The Virgil Society

THE Virgil Society was founded in 1943, and its first President, the poet T.S. Eliot, delivered What is a Classic? as his Presidential Address in the following year. The purpose of the Society was and is to unite all those who cherish the central educational tradition of Western Europe. Of that tradition Virgil is the symbol. Membership is open to all those who are in sympathy, whether they read Latin or not.

There are normally five or six meetings each year in London, held on Saturday afternoons in Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

The speakers include both amateur and professional scholars, many of them Virgilians of international repute. Lectures are followed by refreshments, giving an opportunity to meet the speaker and other members of the Society.

Most lectures are published in full in the Proceedings of the Virgil Society, which also include some reviews of works relevant to Virgil. Members also receive a Newsletter, which appears twice a year.


Saturday 28 October 2017, 2.30 p.m.
Room 349, Senate House South Block
David Cairns (writer and music critic)
'Virgil's disciple: Hector Berlioz's lifelong passion for the Aeneid'

Saturday 2 December 2017 at 2.30 p.m.
Room G22/26, Senate House South Block

Dr Emma Buckley (University of St Andrews)
'Virgil and William Gager's Dido (1583)'

Saturday 20 January 2018 at 2.30 p.m.
Room G22/G26, Senate House South Block

Prof. Patrick Finglass (University of Bristol)
'Tegit rem inhonestam: Sophocles' Tecmessa and Virgil's Dido'

POSTPONED --- Saturday 3 March 2018 --- POSTPONED
Natalie Haynes (writer, journalist and broadcaster)
'The Female Hero and the Aeneid' (Presidential Address)

Saturday 12 May 2018:
Room G22/26, Senate House South Block

11.30 am: ‘Reading the Poet: Aeneid 10’ (Virgil Society members led by John Hazel)
1 p.m. Lunch
2.30 p.m. AGM
3 pm: Dr Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford)
‘'Death and Redemption in Aeneid 10'’  



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