As part of 2020s Warwick Classics Ancient Drama Festival, I will be talking about the historical context of Oedipus Rex, this year’s performed play. For more details and to book your place at our ever-popular festival, watch this space as details will appear shortly.
Michael Scott, whose BBC documentary series ‘Invisible Cities’ delved beneath Naples, Rome and Athens – amongst other cities – talks about his experiences at Herculaneum and examines what else may yet be uncovered. Image: Imprint in volcanic mud of the head of a statue of Marcus Nonius Balbus, in the buried theatre at Herculaneum. The […]
Broadcaster Michael Scott, Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, provocatively considers how the idea of Troy was used and abused in Greek culture and literature. To find out more, follow this link. Friday 17 January 2020 18.30–19.45 BP Lecture Theatre Tickets £12 Members/Concessions £10 Book online Phone +44 (0)20 7323 […]
‘Walking with the Gods: The Religious Lives of the Ancient Greeks’ Lytham SA CA Presidential Lecture 9th January 2020
I will be speaking at the annual presidential lecture for the Lytham St Anne’s Classical Association on 9th January 2020 on Walking with the Gods: The Religious Lives of the Ancient Greeks. AKS Lytham, Clifton Drive South, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1DT. For more information about the activities of the Lytham St Anne’s group, […]
On Thursday 21st November the Warwick Classics Network and Dept of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick will be running our FREE 2019 Warwick Classics Network Study Day entitled ‘Ancient Worlds’ where I will be giving a talk ‘Heracles – he does get around’. Organised through the generous support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, […]
As part of the 2019 Oxford Lieder festival ‘Tales of Beyond: Magic, Myths and Mortals’ Prof. Michael Scott will be talking on ‘Ancient Myths: Now and in the Future’ at the event ‘A Night at the Museum’ at the Ashmolean Museum, on Sunday 20th October at 7pm. One of the highlights of this year’s Festival, […]
When asked to conjure images of the ancient world, we usually imagine the Roman or Egyptian Empires. Despite being made famous by mythological stories and philosophers like Aristotle, ancient Greece isn’t quite as easy to picture. Through virtual reality (VR), presenter and archaeologist Michael Scott is changing this. By laser scanning ruins and archaeological sites, […]
Michael will be speaking on ‘Greek Religion’ at the Warwick Classics Network FREE Classical Civilisation A-level Teachers Day on Monday 1st July 2019, at the University of Warwick. The event will include sessions led by Warwick academics as well as a session led by Alex Orgee, subject leader of classics at OCR. Free bursaries are […]
In his BBC2 series Ancient Invisible Cities, Michael enlivened the past and offered new ways of thinking. Now Michael has been invited to talk at FX Talks 2019 to share some of his ideas live on stage. FX Talks is back for its third year, bringing more radical thinking to Hawksmoor’s Christ church Spitalfields, London, […]
In this keynote lecture, I will show how visualisation techniques in TV documentaries have developed in recent years; the potential they provide for visualising particularly ancient civilisations and relating them to the modern world; the roles such visualisations are coming to play in the language of TV programme-making; and the future potential applications of such […]
Buckingham History Festival 27th April 2019 – Ancient Worlds: Greece, Rome, and Interactions with the Worlds Beyond
In this wide-ranging talk, Michael Scott reveals how the world of the ancient Mediterranean – the world that came to be dominated by the great cultures of Greece and Rome – had contacts with peoples and cultures that lay far distant from that those shores, often extremely far distant indeed. Though these long-distance interconnections between cultures […]
I’ll be speaking at this conference, about what we can and cannot know about the ancient oracle of Delphi, in New York on 4th April 2019, hosted at the New School Centre for Public Scholarship. More at centerforpublicscholarship.org. The video of my talk can be seen by clicking on this link.
‘Understanding the Oracle at Delphi’ – Classical Association of Northern Ireland, Belfast, 14th March 2019, 12 noon
A talk for schools and those studying GCSE / A-level in Classical Civilisation and/or Ancient History, Greek, Latin. More details to come, so watch this space! The talk is organised by Helen McVeigh. To attend please contact: email@example.com See also https://classicalassociationni.wordpress.com/
‘This is Sparta!’ – Professorial Inaugural Lecture, and LIVE Facebook stream, University of Warwick – 20th February
In this inaugural lecture, Prof Michael Scott set out his vision for the study, teaching and communication of the ancient world in the 21st century. Far from being a subject of the past, Michael argued that there has rarely been a more exciting, relevant and important time to be studying the Greeks and Romans – […]
SPHS/ Anglo Hellenic League lecture -‘We are going where?’ TV and Classics, now and in the future’ 12th Feb 2019
At 7pm on Tuesday 12 February 2019, at The Hellenic Centre, I will be talking about the making of my latest BBC2 TV series, Ancient Invisible Cities, in which real-life exploration of hard to reach ancient locations combine with high resolution laser-scanning and virtual reality to open up spaces and landscapes never before seen on TV. […]
As part of the Warwick Ancient Drama Festival, on 25th January I gave a lecture on ‘Aristophanic comedy and Society’ at the University of Warwick. For more information on this year’s production, Aristophanes’ Frogs, click here. And for a video of my lecture, follow this link.
Delphi at the Centre of the ancient Mediterranean World – Lytham Saint Annes Presidential Lecture 2019 – 10th Jan
Lytham Saint Annes Presidential Lecture 2019 Details to follow. I will be speaking at the annual presidential lecture for the Lytham St Annes Classical Association on 10th January 2019
History Hit presents: Understanding the ancient Silk Roads with Peter Frankopan. The region known throughout history as the Silk Road (or more correctly Roads) is obscure to many in the English-speaking world Yet this is where civilisation itself began
History Hit presents: Understanding the ancient Silk Roads with Peter Frankopan
Location: BP Lecture Theatre
Date: 27th January 2018
Time: 10.30 – 17.00
The region known throughout history as the Silk Road (or more correctly Roads) is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilisation itself began, where the world’s great religions were born and took root.
The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won and lost.
This one-day study day, presented in collaboration with History Hit Live and programmed with historian Peter Frankopan, will present the vast history of the ancient Silk Roads in an accessible way, and is open to all.
For more information and events, check out the British Museum’s web page.