson is the president; she is a bookaholic and her favourite aspect of Classics is the difference in mythology and the tales of ancient times. Ciara Ansley is our treasurer, and also the Vice President of the LGBTQ+ society. Her favourite part of the Classics is how the patterns of Classical myths run alongside modern myths. Our third committee member is Pippa Williamson, who loves to bake. Pippa’s favourite part of Classics is looking at societal structure in ancient civilisations and the gender roles within them.

Our membership is £6 which goes towards our events and the Roehampton and South-West London branch of the Classical Association, who run interesting papers throughout the year.

The best way to keep updated on our events is through social media. We’re on Facebook (just search ‘Roehampton Classics Society’) and on Twitter at @UoRClassicsSoc.

Any questions, feel free to send us through Facebook or Twitter. We can also be contacted through our e-mail address: