You’re Dead To Me – Live!

    On 18th December 2020 Michael will join host Greg Jenner at Union Chapel in Islington for a special live episode of You’re Dead To Me. To find out more about this event and to book tickets follow this link.

    IASTE 2021: Virtual Traditions

    Michael will be speaking at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), APRIL 7-10th 2021 at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Watch this space for more details soon, and follow this link to learn more about the conference.

Past Events

    What the Greeks did with the Idea of Troy – British Museum 17th January 2020

    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 […]

    Ancient Worlds Study Day 21st November

    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, […]

    Ancient Myths: Now and in the Future – 20th October 2019

    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, […]

    Ancient Greece, Virtually – British Science Festival, 13th September

    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, […]

    Greek Religion – WCN Classical Civilisation Teachers Day 1st July 2019

    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 […]

    FX Talks 16th May 2019

    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, […]

    Unknowability: How do we know what we cannot know? 4th April 2019

    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.

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 – and the wider ancient world of which they were a part. Our understanding of their world is being transformed thanks to the smashing of traditional disciplinary barriers across wide areas of research. In turn, what we teach about the ancient world, as well as the ways in which we do it, is being revolutionised by that research, the possibilities of technology and pedagogical innovation. At the same time, the need to engage the public in debate and discussion about the ancient world grows ever greater, as its values and ideas continue to be represented – and misrepresented – in social and political debates across the modern world. The ancient world then and now is changing – and it has never been more important for academics to be engaged across the spectrum of research, teaching and engagement that will define the nature of that transformation for the future.

Hosted by the Department of Classics and Ancient History and Warwick International Higher Education Academy, the lecture (followed by a Q&A) took place at 17:00 on Wednesday, 20th February 2019 in Lecture Theatre OC0.03 in the Oculus Building.

A high quality video of the lecture can be found through this link  and you can read my thoughts on the experience in my blog.